I just downloaded the new Cassandra Wilson album, "Loverly," and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’s an album of standards, morphed into Wilson’s own hypnotic creations. My favorite tune after two listens -- “Dust my Broom.”
Gary Giddins’ profile in the New Yorker omits the mention of “Blue Skies,” Wilson's first inventive album of standards. "Loverly" is natural, elegant, open. I love it.



Cassandra is the best!

I love this record too and will be featuring it on What's New this weekend - Saturday at 9pm on AM 1370 and Sunday at 8pm on WRUR 88.5 FM. It's definitely not your standard standards album. She goes way beyond the great American songbook stuff, digging into some blues classics too. My favorites so far are the stripped down tunes - "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" and "The Very Thought of You." These have been done a million times but Cassandra makes them sound totally fresh. Along with stuff from Loverly, I'll be playing her version of "Days of Wine and Roses" and also a Jimi Hendrix cover.