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CD REVIEW: Kate Schutt - "No Love Lost"
By Gian F - 03/25/2007 - 01:00 AM EDT

Artist: Kate Schutt
Album: "No Love Lost"
CD Review: Genre: Jazz
Sounds Like: Norah Jones
Technical Grade: 10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10
Commercial Value: 9
Overall Talent Level: 9
Songwriting Skills: 9
Performance Skill: 9
Best Songs: Raining, Wrecking Ball, Two Halves, The Moon Got Broken, I'm Yours
Weakness: None
CD Review: Picture, if you will, a gloomy Sunday afternoon. The clounds are swollen, threatening rain, and there's a quietness in the air that brings with it the reminder that the weekend is slipping away and the pressures of a hectic work week will soon descend upon you. The only defense that you have to suspend that reality is the debut project from Kate Schutt, a singer/songwriter/guitarist whose fine, organically brewed coffee shop presentation of stellar original Jazz tunes enable you to extend your weekend...just a little bit longer.

With songs that flow seamlessly from track-to-track, Kate displays the poise and execution of a seasoned performer on a major label. From the provocative string arrangements on the projects' opening song, "How Much In Love," to the most commercial track, "Raining," this CD is a treat for both new and old school lovers of Jazz (who will especially appreciate the stellar "Wrecking Ball").

Other gems that fortify this project, "Two Halves," "The Moon Got Broken," and "I'm Yours" make this a CD that can - and should - be listened to in its entirety for a more fulfilling and complete experience. Not to be overlooked is the spunky, Jazzy rendition of Sheila E's "Glamorous Life," which was bold, ambitious, and successful.

There will be No Love Lost for Kate Schutt from Jazz and Adult Contemporary music lovers on this well-produced project.

Advice: Hit the road! This is performance music that needs to be brought to the people.

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