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Album Release Party-Cassandra Wilson/Silver Pony

November 16, 2010

Tonight at the Blue Note there will be a performance and album release celebration for the brilliant, prolific Cassandra Wilson.

The new album Silver Pony draws its title from an experience which Cassandra had as a child and which left an indelible mark in her memory bank, and thus on her career itself. “A man came around my neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi, with a pony and camera,” she recalls. “You could pay to get your picture taken.” Her brothers declined, but Cassandra was eager. Her mother hesitated-“there were certain things young ladies just didn’t do,” Wilson adds. But Cassandra seized the moment, got the picture. “I’m so happy she let me ride the pony,” she says now. “I was fearless, and I guess she wanted to encourage that in me.” That priceless photo is now featured on the cover of “Silver Pony,” and such fearlessness now fuels Wilson’s work. “I prepare for each recording but you can never truly prepare,” Wilson says. “Because you don’t really know what’s coming. You just place yourself in the circumstances that will allow the project to reveal itself.”

Ms. Wilson beautifully covers one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs of all time “If It’s Magic…

Cassandra Wilson, now appearing at The Blue Note.

I’m also hearing from an up and coming artist that Ms. Wilson will be joining his Welcome 2 America tour on a Purple Day in December….

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