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My Marilyn
     

My Marilyn

by David Klein Quintet
 
Swiss tenor saxophonist David Klein has fashioned a concept album of sorts around iconic Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe. Using songs featured in Monroe films such as "Kiss" from Niagara and "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, reedman Klein maps out the blonde bombshell's ultimately tragic career and life. Featuring

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Swiss tenor saxophonist David Klein has fashioned a concept album of sorts around iconic Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe. Using songs featured in Monroe films such as "Kiss" from Niagara and "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend'" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, reedman Klein maps out the blonde bombshell's ultimately tragic career and life. Featuring bedroom-eyed vocals by Klein's mother, jazz singer Miriam Klein, My Marilyn truly evokes the late actress' bittersweet persona. The Billie Holiday-influenced Klein -- even sounding a bit like Monroe here -- was a well-known vocalist during the '60s and '70s working with such jazz luminaries as Dexter Gordon and Sir Roland Hanna. Much like All the Way jump-started Jimmy Scott's career in the '90s, My Marilyn serves as a classy reintroduction to this overlooked and distinctive voice. As for David Klein, his full tenor sound is reminiscent of Gordon and often approaches changes in a light, blues-oriented style. The saxophonist -- who also plays drums in the klezmer band Kol Simcha -- has gathered a first-rate rhythm section here in Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ira Coleman on bass, and Marcello Pellitteri on drums. Needless to say, this is a first-rate straight-ahead acoustic jazz session. Adding to the ambience are gorgeous, rare black-and-white photos of Monroe as well as written remembrances from some of Monroe's friends and associates whom Klein contacted. This well-produced deluxe package with a cardboard slipcover should easily appeal to both Marilyn Monroe devotees and jazz fans alike.

Editorial Reviews

52nd St. Jazz
Saxophonist David Klein intuitively was drawn to the appealing concept for this CD: paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe, one of the icons of the twentieth century. And he has done it exceedingly well, with respect and affection for the subject whom he never met.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
Label:
Enja
UPC:
0063757942221
catalogNumber:
9422

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