Le Kat – Boudoir Rouge

Le Kat
Boudoir Rouge
Le Kat – 2009

Opening with an inviting trip back in time to a Paris caf�, “Best I Ever Had” is a vocally ethereal song of amorous desire paced by lilting guitar progressions. Penned by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, “I Need A Man” is a slinky vaudevillian vamp. Le Kat purrs angrily through “More” while her musical ensemble takes on big band qualities on “Talk To Me.” “Mista Twista” is rambunctious, frisky and fun.

 A sensual video clip was shot for the Bossa Nova and samba-infused “Wikked Lil’ Grrrls.” Originally recorded by Madonna, “Hanky Panky” teases and tantalizes. The sassy “Bigger Than The Both of Us” vacillates in tempo allowing Le Kat to both vulnerably croon quietly and bellow boisterously with defiance in a tour-de-force performance. One of three emphasis radio tracks, “River” swings with elegance and grace. The yearning “Coming Home,” “Desire” and “Blue Man” are atmospheric ballads.

On “Keep Young and Beautiful,” Le Kat offers a tongue-in-cheek guide for women in a society obsessed with youth and looks. Closing the disc as a bonus track, the ambient “Lady in Lavender” is haunting and chilling.

“Boudoir Rouge is about love, lust and desire. It’s a musical fusion of the past and present that takes you on a dream-like journey back to another time. Call it nouveau glamour of old Hollywood. I was inspired by the Jazz Age in Paris and iconic artists such as Django Reinhardt, Josephine Baker, Cole Porter and Cab Calloway as well as Hollywood glamour goddesses of the 1930’s like Marlene Dietrich. My goal is to evoke the music and glamour of the bygone era that gave birth to jazz and celebrated progression,” revealed Le Kat.

Backing Le Kat on Boudoir Rouge is a core group of gifted musicians, including Tabanou on guitar and keyboards, Aaron Kaplan (Rod Stewart) on guitar, banjo and mandolin, bassist Brett Simons (Brian Wilson), Doug Webb (Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard) on saxophone and clarinet, trumpeter Larry Williams (Freddie Hubbard, Doc Severinsen), David Langlois (Stephane Wrembel) on percussion and washboard, pianist Jimmy Levine and drummer Mark David.