Cassandra Wilson - Coming Forth By Day





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180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP
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180-gram gatefold double LP

Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Featuring T Bone Burnett, Thomas Wydler and Martyn Casey

An otherworldly musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan on April 7, 1915) on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth, Coming Forth By Day is Cassandra Wilson's moody, soulful new album showcase for contemporary yet timeless interpretations of standards associated with Lady Day. Coming Forth By Day was produced by Nick Launay, known as Nick Cave's producer for the last decade among many other adventurous credits.

Cassandra Wilson has drawn inspiration from Billie Holiday for her entire life and chose the title as a way to honor the iconic singer: Coming Forth By Day is an English translation of the title of the ancient Egyptian "Book of the Dead." The book, formally known as the "The Egyptian Book Of The Dead," is in actuality a Kemetic collection of scriptures more accurately titled, "The Book Of Coming Forth By Day," prescriptions intended to assist both the living and deceased in their journey through life and the afterlife.

The album features 11 re-interpretations of standards associated with Lady Day plus an original penned by Cassandra Wilson — the dream-like new "Last Song (For Lester)," imagined as a heartbreaking final message from Billie to her musical love, Lester Young. (Upon getting the news that Young had passed away, Billie flew straight from overseas to his funeral but was denied the opportunity to sing by Young's family and was distraught.)

Wilson recorded Coming Forth By Day in Los Angeles at Seedy Underbelly studios with an A-list musical team including producer Launay (Nick Cave, Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Arcade Fire), guitarists T Bone Burnett and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, string arranger Van Dyke Parks and rhythm section The Bad Seeds (drummer Thomas Wydler and bassist Martyn P. Casey).

"A dream of mine is happening," said Cassandra Wilson, "I've been in love with Billie Holiday's voice since the moment I heard it, and she has inspired me throughout my career."

Side 1
1. Don’t Explain
2. Billie’s Blues
3. Crazy He Calls Me

Side 2
4. You Go to My Head
5. All of Me
6. The Way You Look Tonight

Side 3
7. Good Morning Heartache
8. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
9. These Foolish Things

Side 4
10. Strange Fruit
11. I’ll Be Seeing You
12. Last Song (For Lester)

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Billie Cassandrafied

posted on 09/24/2021
5 Stars
Reviewer: Dave A.
About three songs into it, I realized this was going to be one of my favorite albums by Cassandra that I've heard, and she's one of the jazz vocalists I come back to often. These are not conventional settings of Billie Holiday's songs, but more an atmospheric reimagining of them, individualistic and unexpected. The production is warm, imaginative and lush. Listening to it on a Friday afternoon while the rain fell outside, I knew I had put on the perfect record.


posted on 05/16/2015
3 Stars
Reviewer: Anthony
I was highly anticipating the release of this LP. I am both a big Billie Holiday and Cassandra Wilson fan so this tribute album just had to be great. The cover photo of Cassandra is stunning, the double discs are flat and quiet. The arrangements of Billie's songs are incredibly slow, like walking through mud. Cassandra's voice is often lost in the over-produced "effects'. There are a few winning selections (I'll Be Seeing You) but for the most part it reminds me of catching a Red Eye flight where all the passengers, the stewardesses, and most probably the pilot are fast asleep while the airplane is hidden in the night clouds. This should have been much better!

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