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Loverly is a studio album by American jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, released in 2008 via Blue Note label. This is her second-ever album of jazz standards.[9]

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 2008
RecordedAugust 13–17, 2007
StudioPetit Bois Studios, Jackson, MS
LabelBlue Note
ProducerCassandra Wilson
Cassandra Wilson chronology
Silver Pony
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
All About Jazz(favorable) [3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
The Press5/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars [7]


Andy Gill of The Independent wrote "For Loverly, she reverts to the bread-and-butter of traditional jazz vocals, with a set consisting almost entirely of standards recorded with a small combo featuring the exploratory piano of Jason Moran and the diffident guitar of Marvin Sewell. The decisive player, however, is Nigerian percussionist Lekan Babalola, whose polyrhythmic flurries perk up Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and a version of "Gone With the Wind" whose elegant unison guitar and piano recalls Steely Dan".[10] John Fordham of The Guardian stated " It's one of this enigmatic artist's most satisfying albums in a long time".[4]

Kathryn Shackleton of BBC commented "Cassandra Wilson is best known for singing originals and unusual covers, but standards are where she started. Loverly was produced in a rented house in her Mississippi hometown, with assembled invited musician friends who got down to the business of recording then and there. It’s impressive to hear the class and character Cassandra has injected into these 20th century songs".[11] John Bungey of The Times added "Wilson’s smoky alto remains one of the most beguiling sounds in jazz and blues".[12]

Track listingEdit


Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
2008 Billboard Top Jazz Albums 3
Billboard Heatseekers 19


  1. ^ "LOVERLY by Cassandra Wilson". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ Jurek, Thom. Loverly at AllMusic
  3. ^ All About Jazz review
  4. ^ a b Fordham, John (6 June 2008). "Cassandra Wilson, Loverly". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. ^ HAROLD, CLAUDRENA N. (12 June 2008). "Cassandra Wilson: Loverly". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Cassandra Wilson, Loverly (Blue Note)". The Press. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ "Cassandra Wilson: Loverly". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  9. ^ Infantry, Ashante (June 10, 2008). "Cassandra Wilson: Loverly". The Star. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  10. ^ Gill, Andy (6 June 2008). "Album: Cassandra Wilson, Loverly (Blue Note)". The Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  11. ^ Shackleton, Kathryn (2008). "BBC Review". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  12. ^ Bungey, John (31 May 2008). "Cassandra Wilson: Loverly". The Times. Retrieved 24 January 2019.