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Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Concha Buika, Gillian Welch, Halie Loren, Jeanie Bryson, Katie Melua, Lhasa de Sela, Natalie Merchant, Mariza, Molly Johnson... C'mon!


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.....and I almost forgot Dee Dee Bridgewater!  I took my wife to hear Thad & Mel at the Village Vanguard for our anniversary (after dinner at Le Chanteclair - I was smart enough even in 1973 to know that I couldn’t get away with jazz as the sole celebration of our anniversary...).  During the show, Cecil Bridgewater (one of the trumpeters in the band, which was then made up of the top NY jazz & studio guys including several from the Tonight Show band) walked up to the mic and introduced his wife Dee Dee as the band’s new vocalist - and she was spectacular! 
 

She’s even more so now.

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On 10/30/2019 at 6:14 PM, kumakuma said:

Madeleine Peyroux

 

 

 

It is a shame here live performances and her voice have really taken damage as she got older.


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2 hours ago, ripples said:

Having  enjoyed  Cecile McLorin Salvant  performance  last night :D, allow me to say she belongs way up there wow.

 

I saw her live and it was an amazing experience.

 

Same with DIana Krall, I really dislike her recordings but live, she is an amazing and her piano playing is amazing.


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I'd never heard of any of the vocalists above. Not really my cuppa. I also avoid the Barbies and Krells and Pigeons and Perus...

 

Reminds me of one of the two reasons that made me give up shows: rubbish music and insultingly loud SPLs.


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OK - Bettye LaVette has to be on here - just for out and out raw emotion. I got to see her at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI and it was just a rollercoaster of emotion on the stage. 

 

 

 


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OP, but not title limits thread to female jazz singers, IIRC??

 

Joni Mitchell has done some jazz so she's in


"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

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Some of the recordings such as the attached are worth a listen too, but avoid the remastered versions.

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I would say that the best female voice I have heard live would have to be Rhiannon Giddens. One year My wife and i heard her perform so often that we were afraid that we would be arrested for staking. A few years back we went on a bluegrass cruise (Steep Canyons Rangers) where she and a rebuilt Carolina chocolate drops performed in a small venue. Her voice has a clarion soulful quality that melts ones heart. When not performing she would dance with her toddlers at other groups performances.  I also got to see her tune a banjo on a rolling stage in high seas,. That was pretty funny.

 

She records reasonably well , but for my money early Elle Fitzgerald is still the best female vocal recordist. 

 

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The OP listens mostly to Jazz, but maybe doesn't prohibit other suggestions?

I never paid too much attention to Allison Kraus until I saw her on CMT Crossroads with Robert Plant; it is one of the better shows I've ever seen on television (the same can be said for five or six of CMT's other pairings).  Maybe I don't get out enough,  but her solo rendition of When the Levee Breaks and the duet of Black Dog is the best example of how understatement can be spectacular that I've ever heard.  Too bad neither are on the Raising Sand CD.  I only listen to Allison Kraus "some", but in my book she is one of the better talents in the business now - she is one of the few "younger" modern performers who can rely solely on talent rather than smoke and mirrors and flash.

 

My new favorite female vocalist was recommended to me by Pierre Sprey of Mapleshade: Kristin Andreassen.  She sings "well", plus her songwriting is really good too.  Some are songs are cute, some show a dry sense of humor (Readily available on TIDAL, at the least, start with My Crazy for humor, and Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes is quality music, and cute).  If you fall in love with her and like Americana/Bluegrass, she is in a group called Uncle Earl that isn't shabby either.

 

Speaking of smoke and mirrors and flash, I've never listened to Lady Gaga but I wonder if she has any recordings that showcase (only) vocal talent.  I was surprised a couple of years ago, maybe at the Super Bowl (before overpaid whining pro athletes made the sport dead to me), as her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner is probably the best I've ever heard.

 

Maybe we need another thread titled, "Who Knew He/She is Actually Great Singer!"  My first nomination would be Kid Rock...


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