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Cécile McLorin Salvant – Nobody

What makes a vocal artist truly incomparable? Power? Range? Fluidity? Tone? Idiosyncrasy of delivery? Some singers have all three: Hank. Ella. Sinatra. Odetta. Sam Cooke. Elvis. Little Richard. Johnny Cash. Ray Charles. Patsy Cline. Otis Redding. Aretha. James Brown. Diana Ross. George Jones. Wilson Pickett. Nina Simone. Solomon Burke. Mavis Staples. Al Green. Dolly Parton. Marvin. Stevie Wonder. Tom Jones. Freddie Mercury. Prince. Tina. Michael Jackson. Chris Cornell. Adele. Gregory Porter.

Cécile McLorin Salvant has all those same qualities. She sings in a genre not many people are listening to anymore, but she's only 26. She'll be on that list someday. One more from the same WNYC session:

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Ibrahim Maalouf – True Sorry

There are some amazing, groundbreaking jazz trumpet players out there right now: Tomasz Stanko, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Avishai Cohen, Enrico Rava, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire, Terrence Blanchard... and Ibrahim Maalouf. Maalouf's music blends the sonic landscape of his Lebanese heritage with classical training at a Parisian conservatory, a self-cultivated jazz impulse, and funk-inflected rock.

I gave you the longer, more intimate, small-venue live cut of "True Sorry," but if you like it I hope you'll check out this more expansive, atmospheric live recording made possible by the concert venue a Alcaline. I don't think I can pick between them.

I know you may have been expecting a video by Prince today. Instead, I'll leave you with footage of Ibrahim Maalouf in concert, showcasing a sound that embraces everything Prince stood for (and which he would have most certainly dug):

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