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Cassandra Wilson’s Closer To You: The Pop Side

Building the modern pop-rock American songbook: Cassandra Wilson sings the Monkees, Neil Young, and more.

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Cassandra Wilson

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CLOSE TO YOU: THE POP SIDE draws on vocalist Wilson's diverse set of recordings for the Blue Note label.

Cassandra Wilson is a singer who came out of the modernistic, so-called M-Base movement in the late 1980s and made a name for herself on the Blue Note label with albums like New Moon Daughter and Blue Light ‘Til Dawn that established a new sort of songbook concept, drawing on sources beyond the canon of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and other Golden Age composers of American popular song. We’ll hear selections from a Blue Note compilation that gathers songs Wilson recorded during her stay at the label by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Cyndi Lauper, and more.

We’ll also hear from saxophonist Dexter Gordon, singers Shirley Horn and Nina Simone, the Bryan Ferry Orchestra, and pianist Fred Hersch.

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I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
Nancy Wilson — Something Wonderful (Blue Note, 2004)
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I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
Nancy Wilson — Something Wonderful (Blue Note, 2004)
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I Wish You Love
Nancy Wilson — Something Wonderful (Blue Note, 2004)
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Time After Time
Cassandra Wilson — Closer To You: The Pop Side (Blue Note, 2009)
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Wichita Lineman
Cassandra Wilson — Closer To You: The Pop Side (Blue Note, 2009)
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Laura
Dexter Gordon — Sophisticated Giant (Sony, 1997)
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Dancing In The Dark
Fred Hersch — Dancing In The Dark (Chesky, 1993)
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Gwen (midpoint music break)
Philly Joe Jones — Showcase (Riverside, 1991)
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Last Train To Clarksville
Cassandra Wilson — Closer To You: The Pop Side (Blue Note, 2009)
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Harvest Moon
Cassandra Wilson — Closer To You: The Pop Side (Blue Note, 2009)
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Do The Strand
Bryan Ferry Orchestra — The Jazz Age (BMG, 2013)
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Love Is The Drug
Bryan Ferry Orchestra — The Jazz Age (BMG, 2013)
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It's Easy To Remember
Shirley Horn — I Love You Paris (Polygram, 1994)
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Forget
Nina Simone — Baltimore (Sony, 2008)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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