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Inside This Heart of Mine
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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 so... more »
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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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Kim Z. from EAST KINGSTON, NH
Reviewed on 5/13/2012...
A great voice and song selection
David S. Chamberlain | Atlanta, Georgia | 04/22/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
The Goddess of Blues & Swing
Scouttrane | Washington, DC | 04/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"