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Artist Spotlight: Manhattan Transfer announce new album 'The Junction'

Legendary vocal group The Manhattan Transfer will release their first new studio album in 10 years titled "THE JUNCTION" on March 30 via BMG. 

The first single from the album, “Cantaloop (Flip Out!)” will be released digitally as an instant grat track on February 9; and the album will be available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes on February 16.

"THE JUNCTION" – the group’s new album which draws inspiration from The Transfer’s classic 1975 version of Glenn Miller’s “Tuxedo Junction” – features the group’s newest member, bass vocalist Trist Curless, who joined the group when late band founder Tim Hauser fell ill in 2013; officially joining after Hauser’s passing in late 2014.

Curless (formerly of m-pact), joins Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor) and Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), as they release a collection of songs that includes five selections that the members wrote or co-write themselves.THE JUNCTION was produced by five-time Grammy winner -- vocalist, film composer, arranger and producer Mervyn Warren. 

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“As our work on "The Junction," and the theme of the album reflects — democracy is the fabric of the group and has been from the beginning,” says Bentyne. “It’s a whole different ball game, but one we feel is still musically very viable and exciting,” adds Siegel. Paul says, “The concept of The Junction is that this is a special meeting place, a junction of merging our four and a half decade musical legacy with something new. We weren’t looking to replace Tim’s unique personality, but found in Trist someone who could add a new element to the group, and take care of the bottom of the quartet with his true bass.” Curless reflects, “My personal desire was that the album would sound like The Manhattan Transfer, keeping what they’ve done, but bringing a new energy that would come naturally with my strengths as an artist, becoming a part of theirs.”

The setlist for "THE JUNCTION" includes:
Cantaloop (Flip Out!)
Swing Balboa (Down on Riverside)
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Blues For Harry Bosch
Shake Ya Boogie (Galactic Vocal Version)
Sometimes I Do
Ugly Man
The Junction
Tequila / The Way of The Booze
The Paradise Within (aka Paradise Found)

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