Sat, 11 February 2012
One of my favorite jazz singers is Catherine Russell, a bluesy vocalist who has an amazing ear for picking lesser known or obscure tunes to include on her albums. She is something of jazz royalty, as her father was the great Luis Russell, a composer and bandleader of note who collaborated with King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, among other stars of the day. Her mother is Carline Ray, was a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a talented vocalist, bassist, and a graduate of Julliard, who has been featured with Mary Lou Williams and Doc Cheatam. Four CDs into her solo career, she continues to show she is her own woman, developing a vocal style all her own on her latest CD, Strictly Romancin',
Today’s Music for Lovers is the sensuous slow dance of “Romance In The Dark”, written by the great Lil Green (who coincidentally toured as featured vocalist with the Luis Russell Orchestra in the mid-1940’s), dazzles the senses. I asked Cat how she came to choose these songs, and she simply stated: “A good love song never gets old. If I can relate to the lyric and melody of a song, I can live through it when I sing it”.
Band members include guitarist Matt Munisteri, trumpet great Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist John Allred, and her usual rhythm section, Mark Shane on piano, Lee Hudson on bass, and Mark McClean on drums.
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