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December 20, 2003


Philadelphia Inquirer

So the Manhattan Transfer's Friday show is sold out at the Keswick Theatre. This disc can fill in. It represents a rare occasion of capturing the vocal group's unique live sound on digital. You can hear the quartet's effect on a crowd on "Couldn't Be Hotter," recorded in concerts in Japan in December 2000. They wheel through mostly swing numbers with fresh elan. Trumpeter Lew Soloff lays out some imperial work on a zesty "Up a Lazy River." Some tunes are a little precious and schmaltzy, but the good can overwhelm even the most cynical synapses. These singers have always managed to make the campy compelling, and this set's example, "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone," lets them ride on a disco high horse.

Posted by acapnews at December 20, 2003 8:46 AM


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