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Strictly Romancin' is a paean to natural attractions; to a lover, an art form, and to one's family heritage.
On the album, Catherine explores love's foibles, failures, and bliss, from amorous to humorous, embodying the lost art of song savvy, inhabiting the lyric, and allowing each melody to shine.
For these sessions, Catherine reunites with the team from her previous chart topping album, Inside This Heart Of Mine, including recording engineer Katherine Miller, producer Paul Kahn, and Musical Director/Guitarist/Banjoist/Arranger, Matt Munisteri, who contributes his expansive vision.
Also returning are the cream of New York City based players: trumpet great Jon-Erik Kellso, Trombonist John Allred, saxophone/clarinetist Dan Block; this time joined by veteran saxophonist/arranger Ander Farber. Joe Barbato on accordion and Aaron Weinstein on Violin add a gypsy flavor on two tracks.
The rhythm section includes players from Catherine Russell's road tested band, including stride and swing connoisseur Mark Shane on piano, the always solid Lee Hudson on bass, and Mark McClean on drums.
- A truly remarkable CD capturing the sensational Swing Era... Catherine Russell is superb!