Marshall’s 2014 release “Arrival” is energetic, moving and comforting. He has gathered musicians familiar to himself and to Jazz fans in the Washington, DC area. Brothers Leonardo Lucini (bass) and Alejandro Lucini (drums) form his brilliant rhythm section for much of the album. The tightness between them is not unexpected between brothers but they mesh seamlessly with Marshall on piano. Throw in talented guitarists like Ben Young and Kevin Williams, vocalists like Iva Ambush and Kendra Johnson plus a host more of excellent players and you’ve got the makings.
Marshall includes four of his own compositions along with other better and lesser known works. His arrangements echo his own voice and are brilliant revelations of the unique approach that belongs to Terry Marshall.
The vocal works by Iva Ambush and Kendra Johnson are so very different but so very appropriate to the tracks on which they perform. As talented and as entertaining as they are—as are all the musicians—Terry Marshall remains at the gravitational center of the album. It is not just his composing and arranging brilliance, Marshall is a moving performer. His touch on piano and Fender Rhodes are warm and enthralling.
The track list is well-chosen and a varied display of melodies and rhythms with musicians who know how to swing. The vocalists bring the swing, as well.
“Arrival” has everything that Jazz lovers love: lyricism and groove and memorable melodies. There is, however, one thing more that this album delivers…a very memorable musician named Terry Marshall.
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