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Madeleine Peyroux: Half the Perfect World

Madeleine Peyroux casts the same warm, jazz-chanteuse spell with her vocals on her new CD, Half the Perfect World.

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Madeleine Peyroux's new CD, Half the Perfect World, the followup to her 2004 hit Careless Love.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature singer Madeleine Peyroux’s new CD, Half the Perfect World.

This followup to her 2004 hit Careless Love finds Peyroux casting the same warm, jazz-chanteuse spell with her vocals, this time on songs by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and co-written originals such as the poignant relationship retrospective “Once in a While.”

We’ll also hear music from Chris Connor, Milt Jackson, Brad Mehldau, Kay Starr, and others.

Music Heard On This Episode

Tonight
Jackie Paris — The Song Is Paris (Impulse, 1962)
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Tonight
Jackie Paris — The Song Is Paris (Impulse, 1962)

Notes: The song from WEST SIDE STORY.

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Things Behind the Sun
Brad Mehldau — Live in Tokyo (Nonesuch, 2003)

Notes: Nick Drake song.

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I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody Like You)
Kay Starr — Jazz Singer/I Cry By Night (Exemplar, 1960)
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You Taught My Heart to Sing
Houston Person/Bill Charlap — You Taught My Heart to Sing (High Note, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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The Song Is You
Frank Sinatra — Columbia Years 1943-1952 (Columbia/Legacy, 1946)

Notes: Previously unreleased version.

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I Cover the Waterfront
Lester Young — Lester Young Trio (Verve, 1946)

Notes: With Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich.

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Blame It On My Youth
Chris Connor — This Is Chris (Bethlehem, 1955)
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Wonder Why
Milt Jackson — Milt Jackson Quartet (Prestige, 1955)
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Once in a While
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: New release.

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The Heart of Saturday Night
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: New release. Tom Waits song.

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Everybody's Talkin'
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: New release. Fred Neil song from the 1969 movie MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

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Half the Perfect World
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: New release. Leonard Cohen song.

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I'll See You in My Dreams
Claude Thornhill — 1949-53 Performances (Hep, 1949)
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You Fascinate Me So
Mark Murphy — Midnight Mood (MPS, 1967)

Notes: With members of the Clarke-Boland Big Band.

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Voice in the Night
Charles Lloyd — Of Course, Of Course (Mosaic, 1965)
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Blue Alert
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: Co-written by Leonard Cohen.

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La Javanaise
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: Serge Gainsbourg song.

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California Rain
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)
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Smile
Madeleine Peyroux — Half the Perfect World (Rounder, 2006)

Notes: Co-written by Charlie Chaplin.

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Haunted Heart
Charlie Haden/Quartet West — Haunted Heart (Gitanes Jazz, 1991)

Notes: Includes Jo Stafford's late-1940s recording of the song.

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Embraceable You
Wynton Marsalis — Selections From the Village Vanguard Box (Columbia, 1999)
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Can't Get Out of This Mood
Dianne Reeves/Terence Blanchard — Let's Get Lost (Columbia, 2001)
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Elsa
Cannonball Adderley/Bill Evans — Know What I Mean? (Riverside/OJC, 1961)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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