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Melody Gardot

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If Melody Gardot's 2009 sophomore effort, My One and Only Thrill, sustained the sultry, atmospheric vibe of her critically acclaimed 2006 debut, her 2012 follow-up, The Absence, is a bit of a creative departure for the vocalist. Apparently inspired by her world travels, and specifically by a trip that brought her to the desert around the city of Marrakech, the album moves her away from smoky, small-group jazz and into a bright, if still bedroom-eyed, rhythmically exotic sound. Produced by guitarist/composer Heitor Pereira, the album is a lush, somewhat orchestral album that finds Gardot delving into various Brazilian, Spanish, and African-influenced sounds -- including bits of samba, tango, bossa nova, and calypso -- that evince her global journey. However, rather than simply making a standards album, Gardot continues her all-original approach, offering up new literate and passionately delivered compositions that bring to mind the work of such similarly inclined artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and others. Although there are a few name musicians who help add spice to Gardot's musical caravan here, including percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, drummer Peter Erskine, and bassist John Leftwich, primarily it is still Gardot's burnished and yearning vocal style that takes the helm on these tracks.
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1
Mira
00:04:12

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Dukov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Cantos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Erdody, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Kim, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Maxwell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Lippman, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Tamara Hatwan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Duckles, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alfie Silas Durio, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Thornblade, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Additional Vocals, Cavaquinho, Drum, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Sutton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Erskine, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marlow Fisher, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tereza Stanislav, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Darrin McCann, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Valerio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serena McKinney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Armen Ksajikian, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Ann Gigante, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Wilkie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Tillman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Funes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Kollgaard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Nightengale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tata Vega, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew T. Shulman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Glennie Smith, Conductor - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ramon Flores, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Ruiz, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jo Ann Turovsky, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis B. Price, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Witherspoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Dembrow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eri Duke- Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

2
Amalia
00:03:01

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Moogie Canazio, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Guitar, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - PHIL ROY, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Tillman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Melody Gardot, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Ruiz, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

3
So Long
00:03:46

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Dukov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Erdody, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tamara Hatwan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Clarinet, Piccolo, Alto Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Duckles, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Thornblade, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Percussion, Recording Arranger, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Sutton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marlow Fisher, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tereza Stanislav, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Darrin McCann, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Valerio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serena McKinney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Armen Ksajikian, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Ann Gigante, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Wilkie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Tillman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Funes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Kollgaard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Nightengale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew T. Shulman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Glennie Smith, Conductor - Jo Ann Turovsky, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Dembrow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eri Duke- Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

4
So We Meet Again My Heartache
00:04:23

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Dukov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Erdody, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tamara Hatwan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Clarinet, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Duckles, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Thornblade, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Sutton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Erskine, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marlow Fisher, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tereza Stanislav, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Darrin McCann, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Valerio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serena McKinney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Bass Viol, AssociatedPerformer - Armen Ksajikian, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Ann Gigante, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Wilkie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Tillman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Funes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Kollgaard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Nightengale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew T. Shulman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Melody Gardot, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Glennie Smith, Conductor - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Ann Turovsky, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Dembrow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eri Duke- Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

5
Lisboa
00:05:24

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Schmitt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Genewick, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Drums, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Guiro, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Erskine, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

6
Impossible Love
00:03:46

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Dukov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Erdody, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tamara Hatwan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Clarinet, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Duckles, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Thornblade, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Banjo, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drum, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Sutton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Goldings, Melodica, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marlow Fisher, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tereza Stanislav, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Darrin McCann, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Valerio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serena McKinney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Armen Ksajikian, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Ann Gigante, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Wilkie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Tillman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Funes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Kollgaard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Nightengale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew T. Shulman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Vocals, Clapping, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Glennie Smith, Conductor - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marco Ruiz, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jo Ann Turovsky, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Pearlman, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Dembrow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eri Duke- Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Coco Trivisonno, Bandoneon, AssociatedPerformer - Paco Arroyo, Castanets, Clapping, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer - Yolanda Arroyo, Castanets, Clapping, Foot Stamping, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

7
If I Tell You I Love You
00:03:34

Doug Webb, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Cantos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Maxwell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Banjo, Glockenspiel, Guitar, Percussion, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Kerber, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Goldings, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Tillman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tata Vega, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Barratt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Ruiz, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis B. Price, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Witherspoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alf Durio-Silas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

8
Goodbye
00:03:37

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Cantos, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Harry Kim, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Maxwell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Lippman, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Harris, ComposerLyricist - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drum, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ron Kerber, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Goldings, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Tata Vega, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ramon Flores, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Barratt, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marco Ruiz, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Louis B. Price, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ali Witherspoon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Alf Durio-Silas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

9
Se Voce Me Ama
00:04:53

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Dukov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Erdody, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tamara Hatwan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Duckles, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Thornblade, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Guitar, Additional Vocals, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lisa Sutton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marlow Fisher, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tereza Stanislav, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Darrin McCann, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Valerio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serena McKinney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Armen Ksajikian, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Ann Gigante, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Wilkie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Funes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Kollgaard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Nightengale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew T. Shulman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Glennie Smith, Conductor - John Leftwich, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Ann Turovsky, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Dembrow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eri Duke- Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

10
My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way
00:02:36

Scott Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bruce Dukov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Katia Popov, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Erdody, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vanessa Parr, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paulinho Da Costa, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tamara Hatwan, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Higgins, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Duckles, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Phillip Levy, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Moogie Canazio, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sarah Thornblade, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kato, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Genewick, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Heitor Pereira, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Cavaquinho, Recording Arranger, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lisa Sutton, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Karmazyn, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Erskine, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alyssa Park, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Cecilia Tsan, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Keith Greene, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Marlow Fisher, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tereza Stanislav, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Darrin McCann, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Valerio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Serena McKinney, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nico Abondolo, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Armen Ksajikian, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Paula Hochhalter, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - David Walther, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Julie Ann Gigante, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Wilkie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Funes, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Christian Kollgaard, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Helen Nightengale, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Christina Soule, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew T. Shulman, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jeremy Miller, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Melody Gardot, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nick Glennie Smith, Conductor - John Leftwich, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Ann Turovsky, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jessica Pearlman, Oboe, AssociatedPerformer - Sebastian Zuleta, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Dembrow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Eri Duke- Kirkpatrick, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

11
Iemanja/Chegue Journeyman (Hidden Track)
00:04:03

Melody Gardot, MainArtist

℗ 2012 Melody Gardot

Album Description

If Melody Gardot's 2009 sophomore effort, My One and Only Thrill, sustained the sultry, atmospheric vibe of her critically acclaimed 2006 debut, her 2012 follow-up, The Absence, is a bit of a creative departure for the vocalist. Apparently inspired by her world travels, and specifically by a trip that brought her to the desert around the city of Marrakech, the album moves her away from smoky, small-group jazz and into a bright, if still bedroom-eyed, rhythmically exotic sound. Produced by guitarist/composer Heitor Pereira, the album is a lush, somewhat orchestral album that finds Gardot delving into various Brazilian, Spanish, and African-influenced sounds -- including bits of samba, tango, bossa nova, and calypso -- that evince her global journey. However, rather than simply making a standards album, Gardot continues her all-original approach, offering up new literate and passionately delivered compositions that bring to mind the work of such similarly inclined artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and others. Although there are a few name musicians who help add spice to Gardot's musical caravan here, including percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, drummer Peter Erskine, and bassist John Leftwich, primarily it is still Gardot's burnished and yearning vocal style that takes the helm on these tracks.
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