"…Sad songs like “Am I Blue” or “St. Louis Blues” merely punctuated the spunky cavalcade of innuendo and double entendre that included covers of Cox’s “One Hour Mama,” Liston’s “You’ve Got the Right Key, But the Wrong Keyhole,” Johnson’s “Who’ll Chop Your Suey” and a double helping of Hunter with “Handy Man” and the dirtiest defense of virginity I’ve ever heard, Wade singing “Take Your Big Hands Off.” Even those numbers that weren’t dishing dirt could be downright ornery and spiteful, as with “After You’ve Gone,” “I Found a New Baby” and Waters’ “You Had It Coming to You.”
While Wade’s “Big Hands” and Russell’s “Handy Man” were certainly highlights on the 16-song playlist, the concert excelled most when the two vocalists collaborated and we found ourselves transported to a freewheeling jam session…”
"Today, let’s get acquainted with singer Catherine Russell, who will be making her St. Louis debut as a headliner next Saturday, April 19 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Russell is from New York, born in 1956 to Luis Russell, a pianist, composer and longtime bandleader for Louis Armstrong, and Carline Ray, a bassist and vocalist who performed with Mary Lou Williams and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
While she’s been active in the music business for many years, Russell’s career as a solo artist took a while to blossom. Before releasing her debut album Cat in 2002, she earned a living as an in-demand backup singer on tours and recordings with major artists including Steely Dan, Levon Helm, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Carrie Smith, and Rosanne Cash.
Though she’s held on to some of those gigs - even getting a feature spot in the show on recent tours of the Dukes of September (Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs) - her solo career has grown to occupy more and more of her time. Since her debut, Russell has released four more albums, the most recent of which, Bring It Back, came out in February on the Jazz Village label, and in 2012 won a Grammy Award for her appearance as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire…”
Best Jazz Album Best European Album Best Jazz Song (“Spain”) Best Classical Song (“Libertango”) Best Folk/World Song (“Nana”) Best Humor Song (“Swingle Ladies”) Best Electronic/Experimental Song runner up (“The Diva Aria”)
“Linyera, a new collection of songs from the Argentinean singer-actor Melingo could be the soundtrack to a shady underworld, conjuring up as it does a chiaroscuro labyrinth of mirrors where time stands still. The album features offbeat love songs, sparkling with glints of the blues and tangos of old, vagrants’ tales sprinkled with snatches of bossa nova and candombe, and atmospheric melodies summoning up musical spirits - now of Duke, now of Zappa - all plunging us into Melingo’s surreal universe. In the company of his band of itinerant musician-poets, he is a free-spirited, definition-defying artist at the very zenith of his powers. Part rocker, part flamboyant crooner, with a touch of the comedian, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he bewitches us with intoxicating dreams.
Available now on World Village, Linyera will also receive a vinyl release in June. The album is currently No. 4 in the World Music Charts Europe Top Ten…” (click image for full text & video)
World Village has forged itself a reputation for excellence on the international musical scene in just a few short years. Seeking out talents from all around the world, carefully designed covers and booklets: these are the key values of the label, which is run by four producers working between France, the USA, Spain and the UK, who pursue an ambitious signing policy.
Jazz Village, the newest label in the Harmonia Mundi family, allows audiences to experience the best of current jazz music, from Europe to the Americas, from traditional to modern, through urban soul and new sound crossbreeds. On the menu: a dozen yearly releases featuring musical veterans, young idols and bright emerging talents.