Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions


05/14/14    Albums

Camera Obscura
Ran Blake/Sara Serpa

In her as-yet brief but prolific recording career, vocalist and composer Sara Serpa has balanced two stellar compatriots, alternating between duo projects with pianist Ran Blake and small combo sessions anchored by guitarist André Matos. The Lisbon-born...


05/12/14    Albums

New York Conversations
Kendra Shank & John Stowell

John Stowell was already well established as a jazz guitarist when, nearly 25 years ago, he met up-and-coming vocalist Kendra Shank in her hometown of Seattle. After Shank migrated east to New York, they began gigging as a duo. Until now, though, they’ve...


05/09/14    Albums

Bob Dorough

There are great jazz singers—Ella, Sarah, Billie, Mel—and then there are deceptively great jazz singers whose rare qualities require a more discerning ear: Fred Astaire, Chet Baker, Mose Allison, Dave Frishberg and, with his hypnotic cat-scratch twang, Bob...


05/06/14    Albums

No Sad Songs for Me
Carol Fredette

To find a theme for her latest album, veteran vocalist Carol Fredette needed only to look at her living room wall. There hangs a poster for the 1950 film No Sad Songs for Me starring Margaret Sullavan. Fredette and Sullavan seem kindred spirits: exceptionally...


05/01/14    Albums

Right Together
Lara Iacovini

Dynamic young vocalist and educator Lara Iacovini has released three previous albums, including a Chet Baker tribute and a clever combined nod to George Gershwin and Stevie Wonder, but Right Together is the first to gain traction outside her native Italy—largely...


04/25/14    Albums

Jazz Country
Amy Cervini

The title of Torontonian-in-Manhattan Amy Cervini’s fourth studio album can be interpreted two ways, with equal validity. Yes, Cervini, whose alto is as crisp and pure as a Canadian winter, does traverse a cross-section of country tunes including Hank Williams’...


04/20/14    Albums

Mother Goose's Melodies
Fumio Yasuda & Theo Bleckmann

Twenty-five years have passed since composer and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, otherworldly pied piper of the musical avant-garde, arrived in New York from his native Germany. Throughout that quarter-century, Bleckmann hasn’t merely redefined the art of eclecticism...


04/16/14    Albums

Promises to Burn
Janice Borla

To discredit the adage “Those who can’t, teach,” look no further than Janice Borla. This summer marks the 26th anniversary of Borla’s Vocal Jazz Camp, one of the finest training grounds in the country for young singers. For just as long, Borla has ranked...


04/08/14    Features

Dianne Reeves: The JazzTimes Interview

A conversation with one of jazz's greatest living vocalists


04/08/14    Albums

Celestial Anomaly
Janis Mann & Kenny Werner

Five years ago, L.A.-based vocalist Janis Mann paid exquisite tribute to timekeepers, alternating among a quartet of preeminent drummers on A Perfect Time . Now, two albums later, two of the four—Roy McCurdy and Joe LaBarbera—return for the equally sublime...


04/05/14    Albums

Destination Moon
Deana Martin

Among the female progeny of post-WWII pop elite who’ve established musical careers themselves—an impressive list that includes Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Nancy Sinatra—Deana Martin, fourth of Dean’s eight children, remains the least known. An accomplished...


04/02/14    Overdue Ovation

Overdue Ovation: Vocalist Norma Winstone

The anti-diva


04/01/14    Albums

Circle In a Square
Lauren Kinhan

Lauren Kinhan is, as both a longstanding member of New York Voices and a solo artist, a tremendously gifted jazz singer. The added advantage of Kinhan’s individual releases is that they showcase her estimable songwriting dexterity. On her third solo album...


03/29/14    Albums

Libby York

While Diana Krall continues to top vocal polls and rack up platinum album sales, Chicagoan Libby York remains comparatively obscure. So consider this open invitation to all Krall fans to dip into York’s meager—just four albums across 15 years—but mighty...


03/25/14    Albums

Bring It Back
Catherine Russell

Many children of musicians follow in their parents’ footsteps, but few as closely as Catherine Russell. Since the start of her recording career, now spanning five albums, Russell has focused almost exclusively on the musical era of her father, bandleader...


03/24/14    Albums

Either Way: From Marilyn to Ella
Anne Ducros

French chanteuse Anne Ducros is clearly enamored of Ella Fitzgerald. Four years ago, Ducros partnered with the Coupe de Vents Wind Orchestra to serve up an album-length salute to the First Lady of Song. In its wake comes this split-bill tribute, with Ella...

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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.