"More than just a singer, Marlena Shaw is an alchemist, a sorceress, a sensualist."
"Throughout her distinguished career, Marlena Shaw has been an adventurer, exploring all facets of her musical heritage. While many singers subsume their various influences, opting for a more traditional, standard-oriented jazz view, Shaw, perhaps mindful of forbears like Dinah Washington, Ray Charles and Esther Phillips, among others, co-mingles them all. Jazz, blues, rhythm-and-blues, gospel and funk, the multi-hued palette from which her song portraits are created, all co-exist in glorious harmony in her sound world. Ever mindful of the requisites of great jazz singing... the shadings are, however, all her own....Elemental Soul marks the continued presence of Marlena Shaw on the American music scene, stronger and more affecting than ever." Andrew Rowan - Contributing editor, CABARET HOTLINE
Features the perennially soulful tenor saxophone sounds of special guest Stanley Turrentine. FEATURING: Marlena Shaw - vocals; Dave Hazeltine - piano; Earl May - bass; Jerry Jones - drums and special guest - Stanley Turrentine - tenor saxophone with Barnaby Finch - keyboards; Terry Miller - electric bass; Michael Spiro - percussion