If you follow jazz news, you’ve surely heard of Cyrille Aimée, the French-born chanteuse who took top honors at last year’s inaugural Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and got third place at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. But have you actually heard Aimée? Since 2007, she’s released seven albums, including two with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo, two with her Surreal Band, a live session at Smalls with Roy Hargrove, and a recent Japan-only platter of standards. A devout Djangophile, she also appeared last year on the Hot Club of Detroit’s Junction. She’s everywhere, yet finding her CDs remains far more difficult than it should be for one of the most dynamic postmillennial additions to the vocal-jazz ranks.
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