Nature's Princess

Nature's Princess

by María Márquez


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Nature's Princess

Maria Marquez has a haunting voice and sometimes sounds a little like Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson tone-wise. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and based in Oakland for years, Marquez utilizes some of the Bay Area's top "world jazz" musicians, including guitarist Andre Bush, pianist Omar Sosa, and percussionist John Santos among many others. While "Besame Mucho" is familiar, most of the other songs are lesser known but no less worthy. It might be a slight stretch to call Marquez a jazz singer, but her musicians definitely have jazz as part of their heritage, along with South American and Latin American folk songs. Even though she is generous in allocating solo space, Marquez is the main star and she is in top form on her third recording, giving very expressive treatments to the Spanish lyrics.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
Label: Adventure Music
UPC: 0823421101329
catalogNumber: 1013
Rank: 256022

Album Credits

Performance Credits

María Márquez   Primary Artist
Dennis Broughton   Soprano Saxophone,Surdo,Shaker,Udu,Musician
Joseph Edelberg   Violin,Musician
Michaelle Goerlitz   Cymbals,Caxixi,Shaker,Bendir,Udu,Hi Hat,Musician
Kirk Joseph   Sousaphone,Musician
Rich Kuhns   Strings,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Pump Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Musician
Paul Mehling   Acoustic Guitar,Musician
Tom Miller   Bass Drums,Glockenspiel,Steel Drums,Musician
Jackeline Rago   Musician,Venezuelan Cuatro
John Santos   Percussion,Castanets,Cymbals,Udu,Chocalhos,Marimbula,Musician,Qarqaba,Irish Drum
Irene Sazer   Violin,Musician
John Shifflett   Acoustic Bass,Musician
Wayne Wallace   Trombone,Musician,Horn Producer
Bob Crawford   Strings,Keyboards,Musician
André Bush   Electric Guitar,Musician
Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford   Tenor Saxophone,Musician
Phyllis Kamrin   Viola,Musician
Omar Sosa   Piano,Drums,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Claves,Darbouka,Shaker,Guiro,Musician
Sheldon Brown   Bass Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Musician
Saulo Sanchez Sierra   Ampeg Baby Bass,Musician
Robbie Lewis   Musician,Guitar (7 String Acoustic)
Gianna Abondolo   Cello,Musician
Dana Bauer   Flute,Oboe,Musician
Jim Norton   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Musician

Technical Credits

Celso Alberti   Engineer
Jeff Cressman   Engineer
Norma Herrera   Spanish Translation
Jon Mayer   Engineer
Tony Mills   Engineer
John Santos   Producer,Percussion Arrangement,Engineering
Steve Savage   Engineer
Wayne Wallace   Producer,Horn Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
James Ward   Engineer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Phil Bray   Inspiration
Mike Bemesderfer   Engineer
Philip Dizick   Booklet Design
Omar Sosa   Arranger,Producer,Water Bottle
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Amable Torrés   Composer
Antonio Estévez   Composer
Robbie Lewis   Arranger,String Arrangements
Randy Rood   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Hugh Lovell   Cover Photo

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