Madeleine Peyroux The Blue Room Review

March 9, 2013

Music.  I love music.  All forms.  From classical to hard rock.  My itunes library contains music from so many different genres because I have go-to-styles for each emotion or “chore” I’m doing at home.  Lately I’ve been drawn to more soulful and jazzy music.  Especially after a busy, stressful day at work.  I enjoy cooking so much and always have some music playing with me while I chop my vegetables.

In February, I was introduce to Madeleine Peyroux and her new album titled “The Blue Room”.  It’s become my new favorite playlist from 5pm – 7pm.  It’s a perfect way to end the


Madeleine and longtime collaborator / legendary producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), re-examine Ray Charles’ classic, and one of his most controversial albums, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music.

But instead of replicating the album, Madeleine and Larry represented the artistic freedom Ray exhibited, using imagination to break down musical categories and barriers.

What Madeleine and Larry created is a sophisticated album rich in strings, pushing the power of Madeleine’s vocal capabilities – her melody changes, choices of tone and phrasing. The Blue Room explores new ground, showing that like jazz itself, Madeleine is willing to take new chances – reinterpreting songs with an emotion and depth that can’t help but touch the soul.

“I didn’t want to just do a straight forward covers album,” says Madeleine. “When Larry first brought this project to me, I was so moved by what I heard that it truly inspired me to both reinterpret these songs while also merging them with others that I thought fit perfectly.”

“Ray’s ‘cultural landmark’ album has always been a part of me,” says Klein. “Madeleine naturally came to mind with this project. Much like Charles who in 1962 jelled R & B, Gospel, Country and Jazz, Madeleine is at a nexus of styles. She comes from the same places, blending Jazz, Blues, Country and Pop.”

Wisely, Madeleine felt that the infusion of newer but like-minded material was essential to this project. Gems like Randy Newman’s “Guilty,” Warren Zevon’s “Desperadoes Under The Eaves” and John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind,” prove Madeleine to be an uncannily insightful ‘interpreter’ with her impeccable choice of material.

On March 20th, Madeleine will kick off a world tour that includes two nights at Lincoln Center in New York City. Tour dates below (many more to come!)

and here’s where you can find Madeleine online:


March 20 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY
March 22 – Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room – New York, NY
March 23 – Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Allen Room – New York, NY
March 24 – The Birchmere Music Hall – Alexandria, VA
April 2 – Dakota Jazz Club – Minneapolis, MN
April 4 – Northern Lights Theater (Potawatomi Casino) – Milwaukee, WI
April 3 – Dakota Jazz Club – Minneapolis, MN
April 5 – Old Town – Chicago, IL
May 31 – Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center – Toronto, ON
June 1 – Enwave Theatre & Harbourfront Center – Toronto, ON

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