I can partially understand Classic Jazz purists who jump into the pit of nostalgia as a refuge from the assault of generic modern music, but that method of escape also means they risk missing brilliant young talent like Cécile McLorin Salvant.
She’s earned the right to be recognized as an individual with a great voice, but for those of you who can’t relate to new artists without making comparisons, think of a singer who has the stunning vocal clarity of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn—with the dynamic timbre of Betty Carter. Keep in mind that I don’t make a habit of using those three sacred names in vain. Salvant is the real thing.
An equally stunning thought is that she’s only 24 years of age.