Smitty: (Laughs.) Well, I was so intrigued by that record because when I first received it, I didn’t know what to think because it was among this pile of music that I had just received, but this one stuck out because of the lady in the hat….that was intriguing to me….and there was this hair sticking out from the mailing label.
CM: It was like my cat’s, right?
Smitty: (Laughs.) I don’t know.
CM: Didn’t we attribute it to cat hair?
Smitty: I think so. So I’m thinking, okay, they’re sending me hair.
Smitty: And she’s got this hat on and she’s got this “come check me out” look and so I had to listen to that record first, and you know the story. It was just mind blowing, the experience of listening to that Latin record was so amazing.
CM: Thank you so much.
Smitty: You are so welcome.
CM: It’s a meaningful project to me. I had to admit what you received is probably going to end up being an, what’s the word? I’m gonna add to it. I’m making my way down to Chile to meet back up with Roberto, I’m gonna get some South American players to put on this CD. “Embellish.” That’s the word I was looking for.
CM: So I’m gonna be embellishing this even further and re-releasing it, and then I also have ten additional songs, Brazilian songs, and we’re gonna put out a double compilation disc.
Smitty: Wow. Well, I can’t wait to hear that.
CM: Aimed for ’07.
Smitty: Wow. Well, I can’t wait to hear that because if it’s anything like what you already have put together, it’s gotta be a kickin’ hot album.
CM: Thanks so much.
Smitty: But you’re gonna keep, hopefully, those original songs because I love, what was it? Is it “Favela”?
CM: “Favela,” yes. Now, that one is not an original tune.
CM: But yes, I’ll definitely keep the original approach to all of these songs, so they definitely won’t sound like anybody else.
Smitty: Yes, and what was the other one? “Jorgral”?
CM: “Jorgral,” mm-hmm. A gentleman named Javan wrote that song and he’s quite popular in South America and worldwide, as a matter of fact, and I have to admit that Party Jazz phrase also to some degree connotates almost a pop jazz sound. Jazz is so difficult to describe. It’s such a small word and such a large world of music.
CM: And this Latin Jazz, actually, the only reason I named that CD Latin Jazz was because here in my parts everybody knows me to be playing all original music, so I was trying to make it very clear that this is something different. It actually should say Brazilian Jazz because it is Brazilian-specific as are the ten additional tunes that I’ll be adding to the second disc.
Smitty: Yes, and speaking of the other discs, I like Welcome to My World.
CM: Mm-hmm, that was a 2000 release.
Smitty: Yeah, I still like that record and I still remember and still listen to Smooth Talk.
Smitty: And Midnight Drive.
Smitty: And, what is it? Red Hot?
CM: Oh yes!
Smitty: Those are great tracks.
CM: Thank you.
Smitty: And that Calypso thing. (Both laugh.)
CM: That one needs a name. I just simply bailed on that effort. I just named it Cathy Calypso.
Smitty: Yeah. (Both laugh.)
CM: But it really needs a name, Smitty. You need to offer me a name for that song.
Smitty: I’ll see what I can do, but I just love the tune. (Laughs.)
CM: It’s very fun.
Smitty: It is, and so we’ve got some great things to look forward to from Cathy Morris in 2007, huh?
CM: Yes, you do, if I may say so. I am back in the saddle again working very hard to get myself in a more international arena and the pavement has been laid and I’m just ready to walk the yellow brick road.
Smitty: Well, you’ve got some great tools to work with because I went to your Web site and I love that whole collection of violins.