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Madeleine Peyroux

Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux can best be thought of as a Billie Holiday for the 1990s. Like Holiday, Peyroux was marketed as a jazz singer, when what she seems to do best is sing blues music. Though Peyroux may remind some listeners of Holiday, there are differences; she has her own sense of phrasing and interpretation. Her 1996 Atlantic Records debut, Dreamland, is a brilliant recording, as Peyroux's distinctive voice is not hindered by overly intricate arrangements. Most of the accompaniment on the record is light and sparse, the way it should be for a singer with such a unique voice. Her debut album features a cast of top players from the New York jazz scene, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, drummer Leon Parker, guitarists Vernon Reid and Marc Ribot, and saxophonist/clarinetist James Carter.

Peyroux was born in Athens, Georgia, and raised between Southern California, Brooklyn, and Paris. She began singing at age 15, when she discovered the Latin Quarter in Paris and became enamored with several street musicians. By 1989, she was working with a group of musicians called the Riverboat Shufflers, and after working for a while as a hat passer for the group, she began singing with them. She then joined the Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band at age 16, spending the next couple of years touring Europe while holding college in abeyance. That group formed the basis for her first album, for they performed the songs of Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, early Ella Fitzgerald, and others.

Though Dreamland was by no means a straight-ahead jazz album, Peyroux and her producers take a thoroughly modern approach to blues tunes from the 1920s and '30s. She interprets songs like Fats Waller's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," Billie Holiday's "Gettin' Some Fun Out of Life," as well as tunes popularized by Bessie Smith, like "Reckless Blues" and "Lovesick Blues." But unlike Smith or Holiday, who weren't known as songwriters, Peyroux also recorded three of her own tunes on Dreamland, "Always a Use" (on which she accompanies herself on guitar), "Hey Sweet Man," and "Dreamland."

It took another eight years, however (the reasons for which were never very clear), for her follow-up, Careless Love, to hit shelves. This time working with producer Larry Klein on Rounder Records, Peyroux explored a more contemporary and eclectic mix of covers, including Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," Bob Dylan's "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome," and older songs like Hank Williams' "Weary Blues." It was very well-received and made the 2006 release of Half the Perfect World, again a combination of covers and originals, highly anticipated. The record, which featured a duet with k.d. lang, included versions of songs by Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits, among others. Peyroux's third Rounder release was 2009's Bare Bones, her first to feature all original compositions by Peyroux (some shared with co-writers), was greeted with favorable reviews and was followed by an international tour. Peyroux took some time off, and emerged in 2011 with a download single that foreshadowed Standing on the Rooftop, her debut for the Decca imprint. The digital-only single offered a restrained yet elegant cover of the Beatles' "Martha My Dear," and the original "The Things I've Seen Today," co-written with violinist Jenny Scheinman. Standing on the Rooftop, released in June of 2011, was produced by Craig Street, and featured a core band of guitarists Marc Ribot and Chris Bruce, bassist Me'Shell Ndegeocello, and drummer Charlie Drayton. There were guest appearances by Patrick Warren and Allen Toussaint, among others. Peyroux wrote or co-wrote eight of the album's 12 songs; the covers included the aforementioned Beatles' tune, Bob Dylan's "I Threw It All Away," and Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," as well as a the W.H. Auden poem "Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love," set to music by Ribot. Peyroux's next album, The Blue Room, utilized the inspiration of Ray Charles' revolutionary Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music as a template. It revisited some tracks from that album but also employed more contemporary material. Featuring the singer backed by a stellar studio group and occasional strings, it was released by Decca in 2013. ~ Richard Skelly
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Blue Room

2. Bye Bye Love

3. Changing All Those Changes

4. Born To Lose

5. Guilty

6. Bird On The Wire

7. I Can't Stop Loving You

8. Gentle On My Mind

9. You Dont Know Me

10. Desperadoes Under The Eaves

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Track List: Standing On The Rooftop

1. Martha My Dear

2. The Kind You Can't Afford

3. The Things I've Seen Today

4. Fickle Dove

5. Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love

6. Standing On The Rooftop

7. I Threw It All Away

8. Love In Vain

9. Don't Pick A Fight With A Poet

10. Meet Me In Rio

11. Ophelia

12. The Way Of All Things

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Track List: Half The Perfect World

1. I'm All Right

2. Summer Wind

3. Blue Alert

4. Everybody's Talking

5. River

6. A Little Bit

7. Once In A While

8. (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night

9. Half The Perfect World

10. La Javanese

11. California Raining

12. Smile

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Track List: Careless Love

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love

2. Don't Wait Too Long

3. Don't Cry Baby

4. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

5. Between The Bars

6. No More

7. Lonesome Road

8. J'ai Deux Amours

9. Weary Blues

10. I'll Look Around

11. Careless Love

12. This Is Heaven To Me

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Track List: Dreamland

1. Walkin' After Midnight

2. Hey Sweet Man

3. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter

4. (Getting Some) Fun Out Of Life

5. La Vie En Rose

6. Always A Use

7. A Prayer

8. Muddy Water

9. Was I?

10. Dreamland

11. Reckless Blues

12. Lovesick Blues

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Track List: Bare Bones

1. Instead

2. Bare Bones

3. Damn The Circumstances

4. River Of Tears

5. You Can't Do Me

6. Love And Treachery

7. Our Lady Of Pigalle

8. Homeless Happiness

9. To Love You All Over Again

10. I Must Be Saved

11. Somethin' Grand

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Track List: Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux

1. Don't Wait Too Long

2. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

3. Between The Bars

4. (Getting Some) Fun Out Of Life

5. Dance Me To The End Of Love

6. Smile

7. La Vie En Rose

8. Half The Perfect World

9. Guilty

10. I'm All Right

12. The Kind You Can't Afford

13. Instead

14. Keep Me In Your Heart

15. This Is Heaven To Me

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cbaker24
One of our favorites. Fortunate to have seen her when she played in San Diego and she was fantastic. Super-talent e d and soulful young lady.
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LIKE !!!!!!!
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Billie Holiday is alive and well . Beautiful .
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OK !!!!!!!!!!!
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Cool
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Summer Wind really brings out the soft side of Peyroux's sensual voice! Love the versatility of her talent. She is Great! ✨✨✨
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sexy
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Mellow Yellow. Where is the hammock? Shout out to Christie Burke...Smil e .
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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wonderful concert last night in Va.
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jesusjessica 2 3
Dope! @ tatzilla1
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Love love her!
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meshagl
great!

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MOLTO HARMONIOSO ! ! ! ! !
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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She is a more smoother Billie Holiday!!!
The vocal style is so strikingly similar...sh e has a more smoother/sul t r y transition..
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Thats' Sensuality.. . . . .
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Man, I love Pandora so so so much! It introduces amazing artists that I've never heard of like Madeleine Peyroux. <3 I need to find more artists who made great music in the 90s!
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elollie
Que Bonita
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Saw Madeleine Peyroux at Ridgefield Playhouse last night (6/23/15). What an amazing voice live! And she is also very funny. Great band too.
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p2aguados
Great!!
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p2aguados
Great!!
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ckfraz
Me like!
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Voix enchanteress e Anewquisite.
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I love her version of Bob Dylan`s careless love, i just love her period
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Manhattan est belle!!
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chieftyee
Right...Skel l y and Rovi…Billie was a blues singer even though her renditions of dozens of standard songs are still are considered the most imitated versions of those songs.
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Wow! She has an amazing voice and a great talent, and I don't even speak French. This style of music is still fantastic. Keep up the good work, Madeleine! c:
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a happy morning
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itsme57us
I love her so much!! I would like to see her on tour!! Je t'aime Madelaine!! I can't wait for her next CD!!!!!
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@ bwilnow: me too
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Absolutely intoxicating I dont even know french but I love this music with a passion
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OK !!!!!!!!!
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Her version of Dance Me to the End is extraordinar y !
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Her song "smile" is truly revealing of the human condition.
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Your voice it's so sexy , all you can think is about Making Love!!!
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Willekin
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So great to get lost to! What a great voice And her phrasing is beautiful!!
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She just moves me ...
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smooth as silk, but real as an empty glass stare when the man says Last call for alcohol!
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LIKE ! ! !
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audeve
I'm in love with this angel's voice!
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agnelors
Very unique version of this song!! Amazing :)
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dscissorhand s
Great song
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Lovely voice.
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Oh wow!! THIS IS THE NUTS!!
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Sempre piacevole ! Grazie !
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lawpete49
I love Her. I thought she was Billie!!!!
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So so sexy. Makes me want to dance
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