Beachfront Property 296

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Review Text Beachfront Property's self-titled debut album was the first of two CDs that the Southern California vocal group recorded for guitarist/producer John Anello, Jr.'s Cexton label in the 1990s. Straight Up, the second of the two, is the outfit's most essential release, but this is still a very promising debut. When this album was recorded in Hollywood, CA, in 1990, Beachfront Property had no less than nine members -- which is certainly unusual for a jazz-oriented vocal group. Beachfront Property wasn't the only jazz-oriented vocal outfit that was active in the 1990s, but it isn't every day that you encounter one that has that many members. With nine singers on board, anything less than total unity would have resulted in a major train wreck. But the members of Beachfront Property are very much in sync on this album, and a sense of team work serves them well on memorable performances of material that range from the Beatles' "Blackbird" to Antonio Carlos Jobim's "I Remember You," Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," and Michel LeGrand's "The Summer Knows." For comic relief, Beachfront Property opens the CD with "The Flintstones Theme," which lends itself surprisingly well to a jazz interpretation. One can make different comparisons when this album is playing; there are parallels between Beachfront Property's work and albums by New York Voices, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, and the Manhattan Transfer. But the Southern Californians bring an impressive energy of their own to this enjoyable debut. ~ Alex Henderson

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Flinstones Theme - 2:00
  2. 2. Blackbird - 3:54
  3. 3. Hurry on Down - 4:09
  4. 4. Embraceable You - 2:03
  5. 5. Born to Be Blue - 3:47
  6. 6. You Go to My Head - 3:33
  7. 7. Ring-A-Ding Ding - 3:39
  8. 8. It Had to Be You - 3:45
  9. 9. You Made Me Love You - 3:01
  10. 10. Summer Knows - 3:46
  11. 11. My Kind of Girl - 3:16
  12. 12. Sophisticated Lady - 3:35
  13. 13. I Remember You - 3:55
  14. 14. Wave - 7:53

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