Standing on the stoop of her three-story apartment building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on a warm, late August day, Cyrille Aimée is grinning. She is all Gallic charm, with her flowing mane of brown curls, her floral-print sundress and her open, inviting smile. When she speaks in softly accented English, she’s like a whiff of France in the middle of working-class Brooklyn.
She’s talking fondly about the not-yet-gentrified neighborhood, her primary residence until recently, and about her latest album, Move On, her fourth for the Mack Avenue label. The title could hardly be more appropriate: The 34-year-old French-born jazz singer has, in fact, moved on, in every way possible, and she seems relaxed and happy about it.