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Time is a relative term for Catherine Russell, a late bloomer who has sang backup for many modern-day stars. Her own material has been steeped in early jazz and blues since she made her debut in 2006. Suffice to say, the title of her fifth solo album may be her agenda as well as the name of the opening tune. Here, the daughter of two jazz musicians—her dad played with Louis Armstrong in the ‘40s and led bands, while her Juilliard-trained mom played bass and sang—pays tribute to her parents by covering tunes she associates with them, using a swinging 10-piece band instead of her usual small groups. The results are predictably excellent. Russell covers her dad’s “Lucille” and offers new versions of classics like a lush-sounding “I Cover the Waterfront” and a light “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart.” Even when she does soulful blues like the title track, there’s an upbeat tone that screams for a Saturday night out dancing and having fun—and that’s something that's never gone out of style for Russell or anyone else.

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I was thrilled when this came out last week, giving me something new to add to my Catherine Russell playlist. Man, I have TOTALLY not been disappointed. This album is filled with so many classics and her vocals are clear, stirring, and deeply moving. I'm honored to be able to say I've seen her live twice and she is without fail one of the most amazing vocalists I have ever had the privilege to see perform. I cannot recommend this album enough. This is the best money you'll spend all year. Brilliant!!


My husband and I saw Catherine Russell live at our favorite jazz venue in NJ, Shanghai Jazz. We fell in love with Catherine that night and have been enjoying her music ever since. We love "Aged & Mellow"...great tune.

Great music with happiness and heart

I was first introduced to Catherine Russell by a friend who gave me a copy of "I'm Checkin' Out Goom Bye." The song was fabulous including a tremendous trombone solo by a very gifted t-bone player, Mr Alred. I have about worn out her album Strictly Romancin' and how Bring it Back has been issued. Fabulous, fun, happy, swingin', campy. Catherine has a fabulous voice and knows how to assemble a great band around her which compliments her many gifts so perfectly. Russell's father arranged for Louis Armstrong's band and her mother is a Julliard-trained vocalist and bass player. The music in this sweet lady's DNA cannot be restrained. She's got "it" and offers it to us amply in this spectacular album. Come enjoy!


Born: 1956

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, a native of New York City, was born with distinctive bloodlines. Her father was Luis Russell, the renowned big-band leader who was born in Panama, and lived in New Orleans and New York City. He was a groundbreaking vintage jazzman -- a pianist, composer/arranger, and most prominently, the music director for Louis Armstrong in the mid-'40s. Her mother is Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music,...
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Bring It Back, Catherine Russell
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Feb 10, 2014

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