Dreams and Daggers Cécile McLorin Salvant

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  • 1And Yet01:06
  • 2Devil May Care06:56
  • 3Mad About the Boy06:52
  • 4Sam Jones' Blues03:00
  • 5More03:33
  • 6Never Will I Marry04:03
  • 7Somehow I Never Could Believe09:55
  • 8If a Girl Isn't Pretty02:55
  • 9Red Instead00:34
  • 10Runnin' Wild01:39
  • 11The Best Thing for You (Would Be Me)07:12
  • 12You're My Thrill04:33
  • 13I Didn't Know What Time It Was06:29
  • 14Tell Me What They're Saying Can't Be True05:29
  • 15Nothing Like You03:49
  • 16You've Got to Give Me Some06:11
  • 17The Worm01:03
  • 18My Man's Gone Now06:27
  • 19Let's Face the Music and Dance06:54
  • 20Si J'étais Blanche05:14
  • 21Fascination01:27
  • 22Wild Women Don't Have the Blues06:51
  • 23You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me09:53
  • Total Runtime01:52:05

Info for Dreams and Daggers

Shortly following Cécile McLorin Salvant’s emergence on the music scene, New York Times critic Stephen Holden stated, “As Cécile McLorin Salvant spun songs into a brilliant silk tapestry, I thought, if anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three -- Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald -- it is this 23-year-old virtuoso.” Downbeat added emphasis to Holden’s sentiment by awarding Cécile top position in an unprecedented 4 categories in its 2014 Annual Critics Poll. And Wynton Marsalis commented “you get a singer like this once in a generation or two.”

With her 2016 Grammy Award winning album For One to Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant revealed that she is not just a sublime vocalist, but a supremely gifted storyteller and composer as well. Cécile is being embraced by music lovers at major festivals and clubs throughout the world. Her remarkable voice and striking ability to inhabit the emotional space and turn every song she performs into theater make her an artist of consequence to be celebrated and enjoyed.

"The juxtaposition of dualistic concepts like love and anger, joy and heartache, and the way these emotions are inextricably linked in our romantic psyches inform all of Cecile McLorin Salvant's virtuosic, urbanely produced fourth album, 2017's Dreams and Daggers. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard (yes, you can sometimes hear the enthusiastic audience) and in studio at New York's DiMenna Center, the double-disc set features Salvant on a thoughtfully curated selection of standards and several originals, all touching upon the themes of romance and heartbreak. Along with her regular trio of pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Paul Sikivie, and drummer Lawrence Leathers, Salvant is joined at various times by the classical string ensemble the Catalyst Quartet, who supply a cinematic layer of orchestration (via Sikivie's gorgeously refined arrangements) to Salvant's already emotive style. Also making an appearance on a delightfully earthy rendition of the Bessie Smith number "You've Got to Give Me Some" is pianist Sullivan Fortner, whose lively chemistry with Salvant brings to mind Oscar Peterson's work with Ella Fitzgerald. Since winning the 2010 Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition, the Miami-born Salvant has built a formidable career around her dynamic, sophisticated brand of vocal jazz. Marked by her highly resonant voice and deft sense of phrasing, it's a style that recalls the swinging virtuosity of Fitzgerald, as well as the more idiosyncratic approach of Betty Carter. Cuts here, like her soulfully lithe take on Frank Loesser's "Never Will I Marry," and her swaggeringly cheeky turn on Ida Cox's "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues," are breathtaking in their sophistication and interpretive nuance. The thing about Salvant, is that while her titanic abilities draw easy and well-earned comparisons, she never comes off as a mimic, remaining instead confidant, and firmly self-aware in her own ability to put a song over to a crowd. Whether she takes on a warhorse here like "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," or reveals her impeccable flair for picking lesser performed songs as on her wry reading of Noel Coward's "Mad About the Boy," she imbues each track with her own distinctive point of view. The few original compositions included here especially reveal her to be a literate, deeply poetic artist with a strong sense of personal identity -- as heard on the short chamber piece "Red Instead," in which she sings, "I can't really change the way I am/I can be bolder/Sharpen my dagger/Cut through the multitudes and make it bright red instead." Ultimately, on Dreams and Daggers, with its balanced framework of live and studio recordings, happy and sad romantic songs, small group and classical chamber pieces, Salvant remains as bold and as sharp as ever." (Matt Collar, AMG)

Cecile McLorin Salvant, vocals
Aaron Diehl, piano
Paul Sikivie, bass
Lawrence Leathers, drums

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