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A woman's journey by Madeleine & Salomon

by Madeleine & Salomon, Alexandre Saada, Clotilde Rullaud

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Image 01:55
“She does not know her beauty. She thinks her brown body has no glory. 
If she could dance naked under palm trees
and see her image in the river she would know. But there are no palm trees in the street
and dishwater gives back no images.”
Swallow song 02:16
“Do you hear the calling of a hundred thousand voices ? Hear the trembling in the stone ?
 Do you hear the angry bells ringing in the night ? 
Do you hear the swallows when they've flown ?”
“Way down yonder in de medder there's a po’baby crying. Bees an' de butterflies peckin' out its eyes, po’ lil thing is crying "Mammy!”
“If everybody knew what they wanted, there'd be nothing, nothing left. People would do what they wanted, and there'd be no government. If everyone knew what they wanted. if everyone knew what they wanted, people would see with clarity and there’d be no suffering.” “Sleep, man, and you might wake up digging the whole 
human race giving itself three days to get out. Tomorrow is a drag pops, the future is a flake. We cough blood on this earth.
Now there’s a race for space.
We can cough blood on the moon soon. Tomorrow’s dragsville, cats.
Tomorrow is a king size drag.”
At seventeen 02:23
“I learned the truth at seventeen, that love was meant for beauty queens
 and high school girls with clear-skinned smiles
 who married young and then retired. And those of us with ravaged faces
, lacking in the social graces, desperately remained at home
 inventing lovers on the phone. It was long ago and far away, the world was younger than today
 when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me”
“Southern trees bear strange fruit, blood on the leaves and blood at the root, black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”
“There'll come a time, when the world won't be singin', flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringin'. Who really cares? Who's willing to try to save a world that is destined to die ?”
Bain libre 1 00:22
“Sit there and count the raindrops falling on you. It's time you knew, all you can ever count on are the raindrops that fall on little girl blue.”
"Have you waited so long, 'Til your unheard song has stripped away your very soul ? Well then, believe it my friend that this silence will end, we'll just have to get guns and be men." “Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ? My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends. Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends, So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz ?”
Les fleurs 02:07
“Inside every man lives the seed of a flower, if he looks within he finds beauty and power.”
Bain libre 2 00:51
Four women 06:35
“My back is strong, strong enough to take the pain inflicted again and again. My name is AUNT SARAH. Between two worlds I do belong. My father was rich and white, he forced my mother late one night. My name is SAFFRONIA My hips invite you, my mouth like wine, whose little girl blue am I? Anyone who has money to buy. My name is SWEET THING My manner is tough. I'll kill the first mother that messes with me, my life has been much too rough. I'm awfully bitter these days because my parents were slaves. My name is PEACHES”


4 stars in All About Jazz (USA) and Fono Forum (DE)
Ranked in the Top 25 albums of February 2018 by KALX 90.7FM Berkley radio (USA)
Ranked in the Top 5 albums of January 2018 by Paul Glaser on WLFR 91.7 FM (USA)
Ranked in the Top 10 albums of January 2018 by Erin Wolf on WMSE 91.7 FM (USA)
Ranked in the Best albums of 2017 by Hobart Taylor on KUCI 88.9FM (USA)
Ranked in the 5 Best jazz albums of 2016 of 2 shows OpenJazz and BanZZaï on FRANCE MUSIQUE (French National Radio)
Pick of week on FIP (French National Radio)
Ranked in the Best jazz albums of 2016 by Jazzmagazine and CitizenJazz

“A fascinating album. So many moods, so much space and lyricism. So sultry, so hypnotic.” Clive Davis - THE SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE (UK)

“One of the most beautiful jazz duos of these last few decades” Lorraine Sollimain – POLITIS

“This project runs through a gamut of emotions like anger, sadness, joy, and optimism, throwing new angles onto familiar songs and exposing forgotten songs and songwriters to the world at large. This is a strong work of art.” Jerome Wilson - ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

“A brilliant date! These are fully formed readings with a power all their own. […] This release as a whole, flows with impeccable sense and beauty.” Larry Blood - KZSC 88.1FM - Monterey Jazz Fest Broadcast Producer (USA)

« Like jazz itself, Madeleine & Salomon know no boundaries and explore the outer limits of imagination, improvisation and cultural revolution. This is a musical experience that embraces change and pushes the cage walls further apart, exploring freedom with grandiose conviction. » Dee Dee McNeil – MUSICALMEMOIR (USA)

“Bright sparks! Both highly expressive soloists, Rullaud and Saada also subscribe to the ethos of sparse, skillfully distilled arrangements, which is very much the case on ‘A woman’s journey’.” Kevin Le Gendre - ECHOES MAG (UK)

“An enchanting, captivating, hypnotic album” Bruno Pfeiffer - LIBERATION.FR

“If there’s albums that possess an extra bit of soul, that possess the art of overwhelming you and taking you by the hand to never let you go, if there’s albums that grab you right in your gut and carry you beyond those few minutes where everything not only seems to have already been said yet also remains to be said, (...), then A Woman’s Journey is assuredly one of them.” LES DNJ


« La voix de Clotilde Rullaud, parfois sombre, parfois enfantine, flotte au-dessus d’un accompagnement minimaliste qui tend des ponts entre les mondes du jazz et du classique. Tellement intense, tellement envoutant. » Clive Davis -THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)

« Un des plus beaux duos de jazz de ces dernières décennies » Lorraine Sollimain - POLITIS

« Cet album nous fait vivre toute une gamme d’émotions telle que la colère, la tristesse, la joie et l’optimisme. Il aborde sous un nouvel angle des chansons qui nous sont familières et met en lumière des musiques et des compositeurs oubliés. C’est un album magnifique. » Jerome Wilson - ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

« Un rendez-vous exceptionnel ! Les interprétations sont pleinement réussies et il s’en dégage une forme de puissance. Du début à la fin, cet album libère d’incomparables sentiments et une grande beauté. » Larry Blood - KZSC 88.1FM - Monterey Jazz Fest Broadcast Producer (USA)

« Tout comme le jazz, Madeleine & Salomon ne connaissent pas de frontières et explorent les limites de l’imagination, de l’improvisation et de la révolution culturelle. C’est une expérience musicale qui accueille le changement sans se limiter, et explore la liberté avec une conviction grandiose. » Dee Dee McNeil – MUSICALMEMOIR (USA)

« Ils font des étincelles ! Clotilde Rullaud et Alexandre Saadasont deux solistes aux performances remarquables et qui adhèrent à la philosophie des arrangements habilement épurés, ce qui est parfaitement réussi avec « A woman’s journey ». » Kevin Le Gendre - ECHOES MAG (UK)

« Un disque ensorcelant, envoûtant, hypnotique » Bruno Pfeiffer - LIBERATION.FR

« S’il est des albums qui possèdent un supplément d’âme, qui possèdent cet art de vous bouleverser et de vous prendre par la main pour ne plus vous lâcher, s’il est des albums qui vous prennent au plexus et vous portent au delà de ces quelques minutes où tout semble avoir été dit et tout reste encore à dire, (...), alors 'A Woman’s journey’ est assurément de ceux-là. » Les DNJ


released May 20, 2016

Clotilde : vocals, flute
Alexandre Saada : Piano, Rhodes, Clavinette, back vocals
Arrangements : Madeleine & Salomon
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Clotilde is an international interdisciplinary creator, artistic director, vocalist, flutist, producer and vocal coach who employs a range of art-forms to generate new poetic languages. She combines music, song, dance, and the visual arts to create singular performance pieces, concerts, and films. ... more


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