This ultra-sexy blues diva scores again with another incredible CD that is chock full of 15 self-penned songs with assistance from a steller team of musicians. Judging the sexy cover shot on the CD may prejudice you from checking out the music inside. You can't judge the music by the hot and steamy pin-up poses alone. The music speaks volumes all by itself. Cathy Jean sings "the blues" with a "take-no-prisoners" attitude, singing of loves lost and loves found, life's hits and misses, not afraid to stomp on those that get in her way or taking on those who have done her wrong. A powerful collection that is simply smokin'!! Cathy Jean sings with an expressive, very melodic and powerful voice, more in common with Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, or Aretha Franklin. Her vocal range is almost limitless– whether she is singing an all-out rocker like "I'm Your Girl", the jump blues of "Be Glad", or songs influenced by the soulfulness of Tina Turner and the incomparable Memphis Stax-Volt sounds, she has the power to draw you into each song and to have you, the listener, identify with and to feel all of the emotions being generated there.
Landmark 1960s TV play about a young couple and their children who are cruelly overtaken by events which lead them into an unrelenting trap of debt, homelessness and poverty.
If the big heels and the high-production fashion values have you skeptical about this lady, keep reading. Purring and snarling through “Your One And Only”, crowing danger through the tasty acoustic gem “Behind My Back”, double-daring her way through the buoyant “Purple Tattoos”, Cathy Jean has a natural gift for pairing her formidable voice with some pretty mean presence and solid song-writing (not a single cover on the entire CD). Blues fans will want to skip string-coated pop fare like “You Don’t Know”, but most of the rest is great stuff– seductive, tough and convincing, backed by a terrific group. Excellent and recommended.
Despite the tragedy in her life this is a superb album. Derek Trucks said in an interview (this is a paraphrase) that not only is he interested in what someone is playing but what they are listening to. Clearly Cathy Jean and her band members are both very good listeners and very good players. They are very modern (notice the excellent use of strings) and one of the finest bands playing rock and roll and blues around today. This album and Sick Little Twist are both top notch!
In 2014 we celebrate Jean-Philippe Rameau s 250th anniversary. To highlight his wonderful compositions, this disc also presents works by 20th-century musical pioneer Ligeti. Rameau and Ligeti have a similar approach to generating music, and their short pieces are of similar drama and effect. Krier steers her own path between sentimental and spiky, with a bright, forthright tone. “Does it make sense to combine the music of a French Baroque master with avant-garde works written in the 1950‘s? Can one place these two composers – Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) and György Ligeti (1923-2006) – side by side? Do they have anything in common, and, if so, how can such traits be viewed from the vantage points of two entirely different centuries?