Saturday, February 2, 2008

Eva Cassidy (1963-1996) - 'One of the Greatest Voices of her Generation' (The Guardian)

Eva Cassidy's world-wide recognition has occurred since her death from cancer at the age of 33, with posthumously released recordings selling in the millions.

This native of Washington, DC makes a song (be it jazz, blues, folk, gospel or pop) sound as though you are hearing it for the very first time. Nothing more needs to be said - the performances carry it all.

So 'Autumn Leaves' ...

... and 'Tall Trees in Georgia' ...

... and finally 'Over the Rainbow'

Arrangements that are in themselves so right.

And the performances, unrushed, gentle and so sweet. What a fucking loss! Bugger.