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Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Mack Avenue
September 4, 2015

Format: Compact Disc



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Grammy Award Winner 2016 - "Best Jazz Vocal Album".

Cécile McLorin Salvant's debut album, 'WomanChild', went on to earn a bevy of honours, including a Grammy nomination, and Cécile found herself at the top of multiple year-end critics' lists. Now she releases her follow-up album, 'For One to Love', a more intimate and confessional project that reveals new dimensions of this young vocalist's artistry.

"I'm not playing anyone else here but myself," McLorin Salvant explains. "I can look at many of these songs, and see that this is an event that really happened, or a feeling I've lived through myself. That's what makes it so difficult to share. It's almost like a diary entry."

Cécile is increasingly making her strongest musical statements via her own compositions, which stand out as the centerpiece on this project. Five of the tracks on 'For One to Love' are her songs, and here she reminds us of those other great jazz singers, from Billie Holiday to Abbey Lincoln, who found that the most powerful expressions of moods and feelings often came via their own compositions.

This may be the defining jazz statement on romance in the new millennium, a heartfelt album that both embodies the full range of the American popular song idiom, but distills it into a distinctly personal expression of a modern-day poet-troubadour.

"If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three - Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald - it is this 23-year-old virtuoso." - The New York Times

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(5 stars) Her second album is a more personal collection of songs than its predecessor, WomanChild, preoccupied as it is with love, loneliness and gender inequality, but it maintains the vocal power that has established her as a star...She can do a convincing line in forlorn melancholy, as in Look at Me, before switching to the gloriously catty squall of What's the Matter Now?

The Scotsman, (Jim Gilchrist), September 6, 2015

(4 stars) At only 25, this half-Haitian, half-Guadeloupean vocalist is winning every jazz award going, despite rejecting the usual tricks of the jazz virtuoso. On her second LP, there's no scatting or replicating horn solos. This is more like heightened music-theatre, enunciated with authority and polished with elaborate sonic costume changes...It's an exhausting but thrilling voyage.

The Guardian, (John Lewis), September 4, 2015

(4 stars) For One to Love sees Cécile McLorin Salvant take her audience on another engrossing journey of discovery...illustrates McLorin Salvant's startling versatility and her capacity for confounding expectations.

Jazzwise, (Peter Quinn), September 2015

(4 stars) McLorin Salvant can switch from sibilant whisper to Broadway-musical froth within a single stretched vowel and has the range and technique to match...State of the art vocal jazz.

Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), September 5, 2015

(4 stars) The voice is something else...she has an immense and powerful range that's used to channel the jazz tradition, no holds barred...The trio's accompaniment is impeccable throughout.

BBC Music Magazine, (Garry Booth), October 2015

(4 stars) The album sounds a million dollars and is just as impressive as WomanChild but just that bit more knowing and involving. A major new force in jazz vocals goes that bit further deep into her art.

Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), August 27, 2015

A standout jazz vocal album which features both impressive originals and eclectic standards, all delivered by a singer of real stature with a first rate rhythm section...it's one of the vocal releases of the year and deserves attention.

LondonJazzNews, (Andrew Cartmel), September 26, 2015

This third release builds on WomanChild, and accentuates her place in the great tradition of jazz singers...Her vocal timbre reminds sometimes of Abbey Lincoln or Betty Carter or Sarah Vaughan, but it is her ability to vary her tone, phrasing and vocal quality from phrase to phrase to suit the music and her interpretation which really sets her apart. Just listen to Wives And Lovers or The Trolley Song for countless examples.

The Jazz Breakfast, (Peter Bacon), September 7, 2015


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Catalogue number MAC1095
Barcode 0673203109520
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 84g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm