Cathy Rocco – You’re Gonna Hear From Me (2008/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 59:13 minutes | 663 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Source: HDTracks | Booklet, Front cover | © 2xHD
For the past 10 years, Cathy Rocco, of the Rocco Sisters, has focused on singing jazz. Her unique phrasing, her whole approach toward the styling of a song and the sophisticated confidence with which she delivers it, is like an intimate peek into her heart while she bends and stretches notes into places you wouldn’t think they could go, packing warmth and power into some well-known standards and contemporary pieces.
After the first few songs you just settle in and know that you’re about to be taken on a ride of musical emotion in the qualified hands of a richly seasoned professional who not only entertains with beauty and grace, but has you feeling every feeling along with her.
Many jazz purists need a serious reality check when it comes to what they expect from jazz vocalists. Even in the 21st century, jazz purists continue to insist that jazz singers who grew up in a rock/R&B era – and that includes Gen-X and Gen-Y as well as the baby boomers – should remain untouched by rock or R&B and avoid any popular music that didn’t come from Tin Pan Alley. But such thinking is silly and antiquated; it’s only natural that some jazz-oriented vocalists are going to have non-jazz influences, and You’re Gonna Hear from Me is a perfect example of a vocal album that is jazz-oriented without being the work of a jazz purist. Cathy Rocco is a gritty and bluesy yet introspective singer whose influences include Dinah Washington, Jimmy Scott, Nancy Wilson (the singer who worked with Cannonball Adderley, not Wilson of Heart), Marlena Shaw and Carmen McRae; jazz is Rocco’s primary direction, but soul, blues and funk have clearly left their mark on her as well. And she is as expressive on Tin Pan Alley war horses like “Autumn Leaves” and “There Will Never Be Another You” as she is on Aretha Franklin’s “Daydreaming,” Bill Withers’ “Hello Like Before,” Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” and the Stevie Wonder-associated “For Once in My Life,” which she transforms into a torch ballad. The big-voiced Rocco’s outlook is “rhythm & jazz” (to borrow jazz critic Scott Yanow’s term), but she isn’t quite as much of a belter as a full-fledged R&B singer might be. Although not for jazz purists, this 2008 release is easily recommended to those who like their vocal jazz laced with a generous dose of soul and blues.
01 – Autumn Leaves (Les feuilles mortes)
02 – Come Rain or Shine
03 – Daydreaming
04 – For Once in My Life
05 – Give Me One Reason
06 – I Never Went Away
07 – Little by Little
08 – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
09 – Tea for Two
10 – There Will Never Be Another You
11 – Hello Like Before
12 – You’re Gonna Hear from Me
2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme. 2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry.