Music from The NBC Television Series Crossing Jordan Soundtrack
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Who better to turn to collaborate on such an endeavor than T-Bone Burnett. The team chose the songs, then rather than license original recording, used the approach of "Wouldn't it be cool if we got (insert artist here) to do this song". Evidently Burnett, as executive producer, lined up the artists and secured the clearances, but turned most of the actual production chores over to Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones, Jubilant Sykes), an astonishing producer himself. Street has a remarkable skill for leading his artists to get to the essence of the lyrics and then use the musicians to go to the same essence rather than provide a score to the singer. It's great fun to see how well, or even better, these new versions stand up against the hit versions.
Case in point is Ms. Wilson's version of Jimi Hendrix' "The Wind Cries Mary". Though the aural presentation of the song is almost narcotic ear candy, Wilson showcases the lyrics to present a mood and situation that truly tie the song into program's storytelling.
Richard Thompson's thrilling take on Donovan's "Season of the Witch" may be his most incendiary recorded performance since "Shoot out the Lights".Read more ›
CROSSING JORDAN is a surprising treat, in part, because the music was recorded specifically for CROSSING JORDAN--in the same studio, with the same musicians for all the singers who contribute (except for "Black Coffee" a Rosemary Clooney standard perfect for the mood of this soundtrack.) "I Want to Be Your Man" by Sam Phillips (who also appears on another track) opens and "Black Coffee" closes an impressively together work and reminds you of the days when soundtracks (especially film) had a connection. Nowadays, films and tv shows pull anything off the music shelves and throw in on their albums. Not here!
Every song on here is gorgeous and the real treat is the star of CROSSING JORDAN Jill Hennessy. If you've watched the show, you know this girl has talent! If you don't watch the show (catch it in re-runs on A&E), then you're in for two good songs by an actress who can actually sing ("You're Innocent When You Dream" is haunting.)
Other stand-out songs:
"Buckets of Rain" by Vic Chestnut
"Hang Down Your Head" by Lucinda Williams
"The Wind Cries Mary" Cassandra Wilson
"Pale Blue Eyes" Joe Henry
So find a quiet corner, dim the lights, sit back in your chair or bed and just FEEL!
First the misses: I don't know why T-Bone Burnett would start off this great album with Sam Phillips' lethargic remake of the Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man." Oh yeah, that's right...he's married to her. Matching Phillips' somnambulent delivery is Lucinda Williams' vocal work on "Hang Down Your Head." I know she is an icon of sorts for the alt-country crowd but personally I find her singing annoyingly nasal.
The women who really shine on the disc are Alison Krauss, Cassandra Wilson and Jill Hennessy. Krauss sings "Can't Find My Way Home" like she wrote it. I know it is not a serious departure from the Blind Faith version, but in this case that's a good thing. Wilson, on the other hand, takes the Hendrix ballad "The Wind Cries Mary" and completely turns it on its head. Purists may balk but I like it. Hennessy's work is the most surprising since I had admired her acting but never knew she had such wonderful pipes. Both of her tunes are radiant--she sings with a voice both fragile and confident.
Of the men on display on the album I particularly love Vic Chesnutt's take on Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" and Richard Thompson's appropriately scary "Season of the Witch." Marc Anthony Thompson's version of the Kinks' "Days" is good, but every time I hear it, it makes me want to listen to the original.
Overall this is an excellent album. I would've given it a fifth star if T-Bone had left Sam at home. And I say that as someone who absolutely loves her album "Martinis and Bikinis."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always enjoyed music from Crossing Jordan! Wish there was more.Published 2 months ago by Sunnydaywomen
got it for Allison Krauss version of can't find my way homePublished 4 months ago by Thomas A. Costa
I was a rabid fan of the TV series Crossing Jordan, and this music CD features songs from that show, including one sung by Jill Hennessey. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Larue Hardinger
Surprisingly great little CD! I bought it for Alison Krauss' version of "I Can't Find My Way Home", not even bothering to look at the other cuts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeanne
Great seller and I love the CD. Wonderful music from one of my favorite shows.Published 12 months ago by Tracy
I really enjoy most of the cuts on this CD, especially The Holmes Brothers' "Trouble," the Crossing Jordan Themes, Rosemary Clooney's "Black Coffee," and others. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jw
Originally purchased for the haunting version of "Can't Find My Way Home" by Allison Krause, as I could not find it anywhere else. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by dwillywonka
I can't find the first copy I got of this, so I'm replacing it. I originally bought for the version of "Season of the Witch" on it and really like the whole album. Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by J. Erin Dugan