Vocalist and composer Madeleine Peyroux has a stylistic reach well beyond that of jazz. Her only peer in this respect is Nora Jones. True, she has a great fascination with Billie Holiday, but she has managed to assimilate this influence into her own presence and parlay it into the para-jazz realm with intelligent programming and song choice. These have been the hallmark of Peyroux's art over her six recordings. Peyroux's music is beautifully crafted and organic with ...read more
The nucleus of Madeleine Peyruoux's The Blue Room is Ray Charles' Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (ABC, 1962). It was an idea percolating in the brain of long-time Peyroux producer Larry Klein, who was considering a re-examination of the Charles classic and evolved into something more than a simple homage, something with the same intention as Charles had fifty years ago. Collaborating with Peyroux, Klein decided on other songs the two favored, adding to the Charles Country canon ...read more
Bare Bones, is vocalist Madeleine Peyroux's third in the last four years and most personal, since she was involved in the writing of all 11 tracks and providing lyrics that are highly introspective. Peyroux also accompanies herself on acoustic guitar throughout. Her core band is Jim Beard (piano and Wurlitzer), Dean Parks (electric guitar), Larry Klein (bass) and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, with additional instrumentalists on some of the tracks, including Larry Goldings (both Hammond and Estey organs), Carla Kihlstedt (violin) ...read more
On Half the Perfect World, southern-born chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux follows in the footsteps of the collaborative Got You On My Mind (Waking Up, 2004), creating a pleasant medley of jazz, blues, and pop. With her backing band and Billy Holiday-inspired vocals, Peyroux crafts her own renditions of songs from the likes of folk-rock heroes Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Joni Mitchell. Whether in the key of jazz or blues, Peyroux has certainly fashioned an album that's both coffeehouse-ready, and fit ...read more
Madeleine Peyroux confidently walks the line where jazz, country and blues collide--her understated vocals and Billie Holiday-esque phrasing are what pull the disparate elements of her performance together into an engaging pastiche. Peyroux's bailiwick is pop covers with stylized jazz arrangements: On the Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas title cut, Half The Perfect World," her accompaniment is light Latin rhythm guitar, and in an unhurried duet with k.d. lang on Joni Mitchell's River, minimal piano. Peyroux and lang share ...read more
Madeleine Peyroux co-wrote four of twelve songs on Half The Perfect World. Leonard Cohen/Anjani Thomas connoisseurs will recognize the title, but not the track itself. Peyroux stripped it from Anjani's stilled elegance and turned it into a soft tropical breeze, a melancholy bossa nova with a sense of longing and desire that makes you wonder whether you should be happy or sad, or maybe even both. Although she's known, loved and rejected for evoking and provoking the ...read more
Bringing a wide variety of musical styles to her latest album, Madeleine Peyroux gives her audience warm interpretations that come from the heart. Hers is an emotional performance driven by love. Whether singing lightly Latin, old school swing, country & western ballads, or contemporary tales, she communicates naturally with subtle passion.
Since she was a teenager, Peyroux had taken to busking on the streets of Paris. Her desire to share with an audience comes from a thorough understanding ...read more
Few recordings have been as intensely anticipated as the sophomore release by Madeleine Peyroux. Taking the music world by complete surprise back in '96 with her startling debut, Dreamland, Peyroux performed the ultimate where's Waldo" and disappeared from the recording scene for eight years. Rounder deserves credit for resurrecting this artist's career.
So how does Peyroux fare following an eight-year hiatus? Pretty darned well, her voice still golden after all these years. There's still the hint of Billie ...read more