Serene Renegade

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The fourth album by Virginia-born, Atlanta-based jazz vocalist/songwriter Rene Marie is her most quirky and idiosyncratic set yet, and therefore possibly the one truest to herself. Marie wrote nine of the 11 songs herself, the two covers being the unexpected pairing of the standard "Lover Man" most often associated with Billie Holiday, a singer Marie otherwise has little in common with and, of all things, a West Coast cool ballad version of "A Hard Day's Night" featuring an extended bass solo. On the originals, Marie channels elements of Ran Blake the Boston-based pianist whose cerebral deconstructions of cool jazz Marie's own solos occasionally recall, Nina Simone ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The fourth album by Virginia-born, Atlanta-based jazz vocalist/songwriter Rene Marie is her most quirky and idiosyncratic set yet, and therefore possibly the one truest to herself. Marie wrote nine of the 11 songs herself, the two covers being the unexpected pairing of the standard "Lover Man" most often associated with Billie Holiday, a singer Marie otherwise has little in common with and, of all things, a West Coast cool ballad version of "A Hard Day's Night" featuring an extended bass solo. On the originals, Marie channels elements of Ran Blake the Boston-based pianist whose cerebral deconstructions of cool jazz Marie's own solos occasionally recall, Nina Simone especially on the startlingly direct, partially a cappella closer, "Ode to a Flower", and even Joni Mitchell's mid- to late-'70s work. The opening "Red Shoes," a song of sisterly celebration, would not sound out of place on Mitchell's Hejira, or on one of Carla Bley's more straightforward albums. Although she's a canny arranger and an exceedingly talented piano player talents exhibited on the witty, samba-fied "Rufast Daliarg", Rene Marie is first and foremost a singer, and it's the warmth of her voice, which matches crisp diction à la Simone with the husky sensuality of a Nancy Wilson, that makes the aptly titled Serene Renegade so appealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Max Jazz Records
  • UPC: 610614012025
  • Catalog Number: 140120
  • Sales rank: 128,059

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Red Shoes (6:18)
  2. 2 The South Is Mine (7:10)
  3. 3 Autobiography (4:49)
  4. 4 Wishes (6:30)
  5. 5 Pause (5:04)
  6. 6 A Hard Day's Night (5:34)
  7. 7 Lover Man (5:41)
  8. 8 Many Years Ago (6:16)
  9. 9 Little Girl (5:28)
  10. 10 Rufast Daliarg (4:09)
  11. 11 Ode to a Flower (7:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
René Marie Primary Artist, Vocals
Jeremy Pelt Trumpet
Herman Burney Bass
Quentin Baxter Drums
Takana Miyamoto Piano
Roland Guerrero Percussion
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Bruce Barth Producer, Audio Production
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer, Mastering
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
John Toomey Arranger
Jimmy Sherman Composer
René Marie Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Pressley Jacobs Art Direction
Quentin Baxter Arranger
Takana Miyamoto Arranger, Composer
Edward Davis Composer
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