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I don't usually post the same song twice on here, let alone twice in a month, but this acoustic version of Faouzia's "You Don't Even Know Me" is breathtaking, even compared to the original video upthread. The simple piano accompaniment really throws the spotlight on what has to be one of the finest voices in popular music right now. Still no date for an actual album but she's got quite a few original songs out now, so I hope it is coming soon.

 

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And more from Perpetuum Jazzile. A Billy Joel classic to start.


Some Cancon of the best kind. "Both Sides Now" is one of my favorite songs of all time and I first heard it sung by a school choir back around grade 5 or 6 IIRC. I don't usually like hearing this song slowed down (Joni's original is surprisingly uptempo) but the soloists are fantastic singers.


And this choir knows how to party, by the way. The trio doing leads is terrific. There seems to be a lot of great individual talent in this choir.

 

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And from a live concert, a song I never, ever in a million years expected to hear sung by a choir.


EDIT: Damn, I did not expect them to actually do the guitar solo using vocal tricks.
 

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Damn, I am really hooked on this group. Here they are with a Queen cover.

 

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From this past weekend's Live From Here, we have two numbers from jazz duo Rachael & Vilray. Rachael Price is best known as the lead singer of Lake Street Dive and Vilray is a wonderful jazz singer and guitarist. They have been collaborating for several years, usually during breaks between Lake Street albums/tours.


 

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A lovely cover by Hope that had me mashing the like button when she hit the climax. Her move into a jazzier sound really suits this one.

 

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Like Racheal Price, Aoife O'Donovan is a regular guest on Live From Here. This version of a Joni Mitchell classic features her fine voice accompanied by some great mandolin work from host Chris Thile.

 

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More Joni from Aoife. Apparently they were celebrating Joni's birthday (Nov. 7) on this show.

 

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Pomplamoose consists of singer Nataly Dawn, keyboardist (and Nataly's husband) Jack Conte, and whoever they invite along for the ride. This week, they dropped a lovely cover of Hooked on a Feeling.

 
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