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No Happy Endings, A Tribute To The Lady In Satin by Peter Marshall and the music of Ray Ellis

This spin is for every distressed desire that has met heartache at the door. Moods of misplaced moments are the tone for Peter Marshall’s "No Happy Endings" an exquisite collection released in 2003 by Glen Island Music. Partnered by the genius of Ray Ellis, before you are eleven adventures into those days we have all had but would soon like to put behind us.

However to be more precise, it is an fine tribute to the Countess of Cool herself, Billie Holiday, a woman that left so much in so little time.

Associated with such musical masters as Frankie Laine, Helen O’Connell, and Tex Beneke and his Orchestra, Marshall with a string of musical accomplishments convinces us that this piece is a welcome and very intriguing project to add to our collections.

Pay close attention to these new and vibrant arrangements for each compliments and flow into the style of Marshall. It’s inaccurate to define Marshall’s style as loungesque however it’s more like the crooners of years gone by. Pouring their broken dreams out for all to embrace with our humanity. This project is not for those who have ice flowing through their veins, "No Happy Feelings" is compressed compassion for the soul.

I hesitate to focus in one specific cut for each has their unique personality. As for meaning, these songs are meant to signify what the listener wishes them to mean. Listen and fill in the blanks. "When Joanna Loved Me" may be an exception for it’s personal and bleeds the true act of unconditional love.

For the high profile entertainer, Marshall relates to us his true passion, one of music and the style he wishes to bring forth. This is one for a moonlit evening with a glass of your favorite vineyard by your side, very nice piece.

Karl Stober is an international freelance columnist and broadcaster who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Karl can also be reached at 1-802-380-6065.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Peter Marshall and the music of Ray Ellis
  • CD Title: No Happy Endings, A Tribute To The Lady In Satin
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: BluJazz
  • Rating: Three Stars
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