Tag Archives: The Manhattan Transfer

On March 6, 2009.

On March 6, 2009, David Williams died aged 58. He was musician (guitar, bass guitar), vocalist, song writer and music producer, known as a prominent and most in demand session guitarist. He worked with The Dells, The Temptations, Madonna, Michael Jackson,  Chanson, The Pointer Sisters, Peter Allen, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Julio Iglesias, George Benson, The Manhattan Transfer, Michael McDonald, Melissa Manchester, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Shalamar, Go West, ABC, Boz Scaggs, Karen Carpenter, Mariah Carey, Julian Lennon, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Johnny Mathis, Del Shannon, Chaka Khan, Paul Hardcastle, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Diana Ross, the Crusaders, Andraé Crouch, Eddie Murphy, Herbie Hancock, Peter Cetera, Whitney Houston and Monkey Business. As leader he released two albums.

On September 2, 2001.

On September 2, 2001, Jay Migliori died aged 70. He was a musician (saxophone), a founding member of Supersax, a Charlie Parker tribute band. Some artists he performed and recorded with include Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, The 5th Dimension, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Gene Ammons, Paul Anka, David Axelrod, Hoyt Axton, The Byrds, Captain & Tennille, Harry Chapin, Leonard Cohen, Albert Collins, Dick Dale, Neil Diamond, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, The Manhattan Transfer, Harry Nilsson, Van Dyke Parks, Esther Phillips, Helen Reddy, The Righteous Brothers, The Tubes, Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Williams, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young. As a leader, Migliori released three albums.

 

On May 2, 2020.

On May 2, 2020, Richie Cole died aged 72. He was composer, arranger and musician (saxophone), began to play alto saxophone when he was ten years old, encouraged by his father, who owned a jazz club in New Jersey. In the 70’ he created his own “alto madness” bebop style. In the 90’s he formed The Alto Madness Orchestra. Cole recorded and performed with many musicians such as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Eddie Jefferson, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Crawford,  Freddie Hubbard, Eric Kloss, Bobby Enriquez, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Greg Abate, Les DeMerle, Allan Harris, Jim Holman, Vic Juris, Peter Lauffer, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Janine Santana, Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt and Boots Randolph. In 2005, Cole was awarded the “State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” on behalf of the “Temecula Jazz Society”.

On April 2, 1975.

On April 2, 1975, “Atlantic” label released the self – titled, second Manhattan Transfer studio album. It was recorded in 1974, and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser.

Personnel:

  • Tim Hauser– vocals, vocal arrangements, arrangements
  • Laurel Massé– vocals, vocal arrangements, tambourine
  • Alan Paul– vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Janis Siegel– vocals, vocal arrangements
  • Michael Brecker– tenor sax solo
  • Mike Rod – tenor sax solo
  • Zoot Sims– tenor sax solo
  • Don Grolnick– piano, electric piano, clavinet
  • Richard Tee– organ, electric piano
  • Murray Weinstock – organ
  • Jerry Friedman – guitar
  • Ira Newborn– guitar, musical director, conductor, arrangements
  • Andy Muson – bass guitar
  • Roy Markowitz – drums
  • Daniel Ben Zebulon – congas
  • Phil Bodner, Wally Kane, Seldon Powell – clarinet
  • Phil Bodner, Jerry Dodgion, George Dorsey, Harvey Estrin, David Sanborn, George Young – alto saxophone
  • Lew Del Gatto, Wally Kane – baritone saxophone
  • Michael Brecker, Seldon Powell, Mike Rod, Frank Vicari – tenor saxophone
  • Wayne Andre, Garnett Brown, Paul Favlise, Mickey Gravine, Quentin Jackson, Alan Raph – trombone
  • Randy Brecker, Mel Davis, Jon Faddis, Marky Markowitz, Bob McCoy, Alan Rubin, Marvin Stamm – trumpet
  • Lew Hahn – recording and remix engineer
  • Geoffrey Haslsmm Gene Paul – engineers

Track listing:

  1. Tuxedo Junction – Erskine Hawkins, William Johnson, Buddy Feyne, Julian Dash
  2. Sweet Talking Guy – Doug Morris, Elliot Greenberg
  3. Operator – William Spivery- (derived from “Operator, Operator” by Sister Wynona Carr)
  4. Candy – Mack David, Joan Whitney, Alex Kramer
  5. Gloria – Esther Navarro
  6. Clap Your Hands – Ira Newborn, The Manhattan Transfer
  7. That Cat Is High – M. Williams
  8. You Can Depend on Me – Earl Hines, Charles Carpenter
  9. Blue Champagne – Frank Ryerson, Grady Watts, Jimmy Eaton
  10. Java Jive – Milton Drake, Ben Oakland
  11. Occapella – Allen Toussaint
  12. Heart’s Desire – Hugh X. Lewis, George Cox, James Dozier, Ralph Ingram, Bernard Purdie

On August 19, 1976.

On August 19, 1976, “Atlantic” label released “Coming Out”, the third Manhattan Transfer album. It was recorded in 1975, and was produced by Richard Perry.

Personnel:

  • Tim Hauser– vocals, arranger
  • Laurel Massé– vocals, arranger
  • Alan Paul– vocals, arranger
  • Janis Siegel– vocals, arranger
  • Michael Brecker– soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Jackie Kelso– tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
  • Jay Migliori– tenor saxophone
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Ira Newborn– autoharp, guitar, arranger
  • Ben Benay, Robert Bowles – guitar
  • Andy Muson – double bass, bass guitar
  • Dave Frishberg– Clavinet, keyboards, piano
  • Paul Griffin– keyboards, organ, synthesizer
  • John– piano, keyboards
  • John Barnes, Clarence McDonald– piano
  • Arthur Jenkins– piano, arranger
  • Mike Melvoin– piano
  • Tim Hauser– assistant producer
  • Douglas Botnick, Lewis Hahn, Rick Rowe – engineer
  • Bill Payne, Roger Steinman – piano
  • Steve Paietta – accordion
  • Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, David Kemper, Roy Markowitz, Jim Nelson, Rick Shlosser, Ringo Starr– drums
  • Ralph MacDonald– congas, percussion
  • Nicky Marrero – percussion, timbales
  • Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr– bongos, percussion
  • Bobbye Hall, Doug Thorngren – percussion
  • Tim Hauser– assistant producer
  • Douglas Botnick, Lewis Hahn, Rick Rowe – engineer
  • Howard Steele – engineer, remixing
  • Dennis Devlin, Dan Latham, Tim Sadler – assistant engineer
  • Allen Zentz – mastering

Track listing:

  1. Don’t Let Go – Jesse Stone
  2. Zindy Lou – Johnny Moore, Eddie Smith
  3. Chanson D’Amour – Wayne Shanklin
  4. Helpless – Holland-Dozier-Holland
  5. Scotch and Soda – Dave Guard
  6. The Speak Up Mambo (Cuentame) – Al Castellanos
  7. Poinciana(The Song Of The Tree) Nat Simon, Buddy Bernier
  8. O.S – Ron Roker, Gerry Shury, Phil Swern
  9. Popsicle Toes – Michael Franks
  10. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren
  11. The Thought of Loving You – David White