Originally Posted by TwoFiveOne
X2. Good call! Sooo overlooked these days.
And there are also many great contemporary female jazz vocalists. I just don't see how Cassandra Wilson gets on a list of jazz
singers. She has a wonderful voice and occasionally shows that she has the vocal chops for jazz singing, but her career has been one big musical identity crisis with a conflicting mish mash of styles. Moreover, the arrangements she sings to often do not compliment her vocal style. To me she seems to want to do it all: world music, pop, blues. Everything, all on the same album and sometimes all on the same song. For me it makes for very disjointed listening.
If you want contemporary female jazz singers who actually spend their time singing jazz, then Dena DeRose, Stacey Kent, Ann Hampton Calloway, Jackie Ryan, Tierney Sutton, Madeleine Peyroux, and Patricia Barber are much better choices.