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First Listen: Cecile McLorin Salvant - I Didn't Know What Time It Was

Every Friday, Brad Barker goes through the pile of CD’s on his desk and his hard drive to find a brand new song to play for you.  It’s called your “First Listen”

Born in Miami, the daughter of a French mother and Haitian father, 23 year old Cecile McLorin Salvant has been gathering attention since she won the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition back in 2010, playing with the likes of Jacky Terrason and Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra… Marsalis has said, “she has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, viruosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace”, wow.

Her live performances and command of her song, often leave her listener with the hairs standing on the back on their necks.

As for her albums song selections, Salvant writes, “I like to choose songs that are a little unknown or have been recorded very few times.  While these songs aren’t recognized as standards, many should be because they are so beautifully crafted.”  She wants to get as close to a song as she possibly can and, of course, convey that beauty to her listener.

The new album is called Woman Child, it’s worth a listen. 

Doing the Rogers and Hart tune I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, your first listen for this week belongs to Cecile McLorin Salvant.

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