Being that it’s Mother’s Day Weekend, I couldn’t resist taking time to talk about this extremely talented vocalist named Jessie Marquez. Wow, what a joy to listen too her latest album “ALL I SEE IS SKY.” This recording captures the warmth, beauty and the overall sensibilities of who she is as an artist from the opening melodies of the enchanting “Dime, Amor (Tell Me, Love).” Her lyricism and impeccable style is absolutely intoxicating. Jessie’s encompassing Cuban heritage is delightful, sexy, cool and inviting. Kudos to Jessie Marquez for inviting us into her world with this gorgeous album filled with attractive and stimulating music for enthusiast to enjoy. —Rob Young | The Urban Flux
Jessie Marquez -[|]- ALL I SEE IS SKY -(MP3)- [Carena Records, 2011]
While a trip to La Habana might be out of range for most Northwest music lovers, singer Jessie Marquez can get you there fast and without the red tape.
Marquez has sung in clubs, cabarets, theaters, street parties, and on television and radio throughout Cuba. Her soothing vocals are a mix of North American harmony and Latin emotion that embody the Cuban genre called filin (a play on the word “feeling”).
An offshoot of the romantic bolero, filin draws from North American jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, and the Cuban familiarity with the many shades of love and longing.
Marquez, whose father was raised in Havana, grew up eating her grandmother’s Cuban cooking and hearing stories about the family’s days on the island. She first visited her father’s childhood home in 1996. Right away, she says, “there was something very familiar about it –the way people spoke, their gestures, their attitudes. I felt at home.” –Jessie Marquez | BIOGRAPHY
..:: SOURCE: Jessie Marquez.com & Two For the Show ::..