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on March 17, 2015
TRAVELING MILES is a more challenging listen than Cassandra's more popular albums, BLUE LIGHT TIL DAWN and NEW MOON DAUGHTER. The arrangements and the musicianship are superb but the material leans more to the avant-garde, though not excessively. Obviously the album is a tribute to the genius, Miles Davis, whose music was cuttng edge for its time. It has become my favorite Cassandra album because of its more creative genre. The double vinyl album is well recorded. The physical manufacture of the vinyl is very good, although expect a few light pops per side.
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on October 6, 2000
As I grow older and demand something more interesting and innovative to listen to ,yet produce a rewarding result,I am constantly prepared to persevere with something conceptual and unusual.This tribute to Miles Dewey Davis, and a showcase to the talent and ambition of Ms Wilson,is just such a recording. From the outset this is an adult work,at times not quite hitting the mark,but bursting with genuine emotion and interpretative understanding that Miles would have surely approved.
I would recommend that this CD be listened to at least four or five times before passing any form of judgement..in fact it is playing as I type this review.It is a multi layered and complicated and yet at times jazzy and delicate, being a showcase for Ms Wilson's at times,*whiskey and cigarette* voice and at other times husky and melancholy delivery.At all times her vocals are interesting,and I note a pleasing duet with another great voice,Angelique Kidjo,on the final cut,Voodoo Reprise.Ms Wilson 's range is substantial and hynotic on this CD.I will, with relish, listen to her previous recordings of jazz standards and blues influenced material,for a further fix.
The CD opens with one of the stronger tracks,Run The Voodoo Down,and closes with a Reprise.The music of Miles Davis is complimented by the lyrics of Ms Wilson perfectly and this is an interpretive funky fusion of Afro beats and deep earthy vocals which set a pace that is continued throughout the CD.In fact praise should be given to the musicians on this CD,especially to the percussion and base credits of Lonnie Plaxico on acoustic base on most tracks and Jeffrey Haynes on percussion.It is pleasing to see a jazz artist stretch the boundaries and include mandolin,greek bazouki,harmonica,and an assortment of guitar variations.The result is not always consistent and lends to the listener overcoming a wave of acoustic string and jazz rock fusion sounds played at frantic pace on some tracks and then a slowing of the pace to a more melancholy jazz or blues feel.
My overall assessment is that this CD is a worthy addition to your collection.I recommend to you the beautiful interpretation of the Cyndi Lauper written,*Time After Time*with its soft emotional and melancholy delivery.I believe that this version ranks with the excellent interpretation of Eva Cassidy,and makes this song one of the truely great vehicles for interpretive singing in the last 20 years.There are the interpretations of Tutu and Blue in Green,Resurrection Blues and Sky and Sea,which are innovative and ambitious deliveries,worthy of contunal plays. The soft and sensual jazz delivery of the former gives way to a more acoustic interpretation of the later.I would also recommend Piper as a pleasing track. The Afro almost middle east feel that permeates through the later half of the CD,coupled with Ms Wilson's jazz influenced voice makes listening to this a rewarding experience.Whether listened to alone or with another,give yourself time to appreciate this music and you will find it growing on you.If you love percussion based music this is equally a delight.
This does require your undivided attention for the initial listenings and is something savoured.It is not easy listening,but it is different, adult and rewarding,and after the final track has played you must remember that it was dedicated to a true innovator of modern music whose music required you to earn the joy it provided. I give this 4 stars which will probably rise to 5 as I appreciate it more.Call it a workout for your senses...get fit!!!!!
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on December 19, 2016
Very pleased !!!
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on March 31, 2017
GREAT
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on October 5, 2015
Love this album. It's nice to hear lyrics put to some of my favorite songs from Miles. The players were very sympathetic to the thrust of the project and their playing shows their respect for Davis. Wilson's singing is kickin'. I bought the vinyl - good pressings and very quiet for this 2 LP set. Recommended.
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This album is wonderful, I can't take it out of my CD player. The New York Times recommended it as one of several releases in 1999 that adults would really enjoy and they are absolutely right. Ms. Wilson has taken Miles Davis' music and put her own stamp on it and the result is beautiful. It's not all Miles, however. In particular, I enjoy her version of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time. It sheds new light on that song. I would recommend this album to anyone with even the slightest interest in jazz. It's really quite a find.
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on December 12, 2014
This CD for me gives a vocal to those great renditions of Miles songs. A great conversation album. Cassandra bad.....
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on January 16, 2013
Love her style! I play Time After Time and Right Here, Right Now over-and-over again. Will definitely check out her other CDs.
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on September 13, 2014
As with my review of "Blue Light Til Dawn" my point of contention is the degree of compression used in recording this disc. I wish one could buy a CD of Ms. Wilson's that is uncompressed so that a listener could truly immerse themselves in her art.
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on February 27, 2015
Good CD
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