(via Reviews: Catherine Russell – Bring It Back (Jazz Village) | Elmore Magazine)
"Noboby else makes records like these. Nobody else has the musicologist knack for bringing back the best music of the twenties through fifties while making it all sound so vital. That’s why every Catherine Russell release is a true treasure. And, for this highly sought back-up singer, this is her fifth release as a leader, none before the age of fifty. The daughter of famed bandleader Luis Russell, who arranged for Louis Armstrong, and the late Carline Ray, noted swing jazz guitarist; Catherine expands from a 5 piece to a 10 piece ensemble here. It’s almost as if you’re hearing a streamlined Duke or Count orchestra.
Catherine’s voice is by turns smooth, powerful, gutsy, sultry, and yes, versatile to suit her carefully chosen material. For example she does her dad’s, “Lucille”, Duke Ellington’s “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart”, and Fats Wallers’ “Strange As It Seems”; among others. The album has a bluesy feel to it, largely due to her simmering take on Johnny Otis’s “Aged and Mellow” with the refrain (‘I like my men like I like my whiskey/Aged and mellow’.) The band has plenty of room to stretch out and Dan Block is especially strong on clarinet. Covering both obscure and familiar tunes, the disc closes, appropriately, with a beautiful rendition of “I Cover the Waterfront”. The bar is set higher for each of Cat’s releases and she continues to exceed expectations.”
(via Upcoming jazz shows: Kyle Eastwood, Charlap Trio are fine bets - The Denver Post)
"The highest-profile shows of the week will begin to happen before we get around to the weekend. There’s plenty of virtuosity to take in with these two artists:
Kyle Eastwood — March 12, Mount Vernon Country Club: It’s encouraging news that Golden’s Mount Vernon Country Club is staging new jazz concerts in 2014, after being relatively quiet last year. Yes, bassist-composer Eastwood is the son of filmmaker-actor-jazz lover Clint, and began his show-business career acting alongside his father in 1982’s bittersweet, country music-themed film, “Honkytonk Man.” In recent years, the younger Eastwood seems to prefer to be on the other side of the camera, scoring numerous motion pictures and occasionally releasing a jazz disc.
What does Eastwood’s jazz music sound like? Much of it, like 2013’s “The View From Here,” comes off as personable and accomplished. Eastwood combines globally tinged themes (to my ears, Eastwood grew up paying close attention to the Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin, who supplied soundtracks to several ’70s Clint Eastwood films) with laid-back modern jazz. The overall effect can be pleasantly slick, but with too many ideas and nods to tradition to be classified as “smooth.”
Dinner is available before the 8 p.m. concert. Find out more at mountvernoncc.com.”
March 18 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
It has been 15 years since bassist Kyle Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, From There To Here. At that moment in his budding career, the press seemed more preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he’s the son of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood) than his music. Over the course of the four subsequent releases – 2004’s Paris Blue, 2005’s Now, 2009’s Metropolitan and 2011’s Songs from the Chateau – Eastwood built up an impressive body of work while earning respect in musician circles. With his sixth release as a leader, The View From Here on the JazzVillage label, he demonstrates a strong command of both electric and upright basses while expanding into more adventurous territory that is informed as much by jazz as it is by world music. “I’ve always loved music from other countries,” says the Carmel, California native who has resided in Paris for the past eight years. “Living in France, you hear a lot of North African and Middle Eastern music, and you can hear some of those influences on this new recording.”
Tickets are $25 for general admission; $45 for premium and $65 for VIP.
Seattle jazz fans, don’t miss Kyle Eastwood at the Kirkland Performance Center on March 16! http://ow.ly/ujQRK
"[Eastwood] takes the listener on an excursion through a wide range of styles, rhythms and moods…The gorgeous ballad ‘The Promise’ features the ensemble’s most lyrical playing" - JazzTimes
(via Catherine Russell Swings and Sways at Dizzy’s in New York- DownBeat Magazine)
"…A versatile singer who evokes Bessie Smith one moment and Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington or Peggy Lee the next, she is capable of purring in a low register that is as warm as cognac, but she can also hit clarion high notes. What really makes her special, however, is not so much her technical gifts—it’s her innate sense of swing, mastery of phrasing and her actor’s ability to fully inhabit a song’s lyrics.
…On “Bring It Back,” a Wynonie Harris track from 1952, Russell sashayed to the languid big band blues, swinging her hips and throwing her body into the lyric: “I love you like you love me/ We make a real fine pair/ But ain’t nothin’ shakin’/ When the dawn starts breakin’/ With me over here and you over there.” In this number, as often during the evening, it was all about the tempo: slower than you might expect, generating a blues feel almost unknown in current popular music, but perhaps ripe for rediscovery. Tenor saxophonist Andy Farber and guitarist-musical director Matt Munisteri deepened the groove with solos based in the blues.
…Russell’s reading of Al Hibbler’s classic ballad of seduction “After The Lights Go Down Low” yielded her biggest ovation of the night, as she delivered a pleading, testifying, flat-out sexy performance that seemed to raise the temperature in the room by several degrees.
…It might be a pipe dream to think that we’re due for a revival of this kind of entertaining, soul-satisfying big band singing. The crowd at Dizzy’s certainly seemed to go wild for it. One can always dream.”
(via Mining jazz’s oldest streams | JPost | Israel News)
"Catherine Russell certainly knows from whom to gather her spiritual and creative energy. The 57-year-old American jazz singer, who will appear all over the country between March 8 and 15 as part of this year’s Hot Jazz series, cites some of the most celebrated divas of the art form as her sources of inspiration. Vocalist Abbey Lincoln, the possessor of one of the most emotive and evocative voices in jazz history, is high on Russell’s list of influences, and there is a Lincolnesque lilt to Russell’s delivery.
“I loved Abbey Lincoln, and I got to hear her a few times,” says Russell. “She was really unique. It is a big compliment to be compared with her.”
…Catherine Russell will perform with Israeli sextet The New Orleans Function Jazz Band on March 8 in Ganei Tikva; on March 11 at the Zappa Club in Herzliya, on March 12 at Einan Hall in Modi’in; on March 13 & 14 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and on March 15 at Abba Hushi House in Haifa. “
Watching Catherine Russell dazzle the crowd at Dizzy’s Club via livestream!
(via February CD of the Month | KUVO/KVJZ)
"…For her 5th album, Cat chose some classic under recorded songs from the Jazz Age and Swing Era, injected them with modern sensibilities without losing their essence, and is accompanied by a superb 10 piece group. Add Catherine’s brilliant vocal approach and you have what I am certain is her best recording to date, moreover it is aptly titled, Bring It Back for Jazz Village. Ms. Russell is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is also a GRAMMY® winner. The native New Yorker garnered the coveted award for her participation on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire sound track; moreover, she is heard singing in the film, Kill Your Darlings. A superlative singer, a sensational songbook, magnificent musical accompaniment all blended together brilliantly, the results are clear, after you hear Catherine Russell’s Bring It Back, you’ll be bringing it back to your player for frequent listening!"