New Moon Daughter

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New Moon Daughter
Studio album by Cassandra Wilson
Released 1995
Recorded The Turtle Creek Barn, Bearsville, NY and
Sound On Sound, New York City
Genre jazz, blues
Length 61:26
Label Blue Note
Producer Craig Street
Cassandra Wilson chronology
Blue Light 'Til Dawn
(1993)Blue Light 'Til Dawn1993
New Moon Daughter
Traveling Miles
(1999)Traveling Miles1999

New Moon Daughter is a studio album by American jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, released in 1995 on Blue Note. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart in 1996.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Down Beat 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A–[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
MusicHound Jazz 4/5[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice B–[7]

A reviewer for Gramophone was generally positive about the album, praising Wilson's voice and her interpretations of the standards included. However, they said that compared to the originals, Wilson's versions may not be as powerful. They noted that with this album, Wilson appears to move away "from jazz heartlands or cutting edges and towards the embrace of 'pop cult' status." The reviewer particularly enjoyed "Skylark" (calling it "sublime") and "Last Train to Clarksville" ("a delight").[8]

Rolling Stone's Geoffrey Himes reviewed the album positively. He noted its similarity to Wilson's previous album, Blue Light 'Til Dawn, but said that New Moon Daughter has more feeling and a darker tone. He said that Wilson makes Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" "her own". He noted the album's overall slow tempo as a weakness, wishing for a little more rhythmic diversity.[6] Scott Yanow of Allmusic described Wilson's voice on the album as "quite bored and emotionally detached" but noted that she was "stretching herself".[1]

Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was less impressed, writing that "most of these songs escape her attentions without a mark on them. Which isn't to mention the 'Strange Fruit' that establishes the surpassing weirdness of Billie's original, or the disastrous Monkees cover, designed to prove [Wilson] has a sense of humor I'm now convinced isn't there."[7]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Strange Fruit" Lewis Allan 5:33
2. "Love Is Blindness" Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. 4:53
3. "Solomon Sang" Cassandra Wilson 5:56
4. "Death Letter" Son House 4:12
5. "Skylark" Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer 4:08
6. "Find Him" Wilson 4:37
7. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" Hank Williams 4:50
8. "Last Train to Clarksville" Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart 5:15
9. "Until" Wilson 6:29
10. "A Little Warm Death" Wilson 5:43
11. "Memphis" Wilson 5:04
12. "Harvest Moon" Neil Young 5:01
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Moon River" Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini 5:22
EMI Digital (2003) bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "32-20 Blues" Robert Johnson 5:23


  • Cassandra Wilson – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Cyro Baptista – percussion, Jew's-Harp, shaker
  • Dougie Bowne – percussion, drums, whistle, vibraphone
  • Gary Breit – Hammond organ
  • Kevin Breit – acoustic & electric guitar, banjo, bouzouki
  • Brandon Ross – acoustic & electric guitar
  • Charles Burnham – violin
  • Tony Cedras– accordion
  • Graham Haynes – cornet
  • Lawrence "Butch" Morris – cornet
  • Jeff Haynes – percussion, bongos
  • Peepers – background vocals
  • Mark Peterson – bass
  • Lonnie Plaxico – bass
  • Gib Wharton – pedal steel guitar
  • Chris Whitley – guitar (1)
  • Craig Street – producer
  • Danny Kopelson – engineer, mixing
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • John Chiarolanzo – assistant engineer
  • Bill Emmons – assistant engineer
  • Scott Gormley – assistant engineer
  • Fred Kervorkian – editing, assistant engineer
  • Steve Regina – assistant engineer
  • John R. Reigart III – assistant engineer
  • Tom Schick – assistant engineer
  • David Mayenfisch – photography
  • Berkeley Barnhill Stewart;- graphic design

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1996 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 1
Billboard The Billboard 200 141
Billboard Heatseekers 9


  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott, "New Moon Daughter > Review", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved July 20, 2010
  2. ^ Mandel, Howard (April 1996). "New Moon Daughter". Down Beat. Vol. 63 no. 4. p. 45.
  3. ^ a b c d "New Moon Daughter". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Browne, David (March 8, 1996). "New Moon Daughter". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ Kolhaase, Bill (March 3, 1996). "Album Spotlight: *** 1/2, Cassandra Wilson, 'New Moon Daughter', Blue Note". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Himes, Geoffrey (February 2, 1998), "Cassandra Wilson: New Moon Daughter", Rolling Stone, Wenner Media, archived from the original on October 1, 2007, retrieved July 20, 2010
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (December 3, 1996). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  8. ^ KS (April 1996), "JCassandra Wilson New Moon Daughter.", Gramophone, Haymarket, p. 145, retrieved July 20, 2010
  9. ^ a b c "New Moon Daughter > Credits", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved July 20, 2010
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