Marlena Shaw – Live In Tokyo (2002) [Japan]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:45 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,27 GB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround Sound / Eighty-Eight’s / Village Records # VRGL-8807
Marlena Shaw is a jazz singer who just never gets her commercial rewards. Her delivery is musically unique, emotionally engaging and quite oftne humorous. She’s a true jazz singer and this live set captures most of it.
There are vocalists who can sing well, and swing too; and then there are seasoned professionals who master any material, making each song sound like a fresh thought and an intimate conversation. Marlena Shaw, who began with Count Basie and still works steadily and internationally all through the year, has each of these elements, plus a stage presence that manages to be both electrifying and endearing. This live release, recorded at Tokyo’s B Flat club in June 2002, and reissued about a year later by 441 Records, supplies a taste of Shaw’s warm, easy rapport with her audience, and their delighted response. What is fully documented is her splendid voice and range, and her relaxed, personal delivery of the material. Here it moves from her own, finger-snapping “Ooh Wee – You’re the One for Me,” to a slow-burning rendition of “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Shaw recalls her Basie days with “Until I Met You,” aka “Corner Pocket,” and heats up both “Round Midnight” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” which was a hit for Roberta Flack in a more subdued version. Whether interpreting jazz classics or pop tunes, Shaw puts her signature on each track, inviting the listener in with her direct, earthy approach, and her unique lyrical improvisations that enhance the meaning of each song. This CD is strong, honest, tuneful, and recommended.
01. Ooh Wee / Baby You’re the One for Me
02. Don’t Ask to Stay Until Tomorrow (Theme from “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”)
03. Feel Like Makin’ Love
04. What a Difference a Day Made
05. Rose Marie (Mon Cherie)
06. Until I Met You
07. ‘Round Midnight
08. My Foolish Heart
09. Loving You Was Like a Party
Produced by Yasohachi Itoh.
Recorded on June 28, 2002 at B Flat, Tokyo.
Marlena Shaw – vocals
Rickey Woodard – tenor sax
Clarence McDonald – piano
Jeff Chambers – bass
Ron Otis – drums