Original released on double CD (+DVD) Blix Street G2-10209
(UK 2015, November 13)
Eva Cassidy's performance at the Blues Alley jazz club has become musical history. Twenty years on, experience for the first time every song recorded on the night of the 3rd January 1996. "Nightbird" is Eva Cassidy’s ultimate tour-de-force - 31 songs recorded in one night at the Blues Alley jazz club in Georgetown, DC. Encompassing the full spectrum of Eva’s gospel, blues, jazz and folk roots, "Nightbird" showcases the breadth and depth of one of the world’s finest singers. The recordings have been remixed and remastered from the original tapes resulting in the most sonically engaging Eva Cassidy release to date. Of the 31 songs, 12 are previously unreleased including the title track "Nightbird" as well as the jazz standards "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)" and "Fever".
Of the 12 unreleased tracks, 8 are previously unheard songs. These include "Son of a Preacher Man", "Route 66", "Late in The Evening", "Baby I Love You" and "Caravan". Quite how Eva Cassidy is able to take songs we've all heard dozens of times ("Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Over The Rainbow" etc) and put entirely her own deeply soulful slant on them is incredible. Whether she is singing jazz, pop, folk or blues, she is totally convincing, and absolutely note and pitch perfect. A very rare talent indeed. The black and white DVD only serves to enhance the intensity of her performance. Although black and white, the sound is crystal clear. Praise also for her delicate guitar work, and a very accomplished and professional band. What more can I say than "phenomenal"? (in Amazon)