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Black Butterfly

by Gillian Margot

Produced by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, this album showcases Margot's compelling voice and versatility on a set of jazz standards, originals, and uniquely personal covers of songs by Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Bobby Caldwell and Simply Red.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Butterfly (Ebony Moonbeams)
4:23 $0.99
2. The Makings of You
5:08 $0.99
3. Holding Back the Years
5:34 $0.99
4. Delirio
3:54 $0.99
5. Do What You Gotta Do
4:07 $0.99
6. Conversation
2:45 $0.99
7. It Could Be Sweet
5:04 $0.99
8. What You Won't Do for Love
4:46 $0.99
9. Yesterday's Blues
3:05 $0.99
10. I Wish I Were in Love Again
3:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Up-and-coming singer Gillian Margot is just as much at home with jazz standards as she is with R&B, blues and the sophisticated side of pop music. She's earned an avid global following, from Asia, to her native Canada, to the US. On her debut album as a leader, Black Butterfly, released on May 26, 2015 on HiPNOTIC Records, Margot leads a stellar cast of today's jazz talent including guitarist Freddie Bryant, saxophonist/clarinetist Roxy Coss, pianist/organist Anthony Wonsey, bassist Richie Goods and drummer Kendrick Scott and producer, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt. Margot's choice of material spans many decades and just as many styles, a showcase for her depth of knowledge and ability to channel minute shifts in emotion while working seamlessly and imaginatively across musical boundaries.

The album begins with its title track, Margot adding her own lyrics to pianist George Cables' Ebony Moonbeams. Wonsey's judiciously resonant Rhodes piano evokes Joe Zawinul in his Miles Davis days as Margot's nimble alto and tersely multi-tracked vocal harmonies give life to an animated dream sequence. She goes deeply into the gospel underpinnings of Curtis Mayfield's The Makings of You, anchoring it in the church even as she brings the song's universality to life - and it's a rare and rousingly successful instance of a woman singing in a lower register than the man who originally recorded it.

She reinvents Holding Back the Years, a 1985 hit for British blue-eyed soul band Simply Red, as a starkly direct, slowly shuffling rainy-day blues ballad, just vocals and rhythm section until Pelt adds a characteristically crystalline, moody solo. Likewise, Margot and Bryant - playing acoustic guitar - offer an airily terse, individualistic take of the popular Cuban ballad Delirio, adding a subtle Brazilian ambience.

Margot reaches back for a hint of gospel for a richly bittersweet, vintage 1970s soul-infused piano-and-vocal take of Jimmy Webb's breakup ballad Do What You Gotta Do that draws a straight line back to Roberta Flack's haunting original. By contrast, Margot's a-cappella version of Joni Mitchell's Conversation adds new levels of both angst and ironic nuance, with an intuitively lilting Appalachian tinge.

The band recasts It Could Be Sweet - the 1994 Portishead trip-hop ballad and a defining moment in chillout music - as defly syncopated psychedelic neo-soul, lowlit by Scott's playful shuffle accents, Coss' soprano sax and Wonsey's hypnotically echoing Rhodes chords. Inspired by a Phyllis Hyman performance, Bobby Calddwell's soul ballad What You Won't Do For Love gives Margot a lowdown Isaac Hayes-style psychedelic soul launching pad for her affecting, imploring vocals. Then she hits an understatedly sassy, finger snapping blues groove in a spare but hard-hitting duet with Goods' bass on her original composition, Yesterday's Blues. The album winds up with a brisk, smoky take of Rodgers and Hart's I Wish I Were In Love Again that's as gritty as it is cosmopolitan.



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Marie Ortega

Your voice is amazing! You are so beautiful and talented!