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Monday, February 21, 2005


That is the title of a jazz CD I picked up by a singer called Marlena Shaw and I have to say it is one of the best jazz/funk CD's I've ever heard! When I saw the title and the cover I couldn't decide what I thought. The cover is actually a stunning photograph of a beautiful and proud looking woman of color with a traditional afro and an African shoulder necklace. The photo is in lush/fuzzy black and white and Marlena Shaw looks ice cold --- but the CD is full of warmth, humor and a great mix of old school R&B with just a touch of jazz. It was released on Blue Note records in 1975. I don't think it was much of a hit, but it should have been. This CD makes Angie Stone sound lame --- and I love Angie Stone.

Anyway, if you like some funk in your jazz and 70's R&B --- this is a CD you want!

Now, my big question --- Who is this Marlena Shaw, anyway? I refuse to believe she is a bitch. Looks like her last CD was released in 2000 on an obscure lable. She is apparently fairly popular in Japan. ...but, then again, who isn't?


Blogger Jon said...

I've made albums in Japan and Gemany, for crying out loud ^_^

12:14 AM  
Blogger matty said...

well, me too. I mean --- aren't we all big in Japan?

Anyway, this lady deserves to be! Her music is rocking my world --- in a good way.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Matt - you've discovered her! She's one of the good ones - check


for pics of all her albums & work. & her version of "California Soul" is a classic & being revived everywhere today (films/commercials)

12:39 AM  

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