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with the Jean-François Bonnel Paris Quintet (recorded in 2009-10)
Cécile McLorin Salvant et "WomanChild" Prix 2013 du Jazz Vocal de l'Académie du Jazz
First-Time GRAMMY Nominee: Cécile McLorin Salvant
The NY Times Ben Ratliff’s Favorites of 2013
#1. Cécile McLorin Salvant “WomanChild” (Mack Avenue) A young jazz singer of radical talent, who teaches you in her own terms — with high clarity and zero pedantry — that singing old songs has nothing to do with transmitting an outdated sensibility, and that jazz is necessarily part of a bigger and greater story of American music, and that American music is necessarily part of a bigger and greater story of modern art.
The jazz vocal category is led by 24-year-old phenom Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose ebullient WomanChild was nominated...
Though she writes her own songs, she puts original, idiosyncratic and virtuosic force on old repertory, some of it from the high era of American songbook standards, some of it older than jazz itself. She’s the latest answer to the question of what jazz has to do with you. She’s featured in “Big Band Holidays,” Jazz at Lincoln Center’s seasonal program of standards and holiday songs, which goes on an 11-city tour this year...
Ben Ratliff - The NY Times - December 6, 2013
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