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In Love Again - CD

20 Best Vocal CD's of 2009, W. Royal Stokes, Jazz House Diaries

In Love Again is a body of music evincing the mystery of the human “heart” with its inexplicable range of romantic impulse, from fascination to lust to obsession. Throughout the collection, the uncertainty, the falling in and the falling out, the elation and the despair are expressed. 

In Love Again opens with the erotic desperation of “Never Let Me Go” followed by the unapologetic confession of “I Fall In Love Too Easily.” Marten's own song “Reinventing Me” (derived from a composition by Clem Ehoff) suggests the lengths to which we will go in the quest of our heart’s desire. Jerry Herman’s poignant “If He Walked Into My Life”  is a soul-searching revelation, and “Alice In Wonderland” if offered as a breezy respite from the pain of self-doubt. “Alfie,” ponders the question, “What’s it all about?” and the masterpiece “You Must Believe In Spring” articulates the reply. “I’m Old Fashioned” precedes the tender “Skylark,” while “Like A Lover” offers a Bergman lyric of complete adoration. “Cry Me A River” delivers a bitter, ironic message to a betrayer, and the jaundice is diluted by “An Occasional Man,” a light-hearted paean to plain old-fashioned lust. Near the end we ask “Where Do You Start?” a tour-de-force by Johnny Mandel and the magnificent Bergmans that addresses the dissolution of a established relationship. “Hello Young Lovers” is a salute from a retired player in the game and games of romantic love.

The depth and sensibility of Larry Willis’s minimal arrangements allowed Marten to freely interpret the lyrics and music of In Love Again. His powerful and moving solos provide the eloquent “other side” to their musical dialogue. In Love…Again is dedicated to Shirley Horn, their beloved friend who made this possible.

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Is It Love - CD

Gail Marten & The Clem Ehoff Trio | Is It Love

Nominated Best Vocal Jazz CD by JPF (The People's Grammy). All original music by band members, all lyrics written by Gail Marten. With her exotic sensual tones she can get across what most feel but rarely admit. A fine addition to your collection and for those special moments where jazz is the only fit! Each and every lyric, in each and every song, every turn of a lyric, is connected one to the other, and lays out a suite of epos—an epic theme—love!

The title song from this CD was First Prize Winner in the Jazz Category of the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest. Two other songs from this CD, "Big Girl Blues" and "We Can Learn to Fly" made it to the finals in this international competition. Billboard award winner. Released September 2005.

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Nominated Best Vocal Jazz CD by JPF (The People's Grammy). All original music by band members, all lyrics written by Gail Marten. With her exotic sensual tones she can get across what most feel but rarely admit. A fine addition to your collection and for those special moments where jazz is the only fit! Each and every lyric, in each and every song, every turn of a lyric, is connected one to the other, and lays out a suite of epos—an epic theme— love!

The title song from this CD won First Prize Winner in the Jazz Category of the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest. Two other songs from this CD, "Big Girl Blues" and "We Can Learn to Fly" made it to the finals in this international competition. Billboard award winner. Released September 2005.

Pure Joy

Gail Marten & The Clem Ehoff Trio | Pure Joy

Nominated Best Jazz Vocal Album by JPF (The People's Grammy.) First Prize in the 2003 UK Songwriting Contest in the Jazz category for Heaven On A Tropic Shore. Named as "Best of the 2000's" by Women's Radio. Also awards from The John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Billboard International. Released 2002. 

All originals written by Marten & Ehoff with all lyrics written by Gail Marten with the exception of Round Midnight. Clem Ehoff’s group melds jazz improvisation in a harmonically sophisticated manner driven by a pulsating latin groove . . . a veritable paella of sound and rhythm. Gail Marten not only sings lyrics which tell a story, but recites a vivid prose which demonstrates that she has a hip awareness of life—delivered with a voice of sweetness and verve.

Gail has a particularly sensuous voice. She not only stirs passion, but she generates reflective thought. Delicious, as the melding of passion and intellect often is…the girl next door dressed in a black sheath! The rhythmic surge of Alfonso Rondon and Marty Knepp lets the listener know that there is no untamed spirit in this percussive melange. It is scintillating, bubbling and brilliant.

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Beyond The Rainbow

Gail Marten & The Clem Ehoff Trio | Beyond the Rainbow

The mix of Ehoff originals and Marten singing gorgeous standards, makes this CD a treasure trove of sparkling wonders. Marten creates a memorable character through her songs. Ehoff has crafted a sound that suits Marten’s voice and savvy instincts. His understated piano phrasing, marked by open spaces and a leisurely swing, fits Marten’s conversational, seen-it-all delivery. Her fascination with Brazilian music gives the songs a tropical, midafternoon languor, even supplying George Gershwin’s “Summertime” with a Rio beat and a breathy stoicism. Released January 2001.

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Gold Edition Jazz Series, Gail Marten - 2-CD set

"Marten is an adept lyricist, pulling interesting little rhymes out of unusual places. You don’t often see wordplay like this unless you’re reading the lyrics of the likes of Porter or Kern" . . . "An artist of rare sensivity and taste with the unique ability to get inside a song and convey its meaning to the fullest" . . . “Ms. Marten caresses a jazz vocal with the authority of authenticity, and projects an innate awareness of how the songwriter might wish to hear the song sung. Her lyrical approach to standards brings an exciting new dimension to the music. She radiates a warmth and sophistication that is completely captivating.”

2-CD, 26 tracks. Import. Available at Amazon.com, CDUniverse.com, BestBuy.com

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