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The relationship between an artist and their instrument is more than just special...it is everything and Marie Booker’s relationship with her Bluthner Grand is that and more. So, rather than following the conventional path to recording this amazing collection of songs in a studio...the studio came to Marie and recorded them on her own instrument. The result is a sublime inspired mix of unique takes on Jobim, Sinatra (it FEELS like 3AM), Brubeck (who needs a whole band?), Weather Report (bold, not everyone is willing to tackle Jaco P), Astor Piazzolla (not for the timid) and more...
Marie started taking classical piano lessons at age 5, won her first competition that same year and continued developing her performance skills for the next 15 years. She accepted the invitation of a professor of piano at the University of Washington to study with him and earned her undergraduate degree. She had a love-hate relationship with the instrument until she completed her MBA several years later and celebrated by buying her first piano since grade school. She rediscovered her love of the instrument and started exploring genres she heard growing up -- particularly the Great American Song Book. Listening to George Gershwin, Cole Porter & Johnny Mercer performed by the likes of Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett, was stuff her dad listened to, but she was never encouraged to play. She now realized how much she felt compelled to play them. This CD celebrates her love of these timeless classics. She tips her hat to the Influences of Keith Jarrett, Michel Petrucciani, Marian McPartland, and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
With many thanks to Danny Mangold, a bright light and inspiration who helped her believe in herself.