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CD REVIEW: Marky Quayle - Untitled

By: Louisely D'Amour (UK)






Artist: Marky Quayle
Triple M Productions
Website: www.markyquale.com

Genre: Smokey Jazz, R&B, Pop
Sounds Like: Bonnie Tyler, Bonnie Rait, Nora Jones, Rosanne Cash
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: N/A
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs:
Cry Me A River, How About You, Out Of This World



Marky Quayle is an amazing vocalist with a very rich and soulful sound.  When Marky sings she instills an amazing feeling that there is no rush, the song is hers to sing to you and she has all the time in the world to let her raspy vocals make sure that you fall in love with whatever the song is. 


This CD was recorded at the Jewkes Junqueyarde Studio which is run by Noel Jewkes, who was not only the arranger, the pianist and wind instrumentalist on the CD as well. But he also gets credit for assembling the rest of the dream team with Dean Reilly (Bass) and Vince Lateano (Drums) They say that music has a mathematical basis and certainly if you add this list of personnel together it equals a fantastic jazz sound. The whole CD is made up of jazz classics brought to life with some fantastic and very sympathetic playing with Marky’s soulful voice floating above it all effortlessly. There's a good selection of songs and during the instrumental breaks, the solos are beautifully crafted and very accessible, no long and crazy jazz journeys that end up giving you a migraine. I can’t say that I have any criticisms of this CD – it does exactly what you would expect from a jazz standards album and does it very well.


The overall production quality is gold standard. The musicianship is gold standard, the likeability level (think I may have just made up a word there!) is high – EVERTHING about this CD says quality.  It has a lovely laid back, Smokey Jazz club feel to it and it went down very well as backing music when I had some friends round recently – even the ones that claim not to like jazz were seen to be tapping their feet and generally getting into the laid back vibe.  I for one will definitely be checking out Marky’s back catalogue and eagerly awaiting her future release "Veil of Vanity." I look forward to hearing it hopefully later this year.   


Louisely D'Amour (UK)