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JT Video Premiere: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s “Wives and Lovers”

A classic of the "Mad Men" era, updated with irony

Vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant performs Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Wives and Lovers” on her new Grammy-nominated album For One to Love. JazzTimes is pleased to present the exclusive premiere of the video for the song, featuring Jay-Z collaborator Storyboard P. The complete backstory at the bottom.

The video can also be viewed here.

The backstory of the “Wives and Lovers” video:

The ascendant careers of singer Cecile McLorin Salvant and Brooklyn flex dancer Storyboard P have followed strikingly similar paths. Both received classical training as budding performers, both produce work which simultaneously draws from the past while careening toward the future, and both have rocketed out of relative obscurity in recent years to the highest echelons of their respective fields.

The two paired up earlier this year to create a music video for Salvant’s of performance Wives and Lovers from her album For One To Love. The video features alternating shots of Salvant and Storyboard P in striking red monochrome, with numerous tight shots of Storyboard P slipping in and out of frame. This alternate take is comprised of a single continuous full-body shot of Storyboard P’s performance. “The uncut video will allow people to see how he builds his story in time, how he improvises, and his full range of motion,” Salvant says. “His concept of animations, rather than movement, is fascinating to me. I was mesmerized by his dancing the first time I saw him.”

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