Cassandra Wilson: Easy Rider


Easy Rider


Cassandra Wilson (vocals)


Thunderbird (Blue Note 63398)

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Cassandra Wilson (vocals), Colin Linden (guitar), Marc Ribot (guitar), Reginald Veal (bass), Jim Keltner (drums),

Keefus Ciancia (keyboards, programming, electric bass), Mike Elizondo (electric bass), Bill Maxwell (drums)


Recorded: No date given (CD released in 2006)


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Don't be scared off by the personnel listing. You might assume that a recording with three bass players, two drummers, two guitarists, as well as keyboard and - most ominous of all - a "programmer," would sound too busy. In fact, this stunning version of "Easy Rider" has a fresh, open ambiance that actually sounds under-produced. The Mississippi-born Wilson has always been a great blues singer, but here she takes one of the oldest blues in the repertoire and makes you forget that anyone else has ever recorded it. A smart, deep performance by one of the finest jazz singers of our day.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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