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Marlena Shaw: Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?

Album Notes

Personnel: Marlena Shaw (vocals), Mike Lang (piano), Bernard Ighner (piano, bass, flugelhorn), Larry Nash (Fender Rhodes piano), David T. Walker, Larry Carlton, Dennis Buidimir (guitar), Chuck Rainey, Chuck Domanico (bass), Jim Gordon (drums), Harvey Mason (drums, percussion), King Errison (congos).

Recorded at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California.

A record as fierce and blunt as its title portends, Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? vaults Marlena Shaw into a brave new world of feminism and funk, updating the sophisticated soul-jazz approach of her previous records to explore a fast-changing musical, political, and sexual landscape. Opening with "You, Me and Ethel," a hilarious satire of the singles bar culture, the album dissects modern romance with uncommon insight and candor, addressing lust ("Feel Like Makin' Love") and loss ("You Been Away Too Long") without pulling any punches. The music is similarly direct and progressive, running the gamut from luminous soul to scorching funk grooves. Not only Shaw's best-selling Blue Note release, Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? represents her creative apex as well. ~ Jason Ankeny


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