Cassandra Wilson definitely has her way with standards. On her 2009 Grammy-winning Loverly, Ms. Wilson breathes cool air into classic jazz tunes with her sexy contralto and laidback phrasing. Her cover of “A Day in the Life of a Fool” should be studied by anyone, particularity Vietnamese singers, who would like to learn how to sing behind the beat. She maneuvers her way around the boss-nova groove like rings of smoke twirling in a dark and empty space. With just an upright bass accompanying her, she molds “The Very Thought of You” into a new shape.
Big props to my big bro HmL for sharing the album.