The new album from Cathy DeWitt: Duets
Thomas Royal, piano
Ed Legare, piano
John Chapman, piano
Ben Grier, tenor saxophone
Taylor Roberts, 7-string guitar
David Ottenberg, bass
Jon Jackson, drums
Christine Alicot, flute
Rob Rothschild, percussion
I enjoy making music in bands and groups, but I also love the format of the duet. When singing with another musician, I find magic in the combination of intimacy and freedom that occurs in that unique moment between two people.
This recording includes collaborations with some of my favorite musical partners. My dear friend Dawn Royston, whose voice is so beautiful on Skylark it might bring you to tears and goosebumps. Taylor Roberts, who has astounded us with his guitar playing since we first knew him as a very young man. Ricky Kendall, another young man whose voice has a warmth and intimacy that just wraps around you. Ben Grier, whose tenor sax so perfectly matches the mood of every song; it’s almost like singing with another singer. And it is a treat to sing with my longtime friend and local legend Don David!
As for the band, I couldn’t have asked for a more talented or generous group of players. David Ottenberg’s stellar bass playing is the glue holding the whole project together. And the sensitivity and extraordinary talent of Thomas Royal on piano takes some songs to new heights, while pianist Ed Legare’s solid sense of swing and ability to hold a groove is just the ticket for others. Jon Jackson’s impeccable rhythm keeps us all on track. Christine Alicot and John Chapman made great contributions. My husband and musical partner Rob Rothschild contributed his golden ear and years of recording experience to every note, with love. Making this album has been a true joy for me from start to finish. I hope it is for you, too.
This project is dedicated to one of my all-time favorite duet partners, Lennie Kesl, who so wonderfully expressed the joy of jazz and encouraged me to do the same.
Reviews of DUETS
“Wow! Great duet album! I was really impressed with your beautiful songs and complementary vocal arrangements with Dawn Royston. The saxophone, piano, and bass are excellent too.”
“Cathy DeWitt just put out a great jazz Duets album and I got to contribute to one of the tracks. Cathy has been making music in Gville consistently for many years and this album is a beautiful tribute to some great standards.”
“I LOVE IT!!! It put me in such a wonderful space after a very hard day! I am going to play this album every day until it wears out. It is my sanity music.”
–Christina Tourin, Director International Harp Therapy Program
“This is just so beautiful, and what top notch musicians. It’s my new favorite!”
–Kathleen Olive, Music Director Bethel Lutheran Church, Jax Beach
“This album is brilliant!”