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Cassandra Wilson
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
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All Artists: Cassandra Wilson
Title: Thunderbird
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 4/4/2006
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Chicago Blues, Contemporary Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724386339829, 094636339825, 724386339829

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A real thunderbird!!
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 06/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It happened at work one day about 10 years ago. A colleague of mine was playing some Jazz music at the office and I heard what sounded like the Jazz/Blues original version of Cyndi Lauper's "Time after time". Only problem was I knew it was Cyndi that did the original so I asked who it was that was singing. "Oh, that's Cassandra Wilson" she said, "Haven't you heard of her before?"

Well, I never had, so I went out, got, and fell in love with the CD it came off, "Traveling miles", especially the African flourishes on the duet with Angelique Kidjo "Run the voodoo down". Next I heard from her was the brooding beauty, "You move me" from the excellent "Love Jones" soundtrack.

That's the Cassandra Wilson magic for you, with her dusky sensual voice and her eclectic flourishes. "Thunderbird" is no different, a Jazz/Blues/Folk take on songs done by others. Having never heard any of the originals, I just went with the flow.

At 10 tracks, she cuts right to the chase. Opening cut, "Go to Mexico" is a groovy song, rich in percussion, lovely harmonies, some skat singing, and almost falsetto vocals from Wilson. A real beauty and an excellent way to open the album. "Closer to you" (originally done by Yakob Dylan) is a dreamy affair, with lilting percussion and her soothing vocals, almost Trip hop-like. Stunning!

"Easy rider" is a more stripped horn sprinkled initially folky affair which progresses into a delicate Blues number, and "It would be so easy" is a more upbeat song with a groovy bassline. "Red river valley" is an almost acapella hymnal folky ballad with just electric slide guitar accompanying her vocals.

"Poet" is a brooding groovy song with a sketchy bassline initially, while "I want to be loved" is guitar Blues which finds Wilson singing in a slightly upper register in parts.

"Lost" is a beautiful guitar ballad (one of my favourites, but really, they are all my favourites) which sounds like it should be on some exotic movie soundtrack. "Strike a match" features skittery drums and a deep bassline, with lovely strummed guitars. Stunning! Closing is "Tarot", another song with a groovy bassline, some great harmonising, and interesting musical movements (there is a great sax solo).

Hypnotic and beautiful, Cassandra Wilson is a real thunderbird."
The Empress's New Clothes
Magic Mike | 08/11/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I really appreciate customer reviews that assist me in making the right buying decisions. I don't write many reviews; but as a music fan and collector, I'm compelled to protect others from wasting their money on less than rewarding recordings. Here, I join the small minority of reviewers whom have tried to warn you about the lackluster substance of this product. I've been so impressed by other Wilson recordings, but just not this one. So if you're considering buying this or another Wilson recording, then I recommend you buy the other. I agree the mix here is extremely muddy, with the low frequencies pushed way outside the scope of what is normal. I mean, I like bass too, but this mix is just not smart. Additionally, I found very little SINCERELY soulful feelings in the vocals, which was the thing that turned me on so to Cassandra's work. Buyer beware."