Shows the ever-mercurial abilities and love of Cathy’s “playing” with great musicians, and great musicians’ love of “playing” with her!
Formed in the spirit of “Now!”… this unique, and bass-less band (!) reflects a spontaneity and search for adventure, freely, but within forms! Seasoned players all, and each one having toes dipping into other style and genre waters, They come together here, experiencing the joy of comradery and trust, delving into the unknown! Especially for a vocalist to hold this position with musicians of this quality, is a statement in itself. Cathy Segal-Garcia on vocals, Gary Fukushima on keyboard, Chuck Manning on tenor sax, Jeff Richman on guitars, Brad Dutz on percussion.
My former student opened an incredible jazz club in L.A. in 2009 called The Blue Whale. I’ve met many incredible musicians there, and one is pianist Yoonseung Cho! Growing up in Argentina, living and working in the States, and now in Korea…Cho and I were drawn to each other as people and musicians. Form and improvisation. We wanted a representation of that, and ended up with a wonderful duo recording! Getting ready to hire a promotional person to really get this product out into the world! CD Baby will carry it after that happens.
"With Bohemian one fine singer and one fine pianist add up to much more than the sum of its talented parts." -Nicholas F. Mondello, All About Jazz
"...it’s easy to admire her willingness to stretch out in whichever direction her muse takes her." -Bird is the Worm
"This isn’t a record about nailing down perfection; it’s a record about conversing, about feeling, about loving the art form." -Jordan Richardson, Blinded by Sound
"An incredibly earthy and organic mix of the natural vocals of Segal-Garcia combined with the virtuoso like performance of Korean jazz pianist Yoonseung Cho..." -Critical Jazz
"The pairing of these 2 brilliant artists is akin to watching a butterfly dance with the wind." -Onel Mulet, Hot Indie News
"Absolutely fun music for that time in your life when you finally realize that nobody cares what you do." -Midwest Record Review
"Singer Cathy Segal-Garcia and pianist Yoonseung Cho weave a wonderful tapestry of sound on Bohemian." -TheJazzPage.com
Alternative Jazz is, I think, a new category I made up, just for this recording! A mix of world music, jazz, pop, and Americana…almost all are originals, except for “Save Your Love For Me” (remember Nancy Wilson and Cannonball? I changed it!) This project covered a transitional period of my life, and it is reflected in the songs. I used a jazz trio, some of my favorite people…Karen Hammack on piano, Chris Symer on bass, and Kendall Kay on drums...who added a great warmth to the music. Added a guitar on a few, some percussion, and lots of background vocals… mostly by me, Lou Castro (who produced the CD as well), Cheryl Barnes, and Alison Wedding. I love this project!
A duo recording with pianist Phillip Strange. Interestingly enough, this recording and Heart To Heart were both recorded in the same week…I say interesting because these recordings couldn’t have been more different! Phil and I had just come home from a month tour in Japan. We recorded in Arizona, in an impeccable recording situation.. the sound is marvelous. We did modern arrangements of standards. Got kinda crazy on this one! My favorites on this recording is a sloooowwwwww version of “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”, and a funky version of “Misty”!
A duo recording with pianist Ross Tompkins. Ross was the pianist for the Doc Severinson Tonight Show band, but has endless recording and performing credits, rock to jazz. Truly a vocalist’s accompanist, this is a recording of all standards, with a special 50’s song dedicated to my sister, who passed in 1997. A mellow recording, easy on the ears, the style of this recording is what I call classic jazz. Some of my favorites… “That’s All”, “Eactly Like You”, “Melancholy Serenade”…
The trio was gorgeous. On piano was my traveling and playing partner for many years, Phillip Strange. On bass, the admired acoustic player who was the last bassist with Bill Evans, and has played on many wonderful modern jazz recordings, Marc Johnson. On drums, one of the most desired modern jazz players today, who played with Weather Report and Stan Kenton, and has made many beautiful recordings under his own name and fellow fabulous modern jazz people, Peter Erskine. Recorded by Chick Corea’s personal engineer, Bernie Kirsh, at the Mad Hatter Studio, this band sounds great! Standards rearranged, several of my originals, including “Diane”, “Mr. Hall” and “The Story”, a few bass and vocal duets, and a few instrumentals. Voted “Best Of The Genre” on Internet’s Music Blvd.
This CD was my first. Some called it “New Age” because of the lyric content. Most all of the songs were originals that my first husband, Gus Garcia, and I wrote. The non-original was “When You Wish Upon A Star”. I had many musicians on this…for instance: Frank Severino, John Heard, Octavio Bailly, Bill Lohr, Armando Compean, Art Rodriguez, Tom Brechtlein, Wayne Johnson, Russell Ferrante, Jim Lacefield, Rick Helzer, Jim Cowger, Loren Pickford, Paul Yonemura, Clay Jenkins, Gary Willis, Scott Colley. Most of the arrangements, done by San Diego pianist Rick Helzer, were classic, absolutely beautiful.
Looks like my duo's are getting highlighted! This is a lovely recording of myself and the ledgendary guitarist, Joe Diorio. Joe is an extraordinary guitarist...amazing ideas, flexibility, sense of timing...and a truly beautiful guy...I do adore this man! We made this recording in a small voice-over studio in Los Angeles, which was hardly a "normal" studio we would record in. Crowded with stuff, and probably we were the first musicians to do something like that there! I think because Joe and I share a similar aesthetic point of view, and we had a decent engineer (Diana Gunderson) we came out with a beautiful and musical product! Around 2005 Joe had a disabling stroke, and had the time and inclination to listen to his past projects. A year or two later he called me and said, "Hey Cath, I think we ought to put this one out. It's really pretty!" So, as life does things at the right time...my friend Christopher Perez came along suddenly, and excitedly became the executive producer and packaging artistic director...and very quickly, we had this beautiful CD in our hands!
JAZZVOX presents "In Your Own Backyard" - a compilation CD of some fabuous jazz singers, including Cathy Segal-Garcia, accompanied by guitarist John Stowell!
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This is a beautiful jazz duo recording of my two friends, with me singing one song...Joe wrote it for his daughter, and I wrote the lyrics.