'Catherine Dupuis is not only a fine singer, but she can be given some of the most complicated arrangements, and make them her own. She is not only wonderful...she is merely marvelous...and she's a visual trip to boot!'--Mark Murphy The captivating and stunning jazz vocalist, Catherine Dupuis, is releasing her second CD, 'Moments' -- a marvelous follow up to her critically acclaimed debut CD, I Hear Music (which was awarded three stars in Down Beat - and went into wide radio rotation in the U.S.). Not only does 'Moments' push past the boundaries of jazz vocal performance, but it also boasts eclectic material taken from the musical worlds of jazz, pop, Brazilian, the Great American Songbook, musical theatre and gospel. Phenomenal pianist/composer/arranger Bill Mays is Catherine Dupuis' musical partner, having created the highly original arrangements (with the exception of 'Skylark', arranged by Russ Kassoff), as well as performing on the recording. Other featured New York City-based first-call musicians on 'Moments' include Martin Wind on bass, Tim Horner on drums, Marvin Stamm on trumpet/flugelhorn, Ted Nash on reeds, Jim Pugh on trombone and Memo Acevedo on percussion. There are many musical highlights in Moments. Catherine Dupuis has already emerged on the scene as an artist with unique interpretive skills, consummate vocal skill and unfaltering taste in material. According to Cadence, '...she can navigate twists of tempo and volume with ease. She goes on to tackle a varied collection of songs that allow her to be both the sophisticated hipster and the jaded singer.' Unlike many vocalists, Catherine is an artist who views jazz as the collaborative art form that it is, and those successful collaborations are evident in both her debut CD, 'I Hear Music' and her current release, 'Moments'. Bill Mays has shared Catherine's vision, and contributed original and refreshingly surprising arrangements. Bill says, 'I really dug writing this project.... Catherine, who phrases so well and whose time is impeccable, allowed me great freedom as an arranger, and her choice of tunes was wonderful.' Ken Dryden of The All Music Guide is another enthusiastic supporter of Catherine, and he has said, 'This very expressive singer has everything going for her...an expressive approach to familiar material...Catherine Dupuis is a new voice worth hearing.' 'Moments' is certain to elicit unexpected emotions, and intrigue listeners (no matter how eclectic their tastes). Catherine Dupuis, Bill Mays and all of the fine musicians on this project invite music enthusiasts to a virtual smorgasbord of rhythmic and harmonic delights. In the words of jazz writer, Alex Henderson '(Catherine)...is original and risk-taking enough to keep things from becoming boring or predictable. A quirky and playful yet sensitive vocalist who combines the influence of Annie Ross and Sheila Jordan with elements of cabaret and theater music...Dupuis deserves credit for taking her share of chances.'
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