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Cassandra Wilson-New Moon Daughter (Blue Note)

The problem with modern jazz albums is that there seem to be about thirty standards that everyone records. Vocalist Cassandra Wilson realizes how closed minded that idea is. Those were the popular songs of their day; why not transform the tunes of today?

 

Wilson has terrifically eclectic taste and a mastery of many styles. In her hands, U2's "Love Is Blindness" is more jazzy, more stylish, than anything Bono & Co. have been able to do, although they keep trying. Also surprisingly remade is a hipster bop version of The Monkees' "Last Train To Clarksville" of all things, adding layers to a song that did not seem to have them, and boy, it swings.

 

Even Hank Williams' overdone country standard "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" takes on new life in Wilson's version. She closes up the album with a sparse country-tinged version of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon."

 

Wilson's own songs are not quite as surprising as her covers, but even they are well played and recorded. New Moon Daughter is a jazz album for rock fans.

Alex Diamond

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