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Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind

If there’s a postmillennial answer to Dinah Washington, surely it’s Catherine Russell: same remarkable vocal dexterity-blues shouter meets jazz stylist; same espresso-strength power; same immaculate clarity; same ability to shift seamlessly from sassy to torchy. Russell has, across previous albums, liberally exercised her predilection for vintage material, though never as deliberately as here. The main … Read More “Catherine Russell: Harlem on My Mind”

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Catherine Russell: Bring It Back

Many children of musicians follow in their parents’ footsteps, but few as closely as Catherine Russell. Since the start of her recording career, now spanning five albums, Russell has focused almost exclusively on the musical era of her father, bandleader Luis Russell, who served for nearly a decade as Louis Armstrong’s music director, and mother, … Read More “Catherine Russell: Bring It Back”

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Catherine Russell: Strictly Romancin’

Catherine Russell’s fascination with the songs and style of her father, 1920s and ’30s pianist and bandleader Luis Russell, and his contemporaries continues apace throughout this lively examination of love in all its guises. Russell opens with a peppy reading of the Chick Webb/Ella Fitzgerald delight “Under the Spell of the Blues,” then recalls Luis’ … Read More “Catherine Russell: Strictly Romancin’”

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Live Review: Catherine Russell and the Carolina Chocolate Drops

It was easy enough to get that time-tunnel feeling at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan when Catherine Russell (pictured) and the Carolina Chocolate Drops shared a bill. Nearly all of the songs comprising Russell’s set, drawn largely from her forthcoming Sentimental Streak album (World Village), were originally performed by pre-rock-era jazz and blues icons such as … Read More “Live Review: Catherine Russell and the Carolina Chocolate Drops”

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