Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions


11/14/16    Albums

Out of the Past
Lauren White

West Coast singer-songwriter hipster Mark Winkler, who produced Lauren White’s latest, has long maintained a predilection for vintage L.A. themes, primarily the cool California sound of the 1950s and ’60s. Here he turns up the heat and turns back the clock...


11/08/16    Albums

Ashleigh Smith

What won Ashleigh Smith top honors at the third annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition back in November 2014? A finely wrought “The End of a Love Affair” and an equally well-crafted “Just One of Those Things,” both framed to spotlight...


11/07/16    Albums

Luba Mason

Mixtura is more than the title of Luba Mason’s third album as a leader. It also describes her personal and professional ethos, so much so that she has trademarked the term. “Surround yourself with people who are great, and will push you, and you can challenge...


11/06/16    Albums

Dream in the Blue
Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson

As vocalist Sara Gazarek has explained, she and pianist Josh Nelson have spent the past decade “growing up together, musically and personally.” Nelson is a band member on all four of Gazarek’s previous releases, she’s made guest appearances on two of his...


10/17/16    Albums

Harlem on My Mind
Catherine Russell

If there’s a postmillennial answer to Dinah Washington, surely it’s Catherine Russell: same remarkable vocal dexterity—blues shouter meets jazz stylist; same espresso-strength power; same immaculate clarity; same ability to shift seamlessly from sassy to...


10/16/16    Albums

David Linx & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Perhaps you know him from the long-running off-Broadway hit Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris , which remains a vital, much-performed revue a half-century after its debut. Or you know him from the massive, maudlin Terry Jacks hit “Seasons...


10/15/16    Albums

Secular Hymns
Madeleine Peyroux

It took a village for Madeleine Peyroux to shape this latest album, her seventh and Verve debut. Invited to perform in the tiny British burg of Little Milton, Peyroux found herself inside St. Mary the Virgin, a 12th-century Norman-styled church, for a sound...


10/14/16    Albums

All the Dreams
Sara Serpa & André Matos

As the French say, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” though in the case of Lisbon-born, New York-based vocalist Sara Serpa, the sentiment need be inverted: The more things stay the same, the more they change. The prolific Serpa (six albums in nine...


09/29/16    Albums

Gardens in My Mind
Joanna Wallfisch

On last year’s commendably challenging The Origin of Adjustable Things , pianist Dan Tepfer expertly prodded vocalist Joanna Wallfisch to venture beyond the near-baroque quietude that defines her core sound (and reveals her classical training). For the more...


09/28/16    Albums

We've Got a World That Swings
Claire Martin & Ray Gelato

There are showier jazz singers. There are splashier jazz singers. But there are few, if any, finer jazz singers than Claire Martin. She’s certainly the best the U.K. has produced, with her cunning mix of straight-ahead purity and interpretive legerdemain...


09/27/16    Albums

Disappearing Day
Peter Eldridge

Among vocal-group gurus, Peter Eldridge is surely the most richly accomplished. A founding member of New York Voices, Eldridge is also a driving force of MOSS, with Luciana Souza, Kate McGarry, Theo Bleckmann and fellow NYV cornerstone Lauren Kinhan. He...


09/22/16    Features

Catching Up With the Manhattan Transfer

The game-changing vocal group soldiers on


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...


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...


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...


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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