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Eva Cassidy


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

pop, jazz, blues, folk, gospel

Status:

Eva Cassidy died in 1996.

See also:

Eva Cassidy's site

Wikipedia's entry on Eva Cassidy

Comparisons:

Norah Jones, Diana Krall

Covers/own material:

Covers

General comments:

Her voice was so lovely. I did a little research. It's been a while since I read this, so I might have the details a little wrong, but I believe she died in the mid 90s of melanoma. I think she was in her early 30's at the time. She was mentioned as a fairly humble person who never quite got used to the fact that people would pay to hear her sing. She was remembered quite fondly by the musicians who played with her. She has a couple of discs out, but Songbird was released posthumously if I remember correctly. (JavaHo@aol.com)

I was listening to a disc of hers a friend loaned to me a few months ago. It was quite nice stuff. Eva was from the DC area, and, if I remember correctly, only died a year or two ago. She got a lot of posthumous local awards, which is sort of bittersweet. All the stuff I've read about her make her sound like one of the sweetest people. The disc I heard was quite nice. She was largely an interpreter, not doing much songwriting of her own. But she had a big, lovely voice. I thought her version of "Songbird" was really great, and it made me want to replace my Rumours LP with a disc. (neal)

Recommended first album:

Songbird

Recordings:

  • The Other Side (with Chuck Brown, 1992)
  • Live at Blues Alley (live, 1996)
  • Eva by Heart (1997)
  • Songbird (compilation, 1998)
  • Time After Time (2000)
  • Imagine (2000)
  • American Tune (2003)
  • Wonderful World (2004)
  • Somewhere (2008)
  • Simply Eva (2011)
  • The Best of Eva Cassidy (compilation, 2012)

Songbird

Release info:

1998—Blix Street/Hot

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Eva Cassidy—guitar, keyboards, vocals

Guest artists:

Chris Biondo—bass, drum programming, guitar
Dan Cassidy—violin
Hilton Felton—organ
John Gillespie—organ
Keith Grimes—guitar
Raice McLeod—drums
Larry Melton—upright bass
Mike Stein—violin
Chris Walker—trumpet
Lenny Williams—piano
Kent Wood—organ

Comments:

It has a couple of covers including the title song (Christine McVie) and a nice version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Definitely worth a listen to those who enjoy a good vocalist. (JavaHo@aol.com)

It had covers of "Wade in the Water," "Wayfaring Stranger," and some more I can't remember. The album seemed to reflect her image pretty well. It was an album of simple pleasures, with her fabled sweetness shining through (but definitely not cloying). (neal)


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