A: When she’s Gretje “Kitten” Angell singing “…in any key.”
Everyone in Jack’s Cats vintage swing band was getting impatient. Our vocalist, Gretje “Kitten” Angell, had been working on her mysteries solo project for, well, …a long time! Because we regularly see Gretje send vintage jazz tunes in jumpin’ nightclubs, because we know she puts her opera audiences in a swoon, or purrs irresistibly with her own micro-jazz/samba-esque combo, our expectations for her new CD were very high.
“…in any key” is a thrilling surprise for listeners not because of producer/guitarist Dori Amarilio’s clean recording and playing, or the overall technical finesse displayed by the sidemen — we expect that from artists of this caliber. What lands Gretje’s debut album on such a high plateau is that she delivers exactly what the greats of jazz are supposed to do: she exquisitely turns each of her selected jazz standards into a unique, inventive, original, personal, artistic expression. A glance at the familiar song titles tells you nothing — you’ve never heard them like this before, but now you’ll want to, again and again.
The reviews are coming in fast, strong, and full of praise, but go enjoy “…in any key” for yourself. …and don’t forget to catch Gretje “Kitten” Angell whenever “Jack’s Cats” is lucky to have her on stage.
We’re very grateful to noted author, critic, and jazz historian Wanda Waterman for her kind words about our latest album.
In this digital age of instant gratification and the expectation of music for free, an idea as old-fashioned as the CD (wink) needs to be dressed up with something special. That’s why we decided to offer Jack’s Cats fans The State of Swing encased with full liner notes in a signed, limited edition (only 500!), letterpress art sleeve.
Letterpress is an archaic printing process enjoying a revival as a fine craft because of its crisp reproduction, tactile impressions on the printed page, and organic one-of-a-kind results. Jack’s Cats was thrilled when Gloria Kondrup — a good friend who just happens to be a world-class letterpress artist — offered to design and print our packaging.
Here’s how we did it; we think you’ll love the result.