Take 6 sings at the Garde

To fans and listeners, the sublime a capella gospel act Take 6 will always be the young undergrad dudes who started singing together on the campus of Oakwood College in Alabama. It's hard to believe, then, that they started singing together in 1980 - and officially became Take 6 when they signed a label deal in 1987.

Twenty-five years ago!

To listen to those clustered, Grammy-happy harmonies today, though, is to acknowledge that they sound just as fresh and vibrant as ever.

Of course, over the years, Take 6 has stylistically grown, incorporating elements of funk, doo-wop, call-and-response, jazz, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and - gasp! - even occasional instrumentation. Try their latest album, "One," for example, or - even more fun - see them perform Tuesday in New London's Garde Arts Center. Their live shows are so good you're ears won't believe it's actually happening.

- RICK KOSTER

Take 6, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London; $33-$48; (860) 444-7373, gardearts.org.

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