Cécile McLorin Salvant: Mélusine

Cecile McLorin Salvant is a rare jazz singer who has the the vocals and the chops. What makes Salvant a fascinating artist, however, has been her brilliant song choices—particularly her attention to the lyrics. With Mélusine, I just have to enjoy the music and the singing since the entire album is in French, with the exception for half of the title track in English. Since French is Salvant’s first language, her phrasings and annunciations are just sensational. I liked the up-tempo songs like “Il m’a vue nue” and “Doudou” as well as the mysterious slow-burning tracks like “Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent?” and “Petite musique terrienne.” Yet I loved the weirder sounds like “Wedo” and “D’un feu secret.” I enjoyed this album immensely.