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Twenty For One

by Cadence

Instruments are for Surgeons... Twenty For One is a mixture of pop covers, original compositions, and jazz-flavoured material, all done a cappella.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps
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2:55 album only
2. Don't Fix What's Broken
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3:54 album only
3. Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
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4:09 album only
4. Sunshine
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2:31 album only
5. The Dry Cleaner From Des Moines
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2:55 album only
6. Hit That Jive Jack
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3:05 album only
7. The Perfect Kiss
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4:00 album only
8. Game
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4:02 album only
9. Blues On Sunday
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4:03 album only
10. Sittin' In the Cellar
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3:13 album only
11. True Colours
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2:49 album only
12. The Things We Do For Love
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3:13 album only


Album Notes

CADENCE is Dylan Bell [tenor], Ross Lynde [tenor], Carl Berger [baritone] and Kevin Fox [bass]. The group enjoys working with both pop and jazz, and covers the gamut of a cappella techniques - Great harmonies, scat singing, vocal percussion, killer bass lines - you name it, it's all there. This CD includes a mixture of pop covers, original compositions, and jazz-flavoured material. When recreating pop classics the group maintains the essence of the original versions while adding their own stamp. You gotta love Dylan's Steve Gadd drum groove combined with Carl's Paul Simon-esque lead on "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover" or the nod to Queen included in Ross' solo feature, "The Things We Do for Love."

On the jazz side, CADENCE combines their highly-produced vocal sound with swingin', high-energy arrangements. They also add a nice dose of bebop scat singing: check out the retro swing style of "Hit That Jive Jack," or the funky rendition of the Joni Mitchell classic "Drycleaner From Des Moines."

Many a cappella groups write original music with varying levels of success: CADENCE, however, really comes to the table with some well-crafted material. I love the high-energy drive of Dylan's "Don't Fix What's Broken" And, if you're a Tower of Power fan, you're gonna love the funky groove of Kevin's and co-writer Gillian Stecyk's "Sittin' in the Cellar."

CADENCE delves into a lot of different styles, but the diversity of their repertoire is countered by the consistency of their performances, arrangements, and production value. The lead lines, the ensemble vocals, and the "vocal instruments" all combine to create a very hip sound. If you're a fan of vocal groups, and a cappella harmony, you're going to dig Twenty For One.

Cadence is:
Four men, four microphones, no instruments. This is the formula for Toronto's celebrated vocal band, CADENCE. This formidable foursome has been dishing up its unique blend of tight harmony, instrumental imitation, high-energy antics, and audience interaction to sold-out audiences-and getting people genuinely excited about vocal music! The results have earned CADENCE international recognition as "one of the finest quartets to make an appearance in the a cappella scene"

CADENCE was nominated for a 2001 Juno Award and received two Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for their debut CD, "frost-free".

CADENCE is internationally recognized for their unique Canadian approach to a cappella vocal music. Performance requests have come from all over North America and Europe, and as far away as Venezuela and Egypt.

During the past five years, the CADENCE performance schedule has been highlighted by appearances on radio and television, at Toronto's SkyDome, and the 2001 World Leaders tribute to Quincy Jones. In 2003 CADENCE had the honour of an "impromptu" performance with Bobby McFerrin at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Most recently, the band won first place and "audience favourite" at the New York Regional Harmony Sweepstakes.


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SO Good
Cadence is the best male accapella group to come out of Canada. Energetic, fun and talented. Greatest song on this album is "Sunshine." So good. Great Bass.


Nothing short of the best a capella in the world
This album is incredible. There are things I love about every track. As Far as showing off there skill and virtueosity "hit That Jive Jack" is the best, The skat solo is out of sight, and the guitar solo in "perfect kiss" is amazing. All in all, I can scarcly believe my ears every time i hear it. It is the kind of album that even non-a capella fans will love.


Twenty for One
Génial ! Tout le monde adore ce cd qu'on a mis du temps à trouver (pas vendu en France).


This cd is the most amazing cd i've ever lsitened to. i saw cadence live and they sang some of these and they just blew me away. song 7 "the perfect kiss" is such a beautiful song!


Nothing like a great funky original, "Don't Fix What's Broken" is a gem on this CD. As for covers, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" is flawless. In addition, "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" and "The Things We Do For Love" are also fabulous cover tunes, paying homage to those artists who made these songs famous, but adding a "Cadence" twist. Enjoy the harmonies, jazz, funk, scat, and wonderful tones of Cadence's 20 for one. Catch them live if you can!


Worth Every Penny.

Caitlin Traviss

Absolutely amazing as always!
This CD is absolutely amazing! Can't wait for more!! The sound just takes my breath away. :)


O mi goshhh, this CD is sooo great!! :D would definitely recommend it.. so unique, and full of talents.. !

Stephonious Monk - Critic's Corner

Impressive arrangements. Great vocal harmonies and use of body parts.
"50 Ways to Leave You Lover" and "Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" are my two favourite tracks. The arrangement on "Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" is original yet retains the integrity of Joni Mitchell's very jazzy composition. The intonation, as would be expected from an a capella vocal group, is pitch-perfect.

Personally, I would have preferred the CD to include more jazz tunes and arrangements. However, I've been accused of being a "jazz nerd", so that comment should be taken lightly. I was impressed by the production quality and by the use of "studio tricks" to sometimes further enhance the performances. From a jazz nerd's perspective, I give it three stars. If I could put my personal bias aside, I would give it four.

Kevin B

Great a cappella recording
Bought this CD after seeing a fantastic live performance. This disc surprised me in a number of ways. First, the song selection: I had expected mostly jazz, but these tracks show an incredible range and deft reinterpretation of standard pop. The jazz is superb, tight, and innovative, and the instrument impressions just leave me speechless. (A string section?!) The percussion is pocket-perfect, and the sound is crisp and clear with no apparent pitch correction artifacts or overcompression like you hear on some a cappella recordings. Most surprising is how much I find myself listening mostly to the originals. Shades of Squeeze, Steely Dan, and ToP, with honest, heartfelt lyrics. Just a great disc.
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