Catherine Dupuis


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Catherine Dupuis made an auspicious debut in 1999 with her CD I Hear Music, and this follow-up proves to be even more wide-ranging. Once more she is joined by the brilliant pianist and arranger Bill Mays, along with bassist Martin Wind and drummer Tim Horner, while occasionally expanding her supporting cast with the addition of trumpeter and fl├╝gelhornist Marvin Stamm, trombonist Jim Pugh, Ted Nash (heard on alto sax or flute), and percussionist Memo Acevedo on selected tracks. The chemistry between Dupuis and Mays is particularly explosive in the imaginative arrangement of "Follow Me." She wails in Dizzy Gillespie's bebop classic "Interlude" (better known as "A Night in Tunisia"). Dupuis restores the often omitted verse to the swinging sextet version of "All Through the Night" and she is also a masterful interpreter of the dark humor in another Cole Porter classic, "Get out of Town," which is accented by Pugh's often sardonic-sounding trombone. Mays co-composed "Spring Friend" with singer Mark Murphy, an unusually structured ballad that Dupuis makes her own with a sterling performance. The old hymn "What Wondrous Love Is This" departs dramatically from its traditional setting, with Dupuis adding a driving chant, and Mays occasionally muting the piano strings with one hand as he plays the keyboard with the other. She once again covers a song by the rocker Sting, but "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free" just doesn't measure up to the rest of the tracks because of its trite melody, in spite of the best efforts of Dupuis and her supporting cast. This very impressive CD is highly recommended.

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