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Cassandra Wilson’s decision to cover the works of Billie Holiday in celebration of Holiday’s centennial was simply the right thing to do. Thankfully, Wilson doesn’t just run through the catalog and collect $200 here. She teams up with producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recasts the songs as modern marvels. “Billie’s Blues” is every bit Cassandra’s, and “Strange Fruit” is as eerie and horrific as ever, enhanced by a noirscape of rumbling drums, ominous piano, and stalking bass. “The Way You Look Tonight,” with clarinet and strings, holds its romance. Occasional modernity peeks out, but the torch ballads are timeless and the singing is sublime. Of course.

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Love It!!

Billie would be very poud. Using the context of today's technological studio advancements, Cassandra's versions are perfect for our times.

Just keep doing it exactly like this

So greatly relieved that an artist like Miss Wilson is continuing to do what she does best - making one of a kind music, able to look back at a legend like Billie Holiday and bring this music to a new generation in a truly original way. Have only heard You Got To My Head and Strange Fruit and already convinced this album will be A Perfect Storm. Thanks, Miss Wilson!

Pure beauty

Just masterful


Born: December 4, 1955 in Jackson, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although her recording career has been somewhat erratic, Cassandra Wilson became one of the top jazz singers of the '90s, a vocalist blessed with a distinctive and flexible voice who is not afraid to take chances. She began playing piano and guitar when she was nine and was working as a vocalist by the mid-'70s, singing a wide variety of material. Following a year in New Orleans, Wilson moved to New York in 1982 and began working with Dave Holland and Abbey Lincoln. After meeting Steve Coleman, she...
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