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After making a splash in 2010 by winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition, this gifted French-American singer unveils her spellbinding second album, WomanChild. It’s instantly striking how Salvant holds notes to mold the lyrics. Her vocals are comforting, authoritative, and remarkably graceful—even when singing a blues number about exacting revenge (“St. Louis Gal”). This segues into a sunny jazz standard about young love (“I Didn’t Know What Time It Was”), where brushed drums and gentle piano mingle with Salvant’s syrupy vocals; it calls to mind an enthralling mix of Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu. A rousing ragtime rhythm energizes Salvant’s cover of Bert Williams’ “Nobody,” while her subtle inflections burn a hole through ballads like “Prelude/There's a Lull in My Life.” This seesawing versatility zigzags its way through this timeless collection. It closes with a powerful one-two punch: jittery piano evokes the fluttering emotions of budding romance (“What a Little Moonlight Can Do”), which transitions into the gorgeous haunt of “Deep Dark Blue.”

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Whoever said this doesn't count as music must be one of those weird people who are just messed up in the brain


for every jazz lover reminicent of the ladies af bh

Billie has returned

This freaked me out. I love her voice and the musicians on this album are stellar. Welcome back Billie. Took you some time but we're glad to hear you again.


Born: August 28, 1989 in Miami, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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