Dreams and Daggers

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Dreams and Daggers
Dreams and Daggers album cover.jpg
Studio album with live tracks by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
RecordedSeptember 9–11, 2016 and December 2016
VenueThe Village Vanguard
Dimenna Center for Classical Music
GenreVocal jazz
Length1:52:00 (2 CDs/3 LPs)
LabelMack Avenue
ProducerAl Pryor
Gretchen Valade (exec. producer)
Cécile McLorin Salvant chronology
For One to Love
Dreams and Daggers
The Window
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian5/5 stars[2]
AnalogPlanet11 out of 10[3]

Dreams and Daggers is an album by American jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant that includes songs recorded both during live performance and in the studio. The album was released as a set of two CDs or three LPs on Mack Avenue Records on September 29, 2017.[4]


AllMusic reviewer Matt Collar described the album as "a thoughtfully curated selection of standards and several originals, all touching upon the themes of romance and heartbreak", and awarded it four-and-a-half stars.[1]

Stereophile reviewer Fred Kaplan declared the album to be "the best jazz vocal album in a decade, maybe in longer than that."[5]

The album earned Salvant her third Grammy nomination and her second Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.[6] The album was also nominated for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Source: [8]

Disc 1
1."And Yet" (*)Cécile McLorin SalvantPaul Sikivie1:06
2."Devil May Care"
  • Bob Dorough
  • Terrell P. Kirk, Jr.
3."Mad About the Boy"Noël CowardNoël Coward6:53
4."Sam Jones' Blues"
  • Al Bernard
  • J. Russel Robinson
  • Roy Turk
5."More" (*)Cécile McLorin SalvantCécile McLorin Salvant3:33
6."Never Will I Marry"Frank LoesserFrank Loesser4:03
7."Somehow I Could Never Believe"Langston HughesKurt Weill9:56
8."If a Girl Isn't Pretty"Bob MerrillJule Styne2:55
9."Red Instead" (*)Cécile McLorin SalvantCécile McLorin Salvant0:34
10."Runnin' Wild"
  • Arthur Gibbs
  • Joe Grey
  • Leo Wood
11."The Best Thing for You (Would Be Me)"Irving BerlinIrving Berlin7:08
Disc 2
12."You're My Thrill" (*)Sidney ClareJay Gorney4:34
13."I Didn't Know What Time It Was"Lorenz HartRichard Rodgers6:29
14."Tell Me What They're Saying Can't Be True"Buddy JohnsonBuddy Johnson5:29
15."Nothing Like You"Bob DoroughBob Dorough3:49
16."You've Got to Give Me Some"Spencer WilliamsSpencer Williams6:11
17."The Worm" (*)Cécile McLorin SalvantPaul Sikivie1:03
18."My Man's Gone Now"George Gershwin6:27
19."Let's Face the Music and Dance"Irving BerlinIrving Berlin6:55
20."Si j'etais Blanche"
  • Bobby Falk
  • Leo Lelièvre
  • Henri Varna
  • Bobby Falk
  • Leo Lelièvre
  • Henri Varna
21."Fascination" (*)Langston Hughes (poem)
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Paul Sikivie
22."Wild Women Don't Have the Blues"Ida CoxIda Cox6:50
23."You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me"Al DubinHarry Warren9:53

Tracks marked with asterisk (*) recorded in studio at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. All other tracks recorded live at the Village Vanguard.


Source: [8]

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant – vocals
  • Aaron Diehl – piano on all tracks except "Red Instead", "You've Got to Give Me Some" and "Fascination"
  • Sullivan Fortner – piano on "You've Got to Give Me Some"
  • Paul Sikivie – double bass on all tracks except "Red Instead", "You've Got to Give Me Some" and "Fascination"; string arrangement on "And Yet", "More", "Red Instead", "You're My Thrill", "The Worm" and "Fascination"
  • Lawrence Leathers – drums on all tracks except "Red Instead", "You've Got to Give Me Some" and "Fascination"
  • Catalyst Quartet – strings on "And Yet", "More", "Red Instead", "You're My Thrill", "The Worm" and "Fascination"
    • Karla Donehew-Perez – violin
    • Suliman Tekalli – violin
    • Paul Laraia – viola
    • Karlos Rodriguez – cello


  • Al Pryor – production
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant – production; booklet art direction, handwriting and illustrations
  • Gretchen Valade – executive production
  • Will Wakefield – production management
  • Damon Whittemore – record engineering
  • Todd Whitelock – record engineering, mix engineering
  • Josh Welshman – engineering assistance
  • Isaiah Abolin – engineering assistance
  • Akihiro Nishimura – engineering assistance
  • Doug Iszlai – engineering assistance
  • Allen Rubinstein – front-of-house engineering for the Village Vanguard
  • Richie Clarke – front-of-house engineering consultancy for Mack Avenue Records
  • Mark Wilder – master engineering
  • Kevin Gray – LP cut engineering
  • Raj Naik – booklet layout and design
  • Mark Fitton – booklet photography
  • Maria Ehrenreich – creative services and production
  • Sharon Green – product management


Chart (2018) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[9] 40


  1. ^ a b "Cécile McLorin Salvant Dreams and Daggers". AllMusic, member of the RhythmOne group. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Cécile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers review – awe-inspiringly audacious jazz reworking". Guardian News and Media Limited. 20 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Cécile McLorin Salvant's "Dreams and Daggers" Live at The Village Vanguard". AnalogPlanet; TEN: The Enthusiast Network. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Cécile McLorin Salvant Dreams and Daggers". Mack Avenue Records. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dreams and Daggers". Stereophile; TEN: The Enthusiast Network. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Winners List". Grammy.com. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Nominees Announced for 49th NAACP Image Awards". NAACP. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b Dreams and Daggers (booklet). Cécile McLorin Salvant. Grosse Pointe Farms, MI: Mack Avenue Records. 2017.
  9. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.