Marilyn Harris

Future Street

Wrightwood Records WRCD 1580

Marilyn Harris, piano and vocals; Dave Carpenter, bass; Bob Leatherbarrow, drums and vibraphone. Featuring solos by; Wayne Bergeron, flugelhorn; Pete Christlieb, tenor saxophone; Dan Higgins, alto/tenor saxophones; Bill Liston, baritone saxophone; Warren Luening, flugelhorn; Andy Martin, trombone; Mark Winkler, vocals

Of the twelve tracks, five were written by Harris and another five in collaboration with Mark Winkler. Marilyn impresses straight away with the first track, "Dorothy Parker", a solid, swinging style from this singer songwriter, backed by a good, tight band and a tenor saxophone solo by Dan Higgins. Marilyn displays good technique on "Ain't Got Nothin' On You" and is closely followed by the vibraphone of Bob Leatherbarrow and the flugelhorn of Warren Luening. The title piece, "Future Street", is a great swinger, Marilyn expresses and articulates with some presence and she gives us some great listening. Mark Winkler joins in with "Sunglasses In The Rain"; they duet together with sophisticated aplomb. Marilyn has managed to collect a lot of great musicians for this set. Through the Samba pulse of "My Dissipation" and "In A Lonely Place", featuring Dan Higgins on flute and the trombone of Andy Martin, respectively, Marilyn has the ability to work the emotions; these are quality songs that already seem to have the feel of standards. "Insomniac" is given the Harris authority, she shows control and passion when needed, and this is a great track. "Lost In The Stars", is the only track she was not involved in writing, she performs it beautifully. This is a good CD, Marilyn Harris is the real thing; be tempted.

by Ferdinand Maylin

New Sounds - September 2004

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