Love Is For All Time
Review by Willard Manus

Vocalist Lorraina Marro recently released a new album, LOVE IS FOR ALL TIME, which has been warmly received. (“She raised the bar and the A plus musicians followed suit,” said one critic). Marro, who was born and raised in L.A., is bi-lingual thanks to her Ecuadorian mother; on LOVE she sings twice in Spanish, with impeccable diction and heart-felt emotion.

The same goes for her vocalizing in general. Believing that “love is not for sometimes, it’s for all time through all the seasons of our lives,” Marro throws herself into such standards as “Stairway to the Stars” and “I Wished on the Moon,” showing the power and intensity that calls to mind Nancy Wilson and Barbra Streisand. But her interpretation of “People” is entirely her own: impassioned, beautifully-shaped and memorably-delivered.

Backing her are Steve Rawlins (piano), Jennifer Leitham (bass) and Steve Pemberton (drums), joined by three guest musicians: Grant Geissman (guitar), Dr Bobby Rodriguez (trumpet) and Rickey Woodard (tenor sax). Together they help make LOVE one of the year’s most compelling jazz albums.