BBMAs 2018

Belly of the Sun

Mississippi-reared/New York City-residing modern jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson returned home for the recording of her new album—and for very good reason.

Mississippi-reared/New York City-residing modern jazz songstress Cassandra Wilson returned home for the recording of her new album—and for very good reason. What better place than the Mississippi Delta for a risk-taking Grammy Award-winning artist like Wilson to uncover and discover incredibly rich and vibrant American musical traditions? The sterling Belly of the Sun—equal parts blues, roots, soul, and jazz with dollops of Brazilian rhythms—is a sublime mix of Wilson originals ("Show Me a Love," "Justice," "Drunk as Cooter Brown," and "Just Another Parade," which features India.Arie) and interpretations of songs by other artists (Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March," James Taylor's "Only a Dream in Rio," Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman," and Bob Dylan's "Shelter From the Storm"). Longtime fans—as well as recent graduates of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack—will find much to admire here.—MP