Cassandra Wilson: Honey Bee


Honey Bee


Cassandra Wilson (vocals)


Glamoured (Blue Note 81860)

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Cassandra Wilson (vocals), Brandon Ross (guitar), Calvin Jones (bass), Herlin Riley (drums, washboard).

Composed by Muddy Waters


Recorded: December 2002 and February 2003


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Wilson hails from Jackson, Mississippi, and on this track she digs deeply into the blues tradition of her home state. Muddy Waters's original "Honey Bee" was a top ten R&B hit back in 1951, but this song is just as gritty and powerful a half century later. Wilson's voice is perfect for the blues, rich in the lower register and penetrating into the lyrics rather than glossing over them. A solid performance from one of the finest vocalists of her generation.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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