Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions


09/06/14    Albums

Songs of Shadow, Songs of Light: The Music of Joni Mitchell
Laurie Antonioli

As is common knowledge among even casual Joni Mitchell fans, around the mid-1970s her passion for jazz became increasingly integral to her work; that passion escalated through the ’80s and included collaborations with Mingus, Jaco, Wayne Shorter and Herbie...


08/22/14    Albums

With Love
Jeremy Fox

As an arranger, Nelson Riddle will forever remain best known for his work with Frank Sinatra. But Riddle achieved equally stellar results with Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Keely Smith, Dean Martin and Rosemary Clooney. His ability...


08/16/14    Albums

Magos & Limon

She is Magos Herrera, arguably the finest contemporary jazz singer to emerge from Mexico, a heady blend of Cassandra Wilson and Diana Krall. He is Javier Limón, not only a sublime flamenco guitarist but also an acclaimed composer and producer, known for...


08/13/14    Albums

Clarice Assad

Scion of one of Brazil’s great musical dynasties, vocalist, arranger, composer and pianist Clarice Assad draws upon her entire classical-jazz-pop heritage on the 11 originals—10 sung in Portuguese, one in English—that fill Imaginarium . A richly collaborative...


08/07/14    Albums

Dream a Little Dream
Pink Martini & the Von Trapps

A marvel of pop-jazz ingenuity, Pink Martini leader Thomas Lauderdale is at it again. Marking his group’s 20th anniversary, Lauderdale serves up another marvelous, multilingual olio that is equal parts musical adventure and pop-culture kitsch. For the first...


08/02/14    Albums

Little Secret
Nikki Yanofsky

When vocal phenom Nikki Yanofsky released her sophomore album four years ago, she was barely old enough to drive. Suddenly, the pert Montrealer is all grown up, striking a Dusty Springfield-esque pose on the cover of Little Secrets , clearly meant to prove...


07/31/14    Albums

The Lagos Music Salon

Born in Illinois to parents from Uganda and Rwanda, Somi has always felt the pull of Africa. She has visited much of the continent, and in 2008 founded New Africa Live, dedicated to promoting global recognition of multidisciplinary African artists. The following...


07/27/14    Albums

A Lot of Livin' to Do
Nick Ziobro

Like a chapter straight out of Glee , Nick Ziobro was just a 16-year-old high school senior in upstate New York, singing in the student choir, when he decided to enter the 2012 Great American Songbook Vocal Competition, Michael Feinstein’s showcase for young...


07/22/14    Albums

Complicated Day
Roy Nathanson's Sotto Voce

Now and then it’s nice to be reminded that jazz can be bold and imaginative and still be fun. Complicated Day comes from the complicated mind of Roy Nathanson—saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, bandleader and charter member of Manhattan’s Downtown...


07/20/14    Albums

I Remember You
Diane Schuur

Diane Schuur is the Ethel Merman of jazz: a consummate professional who never misses her mark and knows precisely how to sell whatever she’s selling, with a big sound and a penchant for grand gestures. For Schuur’s latest, she is backed by an all-star ensemble—pianist...


07/15/14    Albums

Way Forward Way Back
Les Grant

A true renaissance man, Les Grant is a trailblazer in online healthcare, a senior hospital executive in Manhattan, an accomplished actor with a spectrum of regional and off-Broadway successes, a gifted writer and, in whatever spare time that leaves, a jazz...


07/10/14    Albums

Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses

For a while, Louis Prima Jr. resisted the call of the wild. The only son of the celebrated Vegas headliner, Prima Jr. fronted a locally successful rock outfit in his 20s and continued to dabble in music while building a career in Sin City’s food and beverage...


07/05/14    Albums

While You Were Sleeping
Jose James

On his fifth studio album, inveterate genre-blurrer José James again travels in dynamic new directions. This is obvious just two seconds into the first track, “Angel,” as guitarist Brad Allen Williams unleashes an opening riff that isn’t jazz, isn’t soul...


06/20/14    Albums

Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen
Barb Jungr

Many singers have dipped into the Dylan songbook, but none as deeply or masterfully as Britain’s Barb Jungr. As Jungr has often recounted, around the dawn of the new millennium she heard a voice inside her head insisting, “You must sing the songs of Bob...


06/15/14    Albums

My Favorite Color
Jackie Allen

Eight years’ absence from the recording studio has done nothing to diminish Jackie Allen’s allure. The voice—dusky, mellow and wise—is as spellbinding as ever, now shot through with a captivating world-weariness, her folk-rock roots clearly showing. Though...


06/12/14    Albums

Billy's Back on Broadway
Billy Porter

Sammy Davis Jr. had been absent from the Great White Way for seven years when, in 1964, he began an extended run in the musical adaptation of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy . Trading on its success, Davis released Sammy’s Back on Broadway , a collection of then...

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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.