2006 | Rhino

An Acapella Christmas

Manhattan Transfer's stunningly tight-knit harmonies make a versatile palette for numerous styles of music. Since their emergence in the late 1960s the quartet has tackled post-bop jazz, doo-wop, R&B, adult contemporary, and standards from the American songbook. The Transfer brings all of these styles to bear on their 2006 collection of holiday tunes ACAPELLA CHRISTMAS. Lush, sweeping jazz arrangements grace a re-invented "White Christmas," while fingersnaps and "oo's" percolate under a bouncy rendition of "Winter Wonderland." The album is firmly rooted in tradition, but jazz aficionados will appreciate the group's challenging, complex vocal harmonies.