For One to Love Cecile McLorin Salvant Mack Avenue/Planet
US vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant burst on to the jazz scene after winning the 2010 Thelonius Monk Competition. Born and reared in Miami, Florida, of a French mother and Haitian father, she moved to France in 2007 to study law as well as classical and baroque voice. This is her third album and as in Woman Child in 2013 — a Grammy nominee for best jazz vocal — backing is led by brilliant pianist Aaron Diehl. She has appeared at many festivals and performed with many top jazz names; all this at 25. McLorin Salvant specialises in interpretations of lesserknown jazz and blues compositions, plus originals, often using jazz-inflected theatrical portrayals. Five of the 12 tracks are originals, including the opener Fog, in a breathy vocal style perfectly depicting a misty scene ornamented by a suitably murky piano. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s Something’s Coming receives lengthy variegated vocal treatment with compositional piano solo, a bass interlude from Paul Sikivie and energetic support from drummer Lawrence Leathers. Judy Garland’s 1944 hit The Trolley Song gets a clever modernistic makeover but also contains a salute to the original. What’s the Matter Now could easily slip into bluesy satire but doesn’t because of McLorin’s superbly swinging phrasing and Diehl’s postmodern barrel-house piano. Underling is a standout original with its multi-hued vocal expression and soft, high register leaps. Another impressive album from a worthy successor to the Holiday-VaughanFitzgerald lineage.