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Inside This Heart of Mine

Album: Inside This Heart of Mine
# Song Title   Time
1)    Inside This Heart of Mine
2)    All the Cats Join In
3)    We the People
4)    Troubled Waters
5)    As Long as I Live
6)    November
7)    Just Because You Can
8)    Long, Strong and Consecutive
9)    Close Your Eyes
10)    Quiet Whiskey
11)    Spoonful
12)    Slow as Molasses
13)    Struttin' with Some Barbeque
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Adapter: Jon-Erik Kellso.
  • Personnel: Catherine Russell (vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Katherine Miller.
  • Recording information: Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY (10/05/2009-10/07/2009).
  • Photographer: Stefan Falke.
  • Catherine Russell's third album is definitely a throwback to vintage jazz, and honors her father Luis Russell, a premier big-band leader and music director for Louis Armstrong. It's a collection of old-time swing, slinky do-right blues, and reflective music that shows how much she's steeped in the tradition of classic African-American music. Considerable help is utilized from backup musicians like pianist Mark Shane, Matt Munisteri on guitar or banjo, and a horn section with trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, trombonist John Allred, and veteran tuba master Howard Johnson on select tracks. Russell's light yet strong voice is clear as a bell, her pleasant singing tinged with a bit of sly knowledge and a hint of bluesy regret. Vintage material suits her persona quite well as on the old-timey J.C. Johnson/Fats Waller-penned title track taking sweetness out of gloom, the downhearted "Troubled Waters," or the low-down "Spoonful"; Armstrong's cakewalkin' "Struttin' with Some Barbeque"; and the great jump blues tune "Quiet Whiskey" from Wynonie Harris. Then there's "We the People," a declaration of freedom that works well in the contemporary Obama era, and a wary cautionary tale, "Just Because You Can," telling those who flaunt their power or persona to be careful about what you wish for. Every track provides delight and surprise, as all great jazz should, while Russell's blues side keeps not only the swinging in check, but assures you the singer has led this life of ups and downs to the hilt. It's an extraordinary recording, and highly recommended for a wide audience. ~ Michael G. Nastos
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.73) - "Russell's stylistic agility is on glorious display as she navigates a serpentine route that takes her from the raw ache of Troubled Waters' to the hep shimmer of 'All the Cats Join In'..."

Living Blues (p.40) - "[The set is] rendered by Russell in smoky alto tones with occasional touches of melisma over the unique and delightful support of Matt Munisteri's banjo."
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