by Leonid Auskren
A-Capella vocal jazz groups are rare guests on our site, and in principle, they stack up to the best of them – The Swingle Singers, Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, Singers Unlimited. Like me, once you hear Voctave, this list can be replenished with one more name. This team is quite large in configuration – eleven vocalists, a whole football team! It was founded relatively recently, in the winter of 2015. In the city of Orlando, Florida. The originator of Voctave is producer and arranger James Ray. His brilliant art is brightly painted on the voices of popular topics, which can be found through a fresh album called Somewhere There’s Music.
Basically, in this almost forty-minute program, we are introduced to jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, themes from movies and simply popular hits. And even if you have heard Moon River or My Funny Valentine dozens of times, it will be difficult for you to remain indifferent to the interpretations of these renditions. Not everyone liked me in this album equally. The Andrews Sisters hits, is really where Voctave are in their element.
The vocalists put “In the Mood,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone But Me),” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Rum and Coca Cola” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” all on one dynamic track – and did it masterfully!
Elegance, good taste, high skill of the performers (all team members have a rich experience of performing on the best stages of their country) – the distinctive features of the ensemble from Florida, are difficult to forget, even after one listen.