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Melody Gardot: The Clandestine Tracks

Christopher Loudon on a four-track EP from the popular singer

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot scored a significant critical and popular hit with 2008’s A Worrisome Heart. But it was her 2009 follow-up, the unilaterally acclaimed My One and Only Thrill that elevated Gardot to the upper echelon of contemporary jazz vocalists. Since then, things have been relatively quiet on the Gardot front, with no official word yet of a new album. But, for those willing to dig a little, there have been a few delightful additions to the Gardot oeuvre.

Seven months after the initial release of My One and Only Thrill, Decca issued a Deluxe Edition that included an orchestral version of “If the Stars Were Mine” and a five-track EP entitled Live In Paris. In fact, those five selections, including three from the album – “Baby, I’m A Fool,” “The Rain” and the title track – one (“Love Me Like a River Does”) from A Worrisome Heart, plus a cover of the Bill Withers’ classic “Ain’t No Sunshine,” were lifted from a French radio broadcast.

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