Cassandra Wilson needs no introduction to legions of fans who have been captivated by her eight albums for the Blue Note label during the course of almost two decades with that esteemed imprint. Nine of the ten songs on Another Country, Cassandra’s brilliant new album, were composed by Ms. Wilson and/or her collaborating partner, guitarist-producer Fabrizio Sotti, with the tenth track being a very special arrangement by the duo of the classic aria ‘O Sole Mio.’
Hailed as ‘the next important jazz singer’ (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times), Sara Gazarek recently recorded Blossom & Bee, her debut for the Palmetto label. Blessed with a beautiful, translucent voice, Gazarek is a strikingly original artist who continues to blur the line between innovation and emotional integrity.
For her new project, she is joined by her all-star LA-based trio (Josh Nelson, Hamilton Price, & Zach Harmon) with guest appearances from guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli and the project’s producer Larry Goldings on organ, piano, and melodica.
Kate McGarry, one of her generation’s most individual and influential singers, has earned acclaim for blending her love of folk and pop music with jazz fluency and improvisation.
As the Nashville Scene said, the sweet-toned, Grammy Award-nominated vocalist ‘embraces jazz’s freedom yet points the genre toward a future that’s as fresh and thrilling as its past.’
On Girl Talk, McGarry pays homage to her role models among the great women of the jazz vocal tradition, from Betty Carter to Sheila Jordan to Carmen McRae. McGarry, although inspired by tradition, makes the album’s songs feel utterly contemporary, not only through her distinctly 21st-century musical personality but through the personal emotions and sexual politics at play.