Marlene Rosenberg

MLK Convergence

Origin 82781

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"MLK" is an acronym for this superlative trio of Chicago bassist Marlene Rosenberg, drummer Lewis Nash and pianist Kenny Barron and of course, iconically for the great American moral and spiritual leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Balancing the thought of these musicians being people of different colors, heritages, sexes and generations, coming together in great joy and purpose, with recent headlines highlighting a renewed environment of permissible hate, blame and lack of tolerance, was at the forefront as Marlene shaped this program. The music and activism of the '60s provided an inspiration for many of the original compositions, while the current social conditions added an urgency. Her relationships with Kenny and Lewis going back decades contributes the warmth, love and camaradirie that envelops the proceedings, bringing to mind Stevie Wonder's lyric from the closing track, "Loves in Need of Love Today / Don't delay / Send yours in right away."


Track Listing:

1 American Violet 5:14
2 Togetherness 4:29
3 Not The Song I Wanna Sing 7:36
4 The Line Between 5:40
5 Rain 5:48
6 The Barron 4:57
7 Circle Story 5:28
8 Visions 5:49
9 And Still We Rise 4:42
10 Loves In Need of Love Today 3:45

(1,2,4,6,7,9) by Marlene Rosenberg, RedBark Music (BMI)
(3) by Marlene Rosenberg, RedBark Music (BMI), Tom Burrell, Burrtom Pub. (ASCAP),
Robert Irving III, Vitasia (BMI)
(5) by Kenny Barron, Wazuri Publishing Co.
(8, 10) by Stevie Wonder, Blackbull Music/Jobete Music Co. Inc/Sony/ATV Music

Performers:

Kenny Barron - Piano
Marlene Rosenberg - Bass, vocal (3)
Lewis Nash - Drums
Christian McBride - Bass (3,9)
Thomas Burrell - vocal (3)
Robert Irving III - vocal (3)

Christian McBride appears courtesy
of Brother Mister Productions and
Mack Avenue Records

Production Info:

Produced by Marlene Rosenberg
Co-producers: Christian McBride & Robert Irving III
Recorded & Mixed by David Stoller at Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Astoria, NY
Recorded on November 29, 2016, mixed on March 23, 2019
Mastered by Dan Dean at Dan Dean Productions, Mercer Island, WA
Cover photograph by Stan Lee
Other photography by Stan Lee & Marlene Rosenberg
Studio photo by David Stoller at Samurai Hotel Recording Studio
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


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