Melody Gardot - Absence (CD)

Melody Gardot

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  1. Performer
  2. International
  3. Bossa Nova
Number of Items
The Absence
Country of Origin
Audio CD

Billboard (p.72) - "On the song 'Amalia' she connects with the same Brazil Paul Simon explored on THE RHYTHM OF THE SAINTS....'If I Tell You I Love You' and 'Goodbye' land between cabaret and Tom Waits' mid-'80s albums."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Gardot's silken voice, musicality and knack for a telling lyric exude class."
Uncut (magazine) (p.73) - "The songs are terrific...loose, lovely, dramatic things alternating between the brightest sunshine and the deepest midnight blue."

Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Mira
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Amalia
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] So Long
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] So We Meet Again My Heartache
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Lisboa
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Impossible Love
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] If I Tell You I Love You
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Goodbye
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Se Voce Me Ama
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Iemanja

Personnel: Melody Gardot (vocals, piano); Heitor Pereira (vocals, guitar, piano, percussion); Jo Ann Turovsky (harp); Alyssa Park, Serena McKinney, Katia Popov, Helen Nightengale, Julia Ann Gigante, Tamara Hatwan, Philip Levy, Lisa Sutton, Bruce Dukov, Sarah Thornblade, Roger Wilkie, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Marlow Fisher, Matthew Funes, Brian Dembrow, Keith Greene, Roland Kato, Dave Walther, Darrin McCann, Andrew Duckles (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Christina Soule, Dennis Karmazyn, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Armen Ksajikan, Martin Tillman, Andrew Shulman, Cecilia Tsan, Steve Erdody (cello); Dan Higgins (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet); Coco Trivisonno (bandoneon); Larry Goldings (melodica, piano); Ron Kerber (clarinet); Jessica Pearlman (oboe); Harry Kim, Ramon Flores (trumpet); Andrew Lippman (trombone); Jim Keltner, Peter Erskine (drums); Paco Arroyo, Yolanda Arroyo, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Alfie Silas-Durio, Ali Witherspoon, Louis Price, Phil Roy, Tata Vega, Bill Cantos, Bill Maxwell (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Moogie Can zio.
Photographer: Fabrizio Ferri.
Arranger: Heitor Pereira.
If Melody Gardot's 2009 sophomore effort, My One and Only Thrill, sustained the sultry, atmospheric vibe of her critically acclaimed 2006 debut, her 2012 follow-up, The Absence, is a bit of a creative departure for the vocalist. Apparently inspired by her world travels, and specifically by a trip that brought her to the desert around the city of Marrakech, the album moves her away from smoky, small-group jazz and into a bright, if still bedroom-eyed, rhythmically exotic sound. Produced by guitarist/composer Heitor Pereira, the album is a lush, somewhat orchestral album that finds Gardot delving into various Brazilian, Spanish, and African-influenced sounds -- including bits of samba, tango, bossa nova, and calypso -- that evince her global journey. However, rather than simply making a standards album, Gardot continues her all-original approach, offering up new literate and passionately delivered compositions that bring to mind the work of such similarly inclined artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and others. Although there are a few name musicians who help add spice to Gardot's musical caravan here, including percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, drummer Peter Erskine, and bassist John Leftwich, primarily it is still Gardot's burnished and yearning vocal style that takes the helm on these tracks. ~ Matt Collar

57m 29s
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Video Disabled
Melody Gardot
Heitor Pereira
Date Released
2012-04-01 00:00:00
  1. Melody, Gardot
Universal Music
Glenn Barratt; Moogie Can zio; Sebastian Zuleta
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