Mary Bogue -
One Night of Sin is my third recording collaboration with Steve Rawlins. I just can't fathom having anyone else look out for me. He always has my back, is impeccable in everything he does, from arranging all the songs here, to directing the musicians, and always encourages me to give it my all.
The first time I heard Karen Hernandez on keys, I about fell out. She had Les McCann riffs, and Gene Harris style, while being all Karen. She's a beautiful soul, and talented beyond belief. She gave me her all on my first CD, Don't Go to Strangers, and now here, having fun laying it down. Her resume is astounding, and Les McCann calls her his favorite pianist.
Bringing it on home on bass guitar is Brad Bobo, whose discography includes Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Eddie Harris, Linda Hopkins, Nancy Wilson, and now me. Pinch me, someone. You'll find the ever cool Jack Le Compte keeping time. I adore Jack, well everyone in LA does. He's a dream to work with, always putting the singers first, laying hack and never making a big deal for himself. He's grace and steel. I love his stick work. On tenor sax is my very favorite sax man, Rickey Woodard. Our call and response on "Don't Explain" will knock you out. I am the luckiest singer ever. ALL the talents on this CD are Living Legends of Jazz. How about that!
And shout outs to any girls Maria Seager for snapping the cover shot for me, and to cabaret icon Marilyn Maye who changed the tempo and style on "Don't Explain." Thank you, Marilyn! Finally, my dear friend, the great Linda Hopkins has a part on this CD too. When I first met her, she heard me sing at the Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill and then told me I should sing her song, "I'm Going to Cry You Right Out." I was both nervous and excited to perform for her the next time we met. She cried some happy tears, giving me the greatest compliment ever, "Honey, you sing that song better than I ever did!" Let's leave it there.
Thank you to all whose energy uplifted and enhanced this work. I just want to say that I hope you enjoy One Night of Sin with me, and when you're done, go ahead and have One Night of Sin with your significant other. Fall your knees and confess it all. Love is all there is.