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Blue Skies
Cassandra Wilson
Blue Skies
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Cassandra Wilson has convincingly argued that all American popular music displays one fundamental aspect of the jazz tradition: a delight in taking songs--from the simplest to most profound--and recombining them into idios...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Cassandra Wilson
Title: Blue Skies
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 9/6/1988
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Funk, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042283441927

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Cassandra Wilson has convincingly argued that all American popular music displays one fundamental aspect of the jazz tradition: a delight in taking songs--from the simplest to most profound--and recombining them into idiosyncratic form. That includes standards such as those she lolls into on this 1988 release--"Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "My One and Only Love," and others. Underpinning these performances is an intriguing world-weariness, often of slightly sad (dare one say, postcoital) drowsiness. Wilson's sultry contralto augments that bold inflection, which impresses from the opening moments of the well-worn, usually more flirtatious "Shall We Dance." The straight-up support of Mulgrew Miller (piano), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) provides Wilson an unobtrusive foundation. --Peter Monaghan

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Truly Magnificent Work
MarvelousMarla | Way down in Dixie | 05/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I once read an interview with Cassandra Wilson where she said that she didn't want to be a traditional jazz singer because she associated this with wearing gowns and being all ladylike and proper. I read that so long ago that I don't remember the exact words, but that's the gist of her objection. That interview took place years after she recorded Blue Skies, an album of jazz standards. As much as I appreciate the way Ms. Wilson draws upon a variety of influences such that her work now transcends categorization, I would love to hear her do more CDs like this one -- straight up jazz.I stumbled across Blue Skies in the used Jazz section at Kemp Mill. I can't help but wonder who in the world parted with this gem and why? This early work, released in 1988, proves that Ms. Wilson can hold her own in traditional jazz vocals. She more than covers these standards, she claims them as her own. She even scats! Ms. Wilson's version of "My One and Only Love," is my favorite selection. I would recommend this CD to all the Cassandra Wilson fans, particularly those who have only recently discovered her work."
GREAT ALBUM A TRUE HIDDEN GEM
mistermaxxx@yahoo.com | usa | 05/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a Hidden Gem.You Don't Hear Cassandra Wilson Sing in a Straight-Up Jazz Style ANymore&that's A Shame.cuz Her VOice Here Showcases The Depth&Many talents this Lady Has.The Music is Great as is The playing.I Love Her 90's&Up Albums but this One Is Incredible."
You've gotta love Cassandra
B. Lafave | lakeland , fl | 07/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i'd heard Cassandra first in my early 20s . it was on the Steve Coleman cd "Sine Die". this was the first solo recording of hers i'd bought and heard . i was head over heals infatuated . i have been ever since . Mulgrew Miller makes one of the most romantic and magnificent piano trio accompanist i've ever heard . every comp , every solo is a joy . i've seen a lot of print critics say they favor Ms. Wilson's less jazzy projects more than say this outing or "She who weeps" . i love those pop/ jazz projects as well , but prefer ? here's where Ms. Wilson and fast company seduce the listener . incredible ."