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Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: A Fresh Take

Read "A Fresh Take" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A Fresh Take is Eugene Marlow's third album of songs from the Hebrew tradition. It builds on the foundation of the excellent Celebrations (MEII Enterprises, 2010) but rather than extending the Heritage Ensemble's repertoire still further, it reworks the tunes on the 2006 debut, Making The Music Our Own (MEII Enterprises). It's unusual to find a band revisiting its back catalogue so early in its recording career, but keyboardist/leader Marlow has a clear justification for the move, explaining that the ...

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Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble: Celebrations

Read "Celebrations" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Celebrations, the Heritage Ensemble's second album following Making The Music Our Own (MEII Enterprises, 2006), is subtitled Eugene Marlow's Heritage Ensemble Interprets Festive Melodies From The Hebraic Songbook. The review copy arrived with a polite but serious covering letter rather than the usual hyperbolic press release. The album's closing track is a lecture by bandleader and keyboardist Marlow on “The Heritage Ensemble: its history, repertoire and philosophy." Not a typical jazz recording, then. A preservation project for musicologists, not fans? ...

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Arturo O'Farrill and Friends: Wonderful Discovery

Read "Wonderful Discovery" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Long before the “Wonderful Discovery that constitutes the music and the musicians on this CD, Eugene Marlow had discovered Latin music. The muse hit him way back in London, England in the '40s. Jump cut to the '90s and Marlow was listening to Tito Puente. From then on, there were quite a few Latin bands that came his way as a member of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert Series committee at Baruch College. Among them were the Latin-Jazz All ...

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Eugene Marlow: Making the Music Our Own

Read "Making the Music Our Own" reviewed by Jim Santella

Jazz pianist and composer Eugene Marlow reinterprets songs from the Jewish vernacular on Making the Music Our Own, along with a mainstream trio and quintet. The first five tracks were recorded in 1986 with a bassist and drummer whose names have been lost. The next four were recorded in 1995 along with the personnel listed. Marlow's interpretations carry a deep, exotic flavor that recalls the lasting thrill Duke Ellington and His Orchestra gave the world through Juan Tizol's “Caravan. Other ...


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