Cassandra Wilson: Belly Of The Sun (2002)
Guests add variety. Boogaloo Ames supplies an unencumbered, barrelhouse accompaniment for two traditional songs. The duo simplicity of singer with piano makes them shine with a special element – a lesson in history. Their charming interpretation inspires. Elsewhere, Wilson adds variety in form. "Show Me a Love" and "Road So Clear" caress a modern, electric blues message. "Hot Tamales" and "You Gotta Move," recorded in a railroad boxcar, come from way back, drawing upon spiritual and field holler roots. India.Arie's vocal duet with Wilson pierces the heart with its soul-stirring message. While Jobim's "Waters of March" does not fit the tried-and-true formula, it allows Wilson the opportunity to lighten her session with a message that speaks, nevertheless, the same language as the blues: a promise of good times ahead. A highly recommended album, Belly Of The Sun returns to the land where it all began and takes us along for a soul stirring ride.
Track Listing: The Weight; Justice; Darkness on the Delta; Waters of March; You Gotta Move; Only a Dream in Rio; Just Another Parade; Wichita Lineman; Shelter From the Storm; Rock Me Baby; Cooter Brown; Little Lion; Show Me a Love; Road So Clear; Hot Tamales.
Personnel: Cassandra Wilson- vocals; Marvin Sewell, Kevin Breit- guitar; Mark Peterson- bass; Xavyon Jamison- drums; Cyro Baptista, Jeffrey Haynes- percussion; Guests: Olu Dara- trumpet on "Road So Clear;" Rhonda Richmond- piano on "Road So Clear;" Jesse Robinson- guitar on "Show Me a Love;" Boogaloo Ames- piano on "Darkness on the Delta and "Rock Me Baby;" Jewell Bass- vocals on "Only a Dream in Rio;" Vasti Jackson- vocals on "Only a Dream in Rio;" Patrice Moncell- vocals on "Only a Dream in Rio;" Henry Rhodes- vocals on "Only a Dream in Rio;" India.Arie- vocal on "Just Another Parade;" Children's choir from M.S. 44 in New York- vocals on "Waters of March."
Record Label: Blue Note Records