Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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11/27/14    Albums

Clarity: Music of Clare Fischer
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Herbie Hancock once declared, “I wouldn’t be me without Clare Fischer.” Indeed, the esteemed composer, keyboardist, arranger and bandleader, a true harmonic polyglot, who died in 2012 at the age of 83, influenced a remarkable spectrum of performers, starting...

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11/22/14    Albums

Historia
Cindy Scott

New Orleans’ Cindy Scott launched her recording career in 2002 with a relatively safe, entirely respectable platter of standards. Seven years later, she upped her game with a looser, more assured and far more musically adventurous sophomore disc. Historia...

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11/20/14    Albums

Singing the Blues
Freddy Cole

Freddy Cole’s latest HighNote release, his eighth in 10 years, is a sort of 50th anniversary gift to himself, and to his listeners. In 1964, Cole made his LP debut with a fine, blues-tinged collection called Waiter, Ask the Man to Play the Blues . It should...

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11/16/14    Albums

Soul to Soul
Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy’s 14th album marks the culmination of a musical journey that began more than a year ago in her home studio. While composing (or co-composing) 11 of the 13 tracks and writing all of the arrangements, Lundy established the feel of each tune by...

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11/14/14    Albums

Free Souls
Nicola Conte

Italian producer and guitarist Nicola Conte first gained recognition for his cunning re-imaginings of acid jazz via influences from bossa nova, classic Italian film scores and Indian music. More recently, he’s focused solely on Latin jazz. With Free Souls...

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11/12/14    Albums

I Love You, Yes I Do
Barbara Morrison

In terms of artistic rapport, Barbara Morrison and Houston Person are about as close to Billie and Prez as you’ll likely get today. They first united on disc in 2005, capturing a live date at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Eight years later, now label-mates...

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11/11/14    Albums

The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-61
Rosemary Clooney

Venture over to the Mosaic Records website and you’ll discover that this five-disc set, filled with 104 tracks recorded by Rosemary Clooney for various CBS radio programs over a seven-year span, is likely the first release in the archival label’s venerable...

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11/08/14    Albums

Paris Sessions
Tierney Sutton

From the beginning of her recording career in 1998 through 2011, every studio session led by Tierney Sutton featured the same bandmates: pianist Christian Jacobs, drummer-percussionist Ray Brinker and dual bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry. They were, and...

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11/06/14    Albums

Behind Jobim
Marcel Camargo and the Brazil You Never Heard

True to the adage of little acorns and mighty oaks, this six-track EP seeds a massively ambitious project by Marcel Camargo. To date, the São Paulo-born guitarist, who holds a degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA, has been best known as a sideman to the likes...

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11/04/14    Albums

Brazil
Quatuor Ebene

Fifteen years ago, violinists Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure, violist Mathieu Herzog and cellist Raphaël Merlin united at France’s Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory to form Quatuor Ébène. While their classical recordings have earned them international...

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10/29/14    Albums

From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughan Project
Ann Hampton Callaway

Among vocal jazz’s female holy trinity, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald have been lionized most but Sarah Vaughan has been feted best, via such fine salutes as Carmen McRae’s Sarah: Dedicated to You and Dianne Reeves’ The Calling . What, then, can an...

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10/24/14    Albums

The Signal
Elizabeth Shepherd

Following in the footsteps of José James and countrywoman Kellylee Evans, Canadian vocalist and keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd moves steadily toward a more funkified sound, mixing jazz with a whole lotta soul (and occasional hip-hop shadings) on her latest...

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10/20/14    Albums

The Signal
Elizabeth Shepherd

Following in the footsteps of José James and countrywoman Kellylee Evans, Canadian vocalist and keyboardist Elizabeth Shepherd moves steadily toward a more funkified sound, mixing jazz with a whole lotta soul (and occasional hip-hop shadings) on her latest...

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10/16/14    Albums

Songs My Mother Loves
Dee Alexander

From Mark Murphy’s Rah! to Cécile McLorin Salvant’s WomanChild , there have been plenty of vocal albums over the decades that take your breath away on first spin. Rarely, though, do artists hit two such home runs in a row. Five years ago, Chicago’s Dee Alexander...

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10/12/14    Albums

What's Going On
Ranee Lee

Though born in New York, vocalist Ranee Lee has lived more than half her 72 years in Quebec, spent her entire recording career with the Montreal-based Justin Time label and ranks among the artistic elite inducted into the Order of Canada. So to recognize...

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10/07/14    Albums

Great Voices of Harlem
Gregory Porter/Donald Smith/Mansur Scott/Paul Zanner's Blue Brass

Most buyers will be attracted to this tri-voice project because of jazzman-of-the-hour Gregory Porter. And Porter certainly doesn’t disappoint, offering a dynamic, scat-lined “Moanin’” (reminding us just how much he can sound like Sammy Davis Jr.), a dreamy...

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About Christopher Loudon

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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.