Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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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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10/03/14    Albums

I Remember When
Kellylee Evans

For Kellylee Evans fans in her native Canada (and those south of the 49th parallel willing to pay big bucks for import CDs), I Remember When is nothing new. Fifteen months after its Canadian release, the album has finally made its domestic arrival. And patience...

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09/27/14    Albums

Soulful Days
Vanessa Perea

At age 26, vocalist Vanessa Perea is just getting started. Prior to this debut, her recording experience spanned a total of two tracks on Australian drummer Andrew Swift’s Swift Kick from 2012, a tentative but tender “Alfie” and an accomplished take on Jimmy...

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09/26/14    Albums

We Won't Forget You...An Homage to Shirley Horn
Dena DeRose

It’s hard to imagine a better choice than Dena DeRose to honor Shirley Horn. The hushed grandeur and understated elegance that were Horn’s trademarks are just as present in DeRose’s playing and singing. Johnny Mandel once remarked that Horn had two heads...

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09/18/14    Albums

It's a Good Day
Cyrille Aimee

It’s impossible to not be charmed by French moppet Cyrille Aimée and her infectious joie de vivre. Her footloose curiosity has resulted in a slew of indie and self-produced recordings, many hard to find. It’s a Good Day , brimming with Aimée’s ebullience...

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09/17/14    Features

Freda Payne: An R&B Diva Circles Back to Her Jazz Roots

Call it a comeback

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09/12/14    Albums

Romantica
Caterina Zapponi

Though Caterina Zapponi was born in Rome and raised among Italy’s artistic cognoscenti (her mother is a singer of French origin, her screenwriter father crafted both Roma and Satyricon with Federico Fellini), it was a viewing of the Cole Porter musical High...

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09/07/14    Albums

My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Al Jarreau

It would take this entire review, perhaps this entire page, to list all the musicians that the late pianist, composer and producer George Duke collaborated with and influenced across his five-decade career. Yet surely none is better suited to assemble a...

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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...

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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...

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08/16/14    Albums

Dawn
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...

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08/13/14    Albums

Imaginarium
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...

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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.