Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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07/24/16    Albums

After Dark
Champian Fulton

The title is well chosen, as are the front- and back-cover images, both showcasing Champian Fulton draped in fur. The vocalist-pianist’s sixth album is late-night, smoky- boîte jazz of the highest caliber, its arrangements elegantly mink-wrapped. Featuring...

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07/23/16    Albums

Live at Montreux 1993
Al Jarreau

Clearly an audience favorite, Al Jarreau has made a dozen Montreux appearances to date. Twelve years prior to this 70-minute set from 1993, he was captured live, albeit briefly, alongside Randy Crawford at the venerable Swiss festival, their trio of duets...

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07/22/16    Albums

Songbook of the Americas
Kat Parra

Born in California, partially raised in Chile and deeply immersed in world music with particular emphasis on Latin and Afro-Cuban influences, vocalist Kat Parra is arguably the ideal ambassador to map a musical tour of the Americas. Though she bypasses the...

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07/18/16    Albums

Live in Athens, Greece
Mark Murphy

It’s hard to imagine more disparate vocalists than Shirley Bassey and Mark Murphy, but Greek guitarist Spiros Exaras, the driving force behind this 2008 club date, insists in the liner notes that among myriad gigs with international headliners only Bassey...

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07/17/16    Albums

Sound of Red
René Marie

That René Marie ranks among the most dynamic jazz vocalists around has been without question for quite some time. Now, with her first album of all-original material, Marie takes her A-game to a whole new level. The voice, of course, is spectacular: dark...

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07/16/16    Albums

Photographs
Mary Foster Conklin

As Mary Foster Conklin explains to Terry Teachout in the liner notes, she not only enjoys being caught in the eternal push-pull of jazz and cabaret but is defined by it. Marrying the spontaneity of jazz to the storytelling verve of cabaret, she plainly states...

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06/26/16    Albums

Take Me to the Alley
Gregory Porter

Whatever the discipline, whenever a star rises too far too fast there’s invariably backlash, a too-big-for-his-britches reset. Gregory Porter, his breakout velocity rivaled only by Cécile McLorin Salvant, is surely due. But judging by Take Me to the Alley...

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06/25/16    Albums

Jazz at the Philharmonic: The Ella Fitzgerald Set
Ella Fitzgerald

Ella was a little late to the party. When impresario Norman Granz launched what would become his landmark series of Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts and tours in 1944, his all-star lineups included other vocalists, Billie Holiday among them. When he finally...

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