Sophisticated Lady – 2016
Cécile McLorin Salvant
A warm rendition of the Duke Ellington ballad
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One of the most acclaimed and unpredictable jazz singers of the past decade, in addition to her own material, Cécile McLorin Salvant always brings fresh feeling and subtle surprises to the standards that she interprets.
From a 2016 performance with her trio (which features pianist Aaron Diehl), Cécile McLorin Salvant sings Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” fairly straight but in her own way while drawing out the song’s beauty with her honest feelings and personal phrasing.