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Steve Wilkerson & Andrea Baker: Licorice Ice

This is the 6th release from Steve Wilkerson and Andrea Baker for their Dane Records label. This time they work together on a CD that features a formidable of Wilkerson clarinet Earlier albums either had him ignoring the instrument or using it sparingly. But with its renaissance, he adds his name to the those who are reviving the difficult instrument., Wilkerson explores the instrument's romantic possibilities on such tunes as “The Shadow of your Smile" and “Pennies from Heaven". He adds humor with tongue (or reed) in cheek 20's style on “After You've Gone" with everyone getting a chance to ...

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Andrea Baker: Table for One

This album is notable some good things and some bad. The bad first, it was one of bassist Andy Simpkins' last sessions before he passed in June of 1999. His solo on If I Were a Bell is a fine testimonial to his stature as a bassist going back to the days of those wonderful Blue Note recordings with The Three Sounds. The good news is that Andrea Baker is accompanied by an outstanding group players of who make this album sparkle by providing more than admirable backing for her vocalizing, in ensemble and as soloists. Another happy event is ...



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