CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT Dreams & Dag­gers

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CORMAC LARKIN

Some­times it’s hard to say ex­actly what is the dif­fer­ence be­tween her­itage jazz and the real, liv­ing tra­di­tion, but you know it when you hear it. With her play­ful night­club de­meanour, vel­vety fem­i­nine voice and clas­sic song­book reper­toire, Ce­cile McLorin Salvant may sound like some­thing out of the 1950s, but, rather than im­i­tat­ing the singers of the past – there are cer­tainly traces of Hol­i­day, Vaughan and Dearie – the Mi­ami-born vo­cal­ist is emerg­ing from the same well­spring of mu­sic. She is a real jazz singer in the clas­sic mode who can take a song and make it feel like it’s the first time you’ve heard it. Also, like her pre­de­ces­sors, it doesn’t hurt that McLorin Salvant is sup­ported here by some first-rate mu­si­cians, par­tic­u­larly the ris­ing New York pian­ist Aaron Diehl. mack­av­enue.com

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