Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions


12/13/14    Albums

I Like Men
Rebecca Kilgore

The concept, a female singer paying album-length homage to the male of the species, is hardly new. That well-worn path has been trod by Peggy Lee, Julie London and countless others. But Rebecca Kilgore manages, in her deceptively effortless way, to make...


12/06/14    Albums

Annie Lennox

Though he doesn’t appear on Nostalgia , Herbie Hancock deserves partial credit for its inspiration. Back in 2012, Lennox was rehearsing with Hancock for a concert presented in Washington as part of the United Nations’ Global AIDS Conference. It was the first...


12/05/14    Albums

Bebel Gilberto

Though her lineage is Brazilian jazz royalty, Bebel Gilberto has long seemed more Miami than Rio, favoring electronica-tinged, get-the-party-started dance tracks. Perhaps, though, as the remarkably youthful Gilberto nears 50, she’s decided it’s time to abandon...


12/02/14    Albums

The Sun Season
Dara Tucker

Dara Tucker’s voice is like warm caramel, sweet and soulful. It’s a voice that would feel right at home at Motown circa 1966 or in a touring production of Dreamgirls . Three years have passed since Tucker’s last disc, and she’s spent much of that time writing...


11/30/14    Albums

Time & Place
Claire Martin

In late 2012, Claire Martin lost both a dear friend and a superb collaborator with the passing of pianist, vocalist and composer Richard Rodney Bennett. Their Say It Isn’t So was released shortly thereafter, and the ghost of Bennett still lingers over Time...


11/29/14    Features

"The Brazil Connection": Of Rio & Reinvention

Classic vocal tracks meet fresh Brazilian-styled arrangements


11/29/14    Albums

Intimate Conversations
Dee Daniels

Last year’s aptly titled State of the Art teamed Dee Daniels with an ace quartet anchored by pianist Cyrus Chestnut. For Daniels’ encore, her 10th studio album as leader, Chestnut is again onboard, but as one in a spectrum of stellar guests. As its name...


11/27/14    Albums

Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer
Roseanna Vitro

Herbie Hancock once declared, “I wouldn’t be me without Clare Fischer.” Indeed, the esteemed composer, keyboardist, arranger and bandleader, a true harmonic polyglot, who died in 2012 at the age of 83, influenced a remarkable spectrum of performers, starting...


11/22/14    Albums

Cindy Scott

New Orleans’ Cindy Scott launched her recording career in 2002 with a relatively safe, entirely respectable platter of standards. Seven years later, she upped her game with a looser, more assured and far more musically adventurous sophomore disc. Historia...


11/20/14    Albums

Singing the Blues
Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole’s latest HighNote release, his eighth in 10 years, is a sort of 50th anniversary gift to himself, and to his listeners. In 1964, Cole made his LP debut with a fine, blues-tinged collection called Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues . It should...


11/16/14    Albums

Soul to Soul
Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy’s 14th album marks the culmination of a musical journey that began more than a year ago in her home studio. While composing (or co-composing) 11 of the 13 tracks and writing all of the arrangements, Lundy established the feel of each tune by...


11/14/14    Albums

Free Souls
Nicola Conte

Italian producer and guitarist Nicola Conte first gained recognition for his cunning re-imaginings of acid jazz via influences from bossa nova, classic Italian film scores and Indian music. More recently, he’s focused solely on Latin jazz. With Free Souls...


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...


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...


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...


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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About Christopher Loudon


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.