Marina Pacowski | Inner Urge

French-born singer Marina Pacowski makes an excellent debut with Inner Urge. Although a talented pianist, Pacowski focuses specifically on vocals, with a wonderfully distinctive sound and delivery. The set here is a nice mix of American and French standards which the singer arranged and wrote lyrics in the case of one of the songs. Pacowski is backed a roster of outstanding musical talents on the production, including bassist John Clayton, guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Josh Nelson, drummers Peter Erskine and Roy McCurdy, vibraphonist Brent Fischer, trumpeter Carl Saunders, and trombonist Scott Whitfield, who arranged one of the album’s tunes. The blend makes for some really nice music. A fantastic first outing.