Tag: Manhattan Transfer

Monday 6/20/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Manhattan Transfer – Extensions (1979)

Extensions is the fifth studio album by The Manhattan Transfer, released on October 31, 1979, by Atlantic Records.

Marking a new era for the group, the album was the first one with Cheryl Bentyne, who replaced Laurel Massé in early 1979. It was also their first album with Jay Graydon in the producer’s chair. It was also the first album that contained songs that were hits in both the jazz and pop categories. The song “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Disco chart and No. 30 on the Hot 100. “Trickle, Trickle” reached No. 73 on the Hot 100. The album reached No. 55 on the Billboard Top LPs chart.

The most widely known song from this album, “Birdland” by Weather Report, won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1981. Jon Hendricks wrote lyrics for the vocalese version on the album and Janis Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement of “Birdland”.

  1. “Birdland” 6:00
  2. “Wacky Dust” 3:10
  3. “Nothin’ You Can Do About It” 4:25
  4. “Coo Coo-U” 2:13
  5. “Body and Soul” 4:26
  6. “Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone” 6:05
  7. “Trickle Trickle” 2:19
  8. “Shaker Song” 4:30
  9. “Foreign Affair” 3:54

Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, arrangements (7)
Tim Hauser – vocals, arrangements (4, 7, 8), vocal arrangement (8)
Alan Paul – vocals, arrangements (6, 7)
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangement (1, 2, 8), arrangements (7, 8)
Michael Omartian – acoustic piano (1, 7), rhythm arrangements (1)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (1, 4, 6), synthesizer programming (2), vocoder (4)
Greg Mathieson – synthesizers (2), bass (2), rhythm arrangements (2, 8), synth solo (3), arrangements (4), acoustic piano (8), Fender Rhodes (8)
David Foster – acoustic piano (3), synthesizers (3), arrangements (3)
Ian Underwood – synthesizers (3)
Jay Graydon – vocal arrangements (2), synthesizers (3), guitar (3, 6, 7), arrangements (3, 6, 7), muted guitars (6), guitar solo (6), additional vocals (6), gut-string guitar (8), synthesizer programming (8)
Bill Mays – acoustic piano (5)
Jai Winding – acoustic piano (6)
Jimmy Wyble – rhythm guitar (2)
Steve Lukather – rhythm guitar (6)
Dean Parks – guitar (7), electric guitar (8)
David Hungate – bass (1, 2, 3, 6)
Chuck Domanico – bass (5)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (7)
Andy Muson – bass (8)
Ralph Humphrey – drums (1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (1, 6), anvil (6), bongos (6)
Alex Acuña – drums (8)
Paulinho da Costa – congas (7), percussion (8)
Richie Cole – alto saxophone (1), alto sax solo (8)
Don Roberts – piccolo flute (6), tenor sax solo (7)
Phil Mattson – arrangements (5)
Gene Puerling – arrangements (9)
Clare Fischer – conductor (9)

Tuesday 11/23/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé. In 1979, Massé left the group after being badly injured in a car accident and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. The group’s long-time pianist, Yaron Gershovsky, accompanied the group on tour and served as music director. Trist Curless from the Los Angeles a cappella group m-pact became a permanent member in October 2014 following Hauser’s death.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET @RadioMax

GSP2I think I’ve got a nice mixed bag of music for you, when you join me later this evening at 7PM Eastern Time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” On the playlist I’ve got: Barry White, the Bar-Kays, Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder, Guns & Roses, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, Grandmaster Flash, Manhattan Transfer, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bob Marley, Talking Heads and a whole lot more. Remember, that after the original live broadcast this evening, starting tomorrow, you can listen to the show again at your heart’s content, anytime day or night, until next Wednesday evening’s new show, by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html.

So join me later at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s”

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay (Special Time – 9pm ET) #gsp @RadioMax

bobbyjay070612November is here, and it’s time once again for “Great Soul Performances.” This evening ONLY we begin at 9pm ET and on the show we’ll hear from Jerry Butler, Teena Marie, Manhattan Transfer, the Whispers, Dionne Warwick, the Isley Brothers, Slave, the Show Stoppers, King Curtis “live,” the Temptations and more. It all gets underway at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 6PM MT & 6PM PT.  If you miss any of it, you now have 2 encore performances every week, Monday evening at 10PM eastern (standard) time; as the clocks get turned back tonight, and on Wednesday at 12 noon eastern time. How about that?