During the past decade, Cassandra Wilson has become jazz's premier singer by pursuing a more expansive view of the idiom.
During the past decade, Cassandra Wilson has become jazz's premier singer by pursuing a more expansive view of the idiom. Instead of retreading the old standards, she has sought the new, interpreting with a jazz sensibility pop and blues tunes she grew up listening to. On her latest disc, "Glamoured," Wilson delivers another alluring mix of haunting and percussive originals complemented by covers gleaned from contemporary songwriter songbooks. Her best reads include a sober, heartfelt rendition of Luther Ingram's "If Loving You Is Wrong" and a funk-blues jaunt through Muddy Waters' "Honey Bee." The highlight is the playful, scamper-beat "I Want More," a tune Wilson wrote with producer Fabrizio Sotti and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. The singer takes improvisational flight shadowed by Gregoire Maret's soaring harmonica lines.—DO