KIOS Jazz CD of the Month: René Marie/ Sound Of Red / Motema Music

Jun 1, 2016

René Marie,  a jazz vocalist with a truly original way of performing heart felt jazz music, has released Sound Of Red, an all-new recording of all original material that explores the joy of jazz and the depths of human emotion in an elegant, energetic, expressive performance. This is arguably her finest album to date.

Vocalist René Marie continues to cement her reputation as a singer and composer on this exciting new release. With "Joy of Jazz", "If You Were Mine", the title track and eight other selections, the vocalist tells a story with her deeply felt performance.  Her wise, provocative and daredevil style draws equally on jazz, folk, R&B and country to build statements of compelling jazz music.

René Marie started her career as a jazz vocalist at the age of 41. Her process of personal transformation followed. She left a job at a bank and a husband who was physically and verbally abusive to her. Forging ahead on her own, she financed her first recording and followed that up with several increasingly hypnotic albums.  Her fearlessness in telling the stories that need to be told--not just the standards, not just the love songs--is a remarkable thing.

Personnel: René Marie, vocals with bassist Elias Bailey,  drummer Quentin Baxter, pianist John Chin with special guests saxophonist Sherman Irby on “Sound of Red”, and a horn section on  “If You Were Mine,” and “Joy Of Jazz” under the arrangement of trumpeter Etienne Charles.

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