Marlena Shaw - Just A Matter Of Time (1976) Remastered 2014

Marlena Shaw - Just A Matter Of Time (1976) Remastered 2014

Artist: Marlena Shaw
Title Of Album: Just A Matter Of Time
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Blue Note Records
Genre: Soul, Funk, Disco, R&B
Total Time: 42:28 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: 320kbps / Lossless 48kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit / 192kHz/24bit
Total Size: 107 mb / 337 mb / 1.02 gb / 1.80 gb
Marlena Shaw is among the most versatile and charismatic jazz vocalists on the scene today. Her performances are marked by an artful blend of pop standards and straight-ahead jazz tunes. Her extroverted stage presence gives her an edge over other vocalists, and clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable.
After her uncle Jimmy Burgess introduced her to the recordings of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, she caught the jazz bug and purchased records by Al Hibbler, a vocalist who had a big influence on her singing style. When she was ten she performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater, and despite the enthusiastic reception she received in front of one of the world's toughest audiences, her mother refused to let her go on the road with her uncle, a trumpet player. Shaw attended the State Teachers' College in Potsdam, NY, but later dropped out. For some time in 1963 she worked around New England with a trio led by Howard McGhee. By the mid-'60s she was performing regularly for audiences in the Catskills, Playboy clubs, and other New York area clubs. In 1966, she recorded "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" for Cadet Records, and the single sold very well for an unknown singer. The single's success, a rare vocal version of the tune, prompted executives at Cadet to encourage her to record a whole album for the label in 1967. The diversity of styles, including blues, jazz, and pop standards, is reflected in the album's title, Out of Different Bags. Through her accountant, she was brought to the attention of bandleader Count Basie, and she ended up singing with the Basie band for four years.
In 1972, after leaving the Basie Orchestra, Shaw was the first female vocalist signed to Blue Note Records, and she toured for a while with the late Sammy Davis Jr. Shaw recorded five albums and several singles for Blue Note, and critics likened her singing style to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. At her club shows, Shaw dazzled audiences with her intoxicating blend of straight-ahead jazz, soul, pop, and classic R&B, but her recordings will also satisfy fans of traditional jazz who have no prejudices about blues and R&B. --Richard Skelly
She was their first female artist, but Blue Note Records didn't have a clue on how to record or promote Marlena Shaw. Her two Cadet albums are more satisfying than any of her five Blue Note sets. This is her most commercial Blue Note offering, as she was dropped after Who Is This Bitch Anyway, an aptly titled album given that Marlena constantly bickered with Blue Note about the minuscule sales of three previous albums. Marlena craved a hit, something she hadn't experienced since "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" made the R&B charts in 1967 on Cadet Records. Blue Note hired R&B producers Bert DeCoteaux and Tony Silvester to make it happen, but it never did; only the disco-ish "It's Better Than Walking Out" surfaced. "Be for Real" (Not the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes song) and "No Hiding Place" owe more to gospel than anything, but they're weak and uninspiring, and "Brass Band" is silly. The best of the bunch include a remake of the Spinners' "Love Has Gone Away," "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," and the lilting "You and Me." --Andrew Hamilton
1. It's Better Than Walkin' Out 04:22
2. Brass Band 03:40
3. This Time I'll Be Sweeter 04:57
4. Think About Me 04:31
5. You And Me 03:58
6. Love Has Gone Away 04:52
7. Sing To Me 04:02
8. Take My Body 04:52
9. Be For Real 04:59
10. No Hiding Place 02:14
Marlena Shaw - vocals
George Butcher, Ricky Williams - keyboards
Bert De Coteaux - keyboards, arranger
Jerry Friedman, Hugh McCracken, Jeff Mironov, Lance Quinn - guitar
Bob Babbitt - electric bass
Jimmy Young - drums
Carlos Martin - conga
Dave Carey, Ted Sommer - percussion

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