Ever since the earliest days of jazz music, the pairing of piano and voice has frequently attained a deeply personal level of communication. It’s evident in the distinct chemistry between two rising stars of their instruments: pianist Sullivan Fortner and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant redefines the Great American Songbook as she performs selections from her newest release The Window with pianist Sullivan Fortner.
Together, the two musicians play freely with time, harmony, melody and phrasing. McLorin Salvant’s vocals can turn on a dime, shifting from playful to powerful, while Fortner embraces classical, jazz and blues modes. At times, they sound like two friends in fervent conversation; at others, like sparring partners trading blows.