November 10, 2009 – 4:14 am

Formula doesn’t get better than this, baby.

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Paris 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at FIP Radio, RadioFrance, Paris, France, September 10, 2009. Ex FM stereo.

In a Jazz Times review, the magazine asked: “Could Melody Gardot end up as big as Norah Jones?” The magazine was politely pointing out how similar both singers are with the exception that Jones was first. Both share the same DJ friend and ally at WXPN, Philadelphia who pushed their music vigorously.

Signed to Universal’s Verve, after her debut Worrisome Heart had positive reaction, she was assigned some “big friends” for the followup, like producer Larry Klein, musical director Kenneth Pendergrast and with arranger and conductor Vince Mendoza. To top it off, audiophile favourites Al Schmitt and Bernie Grundman mixed and mastered My One And Only Thrill.

So here she is in Paris, performing live for FIP Radio, eight of the songs from her new album. You’ll quickly notice how she does sound very much like Norah Jones, nevermind what critics say that she’s like Peggy Lee or Nina Simone, or early Rickie Lee Jones. Not. The same after-hours lounge feel of Come Away With Me is present here and played expertly by her band of Patrick Hughes, Bryan Rogers, Ken Pendergast and Charlie Patierno.

This live outing, however, confirms she wasn’t conceived in the studio. Her voice has that air of intimacy, words linger on the tip of her tongue as she carasses them into emotion. These songs are mostly all written by her. She has the talent in songwriting and the voice to own them. Even the covers “belong” to her. Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine is no longer a summery pop song.

And what of her version of Smile? Her spoken word, a cappella rendition and slowly-paced reading makes the song something even Michael Jackson would have been happy with. A lullaby of love and hope to dream about.

Where she will part ways with Norah Jones is later in November, when Jones releases The Fall, said to be a “rock album”. Competition can be friendly.
- The Little Chicken

With thanks to kingfrippson for sharing this radio broadcast and fastone for the as-always excellent artwork. GivenToFly0 identified all the songs.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Worrisome Heart+ (6.7MB)
Track 102. The Rain# (7.2MB)
Track 103. Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers) (6.9MB)
Track 104. Les Etoiles# (10.6MB)
Track 105. Who Will Comfort Me# (8.9MB) [Skip at 2:58.3 - inherent in the source material]
Track 106. Baby I’m A Fool# (6.2MB)
Track 107. If The Stars Were Mine# (8.7MB)
Track 108. Lover Undercover# (7.8MB)
Track 109. My One & Only Thrill# (10.0MB)
Track 110. Good Nite+ (11.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Over The Rainbow# (12.9MB)
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Track 202. Caravan (Duke Ellington) (15.0MB)
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Track 203. Love Me Like A River Does+ (*) (10.1MB)
Track 204. Smile (Though Your Heart is Aching) (Charlie Chaplin) (6.4MB)

# songs from her latest album, My One And Only Thrill (April 2009).
+ songs from her debut album, Worrisome.
(*) Gardot introduces the song in French saying that every time she visits Paris, she cries.

Lineup (thanks to Kaare K Johnsen):
Melody Gardot - vocals, piano, guitar
Lewis Wright - vibraphone
Patrick Hughes - trumpet
Bryan Rogers - sax
Ken Pendergast - bass
Charles “Chuck” Staab III - drums

Debut album on Verve from last year, Worrisome Heart. Gardot is making waves, don’t be the last to “catch a wave”. Buy it here.

  1. 10 Responses to “MELODY FAIR”

  2. Thanks, I’m waiting disc 2.

    By Martín on Nov 10, 2009

  3. thanks–I like this more than the studio album.

    By Eric on Nov 11, 2009

  4. Mission accomplished. Thank you very much.

    By Martín on Nov 11, 2009

  5. Hello,

    I’ve added this wonderful bootleg on my blog. HUGE thanx!


    By Yann on Jan 29, 2010

  6. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Peace and SOUL,
    HSB DaveB…

    By HeavySoulBrutha DaveB. on Feb 1, 2010

  7. Dear friend, would you be so kind and repair this 2 links above:

    Track 104. Les Etoiles# (10.0MB)
    Track 203. Love Me Like A River Does+ (*) (9.6MB)


    By jose braga on Dec 3, 2015

  8. Dear friend, not working yet….

    Track 104. Les Etoiles# (10.0MB)
    Track 203. Love Me Like A River Does+ (*) (9.6MB)


    By jose braga on Dec 3, 2015

    By jose braga on Dec 3, 2015

  9. Hello jose

    Kindly refresh the page and try again.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 3, 2015

  10. Perfect !

    Many tks!

    By jose braga on Dec 3, 2015

  11. Melody Gardot - Wien (2010) [Bootleg]

    01. Your Heart Is As Black As The Night
    02. Worrisome Heart
    03. The Rain
    04. Band intros
    05. Les Etoiles
    06. Baby, I’m A Fool
    07. If The Stars Were Mine
    08. Deep Within The Corners Of My Mind
    09. Love Me Like A River Does - My One And Only Thrill - Who Will Comfort Me
    10. Summertime

    By jose braga on Dec 3, 2015

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