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What’s New: March 2014

New and recent releases from Dianne Reeves, Jane Ira Bloom, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and more.

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The cover for Cecile McLorin Salvant's CD WomanChild.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant grew up in Miami, with a French mother and Haitian father, and began as a classically-trained singer before moving into jazz. Her major-label debut, WOMANCHILD, was nominated for a Grammy this year in the best jazz-vocal album category.

The latest “What’s New” edition of Afterglow features the major-label debut of Cecile McLorin Salvant, a young singer who won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition award, the first all-ballads collection of veteran saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, and the return of Grammy –winning vocalist Dianne Reeves, with her first new CD in five years.

“What’s New” song highlight: singer Rene Marie’s “Weekend” depicts a woman being held captive, perhaps even literally, in a relationship. On her website Marie writes of the song

I know what it means to be verbally and emotionally abused, to feel trapped in a marriage and the ensuing powerlessness it engenders. I know the sad, domestic comedy of expressing anger by slamming pots and pans in the kitchen while preparing your abuser’s favorite meal. I have experienced trying to drink enough to dull the emotional pain that a life like this causes…with “weekend” i am not trying to make a point. I am raising questions – “what constitutes abuse and force and freedom of choice?” and therein lies the dilemma: I am a composer, a lyricist. i have a question about something, but i don’t have the answer. in the process of not seeking an answer but living the question, an idea forms in my brain and, shortly thereafter, the lyrics to a song are born. but wait! what’s this? this one’s not turning out nice and neat like “don’t look at me like that” or “i like you”. this one has a scenario that i cannot define. it…it continues coming out of me, unbidden. it is a story whose ending i do not know. should i still write it? what if it offends some fans? some friends? some family members? should i still sing it?

Music Heard On This Episode

I Want You
Dianne Reeves — Beautiful Life (Concord, 2014)
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I Want You
Dianne Reeves — Beautiful Life (Concord, 2014)

Notes: 8:01 p.m.

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St. Louis Blues
Cecile McLorin Salvant — Womanchild (Mack Avenue, 2013)

Notes: 8:07 p.m.

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Jitterbug Waltz
Cecile McLorin Salvant — Womanchild (Mack Avenue, 2013)

Notes: 8:10 p.m.

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Weekend
Rene Marie — I Wanna Be Evil (Motema, 2013)

Notes: 8:18 p.m.

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Good Morning Heartache
Jane Ira Bloom — Sixteen Sunsets (Outline, 2013)

Notes: 8:26 p.m.

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Dreams
Dianne Reeves — Beautiful Life (Concord, 2014)

Notes: 8:34 p.m.

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Stormy Weather
Dianne Reeves — Beautiful Life (Concord, 2014)

Notes: 8:39 p.m.

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Out Of This World
Jane Ira Bloom — Sixteen Sunsets (Outline, 2013)

Notes: 8:48 p.m.

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The Beauty Of Dissolving Portraits
Ambrose Akinmusire — The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint (Blue Note, 2014)

Notes: 8:52 p.m.

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