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A Twist of Marley: A Tribute
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Purists in the reggae community will be up in arms against producer Lee Ritenour for this 13-track star-studded effort, while the smooth-jazz world will rejoice over one of the year's best albums. While the former group cr... more »
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Purists in the reggae community will be up in arms against producer Lee Ritenour for this 13-track star-studded effort, while the smooth-jazz world will rejoice over one of the year's best albums. While the former group cringes, the latter will marvel at how the guitar legend can take a well-known reggae anthem such as "Get Up, Stand Up," remove every ounce of reggae from it, add his buddy Dave Grusin to the mix, and make it sound like they wrote it for one of their duet albums. Even world-music purists should appreciate the same reggae-purifying process applied to "No Woman, No Cry" and "Redemption Song," with only the African elements left in, supplied in abundance by South African Jonathan Butler and Cameroonian Richard Bona, respectively. The results beat with the pulse of the continent more so than Marley's originals. Most other tracks maintain the reggae rhythms, with a definite commercial smooth-jazz lilt. There are no misses, but the bull's-eyes are both Maxi Priest tracks, and the inspired parings of Marc Antoine with Patti Austin and Rick Braun with Phil Perry. --Mark Ruffin
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Get up stand up.....................
Willie L. Martin Jr | Back in the States Baby! | 06/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read a comment from a reviewer that stated, "If you are a reggae purist you probably won't like this CD." First and foremost, much love and respect to all the reggae purist. Lee isn't trying to recreate something that has been created. No one can do this better than Marley himself. A twist of Marley is Lee Ritenour's interpretation upon the music. What's really impressive about this CD is that Lee features various artist paying tribute to Marley. Truly keeping in the Marley spirit of unity. This entire CD is great from start to finish, and of course I have some of my favorites: "Get up stand up", "Could you be loved?" and "Redemption song." I've been an avid follower of Lee's work, and this particular CD is testimony as to why this man continues to produce quality music. Got cash? Get the CD."
RoniLynn | Birmingham, Ala. | 08/01/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a reggae fan first and not a jazz fan, you may not like this CD. If you have no clue who Lee Ritenour is or you've never heard of Jonathan Butler, then you may feel like this CD is worthless! BUT, if you truly enjoy people like those above and Gerald Albright, Will Downing and Dave Grusin, you will put this CD at the top of your collaboration collection! Just the fact that those artists are performing together on this CD, any CD, is worth the price alone! I love Bob Marley and his lyrics and this CD does no injustice to the Marley legend. Instead it bridges the gap between true contemporary jazz fans and reggae fans. It does exactly what the title says...gives it a "twist". I love both styles of music so I LOVE this CD. Will Downing's version of "Is this Love" is almost hypnotizing. I love "get up Stand up" (Lee Rit and Grusin), "waiting in Vain" (Lee Rit and Maxi Priest), and "jamming" (Albright and Lee Rit).If you want to add some variety to your collection and if you want something to play to entertain guests of all tastes (those who like neither jazz or reggae) buy this CD."
A Twist of Marley..Superb ! !
RoniLynn | 06/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For someone like me who likes raggae, smooth jazz, and Bob Marley, this CD is fantastic. It never strays far from the underlying raggae sound, but at the same time gives you a whole new perspective on his songs. The cd includes one song with West African lyrics and is just beautiful. All in all I am so pleased to own this album, and I'm glad that I ordered 2 so that I can share it with my friends..."