At her best, singer Kathy Griggs can whip in and out of a song's melody with all the snap and crackle of a first-rate jazz improviser.
Her Wednesday night set at Catalina's Bar & Grill, however, found Griggs more concerned with the problems of performance than the subtleties of singing. In a continuing conflict with Catalina's usually dependable sound system, Griggs could manage little better than a tie.
Her opening numbers, especially "In a Mellow Tone" and "Imagination," were frustrating sequences in which her occasional lovely phrases were offset by jarringly misplaced rhythms and pitches--the latter problems obviously caused by Griggs' inability to hear what she was doing.
Once the sound system settled down to relative normalcy, the real Griggs emerged. She was at her best on an interesting medley of "Good Morning, Heartache" and "Black Coffee," with some particularly impassioned preaching at the climax.