Album Review: Is it Love? by Gail Marten

Album Name: Is it Love?
Artist: Gail Marten and the Clem Ehoff Trio
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I’ve said it before; I’m not very well versed in jazz. So don’t expect any well-schooled thoughts on this CD. All I can tell you is I like it. It’s pleasing. I feel like I’m in a ritzy place with a fine dinner and a frosty martini in front of me (two olives, please).

Gail Marten has a lovely voice and these songs show it off well. The piano playing is fantastic too.

These songs sound older. That is, they sound classic, like something my parents played when I was a kid. But they’re new; Gail Marten has written every single one of them. I think it’s really a gift when someone can write something (and a group can play it) that takes me back in time. Especially to a time I’ve never been.

Well, written and expertly performed, this is a lovely jazz album that would be great to play at a dinner or cocktail party. I could pretend that I’m a grown up. (Never mind that I’ll be 40 in a month…doesn’t mean I’m grown up)

Stand out songs: Is it Love, Lotus Blossom, Her Point Of View though they’re really all good. If you like one, it’s highly likely you’ll like the whole recording.

Posted on August 28, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Is It Love
2. Who Would Know
3. Lotus Blossom
4. We Can Learn To Fly
5. Just Before Dawn
6. Her Point Of View
7. Big Girl Blues
8. Shades Of Blue
9. Pure Joy
10. Dream With Me

[Gail Marten Official Site]


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