On June 25, Entertainment One Music released singer Cassandra Wilson’s 18th album as a leader. Titled Another Country, the album represents a departure from her previous material, focusing largely on guitar-oriented sounds. To foster this new musical direction, she again collaborated with co-producer and guitarist Fabrizio Sotti, with whom she worked with on 2002’s Glamoured. The two started from scratch in Wilson’s New Orleans home studio composing arrangements and an entire album’s worth of material by combining her lyrics with Sotti’s guitar-centric instrumentation. Later, they moved the sessions to Florence, Italy, where they sought to keep the recordings spare by working with a minimalist band. The group includes percussionists Mino Cinelu and Lekan Babalola, accordion master Julien Labro and Italian bassist Nicola Sorato.
Of the album, Wilson says, “One of the greatest gifts we can receive as human beings is the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes and witness the world through someone else’s eyes. Another Country takes us on a journey filled with experiences that open our hearts and minds to the promise of many worlds with infinite possibilities.”
Throughout her career, Wilson has received a litany of awards and her music has received high praise for its fusion of jazz, roots, country, pop and world music. Recent accolades include the 2012 Echo Jazz Award for Female Singer of the Year and a BET Soul Train Award in 2011 for Best Traditional Jazz Album for her last album, Silver Pony. Among her numerous honors, Wilson has received two Grammy Awards—one for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1996 for New Moon Daughter and another for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 2009 album Loverly.