I like a French singer based in NY called Keren Ann. Her fifth album, self-titled, was released this month and is very atmospheric, like Mazzy Star a decade ago.
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There are many female vocalist i like. But there is something about Sade's voice and lyrics that i like a lot.
I also like the female voices on the most recent Usher demo cd. Some are asian and i think 1 or 2 are french. The demo didnt have track listings on he back. Does anyone know the name of these singers?
r_burke, thanks for the Jennifer Warnes tip. I first heard of her in the mid to late eighties with that horrible song, Time of Our Lives. That song turned me off Jennifer Warnes for a long time. Based on the feedback on this forum I decided to give another try and her stuff before the eighties is great! Blue Raincoat is great as well. Thanks again.
Can such a thread be complete without mentioning Eydie Gorme? "The Look Of Love"...
Donna Summer. Wonderful voice trapped in the sticky resin of 70s pop.
Honorable mention: the alto section if the Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris. Barenboim conducts Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms", Erato CD featuring le Sacre du Printemps. Those alti, oooohhhh, they make my hindbrain's "Ice Cream, Yay!" receptors fire in volley.
Must agree with Redkiwi above. One recording in particular by Ms. Horne with wonderful intimacy is "You Won't Forget Me" on Verve. The title track has a little noodling by Miles Davis. The track entitled If You Go will kill you.
For great jazz vocal selections and sterling sound, "All My Tomorrows"- Carol Kidd on Linn Records.
Anything with Skye Edwards singing. Her voice is like velvet chocolate. Soft and smooth, and very very warm. A bit if Brit in her for sure, but liquid smooth beyond belief.
Listen to her on Big Calm or Charango or Who Can You Trust by Morcheeba. Very different than all of the music that has been recommended. In my opinion she is way beyond self absorbed singers like Dainna Krall. Listen and tell me you don't love her voice.
I have to join in. I have several. but, Roberta Flack older stuff is simple wonderful. Her voice live made people in the audience gasp. Her newer recordings are more pop than jazz vocals. But, here earlier music is great. Try Eva Cassidy (check out her version of autumn leaves. Absolutely the most wonderful sound. Marilyn Scott's version of Here's to Life is the best that I have ever heard and is simply marvelous. Some artist are great some times, good others, depending on the songs, recording style, music, etc. But every now and then you find one song, such as the two listed above that are simply incredible. Also, Ofra Housa (wonderful).
If you haven't heard Haley Westenra from New Zeland you are in for a really treat. At 23 years old she is mature beyond belief. If you saw Bocelli's Tuscany concert--she was there singing. She has sung before the Queen Elizabeth and the Dali Lama. Russell Watson call her voice one an angel. Her "Pure" cd is a good place to start.
If you love Female Jazz Vocals check out Lorraine Feather. www.lorrainefeather.com She has a new album out called Ages, with great reviews, which I haven't heard yet. My favorite so far is her album called Dooji Wooji. Lorraine has an amazing way with lyrics and knows how to turn a phrase. Her voice is powerful and extremely beautiful voice. Just an amazing talent. I highly recommend her to anyone who really loves female jazz vocals.
For those of you who haven't heard my rants...Renee Olstead is one of the most talented females EVER.
She has two albums--Self titled and Skylark...both excellent, with great orchestrations. David Foster of Celine, Streisand, Bublé, Groban producing fame, helped to get her proper help in finding her 'voice' as a stylist.
First and foremost, I usually have to fall in love with the 'voice'...then I begin to appreciate the styling--this kid has it all.
She does a duet with Peter Cincotti...'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'...Neil Sedaka's old '60s song.
Whereas Neil did it as an up tempo tune, they do the duet in a slow ballad, and it's remarkable.
You will NOT regret buying Rene's work, it's really, really remarkable.