On A Twist of Marley , producer-guitarist Lee Ritenour and an impressive assemblage of talent from the world of contemporary jazz, soul, R&B, and world music focus on 13 classic songs by the visionary Jamaican superstar Bob Marley, framing Marley's globally communicative lyrics and resonant melodies in intriguing contexts. As you might expect, the most successful tracks feature the singers: Ritenour joins Maxi Priest for a pull-out-the-stops "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Waiting in Vain" and supports the smooth, erotic emanations of baritone Will Downing on "Is This Love?" State-of-the-art tenorist Michael Brecker intertwines with Cameroonian singer-bassist Richard Bona on an Afro-pop-flavored "Redemption Song" and propels session soulstress Lisa Fischer through a spirit-raising "Exodus." Singer Phil Perry and trumpeter Rick Braun dialogue on "So Much Trouble"; Patti Austin and guitarist Marc Antoine do the same on "Could You Be Loved?" And on one of the album's highlights, the South African guitarist-singer Jonathan Butler takes care of "No Woman, No Cry" all by himself. Intelligent and soulful, A Twist of Marley is an imaginative homage that sustains interest throughout; it's a worthy tribute to the genius who inspired it.
Performance CreditsMaxi Priest Vocals
Patti Austin Vocals
Will Downing Vocals
Gerald Albright Vocals
Michael Brecker Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Butler Vocals
Lisa Fischer Vocals
Rick Braun Trumpet
Dave Grusin Piano
Melvin Davis Bass
Cassio Duarte Conga,Tambourine
Sonny Emory Drums
Jerry Hey Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins Flute
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Steve Tavaglione Soprano Saxophone
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Marc Antoine Guitar
Will Kennedy Drums
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Trombone
Richard Bona Guitar,Hand Drums
Arno Jochem Track Performer
Jochem van der Saag Synthesizer,Keyboards
Technical CreditsBob Marley Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Don Murray Engineer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Lee Ritenour Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Steve Russell Engineer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
June Murakawa Engineer
Hollis King Art Direction
Michael Fagien Executive Producer
Vincent Ford Composer
EMI Ferguson Engineer
Richard Furch Engineer
Jochem van der Saag Programming
Eric Ferguson Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Twist of Marley: A Tribute based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This cd is just perfect! You will never get fed up of hearing it all year round. Great arrangements and fantastic vocals! Bob Marley would surely give his approval on this if it were possible. Fav tracks are 5,4,and 9, but to be honest whole album is ace!
Bob Marleys songs were beautifully interpeted. the arrangemnts were perfect, and the choice of players and singers could not have been better. I think he would have been very pleased to hear his work in the various styles they were arranged in. Turn your lights down low is my personal favorite, but none of the songs ceased to impress me.
When I first heard of this release, I was a little skepticle based on previous tribute experiences with other artists. Let me say that ''I was blown away'' with the arrangements and energy of the compositions. The line-up for this recording reads like a Who's Who in comtemporary Jazz. If you think reggae and jazz don't mix like I did , you Will be in for a surprise.
What a great CD!!! Great for a relaxing afternoon, this collection does justice to Bob Marley!!! The way these songs are done with a jazz flair gave me a new appreciation for songs that I hadnt really liked in the past. rush out and buy this one!