A lot of women can sing. Few can raise the hairs on the back of one’s neck.
With the same ease as most walk, Salvant traverses the scales, intonations and vocal range as elegantly as a debutante at a coming of age party. Salvant does so with as much effort as flicking a fly away from the dinner plate.
Last evening at La Monument National as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Cecile once again gave hope to pure music lovers. One can only wonder if Montreal’s reigning Jazz Queen Ranee Lee is smiling inside.
Cécile McLorin Salvant – Voice
Sullivan Fortner – Piano
Marvin Sewell – Guitar
Yasushi Nakamura – Upright Bass
Keita Ogawa – Percussion
The players above complimented and musically urged Cecile to raise her bar. If anyone in attendance had never heard or seen Salvant before and were only used to being spoon – fed the corporate backed Adele or Lady Gaga – Salvant’s show made them realize; ‘we have been tricked.’
If Cecile’s latest album Ghost Song is any indication, Mclorin – Salvant is only commencing her journey into legendary status.