Marlena Marlena Shaw
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- 3Runnin' Out Of Fools04:47
- 4So Far Away03:58
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- 6Save The Children04:08
- 7You Must Believe In Spring04:33
- 8Wipe Away The Evil05:02
- 9Things Don't Never Go My Way05:56
Info for Marlena
Marlena is an album by American vocalist Marlena Shaw recorded in 1972 and released on the Blue Note label. The album was Shaw's third release and her first for the Blue Note label.
Marlena Shaw, vocals
Phil Bodner, flute, oboe, english horn
Derek Smith, piano, electric piano
Paul Griffin, electronic organ, electric piano
Vincent Bell, guitar
Jay Berliner, guitar
Cornell Dupree, guitar
Richard Davis, bass
Gordon Edwards, bass
Jimmy Johnson, drums
Raymond Orchart, conga
Johnny Pacheco, conga, bongos
Omar Clay, percussion
Wade Marcus, arranger, conductor
Paul Gershman, violin
Louis Haber, violin
Harry Lookofsky, violin
Irving Spice, violin
Louis Stone, violin
Paul Winter, violin
Julian Barber, viola
Seymour Berman, viola
Seymour Barab, cello
Charles McCraken, cello
Eugene Bianco, harp
Recorded at A&R Studios in New York City on August 10 to 16 in 1972
Produced by Dr. George Butler
While everyone agrees that Marlena Shaw is a national treasure, it’s difficult to categorize her. Both Downbeat and Record World have named her “Best Female Singer,” and many have compared her range, class and swing that of to eternal jazz lights like Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, and Nancy Wilson. She’s also been called a “soul legend.” The critics use words like “astonishing,” “peerless,” “radiant” and “powerful,” and marvel at her “soaring sensuality.”
Given her 40-year plus boundary-busting career, such labeling confusion is inevitable. It’s easier and more descriptive to think of Marlena as a natural element: like water. Marlena’s music is unmistakable. Whether she’s singing jazz, R&B, pop, rock, soul, blues or gospel, her originality makes such distinctions irrelevant, and each song becomes intimate and new.
Marlena is universally admired for her warm, supple voice and relaxed charm; a natural storyteller, her spoken words before, during, and between songs is often hilarious. Marlena’s smiling; spontaneous interplay with both her band and her audience invites the listener in like a valued friend.
Using the experience she received with the Count Basie Band, Marlena has become a favorite singer for big bands. Witness her work with Frank Foster at Lincoln Center and with Diva. But despite her long experience, there’s no slickness or pretense in Marlena’s style. Communicating directly from her heart and soul to yours, her undiminished creative vitality has no artificial ingredients. Like water – or a welcome breath of fresh air – Marlena is an all-natural element.
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