Cassandra Wilson: Poet
Cassandra Wilson (vocals)
Thunderbird (Blue Note 63398)
Keefus Ciancia (keyboards, programming, distorted bass), Jay Bellerose (drums), Bill Maxwell (drums).
Recorded: No date given (CD released in 2006)
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Oh, how I love those low notes! Most vocalists reach into their upper register to grab the audience's attention, but Wilson has always been best when singing below the accompaniment, when blending in with the bass, guitar and drums. "Poet" has lots of those, you may have noticed. (I'm still not sure what a distorted bass is - they didn't have those when I was studying music.) The rhythm section is really just a soupy mixture, but the whole affair has that warm, humid feeling of a walk in a tropical forest at twilight. A very sensuous performance.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
Tags: jazz vocals