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Soooooo Worth Waiting For!
on February 14, 2012
Catherine Russell (or 'Cat' Russell as she is apparently known to her friends) is nothing short of a phenomenon. She is not only a fine artist: she is a communicator. Her brand of jazz is a happy throw back to those evening of jazz in clubs that just made you dance. Everything about what Catherine Russell sings is a performance filled with the highest quality musicianship and a great scoop of fun.
She knows how to take a melody and make it fly, and she knows when a sweet tune should be simple and touch the soul. And she even takes a bow to the gospel signature songs and makes them completely her own. How she covers so much territory in one fine CD is beyond description. Yes,,she has fine back-up from a jazz quartet (Matt Munisteri, guitar and banjo, Mark Shane, piano, Lee Hudson, bass, and Mark McLean, drums) and on some of the songs she calls on assistance from vocalist Carline Ray, or John Aldred, trombone, and Dan Block, clarinet.
The songs one this CD are as follows: Under the Spell of the Blues, I'm in the Mood for Love, Wake up and Live, Ev'ntide, Romance in the Dark, I'm Checking Out, Goom'bye, No More, Satchel Mouth Baby, Everything's Benn Done Before, Don't Leave Me, I Haven't Changed a Thing, Everybody Loves M Baby, He's All I Need, and Whatcha Gonna Do When There Ain't No Swing? Her selection of songs coupled with her glowing and sophisticated performances make this new album one that was well worth the wait. Cat Russell is a bit of a miracle. Dance! Grady Harp, February 12