Congo Square

Congo Square

by Teena MarieTeena Marie




Inspired by discovering that some of her family roots are in New Orleans, a city with which she has long felt a deep spiritual connection, Teena Marie frames Congo Square around the Crescent City. It's her third solid album of the decade, but somewhat ironically, it's not on the New Orleans-based Cash Money, the home of 2004's La Doña and 2006's Sapphire, but Memphis' Stax. Like her two prior albums, Congo Square is a long, sprawling set of songs with plenty of room left for guests who share, never steal, the spotlight. Its center, naturally, is the title song, where Marie pays tribute to several generations of music legends (from Louis Armstrong to Erykah Badu), as well as the slaves who gathered to dance and play music at Congo Square. If anything, the whole set projects a sense of comfort, whether romantic or spiritual, maintaining a mellow sound that stimulates far more often than it does not. Singers half Marie's age could make a killing off some of the hooks, especially the ones deployed throughout the first four songs and "Milk 'n Honey," another showcase for her daughter Rose. What is most remarkable about Congo Square is how Marie continues to fly around in her private orbit, indulging her ambitious whims, while sounding every bit contemporary.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2009
Label: Stax
UPC: 0888072313200
catalogNumber: 31320


  1. The Pressure
  2. Can't Last a Day
  3. Baby I Love You
  4. Ear Candy 101
  5. Lover's Lane
  6. Marry Me
  7. You Baby
  8. Milk N' Honey
  9. What U Got 4 Me
  10. Rovleta's Jass
  11. Congo Square
  12. Harlem Blues
  13. Black Cool
  14. Ms. Coretta
  15. Soldier
  16. The Rose N' Thorn

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teena Marie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Bromberg   Upright Bass
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
George Duke   Piano,Keyboards
Paul Russo   Saxophone
Bryan Loren   fender rhodes
James Allen   Keyboards
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Assa Drori   Violin
Brent Fischer   Percussion
Ray Fuller   Guitar
Maurice Grants   Cello,Celli
Tyrone Griffen   Trumpet
Doug Grigsby   Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Dan Higgins   Clarinet
Miguel Martinez   Cello,Celli
Dennis Molchan   Violin
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Bruce Morgenthaler   Double Bass
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Paul Riser   Conductor
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello,Celli
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Faith Evans   Vocals
Morris O'Connor   Guitar
Cameron Stone   Cello,Soloist
Drew Dembowski   Double Bass
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Johana Krejci   Violin
Rose Lebeau   Vocals
Lynn Grants   Viola
Rovleta Fraser   Vocals
Noriko Olling   keyboard bass
Lewis Taylor   Saxophone
Chad Wright   Drums
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Tracy Hazzard   Vocals
Sally Berman   Violin
Karolina Naziemiec   Viola
Johnny Bokowski   Piano,Keyboards
Eddie Menefield   Saxophone
Ben Del Giorgio   Keyboards
Rose Lebeau   Vocals
Noriko Olling   keyboard bass
Monet Owens   Vocals
Makeda   Vocals
D.D O'Neal   Vocals
Tyrone Griffin   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Teena Marie   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Terri Lyne Carrington   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
James Allen   Composer,drum programming,Audio Production
Doug Grigsby   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Paul Riser   Arranger,Orchestration
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Abbey Anna   Photo Coordination
Rose Lebeau   Composer
Chad Wright   drum programming
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Nairobi Williams   Composer
Ben Del Giorgio   drum programming,Audio Production
Rose Lebeau   Composer

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