Coming Forth by Day =A Tribute To Billie Holiday=
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gatefold sleeve/a musical homage to billie holiday
2015 EU issue on 180g vinyl 2xLP - New Musical Homage to Legendary Jazz Vocalist Billie Holiday Produced by Nick Launay. Featuring T Bone Burnett, Nick Zinner (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) & The Bad Seeds Rhythm Section (Thomas Wydler / Martyn P. Casey) ...
Release date: 02-04-2015
2015 EU issue on 180g 2LP - New Musical Homage to Legendary Jazz Vocalist Billie Holiday Produced by Nick Launay. Featuring T Bone Burnett, Nick Zinner (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs) & The Bad Seeds Rhythm Section (Thomas Wydler / Martyn P. Casey) Plus String Arrangements from Van Dyke Parks
Legacy Recordings has signed Grammy-winning American vocalist Cassandra Wilson to the label and her first release will be the new album Coming Forth By Day. A musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth, Coming Forth By Day is Wilson's moody, soulful showcase for contemporary yet timeless interpretations of standards associated with Lady Day. Coming Forth By Day was produced by Nick Launay, known as Nick Cave's producer for the last decade among many other adventurous credits.
"Cassandra Wilson is one of the world's most elegant and tasteful artists. Her decision to channel the spirit of Billie Holiday on her new album is a perfect complement to Legacy's plans for celebrating Lady Day's centennial," said Legacy Recordings President Adam Block. "It's an absolute treat to work with Cassandra in the realization of this unexpected and sublimely beautiful music."
Wilson recorded Coming Forth By Day in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios with an A list musical team including producer Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Arcade Fire), guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section The Bad Seeds (drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey).
"A dream of mine is happening," said Cassandra Wilson, "I've been in love with Billie Holiday's voice since the moment I heard it, and she has inspired me throughout my career."
Among her many awards and honors, Cassandra Wilson has earned two Grammys (1996, Best Jazz Vocal Performance for New Moon Daughter; 2009, Best Jazz Vocal Album for Loverly); been named Down Beat's Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year (1994-1996); received the Montreal International Jazz Festival's Miles Davis Prize (1999); and was named "America's Best Singer" in Time magazine (2001).
A1. Don’t Explain
A2. Billie’s Blues
A3. Crazy He Calls Me
B1. You Go To My Head
B2. All Of Me
B3. The Way You Look Tonight
C1. Good Morning Heartache
C2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
C3. These Foolish Things
D1. Strange Fruit
D2. I’ll Be Seeing You
D3. Last Song (For Lester)
Perhaps the pairing of Cassandra Wilson and Billie Holiday carries a whiff of inevitability, but there's nothing predictable about Coming Forth by Day. Released to coincide with Holiday's centennial in 2015, Coming Forth by Day explicitly celebrates Lady Day by drawing upon standards she sang in addition to songs she wrote, but Wilson deliberately sidesteps the conventional by hiring Nick Launayas a producer. As a result of his work with Nick Cave, Launay mastered a certain brand of spooky Americana, something that comes in handy with the Holiday catalog, but Coming Forth by Day is never too thick with murk. It luxuriates in its atmosphere, sometimes sliding into a groove suggesting smooth '70s soul, often handsomely evoking a cinematic torch song -- moods that complement each other and suggest Holiday's work without replicating it. This is a neat trick: such flexibility suggests how adaptable Holiday's songbook is while underscoring the imagination behind Wilson's interpretations. Certainly, Launay deserves credit for his painterly production, but the success of Coming Forth by Day belongs entirely to Wilson, who proves that she's an heir to Holiday's throne by never once imitating her idol.
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This release: 2015