Cassandra Wilson Lincoln Center Out of Doors August 8, 2014 New York, NY Playing before an outdoor capacity audience, Cassandra Wilson performed a concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Blue Night 'till Dawn (Blue Note, 1993), featuring many of the musicians who originally performed on the studio version. Wilson kicked off a soulful rendition of You Don't Know What Love Is" with incredible subtlety, feeling every verse deeply while the musicians played with incredible feeling. The audience was mostly silent, something that almost never happens at ...read more
Vocalist Cassandra Wilson is known for her genre bending interpretations of jazz and pop standards, though Silver Pony represents a bit of a departure. The liner notes explain that she worked on it during a personal crisis and also was returning to her musical roots. There are studio tracks recorded in New Orleans, mixed with live tracks from Spain, with many of the same musicians. Silver Pony starts with a staccato, pulsing arrangement of Lover Come Back to Me," recorded at a concert in Granada, with a less arch, earthier approach, that continues throughout the disc. No ...read more
Brilliant in spite of its ragged texture, Cassandra Wilson's Silver Pony justly illuminates the important influence Wilson has had on all jazz vocals, since her artistic breakthrough with 1993's Blue Light 'Til Dawn (Blue Note). A sharp solution of live and studio performances, Silver Pony reveals the depth and breadth of both Wilson's enigmatic singing and instrumentation, that rich Delta organic approach disseminating throughout all of jazz vocals of the past 20 years. Always close to the blues, Wilson puts forth an extended live Saddle Up My Pony," originally recorded by Charlie Patton in 1929, that succinctly frames her earthy ...read more
Any vocalist who can take an old chestnut like St. James Infirmary" and make it swing and crackle like never before, as Cassandra Wilson did on the wonderful Loverly(Blue Note, 2008), is surely something a bit special. Wilson's ability to make old material sound freshly minted is nothing new however, and Closer to You: The Pop Side isn't a quickly recorded cash-in on the cross-over appeal of Loverly, but a compilation of very personal interpretations of popular songs she has recorded over the years.
What's striking about this compilation, is just how much of a blues singer Wilson is at ...read more
One of the eminent jazz singers of this time, Cassandra Wilson's deep timbre is as unmistakable as it is alluring. Her acumen as a musician, her voice an exquisite instrument and the way she interprets and arranges songs--uniquely filled with soul and emotion--would set her in the upper echelon of singers regardless of genre. From roots in Mississippi, where she began playing music at the age of five to her involvement in the advanced music theories of M-Base with saxophonist Steve Coleman and a growing body of diverse work, she continues to press onward. Following her second ...read more
Cassandra WilsonThe EggAlbany, New YorkMarch 22, 2009
The music has a wonderful life beyond the recording," said renowned singer Cassandra Wilson about the music on her Grammy-winning CD from last year, Loverly. She spoke those words just days before her band made a tour stop at The Egg concert venue in Albany, NY, on March 22.
It continues to grow and evolve. Really special and interesting things are happening with this project," she continued.
She was right, of course.
The band tore through a lot of the material from ...read more
The deep, rich voice of Cassandra Wilson, now among the most exalted of jazz vocalists, is something to savor. She has an adventurous spirit when it comes to her music, and whether playing with original melodies, or turning others songs--of jazz, folk, blues or pop origin--inside out, it's always something to relish, like a fine brandy that can be felt sweetly burning down to the stomach then spreading the glow back up where it can be felt warming the ears.
Wilson's latest recording released over the past summer, Loverly (Blue Note, 2008), is a delicious treat, ...read more