Whether the mood calls for blues or jazz, there is a sultry appeal when a vocalist can master both genres with ease. As strong as some of the greats may have been, Marguerite Mariama is in her groove when she offers her new self-released effort Wild Women Never Get the Blues. This jewel box has the cool of the blues scene, while also embracing the smooth vibes of jazz. It is a very strong debut endeavor.
Along with her vast array of talents, dance, theater, education and music, this doctor (yes, Doctor of Afro-American Music Culture) has laid upon us a polished, yet vibrant collection of fine, bi-genre cuts all for our approval. From the first spin, Mariama has created a fine addition for the most seasoned jazz collector.
As much as her heart may bleed blues, her jazz performances are stunning. Take a spin on "You Don’t Know What Love Is," which showcases her range on a jazz piece. Each verse seems to have raised and embraced a select attitude for each level of the passion cycle. Heartbreak has no mercy, which Mariama so vividly displays on this performance. Superb effort!
Mariama has the confidence of the most seasoned veteran, while at the same time projecting sensitivity, not unlike a woman falling in love after a first glance. This siren has that genuine quality and heartfelt delivery, which will have her climbing farther than most. I recommend the buy, the spin and the moment, for this is the classic takeoff of a future star.