New Moon Daughter

New Moon Daughter

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by Cassandra Wilson
     
 

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It's not every jazz recording that includes songs by U2, Hank Williams, Son House, and the Monkees, but Cassandra Wilson is no ordinary jazz singer. A southern-born chanteuse with solid chops and a habit of genre hopping, Wilson took a fearless leap with NEW MOON DAUGHTER, wrapping her smoky voice around material thatSee more details below

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It's not every jazz recording that includes songs by U2, Hank Williams, Son House, and the Monkees, but Cassandra Wilson is no ordinary jazz singer. A southern-born chanteuse with solid chops and a habit of genre hopping, Wilson took a fearless leap with NEW MOON DAUGHTER, wrapping her smoky voice around material that -- at first glance -- hardly qualifies as jazz standards. So much for first impressions. Collaborating with the inventive producer Craig Street, Wilson embraces everything from the deep blues of Son House's "Death Letter" to the folk rock of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon," and winds up with some radical transformations. She turns the pure pop of The Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" into a bluesy reflection on romance. And her take on Billie Holiday's chilling standard "Strange Fruit" -- slow, filled with sparse, mysterious textures -- takes the song to eerie, haunting new places. Eclectic experiments and crossover attempts rarely sound this easy. Or this good.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Singer Cassandra Wilson, who has had a rather diverse career that has ranged from the free funk of M-Base to standards à la Betty Carter, has in recent times adopted a folk-oriented style a little reminiscent of Nina Simone. On New Moon Daughter her repertoire ranges from U2 to Son House, from Hoagy Carmichael to Hank Williams ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"); it is certainly the only album ever that contains both the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville" and "Strange Fruit." This CD is a surprise best-seller, for Wilson's voice actually sounds quite bored and emotionally detached. She deserves great credit for stretching herself, but one has to dig deep to find any warmth in her overly cool approach.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/1996
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724383286126
catalogNumber:
32861
Rank:
39794

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cassandra Wilson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Chris Whitley   Guitar
Lawrence "Butch" Morris   Cornet
Lonnie Plaxico   Bass
Graham Haynes   Cornet
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Jew's Harp,Shaker
Dougie Bowne   Percussion,Drums,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Vibes,Floor Tom
Gary Breit   Hammond Organ
Charlie Burnham   Violin
Tony Cedras   Accordion
Jeff Haynes   Percussion,Bongos
Brandon Ross   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Gib Wharton   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Electric Guitar
Mark Peterson   Bass
Peepers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ida Cox   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
Craig Street   Producer

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