New Moon Daughter

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New Moon Daughter
Studio album by Cassandra Wilson
Released 1995
Recorded The Turtle Creek Barn, Bearsville, NY and
Sound On Sound, New York City
Genre jazz, blues
Length 61:26
Label Blue Note
Producer Craig Street
Cassandra Wilson chronology
Blue Light 'Til Dawn
(1993)
New Moon Daughter
(1995)
Traveling Miles
(1999)

New Moon Daughter is a studio album by American jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, released in 1995 on Blue Note. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart in 1996.

Reception[edit]

A reviewer for Gramophone was generally positive about the album, praising Wilson's voice and her interpretations of the standards included. However, they said that compared to the originals, Wilson's versions may not be as powerful. They noted that with this album, Wilson appears to move away "from jazz heartlands or cutting edges and towards the embrace of 'pop cult' status." The reviewer particularly enjoyed "Skylark" (calling it "sublime") and "Last Train to Clarksville" ("a delight").[1]

Rolling Stone's Geoffrey Himes reviewed the album positively. He noted its similarity to Wilson's previous album, Blue Light 'Til Dawn, but said that New Moon Daughter has more feeling and a darker tone. He said that Wilson makes Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" "her own". He noted the album's overall slow tempo as a weakness, wishing for a little more rhythmic diversity.[2] Scott Yanow of Allmusic described Wilson's voice on the album as "quite bored and emotionally detached" but noted that she was "stretching herself".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Strange Fruit" (Lewis Allan) 5:33
2. "Love Is Blindness" (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.) 4:53
3. "Solomon Sang" (Cassandra Wilson) 5:56
4. "Death Letter" (Son House) 4:12
5. "Skylark" (Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer) 4:08
6. "Find Him" (Wilson) 4:37
7. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (Hank Williams) 4:50
8. "Last Train to Clarksville" (Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart) 5:15
9. "Until" (Wilson) 6:29
10. "A Little Warm Death" (Wilson) 5:43
11. "Memphis" (Wilson) 5:04
12. "Harvest Moon" (Neil Young) 5:01
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "Moon River" (Mercer, Henry Mancini) 5:22
EMI Digital (2003) bonus track
No. Title Length
13. "32-20 Blues" (Robert Johnson) 5:23


Personnel[edit]

Music[4]
  • Cassandra Wilson – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Cyro Baptista – percussion, Jew's-Harp, shaker
  • Dougie Bowne – percussion, drums, whistle, vibraphone
  • Gary Breit – Hammond organ
  • Kevin Breit – acoustic & electric guitar, banjo, bouzouki
  • Brandon Ross – acoustic & electric guitar
  • Charles Burnham – violin
  • Tony Cedras– accordion
  • Graham Haynes – cornet
  • Lawrence "Butch" Morris – cornet
  • Jeff Haynes – percussion, bongos
  • Peepers – background vocals
  • Mark Peterson – bass
  • Lonnie Plaxico – bass
  • Gib Wharton – pedal steel guitar
  • Chris Whitley – guitar (1)
Production[4]
  • Craig Street – producer
  • Danny Kopelson – engineer, mixing
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Chiarolanzo – assistant engineer
  • Bill Emmons – assistant engineer
  • Scott Gormley – assistant engineer
  • Fred Kervorkian – editing, assistant engineer
  • Steve Regina – assistant engineer
  • John R. Reigart III – assistant engineer
  • Tom Schick – assistant engineer
Design[4]
  • David Mayenfisch – photography
  • Berkeley Barnhill Stewart;- graphic design

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1
Billboard The Billboard 200 141
Billboard Heatseekers 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ KS (April 1996), "JCassandra Wilson New Moon Daughter.", Gramophone (Haymarket): 145, retrieved July 20, 2010 
  2. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (February 2, 1998), "Cassandra Wilson: New Moon Daughter", Rolling Stone (Wenner Media), archived from the original on October 1, 2007, retrieved July 20, 2010 
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott, "New Moon Daughter > Review", Allmusic (Rovi Corporation), retrieved July 20, 2010 
  4. ^ a b c "New Moon Daughter > Credits", Allmusic (Rovi Corporation), retrieved July 20, 2010