Monday, January 23, 2012

Cat's Tour De Force, a Northwest Clipper - Bob Stewart

Vocalist Catherine Russell is a native New Yorker born to musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was a pioneering pianist/composer/bandleader and Louis Armstrong's long-time side-kick. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, guitarist and vocalist who performed with Mary Lou Williams, among others. After graduating with honors from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Catherine embarked on a rich journey backing artists like Steely Dan, David Bowie, Paul Simon and Michael Feinstein. On "Strictly Romancin'" -- her fourth release as a leader -- the singer takes us on a journey; from Harlem dance hall, to Parisian café, to store front church, to New Orleans gin joint, to Uptown cabaret in a musical tour de force.

Seattle bassist Clipper Anderson has been an unassuming yet vital figure on the Northwest jazz scene for almost three decades. He's lent his talents to countless recordings and live performances, including work with Michael Brecker, Benny Golson, Phil Woods and Buddy DeFranco. With "The Road Home", Anderson makes his debut as a leader and composer. Supported by longtime collaborators, pianist Darin Clendenin and drummer Mark Ivester, Anderson has crafted a thoughtful collection of original music that reflects his influences and pays homage to his mentors.

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