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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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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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