Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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01/03/16    Features

The Essential Nina Simone Recordings: A JazzTimes Guide

Our vocal columnist chooses the best

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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...

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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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12/27/15    Albums

Find a Heart
Denise Donatelli

Arguably postmillennial jazz singing’s foremost late bloomer, Denise Donatelli cut her laudable debut album, released in 2005, at age 55. She started out singing mostly standards. Then, five years ago, with When Lights Are Low , she established what remains...

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12/21/15    Albums

Let's Fly Away
Molly Ryan

A perennial favorite at chic Manhattan nightspots, Molly Ryan has been artfully recapturing the faded era of the foursquare, swinging band singer for close to two decades. In the tradition of Helen O’Connell, Helen Forrest and Kitty Kallen, she navigates...

12/18/15    Albums

Albums — December 2015

The richness of Alexis Cole’s vocal gumbo is rather extraordinary, combining the warmth and clarity of Doris Day, the verve of Jo Stafford, the cool sophistication of Chris Connor and the authority of Keely Smith. It’s a heady mix, so much so that it can...

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12/14/15    Albums

American Legend: Live in California
Mose Allison

Three years ago, after more than six decades on the road, pianist and vocalist Mose Allison officially stopped touring. This 53-minute session, captured at Marin County’s 19 Broadway, is being touted as the NEA Jazz Master’s final live recording. True enough...

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12/11/15    Features

Four Women: The Enduring Influence of Nina Simone

Cassandra Wilson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, René Marie & Dianne Reeves reflect

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12/10/15    Albums

Sounds and Cries of the World
Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue

“Song for Naldo,” the penultimate track on vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jen Shyu’s new album, first nods to a writer friend, a “weaver of words,” a “weaver of dreams.” The focus then shifts to a vibrant dream of Shyu’s own that, involving...

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12/03/15    Albums

Flirting With Disaster
Lorraine Feather

Across 10 previous albums, you could count on Lorraine Feather to be funny, sardonic, wisely observant of the minutiae of everyday life and, occasionally, wistful and romantic. Now, for the first time in her colorful recording career, Feather is focusing...

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12/01/15    Albums

Life Goes On
Stevie Holland

Amid the ever-expanding sea of jazz vocalists, there’s nothing strikingly distinctive about Stevie Holland’s voice, and yet her assets are considerable: beautiful clarity of tone, immaculate phrasing and an excellent sense of time. She makes the most of...

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11/28/15    Albums

Mucho Leo
Leo Sidran

His dad, pianist, vocalist and composer Ben Sidran, was once aptly described as a “renaissance man cast adrift in a modern world.” The apple that is Leo hasn’t fallen too far from that tree. He wrote his first song at age 6, established himself as an accomplished...

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