Harvie S, Sheryl Bailey, Steve JohnsNyack Jazz Week at the Turning Point CafePiermont, NYJuly 29, 2012Sometimes auspicious events occur in unlikely circumstances. The last part of Nyack Jazz Week 2012 was billed as a closing night concert with surprise guests, followed by a jam session. Long before the first set began, some of the invited guests arrived, instruments in tow, eager to play. All of this activity forecast a night filled with familiar tunes, and lengthy solos of varying degrees of competence. But before the vagaries of jazz as democracy commenced, there was the matter ...read more
Wes Montgomery may be gone, but the great jazz guitarist's crisp, rich-toned sound lives on in Sheryl Bailey, whose style is so reminiscent of the icon, but whose technique has also been compared to that of Pat Martino. It is quite clear that Bailey is a gifted guitarist as well as a veteran musician, with several albums to her credit. Bailey has performed in many formats throughout her career, yet For All Those Living, is her first to lead a traditional rhythm quartet. The result is a session of delicious straight-ahead jazz with piano, bass and drum accompaniment led by ...read more
In the past, guitarist Sheryl Bailey has been an embodiment of versatility through her work with bassist Richard Bona, and with David Krakauer's klezmer ensemble. She now has another strain of music in her bag with this program of straight-ahead jazz guitar. Both Pat Martino and Wes Montgomery can be cited as reference points for this outing, but the fact remains that Bailey brings her own not inconsiderable character to bear. The featured quartet is Bailey's current working group, and the mutual knowledge this implies is in abundance, as it works its way through a program of Bailey originals.read more
While guitarist Sheryl Bailey's A New Promise was a tribute to another tremendously talented female guitarist--the late Emily Remler--For All Those Living touches on a wide variety of figures, both here and gone. Bailey's music pays direct tribute to fellow guitarists, like Jack Wilkins ("Wilkinsburg"), Masa Sasaki ("Masa's Bag") and the late Jimmy Wyble, but she also looks beyond her own instrument with an homage to the great Hank Mobley, the man that jazz critic Leonard Feather dubbed the middleweight champion of the tenor saxophone." Those familiar with Bailey's guitar work from her trio recordings will encounter ...read more
Sheryl Bailey 4's For All Those Living has a nice, balanced feel to it, with a lively, up-tempo pace that never becomes frenetic. It's finely played, and rewards serious listening, but none of the musicians are overly showy.The quartet plays as much with Bailey's guitar work as behind it, and is clearly sympathetic to its performers. Already highly respected--and perhaps because of it--Bailey plays with the self-confidence of a guitarist who's surpassed the point of seeking validation through gee-whiz hyper technique. She has, first and foremost, a very tasteful sound, employing a medium toned pickup that is clearly ...read more
Sheryl Bailey has been rising to the top of the jazz guitar world ever since she burst onto the national scene by taking third place in the 1996 Thelonious Monk Guitar Competition. Following her top three finish in the competition, and graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Bailey has released five albums as a bandleader, a DVD and two instructional books, all while maintaining a seemingly constant touring schedule and holding down an associate professorship at her alma mater in Boston.When not teaching or touring under her own name, Bailey can be found recording ...read more
A New Promise by Sheryl Bailey is an outstanding work from a guitarist (and a rare release from a female jazz guitarist) who can run with the big dogs, in this case a big band ensemble. While her confident and stylish chops might suggest the phraseology of Kenny Burrell or Pat Metheny, she has a unique voice which is probably more closely influenced by forerunner guitarist Emily Remler, to whom Bailey dedicates this release. This is a homecoming of sorts for Bailey, who's based in New York. She joins forces with the excellent 16-piece Three Rivers Jazz ...read more
Live @ The Fat Cat is an intensely burning live recording which documents two gigs from November of 2005. Sporting killer chops along a natural talent for building a solo, Sheryl Bailey is a joy to listen to. But the pleasure does not stop there, as organist Gary Versace (who played on Loren Stillman's It Could Be Anything) and drummer Ian Froman (from the Murley/Braid Quartet's Mnemosyne's March) match her every step of the way. The trio's members have been together for a while now and are extremely tight, flexible and comfortable with each other. It is ...read more
At home in many musical milieus, Sheryl Bailey's guitar speaks both viscerally and cerebrally. Of late, she has been most comfortable in her Hammond B3 trio with organist Gary Versace and drummer Ian Froman. Live versions of songs from their two initial studio releases make up only roughly a third of Live @ The Fat Cat, which captures the band over two nights at the Greenwich Village club. This latest chronicle reveals that the group has matured to a point where Bailey's incredible guitar technique is skillfully interwoven into the trio's overall sound. Although the band begins ...read more
The patchwork Oriental rug decor and comfortable living room ambiance at NYC's Fat Cat immediately put both musician and audience on intimate terms. Within that friendly context, guitarist Sheryl Bailey's Hammond B3 trio highlighted newly composed material from their latest CD, Bull's Eye. Bailey's intricately elegant chordal improvisations and blisteringly precise leads were willing and equal partner to the power and versatility of organ master Gary Versace. Ian Froman's inventive and propulsive drumming not only added a distinctive third voice but also created novel frameworks that enabled Bailey and Versace to keep things more than interesting. Commencing with the ...read more
Guitarist Sheryl Bailey is chameleon-like in her ability to bring inventive coloration to traditional forms. She has released a sizzling guitar goddess CD, Little Misunderstood; a bluesy dual guitar follow-up, Reunion of Souls; and adds highly original stylings to David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness. Her latest recording, The Power of 3, further broadens this diversity by featuring nine new Bailey originals in the context of a traditional Hammond B-3 organ trio. The one constant in all this variety is one hell of a guitarist. The Power of 3 is presented as a gathering to celebrate the consummate B-3/guitar ...read more
A duo guitar session allows you to soak up the rays from several sources at the same time. Naturally, each has a style and technique somewhat different from the other. More to the point, however, is what Sheryl Bailey and Chris Bergson are doing, as they communicate with the audience, with the band, and with each other. Like the city where both live and work, this session is full of contrasts. When one guitarist swings slow and comfortable, the other tends to heat things up with sparks. Taking turns being edgy, Bailey and Bergson map out a creative program that ...read more
Pittsburgh, PA native, Sheryl Bailey knows how to serve up frenzied fusion guitar/guitar synth, deliver sultry, hot grooves, and deftly handle jazz standards. She tips her pick and pen to the harmonics and compositional, solo-laden works of Mike Stern or Chick Corea. She hangs tight, delivers punchy, and remains breathlessly fluid in her stylings. Her varied guitar voicings allow a wide range of expression and therefore extended listener interest levels -- in a word, variety. At times you might think another guitarist is guesting but it is all Bailey and Bailey, channel to channel, effects magic.“Honk” and “Enigma” ...read more
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