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May 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Cassandra Wilson on fire at Triple Door | Concert review

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The last time I saw Cassandra Wilson, she seemed lost in a slow-motion, narcissistic fog.

What a change-up Wednesday at the Triple Door, where she was irresistibly animated — chatting with the crowd, smiling warmly, shifting her weight from side to side as she danced slinkily in place — and, as always, in ultra full voice. Her well-known edition of Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” flew out at the crowd like a slow-burning fireball of ecstasy.

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May 2, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Cassandra Wilson celebrates 20 years of groundbreaking eclecticism | Concert preview

American popular music flows in two great streams.

One, sometimes called The Great American Songbook, comes from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway and includes tunes like George Gershwin’s “Summertime.”

The other, sometimes called rock, flows from blues and folk and takes in everything from Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”

For decades, singers traditionally chose to swim in one stream or the other.

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