Catherine Dupuis has recently issued her second CD as a follow-up to her successful 1999 issue "I Hear Music." The collaboration with pianist Bill Mays ensures an intimate and enjoyable jazz journey for her audience. Great attention was given to the choice of repertoire and it really shows. The addition of a few veteran studio jazz musicians like Jim Pugh, Marvin Stamm and Ted Nash assures another success.
Dupuis studied with the famed operatic mezzo-soprano, Eileen Farrell and later moved to New York City in 1985 where she has been involved in all aspects of music from commercial jingles to Broadway. She appeared in the popular productions of Camelot, Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me and Daydreams, the latter being based on the career of Doris Day. Since the mid 1990s, she has appeared at many top venues including Cleopatra's Needle, The Metronome, Eighty-Eight's and La Belle Époque.
Bill Mays is a very important part of this release and perhaps best known as Mark Murphy's accompanist for many years although he has also worked with Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra. His piano may be heard on the soundtracks of Sleepless In Seattle, Superman, Terms Of Endearment and Lethal Weapon. He's also a veteran of the Benny Golson, Shelly Manne and Howard Roberts groups.
"Moments" is an intense session and Catherine Dupuis shows her tremendous talents via the compositions of such diverse writers as Gershwin, Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Cole Porter, Peggy Lee and Hoagy Carmichael. Her brilliant alto vocals are laced with meaningful jazz feelings and are done to perfection. Bill Mays' solid accompaniment and the imaginative solos of Marvin Stamm, Jim Pugh and Ted Nash are icing on the cake. Ms. Dupuis is perhaps a relative newcomer to the jazz scene but is destined to leave a most indelible mark on its future. This CD is highly recommended.