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Cecile McLorin Salvant 

Woman Child (Justin Time

Jazz buffs have been anticipating this debut album from the winner of the Thelonius Monk Competition. A Miami native of Haitian heritage, McLorin is the whole package: a captivating singer and inventive pianist with a throwback’s sense of where jazz got a spark in the first place. “You Bring Out the Savage in Me” had not been recorded since 1935. McLorin’s interpretation works in a melodious Tarzan yell. Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz” gets perhaps its’ most mischievously seductive take. Her compositions include the assertive title tune and a closing mini-dirge “Deep Dark Blue.” From penetration a la Ella to a range like Sarah Vaughan, McLorin’s voice may itself become a standard for future comparisons.
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