Sentimental Streak

Sentimental Streak

by Catherine Russell
     
 
Ignoring both the smooth school of jazz vocals and the soft croon of Norah Jones, Catherine Russell digs deep into jazz and blues traditions on Sentimental Streak. One might call her approach old-fashioned, and it is, but the mostly acoustic arrangements and her resonate lower range sound fresh on Sentimental Streak. One

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Ignoring both the smooth school of jazz vocals and the soft croon of Norah Jones, Catherine Russell digs deep into jazz and blues traditions on Sentimental Streak. One might call her approach old-fashioned, and it is, but the mostly acoustic arrangements and her resonate lower range sound fresh on Sentimental Streak. One might be reminded of the recent Erin McKeown album, Sing You Sinners, another fresh take on classic jazz. One pitfall that Russell -- like McKeown -- avoids is treating both the old and new songs she covers as serious and sacred. In other words, she offers treatments of "Kitchen Man" and "My Old Daddy's Got a Brand New Way to Love" that are fun. These two songs, pulled from the repertoires of Bessie Smith and Alberta Hunter, also remind one how easily classic blues melds with classic jazz. Russell's vocals are underpinned by lively, mostly spare, arrangements that vary from song to song, keeping Sentimental Streak from ever settling into a predictable groove. Likewise, she mixes ballads like "South to a Warmer Place" with groovier fare like "Thrill Me." Acoustically speaking, the pianos, acoustic and electric guitars, basses, accordions, and violins have also been recorded well. With Sentimental Streak, Russell has delivered an album that is easy to like and easy to recommend.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746807528
catalogNumber:
468075
Rank:
79292

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Catherine Russell   Primary Artist,Vocals
Howard Johnson   Tuba
Larry Campbell   Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Guitar (Resonator)
Rachelle Garniez   Accordion
Larry Ham   Piano
James Wormworth   Drums
Lee Hudson   Acoustic Bass
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet,Cornet,Slide Trumpet
Matt Munisteri   Banjo,Guitar
Brian John Mitchell   Piano
Byron Isaacs   Acoustic Bass
Erik Lawrence   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Luis Russell   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
Nellie Lutcher   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Andy Breslau   Liner Notes
Larry Campbell   Producer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Rachelle Garniez   Composer
Justin Guip   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Catherine Russell   Composer
Walter "Fats" Pichon   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Steven Bernstein   Horn Arrangements
Charles Newman   Composer
Edna Alexander   Composer
William J. Hill   Composer

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