Marilyn Keller
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Marilyn Keller

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The best kept secret in music


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Her CD . . . "AT LAST" is available for licensing and/or distribution.
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"AT LAST" the CD . . . .

Marilyn Keller has evolved into Oregon's premier jazz
singer. Those who have followed her career--whether
as enthusiastic fan, musician or director in need of
vocalist--have long anticipated her debut as the
recording artist versus featured singer. To her legion
of fans that have long asked, "when will you come
out with your own CD?" she answers with characteristic
charm and wit by naming her debut recording, At Last.

Oregonian music critic Marty Hughley wrote of Marilyn "So fine
is her understanding of lyrics and the emotional
nuances they seek to convey, so honest and invested
is her delivery, she makes any song sound like a
statement of truth and soul." Her passionate conviction
to the power of song is evident throughout the
recording and especially so in her interpretation of
Rachelle Ferrell's Peace on Earth and Sting's Fragile
which has become an anthem in the 9/11 aftermath.

Besides At Last, the song list includes other jazz and
popular hits such as The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,
My Funny Valentine, With You I'm Born Again, and
Moondance. But to merely say she covers these standards
would sell short a real possibility that her versions will
be become the standard for those who come after her.

Of particular interest to the jazz community will be the
opportunity to hear the first recordings of Darrell Grant's
Nights in Santorini, and Into My Secrets. Grant, pianist,
recording artist and composer, is head of Jazz Studies at
Portland State University. The complex interplay of
percussion, guitar and piano are the perfect challenge to
show off Marilyn's divine instrument, also known as "Da Pipes."

And as Marilyn has been the dependable featured guest
on many other's CD's, so does she now have a solid lineup
of fine musicians backing her: George Mitchell, Brian
Ward, Phil Baker, Ron Steen, Mark Schneider, Jason Palmer
and Israel Annoh. Her two producers are the standout
musicians Don Latarski and Darrell Grant who are also
collaborating for the first time. These are musicians who
have toured nationally with world class jazz and soul singers.
Not only is Marilyn showcased, but the listener is also
treated to a syzygistic jazz moment when talented musicians
and love of the form align.

She might be called Portland's own except that she
has already developed a following as she has appeared
around the country at festivals with Black Swan Classic
Jazz Band, Rue de Blues, the Thara Memory Super Band,
and Kukrudu. The world may be her next stage, but with
Marilyn Keller one can be confident she will always
return home just as she returns to simplicity and her
gospel roots in the last songs, Motherless Child and
God Bless the Child. Marilyn Keller, blessed child of song,
has got her own at last.