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Cécile McLorin Salvant Celebrates Critically Acclaimed Year

Cécile McLorin Salvant Celebrates
Critically Acclaimed Year Following Release of
Fourth Mack Avenue Records Album, The Window
Two-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner
Receives Fourth Consecutive Nomination
in “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Category
“The 21st century may not be a terrible time to be alive
as a jazz vocals fan after all.” — Variety
“Her fourth album, ‘The Window,’ came out this week, and it’ll clearly
be her fourth consecutive record to be nominated for a Grammy for
best jazz vocal album… and maybe her third in a row to win.” — Variety
“…she’s happy to explore the highest highs and lowest lows of the torch
song form, with nearly bipolar levels of elation to go with the pining.” — Variety
“…the most acclaimed jazz vocalist on the planet right now…” — Rolling Stone
“The most radical thing a jazz singer could do in 2018 is stick to the basics…
But on ‘The Window,’ the wise, virtuosic and subtly subversive 29-year-old
singer opts for a setting so stark it can almost seem abstract.” — Rolling Stone
“Salvant seems intent on teasing out the grey areas and tougher truths
in these songs — the way love can sting as much as it soothes,
for example — to generally stunning effect.” — Rolling Stone
“The leader of a new pack of fully modern jazz singers explores
the historical context and modern possibilities of every song she sings,
even the deepest American standards.” — Pitchfork
“Arguably the leader in a resurgent scene of
fully modern jazz singers…” — Pitchfork
“Salvant has found a fine match in Fortner…He doesn’t accompany her
so much as join in the conversation she’s having with these songs,
occasionally even arguing with her about them.” — Pitchfork
“The reigning jazz vocalist of her generation is an
intellectual virtuoso, an examiner of songs rather than simply
an inhabitant of them.” — The New York Times
“…Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner,
two absolute gems in the urban rough…” — Vinyl Me, Please
“On ‘The Window,’ their warm duo date, the 2010 Thelonious Monk International
Jazz Competition winner further cements her status as the best vocal
jazz performer of her generation.” — Vinyl Me, Please
“Whether idiosyncratic or anticipated, her selections come alive
with devastating beauty, ferocity and fragility.” — Vinyl Me, Please
“The Great American Songbook is alive, well and in the capable hands
of the best jazz singer of the modern era.” — Billboard
“Accompanied only by the elegance of pianist Sullivan Fortner,
Salvant shines on her finest work yet with ‘The Window’s beguiling blend
of well-loved showtunes and pop standards.” — Billboard
“Salvant demonstrates a rare vocal power, flexibility,
control, and insight.” — ArtsFuse
“…nuanced dynamics and expressive precision that uses jazz
more as scenery than a reigning sensibility.” — DownBeat
“The album that proudly and openly showcases virtuosity at
every track, ‘The Window’ is an all-time great album by
an all-time great singer.” — NextBop
“It’s the sound of a talented singer freed from the pursuit of
recording the ‘definitive’ version of a song.” — Boston Globe
“Salvant is as bright a star as they come in the jazz world.
The 29-year old continues to wow critics and audiences alike with her
unique blend of blues singer attitude, Broadway stage presence
and modern jazz aesthetic.” — Jazziz
“Where some jazz singers treat a song as a launching pad, an excuse
to get going, Cecile McLorin Salvant drills down into the song itself, getting
it to the story or philosophy of the words.” — NPR “Fresh Air”
“…vast vocal range, meticulous technical execution and a superb
classical vocal foundation…” — NPR Tiny Desk Concert
“Among contemporary jazz singers, she is among the most
technically brilliant, almost as if an engineer drew up the plans for the
perfect jazz vocalist circa 1965.” — PopMatters