It’s unlikely that there will be a sexier jazz vocal performance this year than Russell’s rendition of ‘Aged and Mellow’…unless it’s her smoldering delivery of ‘After The Lights Go Down Low." On Bring It Back, Catherine Russell turns in her most fully realized vocal performances to date - by turns sassy, sexy, humorous, reflective and joyous.
— Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine
Catherine Russell, the second-generation jazz great swings...with effortless elegance on her superb new album, Bring It Back
— Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
an exceptional recording
— C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
a voice like rich, aged brandy...she kills with her low down version of "Aged and Mellow"...blues at it's best.
full of wit and a vocal sound like no one else's
— Jeff Simon, Buffalo News
Russell has a quality voice as soft and sweet as molasses...gutsier and effortlessly powerful.
— Marlbank, UK
a timeless delight
— Hot House Jazz
she brings a consistent understanding to the emotions of each song
— New York City Jazz Record
*****Five Stars Russell’s vocals can go from smart, sharp bursts, careening strokes, to one unending velvety sigh — often within one song.
— Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com
The new disc has all the elements her fans have come to expect — the mix of influences that include blues divas like Bessie Smith, foot-tapping Old School jazzers (like her father, Luis Russell who once led Louis Armstrong’s orchestra), and modern chanteuses who add beauty and romance to our lives.
— Jack Gardner, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
****Recording of The Month:
Russell sounds like she’s having a ball...her enthusiasm makes the song new again. Her gift to us, and to all these old tunes, is to let us feel the joy people hearing them for the first time must have felt.
— Soundstage Ultra
Bring It Back takes Russell a little further afield than previously: Her vibrant playlist extends from 1917, with a high-steppin’ “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball," to the 1950s, for bluesy readings of the Wynonie Harris-associated title track, the sassy gold-digger anthem “Aged and Mellow" and the Al Hibbler signature “After the Lights Go Down Low."...a potent blend of Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington, and Pearl Bailey...
— Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
I Cover the Waterfront, Catherine Russell
Russell's delightful Bring It Back includes a number of brisk, buoyant numbers but closes with this gorgeously wistful cover.
— Elysa Gardner, THE PLAYLIST: USA TODAY
Noboby else makes records like these. Nobody else has the musicologist knack for bringing back the best music of the twenties through fifties while making it all sound so vital. That’s why every Catherine Russell release is a true treasure...she continues to exceed expectations
— Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine
Russell brings to each work not only a reverence for the past masters, but a modern energy and sense of discovery. It's an unbeatable combination of swing, blues, and storytelling…a winning album that proves some songs will never go out of our hearts--not as long as the likes of Catherine Russell carry the torch so well.
— Andrea Carter, Jazz Police
This is a wonderful disc of Jazz Age, swing and blues gems from New York singer Catherine Russell, who reworks vintage material with new arrangements and a tight band...the singer smoulders on After the Lights Go Down Low, one of three songs that feature Winnipeg expat Glenn Patscha on Hammond B-3 organ. Russell renews some great old tunes on her fifth recording without losing their essence and charm.
— 4 1/2 Stars, Winnipeg Free Press
Bring It Back - Top Chart Positions:
#1 Roots Music Report Jazz Album Chart
#1 CMJ Jazz Chart
#2 JazzWeek National Radio Airplay Chart
#6 I-Tunes Jazz Album Chart
#13 Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart
#17 Billboard Jazz Album Chart