The Vocal Jazz Blockbuster of 2017 and One of the Finest Albums of the Decade: Cecile McLorin Salvant's Dreams and Daggers Also Features Reference-Quality Sound on 180g Vinyl 3LP
Wynton Marsalis declares “you get a singer like this once in a generation or two.” Village Voice commends Cecile McLorin Salvant’s “impeccable articulation, sly phrasings, and that distinctive way she has of conveying different characters and voicings within a song, as if she’s playing different roles.” The New York Times observes “she is wry and unflinching, stating the songs so boldly that their male chauvinism, untenable romanticism, or high morality start to form a genre of dark humor.” And Billboard notes it’s “impossible to turn away from her captivating performance, which made it impossible to ignore the enduring relevance of each song’s straightforward indictment of American society.” Hands-down, the vocal jazz album of 2017—if not the decade—Dreams and Daggers is a blockbuster that demands to be heard in analog.
The Grammy Award-winning Salvant has had a remarkable rise to stardom in her professional career, and she takes another big leap forward with Dreams and Daggers. Co-produced with Al Pryor and recorded live at the Village Vanguard and the DiMenna Center, Cécile appears in multiple configurations here with superb accompaniment from the likes of Aaron Diehl (piano), Paul Sikivie (double bass), Lawrence Leathers (drums) and the Catalyst Quartet (Karla Donehew Perez & Suliman Tekalli – violins, Paul Laraia – viola and Karlos Rodriguez – cello).
Dreams and Daggers has become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz records of the past decade. And it is a sonic blockbuster. Analog Planet's Michael Fremer says, “If you’re hoping for Waltz For Debby and Sunday at The Village Vanguard sonics here, don’t worry, you get them and more. Yes, the piano, bass and drums are captured naturally both timbrally and spatially but more to the point is the exquisite presentation of Ms. Salvant’s voice, which is out front riding on a velvety cushion of air.”
In 2013, McLorin Salvant made her Mack Avenue debut with WomanChild, garnering a Grammy Award-nomination, NPR Music's pick for "Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year," and three placements in DownBeat's critic's poll as "Jazz Album of the Year," "Top Female Vocalist," and "Best Female Jazz Up and Coming Artist of the Year," among many other accolades. Her 2015 follow up release, For One To Love, won the Grammy Award for "Best Jazz Vocal Album."