New York-based Maria Muldaur was one of the most gifted vocalists of the 1970s,
capable of interpreting with solemn passion both folk and blues and jazz and
A veteran of New York's folk circuits, she sang on the legendary record of the
Even Dozen Jug Band (Elektra, 1964) and then enrolled in Jim Kweskin's
band (until 1967), where she met her husband Geoff Muldaur.
The Muldaurs subsequently recorded Pottery Pie (Reprise, 1969) and
Sweet Potatoes (Warner, 1972).
Intelligent choice of material, a back-up band of seasoned blues and country
players, and a spectacular, high-pitched, jazzy voice characterized her classic
albums: Mud Acres (Rounder, 1972),
Maria Muldaur (Reprise, 1973), featuring Dr John and Ry Cooder and
two gems such as Midnight At The Oasis (by David Nichtern) and
Work Song (by Kate McGarrigle),
Waitress In A Donut Shop (Reprise, 1974), containing with
I'm A Woman (Leiber & Stoller),
Sweet Harmony (Reprise, 1976),
Southern Winds (1978) and Open Your Eyes (1979).
Muldaur then embraced gospel music on Gospel Night (Takoma, 1980),
There Is Love (Myrrh, 1982) and
Sweet & Low (Spindrift, 1984).
She returned to lay music with the
pop-jazz excursion of Transblucency (Uptown, 1986).
A tribute to the New Orleans sound,
Louisiana Love Call (Black Top, 1992),
Jazzabelle (Stony Plain, 1993)
Meet Me At Midnite (Black Top, 1994)
proved that her interpretive skills were as impressive as ever.
She always shunned contemporary material, favoring a revival of old, even
archaic, musical civilizations.
She is best as a gritty blues singer.
Love Wants to Dance (Telarc, 2004) covers a broad range of styles,
from blues to pop to country.
She delved into the early decades of the 20th century for Naughty Bawdy and Blue (2007).
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