Black Lace Freudian Slip

Black Lace Freudian Slip

by René Marie


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Black Lace Freudian Slip

Black Lace Freudian Slip is a rarity: a jazz-oriented vocal album that is dominated by the singer's own compositions. René Marie, who co-produced Black Lace Freudian Slip with acoustic pianist Bruce Barth (although Barth leaves all the piano playing to Kevin Bales), didn't write everything on this early-2011 recording. But she wrote most of the material, and her writing is as strong as her singing. Jazz vocalists, of course, have a long history of using other artists' songs to express themselves emotionally; Marie's far-reaching repertoire has included material by everyone from Harry Warren to Jefferson Airplane. But on Black Lace Freudian Slip, her own songs are the main focus. And she excels as a both a vocalist and a songwriter on originals that include the playful "Rim Shot," the bluesy "Tired," the contemplative "Gosh, Look at the Time," and the dark, moody "Fallin' Off a Log." Occasionally, Marie steps outside of jazz on this 69-minute CD. Marie's "Wishes," for example, is folk-rock and finds jazz musician Dexter Payne contributing some Bob Dylan-ish harmonica; the tune wouldn't be out of place on a Tracy Chapman album. Marie never claimed to be a jazz purist or a jazz snob, and "Wishes" underscores the fact that she sees the artistic value in music other than straight-ahead jazz. The jazz world is full of artists who have little or no interest in anything having to do with rock, folk, or R&B; Marie, however, clearly is not one of them. The jazz-oriented (though not jazz-exclusive) singer has kept an open mind, and that open-mindedness continues to serve her well on Black Lace Freudian Slip.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2011
Label: Motema Music
UPC: 0181212000740
catalogNumber: 74

Album Credits

Performance Credits

René Marie   Primary Artist
Kevin Bales   Piano
Rodney Jordan   Bass
Dexter Payne   Harmonica
Quentin Baxter   Drums
Lionel Young   Fiddle,Electric Guitar
Bill Kopper   Acoustic Guitar
Michael A. Croan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Jenkins   Engineer
Bruce Barth   Producer
Nils Petter Molvær   Composer
Andrew Sussman   Composer
René Marie   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Scott Griess   Engineer
Reinhold Neibuhr   Composer
Yasunari Rowan   Videography
Keith Ghion   Management,Booking
Patti McKenny   Composer
Michael A. Croan   Composer

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