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Cat [Catherine Russell]

  • 1. Sad Lover Blues
    2. Can't We Be Friends
    3. Late, Late Show, The
    4. Where Can I Go Without You
    5. Put Me Down Easy
    6. My Man's an Undertaker
    7. Blue Memories
    8. Juneteenth Jamboree/Royal Garden Blues
    9. Back O Town Blues
    10. Someday You'll Want Me to Want You
    11. Poker, The
    12. You Were Made for Me
    13. Darn That Dream
    14. Deep in a Dream
    15. New Speedway Boogie
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 468063

  • Credits
    EngineerMike Konopka

    Personnel: Catherine Russell (vocals, background vocals); Frank Portolese (guitar, background vocals); Don Stille (accordion, piano, organ); Jim Cox (upright bass); Morris Jennings (drums, tambourine).
    Audio Mixer: Mycle Konopka.
    Liner Note Author: Phil Schaap.
    Recording information: Long Dog Studios, Skokie, IL (01/2005-02/2005).
    The world is never short of new jazz/blues singers, but with Cat, Catherine Russell stands out from the crowd. The child of very musical parents, she's inherited their genes, but added her individuality, which can move from the pop-blues of Sam Cooke's "You Were Made for Me" (one of two Cooke songs here, both with real identity) to the New Orleans style of "Juneteenth Jamboree." Interesting touches in the arrangements help the album, too, such as the mandolin on "Sad Lover Blues" (it features elsewhere, too) or the pedal steel that colors "The Late, Late Show." Russell isn't a belter. She prefers to shade her material and does it well. There are a few surprising choices, the most obvious being "New Speedway Boogie," the cover of a Grateful Dead song that more or less works (they were so idiosyncratic that anything written specifically for them seems a little misplaced done by anyone else), but it's a joy to hear someone singing outside the usual box of standards. Whether she'll become a major star remains in the lap of the gods. But she's definitely one of the more adventurous -- and friendly -- singers mining the seam of jazz-blues. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A talented jazz singer with pop connections deserving of wider recognition, Russell gets right to the heart of songs out of the Great American Songbook."
    Living Blues (p.46) - "Russell has a warmly resonant alto voice that she applies with relaxed timing and few frills to a thoughtfully chosen set of tunes from various eras and genres."
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