Marguerite Mariama: Wild Women Never Get the Blues
2006 (Marguerite Mariama Website)
Marguerite Mariama on Vocals
Chico Freeman on Tenor Saxophone
Buster Williams on Bass
Lonnie Plaxico on Bass
Jimmy Sigler on Piano
Eric Reed on Piano
Jeffrey Haynes on Percussion
Curtis Robinson on Guitar
Carl Allen on Drums
Leo Cordew on Drums
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 12, 2009
This CD is a tremendous surprise, for a listener not familiar with Dr. Mariama’s musicality. When she’s not singing, Dr. Mariama presents curriculum integration workshops for teachers and students that celebrate and feature African American culture. She was also a dancer, and that inherent physical rhythm is apparent in her vivacious vocal rhythm. This very professional recording includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Count Basie, and Ivan Lins. The nine musicians assembled for the instrumentations are at the top of their game.
#1 – Wild Women Never Get (Have) the Blues – Composed by Ida Cox. Assisted generously by Curtis Robinson on guitar and a percussive contingent, Marguerite Mariama belts out this retro title track in persuasive bluesy style. Dr. Mariama has exceptional vocal strength and dramatic delivery, drawing the listener in.
#2 – Home – Composed by Charlie Smalls. With side allusions to Brooklyn, Dr. Mariama sings this song from “The Wiz” with entertaining enthusiasm. The piano, bass, drum, and percussive instrumentations are critical in the pulsating, punctuated rhythms that drive this track.
#4 – I’ll Be So Glad – Composed by Jimmy Sigler. In this song, Dr. Mariama’s vocals soar almost as high as Chico Freeman’s tenor sax. This is a unique arrangement, sung with verve and vivacity. Piano, bass, and drums keep a steady tempo throbbing throughout this track.
#7 – Goin’ to Chicago – Composed by William Count Basie/Jimmy Rushing/Quincy Jones. This is my favorite track, with echoing orchestrations from the full ensemble, like a chugging train to Chicago. Dr. Mariama opens with jazzy swing, as she’s joyous about a return to a favorite town, and she brings the listeners along for the ride.
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