Southern born and Parisian influenced… not a typical combination of influences but works nonetheless. The beautiful songstress Madeleine Peyroux grants 2013 a gift with her 7th studio album titled The Blue Room which appropriately explores classic musical contributions to the Decca/Columbia catalogue. Showcasing tunes & influences from the likes of Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, the record is an interesting cornucopia of vintage and modern jazz, country & western sounds.
Peyroux started singing early at age 15, and it reflects upon her mature and well versed performance. Readily recognized for roots in blues & pop, there is also an interestingly romantic and generally French influence so much of her composition. This all coupled with some amazing collaborative efforts and legendary production work results in a very relaxing, modern jazz/lounge sound. This is typically not the most complementary of terms to use for a given music style, but one could easily dub The Blue Room as ‘easy listening’; because its incredibly easy to just turn it on and get lost for the day.
The Blue Room debuted yesterday as the #1 Jazz album on Amazon, pick it up for yourself here.