Eva Cassidy

Album Title: Live At Blues Alley 25th Anniversary Edition
Record Label: Blix Street
Review by John Noyd
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Eva Cassidy - Live At Blues Alley 25th Anniversary EditionEva Cassidy - Live At Blues Alley 25th Anniversary Edition

A cornerstone of a career cut short, “Live At Blues Alley,” highlights Cassidy’s versatility and good taste in a thirteen-song set that swings hard in club-jazz mastery while soaring high with bell-like clarity and sensual empathy. A business decision turned historic document when Eva succumbed to cancer a short few months after the iconic D.C. gig, the 25th Anniversary edition beautifully restores the original’s gospel growls and choir-angel arrangements with mesmerizing delicacy. Funneling all her money into the recording, Eva put her heart and soul into a performance whose intimate setting focused on her tender strengths and supple vulnerability as she wound pop standards, childhood favorites and jazz ballads around pianist Lenny Williams and guitarist Keith Grimes’s subtle accompaniment with graceful cadence and soulful emotion.

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