Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions


10/17/16    Albums

Harlem on My Mind
Catherine Russell

If there’s a postmillennial answer to Dinah Washington, surely it’s Catherine Russell: same remarkable vocal dexterity—blues shouter meets jazz stylist; same espresso-strength power; same immaculate clarity; same ability to shift seamlessly from sassy to...


10/16/16    Albums

David Linx & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Perhaps you know him from the long-running off-Broadway hit Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris , which remains a vital, much-performed revue a half-century after its debut. Or you know him from the massive, maudlin Terry Jacks hit “Seasons...


10/15/16    Albums

Secular Hymns
Madeleine Peyroux

It took a village for Madeleine Peyroux to shape this latest album, her seventh and Verve debut. Invited to perform in the tiny British burg of Little Milton, Peyroux found herself inside St. Mary the Virgin, a 12th-century Norman-styled church, for a sound...


10/14/16    Albums

All the Dreams
Sara Serpa & André Matos

As the French say, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” though in the case of Lisbon-born, New York-based vocalist Sara Serpa, the sentiment need be inverted: The more things stay the same, the more they change. The prolific Serpa (six albums in nine...


09/29/16    Albums

Gardens in My Mind
Joanna Wallfisch

On last year’s commendably challenging The Origin of Adjustable Things , pianist Dan Tepfer expertly prodded vocalist Joanna Wallfisch to venture beyond the near-baroque quietude that defines her core sound (and reveals her classical training). For the more...


09/28/16    Albums

We've Got a World That Swings
Claire Martin & Ray Gelato

There are showier jazz singers. There are splashier jazz singers. But there are few, if any, finer jazz singers than Claire Martin. She’s certainly the best the U.K. has produced, with her cunning mix of straight-ahead purity and interpretive legerdemain...


09/27/16    Albums

Disappearing Day
Peter Eldridge

Among vocal-group gurus, Peter Eldridge is surely the most richly accomplished. A founding member of New York Voices, Eldridge is also a driving force of MOSS, with Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann and fellow NYV cornerstone Lauren Kinhan. He...


09/22/16    Features

Catching Up With the Manhattan Transfer

The game-changing vocal group soldiers on


09/04/16    Albums

Soul Eyes
Kandace Springs

Fair or not, there’s an expectation with a label as venerable as Blue Note that any new signing will be a cut above. This is especially true for vocalists. Historically, Blue Note’s roster of singers has remained consistently first-string—Sheila Jordan...


09/03/16    Albums

Do Right
Sari Kessler

Describing vocalist Sari Kessler’s debut album as “simply beautiful” is a literal evaluation. Unlike too many eager-to-dazzle neophytes, Kessler maintains a welcome less-is-more approach that emphasizes the purity of her tone, with its enticing hint of duskiness...


09/02/16    Albums

Blue Note, Chicago, March 1956
Jeri Southern

It’s a shame that pianist and vocalist Jeri Southern’s self-truncated career has left her a mere footnote in the history of jazz singing—for she ranked among the most gifted and compelling artists of the 1950s, blending the cool-school sangfroid of Chris...


09/01/16    Albums

Live at the 4 Queens
Shirley Horn

In the wake of stunning discoveries from Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and other luminaries, Resonance Records continues to exercise its preternatural skill at unearthing lost treasures with these nine tracks, recorded by pianist-vocalist Shirley...


08/16/16    Albums

Songs A La King
Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio

For a while in the 1950s, stardom seemed likely for “pretty, perky Peggy King” (the sobriquet, which stuck, supplied by her onetime boss, comedian George Gobel). She sang with the Charlie Spivak and Ralph Flanagan orchestras, steadily worked TV’s variety...


08/15/16    Albums

Blue Monday
Letizia Gambi

Four years ago, Italian singer-songwriter Letizia Gambi’s impressive debut album was bolstered by a spectrum of A-list collaborators led by Lenny White and including Ron Carter, Gil Goldstein and Chick Corea. White returns here, as producer, principal arranger...


08/14/16    Albums

Walkin' by the River
Marty Elkins

Though she has released two previous albums on Germany’s Nagel Heyer label, including an excellent duo outing with mentor Dave McKenna, vocalist Marty Elkins remains too little known beyond New York City, where she’s been steadily working the club circuit...


07/25/16    Albums

Upward Spiral
Branford Marsalis Quartet/Special Guest Kurt Elling

How did one of the best and most important jazz bands around—saxophonist Branford Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner—come to unite with one of the best and most important jazz vocalists? The idea ignited when...

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