May 28, 2005

Eric Marienthal CD Of Covers To Be One Of Many This Year

Get ready for a summer of cover songs by some of your favorite smooth jazz releases. For example, from saxophonist Eric Marienthal. Stay tuned for information on other projects.

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal is covering some of his favorite songs for his upcoming album called, appropriately enough, Got You Covered. The CD is Marienthal’s third for the Peak Records label and follows Sweet Talk from 2003.

The music choice is eclectic – the Beatles“I Will,” the Bee Gees“Emotions,” a selection by classical composer Bach, Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” and Gino Vanelli’s “I Just Want to Stop,” among others.

The album was recorded live in the studio in a quartet setting and features pianist Russell Ferrante, drummer Peter Erskine and bassist Dave Carpenter.

Got You Covered is produced by Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons, who co-founded the Peak record label. Marienthal plays sax on the Rippingtons' new CD called Wild Card and is touring with the band this year. "It’s a very different kind of an album," Freeman says. "What’s unique about it is his song choices – they’re all cover songs. And they’re very wide-ranging. From Frank Sinatra to Gino Vanelli to some pop standards. It's really a beautiful record."

Got You Covered will be released on Sept. 20.

Got You Covered

1. I Will (John Lennon-Paul McCartney)
2. New York State Of Mind (Billy Joel)
3. Love & Liberte (Tonino Baliardo-Nicolas Reyes)
4. Compared To What (Gene McDaniels)
5. I’ve Got The World On A String (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler)
6. Emotion (Barry Gibb-Robin Gibb)
7. Two Part Invention #4 in D Minor (Johann Sebastian Bach)
8. My One And Only Love (Robert Mellin-Guy Wood)
9. You’ve Got A Friend (Carole King)
10. Stand By Me (Ben E. King-Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller)
11. Moody's Mood For Love (James Moody-Dorothy Fields-Jimmy McHugh)
12. I Just Want To Stop (Gino Vannelli-Ross Vannelli)

Posted by Brian Soergel at May 28, 2005 5:18 AM