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CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT
With two very different projects—The Window, an album of duets with pianist Sullivan Fortner, and Ogresse, an orchestral collaboration with Darcy James Argue—the 29-year-old vocalist continues to expand her stylistic range. After speaking with her and some of her colleagues, Matthew Kassel concludes that it may soon no longer be accurate to call her simply a jazz singer.
As the voice of Sergio Mendés’ Brasil ’66, she helped make “easy listening” a hip term. Then chronic illness and a shifting pop market derailed her. But today she’s back performing again, with a little help from her husband—some dude named Alpert. James Gavin sat down with Hall at home in Malibu and got the inside scoop on a career that now spans more than five decades.
The celebrated tenor saxophonist has been a fixture at the Monterey Jazz Festival since the ’80s, but his performance there this year was different. As Sean J. O’Connell learned, the experience of playing alongside David Bowie on the rock legend’s final album has transformed McCaslin’s career, his approach to making music, and many other things—including his stance on singing.
ARTHUR ELGORT’S JAZZ
Best known as a fashion photographer, Arthur Elgort also has a not-so-secret passion for jazz, and he’s collected some of his favorite shots of musicians like Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, and Vijay Iyer in a new book. The 78-year-old lensman took Mac Randall on a guided tour through his back pages.
Willie Nelson pays tribute to Frank Sinatra
José James pays tribute to Bill Withers
Sanah Kadoura’s debut album is already a comeback
Michael Mwenso & the Shakes bring a fresh approach to old music
Sachal Vasandani celebrates the Great American Songbook
John and Alice Coltrane’s Long Island home named a National Treasure
JT Notes: Tales of the unexpected
A Before & After listening session with Raul Midón
An Overdue Ovation for Michael Franks
AudioFiles: Brent Butterworth recommends what to get your favorite sound freaks for the holidays
Chops: Jeff Baker takes a construction engineer’s approach to arranging
Artist’s Choice: Gayle Kolb selects tracks that tell her own life story
Album reviews: Christian McBride, Marquis Hill, Renee Rosnes/David Hajdu, and many more