people assert that Jazz is an "out-of-date model", because there
wouldn't be enough young talented musicians, who engage themselves in
that musical genre.
Australian Saxophonist and singer Catherine Grace is the best proof that
this is not true. She started her young career, as so many others,
playing on weddings, in cafes and restaurants.
She has already won competitions including the 2013 Sing For your Supper
and 2013 Starquest. Having a huge repertoire from Jazz to Pop, she now
presents her first professionally produced collection of five tracks on
iTunes, which already shows the outstanding talent of this young lady.
The EP starts with the title-track MARSHMALLOW MAN, a composition by
Catherine Grace herself. A groovy rhythm by the E-Piano, Guitar and Bass
builds the ground for Catherine's sultry vocals, which notably resemble
Norah Jones' voice. Catherine Grace also presents a short solid solo on
KISS, another composition by Catherine Grace, sounds like her tribute to
Carlos Jobim and Stan Getz. Smooth chords on the acoustic Guitar at the
beginning and a fluffy saxophone in the middle, together with
Catherine's soft vocals create the atmosphere of a romantic Brazilian
FALLING again a song created by Catherine Grace, is a beautiful Jazz
ballad with double-bass and grand-piano. Here Catherine Grace shows her
IS THIS LOVE originally was made famous by Reggae-Legend Bob Marley.
Catherine interprets this song with a straight beat as a solid
The last song TOXIC, a cover of Britney Spear's 2005 dance-number, comes
along as a slow ballad. The instrumentation (p, b, dr, sax) and also
Catherine's vocals let this version sound even better and more
interesting than the Original.
So what can I say: Catherine Grace is one of the greatest talents in the
genre I have listened to during the last years. Blues, Soul, Jazz... she
masters it all! Gifted with a remarkable voice, a great sense for
musicality and rhythm and an astonishing maturity on the Saxophone, she
has everything one needs to build up a great career. Her band also does
a great job on all tracks! Let her find a perceptive record company and
she definitely will make her way in the business. Hopefully we will have
the chance to listen to much more music of her in the future!
Highly recommendable! Have a listen and enjoy!
© Markus Michel 2014
Catherine Grace - Marshmallow Man
Release Day: 9/6/2014
Catherine Grace: Vocals & Saxophone
Andrew Swan: Keyboard
James Butler: Bass
Dennis Walsh: Drums
Cameron Taylor – Guitar and Producer
1. Marshmallow Man
4 Is This Love