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“Producer/songwriter/guitarist Marlon McClain's delicious and solid solo recording (only his second since 1981) is a sort of trumpet call for the unleashing of a long-buried catalog of some of Oregon's finest music. For those who don't remember Portland's fertile music period in the late '70s and early '80s, McClain led a soulful and horn-fueled jazz and R&B band called Pleasure, which landed on the Fantasy label in 1976. Discovered by legendary producer Wayne Henderson, McClain and his bandmates were propelled to international stardom. 0 0 0 Share Through six albums on Fantasy, the band hit the road behind some of jazz and R&B's biggest names -- Grover Washington Jr., Earth Wind and Fire, Cameo, Kool & the Gang, George Benson and the Crusaders, and many others. More importantly, the experience set the soft-spoken and eternally positive McClain on a path that would find him writing songs and producing sessions for some of pop music's biggest names.”
“David Nathan: I am delighted to welcome to Soulmusic.com, a gentleman I have known for so many years, going back to the late 70’s when we met in Portland, Oregon. At the time, he was one of the founding members of the group Pleasure, a pioneering Funk, R&B and Jazz-flavoured group, and we’ve stayed in touch over the years. The occasion for which we’re doing this interview is Marlon’s new solo album, which is actually not his first – even though I thought it was! It is entitled “T.B.D.” and is available at the Soul Music Store. It’s a pleasure to welcome Marlon McClain. Marlon McClain: Thank you, David. It’s a pleasure to be here with you. ”
“Someone who I can pick out immediately from any composition that he may be involved with is Jeff Lorber. Of course, Jeff and Marlon have collaborated before and this track will rouse your interests if you loved 2004's excellent "Shades Of Soul" album. Jeff has a signature style that is carefree and buoyant and totally whimsical yet soulful, deep and full of expression. Unique, instantly recognisable but NEVER predictable, he draws all this together into those magic fingers of his on "Life Is". Superb, and right where he was back on Arista in the late 70s and early 80s! Although I dearly wish for vocals, what I cannot say about this CD is that it is boring. By no means is this a Smooth Jazz set. This has guts, spine, pizazz, a grittiness and earthy flavours and will not send you to sleep within moments of the opening cut! This comes highly recommended and a great piece of instrumental work has been created by all involved. Available to buy from June 1st!”
“Marlon McClain amazingly gifted musician, who’s CD release "TBD" is 6/1/2010. Marlon is also a producer and song writer additional passions & gifts. The beauty of artists is that they can take events, emotions, moments of time and transcend them through sound via the multiple array of instruments around the world. These sound vibrations take flight in such a miraculous way, which can bring healing, calm the waters, capture those moments. Marlon harnesses his gift to play the guitar and just make it sing. ”
“McClain had been on the road with Jeff Golub, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Tim Bowman, and an all-star band as part of Guitar & Saxes. Inspired by the experience, the veteran performer wrote a few songs and the next thing he knew, his long-overdue sophomore release was in the works. From that soon to issued cd we're featuring the funky & rhythmic Come On!! CD: TBD June 1st (2010) Label: Mac Man Music / Lucky Records”
“Mac Man Music and Lucky Records are the result of combining the musical, creative, and nose-for-talent of two of Portland’s longtime music business stalwarts, Marlon McClain and David Leiken”