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She Who Weeps
Cassandra Wilson
She Who Weeps
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Cassandra Wilson's molasses contralto, akin to R&B, is wholly her own even though fully informed by jazz-vocals history. Here in 1990 she fully arrives as an interpreter of both her own and others' material. Her inflection...  more »

      
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All Artists: Cassandra Wilson
Title: She Who Weeps
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Winter & Winter
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 10/7/2003
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Funk, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025091904129

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Cassandra Wilson's molasses contralto, akin to R&B, is wholly her own even though fully informed by jazz-vocals history. Here in 1990 she fully arrives as an interpreter of both her own and others' material. Her inflection and shading are wonderfully varied, as are her classically trained sense of pacing and form, and her command of dramatic delivery. The instrumental coloration, not yet as distinctive as on her later Blue Note releases, nonetheless effectively augments her voice's saxlike elaborations of the melodies. She has ideal accompaniment here, particularly pianist Rod Williams and percussionist Tani Tabbal. The highlight is the painfully fragile title track, a devastating lullaby from a mother who assures her baby, but cannot convince herself, that "your daddy's coming back." --Peter Monaghan

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CD Reviews

Mesmerizing, hypnotic and soulful
gmwerner | VA | 12/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"= Melancholy, Haunting, Therapeutic
Reviewer: Gerard M. Werner from Springfield, Virginia United States
I have been a big fan of Cassandra Wilson ever since purchasing Traveling Miles, subsequent to reading a favorable review.She Who Weeps is probably my second favorite album by Ms. Wilson, After Blue Light Til Dawn. Although she is variously
categorized as a Jazz vocalist, pop vocalist, blues vocalist, etc.; these are probably all accurate. After all, the artist, Ms. Wilson,
comes first, followed by the attempts by fans and critics to attach a label. The purpose of a categorization being merely to
identify which other artists her sound can be most closely compared to. But in reality, she is an artist all her own, defying the
critics who can cure their egomaiacal vertigo only by attaching a description that helps them feel assured that they have done
part (though a very small part of their job).Back to the music- This album has a very bluesy feel, and the haunting vocals achieve an amazing synergy weith the plodding,
mesmerizing instrumental accompaniments, especially the unforgettable guitar work on the title track. This album exhibits a
different Ms. Wilson (but don't they all?). I bighly recommend it. Cassandra Wilson's haunting, slightly off-key vocal tracks are
her numbers that I find most awe-inspiring. For fans of Blue Light til Dawn, this album exhibits the same mesmerizing qualities
from the song "Death Letter". Although Cassandra has received her share of accolades, it seems that she is still
under-recognized. This treaure from the vault may receive litle airtime even on hard-core jazz stations- so I'm telling you- go out
and get it!"
Melancholy, Haunting, Therapeutic
Gerard M. Werner | 12/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a big fan of Cassandra Wilson ever since purchasing Traveling Miles, subsequent to reading a favorable review.She Who Weeps is probably my second favorite album by Ms. Wilson, After Blue Light Til Dawn. Although she is variously categorized as a Jazz vocalist, pop vocalist, blues vocalist, etc.; these are probably all accurate. After all, the artist, Ms. Wilson, comes first, followed by the attempts by fans and critics to attach a label. The purpose of a categorization being merely to identify which other artists her sound can be most closely compared to. But in reality, she is an artist all her own, defying the critics who can cure their egomaiacal vertigo only by attaching a description that helps them feel assured that they have done part (though a very small part of their job).Back to the music- This album has a very bluesy feel, and the haunting vocals achieve an amazing synergy weith the plodding, mesmerizing instrumental accompaniments, especially the unforgettable guitar work on the title track. This album exhibits a different Ms. Wilson (but don't they all?). I bighly recommend it. Cassandra Wilson's haunting, slightly off-key vocal tracks are her numbers that I find most awe-inspiring. For fans of Blue Light til Dawn, this album exhibits the same mesmerizing qualities from the song "Death Letter". Although Cassandra has received her share of accolades, it seems that she is still under-recognized. This treaure from the vault may receive litle airtime even on hard-core jazz stations- so I'm telling you- go out and get it!"
Very good cd
Borelli Marco | Pistoia, Italy | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this is a very good album, one of the best of Cassandra wilson's JMT period, together with Jumpworld; it's sad and melancholic, but it's really a good album."