Category Archives: Music Reviews

Marion’s Favorites: A Twist of Marley


Sometimes you can find good music in an unexpected place.  A few years ago, I found this CD in a used bookstore section of music for three dollars.  I don’t know why I bought the CD. I have to admit that I’m not a reggae fan.  What???  Marion, are you serious?  I got this CD because it has some of my favorite jazz musicians on this project.

However, I have listened to the CD quite a bit over the years and this album adds a jazz version to Marley’s music that got my attention. My favorite song on the CD is No Woman, No Cry sung by Jonathan Butler.  Butler is one of the best jazz and gospel singers in contemporary music.  He delivers on one of Marley’s best ballads.

Other favorites include Exodus sung by Lisa Fischer (she is known for her hit song, How Can I Ease The Pain), Could You Be Loved sung by the wonderful Patti Austin and Marc Antoine on guitars, So Much Trouble sung by Phil Perry and Rick Braun on the trumpet, Get Up, Stand Up with Lee Ritenour on guitars and Dave Grusin on piano and Redemption Song sung by Richard Bona and Michael Brecker on saxophone rounds out my favorites.

A Twist of Marley is not a perfect CD and reggae purists will have a problem with this project. However, I’m a jazz guy and really enjoyed this twist on Marley’s biggest songs.  It is a CD that can be played at a dinner party with friends or in the background at a nice restaurant.  I have played this one quite a bit since I bought a few years ago and when I want to chill out it has filled a musical need that has been much appreciated.

Marion’s Favorites: Ain’t Nobody Worryin by Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton is my favorite male R&B singer post the year 2000 (John Legend gets an honorable mention). I will admit that my favorite R&B music is from the late 1970s-early 1980s and Hamilton’s sound reminds me of that time period but its modernized for the current age.  His voice reminds me of Charlie Wilson… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

If Cookout Music was a musical genre, then Maze featuring Frankie Beverly would be the standard bearers.  For most of my life, the majority of cookouts I have ever attended would have music by Maze playing.  Their silky, elegant style of R&B reached its peak in the late 1970s-early 1980s but nearly four decades later… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions

One of the positive attributes of the internet is that you can be sent down a rabbit hole and pique your curiosity unexpectedly.  A few days ago, I went down that aforementioned rabbit hole and wanted to find out more Stevie Wonder’s Classic Period Albums from 1972 to 1976.  Those classic period albums were Music… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Maysa Leak

I first heard Maysa Leak on my favorite band, Incognito’s 1993 album, Positivity.  The song called Deep Waters speaks about loving someone that she should stay away from but was being pulled deeper into his orbit.  There have been many songs throughout music covering that aspect of love.  However, Maysa’s voice glides over the music… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Brother Sister by The Brand New Heavies

As a music lover, I enjoy a variety of musical genres from old school R&B and Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban Music.  However, I was asked recently what is my favorite musical genre.  I told the person it is Acid Jazz. They immediately asked me what is Acid Jazz? Acid Jazz is a musical genre that… Continue Reading

Music Review 4: Incognito-Surreal

For those who known me personally know that Incognito has been one of the bands I have listened to consistently over the past 20 years. (Pat Metheny Group is the other band.) They are my favorite band and everytime I have played their music for someone, people have always been very receptive to their British… Continue Reading