CD Loverly (CD 1203993),
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  • 1. Lover Come Back To Me
    2. Black Orpheus
    3. Wouldn't It Be Loverly
    4. Gone With the Wind
    5. Caravan
    6. 'til There Was You
    7. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
    8. Arere
    9. St. James Infirmary
    10. Dust My Broom
    11. Very Thought of You, The
    12. Sleepin' Bee
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 50999 5 2169

  • Credits

    Cassandra Wilson continues her reign as one of the best jazz vocalists of the late 20th and early 21st century on 2008's LOVERLY. Even though songs like "Caravan," "Til There Was You," or "Lover, Come Back to Me" might be judged as some of the moldiest oldies in the American songbook, Wilson's gifts as an interpreter, and the superb band she's assembled, enliven these chestnuts in a way that makes them wholly fresh.
    Wilson fans already adore her dusky, honeyed vocal texture as well as her stylish, drawn-out phrasing, and there's plenty of that here, especially on sultry showcases like "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," and "Dust My Broom." Whether the vibe is Latin ("Black Orpheus") or funk ("St. James Infirmary"), Wilson makes the tune her own. But part of LOVERLY's appeal rests in the sometimes ambient, sometimes edgy playing of her ensemble, which includes guitarist Marvin Sewell and the pianist Jason Moran (check out his solo on "Lover Come Back to Me"). Organic, seductive, and gorgeous, LOVERLY is a first-rate jazz album that makes the Great American Songbook irresistible again.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.95) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Wilson stretches jazz standards into new shapes here."
    Down Beat (p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The real proof is in her connection to the essence of a song like 'Gone With The Wind,' where her husky contralto blends so completely with Jason Moran's fractured piano and Marvin Sewell's guitar that the lyrics are felt as much as heard."
    JazzTimes (p.114) - "Here she keeps things deliberately and smartly simple....LOVERLY stands as one of Wilson's coziest, loverly-est recordings....It's full of surprises."
    Vibe (p.60) - "Her blue-smoked contralto is one of the most distinctive voices of her generation, and her latest album, LOVERLy, proves once again that she needs no artifice to soar musically."
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