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“Black Lace Freudian Slip cements Marie’s place among the vocal elite. The voice is as stunning as always, her phrasing immaculate, her ability to pack emotional wallops equaled by very few. As a songwriter and story renderer, weaving profound tales of despair and triumph, championing her beliefs about empowerment and personal fulfillment, she shares a plateau with the likes of Nina Simone, Oscar Brown Jr. and Joni Mitchell.” -JazzTimes
René Marie to show us her Black Lace Freudian Slip
René Marie, the award winning jazz, soul and blues singer-songwriter whose voice has been compared by critics to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn and her social advocacy to Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln will be releasing her new album Black Lace Freudian Slip (Motema Music) on October 11.
Black Lace Freudian Slip is a collection of thirteen original songs written by René Marie and recorded with her trio of Kevin Bales on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass and Quentin Baxter on drums joined by special guests Bill Kopper on acoustic guitar, Lionel Young on electric guitar and fiddle, Dexter Payne on harmonica and very special guest Michael Croan (Marie’s son) on vocals. Produced by René Marie and Bruce Barth, the album showcases Marie’s trademark vocals alongside her songwriting abilities including the bluesy “Deep in the Mountains” and the sultry “Black Lace”. The album also includes re-imagined versions of René Marie’s best loved originals from previous releases, such as “Wishes” and “Rufast Daliarg” as well as a number of new compositions.
Although it’s the rare jazz vocalist that focuses on writing original lyrics and music, René Marie explains that the idea for a set of her own material might not have come about at all, had it not been for a Mid-western club owner she met in 2003. When Marie performed original material in his club, he angrily objected; “true jazz vocalists,” he insisted “are supposed to interpret other people’s songs, not write songs of their own.” Marie gives a shout out to him on the album with the hilarious number entitled “This for Joe”, a song that has been wonderfully received at her shows, and made her realize that including some original songs in her repertoire was, in fact, something she that she needed to do. “I don’t bear any ill will toward that club owner,” Marie emphasizes. “I’m so grateful to him because when I took that stand, it was a huge impetus for me to keep writing original music. Think of the doors that are opened when you do something that someone is basically daring you to do.”
Unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide René Marie has drawn a legion of fans and music critics who find themselves not only entertained, but encouraged by her performances. The Washington Post says “best jazz concert this summer (2011), deeply soulful voice and unique repertoire.” “Exquisite” adds the Miami Herald , and “in the very top level of performers” says LA Times.
Marie has received several awards including Best International Jazz Vocal CD by the Academie Du Jazz (Paris, France) and has graced the Billboard Charts multiple times propelling her to headliner status at major festivals in the US & abroad including the prestigious Women In Jazz Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival (Scotland), Shanghai Jazz Festival (China) among many others.
Black Lace Freudian Slip will be Marie’s second release on Motema Music this year. She is currently completing an international tour in support of her current album Voice of My Beautiful Country an ambitious celebration of Americana and the cultural diversity of these United States that gained national attention this summer and went to #10 on the Jazzweek Jazz Chart.
René Marie begins a Fall tour in October 2011 and will partner with the National Coalition for the Homeless to help raise funds and awareness.
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