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ARTICLE: PROFILES

Rebecca Parris: 1951-2018

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You'll happen my way on some mem'rable day
And the month will be May for a while...

I was never fortunate enough to have met Rebecca Parris in person; but, I was fortunate enough to live in and be a part of the musical universe that surrounded her. That universe was created by ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014

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This year turned out to be a watershed of jazz and beyond vocals, instrumental jazz and important reissues. It was a year of music that further opened my eyes and ears to music I had not previously valued or considered. How short-sighted of me.

Beat Kaestli
Collage
(B&B Productions)

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat House

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On Cat House, the follow-up to her superb debut album, Cat Tales, California-based vocalist Cat Conner shows again that she has the astuteness and chops to leave many other contemporary jazz vocalists floundering in her wake and gasping for air. This time around, Conner has chosen a baker's dozen of what she calls her “lucky tunes," ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat House

Read "Cat House" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast Vocalist Cat Conner's debut recording, Cat Tales (Rhombus Records, 2012) was a critical highlight vocal recording of the year. Conner's grace and sophistication come from the same school that produced Shirley Horn, Rebecca Parris and Patti Wicks. She is a master of the slow ballad and that may be the least of her considerable ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Cat Conner: Cat Tales

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Cat Conner

Cat Tailes

Self Produced

2011

One of the greatest jazz performance challenges is playing and singing ballads slow...sometimes called “calendar slow." The trick is playing slowly without dragging or stalling. It is simple physics, the difference between velocity and momentum. Simple tempo may be understood in terms of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Cat Conner: Cat Tales

Read "Cat Tales" reviewed by Jack Bowers

After thirty years as a jazz singer, California-based Cat Conner has recorded her first album, Cat Tales, an endeavor that is long overdue but no less welcome. For those who haven't heard Conner and may be curious as to what she and her compatriots have to offer, here's a brief summary. Lustrous, pleasing voice, crystal-clear articulation: ...