A woman's journey

by Madeleine & Salomon

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“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.”
“Do you hear the calling of a hundred thousand voice ? 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.”
“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 ?”
“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 ?”
“Inside every man lives the seed of a flower, if he looks within he finds beauty and power.”
“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”


A lonely voice, surveying a minor scale and reciting fundamentally feminist lines. Thus commences this first album of Madeleine & Salomon, “A Woman’s Journey”. A minimalist and delicate duo tackling a humanist and rebellious repertoire. Madeleine sings, Salomon sits at the piano. Madeleine & Salomon, a duo with a natural elegance, “less is more” their essence.

« Une classe non feinte, un instant de grâce » / “This is true class, no fakery, a moment of grace” LES INROCKS

"So sultry, so hypnotic." THE SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE

« Un disque ensorcelant, envoûtant, hypnotique » / “An enchanting, captivating, hypnotic album” LIBERATION

« Un des plus beaux duos de jazz de ces dernières décennies » / “One of the most beautiful jazz duos of these last few decades” POLITIS

« Un maelstrom d’émotions pures » / “A maelstrom of pure emotion” FIP - FRANCE MUSIQUE - "Album de la semaine / Pick of the week"

« Inattendu, in-entendu et juste nécessaire » / “Unheralded, unheard-of and totally necessary” OPEN JAZZ - FRANCE MUSIQUE

« Attention, poésie ! » / “Poetry alert!” TSF JAZZ

« On réécoute à l'envie ce disque ensorcelant. » /
“You’ll want to listen to this spellbinding record again and again.” JAZZ MAGAZINE - CHOC Juin 2016

« Une ambiance incroyable, littéralement hors du temps. » / “An unbelievable atmosphere, literally out of time.” JAZZ NEWS - INDISPENSABLE Juin 2016

« Un disque fabuleux »/ “A fabulous record”

« Un des albums les plus marquants des derniers mois. » / “One of the most striking albums of the last few months” DJAM

« Attention, chef d’œuvre ! » / “Look out, here comes a masterpiece!” CULTURE JAZZ - Disque « Oui - On aime »

« Un émouvant voyage intérieur, une soul music de toute beauté » / “A moving inner voyage, a soul music that is all beauty” MUSIQUES BUISSONIERES

« 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. » / “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


released May 20, 2016

Tzig'art, Promiseland, Clotilde Rullaud, Alexandre Saada


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Madeleine & Salomon Paris, France

Madeleine & Salomon is the meeting of two artists with well established musical visions : the vocalist and flutist Clotilde and the pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, Alexandre Saada.
Long-term friends, they discovered, during a tour of Asia, that they shared a common musical aesthetic and decided to form Madeleine & Salomon with its minimalistic music stamped in impressionist poetry.
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