Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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05/31/16    Albums

Halfway There
M'Balia

If you number among the myriad vocal jazz fans bowled over by Cécile McLorin Salvant, prepare to be wowed anew, and in much the same way. Philadelphia’s M’Balia Singley has been singing since childhood, but postponed the launch of her professional career...

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05/28/16    Albums

United
Dena DeRose

Pianist-vocalist Dena DeRose and drummer Matt Wilson have been making beautiful music together for more than a decade and a half, nearly the entirety of her recording career. Their sublime rapport was, some nine years ago, expanded and intensified with the...

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05/25/16    Albums

He Was the King
Freddy Cole

Musically speaking, Freddy Cole has long maintained a rather schizophrenic relationship with his big brother. Freddy was only 33 when Nat died in 1965. Just starting to secure attention as a vocalist and pianist, he found himself overwhelmed by Nat’s giant...

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05/21/16    Albums

Traces
Camila Meza

Music-savvy New Yorkers have been aware of Camila Meza for a while now. Seven years have passed since the Chilean vocalist and guitarist, then just 22, migrated to the Big Apple. Three previous albums focused on American and Latin standards, plus wider forays...

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05/20/16    Albums

Home Suite Home
Patrick Williams

It’s hardly surprising that composer-arranger-conductor Patrick Williams’ big-band work is so grandly cinematic; over his half-century in show business he has scored more than five-dozen films, most famously 1979’s Breaking Away , which earned him an Oscar...

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05/18/16    Albums

En Vie
Camille Bertault

Even if you don’t understand a word of French, the enormity of Camille Bertault’s gift is immediately, intoxicatingly evident. The Parisian singer-songwriter, still in her early 20s, began studying classical piano with her father at age 4, but quickly developed...

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05/15/16    Albums

Spring
Susie Arioli

As its title suggests, Susie Arioli’s eighth studio release is all about fresh starts. Appropriately, it is the Montreal-based singer-songwriter’s first album-length outing without guitarist and musical alter ego Jordan Officer. Subbing on guitar is one...

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05/10/16    Albums

The Theory of Joy
Ian Shaw

Great jazz singers, like great comedians, are masters of timing. That Ian Shaw is a virtuoso of both disciplines, balancing standup and concert gigs, speaks to the breadth of his genius and to the singularity of his style as a singer. It’s hardly surprising...

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05/06/16    Albums

Live at Rosy's
Sarah Vaughan

Following a lengthy Following a lengthy fallow period, the late 1970s proved a particularly fertile time for Sarah Vaughan. In 1977 she signed with Norman Granz’s Pablo label and began a stellar series of studio albums. In May 1978, not long after the first...

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05/02/16    Albums

One to One: Jane Harvey Sings Ellington
Jane Harvey

Surely the most underappreciated jazz vocalist of the past half-century, Jane Harvey boasted a résumé that included stints with Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Desi Arnaz but recorded infrequently as a leader. Harvey’s record sales were minuscule at best...

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04/26/16    Albums

Moonshadow Dance
Rebecca Kilgore

Like Rebecca Kilgore, Ellen Vanderslice is a pillar of the Portland jazz community. Though an architect by trade, Vanderslice is also an accomplished (and remarkably prolific) composer, occasional singer and leader of a local quartet. The Cherry Pie Music...

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04/18/16    Albums

Sing to the Sky
Emma Larsson

Listening to Emma Larsson, it’s hard not to be reminded of the young Nancy Wilson. The Swedish-born, New York-based singer, now three albums into what promises to be an impressive career, mirrors Wilson’s silken delivery and her sly interpretative sass...

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04/12/16    Albums

Sings Verse and Chorus
Larry Carr

Though minor enough a player that he rates nary a footnote in James Gavin’s definitive Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret , Larry Carr was widely admired by Manhattan’s cognoscenti. In his memoirs, impresario George Wein credits Carr as...

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04/06/16    Albums

The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
Jane Monheit

Among vocal-jazz projects, surely the most ambitious and sublime is Ella Fitzgerald’s near-decade-long series of eight releases saluting giants of the Great American Songbook. Initiated by Norman Granz in 1956 to ignite his fledgling Verve label, the landmark...

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04/04/16    Albums

Live in London
Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee claimed London was her favorite city. She traveled there often, first in 1961, regularly throughout the 1980s and for a final appearance at Royal Albert Hall in 1990. Most significant was a 1977 visit, resulting in back-to-back albums for Polydor...

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03/19/16    Albums

Invitation
Nicolas Bearde

Where jazz intersects soul, there are few more satisfying stylists than Nicolas Bearde, a richly impressive amalgam of Bill Withers and Billy Eckstine. The Nashville-bred vocalist is now 20 years into a dual career, balancing solo dates and recordings, released...

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