Only four known tracks, only two somewhat available to hear, and they're both peerless! Makes the mind and heart go crazy with piny wondering if there is any more recordings of her.
And yet, Kathleen Emery does not have the thickest, deepest, or sweetest tone. In fact, her voice has a strange dischordant monotone stiffness to it at times. Like an Anita O'Day who doesn't pitter and patter hither and thither but rather huffs and puffs, flops and plops. But when that unique sound is complimented with great playfulness in the song choices, the phrasing which usually starts slow and lazy but quickens to emphatic squeaks or growls, you get an uncanily obsessive listening session. You move your hips to the beat. And you marvel at the tempo which straddles its own lane of lounge jazz and funk.
It sounds so carefree and unassuming, you can even tell it would be mocked in its time, and yet it somehow has grown greater with age, and is now essential.
Kathleen Emery: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (1970)
This is usually a mournful bluesy tune, but somehow this record transforms it into a fun sexy confidence-building jazzy anthem. It can never be listened to enough.
Kathleen Emery: Evil Ways (1970)
This one can be played proudly at as you get ready for a fun night, or at an after hours night-club, a dinner party during appetizers and mingling, or after dinner during games and jokes. It can be played during casual dancing and even during deeper more intense listening.
I haven't yet been able to track down her other 45-speed disc or any recording of it being played. But I'm on the hunt NOW! :-D