When I first auditioned this recording and heard Ruth's version of the June Christy hit, "Something Cool", I thought that her beautiful voice was reminiscent of both Peggy Lee and Jeri Southern. I was pleased to notice while reading the press release today that Jeri Southern was indeed one of Ruth's vocal tutors. I'll never part with Jeri's definitive recording of "You'd Better Go Now" recorded in the mid fifties. The late Jeri Southern is sadly missed.
Ruth is no stranger to music and is married to bassist Charlie Haden. She was also a guiding light in the formation of Haden's "Quartet West". In a sincere attempt to make her new CD one of the most intimate performances ever heard, Ruth handpicked four brilliant pianists to share the duties on the session, including Allan Broadbent, New Zealand's jazz gift to the world.
The "Roadhouse" album consists of a dozen of the finest ballads and torch songs ever written including Willow Weep For Me, Detour Ahead, Body and Soul, Waitin' For The Train to Come In and One For My Baby. A beautiful version of Lionel Newman's 1948 composition "Again" features the beautiful work of Broadbent and violinist, Federico Britoz Ruiz.
This is a singer that makes you feel a part of the performance. Ruth is the consummate balladeer. This is a recording that will be sought after by jazz collectors of generations to come. My highest recommendation with all sincerity!