23 Songs, 1 Hour 52 Minutes


The vocalist and quartet in their element at the Village Vanguard.

Mastered for iTunes


The vocalist and quartet in their element at the Village Vanguard.

Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

One of My Favorites

Listening to "You're My Thrill" sent chills up my spine. This woman's voice is sublime. What a beautiful gift. She's one of my absolute favorites. Looking forward to hearing this project in its entirety!


Beautifully you !!

You just get better and better. This recording has your wonderful style that sets you aside from all others.

Sam Chell

The one jazz singer to break through

These are feast and famine times in the music business. The producers, copyright police, and the privileged elite among the hip hoppers i.e. Taylor Swfit, Bruno Mars,etc.) are good for millions while artists like Roberta Gambarini are subjected to "playing for the door"--even after her singular take on "Sunny Side of the Street." Salvant is an undeniable major talent with Ella and Sarah potential. But she would do well to trust the art of the Great american Songbook. Her take on "You're My Thrill" is close enough to Peggy Lee's (on the album "Black Coffee") to make me search out that warm version. Other tunes by Salvant send me to the standard by which which all subsequent versions must be measured. Sinatra and Nelson Riddle met the new technology of the LP with "concept albums" that tell a story of such compelling emotional truth and disarming honesty that the American pop song was transformed into high art. The challenge for every subsequent artist is to "serve the song" with the same integrity and respect. The performer who uses the song to serve his own talent may receive temporary plaudits but fall short of honoring the art.

About Cécile McLorin Salvant

Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant is an adept jazz singer who came to the public's attention after winning the 2010 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition. Born in Miami, Florida to a French mother and Haitian father, Salvant was interested in music from a young age. She began piano lessons at age five, and by age eight 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, studying and performing with reed player Jean-François Bonnel, that she became increasingly interested in jazz performance. She released her European debut album, Cécile, in 2009. A year later, she took home the top honor at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, 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 album, WomanChild, on Mack Avenue Records. Showcasing a mix of originals and standards, it also featured contributions from Jazz at Lincoln Center regulars pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Rodney Whitaker, guitarist James Chirillo, and drummer Herlin Riley. Highly acclaimed, the album garnered Salvant a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Two years later, she returned with her second album for Mack Avenue, For One to Love. Once again, it found Salvant backed by pianist Diehl, along with bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Lawrence Leathers. Also well received, it reached number two on Billboard's U.S. Jazz Albums chart. The album also earned the singer her first Grammy Award when she took home the prize for Best Vocal Album of 2016. The following year Salvant delivered her fourth effort, the double-disc Dreams and Daggers. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard and New York's DiMenna Center, it featured accompaniment by her regular trio with Diehl, Sikivie, and Leathers, as well as pianist Sullivan Fortner and the Catalyst Quartet. ~ Matt Collar

Miami, FL
August 28, 1989