Keefe Marzell has made
great contributions to the smooth jazz genre by supporting as a
drummer such illuminates as
Marion Meadows, Bob James, Kirk Whalum, New Birth and
Commissioned (whose album was produced by Boys 2 Men). Besides this he
regularly plays at the Greater Grace Temple Pentecostal church in
Detroit. For his debut album Drawn Windows which was released
in 2006 he assembled a loose group of top notch musicians now called
"Vintage". This group consisted besides Marzell of bassist Terome
“T-Bone” Hannon, who died of a brain aneurysm the day after they
finished recording, and keyboardist Marcus Abernathy. During the
two-year tour with Commissioned, the three musicians began writing
their own music and developing the sound that became Vintage. Further
guest-musicians on this album are guitarist Tim Bowman, saxophonists
Randy Scott and Norma Jean Bell, keyboardist Kevin Crosby, bassists
Jimmy Ali and Prince Edward Tate.
group is called Vintage,” explains Marzell, “because underneath the
smooth jazz melodies, all of our music has an old-school funk feel.
Everything we do is groove-based – not just rhythmic, but groovin’.
In addition to that, most of the musicians on the album have played
with contemporary Christian acts and gospel artists as well as in
church, so there is a lot of spirituality in this music. But no
matter what our backgrounds are, we all know that to really connect
with listeners we have to play with emotion. That’s what makes all the
starter of the album More Is Pleasure is a collaboration of
Keefe Marzell and Morris Pleasure whose name mirrors in the title.
Morris created the frame of the tune while Markus Abernathy performed
a wide soundscape on piano.
Now & Forever is build on a dynamic hip-hop beat presenting Randy
Scott's fantastic sax performance accompanied by scat singing and
humming Tim Slaughter. Randy Scott is a prolific sax player known by
his debut album
Unspoken (2002) which is
available at his website.
of U is featuring sax player
Lenny Price. Best known for his work with Grammy-winner Earl
Klugh, Lenny Price has become recognized as an accomplished performer
and jazz educator. Lenny performs an ultra-smooth soprano sax
One of the
highlights of this album is the instrumental tune Vintage
featuring guitar master Tim Bowman. Tim's guitar walks in ideal
partnership with Terome T-Bone Hannon's bass.
Never Learn to
Swim is more of an experimental approach following an idea of
character of the group is presented by the funky title song Drawn
Windows and Norma Jean Bell, an icon of sax player once a member
of Frank Zappa's touring band, then bursting out in the house and
dance scene on the Pandemonium label. Her sax play brings a special
contemporary jazz feeling into the band.
New Jazz Swing
is Keefe Marzell's show piece of rocket like drumming. Superb the
mixture with rappers Eric Sumler and Harold Edwards.
Night is featuring Norma Jean Bell, the sax miracle. Contemporary
jazz with a twist.
Enter Slowly has a touch
more of smooth jazz inflamed by Lenny
Price. Lenny plays the theme in variations while bass and keys adds
some flavor. Then Lenny bursts out into a special sax solo.
is Marzell's memorial to his band companion Terome
“T-Bone” Hannon, who performs his last bass solo and died so soon.
Final tune is a
reprise of Vintage (My Prospective). Anew we have the
opportunity to listen to Tim Bowman and a dreamy bass solo of Jimmy
Ali. Ali performed with P-Funk and George Clinton. Ali's Sadowsky
5-string J-bass has an unique sound.
debut album Drawn Windows is a mature project with a
well-developed sense for everything beautiful in contemporary jazz.
- Keefe Marzell And Vintage - Website
- Buy the album at
- Title: Drawn Windows
Artist: Keefe Marzell
Genre: General Jazz
01 More Is Pleasure [6:07]
02 Now & Forever [5:09]
03 Love Thinking of U [4:21]
04 Vintage [3:57]
05 Never Learn to Swim [5:26]
06 Drawn Windows [4:33]
07 New Jazz Swing [2:40]
08 Through The Night [5:01]
09 Enter Slowly [4:32]
10 Goodbye Terome [1:36]
11 Vintage (My Prospective) [5:28]