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Essence Awards Honors
Cassandra Wilson
“The w hole album really is about
c y c le s ,” sa y s s in g e r- s o n g w r ite r
C assandra W ilson o f N ew M oon
Daughter, her second recording for
Blue N ote “ It’s about the cycle o f
relationships, how th e y ’re into an
ebb and flow, how it’s up and dow n
with the phases o f the m oon . . .the
different energies that those phases
represent and how the culm ination o f
that is a fullness and d e a th -th e com ­
On New M oon D aughter, W il­
so n ’s five originals sh o w a leap in her
developm ent as a songw riter and lyr­
icist that adds to her grow ing rep u ta­
tion as “the m ost accom plished ja z z
vocalist o f her generation” (Tim e
m agazine). As on 1993’s B lu e Light
til Dawn, she also exam ines her
musical roots w hile putting her own
stam p on an eclectic m ix o f pop, folk,
country and blues tunes by H ank
W illia m s, N eil Y o u n g , H o a g y
C arm ichael, U2, B illie H oliday, Son
House and the M onkees. Blue Light
til Dawn, W ilson’shig hlyacclaim ed
Blue N ote debut, has sold in excess
o f2 5 0 ,0 0 0 copies w orldw ide and led
to her recognition as "F em ale Singer
o f the Y ear” in 1994 and I9 9 5 ’s
Down Beat R eaders Poll.
In the January 1995 issue o f Down
Beat, editor John Ephland w rote “N ot
Continued from Metro
since Billie Holiday has a ja z z singer
criss-crossed the boundaries between
ja z z and pop with such reverence and
authenticity." But perhaps producer
C raig Street put it best in evaluating
W ilson’s talent. “ It d o esn ’t m atter
w hat C assandra does, ¡tall com es out
sounding like Cassandra, and it all
com es out sounding like jazz. The
nature o f ja z z to me is that it d o esn ’t
have any ru les...it’s about going out
on a limb. And to hercredit. especial­
ly being som eone who was imm ersed
in Jazz, she was w illing to push to
som e places on this record that other
people probably w ou ld n ’t push to.”
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Hal Holbrook
Tickets are now on sale for the Hal
Holbrook, Tony aw ard-w inning one-
man show , “ M ark Tw ain T onight,”
scheduled at Schnitzer C oncert Hall
at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19.
H o lb ro o k , w ho has w on five
Emmys. is in his 4 1 st year o f portray­
ing Twain. He has perform ed soldout
show son Broadw ay and is acclaim ed
for his depiction o f the legendary
author in Europe, as well.
The acto r returns to the Mark
Tw ain repertoire every year, editing
and changing to fit the tim es; this
being an election year will no doubt
bring out the Twain hum or in that
area. H olbrook has unearthed more
than 12 hours o f the h um orist’s m a­
terial w hile continuing to find new
topics for use every year. He has no
set show , preferring to fashion it as
he goes, ensuring each perform ance
Contemporary Jazz Quitarist
to be unique.
H o lb ro o k a c te d on th e B urt
Reynolds series, “ Evening Shade,”
for fouryears. appeared with his wife,
D ixie Carter, on “ D esigning W om ­
en ,” stars on the Perry M ason M ys­
tery M ovie series and was featured in
the film “The F irm .”
B e s id e s m o v ie s a n d T V ,
H o lb ro o k ’s ta len ts have w ell-re­
ceived on stage. He was Shylock in
“ M erchant o f V enice” and V anya in
“ U ncle V anya” and played the title
role in S h ak esp eare’s “ King L ear.”
C ontinuing not to be typecast, he was
W illy Loman in "D eath o f a Sales­
m an.”
C i m s s r o o i y \J e w :
D oug Smith will perform selec­
tions from his new H onestJazzz re­
lease- Deep H e a rt-a stu n n in g c o lle c -
tion o f original com po sitio n s and
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unique arrangem ents o f popular hits
Smith is a m aster o f the steel-string
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finger picking style that he has created
from a variety ol classical, folk, conn-
try and jazz influences. I he perlor-
manee is free to the public on Satur-
day, A p ril 1 3,19 9 6 at 2 :00p.m . Loca-
turn, Borders Books& Music 708 SW
3rd Ave., Portland, O R 97204.
He (Doug Smith), explores some
m b
more inviting melodies with his intri-
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cate, finger-picking technique. Ac-
com panied by sparse percussion and
keyboards, he explores som e fanciful evocations on origi­
nals, such as “ M ystic M orning,’ and show s his M ichael
hedges-inspired tapping technique on Tw o handed Para­
d o x .’ He also turn the M oody B lues” N ights In W hite S atin ’
into a subtle reverie and reinvents the old easy-l istening tune
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