Cassandra Wilson: Lover Come Back to Me
Lover Come Back to Me
Cassandra Wilson (vocals)
Loverly (Blue Note 21690)
Composed by Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein.
Recorded: Jackson, Mississippi, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The rhythm section adopts a retro pose on this reworking of a 1928 Romberg and Hammerstein standard. Sewell's chug-a-lug guitar work would not be out of place in the old King Cole Trio, and even Jason Moran surprises with some traditional licks . . . well, at least for the first 16 bars of his solo. Wilson creates great drama here by adopting a relaxed, behind-the-beat manner of phrasing, which contrasts markedly (and nicely) with the hard swing of the band. Few vocalists are freer or looser with the old songs than Wilson, and she delivers another top-notch performance on this solid track.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia