East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Manhattan Transfer


A few nights back I was trying to turn on my friend Claire to the music of Manhattan Transfer1, but the web was against us.


But I’m not the sort that’s easily deterred, especially when the Man Tran are concerned.
So here’s the video for The Offbeat of Avenues, that has the right pulpy/noirish style to fit Karavansara to a T.


… and a bonus, because you had to listen to these guys live to be really blown away2.
Listen here, Claire …

  1. yes, the poor girl led a very sheltered life and was never exposed to the corrupting influences of vocalese… 
  2. I was lucky – they played Turin often enough… 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Manhattan Transfer

  1. Ooh… Great! Lovely music, and the video looks wonderfully like the Idea of an Old Movie – or Novel. You know what I mean.

    From the top of the Big Plane Tree
    We heartily, heartily do thank thee.


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