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Madeleine Peyroux At Freight & Salvage

Read "Madeleine Peyroux At Freight & Salvage" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Madeleine Peyroux Freight & Salvage The Anthem Tour Berkeley CA May 11, 2018 Popular singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux came to Berkeley's long running Freight & Salvage venue to fill a four night standing room only engagement. The veteran recording artist also brought a sparkling new band and featured songs from her current album Anthem, inspired by the late Canadian songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen who passed in 2016.The opening act was the provocative jny: New ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Secular Hymns

Read "Secular Hymns" reviewed by John Eyles

Remarkably, Madeleine Peyroux's Secular Hymns comes twenty years after her debut release, Dreamland (Atlantic, 1996), which catapulted her into the public eye and garnered heaps of praise. Since then her voice has often been compared to mid-career Billie Holiday, and that comparison remains valid on Secular Hymns. Some singers would find that a millstone around their neck, but Peyroux continues to wear it well. It is surprising that, two decades since Dreamland, this is only her seventh solo album release. ...

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Madeleine Peyroux at Yoshi's Oakland

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Madeleine Peyroux Yoshi's Oakland Oakland California October 27, 2015 Madeleine Peyroux flew into the comfortable confines of Yoshi's Oakland for a two-day mid week stand. On this Tuesday evening, she featured hit songs from her first anthology album Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux (Rounder, 2014). The opening night's second set showcased her personalized blend of blues, jazz and country. Her trio included veterans Jon Herington and Barak ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux

Read "Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: The Blue Room

Read "The Blue Room" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Bare Bones

Read "Bare Bones" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

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) ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Half the Perfect World

Read "Half the Perfect World" reviewed by Aaron Basiliere

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Half The Perfect World

Read "Half The Perfect World" reviewed by Suzanne Lorge

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Half The Perfect World

Read "Half The Perfect World" reviewed by Gina Vodegel

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Careless Love

Read "Careless Love" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Careless Love

Read "Careless Love" reviewed by George Harris

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 ...

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Madeleine Peyroux: Careless Love

Read "Careless Love" reviewed by David French

Madeleine Peyroux's first release in eight years is a moody, haunting masterpiece that will soon be playing in every coffee house and cozy bar in the country. It's a whale of a record. Peyroux's voice is amazing--grainy, intimate and unaffected, with a bluesy lilt that at times recalls mid-career Billie Holiday. In fact, her singing recalls not just Holiday but the generation of singers who came up in the 1930s--people like Lee Wiley, Connie Boswell, Maxine Sullivan and Cliff Edwards--who ...