Annotation

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. Nightbird will be released as a limited edition 2CD + bonus DVD package along with a 4LP gatefold heavyweight vinyl package that also includes the 2CD and DVD discs. 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. The DVD features 12 performances from the night including Over The Rainbow, Time After Time, People Get Ready, Nightbird and Bridge Over Troubled Water. The concert footage has undergone painstaking restoration resulting in a mesmerising viewer experience.

Annotation last modified on 2017-01-12 13:11 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Blue Skies 2:44
2 Ain’t Doin’ Too Bad 3:30
3 Ain’t No Sunshine 3:36
4 Fields of Gold 4:48
5 Baby I Love You 5:11
6 Honeysuckle Rose 3:16
7 Route 66 2:54
8 Bridge Over Troubled Water 5:39
9 Eva Introduces the Band 0:57
10 Chain of Fools 4:38
11 Fever 4:10
12 Autumn Leaves 5 4:52
13 Fine and Mellow 4:03
14 Cheek to Cheek 3:57
15 It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) 2:36
16 Late in the Evening 3:52
17 Next Time You See Me 3:09
18 Waly Waly 4:34
CD 2
# Title Rating Length
1 Take Me to the River 3:56
2 Nightbird 6:19
3 People Get Ready 3:31
4 The Letter 5:03
5 Son of a Preacher Man 3:42
6 Stormy Monday 5:51
7 Tall Trees in Georgia 4:02
8 Something’s Got a Hold on Me 3:55
9 Time After Time 4:29
10 Over the Rainbow 5:41
11 You’re Welcome to the Club 3:55
12 Caravan 5:52
13 You’ve Changed 5:09
14 What a Wonderful World 5:28
15 Oh, Had I a Golden Thread 4:50
DVD-Video 3
# Title Rating Length
1 Cheek to Cheek 3:52
2 Nightbird 6:18
3 Honeysuckle Rose 3:15
4 Autumn Leaves 4:43
5 People Get Ready 3:32
6 Stormy Monday 5:53
7 Tall Trees in Georgia 3:39
8 Take Me to the River 3:57
9 Bridge Over Troubled Water 5:28
10 Time After Time 4:07
11 Over the Rainbow 5:38
12 You’ve Changed 4:45

Credits

CD 1

arranger:
Eva Cassidy (track 18)
Oliver Zapf (track 12)
Patrick Zapf (track 12)
composer:
Don Covay (track 10)
Billie Holiday (track 13)
Don Robey (track 2)
Ronnie Shannon (track 5)
Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) (track 16)
Sting (singer, songwriter & member of The Police) (track 4)
Bobby Troup (track 7)
Bill Withers (track 3)
Irving Berlin (1926) (track 1)
Fats Waller (1928) (track 6)
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (US composer, pianist & jazz bandleader) (1931-08) (track 15)
Irving Berlin (1935) (track 14)
Joseph Kosma (composer) (1945) (track 12)
Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) (1969) (track 8)
engineer:
Roy Battle (trombonist, engineer (worked with Eva Cassidy)) (tracks 1–18)
lead vocals:
Eva Cassidy (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–8, 10–18)
lyricist:
Don Covay (track 10)
Billie Holiday (track 13)
Don Robey (track 2)
Ronnie Shannon (track 5)
Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) (tracks 8, 16)
Sting (singer, songwriter & member of The Police) (track 4)
Bobby Troup (track 7)
Bill Withers (track 3)
Irving Berlin (1926) (track 1)
Andy Razaf (1928) (track 6)
Irving Mills (1931) (track 15)
Irving Berlin (1935) (track 14)
Jacques Prévert (1945) (track 12)
mixer:
Chris Biondo (tracks 1–4, 6, 8, 10–11, 13–14, 17)
Eva Cassidy (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 13–14)
Dan Weinberg (tracks 5, 7, 9, 12, 15–16, 18)
producer:
Chris Biondo (tracks 1–18)
Eva Cassidy (tracks 1–18)
recording engineer:
Sound by Charlie (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–18)
spoken vocals:
Eva Cassidy (1996-01-03) (track 9)
translator:
Johnny Mercer (1947) (track 12)
writer:
Eddie Cooley (track 11)
John Davenport (songwriter Otis Blackwell) (track 11)
Earl Forest (track 17)
William G. Harvey (1950s bandleader/composer) (track 17)
[traditional] (Special Purpose Artist) (track 18)
publisher:
Carlin Music Corp. (track 11)
EMI Mills Music (ASCAP-affiliated) (track 15)
EMI Music Publishing Germany (GmbH & Co. KG) (track 4)
EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (tracks 3–4)
EMI Songs Ltd. (track 3)
Edward B. Marks Music Co. (founded originally as J. Stern & Co. in 1894, renamed in 1919) (track 13)
Enoch & Cie. (track 12)
Lark Music Ltd. (track 11)
MPL Communications Inc. (Paul McCartney-related, NYC-based company) (track 12)
Morley Music Corp. (track 12)
Pattern Music Ltd (track 8)
Paul Simon Music (track 8)
Steerpike Ltd. (track 4)
Universal/MCA Music Ltd. (not for release label use!) (track 8)
Paul Simon Music (1980) (track 16)
mixed at:
Uncle Punchies (tracks 1, 4, 6, 8, 13–14)
recorded at:
Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., United States (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–18)
arrangement of:
O Waly, Waly (track 18)
is the basis for:
Fields of Gold (choral) (track 4)
Swingy Thing (Solo Tenor Horn & Brass Band) (track 15)
later parody versions:
Fields of Dick (track 4)
later translated parody versions:
Fieber (track 11)
later translated versions:
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 (Spanish version) (track 7)
Allem Anschein nach bist Du's (Ain't No Sunshine) (track 3)
Brug over troebel water (Bridge Over Troubled Water) (track 8)
Docteur (Fever) (track 11)
Fever (track 11)
Fieber (track 11)
Fieber (track 11)
Kind mot kind (track 14)
Kultaniityt (track 4)
Las hojas muertas (Autumn Leaves) (track 12)
Puente sobre agües braves (Asturian version) (track 8)
Rudens zelts (track 12)
Ruta 66 (track 7)
Valtatie 66 (track 7)
Veel to olt (track 4)
フィーバー (track 11)
later versions:
Har ni cykellås (track 6)
The Fall (track 12)
Visor (track 11)
live cover recording of:
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 (1996-01-03) (track 7)
Ain’t Doin’ Too Bad (1996-01-03) (track 2)
Ain’t No Sunshine (1996-01-03) (track 3)
Autumn Leaves (jazz standard) (1996-01-03) (track 12)
Baby I Love You (1996-01-03) (track 5)
Blue Skies (1996-01-03) (track 1)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1996-01-03) (track 8)
Chain of Fools (1996-01-03) (track 10)
Cheek to Cheek (from “Top Hat”) (1996-01-03) (track 14)
Fever (1996-01-03) (track 11)
Fields of Gold (1996-01-03) (track 4)
Fine and Mellow (1996-01-03) (track 13)
Honeysuckle Rose (1996-01-03) (track 6)
Late in the Evening (One‐Trick Pony) (1996-01-03) (track 16)
Next Time You See Me (1996-01-03) (track 17)
live recording of:
Waly Waly (1996-01-03) (track 18)
part of:
One‐Trick Pony (1980 film soundtrack) (track 16)
referred to in medleys:
Bing Crosby Medley (track 1)
Vereinzelt Schauer (track 3)
Top Hat Medley (Charlie Kunz) (tracks 14, 14)
translated version of:
Les Feuilles mortes (track 12)

CD 2

Hammond organ:
Hilton Felton (1996-01-03) (track 15)
composer:
Carl T. Fischer (Native American jazz pianist and composer) (track 13)
Doug MacLeod (track 2)
Curtis Mayfield (track 3)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (track 7)
Pete Seeger (track 15)
Sonny Thompson (US R&B bandleader and pianist) (track 11)
T‐Bone Walker (US blues musician & songwriter, 1910-1975) (track 6)
Duke Ellington (US composer, pianist & jazz bandleader) (1937) (track 12)
Juan Tizol (1937) (track 12)
Harold Arlen (1938) (track 10)
engineer:
Roy Battle (trombonist, engineer (worked with Eva Cassidy)) (tracks 1–14)
lead vocals:
Eva Cassidy (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–15)
lyricist:
Bill Carey (track 13)
Doug MacLeod (track 2)
Curtis Mayfield (track 3)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (track 7)
Pete Seeger (track 15)
Sonny Thompson (US R&B bandleader and pianist) (track 11)
T‐Bone Walker (US blues musician & songwriter, 1910-1975) (track 6)
Irving Mills (1937) (track 12)
Yip Harburg (1938) (track 10)
mixer:
Chris Biondo (tracks 1, 3–6, 15)
Eva Cassidy (tracks 1, 3, 6)
Geoff Gillette (track 13)
Dan Weinberg (tracks 2, 7–12, 14)
premiered by:
Judy Garland (1939) (track 10)
producer:
Chris Biondo (tracks 1–15)
Eva Cassidy (tracks 1–15)
recording engineer:
Sound by Charlie (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–14)
writer:
George Douglas (track 14)
Al Green (track 1)
Mabon Hodges (track 1)
John Hurley (track 5)
Rob Hyman (track 9)
Etta James (track 8)
Leroy Kirkland (track 8)
Cyndi Lauper (track 9)
George David Weiss (track 14)
Ronnie Wilkins (track 5)
Pearl Woods (60s R&B) (track 8)
publisher:
Abilene Music Inc. (track 14)
CBS Songs Ltd. (track 9)
Carlin Music Corp. (track 14)
Dub Notes Music (track 9)
EMI Mills Music Inc. (ASCAP-affiliated) (track 12)
EMI Music (do not use as release label! this is a music publisher) (track 10)
Gregmark Music Inc (Gregmark) (track 6)
Human Boy Music (track 9)
Irving Music, Inc. (track 1)
Leo Feist Music (track 10)
Memory Lane Music (publishing company) (track 14)
Mijac Music (track 3)
Mills Music, Inc. (track 12)
Quartet Music Inc. (track 14)
Rellla Music Corp. (track 9)
Sony Songs Inc. ( – ????) (track 9)
Sony/ATV Harmony (track 12)
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) (track 9)
Warner Brothers Music Ltd. (UK subsidiary, so named between 1970/01/23–1971/04/26 and 1972/04/25–1988/08/23) (track 9)
Warner Chappell Music Ltd. (no slash; used 1988–1996) (track 9)
Warner/Chappell (track 10)
Warner‐Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (publisher; do NOT use as release label) (track 3)
Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. ( – ????) (track 6)
ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label) (tracks 9, 14)
フジパシフィック音楽出版 (– 2014-12-31) (track 14)
Peermusic III, Ltd. (– 2018-11-01) (track 6)
Lafleur Music Ltd. (1995-12-12 –) (track 12)
フジパシフィックミュージック (2015-01-01 –) (track 14)
ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label) (2017-04-01 –) (track 10)
Raleigh Music Group (RALEIGH MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC) (2018-11-01 –) (track 6)
mixed at:
Uncle Punchies (tracks 1, 3, 6)
recorded at:
Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., United States (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–14)
arrangements:
Caravan (arranged by Au) (track 12)
Over the Rainbow (track 10)
cover recording of:
is the basis for:
MAIN THEME (Rainbow Islands) (track 10)
Wild 'n Raw (track 8)
later parody versions:
Romantic Letter (track 4)
later translated parody versions:
later translated versions:
Dej zpátky čas (track 9)
Für C. (track 3)
Kirje (track 4)
La carta (track 4)
L’Arc en ciel (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, du film “Le Magicien d’Oz”) (track 10)
Ovan regnbågen (track 10)
Pāri varavīksnei (Over the Rainbow) (track 10)
Une lettre (track 4)
Var inte rädd (track 9)
虹の彼方 (Japanese Version of Over the Rainbow) (track 10)
later versions:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Marusha rave version of “Over the Rainbow”) (track 10)
Une lettre (track 4)
live cover recording of:
Caravan (1996-01-03) (track 12)
Nightbird (1996-01-03) (track 2)
Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz) (1996-01-03) (track 10)
People Get Ready (1996-01-03) (track 3)
Something’s Gotta Hold on Me (1996-01-03) (track 8)
Son of a Preacher Man (1996-01-03) (track 5)
Take Me to the River (1996-01-03) (track 1)
Tall Trees in Georgia (1996-01-03) (track 7)
The Letter (1996-01-03) (track 4)
Time After Time (1996-01-03) (track 9)
What a Wonderful World (1996-01-03) (track 14)
You’re Welcome to the Club (1996-01-03) (track 11)
You’ve Changed (1996-01-03) (track 13)
part of:
The Wizard of Oz (1939 film soundtrack) (track 10)
The Wizard of Oz (1942 Arlen/Harburg musical) (track 10)
referred to in medleys:
Ja-Da Medley (track 12)

DVD-Video 3

arranger:
Oliver Zapf (track 4)
Patrick Zapf (track 4)
composer:
Carl T. Fischer (Native American jazz pianist and composer) (track 12)
Doug MacLeod (track 2)
Curtis Mayfield (track 5)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (track 7)
T‐Bone Walker (US blues musician & songwriter, 1910-1975) (track 6)
Fats Waller (1928) (track 3)
Irving Berlin (1935) (track 1)
Harold Arlen (1938) (track 11)
Joseph Kosma (composer) (1945) (track 4)
Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) (1969) (track 9)
editor:
Daren Tiley (tracks 1–12)
engineer:
Roy Battle (trombonist, engineer (worked with Eva Cassidy)) (tracks 1–12)
lead vocals:
Eva Cassidy (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–12)
lyricist:
Bill Carey (track 12)
Doug MacLeod (track 2)
Curtis Mayfield (track 5)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (track 7)
Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel) (track 9)
T‐Bone Walker (US blues musician & songwriter, 1910-1975) (track 6)
Andy Razaf (1928) (track 3)
Irving Berlin (1935) (track 1)
Yip Harburg (1938) (track 11)
Jacques Prévert (1945) (track 4)
premiered by:
Judy Garland (1939) (track 11)
producer:
Chris Biondo (tracks 1–12)
Eva Cassidy (tracks 1–12)
recording engineer:
Bryan McCulley (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–12)
translator:
Johnny Mercer (1947) (track 4)
writer:
Al Green (track 8)
Mabon Hodges (track 8)
Rob Hyman (track 10)
Cyndi Lauper (track 10)
publisher:
CBS Songs Ltd. (track 10)
Dub Notes Music (track 10)
EMI Music (do not use as release label! this is a music publisher) (track 11)
Enoch & Cie. (track 4)
Gregmark Music Inc (Gregmark) (track 6)
Human Boy Music (track 10)
Irving Music, Inc. (track 8)
Leo Feist Music (track 11)
MPL Communications Inc. (Paul McCartney-related, NYC-based company) (track 4)
Mijac Music (track 5)
Morley Music Corp. (track 4)
Pattern Music Ltd (track 9)
Paul Simon Music (track 9)
Rellla Music Corp. (track 10)
Sony Songs Inc. ( – ????) (track 10)
Universal/MCA Music Ltd. (not for release label use!) (track 9)
WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) (track 10)
Warner Brothers Music Ltd. (UK subsidiary, so named between 1970/01/23–1971/04/26 and 1972/04/25–1988/08/23) (track 10)
Warner Chappell Music Ltd. (no slash; used 1988–1996) (track 10)
Warner/Chappell (track 11)
Warner‐Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (publisher; do NOT use as release label) (track 5)
Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. ( – ????) (track 6)
Yamaha Music Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (holding company - do not use as release label) (track 10)
Peermusic III, Ltd. (– 2018-11-01) (track 6)
ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label) (2017-04-01 –) (track 11)
Raleigh Music Group (RALEIGH MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC) (2018-11-01 –) (track 6)
recorded at:
Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., United States (1996-01-03) (tracks 1–12)
arrangements:
Over the Rainbow (track 11)
is the basis for:
MAIN THEME (Rainbow Islands) (track 11)
later parody versions:
later translated versions:
Brug over troebel water (Bridge Over Troubled Water) (track 9)
Dej zpátky čas (track 10)
Für C. (track 5)
Kind mot kind (track 1)
Las hojas muertas (Autumn Leaves) (track 4)
L’Arc en ciel (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, du film “Le Magicien d’Oz”) (track 11)
Ovan regnbågen (track 11)
Puente sobre agües braves (Asturian version) (track 9)
Pāri varavīksnei (Over the Rainbow) (track 11)
Rudens zelts (track 4)
Var inte rädd (track 10)
虹の彼方 (Japanese Version of Over the Rainbow) (track 11)
later versions:
Har ni cykellås (track 3)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Marusha rave version of “Over the Rainbow”) (track 11)
The Fall (track 4)
live cover recording of:
Autumn Leaves (jazz standard) (1996-01-03) (track 4)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (1996-01-03) (track 9)
Cheek to Cheek (from “Top Hat”) (1996-01-03) (track 1)
Honeysuckle Rose (1996-01-03) (track 3)
Nightbird (1996-01-03) (track 2)
Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz) (1996-01-03) (track 11)
People Get Ready (1996-01-03) (track 5)
Take Me to the River (1996-01-03) (track 8)
Tall Trees in Georgia (1996-01-03) (track 7)
Time After Time (1996-01-03) (track 10)
You’ve Changed (1996-01-03) (track 12)
part of:
The Wizard of Oz (1942 Arlen/Harburg musical) (track 11)
The Wizard of Oz (1939 film soundtrack) (track 11)
referred to in medleys:
Top Hat Medley (Charlie Kunz) (tracks 1, 1)
translated version of:

Release

photography:Larry Melton
liner notes:Bill Straw (in 2015)
graphic design:D N Atkinson (graphic designer)
mastering:Robert Vosgien
acoustic guitar:Eva Cassidy (on 1996-01-03)
bass guitar:Chris Biondo (on 1996-01-03)
electric guitar:Eva Cassidy (on 1996-01-03)
Keith Grimes (on 1996-01-03)
membranophone:Raice McLeod (on 1996-01-03)
piano:Lenny 'The Ringer' Williams (pianist, keyboardist) (on 1996-01-03)
mastered at:Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/release/7742256 [info]
ASIN:UK: B015TOU88U [info]
FR: B015TOU88U [info]
purchase for mail-order:https://www.spincds.com/nothing-can-hurt-me-original-soundtrack-cd-46876 [info]