Hannah Marks Blends Jazz And Rock For ‘Outsider, Outlier’

[Cover photo credit to Lexi Brown]

New York City-based bassist, composer and educator Hannah Marks has shared her empowering full-length debut album Outsider, Outlier via Out Of Your Head Records. Alongside the release, Marks has shared Midwest-inspired track and videoI’ll Ask Anyway“. You can celebrate the album with Marks live at the official LP release show at The Jazz Gallery in NYC on November 3, 2023.

Outsider, Outlier, blends Jazz and Rock over ten tracks that “explore the human condition.” The project allows Marks to present a new side of her artistry while considering “belonging, love, and empowerment” through “key relationships” in her life. Musically, “radical tempo and stylistic changes represent the tumultuous nature of unhealthy relationships and ensuing bouts of anxiety.”

All music and lyrics were written by Hannah Marks and alongside her, collaborators on the album include Sarah Rossy (lead vocals), Lee Meadvin (guitar), Lex Korten (piano), Nathan Reising (alto saxophone), and Connor Parks (drums).

The album was recorded at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, NY with Caroline Davis as the in-studio producer and Meadvin heading up all post-production. It was engineered by Todd Carder and mixed and mastered by Meadvin.

Marks shares about the album:

Composed in my early twenties, ‘Outsider, Outlier’ is a manifesto on how to empower yourself by breaking free from harmful relationships. The girl that experienced these events was innocent, lonely, and heartbroken, only to emerge a secure, loved, and whole woman.

Throughout the process of writing this album, I embraced the grunge and experimental rock music I grew up loving but had always set aside in favor of my “serious” jazz pursuits. I chose not to abandon my jazz background, instead gathering a group of accomplished improvisors to bring a free, daring spirit to the music.