Cecile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild


Mack Avenue


Female Vocalists

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AMAC 1072
UPC: 673203107212
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP

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180-gram vinyl, gatefold jacket

"She's playful and funny, serious and self-assured, deep and soulful and though she's covering some familiar tunes, and you can see glints of some of her influences, she sounds only like Cecile McLorin Salvant. ... You will fall in love the first play through, with both the musical performances and the sonics. The album was recorded at Avatar, mixed at ValveTone Studios, originally mastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios and mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio. ... This 2014 Grammy-nominated double LP, well-pressed at RTI, is highly recommended. It will leave you floating." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com. To read Fremer's full review, click here: http://www.analogplanet.com/content/c%C3%A9cile-mclorin-salvant-sings-old-songs-new

When Cécile McLorin Salvant arrived at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to compete in the finals of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, she was not only the youngest finalist, but also a mystery woman with the most unusual background of any of the participants. When she walked away with first place in the jazz world's most prestigious contest, the buzz began almost immediately. If anything, it has intensified in the months leading up to the launch of her Mack Avenue Records debut, WomanChild.

"She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace," Wynton Marsalis asserts. "I've never heard a singer of her generation who has such a command of styles," remarks pianist Aaron Diehl. "She radiates authority."

Yet at almost every step of the way, McLorin Salvant has followed a different path from her peers. Born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father, McLorin Salvant's first language was French. She immersed herself in the classical music tradition, long before she turned to jazz — starting on piano at age 5 and joining the Miami Choral Society at age 8. When it came time for college, McLorin Salvant bypassed all the U.S. conservatories and jazz schools, heading instead to Aix-en-Provence in France, where she continued to develop as a singer, but with an emphasis on classical and baroque vocal music as well as jazz.

There, thousands of miles away from jazz's land of origin, McLorin Salvant entered into a fruitful partnership with reed player and teacher Jean-Francois Bonnel, first as a student and soon as a performer. Before returning to the U.S., she gave concerts in Paris, recorded with Bonnel's quintet, and immersed herself in the early jazz and blues vocal tradition. By the time she returned to her home country to take the stage in the Monk Competition, she had drawn on this unusual set of formative experiences in shaping a personal style of jazz singing, surprising and dramatic by turns, and very much in contrast to that of the other participants and McLorin Salvant's contemporaries.

On WomanChild, McLorin Salvant draws on songs spanning three centuries of American music. "I like to choose songs that are a little unknown or have been recorded very few times," McLorin Salvant notes. "While these songs aren't recognized as standards, many should be because they are so beautifully crafted."

On the album, her repertoire ranges from the 19th century ballad "John Henry," refreshed in a spirited up-to-date arrangement, to McLorin Salvant's own 21st century waltz "Le Front Cache? Sur Tes Genoux" which draws on a poem by Haitian writer Ida Salomon Faubert for its lyric. She is joined by a world class band who share her concern for creating jazz of today by drawing on vibrant traditions of the past: pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Rodney Whitaker (both of whom are Mack Avenue label mates), guitarist James Chirillo and master drummer Herlin Riley.

On WomanChild, McLorin Salvant gives music lovers the chance to hear why the illustrious judges at the Monk Competition gave her top honors. McLorin Salvant is still a bit of a mystery, but she will hardly be a secret any longer.



Ratings from Michael Fremer @ AnalogPlanet.com

Side 1
St. Louis Gal
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was

Side 2
Le Front Cache sur Tes Genoux
Prelude/There’s A Lull In My Life
You Bring Out the Savage in Me
Baby Have Pity on Me

Side 3
John Henry
Take It Right Back
Mean To Me

Side 4
Jitterbug Waltz
What A Little Moonlight Can Do
Deep Dark Blue

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

A Singer Who Can Actually Sing

posted on 04/12/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony
I had been waiting quite a while for this release on vinyl and it did not disappoint. The pressing is very quiet with no distractions. Cecile's crystal-clear (reminiscent of Ella) vocals are up front and given prominence with the musicians in the background as it should be. She has seemingly unlimited vocal range. If you ever wondered what Bessie Smith would sound like with today's recording technology, this could be as close as you can get.

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