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Her skill also meant she could improvise the tunes at will, as well as bend the notes with a sculptor’s care. “She could change the melody to something the band had not heard before on a gig-by-gig basis,” Biondo said. Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdfed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p.52.

Once she began to sing, however, he was instantly taken with her natural skill. “A lot of people take lessons to learn music theory and how to do harmonies,” he said. “She could just do it. I watched her come up with three- or four-part harmonies out of nowhere. She would hear it in her head and then sing anything she heard.”This article is a discography of Eva Cassidy, an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In addition to including Eva’s previously unreleased, re-defining version of San Francisco Bay Blues, Simply Eva is the first album to include the Blues Alley guitar/vocal performance of Over The Rainbow embodied in the Rainbow video that triggered Eva Cassidy’s rise to the top of the British Pop Charts in March, 2001. Recorded five years after the 1991 version heard on Songbird, Eva’s fully evolved Rainbow literally redefined this all-time number one popular song (according to a BBC radio poll). Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 3): [SixtySix Productions logo] www.sixtysixproductions.co.uk AF10022-02 manufactured by optimal media GmbH Cassidy remained equally cool when it came to meetings with record companies. “Maybe half a dozen companies came down to talk to her,” Biondo said. “But she never did the kinds of things the people who think they’re going to get a contract do, which is to act all giddy and make fast friends with the A&R people. I don’t think they were too impressed with her enthusiasm level.”

Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 1): [SixtySix Productions logo] www.sixtysixproductions.co.uk AF10022-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH On the other hand, Biondo said Cassidy “thought that was kinda cool,” an attitude that underscores her focus on the performance rather than its reception. “She just liked to go out and sing,” he said. “She didn’t want anybody to jump up and down.” Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 1): [SixtySix Productions logo] www.sixtysixproductions.co.uk AF10022-02 manufactured by optimal media GmbHDoug Macleod, the artist who sang the original version of this song, had this to say about Cassidy’s rendition during an interview with earlyblues.com in April, 2009: a b c Peaks in Australia: "Australian Charts > Eva Cassidy". australian-charts.com Hung Medien . Retrieved 2011-07-24. Matrix / Runout (DVD): [SixtySix Productions logo] www.sixtysixproductions.co.uk DF10023-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH Eva Cassidy’s small, but magically productive body of work now serves as a beacon to a new generation of singers exploring the musical giants who have gone before, starting in many instances with Eva herself. For those who would study the music of Eva Cassidy, less is definitely more. For everyone else, whether less is more, or not, Simply Eva provides an opportunity to experience the unadorned music of Eva Cassidy and decide for yourself.

Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" is a fitting place to begin a show, an early Tin Pan Alley song updated by a sensitive and perceptive Cassidy. The same can be said for her other hard ballad performances: the early "Autumn Leaves," " Wonderful World" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." Cassidy completely renewed Harburg and Arlen's "Over the Rainbow," making an already iconic song a quiet lightning bolt. Her performance of Sting's "Field of Gold" is equally provocative.The differences in the performances of the other songs range from folk versions of Wayfaring Stranger and Wade In The Water, to three extra verses in the included version of Paul Simon’s Kathy’s Song, to the more subtle nuances that grace every individual performance. At one point, Blue Note tried pairing her with a smooth jazz band on the label, Pieces of a Dream, for a few songs but the singer despised the result. A more pleasing proposal came from Apollo Records, run by civil rights activist Percy Sutton, a label connected to the vaunted Harlem-based theater. “They sent her a contract which meant she could have quit her day job (in a plant nursery) and gotten a yearly salary,” Biondi said. “That was a dream come true.” Refusing to bend her music to the industry's conventions and expectations, Eva was known only within the DC area during her lifetime. She left behind one live album, a duet album, and various studio demos and live recordings. In these intervening 16 years, Eva's music has proven timeless and universal. Crossing all boundaries – musical, cultural, geographical – her voice survived and is finding new listeners every day in every corner of the earth. Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 3): [SixtySix Productions logo] www.sixtysixproductions.co.uk AF10022-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH Matrix / Runout (DVD): www.sixtysixproductions.co.uk DF10023-01 manufactured by optimal media GmbH R

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