The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer are an American vocal group from N.Y.C., formed in 1969 by swing enthusiast Tim Hauser. The original lineup, a five-piece with songwriter Gene Pistilli, issued one album of retro jazz and pop on Capitol in 1971. Hauser then recruited singers Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé, establishing the two man/two woman format. This lineup released three albums of slick jazz-pop on Atlantic between 1975 and 1978. With Massé’s replacement, Cheryl Bentyne, the Manhattan Transfer entered its most popular phase with the 1979–83 albums Extensions, Mecca for Moderns, and Bodies and Souls.

Members: Tim Hauser (1969-2014), Gene Pistilli (1969-72), Marty Nelson (1969-72), Pat Rosalia (1969-72), Erin Dickens (1969-72), Alan Paul (1972-present), Janis Siegel (1972-present), Laurel Massé (1972-79), Cheryl Bentyne (1979-present), Wayne Johnson (lead guitar, 1979-present), Yarón Gershovsky (keyboards, 1979-present)


Background

The original Manhattan Transfer was formed in 1969 by vocalist Tim Hauser (1941–2014). He took the name from the 1925 urban-development novel Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos. The original lineup included singers Gene Pistilli, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Erin Dickens.

Hauser first recorded with the doo-wop group The Criterions, which issued two singles (“I Remain Truly Yours” and “Don’t Say Goodbye”) on small-press Cecilia in 1959. He then cut the 1963 folk-pop single “You Can Tell The World” (b/w “Mary Mild”) as part of the Coventry Lads, which also included future singer/songwriter Jim Croce and songwriter/producer Tommy West, who later formed a country-pop combo with Pistilli and Terry Cashman. The latter trio, under the name Buchanan Brothers, charted with “Medicine Man” in 1969.


Jukin’

The five-piece Manhattan Transfer issued their singular album, Jukin’, on Capitol in 1971. Due to Pistilli’s name-recognition going into the project, the group is credited here as The Manhattan Transfer & Gene Pistilli. The album features 10 songs, including four co-written by Pistilli: “One More Time Around Rosie,” “Roll Daddy, Roll,” “Chicken Bone Bone,” and the Cashman/West/Pistilli composition “Rosianna.” Covers include chestnuts by Fats Waller (“Vipers Drag“), Ira Gershwin (“Sunny Disposish“), and Oakland/Drake (“Java Java,” a 1940 hit for The Ink Spots).

Stylistically, Jukin’ encompasses ’50s country (“Fair and Tender Ladies“), Dixieland (“Sunny Disposish“), swing (“Vipers Drag“), and doo wop (“Guided Missiles“). The exuberant opener, “Chicken Bone Bone,” trades trumpet blasts (courtesy of the Memphis Horns) with strummed, harmonized precision. Dickens takes the mic on Pistilli’s piano-laden torch song “I Need a Man,” singing in a sultry yet more subdued manner than her female counterparts in later lineups of the group. Nelson plays clarinet on three numbers, most prominently on the bluesy “One More Time Around Rosie.”

Though its mid-century arrangements were odd for the US music scene of 1971, Jukin’ foreshadows assorted acts on the mid-’70s UK pub scene, including purveyors of retro country (The Kursaal Flyers, Chilli Willi & the Red Hot Peppers) and Tin Pan Alley (Deaf School). “Rosianna” adds a touch of Western swing (violin) to a neo-’50s barroom-rock arrangement, presaging the Fabulous Poodles.

Reflecting the group’s retro leanings, Jukin’ sports a cover reminiscent of 1940s movie posters, complete with the tagline “Tingling with tunes! Sizzling with swing! Romping with rhythms!” With the exception of “Fair and Tender Ladies” (recorded April 1969, Hit Factory, NYC), the album was recorded Jan-Feb 1971 at A&R Recording Studio (NYC) and Woodlawn Sound Studios (Nashville) and produced by Scottish-Canadian songwriter, arranger, and studio tech Adam Mitchell, whose other production credits from this period include albums by McKendree Spring and Fludd.


New Lineup


The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer released their self-titled second album on April 2, 1975, on Atlantic–WEA.

1. “Tuxedo Junction” (Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, Buddy Feyne, Julian Dash) – 3:01
2. “Sweet Talking Guy” (Doug Morris, Elliot Greenberg) – 2:25
3. “Operator” (William Spivery) – 3:09 (derived from “Operator, Operator” by Sister Wynona Carr)
4. “Candy” (Mack David, Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer) – 3:26
5. “Gloria” (Esther Navarro) – 2:57
6. “Clap Your Hands” (Ira Newborn, The Manhattan Transfer) – 2:55
7. “That Cat Is High” (J. M. Williams) – 2:53
8. “You Can Depend on Me” (Earl Hines, Charles Carpenter) – 3:30
9. “Blue Champagne” (Frank Ryerson, Grady Watts, Jimmy Eaton) – 2:21
10. “Java Jive” (Milton Drake, Ben Oakland) – 2:44
11. “Occapella” (Allen Toussaint) – 3:04
12. “Heart’s Desire” (Hugh X. Lewis, George Cox, James Dozier, Ralph Ingram, Bernard Purdie) – 2:36

Atlantic Studios, New York City

Tim Hauser – vocals, vocal arrangements, arrangements (2)
Laurel Massé – vocals, vocal arrangements, tambourine (2, 6)
Alan Paul – vocals, vocal arrangements
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangements

Musicians
Don Grolnick – acoustic piano, electric piano (1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12), clavinet (2, 11)
Murray Weinstock – organ (2, 5)
Richard Tee – organ (3), electric piano (11)
Ira Newborn – guitar, musical director, conductor, arrangements
Jerry Friedman – guitar (3, 6, 11)
Andy Muson – bass guitar (1–9, 11, 12)
Roy Markowitz – drums (1–9, 11, 12)
Daniel Ben Zebulon – congas (11)
Mike Rod – tenor sax solo (1)
Michael Brecker – tenor sax solo (3)
Zoot Sims – tenor sax solo (8)
Gene Orloff – concertmaster (6, 12)

Brass Section
Clarinets – Phil Bodner, Wally Kane and Seldon Powell
Alto saxophones – Phil Bodner, Jerry Dodgion, George Dorsey, Harvey Estrin, David Sanborn and George Young
Baritone saxophones – Lew Del Gatto and Wally Kane
Tenor saxophones – Michael Brecker, Seldon Powell, Mike Rod and Frank Vicari
Trombones – Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown, Paul Favlise, Mickey Gravine, Quentin Jackson and Alan Raph
Trumpets – Randy Brecker, Mel Davis, Jon Faddis, Marky Markowitz, Bob McCoy, Alan Rubin and Marvin Stamm

Production
Producers – Tim Hauser and Ahmet Ertegun
Production Assistance – Geoffrey Haslam and Arif Mardin
Engineer and Remix – Lew Hahn
Additional Engineers – Geoffrey Haslam and Gene Paul
Art Direction – Bob Defrin
Artwork – Fred Eric Spione
Liner Photography – David Gahr


Coming Out

The Manhattan Transfer released their third album, Coming Out, on August 19, 1976, on Atlantic.

1. “Don’t Let Go” (Jesse Stone) – 2:45
2. “Zindy Lou” (Johnny Moore, Eddie Smith) – 2:50
3. “Chanson D’Amour” (Wayne Shanklin) – 2:55
4. “Helpless” (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 3:07
5. “Scotch and Soda” (Dave Guard) – 2:59
6. “The Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame)” (Al Castellanos) – 3:05

7. “Poinciana (The Song of the Tree)” (Nat Simon, Buddy Bernier) – 4:11
8. “S.O.S.” (Ron Roker, Gerry Shury, Phil Swern) – 3:10
9. “Popsicle Toes” (Michael Franks) – 4:16
10. “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” (Todd Rundgren) – 3:30
11. “The Thought of Loving You” (David White) – 2:56

Tim Hauser – vocals, vocal arrangements (1-4, 6, 8, 11), song concept (7)
Laurel Massé – vocals, vocal arrangements (1, 4, 10)
Alan Paul – vocals, vocal arrangements (1, 11), song concept (7)
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangements (1-8, 10, 11)

Musicians
Paul Griffin – organ (1)
Dr. John – acoustic piano (2)
John Barnes – acoustic piano (3)
Steve Paietta – accordion (3)
Clarence McDonald – acoustic piano (4, 8)
Bill Payne – acoustic piano (5, 10)
Roger Steinman – acoustic piano (5)
Arthur Jenkins – acoustic piano (6), arrangements (6)
Dave Frishberg – acoustic piano (9), clavinet (9)
Mike Melvoin – acoustic piano (11)
Ira Newborn – guitar, orchestral arrangements, musical director, vocal arrangements (5, 9), electric autoharp (10)
Ben Benay – guitar (3)
Bob Bowles – rhythm guitar (9, 10)
Andy Muson – bass
Roy Markowitz – drums (1, 6)
Jim Keltner – drums (2, 8)
Ringo Starr – drums (2, 8)
Jim Gordon – drums (3, 9)
Rick Shlosser – drums (4, 11)
Jim Nelson – drums (5)
David Kemper – drums (10)
Bobbye Hall – percussion (1), congas (10)
Doug Thorngren – percussion (2)
Ralph MacDonald – percussion (4, 11), congas (6)
Nicky Marrero – timbales (6)
Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr – bongos (6), cowbell (6)
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone (1)
Jay Migliori – tenor sax solo (3)
Jackie Kelso – baritone sax solo (4), tenor sax solo (8)
Randy Brecker – trumpet (1)

Production
Richard Perry – producer
Tim Hauser – assistant producer
Douglas Botnick – engineer
Lewis Hahn – engineer
Rick Rowe – engineer
Howard Steele – engineer, remixing
Dennis Devlin – assistant engineer
Dan Latham – assistant engineer
Tim Sadler – assistant engineer
Allen Zentz – mastering
Bob Defrin – art direction, design
Abie Sussman – art direction, design
Suze Randall – cover photography


Pastiche

The Manhattan Transfer released their fourth album, Pastiche, on January 19, 1978, on Atlantic.

1. “Four Brothers” (Jimmy Giuffre) – 3:47
2. “A Gal in Calico” (Arthur Schwartz, Leo Robin) – 2:41
3. “Love for Sale” (Cole Porter) – 3:57
4. “Je voulais te dire que je t’attends” (Michel Jonasz, Millmer Peter) – 4:20
5. “On a Little Street in Singapore” (Peter DeRose, Billy Hill) – 3:15
6. “In a Mellow Tone” (Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) – 3:12
7. “Walk in Love” (John Klemmer, David Batteau) – 3:04
8. “Who, What, When, Where, Why” (Rupert Holmes) – 3:28
9. “It’s Not the Spotlight” (Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg) – 3:37
10. “Pieces of Dreams” (Dick Addrisi, Don Addrisi) – 2:53
11. “Where Did Our Love Go” (Holland–Dozier–Holland) – 2:45
12. “Single Girl” (Tim Hauser, Laurel Massé, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel) – 3:07

December 1976 – September 1977

Tim Hauser – vocals
Laurel Massé – vocals
Alan Paul – vocals
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangements (1, 3–7)

Guests
Jon Mayer – acoustic piano (1), Fender Rhodes (5)
Don Grolnick – Fender Rhodes (2)
John Barnes – acoustic piano (3)
David Wallace – acoustic piano (4, 11), harpsichord (4), calliope (4)
Michael Boddicker – Oberheim synthesizer (5, 7)
Dave Frishberg – acoustic piano (6)
Mike Melvoin – keyboards (7)
David Foster – acoustic piano (8)
Michael Omartian – Oberheim synthesizer (8, 10)
Booker T. Jones – acoustic piano (9), organ (9)
Richard Tee – acoustic piano (9)
Tom Hensley – acoustic piano (10)
Ira Newborn – guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7), acoustic guitar (9), musical arrangements and conductor
Dick Frank – guitar (2)
Buddy Emmons – steel guitar (2, 3)
Pete Wade – guitar (3)
Ben Benay – guitar (8, 10), horn and string arrangements (8, 10)
Jay Graydon – guitar (8, 10), rhythm track arrangements (8, 10)
Steve Cropper – electric guitar (9)
Wayne Johnson – guitar (11)
Andy Muson – bass (1, 3–7), vocal arrangements (1, 3–7)
Stu Woods – bass (2)
Scott Edwards – bass (8, 10)
Donald Dunn – bass (9)
Michael Schnoebelen – bass (11)
Art Rodriguez – drums (1, 2)
Steve Gadd – drums (2)
Jim Gordon – drums (3, 4)
Steve Schaeffer – drums (5, 6, 7)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (8, 10)
Willie Hall – drums (9)
Peter Johnson – drums (11)
Tommy Vig – percussion (2)
Larry Emerine – crash cymbal (4)
Bobbye Hall – percussion (7)
Victor Feldman – percussion (8, 10)
David Banks – rodeo yell (2)
Johnny Gimble – fiddle (3)
Hubert Hester – fiddle (3)
Shorty Lavender – fiddle (3)
Charlie McCoy – harmonica (3)
Dorothy Ashby – harp (7)
Al Cohn – saxophone (1)
Lewis Del Gatto – saxophone (1)
Jimmy Giuffre – saxophone (1)
Lee Konitz – saxophone (1)
Don Roberts – baritone saxophone (11)
Pete Christlieb – reeds (3, 5)
Don Menza – reeds (3, 5)
Jay Migliori – reeds (3, 5)
Willie Schwartz – reeds (3, 5)
Joe Roccisano – reeds (3, 5)
Wayne Andre – trombone (1)
Urbie Green – trombone (1)
Dave Taylor – trombone (1)
Garnett Brown – trombone (3, 5)
Vincent Fanuele – trombone (3, 4, 5)
Jack Redmond – trombone (3, 4, 5)
Britt Woodman – trombone solo (3), trombone (4)
Randy Brecker – trumpet (1)
Marky Markowitz – trumpet (1)
Alan Rubin – trumpet (1)
Marvin Stamm – trumpet (1)
Oscar Brashear – trumpet (3, 5)
Chuck Findley – trumpet (3, 5)
Gene Goe – trumpet (3, 5)
Don Rader – trumpet (3, 5)
Gene Page – string arrangements and conductor (11)

Production
Producers – Tim Hauser (tracks 1–7, 9 & 11); Steve Barri (tracks 8 & 10).
Co-Producer – Janis Siegel
Associate Producer – Andy Muson (tracks 1 & 3–7)
Engineers – Larry Emerine, Phil Kaye, Gerry Nixon, Gene Paul and Toby Scott.
Second Engineers – Tim Kramer and Stephen Marcussen
Assistant Engineer – Stephen Marcussen
Remixed by Larry Emerine
Tracks 8 & 10 recorded and remixed by Phil Kaye, assisted by Joe Laux and Stephen Marcussen.
Recorded at Studio 55 and Clover Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Kendun Recorders (Burbank, CA); Atlantic Studios, A&R Recording Studios (New York, NY); The Sound Lab (Nashville, TN); EMI Studios 301 (Sydney, Australia).
Mastered by Allen Zentz at Allen Zentz Mastering (San Clemente, CA).
Concertmasters – Sid Sharp, Paul Shure and Gerald Vinci
Musical Contractors – Jules Chakin and Olivia Page
Art Direction and Design – Fayette Hauser
Photography – Gary Merrin, Roger Sandler and Gai Terrell
Management – Brian Avnet
Management Assistant – Joanna Fitzpatrick
Road Manager – David H. Banks


The Manhattan Transfer Live (1978)

Atlantic

1. “That Cat Is High” – (J.M. Williams) – 3:15
2. “Snootie Little Cutie” – (Bob Troup) – 3:19
3. “Four Brothers” – (Jimmy Giuffre, Jon Hendricks) – 3:56
4. “On a Little Street in Singapore” – (Billy Hill, Peter De Rose) – 3:36
5. “Java Jive” – (Milton Drake, Ben Oakland) – 2:54
6. “Walk In Love” – (David Batteau, John Klemmer) – 3:20
7. “Chanson D’Amour” – (Wayne Shanklin) – 2:36
8. “Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame)” – (Al Castellanos) – 3:21
9. “15 Minute Intermission” – (Sonny Skylar) – 1:36
10. “In the Dark” – (Lil Green, Bill Broonzy) – 4:14
11. “Je Voulais (Te Dire Que Je T’Attends)” – (Michel Jonasz, Pierre Grosz) – 4:49
12. “Sunday” – (Jule Styne, Chester Cohn, Bennie Krueger, Ned Miller) – – 0:41
13. “Candy” – (Mark David, Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer) – 3:35
14. “Well, Well, Well” – (Terry Shand, Billy Moll, Dick Robertson) – 1:52
15. “Freddy Morris Monologue” – (Alan Paul) – 1:07
16. “Bacon Fat” – (Andre Williams) – 3:33
17. “Turn Me Loose” – (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 2:50
18. “Operator” – (William Spivery) – 3:52
19. “Tuxedo Junction” – (Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, Buddy Feyne, Julian Dash, ) – 3:01

Live at Manchester on April 23, 1978; Bristol on April 28, 1978; and the Hammersmith Odeon Theatre, London, on May 2, 1978. The album was produced by Tim Hauser and Janis Siegel. Final album made with Laurel Massé

The Manhattan Transfer
Tim Hauser
Laurel Massé
Alan Paul
Janis Siegel

Musicians
Dave Wallace – keyboards
Wayne Johnson – guitars
Michael Schnoebelen – bass guitar, contrabass
Peter Johnson – drums
Don Roberts – flute
Keith Bird, Derek Grossmith, Eddie Mordue, Don Roberts and Stan Sultzman – saxophone
Cliff Hardie and David Horler – trombone
Geof Perkins – bass trombone
Tony Fisher, Bobby Haughey, Ronnie Hughes and Derek Watkins – trumpet
David Katz – music contractor

Production
Producer – Tim Hauser
Associate producer – Janis Siegel
Recording and remix – Keith Grant
Recorded on The Rolling Stones Mobile Unit
Remixed at Olympic Studios (London, England).
Management – Brian Avnet and Shep Gordon at Alive Enterprises.
Management assistant – Joanna Fitzpatrick
Road manager – David H. Banks
Stage manager – John Cutcliffe
Monitor mixer – Shawn Michael
Lighting director – Sid Strong
Wardrobe – Margo Banks


Extensions

The Manhattan Transfer released their fifth studio album, Extensions, on October 31, 1979, on Atlantic.

1. “Birdland” Jon Hendricks, Joe Zawinul 6:00
2. “Wacky Dust” Stanley Adams, Oscar Levant 3:10
3. “Nothin’ You Can Do About It” David Foster, Jay Graydon, Steve Kipner 4:25
4. “Coo Coo-U” Bill Loughborough, David “Buck” Wheat 2:13
5. “Body and Soul” Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour 4:26
6. “Twilight Zone / Twilight Tone” Bernard Herrmann / Jay Graydon, Alan Paul 6:05
7. “Trickle Trickle” Clarence Bassett 2:19
8. “Shaker Song” Jay Beckenstein, David Lasley, Allee Willis 4:30
9. “Foreign Affair” Tom Waits 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)

Musicians
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 (1–3, 6)
Chuck Domanico – bass (5)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (7)
Andy Muson – bass (8)
Ralph Humphrey – drums (1–3, 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)

Production
Producer, Mixing and Overdub Tracking – Jay Graydon
Basic Tracks recorded by Joseph Bogan and Bill Thomas.
Basic Tracks recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios (San Fernando, CA).
Overdubs and Mixing at Garden Rake Studios (Studio City, CA).
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA).
Musical Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Art Direction and Design – Tako Ono
Front Cover Illustration – Pater Sato
Back Cover Photo – Matthew Rolston
Costume Design – Jean-Paul Gaultier


Mecca for Moderns

The Manhattan Transfer released their sixth studio album, Mecca for Moderns, in June 1981 on Atlantic.

1. “On the Boulevard” Richard Page, Jay Graydon, Marc Jordan 4:08
2. “The Boy from New York City” George Davis, John T. Taylor 3:40
3. “(Wanted) Dead or Alive” Art DeCoteau, Slinger Francisco 3:27
4. “Spies in the Night” David Foster, Jay Graydon 3:59
5. “Smile Again” Bill Champlin, David Foster, Jay Graydon, Alan Paul 4:33

6. “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)” Freddie Green, Don Wolf 5:17
7. “(The Word of) Confirmation” Charlie Parker 3:14
8. “Kafka” Bernard Kafka, Jay Graydon 4:08
9. “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” Eric Maschwitz, Manning Sherwin 3:46

Recorded 1980–1981
Dawnbreaker Studio, San Francisco, California

Cheryl Bentyne – vocals
Tim Hauser – vocals
Alan Paul – vocals, vocal arrangement (2, 4)
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangement (6)

Musicians
Victor Feldman – Fender Rhodes (1), acoustic piano (1)
Jay Graydon – synthesizers (1, 3), guitar (1-4, 8), arrangements (1, 3, 5, 8), horn arrangements (2), rhythm arrangements (2, 4, 6), vocal arrangements (4, 6)
David Foster – acoustic piano (2, 4, 5), keyboards (5), synthesizers (5)
Greg Mathieson – organ (3), synthesizers (3)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (4, 8)
Yaron Gershovsky – acoustic piano (6, 8)
Milcho Leviev – acoustic piano (7, 8), arrangements (7)
Steve George – synthesizers (8)
Steve Lukather – guitar (1, 4, 5)
Dean Parks – guitar (2, 8)
Al Viola – guitar (6)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (1-8)
Steve Gadd – drums (1, 3–8)
Mike Baird – drums (2)
Alex Acuña – percussion (3)
Andy Narell – cowbell (3), steel drums (3)
Don Roberts – saxophone (2)
Tom Scott – saxophone (3), Lyricon (3)
Richie Cole – saxophone (7)
Jerry Hey – trumpet (2)
Bernard Kafka – arrangements (8)
Gene Puerling – arrangements (9)
Jon Hendricks – scatting (7)

Production
Producer, Remix – Jay Graydon
Engineer – Joseph Bogan
Assistant Engineers – Bob Bullock and Deborah Thompson
Recorded at Dawnbreaker Studios (San Fernando, CA).
Overdubbed and Mixed at Garden Rake Studios (Studio City, CA).
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA).
Musical Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Art Direction – Steve Arnold, Richard DeGussie and Sarah Richardson.
Photography – Steve Arnold


Bodies and Souls

The Manhattan Transfer released their seventh studio album, Bodies and Souls, in September 1983 on Atlantic.

Side one: “Bodies”
1. “Spice of Life” Derek Bramble, Rod Temperton 3:40
2. “This Independence” John Capek, Marc Jordan 5:01
3. “Mystery” Rod Temperton 5:00
4. “American Pop” John Capek, Marc Jordan 3:34
5. “Soldier of Fortune” John Capek, Marc Jordan 4:21

Side two: “Souls”
6. “Code of Ethics” Wayne Johnson, Alan Paul, Randy Waldman 5:06
7. “Malaise En Malaisie” Alain Chamfort, Serge Gainsbourg, Alan Paul 3:58
8. “Down South Camp Meetin'” Fletcher Henderson, Jon Hendricks, Irving Mills 3:00
9. “Why Not! (Manhattan Carnival)” Michel Camilo, Julie Elgenberg, Hilary Koski 2:33
10. “Goodbye Love” Jeremy Lubbock, Richard Rudolph 3:04
11. “The Night That Monk Returned to Heaven” Robert Kraft 3:23

Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, vocal clarinet solo (8)
Tim Hauser – vocals, vocal arrangement (2, 5)
Alan Paul – vocals, vocal arrangement (4–7)
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangement (4, 8, 9)

Musicians
Larry Williams – Rhodes (1), saxophone (1, 2, 4, 9), keyboards (2, 4), synthesizers (2–5), bass (2, 4), instrumental arrangements (2, 4, 5), horn arrangements (2)
Casey Young – synthesizer programming (1–4, 7)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (3), synthesizer programming (3)
Greg Phillinganes – Fender Rhodes (3), synthesizers (3)
J. Peter Robinson – synthesizers (4)
Yaron Gershovsky – acoustic piano (5), keyboards (7, 9), synthesizers (7), instrumental arrangements (7, 9)
Randy Waldman – acoustic piano (6), synthesizers (6), instrumental arrangements (6)
John Erdsvoog – synthesizer programming (6)
Greg Mathieson – acoustic piano (8)
Kevin Clark – guitar (1), wind chimes (11)
David Williams – guitar (1–4)
Wayne Johnson – guitar (5, 6, 7, 9)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass (1)
Nathan East – bass (3, 6)
Alex Blake – bass (5, 7, 9)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (8)
John Robinson – drums (1, 3, 6)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (2, 4), Simmons drums (4)
Art Rodriguez – drums (5, 7, 9)
Carlos Vega – drums (8)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1, 5, 9)
Brian Avnet – handclaps (4)
Richard Rudolph – handclaps (4)
Stevie Wonder – harmonica solo (1)
June Kiramoto – koto (7)
Ernie Watts – saxophone (1), alto sax solo (3)
Gary Herbig – saxophone (9)
Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (1, 2, 9)
Charles Loper – trombone (9)
Gary Grant – trumpet (1, 2, 9)
Jerry Hey – trumpet (1, 2), horn arrangements (1, 9)
Chuck Findley – trumpet (9)
Rod Temperton – instrumental arrangements (1, 3), horn arrangements (1), vocal arrangements (1, 3)
Jeremy Lubbock – string arrangements and conductor (6, 10, 11), Rhodes (10, 11), instrumental arrangements (11)
Gerard Vinci – concertmaster (6, 10, 11)
Frankie Valli – guest vocals (4)
Erin Clark – “God’s voice” and giggles (11)

Production
Producers – Richard Rudolph and The Manhattan Transfer (tracks 1–7, 9, 10 & 11); Tim Hauser and Greg Mathieson (track 8).
Engineers – Kevin Clark (tracks 1–7, 9, 10 & 11); David Leonard (track 8).
Second Engineers – Steve Bates, Gary Boatner, Joe Borga, Rick Butz, Benny Faccone and David Glover.
Recorded at Westlake Studios, Sunset Sound and Boddifications (Los Angeles, CA); United Western Recorders, Baby ‘O Recorders and T.A.P.E. Recorders (Hollywood, CA).
Mixed by Kevin Clark at A&M Studios (Hollywood, CA) and Baby ‘O Recorders.
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios.
Production Coordination – John Cutcliffe
Management Coordination – Marsha Loeb
Art Direction and Design – Fayette Hauser
Management – Brian Avnet


Bop Doo-Wopp

The Manhattan Transfer released their eighth studio album, Bop Doo-Wopp, in 1984 on Atlantic.

1. “Route 66” Bobby Troup 3:20
2. “Jeannine” Duke Pearson; Oscar Brown, Jr. 5:30
3. “My Cat Fell in the Well (Well! Well! Well!)” Billy Moll; Terry Shand; Dave Roberson 2:45
4. “The Duke of Dubuque” James Marchant; Billy Faber; Lawrence Royal 2:20
5. “How High the Moon” Nancy Hamilton; Morgan Lewis 1:58
6. “Baby Come Back to Me (The Morse Code of Love)” Nick Santamaria 2:52
7. “Safronia B” Calvin Boze 2:08
8. “Heart’s Desire” George Cox; James Dozier; Hugh X. Lewis; Bernard Purdie 2:40
9. “That’s The Way It Goes” Raoul Cita; George Goldner 2:49
10. “Unchained Melody” Alex North; Hy Zaret 2:30

The Manhattan Transfer
Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, vocal arrangements (6, 10)
Tim Hauser – vocals, musical arrangements (1), vocal arrangements (6, 8–10)
Alan Paul – vocals, vocal arrangements (6, 10)
Janis Siegel – vocals, musical arrangements (1), vocal arrangements (3–6, 10)

Musicians
Yaron Gershovsky – keyboards, conductor, musical arrangements (2, 5–7, 9, 10)
Jon Mayer – acoustic piano
Tom Kellock – synthesizers
Ira Newborn – guitars, musical arrangements (3, 8)
Wayne Johnson – guitars, musical arrangements (4)
Alex Blake – bass
Andy Muson – bass
Jim Nelson – drums
Art Rodriguez – drums, additional backing vocals (7)
Don Roberts – woodwinds, additional backing vocals (7)
Al Capps – vocal arrangements (1)
Richard Cole – vocal arrangements (2)
Phil Mattson – vocal arrangements (2)
John Cutcliffe – additional backing vocals (7)

Production
Producers – Tim Hauser (Tracks 1, 2 & 4–10); Richard Perry and Tim Hauser (Track 3).
Tracking and Remix – Elliot Scheiner
Engineers – Howard Steele (Track 3) and Richard Lush (Track 7).
Second Engineers on Track 7 – Glen Holguin and Richard Muecke.
Tracking Engineer on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 & 9 – Kenichi Matsuda
Monitor Engineer on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 & 9 – Pete Winer
House Engineer on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 8 & 9 – Dan Kasting
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
Art Direction – Bob Defrin
Cover Illustration – Leslie Cabarga
Management – Brian Avnet


Vocalese

The Manhattan Transfer released their ninth studio album, Vocalese, in 1985 on Atlantic.

1. “That’s Killer Joe” (Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks) – 5:02
2. “Rambo” (J J Johnson, Jon Hendricks) – 3:19
3. “Airegin” (Sonny Rollins) – 3:19
4. “To You” (Thad Jones) – 3:53
5. “Meet Benny Bailey” (Quincy Jones, Jon Hendricks) – 3:29
6. “Another Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks, Frank Paparelli) – 4:12
7. “Ray’s Rockhouse” (Ray Charles, Jon Hendricks) – 5:06
8. “Blee Blop Blues” (Count Basie – Jon Hendricks) – 3:01
9. “Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford” (Benny Golson, Jon Hendricks) – 3:45
10. “Sing Joy Spring” (Clifford Brown, Jon Hendricks) – 7:07
11. “Move” (Denzil Best, Jon Hendricks) – 2:49

Recorded 1985 at The Village Recorder, Ocean Way Recording and Bill Schnee Studios (Los Angeles, CA); Craig Harris Music (Studio City, CA); Fantasy Studios (Berkeley, CA); Can-Am Recorders (Tarzana, CA); Clinton Recording Studios (New York City, NY)

The Manhattan Transfer
Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, soloist (1–3, 5, 8), arrangements (6)
Tim Hauser – vocals, soloist (1, 3, 10, 11), arrangements (1)
Alan Paul – vocals, soloist (1-4, 9), vocal arrangements (5, 7)
Janis Siegel – vocals, soloist (1–3, 8, 10, 11), vocal arrangements (1–3, 8, 10)
Musicians and Guests
Yaron Gershovsky – synthesizers (1), arrangements (1), acoustic piano (2, 3, 5), vocal arrangements (5)
Casey Young – synthesizer programming (1)
Tommy Flanagan – acoustic piano (4)
John Barnes – synthesizers (7), Yamaha TX816 (7), Fairlight CMI (7), Synclavier (7), vocoder (7), Linn 9000 (7), arrangements (7)
Craig Harris – synthesizer voice (7), programming (7), vocoder programming (7), sampling (7)
McCoy Tyner – acoustic piano (9)
Walter Davis, Jr. – acoustic piano (10)
Dick Hindman – acoustic piano (11)
Wayne Johnson – guitars (1, 3, 5), banjo (5)
Freddie Green – guitars (2, 8)
Ray Brown – bass (2, 8)
Alex Blake – bass (3, 5)
Richard Davis – bass (4)
Ron Carter – bass (9)
John Patitucci – bass (10)
Marshall Hawkins – bass (11)
John Robinson – drums (1)
Grady Tate – drums (2, 8, 9)
Ralph Humphrey – drums (3, 5, 10, 11)
Philly Joe Jones – drums (4)
Eric Dixon – saxophone (2, 7)
Danny House – saxophone (2)
Kenny Hing – saxophone (2, 8)
Marshal Royal – saxophone (2, 8)
Johnny Williams – saxophone (2, 8)
Don Roberts – baritone saxophone (5, 11), tenor saxophone (9)
James Moody – tenor sax solo (5)
Danny Turner – saxophone (8)
Richie Cole – alto sax solo (11)
Clarence Banks – trombone (2, 8)
Bill Hughes – trombone (2, 8)
Charles Loper – trombone (2, 8)
Mel Wanzo – trombone (2, 8)
Dennis Wilson – arrangements and conductor (2, 8), trombone (9)
Sonny Cohn – trumpet (2, 8)
Johnny Coles – trumpet (2, 8)
Bob Ojeda – trumpet (2)
Byron Stripling – trumpet (2, 8)
Snooky Young – trumpet (8)
Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet solo (10)
The Count Basie Orchestra – orchestra (2, 8)
Thad Jones – music supervisor (2, 8)
Dick Reynolds – arrangements (4, 11)
Phil Mattson – vocal arrangements (9)
The Four Freshmen: Mike Beisner, Bob Flanagan, Autie Goodman and Rod Henley – additional backing vocals (4)
Bobby McFerrin – bass vocal (6), vocal percussion (6), vocals (6), vocal arrangements (6)
Jon Hendricks – additional backing vocals (6), vocal soloist (7)

Production
Producers – Tim Hauser and Martin Fischer
Recorded and Mixed by Elliot Scheiner
Additional Engineers – Craig Harris, Gary Ladinsky and Brian Malouf.
Assistant Engineers – Gene Curtis, Dan Garcia, Steve Katayama, Steve MacMillan, Dan Matovina, Tom Size and Jay Willis.
Mixed at Sound Labs Hollywood (Hollywood, CA).
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
Musical Director – Bud Schaetzle
Album Coordination – Ivy Skoff
Publishing Coordination – Sue Yahm
Art Direction – Fayette Hauser and Nels Israelson
Photography – Nels Israelson
Management – Brian Avnet


Brasil

The Manhattan Transfer released their tenth studio album, Brasil, in November 1987 on Atlantic.

1. “Soul Food to Go” (Djavan, Doug Fieger) – 5:08
2. “The Zoo Blues” (Djavan, Doug Fieger) – 3:55
3. “So You Say” (Djavan, Amanda McBroom) – 4:47
4. “Capim” (Djavan) – 4:58
5. “Metropolis” (Ivan Lins, Vítor Martins, Brock Walsh) – 4:15
6. “Hear the Voices” (Gilberto Gil, Tracy Mann) – 4:06
7. “Agua” (Djavan, Brock Walsh) – 5:08
8. “The Jungle Pioneer” (Márcio Borges, Milton Nascimento, Brock Walsh) – 3:30
9. “Notes from the Underground” (Ivan Lins, Vítor Martins, Brock Walsh) – 5:45

The Manhattan Transfer
Cheryl Bentyne – vocals, vocal arrangements (3)
Tim Hauser – vocals
Alan Paul – vocals, vocal arrangements (2, 4, 5)
Janis Siegel – vocals, vocal arrangements (1, 3, 4, 6–9)

Musicians and Guests
Jeff Lorber – keyboards (1–3, 5), synthesizer programming (1–3, 5), arrangements (1–3, 5)
Larry Williams – keyboards (4, 6, 7, 9), synthesizer programming (4, 6, 7, 9), arrangements (4, 6, 7, 9)
Yaron Gershovsky – acoustic piano (5)
Wagner Tiso – synthesizer programming (8), arrangements (8)
Wayne Johnson – guitar (1, 5)
Dann Huff – guitar (3, 7)
Toninho Horta – guitar (4, 6, 8)
Oscar Castro-Neves – guitar (4, 9)
Victor Biglione – guitar (8)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (4, 6)
Nathan East – bass (5, 7)
Jamal Joanes Dos Santos – bass (8)
Buddy Williams – drums (1)
John Robinson – drums (3, 4, 7, 8)
Djalma Correa – percussion (1, 6)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (2, 4, 5, 9)
Frank Colón – percussion (8)
David Sanborn – alto saxophone solo (3)
Stan Getz – tenor saxophone solo (4)
Djavan – guest vocals (1, 4)
Milton Nascimento – guest vocals (8)
Uakti (Paulo Sergio Dos Santos, Marco Antonio Guimaraes, Decio De Souza Ramos and Artur Andres Riberto) – soloists (7, 9); Arranged by Marco Antonio Guimaraes

Production
Producers – Tim Hauser (Tracks 1–7 & 9); Tim Hauser and Mazzola (Track 8).
Executive Producer on Brazilian sessions – Alberto Traiger
Recorded by Ed Thacker
Second Engineers – Carlos Ronconi and Mike Ross
Vocal Engineer – Keith Cohen
Second Vocal Engineer – Ted Blaisdell
Mixed by Brian Malouf
Second Mixing Engineers – Jim Dineen and Clif Jones
Recorded at Ocean Way Recording, Studio 55 and Skip Saylor Recording (Los Angeles, CA); Bill Schnee Studios and The Grey Room (Hollywood, CA); JHL Studios (Pacific Palisades, CA); Som Livre Studios (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
Mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Precision Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
Album Coordination – Marsha Loeb
Project Coordination – Ivy Skoff
Art Direction, Design and Paintings – Fayette Hauser
Back Cover Photography – Lawrence Manning
Sleeve Photography – Nancy Clendaniel, John Cutcliffe, Fayette Hauser, Tim Hauser, Lawrence Manning and Louise Velasquez.


Live (1987)


Discography:

  • Jukin’ (1971)
  • The Manhattan Transfer (1975)
  • Coming Out (1976)
  • Pastiche (1978)
  • Live (1978)
  • Extensions (1979)
  • Mecca for Moderns (1981)
  • Bodies and Souls (1983)
  • Bop Doo-Wopp (1984)
  • Vocalese (1985)
  • Brasil (1987)
  • Live (1987)
  • The Offbeat of Avenues (1991)

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