The Manhattan Transfer, Extensions (1979)
My parents were big fans of The Manhattan Transfer and this album was played a lot as I was growing up. If you need any indication that jazz was dead/dying in the 70s and 80s you can now listen to a Manhattan Transfer album to see where it was going. And by 1979, with a new member to break in to the cult, The Manhattan Transfer were fringing in on disco trends and pop – and the big hits of this album are the absurd Twilight Zone thing and their uber-popular arrangement of Birdland; still a live favourite (I’ve sat through the band’s live shows, twice). It’s all so late 70s/early 80s Dinner Party isn’t it? It hasn’t aged well at all. I’ve kept the album – as is the case with a few from my parents’ record collection of the time. And I return to it now and then to give it a chance really. Nothing more. Often it’s a lot less. Where an album like George Benson’s Weekend In L.A. continues to shine – an album like Extensions seems to have been cut short by time. The best call I’ve ever heard to describe the sound of this band (and this album) is when I was last playing it and my wife walked in and proudly announced, “ew this sounds like Garth and Kat“. I laughed a lot. Because she was right.
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