Christopher Loudon

Christopher’s Contributions

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01/14/17    Features

Madeleine Peyroux: Under the Influence

The singer on a few key inspirations

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01/13/17    Features

Madeleine Peyroux: Solitude & Soul

The singer discusses her tumultuous adolescence, her new album and more

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12/28/16    Features

The Legacy of Jimmy Scott

A new doc and album underscore the vocalist's generous spirit and undying influence

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12/20/16    Albums

Songs on Film: The Sequel
Joe Stilgoe

Referring to fellow Brit Joe Stilgoe as the “next Jamie Cullum” doesn’t quite wash, since he and Cullum are, at 37, precisely the same age. Still, the similarities are striking: same boundless energy and cheeky precociousness, similarly wide-ranging musical...

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12/15/16    Albums

Just a Silly Game
Kay Lyra

Brazilian vocalist Kay Lyra boasts an impeccable pedigree. Her father is Carlos Lyra, who, alongside Antonio Carlos Jobim, is recognized as bossa nova’s co-father. Her mother is the American model, actress, writer and occasional singer Kate Lyra. Her husband...

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12/14/16    Albums

Christmas Home
Tony DeSare

When singer and pianist Tony DeSare set out to create what he calls an “old-fashioned” Christmas album, he took as his model not 1957’s A Jolly Christmas With Frank Sinatra but that same year’s Close to You , a Nelson Riddle-arranged ballads session that...

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12/13/16    Features

Q&A: Tierney Sutton

The singer talks Clint Eastwood and her band's new Sting tribute

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12/13/16    Albums

The Beautiful Day
Kurt Elling

Predictably, Kurt Elling’s first Christmas album is anything but predictable. The exquisite quintet session unites Elling with guitarist John McLean, pianist Stu Mindeman, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Kendrick Scott. Intermingling the secular and sacred...

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12/12/16    Albums

Cool
Joyce Moreno

For five decades she’s reigned as Brazil’s preeminent jazz vocalist, known nationwide by just her first name, and for almost half her career she’s resisted offers to craft an album of American standards. It took a Cole Porter tune to change her mind. Passing...

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12/11/16    Albums

Half Moon: Live in New York
Kendra Shank & Geoffrey Keezer

Eight years ago, Kendra Shank was scheduled for a hometown concert at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse. A cancelled flight left her regular pianist, Frank Kimbrough, stranded on the East Coast. Desperate for a substitute, Shank learned that Geoffrey Keezer...

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12/10/16    Albums

Shelter From the Storm: Songs of Hope for Troubled Times
Barb Jungr

With nearly two-dozen albums under her belt, Barb Jungr, Britain’s foremost chansonnière , finally crossed the Atlantic for a recording session. As her debut American date took shape, she jumped at the chance to work with pianist Laurence Hobgood, marking...

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12/09/16    Albums

Can You Love Once More?
Judy Carmichael & Harry Allen

In the tradition of Nat King Cole and Diana Krall, Judy Carmichael began her recording career as strictly a pianist, subsequently incorporating her equally adroit abilities as a jazz singer. Three years ago, she released I Love Being Here With You , a momentous...

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11/21/16    Features

Till Brönner on "The Good Life"

The underrated trumpeter makes his boldest foray into singing yet

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11/17/16    Albums

Some Other Time: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
Nils Landgren With Janis Siegel

It is a rather perfect storm: a sterling quartet led by Swedish trombonist and vocalist Nils Landgren, paired with the 17-piece Bochumer Symphoniker across a dozen Leonard Bernstein gems, arranged and conducted by Vince Mendoza, augmented with guest vocals...

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11/16/16    Albums

Nobody's Gonna Love You Better: Black Bar Jukebox Redux
Allan Harris

While all the fuss surrounding Gregory Porter is fully justified, Allan Harris is long overdue for as much respect and praise. Indeed, to borrow a Dan Fogelberg reference, they often seem twin sons of different mothers. Harris’ beefy baritone is equally...

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11/15/16    Albums

Love Having You Around: Live at the Keystone Korner, Vol. 2
Abbey Lincoln

Last year, the frustratingly thin Abbey Lincoln catalog was significantly enriched by the release of Sophisticated Abbey: Live at the Keystone Korner , a nine-track set captured at the fabled San Francisco club. It was March 1980 and Lincoln, fronting a...

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