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June 8, 2011

A cappella duets

Jazz Weekly:

Like they said in the movie The Great Escape, "It's such a simple idea as to be absolutely brilliant." Instead of an a cappella singing group, why not just do a bunch of duets, and see how it goes? Well, in these hands (voices), it works out superbly. Like the Persuasions and Take Six, Doctor and Schumacher have no overdubs nor band, just a creative usage of the human voice through an exhilarating mix of standards, latin and pop on a white knuckler roller coaster ride.

Songs like "Honeysuckle Rose" and "I Know That You Know" have the partners exchanging lyrics and rhythm section roles in a way that makes 400 yard relays seem pedestrian. They can create auditory subversive moods as on the Cassavetes sounding "Brandeburg Gate." They do some amazing vocal effects on the funky and foot stomping "Another Bites The Dust" that will have you pounding your fist in the air, while "Temptation" has the two voices open up like a flower opening up to the morning sun. Read more.

I really like this recording as is fitting coming from these a cappella luminaries, Angie is a veteran harmony singer in the Bay Area who currently sing with Clockwork, Dan Schumacher (formerly with Kickshaw) now sings with The Bobs and the recording was produced by the one and only Richard "Bob" Greene.

Posted by acapnews at June 8, 2011 12:00 AM


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