Sings Standards

Sings Standards

by Cassandra Wilson
     
 
Cassandra Wilson has made a career in recent years out of interpreting atypical fare for a “jazz” singer. So her latter-day fans don’t bat an eye when she covers the Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville,” Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm,” or Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” -- as far as Wilson’s concerned, it’s all grist for the mill. But it wasn’t always this

Overview

Cassandra Wilson has made a career in recent years out of interpreting atypical fare for a “jazz” singer. So her latter-day fans don’t bat an eye when she covers the Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville,” Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm,” or Glen Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman” -- as far as Wilson’s concerned, it’s all grist for the mill. But it wasn’t always this way. While the bona fide jazz standard is now a relatively rare occurrence on her recent albums, Wilson used to do her share of classic material, the myriad standards that make up the traditional repertoire of most jazz vocalists, invariably adding her own distinct touch to each of these songs and bringing fingerprint individuality to them. This finely chosen collection will be an eye-opener for your basic Wilson fan circa, say, 2000. Here are nearly a dozen gorgeous versions of gorgeous songs; gems including “Body and Soul” and “I Wished on the Moon,” as well as tunes that started life as jazz instrumentals and were later transformed into durable songs, including Thelonious Monk’s “ 'Round Midnight,” Bill Evans’s “Blue in Green,” and Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge.” Wilson takes these chestnuts and through her own deeply personal interpretations gives them new legs to run with. If Wilson is more interested these days in widening the repertoire for jazz singers, it’s not for any lack of expertise on her part. Sings Standards proves that she had already firmly mastered the core material.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Cassandra Wilson is ostensibly a jazz singer, but more often than not crosses the creative line between folk, pop, and jazz. This collection of previously released tracks features Wilson on various jazz standards giving one a nice view of Wilson as simply a jazz vocalist. While this is in no way a "must have" for fans of the much lauded singer, it is a nice place for jazz aficionados to begin listening to this singular artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0731458983729
catalogNumber:
589837

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Performance Credits

Cassandra Wilson   Primary Artist
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
Lonnie Plaxico   Bass
Rod Williams   Piano
Grachan Moncur   Trombone
Jean-Paul Bourelly   Guitar
Kevin Bruce Harris   Bass
Mulgrew Miller   Piano
Reggie Washington   Bass
James Weidman   Piano
Mark Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

Peter Pullman   Notes Editing
Richard Seidel   Producer
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Robert Wright   Composer

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