Coming Forth by Day
Label: Legacy Recordings
Working with the Bad Seeds' rhythm section, this crossover-jazz vocalist strays far from Billie Holiday's sound on her tribute album -- something Lady Day would have appreciated. Opener "Don't Explain" deals in modern blues, while Wilson's cover of "Strange Fruit" boasts dramatic writing for strings and electric guitar that you could hear working in a latter-day Bond film. (Wilson even plays one of those guitar parts herself.) And there are slightly more traditional touches, too -- as on the interplay between bass clarinet, piano, guitar and Wilson's voice during "Crazy He Calls Me."