I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate – 2012
Cecile McLorin Salvant
A revival of a 1920s favorite
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One of the top jazz singers of the past decade, Cecile McLorin Salvant performs a wide variety of material that includes originals, offbeat tunes taken from the pop world, and obscurities from the 1920s.
When she sings the latter, while her interpretations are usually rendered with affection rather than irony, one can also sense a twinkle in her eye at the joyfully dated material.
With the backing of pianist Aaron Diehl (who contributes some restrained stride piano), Cecile McLorin Salvant sings “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” (which by the 1930s was a standard in the Dixieland world) as it might have been sung in 1925, getting into the lyrics while displaying a smile in her voice.