A jazz singer's trajectory from crooner to artist almost necessarily follows this path: Start out with standards to prove yourself, judiciously pilfer from the pop-song catalog to show range and crossover appeal, and finally pen your own words once your voice and style is established. Nina Simone set the bar pretty high in this regard, but Madeleine Peyroux has followed suit for the past fifteen years, marrying her Lady Day-esque delivery with a rootsy, boho jazz sensibility. She has tackled songs by Leonard Cohen and Elliott Smith, but her past few... More >>>