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October 18, 2006

Mini review New York Voices

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA):

The New York Voices blended material with the ease of a master chef Friday night at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, North Side. Opening with their classic treatment of "Sing, Sing, Sing," the vocal quartet quickly established its sound and style. It wasn't long, however, before the group was doing new songs such as "A Day Like This" and new arrangements of older material.

Unlike groups such as Manhattan Transfer, which is locked in an image created decades ago, the members of the Voices seem interested in musical growth and exploration.

The Voices' version of "Stoned Soul Picnic," for instance, took the Fifth Dimension classic and gave in a twist with modern jazz phrasing and rhythm. The vocal skills of Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Peter Eldridge and Darmon Meader were precise on all tunes. They were even able to give freshness to older material such as Duke Ellington's "Love You Madly."

Posted by acapnews at October 18, 2006 12:09 AM