Marilyn Harris' breakout CD
Featuring instrumental solos
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Liner notes by jazz songwriting
legend Bob Dorough
Marilyn Harris is, in my opinion, on a fast express track to Future Street, where it's at, to a beat so sweet and bittersweet, you'll want to go there too. Here she gives us a varietal songbook that covers every aspect of life and love, surrounding herself with a pack of talented cats that bounce us along on a breezy ride to satisfaction and completion. Ms. Harris has been around the block and now, as a singing songwriter, and driving a mean piano, she zooms through your neighborhood, sweeping out the care, the blues, and other debris and leaving you with a feeling of - WHUZZAT? Besides the listed players, she has the inestimable company of arranger/producer/engineer Mark Wolfram, who also does a zippy vocal duet with Marilyn. She also has, as guest vocalist, the great Mark Winkler, an already arrived Future Street cat, who co-wrote five of the songs with her. Ah, the songs! Aside from one brilliant "standard," she wrote them all (there is one other collaboration in the set.) So, drop the needle, as we used to say, on this baby: sit back and relax - fasten your seatbelts. Play it in the car! Play it in the bar! Play it anywhere. We're gonna take you there...to Future Street!
There it is. Play it agin! - Bob Dorough, on the cusp of the new year - 2004...
"The amazing thing about FUTURE
STREET is not only the remarkable writing and singing abilities
of Marilyn Harris. It goes beyond fine arrangements and solos.
The lyrics to these songs are hip and they swing like mad. This
music goes beyond the boundaries of music alone. There are stories
here to make you smile, make you feel good and to even shock
you. I hope this is just the start of more to come from
this gifted artist interpreting it all from humor to pathos through
the magic of her song."
"Marilyn Harris, a very talented lyricist-composer,
has a highly appealing voice, is a fine pianist and shows both
sensitivity and great wit in her lyrics. FUTURE STREET has
11 of her best songs including several (including 'Dorothy Parker,'
'Future Street,' 'Insomniac' and the very funny 'My Dissipation')
that should become future standards."
"The songs!!! They're smart, funny
and lyrical with great heart. All the things I wish I could be
when I grow up! Keep on doing what you're doing! Sounds to me
as if you're doing it right."
"FUTURE STREET is superb! The
singing and playing, the arrangements and the band, all were
just great! And from you, I would have expected nothing less.
Congratulations to everyone who had a part in making this the
terrific musical document it is!"
"FUTURE STREET is an outstanding
new vocal package from West Coast jazz singer/songwriter Marilyn
Harris. ..[she's} working without a net on her own compositions,
which happen to sound like they belong to the category of very
familiar, and sturdy jazz riffs that sound like they've been
in place for some time...A large measure of the success of this
project is the musicianship of the players gathered for this
session. There are soloists featured on every track and solid
ensemble work. Andy Martin's trombone, Bill Liston's bari sax,
the flugelhorn of Luening/Bergeron and Dan Higgins sax and flute
are just some of the standouts. In his hip liner notes, Bob Dorough
says it all without giving the listener any technical information
on the tunes, and it is just perfect."
"Anyone who despairs of the current
state of American song hasn't yet heard Marilyn Harris' new CD
FUTURE STREET. Musical sophistication, a sassy wit (but
with a warm heart), timeless singing and world-class musical
performances fill every track of this new jazz classic. The heritage
of the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and the Rat Pack lives on - updated
in a way that's fresh and modern, but timeless enough never to
go out of style. A winner!!"
"I have been so captivated by
FUTURE STREET - your lush voice, the classy music and
lyrics, the amazing arrangements and musicians - all absolutely
top-notch. I've listened to the CD twice and just love it. My
favorites are "Dorothy Parker," "Sunglasses in
the Rain," (you both sound terrific), and the classic "Lost
in the Stars" (the way you deliver it made me weep). Congratulations
on a real tour de force. "
"Your album is smashing!!! Very impressed
by the great charts and musicians, and you're a great and hip singer!!!! Enjoyed it immensely!"
"Marilyn's lyrics tell stories of
love, life and depravity, nestled in beautiful vocals and divine
"Wonderful arrangements, great instrumental
solos, and your vocal work is sensational. I knew you were good
when I first heard you, but this not only confirms it, it is
a really good demonstration of excellent jazz singing."
"If you like jazz singers, then Marilyn
Harris is really one to be listened to. Her vocals are great
and the piano seems to really like how she plays it. She has
surrounded herself with a group of musicians who make the songs
a pleasure to listen to. FUTURE STREET is a wonderful
album and well worthy of a place in any jazz fan's collection."
"Marilyn Harris' songs are slyly constructed
gems full of wit, craft, and musicality. Blend contemporary jazz
stylings, engaging lyrics, with Marilyn's hip vocal treatments,
and FUTURE STREET takes you on a jazz joyride with lots
of interesting turns. I have it in my Ipod!"
"Marilyn Harris is a fine pianist,
an appealing singer, and a particularly skillful lyricist and
composer. FUTURE STREETis her most jazz-oriented project
and it features several high points...This CD serves as proof
that Marilyn Harris deserves to be much better known, for she
is capable of writing many future standards.
"Marilyn's infectious vocals are matched
by her intelligent compositions. It's impossible not to break
into a broad grin when you hear her vocal duet with fellow singer
Mark Winkler of "Sunglasses In The Rain", which they
also co-wrote. Regardless of the mood, I find myself wanting
to hear each track over and over again."
Richards at wrightwoodrecords.com
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