Jazz vocals in the new millennium: selected listening

NOTE: Here are links to track reviews of a representative sampling of jazz vocal performances released since the start of the new millennium. Over and above my regular daily listening regime - based on a lifelong habit of checking out some new music every day - I also tracked down a couple hundred additional CDs to broaden my perspective of the current state of jazz vocals. These reviews encompass both well known stars and self-produced projects by little known vocalists.

Although there are a number of masterpieces here, my goal has been to offer a survey of the landscape rather than just a list of outstanding performances. In fact, some of the music here is rubbish - but rubbish that deserves to be put under the microscope and inspected. See my related essay on "The State of Jazz Vocals Today" for an ambitious attempt to synthesize this body of work and draw out some key trends and observations. T.G.

Karrin Allyson: All I Want
Karrin Allyson: Something Worth Waiting For (Con Alma)
Patricia Barber: Laura
Patricia Barber: Whiteworld
Michael Bublé: Summer Wind
CéU: Rainha
Eugene Chadbourne: Eleanor Rigby
Peter Cincotti: I Changed the Rules
Harry Connick, Jr.: My Blue Heaven
Jamie Cullum: London Skies
Jamie Cullum: Singin' in the Rain
Sasha Dobson: Without You
Julia Dollison: Autumn in New York
Matt Dusk: The Best Is Yet to Come
Eliane Elias: Waltz for Debby
Cássia Eller: Partido Alto
Kurt Elling: Minuano
Kurt Elling: My Foolish Heart
Kurt Elling: A New Body and Soul
Eric Felten: I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Nnenna Freelon (with James Moody): Just Squeeze Me
Roberta Gambarini: Lover Come Back to Me
Giacomo Gates: Summertime
Sara Gazarek: And So It Goes
Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson: Leaving Here
Bebel Gilberto: Mais Feliz
Janita: No Words
Al Jarreau & George Benson: Four
Norah Jones (with Herbie Hancock): Court and Spark
Norah Jones: Don't Know Why
Norah Jones: The Nearness of You
Norah Jones: Wish I Could
Sara Jones: Skylark
Diana Krall: A Case of You
Diana Krall: I've Got You Under My Skin (live version)
Diana Krall: I Was Doing Alright
Diana Krall: S'Wonderful (studio version)
Abbey Lincoln: Throw It Away (2006 version)
David Linx & the Brussels Jazz Orchestra: Black Crow
Claire Martin: Slow Time
John Mayer (with Herbie Hancock): Stitched Up
Bobby McFerrin & Chick Corea: Windows
Kate McCarry: It Might As Well Be Spring
Katie Melua: Blues in the Night
Jane Monheit: In the Still of the Night
Mark Murphy: Skylark / You Don't Know What Love Is
Madeleine Peyroux: Don't Wait Too Long
Madeleine Peyroux: Once in a While
Corinne Bailey Rae (with Herbie Hancock): River
Dianne Reeves: Lullaby of Birdland
Maria Rita: A Festa
Kendra Shank: Incantation: Throw It Away
Ian Shaw: A Case of You
Somi: My Mother's Daughter
Luciana Souza: House
Melissa Stylianou: Them There Eyes
Tierney Sutton: Get Happy
Otis Taylor: My Soul's in Louisiana
Cassandra Wilson: Easy Rider
Cassandra Wilson: Honey Bee
Cassandra Wilson: Poet
Lizz Wright: Afro-Blue

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