Cassandra Wilson

cassandra_wilsonTime for a little music with my nostalgia. I remember my days in Princeton (where I was a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study and, later, at the University) particularly well when it comes to certain special things, and one of them was the music I was discovering, and venturing up to New York or down to Philadelphia to see live.

The wonderful Cassandra Wilson had just firmly settled into her astonishingly good Blue Note phase at that time, and the (then) newly released album “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” was pure magic to me (and remains so), and was considerably inspiring to me during that time of intense work and during a key period of career and personal development.

I went to see her sing at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philly one wonderful evening. Here she is, (from around that time, I think, or at least it has the right feel), singing the opening song from the album in a slightly shaky live recording. It is a bit faster and less relaxed (in my opinion) rendition than the sublime album version, but it is still lovely. The excellent Brandon Ross is on guitar, and I think that is the (also excellent) Charles Burnham is on violin (sounds like him, anyway).

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5 Responses to Cassandra Wilson

  1. Kortney says:

    Enchanting music, thank you for the introduction!

  2. Clifford says:

    Well worth getting her albums, if you liked this taste. Her approach is quite wonderful, and she works with excellent musicians and producers.


  3. Kortney says:

    Indeed, I will start with “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” and look forward to unveiling her many treasures. So magical to newly discover wonderful works by profoundly talented artists.
    Indescribable really, much appreciation again ~ Grazi

  4. Thanks for sharing this, Clifford! My girlfriends, Blue and Cheryl met you last night at the Edison, by the way. I have this excellent album of Cassandra’s and I love the song. Her version with the unusual arrangement of acoustic guitar and violin is so poignant. […snip… cvj…]


  5. Clifford says:

    Hi Juliet,

    Glad you like it too! It was great to meet you all. That was a great show the band put on.

    I hope your show goes well later this month.