Cassandra Wilson

Soulful, sensual and lyrical, she's carrying on the tradition of great jazz vocalists

In 1991, after she had been in New York City for almost 10 years, the Mississippi woman known as Cassandra Wilson made a recording titled Blue Skies and set herself ahead of all other jazz singers, except for the longtime giants Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. With a sensuality too purely adult and far too lyrical to be confused with either the mush or the vulgarity that defines too much popular singing, Wilson remakes standard songs as though none of the lessons laid down by the greats have been lost on her.

Wilson knows how to tell a...

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