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Kandace Springs – The Women Who Raised Me (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Kandace Springs – The Women Who Raised Me (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:07 minutes | 0,99 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

Her mentor Prince said her voice could melt snow. A gift confirmed on The Women Who Raised Me, Kandace Springs’ third album, which is quietly earning the artist a place at the heart of the vast family of contemporary jazz’n’soul singers. As the title of her 2020 release suggests, the Nashville native living in New York pays tribute to all those who influenced and inspired her, from Ella Fitzgerald to Roberta Flack, Astrud Gilberto, Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Carmen McRae, Bonnie Raitt, Sade, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield and especially Norah Jones, one of her idols, who features on a track (Angel Eyes).

Produced, like Soul Eyes, (her first album of 2016) by the expert in ultra-slick sound Larry Klein, The Women Who Raised Me also brings on board the saxophonists David Sanborn (I Put a Spell on You) and Chris Potter (Gentle Rain, Loneliness), trumpeter Avishai Cohen (I Can’t Make You Love Me and Pearls), bassist Christian McBride (Devil May Care) and the flautist Elena Pinderhughes (Ex-Factor and Killing Me Softly With His Song). They bring virtuoso refinement to this album’s collection of well-chosen covers. Special mention must go to Sade’s Pearls, spurred on by a purring Avishai Cohen, and Lauryn Hill’s Ex-Factor. This album also confirms the instrumental talents of Kandace Springs, who is just as comfortable at the piano as at the Fender Rhodes. A restrained virtuoso helped by the reserved trio of Steve Cardenas on guitar, Scott Colley on bass and Clarence Penn on drums. It is this ocean of subtlety and finely-measured power that makes these covers, sung with sensuality but above all conviction, very endearing. – Clotilde Maréchal


1. Devil May Care (feat. Christian McBride) (02:59)
2. Angel Eyes (feat. Norah Jones) (06:00)
3. I Put a Spell On You (feat. David Sanborn) (03:57)
4. Pearls (feat. Avishai Cohen) (04:44)
5. Ex-Factor (feat. Elena Pinderhughes) (05:30)
6. I Can’t Make You Love Me (feat. Avishai Cohen) (04:35)
7. Gentle Rain (feat. Chris Potter) (03:55)
8. Solitude (feat. Chris Potter) (04:59)
9. The Nearness of You (03:36)
10. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life (03:59)
11. Killing Me Softly With His Song (feat. Elena Pinderhughes) (05:17)
12. Strange Fruit (03:36)


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