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Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / Jazz & Blues Report review

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Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork released on Impulse!/Verve Label Group. Recorded with her touring band-mates of the last two years -electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori- the trio crafted the album in a live setting in a small church in the Oxfordshire countryside of England.  The result is a stirring collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness. "Music has been our spiritual life," says Peyroux, "so I think of these as hymns, secular hymns-songs that are very individual, personal, introverted."

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