World Village/Harmonia Mundi (2012)
I enjoy watching Russell’s videos on YouTube too. Check out her version of the saucy Kitchen Man or any of the promotional pieces from her World Village recordings. On Strictly Romancin’, Russell teams up with a tight horn section, accordion, piano, clarinet, and jazz drums. A lot of care goes into the arrangements and at times I recall Duke Ellington’s orchestra with its colorful players with musical tricks up their sleeves. Listen to the soloists on Ev’ntide with all the razzmatazz of New Orleans jazz--dang, is it carnival time already? Romance in the Dark showcases Russell’s blues range when the singer sets her voice loose. For anyone who enjoyed Madeleine Peyroux's interpretation of No More, (Careless Love) will enjoy Russell's hearty version too (she cranks up the volume). In fact, Russell excels when singing jazz and blues classics and in the process she provides listeners with melodic jazz that sets moods.
For anyone who already has this CD in his or her collection, dust it off in time for Valentine's Day.