Greetings jazz enthusiast, as always I appreciate you for stopping by the The Urban Flux. While thumbing through some CD’s to spend time with this weekend I stumbled into and amazing recording titled “Cassandra Wilson – Sings Standards“. Fortunately, this jewel fell into my hands at the right moment to reassure me why she is undoubtedly one of my favorite jazz vocalist. With this compilation, you’ll discover Wilson’s gracious, intimate and impressive vocal presence expressive, unique and refreshing. As I hear it, Wilson is expressive and soulful .. she’s a bonified musician and composer at heart. Cassandra brilliantly uses her voice much like a sculpture to shape, bend and articulate these lyrics like no other as she engraved her exquisite signature into this marvelous collection of music. If you love vocals, then do yourself a favor and seriously consider picking it up this classic by Ms. Wilson … you’ll definitely be satisfied with what you hear. —Rob Young | The Urban Flux
Cassandra Wilson -][- Sings Standards – [Verve, 2002]
I doubt many of Cassandra Wilson’s numerous fans knew her pre-Blue Note (New Moon Daughter and Blue Light Till Dawn) recordings. They were, like the Brooklyn-based approach to jazz from which her and her musicians grew, challenging. The sound was raw with jagged edges exposed and consisted of original material with some standards and eventually an album of them (probably to increase her mainstream exposure). These standards include some of the more challenging arrangements from that period as well as the more traditional jazz quartet arrangements. However, all take on the style of the singer not as deconstructions of the standards but solid interpretations of old friends. If you like Ms. Wilson you will like this collection.
If you prefer some other jazz singer don’t buy it, and if you think no one sings like Ella or Sarah or Carmen or Betty, then you should not be reading this, but please check out the numerous ladies who are doing their own thing and doing it well (too many to list here).
This standards collection is one of the good ones, even if she has moved on in recent recordings to interpret a new set of songs. Check this out — and then check out her new one, Belly of the Sun, for a nice take on what music free of simple labels sounds like. I will have some of that! – –Jeremy S. McElroy | Amazon.com
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