Review : Cassandra Wilson - Loverly
ThephoenixWith its Lerner & Loewe title track from My Fair Lady and its evening-gown-and-earrings CD-jacket portrait, Cassandra Wilsonís latest suggests a retrenchment. So does its standards-heavy program. But this is a masterpiece in the old meaning of the term: a summation of everything Wilson has learned, from the in-depth interpretations of the jazz book through her hip-hop leanings with the old Brooklyn M-Base crowd, her breakthrough reconfigurations of the jazz-singer/band set-up with producer Craig Street, and 2006ís techy-roots Thunderbird with T Bone Burnett. Producing herself this time, she emphasizes in-the-pocket grooves and the intimacy of her own lush contralto, up front in the mix, right near your ear, a slow velvet wave of rhythm floating in over fast beats....full text
CourantAlthough renowned as a bold explorer of new territories, Cassandra Wilson also can probe deep inside ancient songbook standards and discover something new, evocative and emotionally moving.
On her first foray into standards since her classy 1988 album "Blue Skies," the daring diva flies through the air with the greatest of ease on "Lover Come Back to Me." And like Muhammad Ali, she floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee on a flight through "A Sleepin' Bee."...full text
GuardianAh! The Brummies' latest is a bit like slipping on an old cardie. It sags in the middle, but it's timelessly strong and joyously comforting, a fine old knit of dub, ancient synth and sax, but dodgy vocoder. Ali Campbell's voice (he's since left the band) is tremulously upbeat, even on anti-war songs ('End of War'). Put on 'Lost and Found' - it's a snug, dub classic....full text
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