"Love's Silhouette"
Pieces of a Dream
HEADS UP HUSA 9071  TT:  68:23 (5-channel) 
The combo Pieces of a Dream with guests is heard playing 14 tunes in a variety of different styles, from R&B to Jazz, including I Feel Like Singin,' Tonight's the Night, Nice & Easy, Mystical Perception, Remembrance, Savoir Faire, Let's Roll and My Funny Valentine.  At this time(Mar. 2003) this recording in its regular stereo edition, is in the top ten of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz chart. This new SACD version offers  superb multi-channel, highly directional sound, impressive to say the least as the listener is surrounded by saxes, percussion and keyboard instruments coming from all corners.  As a demo "pop" surround disk, this would be hard to beat.  Generous playing time, too.


"Got Swing!"
String of Pearls, Stompin' at the Savoy, Blues in the Night, Avalon, Jumpin' at the Woodside, Sweet Georgia Brown, Choo Choo Ch'Boogie, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Skyliner, It Don't Mean a Thing and 4 other songs
The Manhattan Transfer; John Pizzarelli; Janis Siegel; Cincinnati Pops Orch/Erich Kunzel, cond.
TELARC SACD 60592 TT: 64:57 (5.1 channel)

Music of the "swing era" is featured on this well-filled disk, with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and conductor Erich Kunzel joined by vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer in Skyliner, Sugar and Choo Choo Ch'Boogie, John Pizziarelli in Avalon, and Janis Siegel in I'll Be Seeing You. It's all very pleasant, but I find the heavy rather undefined bass somewhat overpowering.