There's as much truth as ever to the age-old record-biz axiom that jazz recordings don't sell, but Norah Jones and Diana Krall have proven that jazzy recordings do. The folks at Blue Note know this, so it makes sense that Cassandra Wilson's new Thunderbird isn't jazz but, rather, an attempt at making a contemporary-sounding bluesy roots album that people under the age of 40 might want to hear. T-Bone Burnett, enlisted as producer, has in turn hired Dr. Dre's backroom talent, Keefus Ciancia and Mike Elizondo - the guys behind 50 Cent's and Eminem's biggest hits - as well as Marc Ribot, Colin Linden, Keb Mo' and Reginald Veal for string support. Old-school jazz fans who wince at the sight of a Fender bass will likely find the prominent use of simplistic hiphop-style beat structures and background samples completely repulsive, and at times Wilson sounds bored herself. It's not because of the players. It's because of the unimaginative arrangements and the screwy choice of material, which jumps confusingly from the Wallflowers pop fluff of Closer To You over to Blind Lemon Jefferson's pre-war blues Easy Rider and then takes a detour through the Red River Valley. Burnett also managed to convince Wilson to cover a couple of his lame film compositions, which likely won't make sense to anyone but his accountant.