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Loverly by Cassandra Wilson
Released: Jun 2008
Label: Blue Note Records
On this tantalizing 2008 release, Cassandra Wilson returns to standards and strips down to a working band. Yet Wilson keeps the atmospheric Americana guitar sound of her recent recordings throughout, which lends a laidback air to the proceedings. Don't confuse "laidback" with "lazy" -- Wilson and her band are locked in and working at the top of their craft. The set features Jason Moran on piano and a guest appearance by trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Anyone who wants to study the jazz art of singing behind the beat should listen to Loverly repeatedly. OK, so should everyone else.
Nick Dedina

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