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Vocalist Catherine Russell's third album for World Village is a wonder, pure and simple. On this collection of 13 songs, titled Inside This Heart of Mine, the thread that ties it all together, is the special place these songs hold inside the heart of the singer. Let's describe that heart. It's warm and effusive, bluesy and erudite, bold yet vulnerable, passionate yet ethereal. Starting to get the drift? If not, then listen to Catherine's masterful reading of 'Troubled Waters,' a seldom heard tune scored by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, performed here as a sultry meditation, reaching deep into the cockles of one's being. This decades spanning collection, originally performed by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Maxine Sullivan, Howlin' Wolf, Wynonie Harris, Fats Waller, and Catherine's father, Luis Russell, draws from Vaudeville wit, Tin Pan Alley tune craft, New Orleans swagger, Swing Era sock, the European Cafe, Jump Blues jive, modal Delta Blues, and Django-esque swing, with an immediacy and a timeless quality that's refreshingly oblivious to current 'trends.' Catherine's third album represents a deepening of a well-established, tried and true, approach. The elements from her previous releases: an off the beaten path song selection, sparkling small group acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, will satisfy the already initiated, while winning over legions of new converts. Inside This Heart of Mine is a personal selection of gems from the 1920's through the Present; vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: April 13, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: WORLD VILLAGE
  • ASIN: B0036V4DLW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David S. Chamberlain on April 22, 2010
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Catherine Russell's standard of excellence leaves no room for a half-hearted recording. She has the chops to tackle practically anything under the sun- jazz and blues get mentioned as her touchstones but she also has taken on Hank Williams' music with great results. Her phrasing is worthy of study by any singer- she "inhabits" a song.
She is also fearless. Her choice of material might be shunned by any other performer as too "old fashioned" but that's her gift,taking neglected songs from eons ago and letting them breathe again. Catherine is part singer, part music archaeologist!
"Inside This Heart Of Mine" is very well recorded and has the benefit of some brilliant,all-star sidemen. In particular, Matt Munisteri, guitarist and banjoist shines with his tart solos and his comfy rhythm guitar style. Jon-Erik Kellso also beams brightly in the trumpet chair and trombonist John Allred has a gorgeous tone. Incidentally, Matt's CD, "Love Story" is a small treasure.
So, "Inside This Heart Of Mine" is a highly likable offering, done with respect and without affectation.
Pay attention to Catherine- hey, this is a SINGER!
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This is one excellent collection of songs by one amazing vocalist! Catherine Russell's voice has never sounded better, full of clarity and emotion and sass. The arrangements are tight and energetic, and the overall ensemble just swings and swings and swings. Cat has channeled more moxie into this effort than most people can muster up in a lifetime. Catherine Russell is a treasure, and this CD only reinforces that truth!
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CATHERINE RUSSELL is a phenomenon. This listener is not sure why she went unnoticed until a close firend called attention to her. Catherine Russell can sing! She has a style that is at once uniquely her own, but there are echoes of the great singers of the past that she brings a nod to - Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Bessie Smith the cabaret atmosphere of Josephine Baker etc. But this lady knows how to sing as though she has been trained by a classical singer. Her pitch is perfect, her phrasing is commensurate with each of the tunes she elects to sing, she makes the songs she sings seem like such a good time that they are immediately infectious.

A little background history (for those who are just discovering Russell) follows: `Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, a native of New York City, was born with distinctive bloodlines. Her father was Luis Russell, the renowned big-band leader who was born in Panama, and lived in New Orleans and New York City. He was a groundbreaking vintage jazzman -- a pianist, composer/arranger, and most prominently, the music director for Louis Armstrong in the mid-'40s. Her mother is Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, and famous for performing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Wynton Marsalis, among many others. Naturally Catherine Russell is influenced by old-time blues and jazz singers like Bessie Smith, Ruth Brown, and Etta James, as well as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, gospel and opera music. But she was a late bloomer, not establishing a recording career as a leader until much later in life. She has appeared at numerous festivals and on nationally syndicated radio and television shows.
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For those who love the bluesie side of jazz get this CD and enjoy natural sound of music.her retro sound will make you feel happy inside your very own soul.after listening to all the songs on this CD she deservers a grammy for this album.treat your ears to real music.
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Cat Russell is not someone you'll buy off of a review such as this one. I stumbled on to her after an interview on NPR. My goodness! Her voice is sunnier than even Ella Fitzgerals and this CD I spin over and over and over. . .
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I heard a clip of Catherine Russell on NPR and loved her voice. I ordered her CD and I'm so glad I did. She sings like a reincarnation of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday combined and her band has this irresistible New Orleans sound like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The songs are a mix of old favorites and new material, all with witty, bright lyrics and sung with a great interpretation. Most of all, this as a happy recording; it gets your toes tapping and you want to sing along with songs like "Barbecue" and "We the People". Catherine Russell is a real discovery for me and I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes upbeat jazz vocals and old time swing-jazz.
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I love all the songs on this CD, just some more than others. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a performance venue earlier this year and she seems to also be a wonderful person. I marvel at her ability to treat different material in completely different ways, all to the background of a dixieland band sound.
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I heard Catherine Russell on NPR with her guitar player (Matt) and was so impressed by the duet performance I had to jump on Amazon to look for the albums mentioned.
I purchased this album and her newest, "Strictly Romancin'" and they are both wonderful productions.
Great for listening in the car, during dinner, a party or, if you're a musician too, playing along with.
Some albums have one or two decent tracks and then a bunch of "throw-aways." That is not the case here. Each track is a gem.
Enjoy!
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