Rene Marie: Live At the Jazz Standard (2003)
In a word, Live at the Jazz Standard simply rocks because of such courage. These are the most basic jazz vocals, backed by the traditional acoustic piano trio, except where she opts for a duet with John Toomey on Gershwin’s "I Loves You Porgy" and a cappella on "How Can I Keep From Singing." Marie fears nothing and supplies a live recording that eclipses the considerable Live At the Village Vanguard, previously released on MAXJAZZ by the formidable Mary Stallings.
Marie’s trio is superb. John Toomey is well-known in New York City and beyond as a fine accompanist and soloist, as are both Elias Bailey and Howard Curtis in their respective fields. Marie and Bruce Barth produce a near masterpiece in Live at the Jazz Standard. Rene Marie raises the bar for her labelmates and, indeed, all jazz vocalists.
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Personnel: Rene Marie-Vocals, Arrangement; John Toomey-Piano; Elias Bailey-Bass; T. Howard Curtis.
Record Label: MA Recordings