by Willard Manus
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, its 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.
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 years most compelling jazz albums.