Catherine Russell pays homage to heritage with new album Send for Me
Russell’s eighth album as bandleader, Send for Me features more than a dozen newly recorded tunes she carefully curated.
“Songs that inspire or touch me in some way. When I find a song I like, it haunts me until I learn it,” Russell says. “The album is an invitation, welcoming the audience to come along on a journey.”
The recording pays homage to her parents, Luis Russell and Carline Ray, who are pioneering jazz musicians in their own right. It also calls back to jazz legends such as Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Earl King and more.
The title track was first recorded by Nat King Cole as one of his explorations into blues that became a huge crossover hit, peaking at No. 1 on the U.S. R&B charts and at No. 6 on the U.S. pop charts.
“Nobody thinks of Nat King Cole as a blues singer, but he sang some really great blues,” says Russell.
Meanwhile, At the Swing Cats Ball has a strong family connection.
“My mother had given me sheet music a long time ago, saying, ‘Your father co-wrote this tune, and Louis Jordan covered it,’” Russell recalls. “We found a live version performed by my dad’s orchestra on a radio broadcast, and we adapted his arrangement. I love the image of people going to a swing dance.”
Here’s the full track listing:
- Did I Remember
- Send for Me
- At the Swing Cats Ball
- Make It Last
- Going Back to New Orleans
- If I Could Be With You
- You Can Fly High
- East of The Sun (and West of the Moon)
- In the Night
- You Stepped Out of a Dream
- Blue and Sentimental
- Sticks and Stones
- Million Dollar Smile
Catherine Russell’s Send for Me will be released April 1, 2022, via Dot Time Records.