Cassandra Wilson is one of the most beautiful voices of Black Music of recent years. A young art student from Mississippi who loved Joni Mitchell and jazz, she was a member of one of the important groups of progressive jazz, the M-Base Collective with Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. She later began a career as a vocalist interpreting a repertoire of traditional blues and standards as well as rock. Her musical background can be heard not only in her fine voice but also in the carefully crafted musical accompaniment.
Her last work, out April 2015, “Coming Forth by Day” is an homage dedicated to the beauty, power, and genius of Billie Holiday.
ROBERT GLASPER TRIO
Ten years after making his Blue Note debut, and following two GRAMMY-winning volumes of his critically and commercially successful R&B-oriented Black Radio albums, Robert Glasper has announced a return to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio for his new album, Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios), which will be released June 16 on Blue Note Records
Glasper, Archer and Reid—who form the original trio featured on Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums: Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007)—reconvened at the legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California in December to record Covered in front of an intimate live audience. The material mainly consisted of covers, drawing from some of Glasper’s favorite songs by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Jhené Aiko, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar, and more, as well as several Glasper originals