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Marlene Rosenberg: Pieces of —

Marlene Rosenberg: Pieces of —

Marlene Rosenberg is a well-known bassist in Chicago jazz circles and many points beyond. In addition to her fine original playing and big sound, she is sought after for her flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to new music. This is an adventurous swinging recording that highlights Marlene’s compositions complimented by a few new editions of standards and two by Cedar Walton.

Marlene’s tunes are full of surprises and melodic twists: good use of group unison lines, rhythmic interludes, counterpoint, harmony and fine modern melodies. The standards (check out the loose bossa approach to Where or When and waltz to 4/4 effect on Lover Man) are treated with freshness that sets them apart and sets a new mood to these tunes. I'm certain that this music was challenging to play but it’s still very listenable and certainly maintains interest.

Marlene’s quartet here is exceptionable: Cedar Walton on piano, Javon Jackson on tenor sax and George Fludas on drums. Cedar Walton is one of the best pianists and composers of our time and a fitting pianist for Marlene’s high level of talent. Javon Jackson plays well throughout the entire recording with a very laid back controlled approach. George Fludas brings unexpected rhythmic gems to each track—this recording will further enhance his reputation as a very creative drummer.

Special kudos to Robert Irving III for helping Marlene produce this fine program, well recorded at Tone Zone, Chicago. I expect that Marlene’s reputation will expand greatly through this recording; enjoy her playing in Chicago when we can catch her!—MV

Self-produced, email mrosen1999@aol.com.

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