Cat Conner – Cat House (Cat Tales)
Released – October 14, 2014
If you’re hooked in the first ten seconds or so, you’ll stick around for the rest of the song. That’s my experience. So, hooked I was – first by John Chiodini’s slick guitar on the first few bars, then by Cat Conner’s luxurious vocal, then by her effortless way with the lyric, on the first track, “Everything I Love/Everything I Desire.”
I kept sticking around, and things just got better and better.
The whole album has an easy aura of a bunch of pros having fun, and a band that sounds bigger than they are. Mr. Chiodini, who also wrote most of the arrangements, is joined by Gene Cipriano on reeds, Tom Ranier on piano, drummer Joe LaBarbera, Chuck Berghofer on bass, Ron Stout on trumpet, and Dick Nash on trombone.
Favorites include the classic “What A Little Moonlight Can Do,” and a little-heard Cahn-Van Heusen tune, “Come On Strong.”
Refreshingly straight-ahead, and highly recommended.
Highlighted tracks have been added to the radio playlist at 62ndStreet.com.
One of the discs that has made it into heavy rotation at 62ndStreet.com is by Jeremy Fox, a jazz educator who released his first album, “With Love,” earlier this year. Mr. Fox has made a living coaching vocalists, and he enticed a number of outstanding artists to join his orchestra on this disc, including Kate Reid, Lauren Kinhan, and one of my favorites, Kate McGarry, with “All My Tomorrows.”