Take 6: Someone to Watch Over Me
Someone to Watch Over Me
The Standard (Heads Up 3142)
Shelea Frazier (lead vocals), Roy Hargrove (trumpet),Claude McKnight (vocals), Mark Kibble (vocals), David Thomas (vocals), Joey Kibble (vocals), Cedric Dent (vocals), Alvin Chea (vocals), Miles Robertson (keyboards), Mark Bowers (guitar), Mark Kelley (bass), Butler (drums).
Composed by George and Ira Gershwin.
Recorded: Various locations, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Some things have changed with Take 6 since the vocal group's debut CD back in 1988. Instead of a cappella gospel music, we now hear a conventional rhythm section in the background and a repertoire featuring a big dose of pop and love songs. But some things don't change. This group still shows off its flawless execution, great intonation, and very smooth blending of voices. Even with guest Shelea Fraizer handling lead vocals, I find myself zeroing in on the impressive backup work of the six singing stars who make up Take 6. Jazz fans take note: although Roy Hargrove is on this track, don't expect to hear much of the trumpeter. Even so, this is a jazzy release, and Take 6 fans will want to own it. But those who haven't heard this group before may want to start with the earlier a cappella releases—timeless projects that still stand out as masterpieces of the genre.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia