Silver Pony

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Yeah, Cassandra Wilson is a jazz singer, but she's a 21st century jazz singer, mixing elements of jazz, pop, rock, Delta blues, and light funk into her performances, expanding what a jazz vocalist can be in a contemporary world with her horn player phrasing, smoky texture, and a voice that has matured into a haunting, sensual alto. She tackles some jazz standards, but she's also adept at taking modern rock and old country-blues songs and finding a way to make them into new jazz standards, fully aware that she's pushing boundaries in a genre that all too often plays it safe these days. Silver Pony is a delight, with a light, shimmering sound that makes each track feel like...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Yeah, Cassandra Wilson is a jazz singer, but she's a 21st century jazz singer, mixing elements of jazz, pop, rock, Delta blues, and light funk into her performances, expanding what a jazz vocalist can be in a contemporary world with her horn player phrasing, smoky texture, and a voice that has matured into a haunting, sensual alto. She tackles some jazz standards, but she's also adept at taking modern rock and old country-blues songs and finding a way to make them into new jazz standards, fully aware that she's pushing boundaries in a genre that all too often plays it safe these days. Silver Pony is a delight, with a light, shimmering sound that makes each track feel like it's part of a deliberate yet spontaneous fabric. Wilson and her band (Wilson on vocals and synthesizer, Marvin Sewell on electric guitar, Jonathan Batiste on piano, Reginald Veal on electric bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Lekan Babalola on percussion; Ravi Coltrane adds saxophone on "Silver Moon" and John Legend adds vocals and piano on "Watch the Sunrise") recorded live improvisations at European concerts in Warsaw, Seville, and Granada and brought them into the studio to expand and work on with producer John Fischbach, resulting in several new songs, and with a handful of carefully picked songs by writers as diverse as Charley Patton ("Saddle Up My Pony"), Stevie Wonder ("If It's Magic") and Paul McCartney ("Blackbird"), and with a couple of stone-cold jazz standards (Billie Holiday's "Lover Come Back to Me" and the traditional "Went Down to St. James Infirmary)" to fill in the spaces, Wilson and her band have created a wonderful and almost seamless set of music that explores a lot of territory and yet still keeps its cohesiveness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • EAN: 5099962975223
  • Catalog Number: 29752
  • Sales rank: 5,201

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lover Come Back to Me - Dianne Reeves (6:51)
  2. 2 Went Down To St James Infirmary - Dianne Reeves (7:14)
  3. 3 A Night In Seville - Dianne Reeves (3:00)
  4. 4 Beneath a Silver Moon - Dianne Reeves (6:39)
  5. 5 Saddle Up My Pony - Dianne Reeves (9:32)
  6. 6 If It's Magic - Dianne Reeves (4:34)
  7. 7 Forty Days and Forty Nights - Dianne Reeves (4:59)
  8. 8 Silver Pony - Dianne Reeves (0:36)
  9. 9 A Day In The Life Of A Fool - Dianne Reeves (7:35)
  10. 10 Blackbird - Dianne Reeves (6:45)
  11. 11 Watch the Sunrise - Dianne Reeves (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cassandra Wilson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass Drums, Vocals
Herlin Riley Drums
Reginald Veal Electric Bass
Brandon Ross Acoustic Guitar
Marvin Sewell Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ravi Coltrane Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
John Legend Piano, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lekan Babalola Percussion
Luke Laird Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Helen Gillet Cello, Vielle
Jonathan Batiste Piano, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Sigmund Romberg Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cassandra Wilson Producer
John Fischbach Producer, Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Bob Katz Mastering
Stevie Wonder Composer
Larry Blumenfeld Liner Notes
Bernard Roth Composer
Burton Yount Art Direction
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Rachel Salomon Cover Illustration
Wes Fontenot Pro-Tools
Don Juan Holder Engineer
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