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Gail Marten
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Columbia, MD
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Composer, Graphic Designer, Editor, Freelance Writer
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Award-winning jazz vocalist and songwriter, editor/designer of BJA newsletter
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George Johnson
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Vocalist
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http://www.gailmarten.com

New CD IN LOVE AGAIN recorded with Larry Willis

Gail Marten’s new album In Love Again . . . [reprises] a number of songs that are mostly, in Gail’s words, about “evincing the mystery of the human heart with its inexplicable range of romantic impulse, from fascination to lust to obsession. Throughout the collection, the uncertainty, the falling in and the falling out, the elation and the despair are expressed. In Love Again opens with the erotic desperation of ‘Never Let Me Go’ and (after an intoxicating ride through songs expressing both joy and despair) closes with ‘Hello, Young Lovers,’ a salute from a retired player in the game and games of romantic love.”
This is a courageous album in its self-exposure, its willingness to express emotional vulnerability. Musically the album offers a deeply pleasurable listening experience. Larry Willis, Herman Burney, and Eric Kennedy provide perfect accompaniment; Willis's piano work is particularly a joy to hear. But the album is primarily Gail’s: her voice is smooth, mellifluous, and expressive, with a smoky quality that lends poignancy to the lyrics. This album amply demonstrates why Gail, an award-winning songwriter, is so well regarded . . . Gail’s tastefulness and sophistication make [these songs] the mature expression of a heart willing to love and lose rather than never to love at all.
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At 6:17am on January 17, 2010, Rich Keith said…
Thanks Gail and good luck with the new album. Glad to have cuts on PJR.

Rich
At 12:34pm on December 10, 2009, Kathleen Gorman said…
Hello Gail,
Great to hear you in TJN, and to discover your beautiful vocals and elegant arrangements from your CD "In Love Again" . Your band is outstanding and your warm, expressive vocal phrasing is lovely. Continued success and creativity.
Kathleen
 
 
 

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