Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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11/12/14    Albums

I Love You, Yes I Do
Barbara Morrison

In terms of artistic rapport, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person are about as close to Billie and Prez as you’ll likely get today. They first united on disc in 2005, capturing a live date at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Eight years later, now label-mates...

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11/11/14    Albums

The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61
Rosemary Clooney

Venture over to the Mosaic Records website and you’ll discover that this five-disc set, filled with 104 tracks recorded by Rosemary Clooney for various CBS radio programs over a seven-year span, is likely the first release in the archival label’s venerable...

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11/08/14    Albums

Paris Sessions
Tierney Sutton

From the beginning of her recording career in 1998 through 2011, every studio session led by Tierney Sutton featured the same bandmates: pianist Christian Jacobs, drummer-percussionist Ray Brinker and dual bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry. They were, and...

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11/06/14    Albums

Behind Jobim
Marcel Camargo and the Brazil You Never Heard

True to the adage of little acorns and mighty oaks, this six-track EP seeds a massively ambitious project by Marcel Camargo. To date, the São Paulo-born guitarist, who holds a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA, has been best known as a sideman to the likes...

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11/04/14    Albums

Brazil
Quatuor Ebene

Fifteen years ago, violinists Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure, violist Mathieu Herzog and cellist Raphaël Merlin united at France’s Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory to form Quatuor Ébène. While their classical recordings have earned them international...

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10/29/14    Albums

From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project
Ann Hampton Callaway

Among vocal jazz’s female holy trinity, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald have been lionized most but Sarah Vaughan has been feted best, via such fine salutes as Carmen McRae’s Sarah: Dedicated to You and Dianne Reeves’ The Calling . What, then, can an...

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10/24/14    Albums

The Signal
Elizabeth Shepherd

Following in the footsteps of José James and countrywoman Kellylee Evans, Canadian vocalist and keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd moves steadily toward a more funkified sound, mixing jazz with a whole lotta soul (and occasional hip-hop shadings) on her latest...

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10/20/14    Albums

The Signal
Elizabeth Shepherd

Following in the footsteps of José James and countrywoman Kellylee Evans, Canadian vocalist and keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd moves steadily toward a more funkified sound, mixing jazz with a whole lotta soul (and occasional hip-hop shadings) on her latest...

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10/16/14    Albums

Songs My Mother Loves
Dee Alexander

From Mark Murphy’s Rah! to Cécile McLorin Salvant’s WomanChild , there have been plenty of vocal albums over the decades that take your breath away on first spin. Rarely, though, do artists hit two such home runs in a row. Five years ago, Chicago’s Dee Alexander...

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10/12/14    Albums

What's Going On
Ranee Lee

Though born in New York, vocalist Ranee Lee has lived more than half her 72 years in Quebec, spent her entire recording career with the Montreal-based Justin Time label and ranks among the artistic elite inducted into the Order of Canada. So to recognize...

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10/07/14    Albums

Great Voices of Harlem
Gregory Porter/Donald Smith/Mansur Scott/Paul Zanner's Blue Brass

Most buyers will be attracted to this tri-voice project because of jazzman-of-the-hour Gregory Porter. And Porter certainly doesn’t disappoint, offering a dynamic, scat-lined “Moanin’” (reminding us just how much he can sound like Sammy Davis Jr.), a dreamy...

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10/03/14    Albums

I Remember When
Kellylee Evans

For Kellylee Evans fans in her native Canada (and those south of the 49th parallel willing to pay big bucks for import CDs), I Remember When is nothing new. Fifteen months after its Canadian release, the album has finally made its domestic arrival. And patience...

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09/27/14    Albums

Soulful Days
Vanessa Perea

At age 26, vocalist Vanessa Perea is just getting started. Prior to this debut, her recording experience spanned a total of two tracks on Australian drummer Andrew Swift’s Swift Kick from 2012, a tentative but tender “Alfie” and an accomplished take on Jimmy...

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09/26/14    Albums

We Won't Forget You...An Homage to Shirley Horn
Dena DeRose

It’s hard to imagine a better choice than Dena DeRose to honor Shirley Horn. The hushed grandeur and understated elegance that were Horn’s trademarks are just as present in DeRose’s playing and singing. Johnny Mandel once remarked that Horn had two heads...

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09/18/14    Albums

It's a Good Day
Cyrille Aimee

It’s impossible to not be charmed by French moppet Cyrille Aimée and her infectious joie de vivre. Her footloose curiosity has resulted in a slew of indie and self-produced recordings, many hard to find. It’s a Good Day , brimming with Aimée’s ebullience...

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09/17/14    Features

Freda Payne: An R&B Diva Circles Back to Her Jazz Roots

Call it a comeback

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About Christopher Loudon

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When the rest of the baby-boomers were wrapped up in the Beatles and the Stones, Christopher Loudon was discovering Sinatra, Fitzgerald and Bennett. Since 2003, Loudon has critiqued upwards of 700 vocal albums in these pages and shaped about a dozen profiles, including Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Harry Connick Jr., Roberta Gambarini, Jamie Cullum, Nancy Wilson, Curtis Stigers and Dianne Reeves.