Cathy Herndon: For You, My Love (2005)
Wisconsin-born Cathy Herndon was a reed player in high school and was selected to join The Kids From Wisconsin, a touring vocal group. She gravitated to New York, where today she provides polished entertainment at some of the more high tone hotels like the Ritz-Carlton Battery Park and the Rhiga Royal. This debut album of eleven of her own originals is probably a good indication of her ability to deliver a professional session for the enjoyment of the public.
She is joined by a small group includes the well-recorded bassist David Finck, drummer Ben Wittman, and guitarist Vinny Valentino. Herndon's voice is sweet, clear, and a bit like that of the late Karen Carpenter. These love songs are quite pleasant ballads, for the most part, but in the long run they do not linger on. Most of For You consists of well-delivered pop jazz music, with only "Walking with My Baby (Through Life)," taken at a mid-tempo pace, having serious jazz potential.
The decision to employ all original songs detracts from a more varied album; jazz standards and tunes from the Great American Songbook would have added some additional references for those unfamiliar with Herndon's artistry.
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Track Listing: Listen to the Wind, Picture This My Love, You're The Passion In My Soul, You're So Easy To Love, You Wanting Me,Me Wanting You, My Life Is Having You Here, Walking With My Baby (Through Life), He's Gone, The Last Time, If Only, Picnic In Bed.
Personnel: Cathy Herndon: vocals, piano; Andy Ezrin: piano, Rhodes; David Finck, Cari Cater, and Richard Hammond: bass; Ben Wittman: drums; Vinny Valentino and Bernd Shoenhard: guitar.
Record Label: Burnetta Music