Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Torchy, bluesy jazz/alternative pop
Most recent release, The Absence (2012)
Melody Gardot is the first jazz singer to draw my attention in a long time. She has a clear, evocative voice and a vocal and musical somewhat reminiscent of Holly Cole. Like Holly Cole, she brings jazz stylings into a pop sensibility, making her work cross-over well for those (like me) who are more into pop than jazz. Melody Gardot is also an impressive songwriter—almost every song sounds like a new standard.
Recommended first album:
2006—self-released; 2007—Verve Records—B0010468-02
Highly recommended for fans of jazz-pop
Melody Gardot—guitar, vocals
Ken Pendergast—bass (1,2, 5, 6, 8, 10)
Glenn Barrett and Melody Gardot
What a strong debut! I'm not a big jazz fan and yet Melody Gardot grabbed ears with this one. I can't recall what first drew me to listen to this album because it's my usual area of listening, but wow, I've been listening to it ever since. Melody Gardot has such a capitvating vocal style, this is a haunting, bluesy album. She wrote all the tracks on it, which is only astonishing in how brilliantly composed they are—mature, poised, and just *right* in all the good ways and none of the bad. Fresh without falling in midst of her genre and classic without being clichéd. So impressive, from the title (and first) track on. Irresistable if you like bluesy jazz. "When she sings "love me that is all" you have to pay attention—other singers would make this sound clichéd—Gardot makes it fresh, real, deeply felt. Highly recommended for anyone who likes jazzy torchy songs and lovely, strong vocals. (Neile)
Melody Gardot—vocals, guitar, piano
Gary Foster—alto saxophone (7)
Another strong collection of songs, every bit as strong as Worrisome Heart. Melody Gardot's performances here are gorgeous and heartbreaking, and this shows that her impressive songwriting was more than a one-album achievement. However, no matter how I love someone's singing, I'm just not ready for another cover of "Over The Rainbow." Especially in contrast to Gardot's own heartbreaking compositions, it comes off as Just Too Much. Still, the rest of the album are those powerful compositions and I highly recommend you give them—and that wonderful, evocative voice—a listen. (Neile)
Melody Gardot—piano, Portuguese guitar, all vocals
Heitor Pereira—piano, all guitars, percussion, additional vocals
Not an artist I usually listen to, but I'm so glad I gave this a try. It's a really beautiful album. I love the different Latin sounds, the dreamy feel, the way it relaxes me and makes me feel like I'm far away. (How can you listen to "Iemanja" without dancing, preferably barefoot?) But then there's the more intense "Impossible Love" and the sexy "Goodbye" which bring me back and remind me that this isn't just an album that makes me feel good listening to it; it's a really well-made album by very talented artists. (JoAnn.Whetsell)
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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