With her second solo project for Soona Songs, Lisa Markley once again
brings her unique sensibility to jazz standards, songs by up and coming
songwriters, and two new songs by the artist herself. Recorded in the Russ
Berger designed Soona Songs Studio by engineer/producers Graham Duncan
and Marilyn Duncan, and mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer
Bob Katz; this album features Lisa's acclaimed vocals with J Paul
Slavens on piano, Bach Wilder Norwood on bass and Jeffrey Barnes on
clarinet, flute and tenor sax.
Lisa Markley, a singer, songwriter, and graduate from the University of
North Texas with a degree in music composition, sent me the type of
project that was made for introspective, rainy days. Characterized by
sparse, organic arrangements that can be ingested like a breath of fresh
air, this CD is the perfect remedy for over-produced music.
Her lead, and title track, "One Word," conjures up memories of Roberta
Flack's "If Ever I Saw Your Face" in tone and temperament, but will
also evoke musical memories of Sarah McLachlan with her emotive vocal
phrasing. Other standout tracks include the burlesque, "Song For Henry,"
the jazzy, up-tempo, flute-driven "New Jersey Sunset," and the sexy, "Adagio."
It's tough to pinpoint the "most commercial" song on this project
because it's not a commercial CD. I reviewed it because each song
comprises the many good parts of a greater whole, and should be listened
to by Jazz, Folk and Blues lovers on "repeat" for maximum affect.
Enjoyable; that's the one word which best describes Lisa Markley's latest project."
-Gian Fiero, The Muse's Muse
"Markley's voice is instantly recognizable. It is powerful
without being overbearing or drawing attention away from what she is singing.
It is pregnant with emotion and import and yet it is utterly without any artifice..."
-Houston Music News
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