For over 30 years, the quartet of Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne have combined their voices into an incomparable four-part harmony that has consistently set new standards for vocal music. The Grammy winning group continues to delight fans with the release of Couldn't Be Hotter, The Manhattan Transfer's Telarc debut and their first new live album since Man-Tora! Live In Tokyo in 1996.
The Manhattan Transfer now record exclusively for Telarc. Two new studio recordings, planned by Telarc's recording team as showcases for Surround Sound, are in the works. Janis Siegel has already released two Telarc recordings, Friday Night Special (2002) and I Wish You Love (2003), and Cheryl Bentyne's first Telarc release, Talk of the Town, is due in January 2004.
"We are truly pleased to have The Manhattan Transfer join our jazz roster," says Telarc President Bob Woods. "We have worked with them as guest artists previously and those occasions led us to mutually believe that we could create a successful ongoing collaboration. They are a prestigious act, and working with them is a lot of fun. We're headed into the studio later this year to record a new album in high-definition multi-channel surround for release on SACD as well as conventional two-channel CD."
Easily the most respected and honored jazz vocal group since the '60s heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, The Manhattan Transfer's influences are as diverse as their sound: Benny Moten's Kansas City Orchestra, Django Reinhardt with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, and Chick Webb and his Orchestra featuring Ella Fitzgerald.
1930s and '40s swing music with a jazz twist is what The Manhattan Transfer do best, and Couldn't Be Hotter features some of their best hits. The sixteen songs chosen for this special live recording convey the depth of the group's talent and variety of their music. Classic favorites such as "Sing Moten's Swing," "Clouds" and "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," recorded while on tour in Japan, capture the essence of The Manhattan Transfer, and their enthusiasm is evident in these performances.
Officially formed in 1972, The Manhattan Transfer play jazz standards, but they have had hit songs on the pop charts. In 1980, the group earned the first of twelve Grammy Awards for "Birdland," and Siegel received a Grammy for her vocal arrangement. In 1981, they made music history by becoming the first group to win Grammys in both the pop and jazz categories in the same year. Vocalese, their critically acclaimed 1985 album, received an amazing twelve Grammy nominations.
The Transfer's projects have featured such special guests as Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John and Michael Brecker. They've even worked with Brazilian songwriters Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil, as they continue to broaden the horizons of music lovers everywhere. The group enjoys considerable success on the road and will be touring in support of Couldn't Be Hotter.
From boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese, Couldn't Be Hotter spotlights The Manhattan Transfer's dynamic, big band harmonies in a live setting. In a career spanning more than three decades, this stylish and sophisticated Telarc debut is destined to become another classic.