Cassandra Wilson | Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Oct. 11, 7 & 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $41-$45
This summer Cassandra Wilson released her first album via eOne Records, Another Country, in the process ending a long and fruitful relationship with Blue Note—the label that issued her game-changing From Blue Light 'Til Dawn in 1993. That recording established her as a jazz vocalist who played by her own rules; she started writing originals rather than relying on standards and cultivated an approach that borrowed heavily from Delta blues and Joni Mitchell-style postfolk. Every idea on From Blue Light was filtered through Wilson's sensual, sophisticated aesthetic, which turned most performances into unhurried acts of discovery. Another Country, however, suggests that it might finally be time for her to break those rules. She's retained her guitar-focused sound and airy grooves, but Italian guitarist Fabrizio Sotti (who produced the album with her) taints many of the tracks with antiseptic solos, which clash with her mahogany timbre and languid phrasing. It's not a bad record, but it's the most predictable thing she's ever made. —Peter Margasak



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