It’s Love and Eric Marienthal expresses it on his brand new release for Peak/eOne Entertainment. The award-winning saxophonist will set you on fire with this sexy offering that is marked by powerful balladry and a musical approach that has made Marienthal a household name for nearly 25 years! As many of his fans will remember, Marienthal first appeared on the jazz scene as a member of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, the band that launched him to international prominence. Now, he’s paying tribute to those fans that have kept him shining brightly in the jazz galaxy with 10 songs that you’ll play again and again.
It’s Love is a contemporary jazz masterwork that features exciting new arrangements of such great songs as Brenda Russell’s “Get Here,” Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” and The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love,” among others. Eric plays alto, tenor and soprano saxes, composed and arranged several of the songs and also served as co-executive producer with Andi Howard. Long-time collaborator Chuck Loeb produced and wrote the amazing title track – one that matches Marienthal’s penchant for deeply moving, inspired and unforgettable songs. Among the great stars on this CD are Chuck Loeb, Russell Ferrante, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber and Till Bronner. All bring their underlying musicality and sensitivity to the project in ways that add up to a canvas of great contemporary jazz.
The details and the production quality of this program are exquisite. One listen to “Two In One,” “Costa Del Soul,” and “St. Moritz,” will have you optimistic about their subtly effective takes on romantic love and Marienthal’s technique. The call and response between Chuck Loeb’s guitar and Eric Marienthal’s saxophone on “St. Moritz” is an extension of their creativity that you’re sure to enjoy. Overall, It’s Love is a real prize, the entire ensemble is brilliant, and in my opinion ranks at the top of Eric Marienthal’s body of work. It should be in your jazz collection today.