Cassandra Wilson Coming Forth by Day 180g 2LP
180g Double LP Pays Homage to Billie Holiday!
An otherworldly musical homage to legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday (born Eleanor Fagan
on April 7, 1915) on the 100th anniversary of the singer's birth, Coming Forth
By Day is Cassandra Wilson's moody, soulful 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 a decade
among many other adventurous credits.
The album features 11 re-interpretations of standards associated with Lady Day
plus an original penned by Cassandra Wilson - the dream-like "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).
"Cassandra Wilson is one of the world's most elegant and tasteful artists.
Her decision to channel the spirit of Billie Holiday on her new album is a
perfect complement to Legacy's plans for celebrating Lady Day's centennial,"
said Adam Block. "It's an absolute treat to work with Cassandra in the
realization of this unexpected and sublimely beautiful music."
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."
• 180g Audiophile Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold Jacket
LP 1 - Side A:
1. Don't Explain
2. Billie's Blues
3. Crazy He Calls Me
LP 1 - Side B:
1. You Go To My Head
2. All of Me
3. The Way You Look Tonight
LP 2 - Side C:
1. Good Morning Heartache
2. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
3. These Foolish Things
LP 2 - Side D:
1. Strange Fruit
2. I'll Be Seeing You
3. Last Song (For Lester)