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Wilson, Cassandra / Coming Forth By Day
Album:Coming Forth By Day Collection:Jazz
Artist:Wilson, Cassandra Added:04/2015

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Add Date:2015-06-26 Pull Date:2015-08-28 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:30 Aug23 Aug16 Aug9 Aug2 Aug26 Jul19 Jul12 Jul

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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2015-06-19 

For Billie’s 100th, here’s a set of songs associated with the great Lady. No mere covers; these are radical reinterpretations with completely different singing styles and surprising orchestrations. Wilson’s voice is deep and rich. Bass & drums are prominent; strings and winds (such as a frequent bass clarinet) add rich and varied colors.

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1 ** Slow, bluesy crawl. She’s accepting that her man has cheated. Stark & spare to start, the music builds up. A beautiful tenor sax is soothing & loving. (4:35)
2 *** Mid-slow. She’s talking up her self-esteem despite a dependent relationship. Clarinet, bass clarinet, elec piano, tom-toms & effects combine to create a dark, spooky tone. (5:08)
3 Slow. Mellow love song with a pretty melody. Impish bass clarinet & strings. (6:19)
4 Mid-tempo. Lush, Philly-R&B style orchestration. Smoky, deep voice. (4:10)
5 * Slower, sadder version of a big hit for Dianna Ross. Interesting accompaniment includes sci-fi effects & loops, along with gentle waterfall piano & strings. (4:07)
6 * Slow. A most beautiful pop love song done extraordinarily well. Slower than famous versions you’ve heard (e.g., Tony Bennett). Bass clarinet & string orchestra. (3:51)
7 * Slow. Singing is interrupted by striking, dramatic instrumentation incl elec guitar. (4:57)
8 * Slow. Pretty rendition of another pop love song. Wilson sings wonderfully across several octaves. Electric guitar, effects, loops, bass clarinet, strings. (4:10)
9 Slow. Another love song, sung very well. Guitar, winds, effects. Elegant. (4:14)
10 ** Slow. Dark & ominous. About lynching in the South. Singing is deep & emotional. Loud, hugely orchestrated outro includes everybody plus Wilson on elec guitar. (4:55)
11 Very slow. Breathy, whispered vocal. Drums, piano, violin all with max echo. (6:10)
12 Slow. The only original: elegy for sometimes lover & accompanist Lester Young, from Billie’s point of view. Nice tenor sax solo. (5:51)

Track Listing
1.Don't Explain 7.Good Morning Heartache
2.Billie's Blues 8.What A Little Moonlight Can Do
3.Crazy He Calls Me 9.These Foolish Things
4.You Go To My Head 10.Strange Fruit
5.All Of Me 11.I'll Be Seeing You
6.The Way You Look Tonight 12.Last Song (For Lester)