The Absence

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2012
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527926575
  • Catalog Number: 001681602
  • Sales rank: 9,288

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mira (4:13)
  2. 2 Amalia (3:00)
  3. 3 So Long (3:46)
  4. 4 So We Meet Again My Heartache (4:24)
  5. 5 Lisboa (5:24)
  6. 6 Impossible Love (3:47)
  7. 7 If I Tell You I Love You (3:32)
  8. 8 Goodbye (3:38)
  9. 9 Se Voce Me Ama (4:52)
  10. 10 My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way (2:35)
  11. 11 Iemanja (18:13)
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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
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
Andrew Shulman Cello
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
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Dave Walther Viola
Alyssa Park Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Steve Macklam Management
Sam Feldman Management
Moogie Canázio Engineer
Mary Levitan Management
Sebastian Zuleta Engineer
Jovite De Leymarie Artwork
Heitor Pereira Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    I love this album. My only complaint, and only because I consta

    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.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    I loved My One and Only Thrill - great songs/balads sung by Melo

    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.

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    Posted June 4, 2012

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