Marlena Shaw Dangerous
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- Released: July 1, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Concord Records
JazzTimes - 11/96, p.81"...[DANGEROUS] reflects the mature musical sensibilities of an artist who has assimilated some 30 years of varied vocal experiences--mostly in straight-ahead jazz, but also in related idioms like pop and R&B--and melded it into a sound and approach unmistakenly her own..."
Vibe - 9/96, p.202"...Shaw lets her supple, burnished alto be guided by forceful intuition and tempered by elegant restraint. Listen and learn."
- 1.Out of This World
- 2.Whisper Not
- 3.Ooo-Wee / Baby You're the One for Me: Baby You're The One For Me
- 4.Blackberry Winter
- 5.Close Enough for Love
- 7.The Nearness of You
- 8.Dim the Lights
- 9.You Make Me Feel Brand New
- 10.You're My Everything
- 11.A Beautiful Friendship
- 12.Give Me One More Chance
- 13.Keep on Trustin'
Personnel: Marlena Shaw (vocals, piano); Kevin Mahogany (vocals); Chris Potter (tenor saxophone); Dave Hazeltine (piano); Ed Kelly (organ); Peter Washington (bass); Clifford Barbaro (drums); Milton Cardona (percussion).
Personnel: Marlena Shaw (vocals, piano); Marlena Shaw; Chris Potter (saxophone, tenor saxophone); David Hazeltine (piano); Ed Kelly (organ); Peter Washington (bass instrument); Clifford Barbaro (drums); Milton Cardona (percussion); Kevin Mahogany (vocals).
Audio Remixer: Phil Edwards .
Liner Note Author: Loonis McGlohon.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA (02/12/1996-03/11/1996); Music Annex, Menlo Park, CA (02/12/1996-03/11/1996); Sound On Sound, N.Y.C., NY (02/12/1996-03/11/1996).
Photographers: Janet Sommer; Sharyl Noday.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Devin Emke; Sandi Young; George Horn.
After neglecting jazz in favor of more financially lucrative soul, funk and disco in the late '70s and much of the '80s, Marlena Shaw has returned to jazz with often rewarding results in the '90s. A sassy, big-voiced diva full of vitality, humor and soul, Shaw lets us know how much she missed jazz on very enthusiastic interpretations of chestnuts ranging from Benny Golson's "Whisper Not" (on which she embraces Leonard Feather's seldom heard lyrics) to the pop standards "The Nearness of You" and "Out of This World." A most pleasant surprise is Shaw's duet with promising singer Kevin Mahogany on the Stylistics' "You Make me Feel Brand New," a Philadelphia soul/pop ballad they successfully turn into swingin', mid-tempo jazz. ~ Alex Henderson
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