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M’Balia: Halfway There

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If you number among the myriad vocal jazz fans bowled over by Cécile McLorin Salvant, prepare to be wowed anew, and in much the same way. Philadelphia’s M’Balia Singley has been singing since childhood, but postponed the launch of her professional career to study at Yale and Temple University. Getting a slightly later start than Salvant, she makes up for lost time with this stunning debut, produced by her hero and mentor, pianist Orrin Evans, who plays on all nine tracks.

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