Jazz CD Release:
/fyo?og/ - Temp'rall Sho'gazing
(Independent / 26 July 2019)
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/fyo?og/ are Katarina Boudreaux and Sam Tepper, New Orleans based and inspired by the city in this collection of bluesy jazz covers and originals. You could say it's retro in flavour, but distinctly modern in sensibility.
Katarina's voice is fluid and expressive, with a knack for phrasing that complements the stellar piano playing of Sam Tepper. She's alternately strident and playful on Better, against a kinetic piano line. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair is a traditional song that gets something of an avant garde makeover, all shimmering piano and cymbals, with a mournful violin against the dramatic vocals. It's quite haunting.
They're not afraid to play with the old favourites. St. Louis Blues goes for the dramatic, the rhythm lengthened into almost a Latin feel in the introduction, veering back and forth between old school swing and avant garde syncopation - ending in a gospel-like blaze of glory. Blues After Hours, on the other hand, gets a classic treatment where Tepperman's virtuosic piano playing comes to the forefront.
Gotcha Child is a shuffle, with Katarina's vocals turning sweet and high. Sam switches to an electronically enhanced organ sound for Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child in a minimalist arrangement that spotlights the emotion of the vocals. In Nibble, the duo switches to a funky groove.
Katarina is a writer, dancer, teacher, and musician. Her novel "Platform Dwellers" is available from Owl Hollow Press. She is the current director of Noladancing.
Temp'rall Sho'gazing by /fyo?og/ should please lovers of jazz both traditional and modern.
Sam Tepper - Keyboards and Harmonica; Katarina Boudreaux - Vocals; Producer: Chris Butcher and Sam Tepper
2. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
3. St. Louis Blues
4. Gotcha Child
5. Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child
7. Blues after Hours
8. Taint Nobody's Business
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