‘Another Country’ Cassandra Wilson
Cassandra Wilsons a deferential diva on Another Country. In fact, she lets her guitarist steal the show.
Fabrizio Sotti co-produced the album with Wilson, and he gives the set its sizzle with lyrical, inventive playing on acoustic and electric guitar.
Sottis jazzy solos are filled with fanciful flight a la Pat Metheny, and when he backs Wilsons singing, his radiant tone beautifully complements her smoky alto. Sotti also played on Wilsons 2003 album, Glamoured, which he produced, but he enjoys a more prominent performing role here.
Credit Wilson for her generosity: Two of the albums 10 cuts even feature Sotti playing solo instrumentals.
Wilsons at her best on Almost Twelve and the title cut, both delivered over a bouncy Latin beat, and on the slow No More Blues. But shes no Three Degrees singing When Will I See You Again, which is undermined by her shaky intonation.