DOUBLE LP - GATEFOLD EDITION
'The Window', an album of duets be between Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Sullivan Fortner, explores and extends the tradition of the piano-vocal duo and its expressive possibilities. With just Fortner's deft accompaniment to support McLorin Salvant, the two are free to improvise and rhapsodize, to play freely with time, harmony, melody and phrasing.
Thematically, 'The Window' is a meditative cycle of songs about the mercurial nature of love. The duo explores the theme across a wide repertory that includes Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, the inner-visionary Stevie Wonder, gems of French cabaret, and early Rhythm and Blues, alongside McLorin Salvant's brilliant, original compositions. Just as a window frames a view - revealing as much as it hides, connecting as much as it separates - each song on the album offers a shifting and discerning perspective on love's emotional complexity. McLorin Salvant sings of anticipation and joy, obsession and madness, torment and longing, tactics and coyness. 'The Window' traverses love's wide universe, from the pleasure of a lover's touch with its feelings of human communion, to the invisible masks we wear to hide from others and from ourselves.
Touched at every moment by McLorin Salvant's brilliance, The Window is a dazzling new release from an artist who is surely, to quote Duke Ellington, "beyond category."
CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT, vocals
SULLIVAN FORTNER, piano
MELISSA ALDANA, tenor saxophoneTRACK LISTING
02. One Step Ahead
03. By Myself
04. The Sweetest Sounds
05. Ever Since The One I Love's Been Gone
06. A Clef
08. Wild Is Love
09. J'ai L'Cafard
02. The Gentleman Is A Dope
03. Trouble Is A Man
04. Were Thine That Special Face
05. I've Got Your Number
06. Tell Me Why
07. Everything I've Got Belongs To You
08. The Peacocks