Cécile McLorin Salvant
NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018
Hailing from the America, Canada, France, Israel, Chile and Japan, ARTEMIS is an international all-star group featuring seven of the top performers on the jazz scene today: vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, pianist Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Allison Miller. Forget about gender – this is a significant and serious band that performs with passion, power and sensitivity. Their collective artistry creates unforgettable music-making of high-wire interplay and pure joy.
One of Sunday’s clear highlights was a set by the supergroup Artemis, a collective whose seven members — pianist Renee Rosnes, vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, saxophonist Melissa Aldana, clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda and drummer Allison Miller — can all regularly be heard leading their own bands. Their set played like an expertly crafted mixtape, moving from a knotty version of Thelonious Monk’s “Brilliant Corners” to a surprisingly dramatic arrangement of the Beatles’ “Fool on the Hill.” The set peaked when Rosnes and Salvant dueted on Stevie Wonder’s yearning Songs in the Key of Life plea “If It’s Magic.” As on her earlier rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow,” Salvant’s delivery was deceptively understated yet disarmingly poignant; as the video screens showed Salvant in silhouette, with boats going by on the water, the whole lawn seemed to bask in her wisdom and warmth.
~ Rolling Stone Magazine