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Self-titled by M-Pact

Now, here are A+ a cappella vocals, coordinated in a manner that only folks who really know singing can arrange. The crisp falsettos, finger-snapping/head-bopping tempos, and cleverly arranged covers are truly something to behold. You most certainly would never guess that no instruments are used to provide accompaniment, as these guys prove that their style is truly self-reliant and all-encompassing. Add to that the fact that they are obviously having big fun here.

Of special note (to this reviewer, anyway) are track 2 (Have a Talk With God), track 6 which just happens to be my favorite--a riveting, gliding, and caressingly tender version of George Michael’s beautiful Jesus to a Child, track 9, a unique rendering of the classic Over the Rainbow, featuring some notable guest vocals, and, at track 12, the jazzy and creative offering of the Four Tops’ Baby, I Need Your Loving (I do still prefer Levi Stubbs and Co. on this one, however). What Are You Doing For the Rest of Your Life (track 13) serves as a good indicator of the vocal styling and quality of this collection of talented voices.

At first, one might not regard this CD as one offering classic smooth jazz, but its smooth delivery and innovative stylings make it one that can serve as an interesting, if only temporary, departure from the familiar saxes and keys and guitars of smooth jazz. Of course, if a cappella vocals are your thing, you could do so much worse. These guys pack the talent in this CD in really generous helpings. The group’s promo sheet states, in part: "Imagine the hip jazz licks of Take 6.... & the brass bite of the Harry Connick, Jr. Big Band.... All created by the human voice alone." Yes, imagine that.... then experience it. Well done, M-Pact.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: M-Pact
  • CD Title: Self-titled
  • Genre: Various Jazz Styles
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: M-Pact Records
  • Tracks: You Need to Know, Have a Talk With God, I Found a Love in You, Night and Day, I Thought You Cared For Me, Jesus to a Child, My Favorite Things, Northeast Wind, Over the Rainbow, Almost Like Being in Love, Bluesette, Baby I Need Your Loving, What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life, Northwest Passage
  • Musicians: Trist Ethan Curless, Marco Cassone, Britt Quentin, Jake Moulton, Rudy Cardenas, Jeff Smith
  • Rating: Four Stars
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