Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions


03/14/16    Albums

Balancing Act
Mike Holober

Judging from his stellar work with the WDR Big Band, HR Big Band, Gotham Jazz Orchestra and several other large ensembles, pianist-composer-arranger Mike Holober is well practiced in the art of weighing disparate musical parts to achieve a balanced whole...


03/08/16    Albums

Let's Get Lost
Cyrille Aimee

Speaking with JazzTimes two years ago, vocalist Cyrille Aimée explained why, viewing music as an essentially positive force, she purposefully focused on upbeat material. No sad songs, she insisted. That rule has at last been bent, if only slightly. Otherwise...


03/04/16    Albums

Dig Dis
Whitney Marchelle

Is Whitney Marchelle the Zelig of jazz? She seems a curious enigma—just try to find any personal information about her online—of indeterminate age, and appears to have released only one previous album, 2009’s Me, Marsalis & Monk . Yet she’s performed the...


02/29/16    Albums

Joyce Moreno & Kenny Werner

Nearly a half-century into one of the most respected careers in Brazilian jazz, singer-songwriter Joyce Moreno remains singularly magnificent at age 68. Her voice has grown deeper and richer, its chestnut luster as radiant as ever. Widely known as simply...


02/24/16    Albums

A Voice on Air 1935-1955
Frank Sinatra

As the oft-told story goes, Frank Sinatra’s career was ignited in June 1939 when bandleader Harry James’ wife happened to tune in to a live feed from the Rustic Cabin in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and alerted her husband to the then-24-year-old featured singer...


02/19/16    Albums

Stacey Kent

Though Stacey Kent was born in the States and has been based in England for almost her entire career, she’s developed deep musical passions for France and Brazil, often singing in perfect French and flawless Portuguese. (It’s worth noting here that Kent...


02/11/16    Albums

Live at Chautauqua, Volume 1
Ella Fitzgerald

The late 1960s weren’t the best time to be a jazz vocalist. As rock’s Age of Aquarius dawned, such major names as Mel Tormé, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae suffered significant downturns. Ella was no exception. Her long, career-defining association with...


02/07/16    Albums

I Walk a Little Faster
Chiara Pancaldi

She hails from Bologna and is a bit older, 33, than her photos suggest. She studied with her countrywoman Roberta Gambarini and Sheila Jordan, cut her vocal-jazz teeth as half of the duo Dobra Voz and released her first solo album, The Song Is You , on Italy’s...


01/23/16    Albums

That Would Be Me
Harry Connick Jr.

Musically speaking, Harry Connick Jr. has shaped a remarkably chameleonic career over the course of three decades: jazz singer and pianist, pop crooner, Hollywood balladeer and Broadway belter, all liberally spiced with distinct Cajun and country influences...


01/15/16    Albums

Alone Together
Carol Welsman

Though Carol Welsman’s lengthy career has been liberally dotted with fine albums, she reaches a lofty new plateau with Alone Together . It’s a well-traveled route. Many of the past century’s foremost jazz and jazz-influenced pop singers didn’t find their...


01/12/16    Albums

Come Fly With Me
Herb Alpert

More than 50 years have passed since Herb Alpert burst onto the international music scene with his Tijuana Brass and proved, quite literally, instrumental in presaging the smooth-jazz movement that he’s still a vital part of. As one of the most admired music...


01/09/16    Albums

Clear Day
Emilie-Claire Barlow

Though Diana Krall remains Canada’s most celebrated jazz vocalist, Emilie-Claire Barlow, now 11 albums into a career of steadily escalating prowess, nips ever closer at her heels. Barlow’s voice is lighter and brighter than Krall’s, her range wider and her...


01/03/16    Albums

No One Ever Tells You
Seth MacFarlane

Four years ago, primetime animation kingpin Seth MacFarlane put his ardor for the Great American Songbook to the test, uniting with arranger and conductor Joel McNeely to record the breezy Music Is Better Than Words . The polished collection of Tin Pan Alley...


01/03/16    Features

The Essential Nina Simone Recordings: A JazzTimes Guide

Our vocal columnist chooses the best


01/01/16    Albums

Newport Beach Jazz Party
Four Freshmen & Friends

At this point in their history, two years past the group’s 65th anniversary, the Four Freshmen have churned through enough members to fill an entire graduating class. The last of the four founders, Bob Flanigan, departed in 1993, less than a year after Bob...


12/29/15    Albums

Some Morning
Kim Nazarian

Among New York Voices’ extant lineup, united for 23 of the group’s 27 years, Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan and Darmon Meader have released a combined total of eight solo albums. The lone holdout, soprano Kim Nazarian, at last joins her cohorts, more than...

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