Critic Quotes

“... Shaw’s extroverted approach is no less compelling. At her best, as she was on “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t,” she combines the soaring sensuality of Sarah Vaughan with precisely articulated swing of Carmen Mc Rae.” Don Heckman / Los Angeles Times

“You know as soon as the first words of Marlena Shaw’s opening cut reach your ears that you are in the company of a masterful interpreter of song. ...You are captivated by her charms, by her musical intelligence ... an astonishingly versatile artist W. Royal Stokes / The Jazz Scene

“...It was a tour de force carried off with skill, wit and personality, and it drew in the audience. The result was a rare, radiant intimacy that bespoke Shaw’s extraordinary talent.” Kirby Kean / Philadelphia Enquirer

The evening belonged to Shaw. She's the hippest chick on the block. She can just as easily catch the poignancy of Dinah Washington for Body and Soul, revelled in the funk of California Soul and brought gospel fervor to I Wish I Knew. Marlena Shaw with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – New Zealand Herald


  • Out of Different Bags (Cadet 1967)
  • Spice of Life (Cadet 1969)
  • Marlena (Blue Note 1972)
  • From The Depths Of My Soul (Blue Note 1973)
  • Live at Montreux (Blue Note 1974)
  • Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? (Blue Note 1975)
  • Just a Matter of Time (Blue Note 1976)
  • Sweet Beginnings (Columbia 1977)
  • Acting Up (CBS 1978)
  • Touch me in the morning (Columbia, 1979)
  • Love dancin’ (Columbia, 1979)
  • Take a Bite (Columbia 1980)
  • Let Me in Your Life (South Bay 1982)
  • It Is Love (Verve 1983)
  • Live at Vine Street (Verve 1983)
  • Love Is in Flight (Verve 1984)
  • Dangerous (Concord Jazz 1996)
  • Elemental Soul (Concord Jazz 1997)
  • Anthology (Soul Brother Records 2000)
  • Live In Tokyo (411 Records 2002)
  • Lookin' For Love (411 Records 2003)

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