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Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Mack Avenue
April 29, 2013

Format: Compact Disc



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As seen on BBC2's 'Later With Jools' - 8th Oct 2013

Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant blends the sounds and styles of modern jazz with a complete command of the classic blues and early American vocal tradition. She draws on little-known songs spanning centuries of American music that aren't recognized as standards, but "should be, because they are so beautifully crafted."

On the album, Cecile's repertoire ranges from the 19th century ballad "John Henry," refreshed in a spirited up-to-date arrangement, to her own 21st century waltz "Le Front Caché Sur Tes Genoux". She is joined by a world-class band that shares her concern for creating jazz of today by drawing on vibrant traditions of the past including pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Rodney Whitaker, guitarist James Chirillo and master drummer Herlin Riley.

Born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father, McLorin Salvant's first language was French. She bypassed all the US conservatories and jazz schools, heading instead to France to study where, before returning to the US, she performed and recorded with reed player and teacher Jean-François Bonnel's quintet. By the time she returned to the US she was able to draw on this unusual set of formative experiences to shape a personal style of jazz singing that won her first place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010.

Personnel: Cécile McLorin Salvant (vocals), Aaron Diehl (piano), Rodney Whitaker (double bass), James Chirillo (guitar, banjo), Herlin Riley (drums)

Press Quotes

"One of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year - 'Woman Child' is a completely self-assured and astonishingly mature statement - excellent band" (4*)

Jazzwise, (Peter Quinn), June 2013

"Salvant, is a 23-year-old girl wonder of the jazz world; a singer possessed of a stunning voice and a knack for making the most unexpected, potentially archaic, material sound fresh, relevant and emotionally current. That's exactly what she does on this, her debut album. Lyrical guitarist James Chirillo proves a wonderful match."

Scotland On Sunday, (Alison Kerr), April 21, 2012

"A star in the making - there's an echo of Sarah Vaughan in that velvet lower register - her Haitian ancestry shines through on her setting of an Ida Faubert poem"

The Sunday Times, (Clive Davis), April 28, 2013

"The Miami chanteuse has not just the depth and gravitas of an artist twice her age, but the intelligence and worldliness...her gorgeously rich contralto is controlled with utmost rigour and attention to detail...the highlights are plentiful"

Echoes, (Kevin Le Gendre), May 2013


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Key Value
Catalogue number MAC1072
Barcode 0673203107229
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. St. Louis Gal 03:01
2. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was 06:07
3. Nobody 03:23
4. WomanChild 06:07
5. Le Front Caché Sur Tes Genoux 05:11
6. Prelude/There’s A Lull In My Life 05:14
7. You Bring Out The Savage In Me 05:07
8. Baby Have Pity On Me 03:21
9. John Henry 05:12
10. Jitterbug Waltz 06:51
11. What A Little Moonlight Can Do 08:14
12. Deep Dark Blue 01:56