Blue Skies (Cassandra Wilson album)

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Blue Skies
Studio album by Cassandra Wilson
Released Feb, 1988
Recorded Feb, 1988
Genre jazz
Length 43:30
Label JMT
JMT 834 419
Producer Stefan F. Winter
Cassandra Wilson chronology
Days Aweigh
(1987)
Blue Skies
(1988)
Jumpworld
(1990)

Blue Skies is the third studio album by American jazz singer Cassandra Wilson. It was released on the JMT label in 1988 and features Wilsin performing ten jazz standards accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

In a review for Allmusic, Thom Jurek gave the album 3 stars out of five and noted that it was evidence of Wilson's move away from the M-Base style of her previous albums. He said that the album was "Not a masterpiece, but a really compelling first experiment with the more intimate forms and smaller groups Wilson would employ later on." He praised her versions of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "Sweet Lorraine".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shall We Dance?" (Rodgers and Hammerstein) – 7:21
  2. "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 5:46
  3. "I've Grown Accustomed to His Face" (Lerner and Loewe) – 5:15
  4. "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (Rodgers and Hart) – 4:51
  5. "Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) – 5:04
  6. "I'm Old Fashioned" (Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer) – 3:07
  7. "Sweet Lorraine" (Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish) – 5:31
  8. "My One and Only Love" (Robert Mellin, Guy Wood) – 6:02
  9. "Autumn Nocturne" (Kim Gannon, Josef Myrow) – 5:01
  10. "Blue Skies" (Irving Berlin) – 3:07

Personnel[edit]

Production notes

  • Stefan F. Winter – producer
  • Hiroshi Itsuno – executive producer
  • Joe Ferla – engineer
  • Angela Gomez – assistant engineer
  • Adrian VonRipka – mastering
  • Steve Byram – cover design
  • Günter Mattei – cover design

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shimada, T., JMT label discography, accessed September 26, 2014
  2. ^ Blue Skies (Cassandra Wilson album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom, "Blue Skies > Review", Allmusic (Rovi Corporation), retrieved July 23, 2010