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Katie Bull: Love Spook

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There seem to be more singers today than ever before, but along with that development come a few who are turning around the notion of just what a singer does and can do. Katie Bull is called a multimedia artist, and that notion informs her every note here. She knows the repertoire and she knows the vocabulary but she also has the sense of drama and choreography that speak to the expansion of the whole field of singing.

The album opens with the title cut, and as that implies, it's a dark, unsettling piece that offers a different picture of what love can mean. Joe Fonda's bass provides the insistent underpinning for this disturbing yet rich portrait, but the painting also makes full use of the brilliant storytelling drums of Matt Wilson and the evocative piano of Frank Kimbrough, who knows about space and timing.

Equally revealing is what Bull does with a tune we know. Her vamp intro to the Sound of Music ditty "My Favorite Things includes some things that it seems Misters Rodgers and Hammerstein might never have considered as favorite. Or maybe they would have but could not have expressed them with the passion and conviction that Katie Bull does. Coltrane had changed this tune for all time—we thought—but Bull has changed it again.

Bull titles another original "Strange and indeed it is—with its mysterious wordless intro and then simple repeated lyrics—but this is strange in the best meaning of the word, with a sense of wonder and new differences to be celebrated. And that's what Bull and her bandmates do in all of these performances—celebrate new beginnings so that even old material never seems overly familiar.

Track Listing: Love Spook, My Favorite Things, Strange, On A Clear Day, Deer Run, Leftover Blues, I Only Have Eyes, I'll Be Seeing You, Watch What Happens, Connection Rag, Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Ashokan Road.

Personnel: Katie Bull, vocals; Joe Fonda, bass; Frank Kimbrough or Michael Jefry Stevens, piano; Matt Wilson, percussion; Martin Wind, bass.

Title: Love Spook | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Corn Hill Indie


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