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WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY?

That is the title of a jazz CD I picked up by a singer called Marlena Shaw and I have to say it is one of the best jazz/funk CD’s I’ve ever heard! When I saw the title and the cover I couldn’t decide what I thought. The cover is actually a stunning photograph of a beautiful and proud looking woman of color with a traditional afro and an African shoulder necklace. The photo is in lush/fuzzy black and white and Marlena Shaw looks ice cold — but the CD is full of warmth, humor and a great mix of old school R&B with just a touch of jazz. It was released on Blue Note records in 1975. I don’t think it was much of a hit, but it should have been. This CD makes Angie Stone sound lame — and I love Angie Stone.

Anyway, if you like some funk in your jazz and 70’s R&B — this is a CD you want!

Now, my big question — Who is this Marlena Shaw, anyway? I refuse to believe she is a bitch. Looks like her last CD was released in 2000 on an obscure lable. She is apparently fairly popular in Japan. …but, then again, who isn’t?

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February 21, 2005. Uncategorized.

3 Comments

  1. Jon replied:

    I’ve made albums in Japan and Gemany, for crying out loud ^_^

  2. matty replied:

    well, me too. I mean — aren’t we all big in Japan?

    Anyway, this lady deserves to be! Her music is rocking my world — in a good way.

  3. david replied:

    Matt – you’ve discovered her! She’s one of the good ones – check

    http://users.rcn.com/dpribyl/

    for pics of all her albums & work. & her version of “California Soul” is a classic & being revived everywhere today (films/commercials)

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