Belly of the Sun [Japan Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Cassandra Wilson continues to move down a highly eclectic path on Belly of the Sun, the somewhat belated follow-up to Traveling Miles. While displaying a jazz singer's mastery of melodic nuance and improvisatory phrasing, Wilson draws on a variety of non-jazz idioms -- roots music, rock, Delta blues, country, soul -- to create a kind of earthy, intelligent pop with obvious crossover appeal. Her core band includes guitarists Marvin Sewell and Kevin Breit, who blend marvelously, Sewell mostly on mellow acoustic and Breit adding atmospheric touches on electric, 12-string, and slide guitars, as well as mandolin, banjo, and even bouzouki. Bassist Mark Peterson and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Cassandra Wilson continues to move down a highly eclectic path on Belly of the Sun, the somewhat belated follow-up to Traveling Miles. While displaying a jazz singer's mastery of melodic nuance and improvisatory phrasing, Wilson draws on a variety of non-jazz idioms -- roots music, rock, Delta blues, country, soul -- to create a kind of earthy, intelligent pop with obvious crossover appeal. Her core band includes guitarists Marvin Sewell and Kevin Breit, who blend marvelously, Sewell mostly on mellow acoustic and Breit adding atmospheric touches on electric, 12-string, and slide guitars, as well as mandolin, banjo, and even bouzouki. Bassist Mark Peterson and percussionists Jeffrey Haynes and Cyro Baptista provide a superbly sensitive rhythmic foundation. But because Wilson returned to her home state of Mississippi to record most of this album, she made sure to book some time with local musicians. Thus guitarist Jessie Mae Robinson guests on and co-writes the funky "Show Me a Love," and the octogenarian pianist Abie "Boogaloo" Ames plays an unpolished yet utterly heartfelt duet with Wilson on the classic "Darkness on the Delta." Other guests include drummer Xavyon Jamison; trumpeter Olu Dara; pianist and vocalist Rhonda Richmond who penned the slowly swaying "Road So Clear"; guitarist Richard Johnston; backup vocalists Patrice Monell, Jewel Bass, Henry Rhodes, and Vas-tie Jackson; and the children of New York's Middle School 44. Wilson delves into vintage blues with Mississippi Fred McDowell's "You Gotta Move" and a brief yet dynamic rendition of Robert Johnson's "Hot Tamales." But the best tracks are the rock/pop covers: the Band's "The Weight," Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm," James Taylor's "Only a Dream in Rio," Jobim's "Waters of March," and Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" a 1968 hit for Glen Campbell. Wilson and band are in peak interpretive form on these ethereal reinventions. While her own lyrics may not rise to the level of a Robbie Robertson or a Bob Dylan, her versatility and focus come through clearly on the originals "Justice," "Just a Parade" a collaboration with neo-soul rookie India.Arie, and the Caribbean-tinged "Cooter Brown." [The Japanese release adds "Corcovado" as a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Japan
  • EAN: 4988006799172
  • Catalog Number: 66137

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Weight (6:05)
  2. 2 Justice (5:27)
  3. 3 Darkness on the Delta (3:47)
  4. 4 Waters of March (4:26)
  5. 5 You Gotta Move (2:44)
  6. 6 Only a Dream in Rio (4:31)
  7. 7 Just Another Parade (6:06)
  8. 8 Wichita Lineman (5:48)
  9. 9 Shelter from the Storm (5:17)
  10. 10 Drunk as Cooter Brown (4:57)
  11. 11 Show Me a Love (3:50)
  12. 12 Road So Clear (5:18)
  13. 13 Hot Tamales (1:48)
  14. 14 Corcovado (5:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cassandra Wilson Primary Artist, Guitar
Olu Dara Trumpet
Cyro Baptista Percussion, Bass Drums
Jewel Bass Vocals
Jeff Haynes Percussion, Steel Pan
Vasti Jackson Vocals
Marvin Sewell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kevin Breit Banjo, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Omnichord, E-bow, Bazouki, Guitar (Resonator)
Henry Rhodes Vocals
Jessie Mae Robinson Electric Guitar
Richard Johnston Guitar, Vocals
Rhonda Richmond Piano, Vocals
Xavyon Jamison Drums
Technical Credits
Cassandra Wilson Producer, Contributor
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jeff Haynes Contributor
Danny Kopelson Engineer
Bruce Lundvall Executive Producer
Sean Macke Engineer
Hat Nguyen Art Direction
Michael Simanga Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Management
Jack Spencer Cover Photo
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