Cassandra Wilson: You Donít Know What Love Is
You Donít Know What Love Is
Cassandra Wilson (vocals)
Blue Light 'Til Dawn (Blue Note: CDP 0777 7 81357 2 2)
Cassandra Wilson (vocals),
Brandon Ross (steel string guitar), Charlie Burnham (violin).
Recorded: New York, NY. 1993
Rating: 80/100 (learn more)
Cassandra Wilsonís ascension to successful musical iconoclast may trouble those who belabor the question of what is jazz, but thatís another discussion. Wilsonís evolving style works for me, and Brandon Rossís arrangement of this Raye/DePaul standard is stark and deep. Elements of folk and blues are certainly here, but so are the chords and lyrics to one of the darkest of jazz tunes. Just hearing this evokes the spirit of Lady Day, and while Wilson has a unique sound, I do hear a little Betty Carter in this performance.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy