Dreams & Daggers (CD)

“You get a singer like this once in a generation or two,” Wynton Marsalis has said of Cecile McLorin Salvant. It’s true: Ms. McLorin Savant has a dazzling voice, a cool confidence, and an artistic bent in the tradition of classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald. Her latest, the follow-up to her 2016 Grammy Award winning album For One to Love, Dreams & Daggers has a sense of timelessness to it, like a record from the golden era of jazz recently rediscovered. The album is a rare jewel: exquisite, well-rounded, and astounding.

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