Twist of Marley: A Tribute

A Twist of Marley: A Tribute

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
Lee Ritenour unveils a new chapter in the legacy of Bob Marley with the release of A Twist of Marley, a collection of that artist's songs that are sung and played by some of contemporary jazz' hottest stars. Ritenour expands on Marley's essence gleaned from the experiences of such international stars as Jonathan Butler, guitarist Marc Antoine, Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, Richard Bona, Rick Braun, Michael Brecker, Will Downing, Lisa Fischer, Dave Grusin, Phil Perry, and Maxi Priest. They cover such great songs as "Exodus," with Lisa Fischer wailing the lead vocals over samples from Bob Marley & the Wailers. This song is so emotional, so awesome, and features that penetrating cry from the inner recesses of her heart and soul. Ritenour has also added the melodic vocals of Maxi Priest on "Waiting in Vain" and the controversial "I Shot the Sheriff," with a fresh contemporary jazz perspective. On the radio hit "Get Up, Stand Up," Lee Ritenour's smooth guitar playing replaces Marley's vocals on the melody but he hasn't lost one iota of the song's omnipresent civil rights theme. His guitar stylings weep softly and gently and then gain in strength and resilience, symbolizing the significance of Marley and Peter Tosh's heartfelt lyrics. On the R&B version of the same song, Jochem and Digz interpret it their way and do a great take on this soul jazz rendition. Both Will Downing and Jonathan Butler bring credibility to the project with their soulful takes on "Is This Love" and "No Woman No Cry." Lee Ritenour's homage to the artist, composer, and humanitarian is derived from his appreciation of Marley's ability to touch him in many ways and his blend of contemporary jazz with Marley's pure reggae, ska. and soulful beats is skillfully realized. A Twist of Marley is a unique gift to the music world and to present and future fans of Bob Marley.

Product Details

Release Date:
Grp Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maxi 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 Credits

Bob 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

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Twist of Marley: A Tribute 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.