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Take 6

Waltons World Masters Series

‘Take 6 is the greatest vocal ensemble on the planet.
On this subject there is nothing else to discuss.’
– Quincy Jones

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When Saturday, 10 September 2005
Where National Concert Hall, Dublin, Main Auditorium
Presented by Waltons New School of Music
Supported by RTÉ Radio 1, The Irish Times, Brooks Hotel

This concert was recorded for broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.

‘[R]are harmonic sophistication, crisp rhythmic brio and richly emulsified vocal blend…this group does things that no one else in its field can touch.’
– New York Times

Take 6

Vocal ensemble Take 6 has thrilled audiences around the world with their unique and uplifting sound. Since their formation in 1980, the sextet has sold millions of albums and developed a reputation as one of the most innovative vocal groups performing today. While never losing their grounding in bedrock gospel, they have built a style and catalog of songs from such diverse musical genres that their sound is happily and almost hopelessly difficult to categorise. Anyone trying to break it down would find themselves looking at a list that included gospel, jazz, doo-wop, r&b, 60s soul and hip-hop – and that’s just for starters. Take 6 remains the most original, innovative and inimitable vocal ensemble in the world.

Their work has been recognised by a total of ten Grammy awards and has topped Downbeat Magazine’s readers’ and critics’ poll for seven consecutive years. They have also recorded and/or performed with an impressive range of artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, k. d. lang and Branford Marsalis. Take 6’s harmonic eloquence and vocal pyrotechnics represent some of the best a cappella ever recorded or performed, and they have consistently found ways to blend new influences and techniques with their own music, resulting in a musical experience that defies categorisation.

This was their first performance in Ireland.

Grammy Awards
  • 2002: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: Love’s in Need of Love Today
  • 1997: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Brothers
  • 1992: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Handel’s Messiah – A Soulful Celebration
  • 1996: Best Pop Contemporary Gospel Album: Tribute – The Songs of Andrae Crouch
  • 1994: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: Join the Band
  • 1991: Best Jazz Vocal: He Is Christmas
  • 1990: Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album: So Much 2 Say
  • 1989: Best Gospel Performance by A Duo or Group: The Savior Is Waiting
  • 1988: Best Jazz Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group: Spread Love
  • 1988: Best Soul Gospel Performance by a Duo or Group: Take 6
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