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CD Review: The Rules of the Road

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The Rules of the Road
2005 Bearhart Records
Catherine Dupuis, Producer
Russ Kassoff, Assoc. Producer

Catherine Dupuis, Vocals
Russ Kassoff, Piano
Martin Wind, Bass
Rick Cutler, Drums, Percussion
Bucky Pizzarelli, Accoustic Guitar
Marvin Stamm, Trumpet
Ted Nash, Alto Sax
Lawrence Feldman, Flute, Soprano/Alto Sax
Bruce Bonvissuto, Trombone
Emedin Rivera, Percussion
Joe Cohn, Accoustic Guitar
Dan Block, Alto Flute
Laura Seaton-Finn, Susan Lorenstein, Violins
Roger Squitero, Percussion

(See Rules of the Road CD Release Event Review and Photos)

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
June 9, 2005

This CD is a collection of ballads, some made popular by other musicians, and some originals to this band. Catherine Dupuis is generous with scat improvisation and instrumental solos.

Notable tracks:

#1 – The Rules of the Road – Composed by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. Catherine Dupuis’ substantial orchestra led this danceable piece with strong guitar rhythms to enhance elongated, elegant vocalizations.

#6 – I Remember – Composed by Russ Kassoff and Deirdre Broderick. This mellow, melancholy, candle-lit original brings Ms. Dupuis to a whisper. Russ Kassoff turns a soulful solo into an extension of the melody.

#7 – I’ve Never Been in Love Before – Composed by Frank Loesser. To a soft Samba with persuasive percussion, Ms. Dupuis’ lyrical vocals are showcased. Her mood meshes with the rapturous music.

#9 – The Best Is Yet to Come – Composed by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. In jazzy, staccato Swing, Ms. Dupuis’ orchestra and vocals build in resonance. She welcomes the trumpet, trombone, and piano, with a solo that soon blends as one vivacious instrument.

Catherine Dupuis CD

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