Cassandra Wilson -|- Loverly [Blue Note, 2008] Review
The enormity of vocalist Cassandra Wilson songbook has grown considerably since her debut on Blue Note Records. Now, as the summer arrives she blesses us with another stunning recording titled “Loverly.” As jazz enthusiast, we know the competition is steep within the ranks of jazz vocalist. Nonetheless, Cassandra continues to out rival her peers as one of the premier female vocalists in jazz.
Great songs, style and strong vocal presence are the foundation of what has always captivated me about Ms. Wilson as a vocalist. With her new album, she still amazes even the doubters and haters as she croons poetically within the context of fluent organic nuances and visionary interpretations on these compelling classic songs.
As usual, she has gathered a splendid cast of players featuring pianist Jason Moran, guitarist Marvin Sewell and bassist Lonnie Plaxico. Now, with these guys at the helm great things are going to be undoubtedly unveiled on these twelve songs. Loverly embodies clever and sensuous arrangements of classic tunes like “Lover Come Back to Me, Black Orpheus, Gone with The Wind, Caravan, The Very Thought of You” and many more. The talented Ms Wilson sits in the big chair on this project to re-invent these lovely masterpieces.
Understandably so, some of you may or not be passionate about jazz vocalist. However, once you tap into the essence of her emotion, gift and technique you’re bound to be swayed by her riveting approach as a stylist on this collection of poignant songs revived by the lovely, and talented Cassandra Wilson.
Listen too and purchase here, Cassandra Wilson