The Sally Cats' second CD, On the Prowl, is a fresh new mix of your favorite jazz and rock classics! The album was recorded in three days at Playback Recording Studios in Santa Barbara by Emmet Sargeant and all tracks are arranged by the Sally Cats. From "Lullaby of the Leaves" to "These Boots are Made for Walking," the Sally Cats push their envelope right out the door, creating a new vibe for the band -- hope you dig it!
Where as the ensemble on the Sally Cats' first album had twelve musicians including a full string section, and special guests trumpeter Nate Birkey and violinist Gilles Apap on the roster, this new album has been stripped down the bare quintet with just one very special guest, Madalena, (trombone) on "Lullaby of the Leaves" and "These Boots are Made for Walking."
“We really wanted to keep it simple, get down to the core of it. And because of that, we were able to take the music to a place I don’t think we were expecting to go. This approach has opened us to new possibilities, and I can’t wait to see where we go next!”
The Sally Cats’ first CD, Wonderful Day, debuted to great acclaim. Leslie Connors of Jazz Times named the work “a dazzler,” and Barr’s voice “stunningly beautiful.” Robert Sutton of Jazz Corner called the band “top-drawer veteran players” who “continually strut their brilliance.”
The members of the Sally Cats all have very active careers in the music communities in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties. Sally Barr (who is also a violinist) can be seen performing with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Opera Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. She also plays and sings with Santa Barbara's Headless Household, the Gove County String Quartet, and is also the founder, publisher, and editor of the monthly magazine, MUSIC! The Sounds of Santa Barbara. James Connolly, bass, is the composer in residence for the Lit Moon Theater, which performs in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and has had several European tours. He is the founder of the Gove County String Quartet and the Piano Kitchen performance space in Santa Barbara as well being is a Registered Piano Technician. Percussionist Jon Nathan is the Director of the Jazz Ensemble at UCSB, the Principal Tympanist of Opera Santa Barbara, and performs with many organizations in Los Angeles. Saxophonist Tom Buckner has a busy schedule as a performer and teacher, having worked with the likes of Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Grant Geissman, and on many soundtracks of radio and television commercials, as well as popular television broadcasts. Brad Rabuchin, who recently has been performing frequently at the hot Los Angeles club, the Baked Potato, has played with many of the music world's biggest stars including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson and spent five incredible years on tour with Ray Charles.