This Los Angeles-based vocal jazz group has been singing together since 2003, and has developed a loyal and enthusiastic following for its unique A Cappella style and lively personality. The group's sound has been described as "compelling," "mesmerizing," and "a cocktail for the ears!" The foursome, who describe themselves as "self-confessed chord freaks", share a passion for "dangerously close harmonies" and "songs that can melt the heart!" A powerful combination indeed!
Members: Caroline McLean, Kate Walker, Peter Neushul, Dave Taylor, Robert Clark
Ready, Willing and Mabel: A Cocktail For The Ears
Los Angeles-based mixed vocal jazz quartet RW&M first came to our attention when they performed a very strong 10-minute set at the 2005 SF Bay Area Harmony Sweeps Regionals. Singing together since 2003, these 4 "chord freaks" have a passion for dangerously close harmonies and "songs that can melt the heart," 12 of which are included on this CD. Some favorites are "This Can't Be Love/Almost Like Being in Love" medley, " the smoky, Latin "Corcovado," the moody "Where Is Love," "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year," Lennon/McCartney's "I Will," "Through the Years" and "Puttin' On The Ritz." Some songs with Bass, Percussion and other accompaniment. Beautifully designed liner notes. A "Cocktail for the Ears" from this talented Retro quartet
Ready, Willing and Mabel: Busy Line
"Busy Line" is the second excellent album by talented, mixed voice (2 men, 2 women) Vocal Jazz group R,W&M, who first came on to our radar with their wonderful set at the 2005 Harmony Sweeps Bay Area Regional. The LA-based retro quartet, who have been singing together since 2003, feature lead Caroline Mclean, alto Kate Walker, tenor Peter Neushul and bass Jim Campbell has taken the place of fellow "chord freak" Robert Clark. 15 nostalgic favorites, beginning with a "Fascinating Rhythm/Steppin' Out with My Baby" medley, the Gershwins' haunting "Shadow of Your Smile" from "The Sandpiper," Freddie Mercury's big fun Roaring 20s reprise "Seaside Rendezvous," Cole Porter's "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," and another nice medley, "Let's Go to Brazil/The Gift," which has some non-vocal percussion and bass, and Cahn, Chaplin & Lunceford's "Rhythm is Our Business" is big band-accompanied. Irving Berlin's upbeat "Blue Skies," Bloom & Gallup's bluesy "Maybe You'll Be There" and Leonard Bernstein's "Some Other Time" round out the program. Murray Semos and Frank Stanton's title tune has some non-vocal bass and percussion, and Mandel and Bergman's "Where Do You Start" has some bluenote Saxophone. An entertaining, authentic (even down to the vintage clothing worn by the group in the liner notes pix), sweet-harmonied trip to another era from Ready, Willing & Mabel!