New Moon Daughter
2 x LP
( 1995 ) 2015 EU reissue on 180g vinyl 2XLP-This is no easy listen...Sparse, complex, often brooding arrangements coupled with Cassandra Wilson's deep, earthy voice and complicated phrasing demand your attention. But...gi...
Release date 17-11-2014(Originally released in 1995)
2015 EU reissue pressed on 180g Vinyl 2XLP-This is no easy listen...Sparse, complex, often brooding arrangements coupled with Cassandra Wilson's deep, earthy voice and complicated phrasing demand your attention. But...give this album the listening time and space it deserves and you will certainly reap the rewards. Unusual, highly atmospheric tracks that combine superb singing and marvellously 'distant' musical backings to weave real magic.
Cassandra Wilson's own excellent, jazz tinged compositions sit alongside a stunning set of ingenious covers from a highly diverse spectrum of composers. "Last Train To Clarksville" is transformed from a catchy pop song into a stripped-down and genuinely effective jazz vocal work-out. "Harvest Moon" slows down Neil Young's already wistful ballad to an almost painful level and, in so doing, takes it to an even higher level of gentle reflection.
Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and U2's "Love Is Blindness" are transformed into three in the morning jazz club classics. The vocals and backing to Robert Johnson's "32-20" are simplified to the point where only the essence of the blues is allowed to shine and, Lewis Allan's "Strange Fruit" becomes as desolate and challenging as it's horrific lyrics. Clever, very effective and worth the required effort!
- Cassandra Wilson (vocals)
- Graham Haynes / Lawrence 'Butch' Morris (cornet)
- Chris Whitley / Brandon Ross / Kevin Breit (guitar)
- Charlie Burnham (violin)
- Tony Cedras (accordian)
- Gary Breit (organ)
- Lonnie Plaxico / Mark Anthony Peterson (bass)
- Dougie Bowne (drums, percussion)
- Cyro Baptista (percussion)
A1. Strange Fruit
A2. Love Is Blindness
A3. Solomon Sang
B1. Death Letter
B3. Find Him
B4. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
C1. Last Train To Clarksville
C3. A Little Warm Death
D2. Harvest Moon
Label: Pure Pleasure Record/Blue Note
Originally released: 1995
This release: 2014