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on 9 August 2009
For the uninitiated Cassandra Wilson is a jazz singer of considerable note who sits somewhere betweem Joni Mitchell,Dee Dee Bridgewater and Sade. Reading the other reviews of this CD whilst listening to it I feel Cassandra is somewhat damned if she do and damned if she don't.Yes,Bluenote are using a compilation album to try to introduce her to the masses but so what if they are! Dare I compare her to Nina Simone? Nina was a jazz genious (with pop leanings)who spent her life generally bitter and disillusioned with her world and the world of jazz. I predicted (to my wife)that after her death she would finally be realised for the genious she was and this has been the case.How many commercials have used her music since her sad departure from this earth?
I am not trying to disrespect or belittle Cassandra Wilson but her voice sits in the slightly inaccessable world of pure jazz similar to the way Nina's did. Despite dabbling in the pop tracks on offer here, she is a bit of a jazz secret despite her long succesful career.I think this is a great shame and listening to the dross on the radio these days the world should wake up and listen to this CD.The interpretation of pop songs here are original to the point of being very much owned by Cassandra but are more accessable than some of her purer jazz vocals.With the flood of cover albums on the market this one stands above most as the interpretation of the songs is truly unique.Compare her version Of 'I Can't Stand the rain' to The recent cover by Seal (Soul) and you will understand where I an coming from.Her version of 'Last Train To Clarksville' and 'Harvet Moon'are jazz genious!
This album is a great introduction to her music which deserves a far,far wider audience than it curently receives.I suspect that the pure jazz fans like to keep artists like Cassandra as a closely guarded secret and frown on any pop dabblings.They are clearly wrong as this set demonstrates!
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