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Catherine Russell: Bring It Back

cover art for Catherine Russell's CD Bring It Back

 "I like good storytelling and the blues," says singer Catherine Russell. "I'm drawn to humor, unpredictable lyrics and a good melody. That's what motivates me."

With inimitable spirit and careful choice of bandmates, Catherine's new album, Bring It Back, motivates listeners with her rare ability to transport listeners from a Harlem dance hall to a storefront church, to a gin joint then to an uptown cabaret.

Russell comes from stellar musical pedigree. The daughter of Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong's long time musical director, and Carline Ray, a fine bassist, vocalist and Juilliard alum, to whom her new album is a tribute. Catherine has traveled her own musical path with Paul Simon, Steely Dan and David Bowie.

NPR said of Russell's talent, " with a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden, she's  claimed her place in the pantheon of 21st century jazz divas!"

Russell's ten-piece band on Bring It Back features guitarist Matt Munisteri, who also serves as music director, pianist Mark Shane, bassist Lee Hudson, saxist Andy Farber and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, who also provided some great arrangements.

"Cat" moves with ease through the music of Fats Waller's "Strange As It Seems," Johnny Otis's "Aged And Mellow," Ellington's "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart" and "Lucille," a gem written by her father.

Bring It Back, Russell's fifth recording, comes out February 11th. She'll celebrate it with a live performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on February 24th,  where you'll have a chance to to experience her remarkable storytelling for yourself.

    - Gary Walker, WBGO music director

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