Boudoir Rouge, the recently released 14-track debut album from singer Le Kat, is a sultry, playful affair inspired by a range of interests and influences.
The album, Le Kat explains, “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 by Hollywood glamour goddesses of the 1930s like Marlene Dietrich.”
Le Kat is assisted on Boudoir Rouge by a fine cast of musicians: guitarist and keyboardist William Tabanou (who also co-produced 13 of the album’s tracks), guitarist and banjo player Aaron Kaplan, bassist Brett Simons, saxophonist and clarinetist Doug Webb, trumpeter Larry Williams, percussionist and washboard player David Langlois, pianist Jimmy Levine and drummer Mark David.
Le Kat — a Hollywood, California, native whose real name is Kathy Lester — wrote nine of the songs on this stylistically diverse record, which includes vintage-sounding jazz numbers, theatrical cabaret tunes, pop, and moody torch songs. All of the material exudes a smoky, come-hither slinkiness. Basically, the disc is good fun. At this point, Le Kat probably shouldn’t be counted among the world’s great singers or stylists, but what she presently lacks in technical ability she makes up for with sass and spunk. On the whole, this is a nice debut effort.
For more information, go to www.lekatmusic.com