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Album Review

Eric Marienthal is a technically skilled altoist with a soulful tone and an appealing style. Unfortunately, many of his recordings are strictly for the commercial market, such as Sweet Talk. Marienthal's solos are full of spirit and color but the backup groups, which often include keyboardist Jeff Lorber along with occasional vocalists, are mundane and lack much personality. The same can be said for the set of originals, including a song apiece from Stevie Wonder and Ivan Lins. Marienthal, who was brilliant on his 1990 release Crossroads and is at his best when playing with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, mostly sounds like he is coasting on Sweet Talk, making this an OK but forgettable release.

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Another Amazing Work

Eric Marienthal is one of the most talented saxophonist in Smooth Jazz today. His rythmic and sultry phrasing is incomprable and his technique is a phenomenal tribute to his predecessors. Although many of his contemporaries have sought the limelight of fame by producing albums with more of a pop feel, Eric has chosen not to compromise his personal style for temporary recognition. History will honor his talents and future generations will listen in awe.


Born: December 13, 1957 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Eric Marienthal shows listeners that he plays crossover jazz as well being a capable and creative improviser. Marienthal attended the Berklee College of Music for two years, and earned a Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. Following his departure from Berklee, he went on tour for seven months and played live in New Orleans for just under five years as a member of Al Hirt's band. Marienthal moved to Los Angeles in 1980 after his tenure with Hirt,...
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Sweet Talk, Eric Marienthal
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2003

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