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Power Flower

by Gillian Margot

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Power Flower 05:50
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This Night 04:35
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Lighthouse 04:31
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Shadow Box 05:17

about

Gillian Margot is a singer with a rare gift that makes people sit up and listen. She possesses an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that eschews jazz singer clichés in favor of an original, interpretive delivery grounded in a song's lyrical and emotional content. A native of Toronto, Canada, Margot studied under a generation of jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Freddy Cole, Carol Welsman and Norman Simmons. Equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B, chamber, and pop, she embodies a stage presence and confidence honed through years of performing in major venues worldwide with top-tier talent, including rock icon Sting, jazz trumpeters Chris Botti and Jeremy Pelt, pianist Robert Glasper, famed soprano Kathleen Battle, conductors Wayne Marshall (London Philharmonic) and Jukka-Pekka Saraste (Toronto Symphony Orchestra). Additionally, her voice can be heard in commercials and in film and television programs, including Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees (IMAX 2002), New Year (Doublesee 2010), North (Novel 2012), and Lethal Weapon (FOX 2016).

Ms. Margot’s album Black Butterfly (Hipnotic 2016) is an artfully crafted set that showcases her multifaceted musicality and speaks to the singer's passion for diversity. Involving some of the most in- demand musicians on the New York scene, the album blends Great American Songbook standards, intriguing jazz originals, gutbucket blues, contemporary hip-hop flavors and uniquely personal covers of songs by Curtis Mayfield, Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, and 80’s English rockers Simply Red. Her most recent collaboration is with multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer on his latest album, On My Way to You (MarKeez Records 2018). With Margot featured on five of ten tracks, Ted Panken writes that the vocalist and pianist “achieve an uncanny mind-meld on the co-composed ‘You Stay With Me’ — Margot projects her magnificent contralto to equally compelling effect both when conveying her tender, sensuous lyric and then improvising in dialogue with the piano during the latter section. They also co-wrote the percolating ‘Guanajuato’ (named for the Central Mexican city where they performed a duo concert), on which the protagonists engage in a protracted, intuitive musical conversation.”

Power Flower is the title of Gillian’s latest album — a project that took two and a half years to complete and is an homage to the music of her influences in 70s and 80s funk, pop, and jazz. Released in Japan at end of 2019 (Coreport), Power Flower will be released globally in October 2020 on Ropeadope Records.

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“Gillian has a love for song and the storytelling aspect of musical performance. The tone and sincerity of her voice, her remarkable presence and knowledge, use of phrasing, and ability to communicate with an audience make her relatable and personable. She has a penchant for hard work and a tendency to win over an audience.” – JEREMY PELT (Trumpeter/ Recording Artist/ Producer)

“Margot’s smoky contralto, solid pitch and warm delivery might remind some listeners of Dianne Reeves and the multi-tracked background voices are a creative plus.” – NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

“...a rich, clear and earthy voice, both rhythmic and free... strong in voice yet vulnerable in spirit, conversant and still melodic... This lady needs to be heard!” — L.A. JAZZ WEEKLY

credits

released October 23, 2020

Gillian Margot - voices
Ingrid Jensen - trumpet (tracks 1, 7)
Seamus Blake - soprano saxophone (track 3)
Ben Butler - guitar (tracks 4, 6)
Geoffrey Keezer - piano, keyboards
Richie Goods - bass
Billy Kilson - drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
Mark Whitfield Jr. - drums (tracks 1, 4)
Munyungo Jackson - percussion (tracks 2, 4)
LIZEN Strings of Highland Park (tracks 1, 6)

Produced by Gillian Margot
Track 1 arranged by Gillian Margot McMillan
Tracks 2 & 5 arranged by Gillian Margot McMillan and Geoffrey Keezer

All vocals recorded without use of any pitch correction technology
Recorded by Aaron Nevezie and Todd Carder in 2017, 2018, 2019 at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, New York
Strings recorded by Jeremy Miller in Los Angeles, California
Mastered by Alex DeTurk

Cover Artwork painted by Tokio Aoyama
Photography by Deneka Peniston
Graphic design by Kaya Marks

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Gillian Margot New York, New York

Having an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that is deeply rooted in jazz, Gillian Margot has a gift of storytelling and stunning lyrical delivery.

Margot’s new album Power Flower (Ropeadope 2020) is a deeply soothing homage to her influences in the Jazz, Pop, and Funk of the 70s and 80s, Margot spent two and a half years building the work.

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