With her session of sixteen original songs, singer Rebecca Martin sends a message. She tells stories about love and how we feel about our relationships. These are folk songs. The music that accompanies her tender lyrics also gives off a glow of folk music charm. While the message is universal, the instrumental harmony remains rooted in that part of European culture that migrated to North America centuries ago. Hence, Martin's folk music echoes the folk ballad of North America.
"It's Only Love" strolls easily through an urban setting, following us in our search for true love. Uncertainty and a gradual growth carry us from there to here. "Old Familiar Song" comes with a message that we've all shared at one time or other. It's about precious memories that may never return. All we can do in such a situation is sing about 'em.
"Play For Me" summarizes the true meaning of Martin's ballad project. Her lyrics are all printed in the accompanying booklet, so there's no mistake. "Music is for anyone who's open to hear," she sings. As a medium of precious folk ballads, she knows that it's one form of communication open to all. Slow and steady, she seeks to converse with our inner thoughts. A soothing accompaniment brings her message around, like river waters flowing gently through a flat plain. The motion is placid, but the message rings true.
Track Listing: Lead Us; Here the Same but Different; These Bones are Yours Alone; If Only; I'd Like to Think It's Coming; It's Only Love; When the Rain Comes; It Won't Be for Long; Learning; East Andover; Old Familiar Song; Lonesome Town; I'm Not Afraid; Gone Like the Season Does; I'm the One; Play For Me.
Personnel: Rebecca Martin: vocals, background vocals, guitar, mandolin; Steve Cardenas: guitar; Ben Monder: guitar; Bill McHenry: tenor saxophone; Peter Rende: piano, electric piano, organ, pedal steel guitar, mandolin, background vocals; Matt Penman: bass; Darren Beckett: drums.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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