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By Larry Katz and Larry Katz,Entertainment News Service | June 16, 1995
After eight albums, Cassandra Wilson was still classified as a young jazz singer with promise.Then came her ninth release, "Blue Light 'Til Dawn." Now she's the jazz singer of today. What's more, a lot of people with no particular interest in jazz are turning into Wilson fans."Yes, I'm surprised," the New York-based Ms. Wilson says of her burgeoning popularity. "Pleasantly surprised. The response people have to the album has been amazing. I'm still trying to figure it out."She laughs. "But I guess it's not something I need to figure out. Whatever it is, it's cool."
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By Rashod D. Ollison | November 6, 2008
Perhaps the most daring jazz vocalist of her generation, Cassandra Wilson often pushes her music in thrilling, richly evocative directions. The dark and loamy feel of the blues usually anchors her sound. Be it a Hank Williams ballad, a pop ditty by the Monkees or an introspective self-penned tune, Wilson adds sensuous, haunting textures and dimensions to any song. On Loverly, her latest CD released in June, the Grammy winner revisits the American Songbook. Excluding Rendezvous, her 1997 duet album with pianist Jacky Terrasson, Loverly is Wilson's first exploration of standards as a leader in 20 years.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | November 6, 2008
Perhaps the most daring jazz vocalist of her generation, Cassandra Wilson often pushes her music in thrilling, richly evocative directions. The dark and loamy feel of the blues usually anchors her sound. Be it a Hank Williams ballad, a pop ditty by the Monkees or an introspective self-penned tune, Wilson adds sensuous, haunting textures and dimensions to any song. On Loverly, her latest CD released in June, the Grammy winner revisits the American Songbook. Excluding Rendezvous, her 1997 duet album with pianist Jacky Terrasson, Loverly is Wilson's first exploration of standards as a leader in 20 years.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | April 6, 2006
I resisted the trip. The first time I played Cassandra Wilson's New Moon Daughter soon after its release in 1995, it stopped me cold. This was my introduction to the artist's bare-bones, folk-suffused, Delta-blues brand of jazz. And I wasn't ready to go with her. I wondered what all those jive New York critics were raving about. The Mississippi woman's thick, elixir voice and languorous way of singing just didn't move me at all. I thought about taking the album to the used-CD shop down the street, but I decided against it and slid the disc onto the bottom shelf.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | April 6, 2006
I resisted the trip. The first time I played Cassandra Wilson's New Moon Daughter soon after its release in 1995, it stopped me cold. This was my introduction to the artist's bare-bones, folk-suffused, Delta-blues brand of jazz. And I wasn't ready to go with her. I wondered what all those jive New York critics were raving about. The Mississippi woman's thick, elixir voice and languorous way of singing just didn't move me at all. I thought about taking the album to the used-CD shop down the street, but I decided against it and slid the disc onto the bottom shelf.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 9, 2003
A piece of the sun glitters in her throat. When Cassandra Wilson opens her mouth to sing, the words flow, drenched in honey warmth and light. She brightens melodies, brings lyrical tales to life. Call her music jazz if you want. But categorization is pointless. For years, she has been a puzzlement -- a master of melodic nuance and improvisational phrasing who interprets songs from the blues, folk, pop, soul and country canons over eclectic all-acoustic arrangements. Don't ask the Mississippi woman to explain what she does so effortlessly.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | March 25, 2004
Cassandra Wilson / Murphy Fine Arts Center Imbuing her sound with an intelligent sensuality, Cassandra Wilson will sing selections from her sparkling Glamoured CD Friday night at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center on the Morgan State University campus, 2100 Argonne Drive. Doors open at 7; tickets are $25-$37.50 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Edwin McCain Band / Funk Box Roots pop-rock group the Edwin McCain Band will rock the house with Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise at the Funk Box, 10 E. Cross St., tonight at 8. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 410-625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 9, 1996
"I've often tried to figure out what it is, exactly, we're doing," says singer Cassandra Wilson, with a laugh. "You know, to find the words to describe it."Why would Wilson have trouble describing her own music?Perhaps because most of the standard vocabulary doesn't really apply. Although she's clearly a jazz singer, the fact that she's as apt to sing something by Hank Williams or Joni Mitchell as by Hoagy Carmichael or Billie Holiday means that her approach doesn't quite fit the average listener's notion of the genre.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 24, 1998
The Ballet Theater of Annapolis' spring performance last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis was an improvement over the disorganized, unmusical mess of last fall's "Dracula."The three-part program showed the company in proper repertory for its size and ability.It began with "Minkus Variations," a compilation of bon-bons from Leon Minkus' full-length ballets "Paquita" and "Don Quixote," and ended with "3 Moons Unveiled," a new work by Anton Wilson, a former BTA dancer.
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June 11, 2006
Suddenly on May 28, 2006, FREDERICK LEO; beloved companion of Teresa King; son of Regina Edwards and the late Bernard Geelhaar; loving brother of Christopher Kraft, Cassandra Wilson, Timothy Geelhaar, Bambi Edwards and Richard Edwards, Jr. Also survived by many other relatives and friends. A Private Cremation was held. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Monday, June 12, 2006, 11am Graveside in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home, P.A.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | March 25, 2004
Cassandra Wilson / Murphy Fine Arts Center Imbuing her sound with an intelligent sensuality, Cassandra Wilson will sing selections from her sparkling Glamoured CD Friday night at the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center on the Morgan State University campus, 2100 Argonne Drive. Doors open at 7; tickets are $25-$37.50 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Edwin McCain Band / Funk Box Roots pop-rock group the Edwin McCain Band will rock the house with Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise at the Funk Box, 10 E. Cross St., tonight at 8. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 410-625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 9, 2003
A piece of the sun glitters in her throat. When Cassandra Wilson opens her mouth to sing, the words flow, drenched in honey warmth and light. She brightens melodies, brings lyrical tales to life. Call her music jazz if you want. But categorization is pointless. For years, she has been a puzzlement -- a master of melodic nuance and improvisational phrasing who interprets songs from the blues, folk, pop, soul and country canons over eclectic all-acoustic arrangements. Don't ask the Mississippi woman to explain what she does so effortlessly.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 24, 1998
The Ballet Theater of Annapolis' spring performance last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis was an improvement over the disorganized, unmusical mess of last fall's "Dracula."The three-part program showed the company in proper repertory for its size and ability.It began with "Minkus Variations," a compilation of bon-bons from Leon Minkus' full-length ballets "Paquita" and "Don Quixote," and ended with "3 Moons Unveiled," a new work by Anton Wilson, a former BTA dancer.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | May 9, 1996
"I've often tried to figure out what it is, exactly, we're doing," says singer Cassandra Wilson, with a laugh. "You know, to find the words to describe it."Why would Wilson have trouble describing her own music?Perhaps because most of the standard vocabulary doesn't really apply. Although she's clearly a jazz singer, the fact that she's as apt to sing something by Hank Williams or Joni Mitchell as by Hoagy Carmichael or Billie Holiday means that her approach doesn't quite fit the average listener's notion of the genre.
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By Larry Katz and Larry Katz,Entertainment News Service | June 16, 1995
After eight albums, Cassandra Wilson was still classified as a young jazz singer with promise.Then came her ninth release, "Blue Light 'Til Dawn." Now she's the jazz singer of today. What's more, a lot of people with no particular interest in jazz are turning into Wilson fans."Yes, I'm surprised," the New York-based Ms. Wilson says of her burgeoning popularity. "Pleasantly surprised. The response people have to the album has been amazing. I'm still trying to figure it out."She laughs. "But I guess it's not something I need to figure out. Whatever it is, it's cool."
NEWS
June 26, 2005
On June 21, 2005, ROSE MARY, loving wife of Willie N. Jackson, beloved mother of Nina Marie Peters, Cassandra Wilson, Pauline Jackson, Linda Fagans, Teresa Ann Evans and Janet Lei Rhodes, loving sister to Susie, Phyllis, Christine, Ann Jones (Johnnie) and James Reid (Patricia) aunt of Sharon Hairston, a devoted friend Nellie Brown and a host of other relatives and friends. Friends may call at the FAMILY OWNED MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue on Sunday after 10:00 A.M., where the family will receive friends on Monday at 11:30 A.M. with services to follow at 12:00 noon.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | August 26, 2008
B.B. King One Kind Favor Sixty years after he added innovative, sophisticated textures to the blues, while helping to lay the foundation for rock along the way, B.B. King remains the most visible and celebrated figure of the genre. On One Kind Favor, King's new CD in stores today, he's certainly not trying to compete with artists young enough to be his grandkids. With production help from T-Bone Burnett, whose clients include Cassandra Wilson, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, King pays homage to those who paved the way for him. Sort of. One Kind Favor isn't exactly a tribute album, but it brims with songs by such blues masters as Lemon Jefferson, Chester Burnett and T-Bone Walker - artists whose works have had an impact on King.
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