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Cyrille Amie

BLOGARRHEA: Cyrille Aimee, A Woman to Love in Three Languages >>

As the follow-up to singer Cyrille Aimee's promising 2013 Mack Avenue Records It's 'A Good Day' debut, 'Let's Get Lost' should catapult this intriguing woman into the upper echelons. At 31, she stands on the brink of stardom. Beautiful, talented, precocious, funny, cultured, with the kind of instantly-recognizable voice that has no known precedent, she goes from Sondheim and Piaf to jazz legend Oscar Pettiford ("Laverne Walk") and Dominican superstar Juan Luis Guerra. Her band is also unique, boasting an Australian bass/drums rhythm section and two guitarists, one doused in Gypsy Jazz, the other an electric lead.

Kurt Elling

REVIEW: Kurt Elling, 'Passion World' (Concord Jazz) >>

Every single one of singer Kurt Elling's 10 previous albums has been nominated for a Grammy Award (he won in 2009). Now comes album #11, 'Passion World,' five years in the making, a world music potpourri of intriguing images, melodies, sadness and surprise.

A Valentine for the Heart of Frédéric Chopin >>

"I remember Frédéric Chopin's grave lay meticulously framed among Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Honoré de Balzac and Oscar Wilde. And while his body was interred there in the Parisian soil, his heart--literally--was still in his homeland." -- Ian Holubiak

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