Eva Cassidy - Live at Blue Alley (1998)


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Eva Cassidy - Live at Blue Alley (1998)

Eva Cassidy - Live at Blue Alley (1998)
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Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Folk | Label: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Folk | Label: Blix Street Records, G2-10046 | 1998 | 00:58:15

Live at Blues Alley is one of the three albums Ms. Cassidy recorded during her lifetime, and it remains a remarkable testament to a woman who had the talent to become the most important American interpretive singer since Frank Sinatra. –Mathew Bahl

When Eva Cassidy is swinging her way through "Cheek to Cheek" and getting down and bluesy on "Stormy Monday" on this live set from 1996, it's nigh impossible not to get swept up in her voice's vast, barreling force. Her full range, though, becomes most obvious–and soul-shaking–on the slower side, as with Paul Simon's "Bridge over Troubled Water," Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Tall Trees in Georgia," and "What a Wonderful World." On these latter tunes, Cassidy's mix of aching clarity and rich warmth has a melting quality, speaking through the body to some evanescent presence that she seems to know all too well. She improbably makes Sting's "Fields of Gold" an emotional powerhouse just as easily as she makes Billie Holiday's "Fine and Mellow" an offhand declaration of feeling equal to nearly anything in the jazz vocal canon. In doing so she earns her place among the great singers–artists who could take any song and stamp it indelibly as their own. What Eva Cassidy had in her short life was an unbelievably perfect voice and a musical soul that grasped gospel, folk, blues, jazz, and all points in between as if they were mere stops on a single train ride. Alas, her ride ended in 1996, tragically early. –Andrew Bartlett


01. Cheek To Cheek 04:11
02. Stormy Monday 05:56
03. Bridge Over Troubled Water 05:34
04. Fine And Mellow 04:05
05. People Get Ready 03:37
06. Blue Skies 02:42
07. Tall Trees In Georgia 04:13
08. Fields Of Gold 05:02
09. Autumn Leaves 04:53
10. Honeysuckle Rose 03:10
11. Take Me To The RiveR 04:11
12. What A Wonderful World 05:47
13. Oh, Had I Golden Thread 04:54

Bass Guitar – Chris Biondo
Drums – Raice McLeod
Electric Guitar – Keith Grimes
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Eva Cassidy
Piano – Lenny "The Ringer" Williams
Organ [Hammond] – Hilton Felton (track: 13)

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