The Melody Gardot style is dark, less extravagantly possessive of a Piaf-like enchantment that nevertheless hovers in the mind however insubstantially that then morphs to float sensuously via a curiously individual La Gardot twang towards a Patsy Cline-like atmosphere and then back deep into a world that sits there as shimmering and meltingly as a Lady Day

On this souvenir summary of a record Live In Europe (Decca ****), which was released earlier this month, her band is allowed to jazz improvise – has to, more like it, in the DNA of the arranging. 

Recorded on tour from 2012-2016 it is a decade since Worrisome Heart when she first surfaced.  2009’s My One And Only Thrill went into the stratosphere.  Of all her records it was Currency of Man on which gospel soaked ‘Morning Sun’, above, the subtle underlying rhythmic hint transitioning figure from the double bass around the 7 minute 20 seconds mark of this absorbing version that leads into the blithely spiritual Mbube-hinting free form vocal response, also appeared.  Pick of a highly captivating album among a number of plums is an elegiac ‘The Rain’ given the way the band run and run and the singer soars.   

Gutsy blues and soul, well, serious class à la Bettye LaVette on the menu here. 

All new from Danielle “Wolf Den” Nicole, formerly of the band Trampled Under Foot, look out for the burning Cry No More tomorrow, on Concord. 

Cast off and sail away. 

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