Wisconsin-born Cathy Herndon was a reed player in high school and was selected to join The Kids From Wisconsin, a touring vocal group. She gravitated to New York, where today she provides polished entertainment at some of the more high tone hotels like the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park and the Rhiga Royal. This debut album of eleven of her own originals is probably a good indication of her ability to deliver a professional session for the enjoyment of the public.
She is joined by a small group includes the well-recorded bassist David Finck, drummer Ben Wittman, and guitarist Vinny Valentino. Herndon's voice is sweet, clear, and a bit like that of the late Karen Carpenter. These love songs are quite pleasant ballads, for the most part, but in the long run they do not linger on. Most of For You consists of well-delivered pop jazz music, with only "Walking with My Baby (Through Life)," taken at a mid-tempo pace, having serious jazz potential.
The decision to employ all original songs detracts from a more varied album; jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook would have added some additional references for those unfamiliar with Herndon's artistry.
Track Listing: Listen to the Wind, Picture This My Love, You're The Passion In My Soul, You're So Easy To
Love, You Wanting Me,Me Wanting You, My Life Is Having You Here, Walking With My Baby
(Through Life), He's Gone, The Last Time, If Only, Picnic In Bed.
Personnel: Cathy Herndon: vocals, piano; Andy Ezrin: piano, Rhodes; David Finck, Cari Cater, and
Richard Hammond: bass; Ben Wittman: drums; Vinny Valentino and Bernd Shoenhard:
Year Released: 2005
| Record Label: Burnetta Music
| Style: Vocal
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.