Accent: 6 Guys, 5 Countries, 1 Vocal Supergroup A Stealth Jazz Group, Accent Turns A Cappella Fans On to Jazz Harmony
Accent is the most amazing young vocal group on the planet! Great arrangers and singers, they come up with the most gorgeous harmonies, impeccable swing, grooves, feeling and pitch. - Jorge Calandrelli, Grammy Award-winning composer and arranger
In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out its own niche. Inspired by the wizardly jazz harmonies of TAKE 6 and, before them, The Hi-Lo's, the six men of Accent, all of them accomplished arrangers and instrumentalists in their own right, decided to take their love of close-harmony jazz singing - the denser and more intricate the better - as far as it could go.
Accent is six singer/arrangers, all of whom have considerable musical careers in their home countries: Jean-Baptiste (JB) Craipeau (France) - tenor 1; Simon Åkesson (Sweden) - tenor 2; Danny Fong (Canada) - tenor 3; Andrew Kesler (Canada) - tenor 4; James Rose (United Kingdom) - baritone; and Evan Sanders (USA) - bass. Having originally met and recorded together via the Internet, they have since come together to record and tour, becoming an international vocal supergroup. Their amazing blend and arrangements have been acclaimed by a cappella devotees and fellow musicians alike. Cedric Dent of TAKE 6, Clark Burroughs of The Hi-Lo's and Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer have all sung their praises. Accent is, arguably, the most spectacular jazz vocal group since TAKE 6, singing original arrangements that are daring and dazzling but never lose the melody, even as they effortlessly execute seemingly impossible chordal shifts.