Womanchild CD (2013)

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Product Overview


Label Mack Avenue/red
SKU 249660456
UPC 673203107229
UPC 14 00673203107229
Format CD
Release Date 5/28/2013
Author Cec Mclorin Salvant
Artist Influence Abbey Lincoln
Artist Influence Bessie Smith
Artist Influence Betty Carter
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Blossom Dearie
Artist Influence Carmen McRae
Artist Influence Cassandra Wilson
Artist Influence Dianne Reeves
Artist Influence Ella Fitzgerald
Artist Influence Louis Armstrong
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Sarah Vaughan
Artist Influence Shirley Horn
Artist Influence Valaida Snow
Artist Contemporary Cyrille Aim?e
Artist Contemporary Madeleine Peyroux
Artist Contemporary Melody Gardot
Artist Contemporary Sarah McKenzie
Technical Info
Engineer Damon Whittemore; Todd Whitelock
Producer Maria Ehrenreich; Al Pryor
CatalogID MAC 1072
Lable Name Mack Avenue
Released 04/29/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00673203107229
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: C?cile McLorin Salvant (vocals); James Chirillo (guitar, banjo); Aaron Diehl (piano); Rodney Whitaker (double bass); Herlin Riley (drums).
Audio Mixer: Todd Whitelock.
Liner Note Author: Ted Gioia.
Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY.
Illustrator: C?cile McLorin Salvant.
Photographer: John Abbott .
The U.S. debut album from jazz vocalist C?cile McLorin Salvant, 2013's WomanChild is a bewitching, exuberant introduction to this immensely talented young singer. The winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk jazz vocal competition, Salvant has the technical ability, lyrical sense, and undeniable charisma to sustain a career that could undoubtedly match those of her idols -- who include Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald. And while the distinctive influence of all three of these singers is evident here, with WomanChild Salvant reveals herself to be a genuinely original vocalist with a distinctive timbre, a singer steeped in tradition but with a style and phrasing all her own. And it's not just older artists whom she brings to mind; her reworking of "There's a Lull in My Life" evokes the sultry R&B influence of Sade. All of this merely speaks to Salvant's broad musical appeal and ability to integrate influences into her own sound. And it doesn't hurt that she's backed here by an all-star rhythm section of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra regulars, including pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Rodney Whitaker, guitarist James Chirillo, and drummer Herlin Riley. Primarily here, Salvant delves into a superb selection of lesser-known standards and original compositions, putting her stamp on such songs as "Nobody," "You Bring Out the Savage in Me," and "Jitterbug Waltz." Salvant even taps into her French heritage on her original composition "Le Front Cach? sur Tes Genoux," which features lyrics culled from Ida Faubert's poem "Rondel." However, it is the title track, also an original song, that showcases Salvant the best. A bluesy, roiling torch song, "WomanChild" is Salvant's declaration of womanly independence in the face of self-doubt. She sings, "WomanChild falters/Clumsy on her feet/Wonderin' where she'll go/When her time has come/Good she'll never know/Until she comes undone." With WomanChild, Salvant's time has definitely come and despite whatever fears she may have, it's clear she has the talent to go very far indeed. ~ Matt Collar
Artist Overview
Vocalist C?cile McLorin Salvant was interested in music from a young age. She began piano lessons at age 5 and by age 8 was singing with the Miami Choral Society. She studied classical voice privately before enrolling at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France where she studied law as well as classical voice. It was during this time that she became increasingly interested in jazz performance. She released her European debut album, C?cile, in 2009. A year later, she took home the top honor at the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C. Salvant performed with a variety of artists and appeared on pianist Jacky Terrasson's 2012 album, Gouache. In 2013, Salvant released her U.S. debut, WomanChild. ~ Matt Collar
Disc 1
1 St. Louis Gal
2 I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3 Nobody
4 WomanChild
5 Front Cach? sur tes Genoux, Le
6 Prelude/There's A Lull in My Life
7 You Bring Out the Savage in Me
8 Baby Have Pity on Me
9 John Henry
10 Jitterbug Waltz
11 What a Little Moonlight Can Do
12 Deep Dark Blue
Product Attributes
Artist Mclorin Salvant,Cec
Label Mack Avenue Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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