Til Tomorrow: Remembering Marvin Gaye

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One of the funniest jokes that has made the rounds in the jazz world goes like this: how many jazz vocalists does it take to sing "My Funny Valentine"? All of them. The point is that so many jazz artists -- males and females, singers and instrumentalists -- insist on performing the most overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses no matter how much those warhorses been beaten to death over the years, and God forbid they should try to find the jazz potential in rock or R&B songs. Thus, it is refreshing to hear Boston-based vocalist Cassandre McKinley providing this jazz-friendly tribute to Marvin Gaye. Til Tomorrow: Remembering Marvin Gaye is not straight-ahead jazz; what ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One of the funniest jokes that has made the rounds in the jazz world goes like this: how many jazz vocalists does it take to sing "My Funny Valentine"? All of them. The point is that so many jazz artists -- males and females, singers and instrumentalists -- insist on performing the most overdone Tin Pan Alley warhorses no matter how much those warhorses been beaten to death over the years, and God forbid they should try to find the jazz potential in rock or R&B songs. Thus, it is refreshing to hear Boston-based vocalist Cassandre McKinley providing this jazz-friendly tribute to Marvin Gaye. Til Tomorrow: Remembering Marvin Gaye is not straight-ahead jazz; what McKinley does on this 59-minute CD is best described as a mixture of jazz, R&B, and pop (with blues and gospel elements at times). But jazz is certainly an important part of the equation, and McKinley doesn't simply offer note-for-note covers of songs that the late soul icon recorded; she interprets them, offering plenty of delightful surprises along the way. "I Want You" and "After the Dance" receive bossa nova makeovers, and McKinley puts a post-bop spin on "Trouble Man" without sacrificing any of the song's bluesiness. "Let's Get It On" becomes surprisingly understated and torch-like in McKinley's hands, while "I Wish It Would Rain" (a gem associated with the Temptations and Gladys Knight & the Pips more than Gaye, although he recorded it in 1970) is given an appealingly bluesy, folkish spin along the lines of Tracy Chapman. "I Wish It Would Rain" is one of the disc's least jazz-minded performances, but again, McKinley never claimed that Til Tomorrow was the work of a jazz purist. It is, however, an excellent example of a jazz-friendly vocalist acknowledging that great popular music didn't end with Tin Pan Alley.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Max Jazz Records
  • UPC: 610614012322
  • Catalog Number: 140123
  • Sales rank: 324,761

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trouble Man (3:33)
  2. 2 I Want You (3:33)
  3. 3 Til Tomorrow (4:27)
  4. 4 I Wish It Would Rain (3:11)
  5. 5 You're the One for Me (3:58)
  6. 6 Pride and Joy (3:18)
  7. 7 Your Precious Love (3:38)
  8. 8 Night Life (4:22)
  9. 9 Let's Get It On (5:27)
  10. 10 After the Dance (3:24)
  11. 11 I Won't Cry Anymore (5:04)
  12. 12 I Wonder (5:12)
  13. 13 Yesterday (3:46)
  14. 14 If This World Were Mine (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cassandre McKinley Primary Artist, Vocals
John Allmark Trumpet
Marty Ballou Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Brad Hatfield Synthesizer, Piano
Marty Richards Drums
Dino Govoni Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Pagano Percussion, Drums
Stephen Angellis Vocals
Lexi Angellis Rainstick
Technical Credits
Marvin Gaye Composer
C. Paul Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Leon Ware Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Raymond Leveen Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    patience

    Trying to wait for the next work this artist puts out. I've been told she takes sometimes years to complete an album.... that's fine if they all meet the standards of this last one. Beautifully done. I'll wait, patiently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I expected - NICE surprise!

    This was a real eye opener - I was expecting cover songs but really, this music is much more original - I recommend this to those who want to experience the music... not just put it on at a dinner party. Thank you Cassandre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Goosebumps - lots of em'

    Marvin Gaye fans - take notice. Cassandre has that special something - very different from Marvin but just as compelling, moving and expressive as the late soul icon. The most incredible and unexpected re-inventions of these songs will give you goosebumps - and trust me when I tell you it will be a mighty tall order not to fall in love with her - oh, AND her voice. Haunting!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hot...

    Different and hot... love this. A strong voice too. Not Diana Krall... thank God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I have been following the career of Cassandre McKinley for quite some time now, and have been enjoying the experience. Miss McKinley has contunued to grow and mature as an artist. On this CD she has reached a place of sweet confidence which shows in the way her gorgeous voice wraps around the music of Marvin Gaye in a way I'm sure he didn't imagine, and then just floats and soars with it. I get to go along for the ride. I love this CD.

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