Silver Pony

Silver Pony

by Cassandra Wilson
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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:
11/09/2010
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
5099962975223
catalogNumber:
29752
Rank:
11170

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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   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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