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Katie Bull: All Hot Bodies Radiate

Read "All Hot Bodies Radiate" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

A raucous concoction, Katie Bull's All Hot Bodies Radiate bursts with energy, its verbal and musical contortions devoted to a deceptively cacophonous mix of levity, seriousness, playfulness, and avant abstractions. Artfully balanced, Bull merges spoken-word delivery and singing to deliver her poem-lyrics in a style that cleverly evokes the best coffeehouse traditions, without being overtly retro. The words themselves are evocative, often pointedly erotic, and when fused to her bandmates appropriately shifting styles, fashion clearly envisioned sound and ...

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Katie Bull: Freak Miracle

Read "Freak Miracle" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Katie Bull is a highly original talent, a vocalist steeped in tradition who fearlessly rocks the boundaries of the known. Freak Miracle is a wonderfully expressive and free-flowing CD, a fresh and unpredictable mix that highlights Bull's gift for approaching music and songwriting from her own unique angle. Eleven of the fourteen tracks on Freak Miracle are Bull originals, and no two songs are alike, whether it's an homage to mentor Sheila Jordan on “Back to Square One," ...

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Jazz Is Obama

Read "Jazz Is Obama" reviewed by Katie Bull

The musicians I am drawn to are players who “open up." They carry the torch for the freedom of infinite possibility. They have unbounded imagination. They see a musical chart as a map into unknown territory. Not unlike healthy law, the form of a jazz vocal chart can make or break the democracy of an improvisation. It can liberate a community dialogue with firm, clear, yet spacious structure or it can lock everyone in the band into pre-meditated isolation. The ...

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Katie Bull: The Story, So Far

Read "The Story, So Far" reviewed by Jim Santella

A genuine jazz singer, Katie Bull pulls no punches when it comes to interpreting original material. She tosses in a few classic songs on The Story, So Far while portraying lyrics convincingly, scat singing with natural ease, adding a sincere blues texture to each selection, all of it coming from the bottom of her heart. Her voice remains strong and accurate as she relates memorable stories in the pure jazz idiom. She and bassist Joe Fonda describe ...

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Katie Bull: Love Spook

Read "Love Spook" reviewed by Donald Elfman

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.

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Katie Bull: Love Spook

Read "Love Spook" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

This is my second experience in hearing jazz singer Katie Bull. Her debut album, Conversations With The Jokers, fully established her as both a mainstream interpreter of the Great American Songbook and a downtown New York City cutting-edge vocalist exploring the more abstract styles of Jay Clayton or Sheila Jordan. The twelve tracks of this new album (the final track is hidden) present a singer who is poised at the threshold of dissonance and deconstruction of established melodies. It leaves ...

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Katie Bull: Conversations with the Jokers

Read "Conversations with the Jokers" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Female jazz vocalists are spoon-fed to the masses these days, made as accessible as possible with their approach and repertoire by, more often than not, big labels and mass marketing machines. If you ask most fans of jazz vocals, however, you'll gather there's a shortage of any memorable, or listenable, vocalists out there. Vocalists such as Sheila Jordan and Jeanne Lee brought interpretive and adventurous jazz vocals to the next level. Such flexible instruments are sorely lacking in our regurgitated ...


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