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  • Joshua Redman and Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the artists to contribute tracks to Relief, a compilation of previously unreleased music to benefit Jazz Foundation of America, out today. Redman's track, "Facts," is from the sessions for his 2018 Nonesuch album Still Dreaming, with cornetist Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade; Salvant performs "Easy Come, Easy Go Blues." Both can be heard here. All net proceeds from Relief will go to JFA's Musicians’ Emergency Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians in need.

  • Singer/songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Ghost Song on March 4, 2022. The new album features a diverse mix of seven originals and five interpretations on the themes of ghosts, nostalgia, and yearning. Salvant says, “It’s unlike anything I’ve done before—it’s getting closer to reflecting my personality as an eclectic curator. I’m embracing my weirdness!” A video for the album track “Ghost Song,” written by Salvant, can be seen here. Nonesuch Store pre-orders of the album include an exclusive, limited edition signed artwork by Salvant while they last. Cécile McLorin Salvant is on tour in Europe now and will play four shows at SFJAZZ in February and two nights featuring the music of Ghost Song at Jazz at Lincoln Center in May

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    Singer/songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Ghost Song on March 4, 2022. The new album features a diverse mix of seven originals and five interpretations on the themes of ghosts, nostalgia, and yearning. Salvant says, “It’s unlike anything I’ve done before—it’s getting closer to reflecting my personality as an eclectic curator. I’m embracing my weirdness!” A video for the album track “Ghost Song,” written by Salvant, can be seen below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders of Ghost Song include an exclusive, limited edition signed artwork by Salvant while they last.

    Salvant says of the title track, out now, “What if the love has gone, the love has left you and you have the emotions around that, and you’re still going through them, still engaging with the ghost of that love?” She continues, “Some songs are so painful to come out but this one came out pretty quickly. I’ve had some loss the last couple of years: my grandmother, the drummer in my band [Lawrence Leathers].”

    Ghost Song opens and ends with a sean-nós (traditional Irish unaccompanied vocal style) performance by Salvant, recorded in a church. On track one, she transitions into Kate Bush’s 1978 classic “Wuthering Heights.” Salvant says of the song, “Wuthering Heights is a book that really struck me to my core as I was making this album, during the pandemic. And the best interpretation of the novel is Kate Bush’s song.”

    She continues, “It’s the most classic ghost story. I decided I wanted to do an album called Ghost Song, and I knew that one had to be on it. Then I had the idea to mix it in with the sean-nós ‘Cúirt Bhaile Nua,’ which binds it to the traditional ‘Unquiet Grave,’ the last track on the album. The ghost is not haunting me; now I am haunting the ghost. They parallel each other so well and they’re such different time periods. I wanted the album to be a circle, with the sean-nós reference at the beginning and at the end. So it is the first track but it’s also the last track and it’s also the middle track, which is how I listen to music, walking around my neighborhood, on a plane, travelling somewhere, putting stuff on repeat.”

    “All the songs on the album kind of mirror each other. I tried to create this strange symmetry. So as you go in from both ends, the songs are sort of matched together,” Salvant says. “‘I Lost my Mind’ is the center of the Russian doll. I wrote that in the middle of the pandemic. There were nights when I wanted to just scream. It was this deeper part of me saying, ‘It’s OK if this sounds completely crazy, OK to just go with the completely crazy thing and not worry if people think you have lost your mind for doing it.’

    “The bands also mirror each other from top to bottom. In terms of the instrumentation, everything,” Salvant explains. “That’s why the songs are there in that relationship: they match each other, they’re like fraternal twins, or one is the evil twin of the other. I, as the living, am visited by the ghost, and then I go visit the ghost in turn. I am haunting the ghost and annoying the ghost, which is saying, ‘Get out of here and go live.’”

    Of the sonic variety on Ghost Song, Salvant says, “Texture is a big part of how I sing, having multiple textures in one song. It’s almost a compulsion. I can’t allow myself to stay in one texture. The instrumentation creates that but the recording process as well. It’s something I like, even when I’m eating. You want the creamy and chewy and crunchy at the same time. Warm and cold.”

    Cécile McLorin Salvant, a 2020 MacArthur Fellow and three-time Grammy Award winner, is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues, and folk, and drawing from musical theater and vaudeville, Salvant embraces a wide-ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.

    Salvant’s performances range from spare duets for voice and piano to instrumental trios to orchestral ensembles. Her unreleased work Ogresse is an ambitious long-form song cycle based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world. Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. She has performed at national and international venues and festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals (1-7, 9-12), piano (6, 8, 11)
    Paul Sikivie, electric bass (1), bass (4, 7, 10), synthesizer (1), production (1)
    Sullivan Fortner, piano (2-5, 9-11), vocals (3, 11), Fender Rhodes (3)
    Alexa Tarantino, flute (2, 5, 9)
    James Chirillo, banjo (2, 5, 9)
    Keita Ogawa, percussion (2, 3, 5, 9, 11)
    Burniss Travis, bass (3, 11)
    Marvin Sewell, guitars (3, 11)
    Kyle Poole, drums (4, 7, 10)
    Aaron Diehl, piano (7, 10), pipe organ (6)
    Daniel Swenberg, lute, Theorbo (10)
    Violette and Iris McLorin Picot, vocals (11)

    Brooklyn Youth Chorus  (3)
    Dianne Berkun Menaker, Founder and Artistic Director
    Lydia Bearsch, Cassis Besdin, Sofia Krantz, Camila Roeder, Cole Cooper Seward, Sophie Rahmanian, Malcolm Chapman, Jane Lundquist, Uma Wilder, Molly Mallone, Nora Petitgand, Lena Frey-Pettibone, Lucy Fleishhacker, Lillian Bowen-Vollmer, Amaya Vasan, Eloise Baker-Robbins, Claudia Holder, Eva Malone, Alexandra Wooh, Aria Almeida Phillips, Felix Curran, Margot Accola, Carter Hollmon, Mariana P Perez, Chloe Roberts, Eve van den Brulle, Fabiola Vulcano

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Co-produced by Sullivan Fortner
    Associate Producer: Todd Whitelock
    Recorded October 7, 2020, December 8, 2020, and February 9, 2021 at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY and January 31, 2021 at St. Malachy’s Church, New York, NY
    Recording Engineers: Todd Whitelock and Patrick Dillet
    Assistant Engineers: Wes Whitelock and Alex Conroy
    All tracks mixed by Todd Whitelock, Amplified Art & Sound, Cranford, NJ, February–May 2021
    Mastered by Chris Muth, Taloowa Corporation, Yonkers, NY

    Art Direction and Design by Ben Tousley
    Photography by Shawn Michael Jones
    Creative Direction & Illustration by Cécile McLorin Salvant

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

    This album is dedicated to Jeannine Vignoles.

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Singer/songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant's Nonesuch Records debut album, Ghost Song, features a diverse mix of seven originals and five interpretations on the themes of ghosts, nostalgia, and yearning. Salvant says, “It’s unlike anything I’ve done before—it’s getting closer to reflecting my personality as an eclectic curator. I’m embracing my weirdness!” Pre-order to download the title track now and get an exclusive, limited edition signed artwork by Salvant while they last.

Description: 

Singer/songwriter Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her Nonesuch Records debut with the release of Ghost Song on March 4, 2022. The new album features a diverse mix of seven originals and five interpretations on the themes of ghosts, nostalgia, and yearning. Salvant says, “It’s unlike anything I’ve done before—it’s getting closer to reflecting my personality as an eclectic curator. I’m embracing my weirdness!” A video for the album track “Ghost Song,” written by Salvant, can be seen below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders of Ghost Song include an exclusive, limited edition signed artwork by Salvant while they last.

Salvant says of the title track, out now, “What if the love has gone, the love has left you and you have the emotions around that, and you’re still going through them, still engaging with the ghost of that love?” She continues, “Some songs are so painful to come out but this one came out pretty quickly. I’ve had some loss the last couple of years: my grandmother, the drummer in my band [Lawrence Leathers].”

Ghost Song opens and ends with a sean-nós (traditional Irish unaccompanied vocal style) performance by Salvant, recorded in a church. On track one, she transitions into Kate Bush’s 1978 classic “Wuthering Heights.” Salvant says of the song, “Wuthering Heights is a book that really struck me to my core as I was making this album, during the pandemic. And the best interpretation of the novel is Kate Bush’s song.”

She continues, “It’s the most classic ghost story. I decided I wanted to do an album called Ghost Song, and I knew that one had to be on it. Then I had the idea to mix it in with the sean-nós ‘Cúirt Bhaile Nua,’ which binds it to the traditional ‘Unquiet Grave,’ the last track on the album. The ghost is not haunting me; now I am haunting the ghost. They parallel each other so well and they’re such different time periods. I wanted the album to be a circle, with the sean-nós reference at the beginning and at the end. So it is the first track but it’s also the last track and it’s also the middle track, which is how I listen to music, walking around my neighborhood, on a plane, travelling somewhere, putting stuff on repeat.”

“All the songs on the album kind of mirror each other. I tried to create this strange symmetry. So as you go in from both ends, the songs are sort of matched together,” Salvant says. “‘I Lost my Mind’ is the center of the Russian doll. I wrote that in the middle of the pandemic. There were nights when I wanted to just scream. It was this deeper part of me saying, ‘It’s OK if this sounds completely crazy, OK to just go with the completely crazy thing and not worry if people think you have lost your mind for doing it.’

“The bands also mirror each other from top to bottom. In terms of the instrumentation, everything,” Salvant explains. “That’s why the songs are there in that relationship: they match each other, they’re like fraternal twins, or one is the evil twin of the other. I, as the living, am visited by the ghost, and then I go visit the ghost in turn. I am haunting the ghost and annoying the ghost, which is saying, ‘Get out of here and go live.’”

Of the sonic variety on Ghost Song, Salvant says, “Texture is a big part of how I sing, having multiple textures in one song. It’s almost a compulsion. I can’t allow myself to stay in one texture. The instrumentation creates that but the recording process as well. It’s something I like, even when I’m eating. You want the creamy and chewy and crunchy at the same time. Warm and cold.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant, a 2020 MacArthur Fellow and three-time Grammy Award winner, is a singer and composer bringing historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and an enlightened musical understanding to both jazz standards and her own original compositions. Classically trained, steeped in jazz, blues, and folk, and drawing from musical theater and vaudeville, Salvant embraces a wide-ranging repertoire that broadens the possibilities for live performance.

Salvant’s performances range from spare duets for voice and piano to instrumental trios to orchestral ensembles. Her unreleased work Ogresse is an ambitious long-form song cycle based on oral fairy tales from the nineteenth century that explores the nature of freedom and desire in a racialized, patriarchal world. Salvant studied at the Université Pierre Mendès-France. She has performed at national and international venues and festivals such as the Newport Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Village Vanguard, and the Kennedy Center. Salvant is also a visual artist.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Cécile McLorin Salvant
Co-produced by Sullivan Fortner
Associate Producer: Todd Whitelock
Recorded October 7, 2020, December 8, 2020, and February 9, 2021 at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, NY and January 31, 2021 at St. Malachy’s Church, New York, NY
Recording Engineers: Todd Whitelock and Patrick Dillet
Assistant Engineers: Wes Whitelock and Alex Conroy
All tracks mixed by Todd Whitelock, Amplified Art & Sound, Cranford, NJ, February–May 2021
Mastered by Chris Muth, Taloowa Corporation, Yonkers, NY

Art Direction and Design by Ben Tousley
Photography by Shawn Michael Jones
Creative Direction & Illustration by Cécile McLorin Salvant

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

This album is dedicated to Jeannine Vignoles.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 10:00
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Label: 
Translucent Violet LP+MP3+Print
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24.00
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Standard LP+MP3+Print
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CD+MP3+Print
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MUSICIANS
Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals (1-7, 9-12), piano (6, 8, 11)
Paul Sikivie, electric bass (1), bass (4, 7, 10), synthesizer (1), production (1)
Sullivan Fortner, piano (2-5, 9-11), vocals (3, 11), Fender Rhodes (3)
Alexa Tarantino, flute (2, 5, 9)
James Chirillo, banjo (2, 5, 9)
Keita Ogawa, percussion (2, 3, 5, 9, 11)
Burniss Travis, bass (3, 11)
Marvin Sewell, guitars (3, 11)
Kyle Poole, drums (4, 7, 10)
Aaron Diehl, piano (7, 10), pipe organ (6)
Daniel Swenberg, lute, Theorbo (10)
Violette and Iris McLorin Picot, vocals (11)

Brooklyn Youth Chorus  (3)
Dianne Berkun Menaker, Founder and Artistic Director
Lydia Bearsch, Cassis Besdin, Sofia Krantz, Camila Roeder, Cole Cooper Seward, Sophie Rahmanian, Malcolm Chapman, Jane Lundquist, Uma Wilder, Molly Mallone, Nora Petitgand, Lena Frey-Pettibone, Lucy Fleishhacker, Lillian Bowen-Vollmer, Amaya Vasan, Eloise Baker-Robbins, Claudia Holder, Eva Malone, Alexandra Wooh, Aria Almeida Phillips, Felix Curran, Margot Accola, Carter Hollmon, Mariana P Perez, Chloe Roberts, Eve van den Brulle, Fabiola Vulcano

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