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January 21, 2013

Review: Legendary Hendricks caps evening of swinging singing

Las Vegas Review Journal

This is not music for a sing-along. Shower singers who attempt to replicate these lyrics at these tempos will very quickly find their tongues firmly tangled.

Indeed, the lyrics fly past at such a pace that it's seldom possible to grasp the meaning of what is being said. However, that may not be the point. The listener should be able to pick out key words and phrases and occasionally outrageous rhymes and conclude this is not for comprehension, it's for fun.

Manhattan Transfer's founder, Tim Hauser, introduced the second quartet, New York Voices. The group is patterned after Transfer but is a bit more relaxed in much of its repertoire. It captured the audience immediately with a version of the Goodman classic "Sing, Sing, Sing" and followed with Walter Donaldson's torch song "Love Me or Leave Me." After a brief intermission both quartets joined forces on a rollicking version of Basie's "Tickle Toe."

Then the guy everyone had turned out to see, Jon Hendricks, came on stage. He chatted, he sang scat, he became part of the two groups, but mostly, he recalled the glory days of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. He inspired chuckles with "Gimme That Wine" and awe with the breakneck tempos of the Ellington band's "Cotton Tail" and the closer, "Birdland."

But perhaps most remarkable of all is the fact that he's still performing, teaching, writing and traveling the world at age 91. What a remarkable legacy. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at January 21, 2013 12:00 AM