The Absence

The Absence

by Melody Gardot


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If Melody Gardot's 2009 sophomore effort, My One and Only Thrill, sustained the sultry, atmospheric vibe of her critically acclaimed 2006 debut, her 2012 follow-up, The Absence, is a bit of a creative departure for the vocalist. Apparently inspired by her world travels, and specifically by a trip that brought her to the desert around the city of Marrakech, the album moves her away from smoky, small-group jazz and into a bright, if still bedroom-eyed, rhythmically exotic sound. Produced by guitarist/composer Heitor Pereira, the album is a lush, somewhat orchestral album that finds Gardot delving into various Brazilian, Spanish, and African-influenced sounds -- including bits of samba, tango, bossa nova, and calypso -- that evince her global journey. However, rather than simply making a standards album, Gardot continues her all-original approach, offering up new literate and passionately delivered compositions that bring to mind the work of such similarly inclined artists as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Paul Simon, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and others. Although there are a few name musicians who help add spice to Gardot's musical caravan here, including percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, drummer Peter Erskine, and bassist John Leftwich, primarily it is still Gardot's burnished and yearning vocal style that takes the helm on these tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602527926575
catalogNumber: 001681602
Rank: 1477

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melody Gardot   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Peter Erskine   Drums
Larry Goldings   Piano,Melodica
Louis Price   Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Tata Vega   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bill Cantos   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Julie Gigante   Violin
Nick Glennie-Smith   Conductor
Dan Higgins   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Ron Kerber   Clarinet
Harry Kim   Trumpet
John Leftwich   Bass
Bill Maxwell   Background Vocals
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Phil Roy   Background Vocals
Martin Tillman   Cello
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Doug Webb   Slide Saxophone
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Christina Soule   Cello
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Andrew Lippman   Trombone
Coco Trivisonno   Bandoneon
Nico Abondolo   Bass
Paco Arroyo   Percussion
Darrin McCann   Viola
Keith Greene   Viola
Michael Valerio   Bass
Andrew Schulman   Cello
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Dave Walther   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Serena McKinney   Violin
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Phillip Levy   Violin
Marlow Fisher   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Jo Ann Turovsky   Harp
Matthew Funes   Viola
Alfie Silas-Durio   Background Vocals
Brian Dembrow   Viola
Jessica Pearlman   Oboe
Yolanda Arroyo   Percussion
Heitor Pereira   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals
Armen Ksajikan   Cello
Ali Witherspoon   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ladd McIntosh   Orchestration
Glenn Barratt   Engineer
Antonio "Moogie" Canazio   Engineer
Steve Macklam   Management
Sam Feldman   Management
Mary Levitan   Management
Sebastian Zuleta   Engineer
Jovite De Leymarie   Artwork
Heitor Pereira   Arranger,Producer

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The Absence 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this album. My only complaint, and only because I constantly play it in my store, is the 7 minutes of silence on the last song. I know it's an artistic choice, and I don't mind it when playing it at home, but if I want to hear music, the silence is somewhat annoying. Other than that, I love it just as much as her other albums.
colo48 More than 1 year ago
I loved My One and Only Thrill - great songs/balads sung by Melody Gardot. Unfortunately, I did not listen to any tracks of this CD before I purchased it. I do not like the style or the choice of songs. Even the songs in English, the lyrics are hard to define. Do not recommend this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago