Autor: C Michael Bailey

Low Society: High Time

When one listens to a whole lot of music, it becomes easy to be lulled into the friendly confines of being satisfied with good without ever hearing great. That is, until something exceptional comes along and then it is experienced as an epiphany. So were my feelings hearing …

Antonio Adolfo: Hybrido

Pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo has been golden musical fixture in his native Brazil. He did not cross my radar until 2010 with his recording La e Ca: Here and There (AAM), which he recorded with jazz singer (and daughter) m: Carol Saboya. this revelation gave me two artists for …

Fay Claassen: Luck Child

Dutch singer Fay Claassen has taken her sweet time releasing a follow-up to her 2010 big band release, Sing (Challenge). Her most recent recordings before sing include Red, Hot and Blue: The Music of Cole Porter (Challenge, 2009), and the uniformly excellent Two Portraits Of Chet Baker (Munich, …

Colin Trusedell Trio: Without All the Chatter

The members of the m: Colin Trusedell Trio are not strangers. Quite to the contrary, they are well known to one another and have been. They all served in the United States Air Force together. Pianist m: Shawn Hanlon appears on every Trusedell project, including, Quartet of Ja… …

The Old 97s: Graveyard Whistling

Much of the evolution occurring within a given genre of music occurs in response to predominant movements within that music. For example, in jazz, bebop was a response to the swing era, the latter emphasizing ensemble charts over individual virtuosity and the former celebrating the individual solois…  …

Masakowski Family: N.O. Escape

The NOLA Masakowski’s are a household name in the New Orleans area. Singer m: Sasha Masakowski has released several notable CDs including Sasha Masakowski and the Sidewalk Strutters Old Green River (Louisiana Music Factory, 2015); Hildegard (Self Produced, 2015); and Wishes (Hypersoul, 201… Source: Album Reviews

Peter Madsen: Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

The true beauty and utility of the Great American Songbook is the durability of the music in response to interpretation, often jarring and drastic. French pianist m: Martial Solal made a master’s class of demonstrating the music’s vitality on his uniformly excellent Live at the Village Va…  …

Tamuz Nissim and George Nazos: Liquid Melodies

“New York City-based Israeli jazz singer” is a cultural metaphor, but that is exactly what singer Tamuz Nissim is. Born into a creative family in Tel Aviv, educated at the Royal Conservatoire of Den Haag, Nissim emerged into to a bourgeoning recording arena with the release of her …

Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm: Begin to Dance

Neither m: Jenna Mammina nor m: Rolf Sturm, together or solo, are strangers to these pages. Mammina released Under the Influence (MGR) in 2000 and Strum offered us his superb Young (Water Street Music) in 2016. The two of them showed up with Spark (Water Street Music) in …

Darden Purcell: Easy Living

Working backwards, I discovered DC-area jazz vocalist and educator m: Darden Purcell with her second recording, Where the Blue Begins (Armored Records, 2016). It was an impressive recital with the nominal theme of twilight winding through its repertoire. While less thematically focused… Source: Album Reviews