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Album Review

The debut recording by the New York Voices is more impressive for the sound and talent of the group than for the material they perform. A somewhat commercial effort (all recent poppish songs other than "'Round Midnight" and "Caravan") given mundane arrangements, this set features the group at a time when they had five vocalists and were clearly hoping to sell a lot of records. One can hear the potential of the vocal ensemble come through, and thankfully most of the material heard on this set has been long discarded. This is a CD that is more intriguing on a historic rather than musical level.

Customer Reviews

Worth a shot

This is worth grabbing for some, but not all, of the songs. Some of the original compositions ARE good. Dare the Moon has a nice flare to it, and shows off the individual vocalists abilities well, and Come Home can be haunting at the right moment. Some of the material is just dated - Now or Never and Street Party are quite forgettable, whereas Who Knows? and National Amnesia are cursed by some horrifically cheesy synth work, although the political points are well-made in the latter. But the real fireworks show on the two standards - Caravan and 'Round Midnight. I had the pleasure of seeing this group open for Art Blakey at an outdoor concert in Philly back in 1990, and it has been a lot of fun seeing the group grow from there. Sample these cuts, buy singles that you like, and enjoy!

The album is dated... so what?

These guys are amazing, and even though this album is obviously dated, you can still hear the talent of these amazing performers. The group sounds even better as a quartet- now the blend and tone are perfect, the best I've ever heard. If the style of this album is too old for you, check out their newer ones. Better yet, see them live. You won't be dissapointed.

Great Voices, Arranging and Musicians

I cannot agree with the reviewer on this one. Vocally they're in great form here. Dated? That's an opinion. You don't have to put a date on good stuff. Just listen. I'd love to know the name of the tenor saxman. Kick back, relax and have a good listen!


Formed: 1987

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the best (and only) jazz vocal groups of the 1990s, the New York Voices use a repertoire that includes bop songs from the vocalese tradition, plus adaptations of more timely material from the jazz and pop worlds. Leader Darmon Meader (who also plays reeds and the EWI) had taken a vocal group to Europe in 1986 through Ithaca College, using the name of the New York Voices. The following year, the group became official, consisting of a rhythm section and five singers: Meader (who also plays reeds...
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