To the surprise 1979 Disco hit of The Manhattan Transfer – Twilight Tone is re-released in remixed versions on June 28th through Wagram Music!
A project nurtured on mutual respect!!!
The Manhattan Transfer belong to the aristocracy of Jazz and yet they defy labels to describe their style. Since their beginnings 50 years ago, they have never stopped innovating and pushing the boundaries. Bart&Baker share the same values and hunger for creativity.
Bart&Baker were longtime fan of the quatuor and The Manhattan Transfer were admirers of the Electro Swing serie (11 volumes) curated by the duo for Wagram Music. Le groupe, quant à lui tient en la plus haute estime la série des compilations
In 2018 at the time of the release of The Manhattan Transfer latest studio album « The Junction », the band commissionned the duo to produce an official remix of « Swing Balboa »
The band loved the results and proposed a new artistic challenge. Work their fingers on their most iconic track, Twilight Tone / Twilight Zone, a disco underground styled track paying tribute to the TV show « Twilight Zone ».
New directions in Electro Funk and Electro Swing
In this EP exclusively released on Bart&Baker Music Label and distributed by Wagram Music, two remixes explore new directions in Electro Funk and Electro Swing.
For their remix, Bart&Baker have chosen to pay tribute to the French Touch. Tracks from this period were usually sampling New York Underground Disco tracks.
For the Electro Swing remix, Bart&Baker have chosen to collaborate with Wolfgang Lohr, a Berlin based DJ and Producer, who’s in high demand.
Bart&Baker add: « When one of your favorite artist gets in touch with you to declare their interest on your works and last but not least put their confidence in your taste to imagine new versions of their iconic track, you remember you are part of a community where those miracles happen.».
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The Manhattan Transfer is a legendary vocal group that began its ascent almost fifty years ago in New York City Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet defies categorization. Beginning with their first performances in the early 1970’s, the members of the Vocal Hall of Fame have become cornerstones of contemporary music, known for their amazing versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music. The original group consisted of Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Laurel Massé. In 1975, the group was signed to Atlantic Records by founder and chairman, Ahmet Ertegun and released their their self-titled album in with such songs such as “Operator”, “Java Jive” and “Tuxedo Junction”. With the release of their second album, “Coming Out”, the song, “Chanson d’Amour” became a number one hit in England and the group garnered international popularity and began touring extensively throughout Europe. In 1979, the group is affected by the departure of Laurel Masse’ due to a serious car accident. After a wide search, Cheryl Bentyne replaces Masse’ and made her recording debut on the 1979 Extensions album which won two Grammys for their cover of Weather report’s “Birdland” and a number one dance hit with Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone. In the 80s, the group ranks in the top 10 American with the title “The Boy From New York City, In 1985, Manhattan Transfer pays homage to Jon Hendricks with the album “Vocalese” which made history as the single greatest Grammy nominated album in history in one year with 12 nominations and 2 wins. Four albums followed “Brasil” (1987), “Tubby The Tuba” (1994), “Tonin” (1995) and “Swing” (1997). In 2000, Manhattan Transfer released a tribute album to Louis Armstrong entitled, “The Spirit of St Louis”.
In 2004, Manhattan Transfer explores new musical registers with strong Latin and world influences in the album “Vibrate”. This album will be followed by “The Chick Corea songbook” released in 2009. With the passing of Tim Hauser in 2014, Trist Curless joined the group and appears on their 2018 release, “The Junction”!