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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B0016NCTH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long considered one of the finest singers in the jazz world, Cassandra Wilson's new album is a tour de force of emotion, technique, interpretation and style as she brings her considerable powers to this collection of classic songs. Once again she has gathered a band of shining talent, featuring the brilliant Jason Moran on Piano with guitarist Marvin Sewell and Lonnie Plaxico on bass - a band that is so good together that Cassandra was happy to sit in the producer's chair and let the songs speak for themselves. Featuring incredible interpretations of the classics like Black Orpheus, Caravan, and The Very Thought of You, Cassandra is one of the few singers that can genuinely re-invent a song that we all think we know, such as Wouldn't It Be Loverly and turn it breathe new emotional life into it. However, the standout track has to be the stunning funky, soulful, brooding St. James Infirmary which has become a staple of her live set

Cassandra Wilson's Loverly is something more than just her unique spin on songs from long ago. For this set, she has assembled an impressive core group of musicians to accompany her: Jason Moran on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on acoustic upright bass, and Marvin Sewell on guitar. Her low and hypnotic contralto glides so knowingly through each song that they would seem to be of her own creation--but aren't. To be sure, each of the 12 songs found on Loverly are stamped with her trademark Delta-baby, bluesy style (most noticeably on "Dust My Broom"). But Wilson and company have taken it one step further by turning tear-jerkers such as "Til There Was You" and "The Very Thought of You" into sultry bubblers that invite ballads into the bedroom. Throw in the moody "Black Orpheus" and her funky, down-to-business take on "St. James Infirmary," and it doesn't take long to realize that Loverly is a complete attempt to satisfy the soul; a sexy mesh that dares rival anything Cassandra Wilson has released before it. --Eric C.P. Martin

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Thanks to TAS this is a welcome addition to my music collection.
G. Meredith
Nicely done, the vocal and musical arrangements, the selections, and the soul of the artist provide an environment of listening pleasure.
As much as I love some of the songs, none of them really stands out in particular, which is very unusual for her.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By steamy blues on June 11, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Back in the Eighties, the American singer Cassandra Wilson was a founder of the M-Base movement which mixed African culture with funk and avant-garde jazz.
For more than a decade, however, she's achieved commercial and critical success by re-imagining unexpected material as bluesy jazz.
Her new album is ostensibly a straightforward collection of standards, even tackling "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from the musical "My Fair Lady" (My Fair Lady (1956 Original Broadway Cast)), but it also embraces gentle experimentation grounded in the percussion of African drum expert Lekan Babalola.
Thus Dixieland classic "St James Infirmary" becomes a rolling percussive groove and the whole album thrives on jamming between piano and rhythm section.
Certainly easy on the ear, "Loverly" also nudges subtly and playfully at smooth jazz listeners' expectations.
The title just about sums this up, really. It's a cracking album of top-drawer singing, and might just be the best album Wilson has recorded since her debut 15 years ago.
It finds her exploring the standards repertoire with relish and invention, helped by her old friends: guitarist Marvin Sewell, bassists Reggie Veal and Lonnie Plaxico, drummer Herlin Riley, and labelmate and pianist Jason Moran.
Cassandra Wilson's voice has matured into a wonderfully expressive instrument, full of smoky intensity and her way with a lyric is beguiling.
She finds new things to say on old songs like "Gone With the Wind" and the lovely "Black Orpheus".
Cassandra gets into funky form on "St James' Infirmary" and a raunchy "Dust My Broom".
Rush out and buy it.
You will love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on July 25, 2008
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In the August, 2008 issue of "Down Beat," the universe of jazz critics have weighed in. The #1 jazz singer in the world, and by a pretty good margin, is Cassandra Wilson. Though I'm not the world's biggest Cassandra Wilson fan, and though Cassandra Wilson is not my favorite singer, I understand and respect the critical consensus, and I write to give my theory, based on the evidence of "Loverly," on why this is so.

Ever since the seminal "Blue Light "til Dawn" of 1993 (still my favorite Cassandra recording, BTW), Ms. Wilson is the singer who will not be pigeonholed. I gave her last recording, "Thunderbird," 5 stars on the basis of its sheer ingenuity. But I noted that it was questionable to call her a jazz singer; that c.d. was so close to alt rock that it tended to put her in the "uncategorizable" category.

So, what she has done here is to go back to standards. Well, sort of. A c.d. with Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom," and the Yoruban (!) praise song to "Ogun," "Akere" (hey: she never claimed this to be a c.d. of American standards!), can't really be called "standard."

Instead, she starts up where she left off on "Thunderbird," with a unique blend of Afro-centricism, blues, and jazz (Yes, she sings jazz; check out her duet here with Lonnie Plaxico on "The Very Thought of You"). We have the most African version of "Caravan" ever, with a terrific piano solo from Jason Moran. We have blues licks a plenty on "Til There Was You" from "The Music Man." We have riffing around open guitar chords from Marvin Sewell on "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most."

Through it all, Cassandra Wilson knocks off her parts as if it's the easiest thing in the world. Listen to her offhanded version of "Lover Come Back to Me.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By david c on June 20, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Seeing other very positive reviews, I guess I was expecting something special. It is good, for sure, but there are a few aspects which stop it being great. The informality of the session is nice, but it does sometimes sound like a rehearsal. Wilson's voice has that unusual but appealing lugubriousness, but she does occasionally let herself down intonation-wise. The band are fine individually but sometimes get in each others' way. For example, when Sewell and Moran are both comping behind Wilson,it gets a bit too cluttered for my taste. Indeed, Sewell is a guitarist who I'd happily go to see perform, but I don't regard him as an ideal accompanist (rather like having Scofield there--that wouldn't work as well as , say Anthony Wilson or Russell Malone)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John W. Dunner on November 24, 2008
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Wouldn't it be? Wilson thinks so, as she inhales a Southern aire and blows a serious blues jones into the lungs of these somewhat shopworn mannequins, breathing heat back into their Broadway bones. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" is a bittersweet treat. "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?" blithely skips over the crumbling concrete of disappointment. "Black Orpheus" is all haloed streetlamps in a midnight fog. Throughout, Wilson's warmth is palpable, heightened by the "liveness" of the recording. Wilson sings on, over, and around the beat; she clicks, claps, and finger snaps, exhorting her musicians to a communal "one." Let yourself get swept in. Everybody gets the blues; Wilson turns `em into jazzy rainbows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on January 24, 2009
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On first thought, I didn't think Cassandra was up to the task of covering such songs as "Lover Come Back to Me" and "Loverly," but she made a fool out of me by giving these vintage pieces nice new turns with her distinctive voice. Still, she seems more at home on such songs as "St. James Infirmary" and "Dust My Broom," recalling her earlier forays into the Blues on Blue Light Til Dawn and New Moon Daughter. All in all, this is a very good album with excellent accompaniment by Jason Moran and Lonnie Plaxico.
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