Melody Gardot has released Sunset in the Blue, which is touted as an orchestral celebration of the New Jersey singer’s jazz roots.
For the 12-track album, Gardot reunited with the team behind her 2009 record My One and Only Thrill: producer Larry Klein, arranger/composer Vince Mendoza and engineer Al Schmitt.
Gardot’s recording sessions for Sunset in the Blue made headlines in early June when she became the first artist to record at Abbey Road Studios after it reopened following a ten-week closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The singer had been due to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the hallowed London studio before it was forced to shut for the first time in nearly 90 years of operation. For the session, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra reunited for the first time since lockdown. Gardot called into the session from Paris, and Klein from Los Angeles.
The only guest on the record is Portugese singer-songwriter António Zambujo, who dueted with Gardot on the silky smooth “C’est Magnifique.” The release of the LP last Friday was accompanied by a music video for the collaboration. Watch it below:
And stream Sunset in the Blue below: