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What’s New: July 2009

Singer Melody Gardot's latest release, My One And Only Thrill, recalls past vocalists such as Julie London and Peggy Lee and has the sound of a modern classic.

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Melody Gardot wrote all but one of the songs on her latest album, My One And Only Thrill, a modern-day evocation of the 1950s late-night heartbreak-and-romance, torch-song-mood albums of Frank Sinatra and Julie London.

Singer and guitarist-pianist Melody Gardot’s new CD, My One And Only Thrill, is a modern-day evocation of the 1950s late-night heartbreak-and-romance, torch-song-mood albums of Frank Sinatra and Julie London.

Beyond the “if you loved those you’ll like this” comparisons, however, she’s got a strikingly original voice and sound. Gardot wrote all but one of the songs herself, and they’re wrapped in gorgeously subdued strings arranged by Vince Mendoza, with production by Joni Mitchell and Madeleine Peyroux collaborator Larry Klein.

On this program we’ll also hear music from a previously unreleased Frank Sinatra concert (Live at the Meadowlands 1986), a new anthology of singer Tony Bennett and pianist Bill Evans’ classic 1970s duets, and recent releases from Madeleine Peyroux and Kendra Shank.

Watch Melody Gardot perform “Baby I’m a Fool” live:

Music Heard On This Episode

Young and Foolish
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings (Fantasy, 2009)
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Young and Foolish
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings (Fantasy, 2009)
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Baby I'm a Fool
Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)
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I Must Be Saved
Madeleine Peyroux — Bare Bones (Rounder/Universal, 2009)
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The Gal That Got Away
Frank Sinatra — Live at the Meadowlands (Concord, 2009)
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Who Can I Turn To?
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings (Fantasy, 2009)
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Make Someone Happy
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans (Fantasy, 2009)
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Time Remembered
Kendra Shank — Mosaic (Challenge, 2009)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Our Love Is Easy
Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)
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Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)
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So Far Away
Kendra Shank — Mosaic (Challenge, 2009)
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One For My Baby and One For the Road
Frank Sinatra — Live at the Meadowlands (Concord, 2009)
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My One and Only Thrill
Melody Gardot — My One and Only Thrill (Verve, 2009)
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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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  • http://www.kendrashank.com Kendra Shank

    Hi David,
    thanks for including my music in your show! And I love the Tony Bennett/Bill Evans duets. greetings from New York.
    all the best,
    Kendra

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