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Claire Daly: VuVu for Frances

Read "VuVu for Frances" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Claire Daly, whose gruff yet eloquent baritone sax has brightened the New York scene for almost four decades, reunites with acclaimed tenor saxophonist George Garzone on Daly's seventh album as leader, VuVu for Frances, whose honoree is Frances Ballantyne, described by Daly as “a profound influence on [her] life" and “a consummate New Yorker." Daly and Garzone last recorded together in 1999, on Garzione's Moodiology (NYC), and Father Time hasn't caused either of them to lose so much as a ...

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Claire Daly (with George Garzone): VuVu for Frances

Read "VuVu for Frances" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Working jazz musicians have long been accustomed to the necessity of playing just about anything, in any setting, and Claire Daly is no exception. The intrepid baritone saxophonist has recorded tributes to Thelonious Monk and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and, in 2016, she even offered a distinctive take on Motown classics with 2468 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz). With the enviable versatility on her formidable horn which has brought her consistent acclaim, she now turns to more conventional jazz fare, ...

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Claire Daly: Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose

Read "Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Saxophonist Claire Daly has always been a true original and, as it turns out, part of that is in her DNA. Mary Joyce Project: Nothing To Lose is a musical/genealogical journey through the life of Daly's father's first cousin, Mary Joyce, who lived her life the way she wanted to, rather than succumbing to societal expectations for women during the '30s and beyond. As the press materials note, “She satisfied a restless and courageous spirit with a wide range of ...

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Claire Daly: Heaven Help Us All

Read "Heaven Help Us All" reviewed by Ken Franckling


An artist's mood as he or she goes into the studio can shape the music in ways usually not shared with listeners. Rarely do we get to know what's going on in the mind or heart. But Daly lays it all out there on her newest recording with her quartet Solar and guests Warren Smith, Kirpal Gordon and Napoleon Maddox. The baritone saxophonist has been giving considerable thought this new millennium to the roles of good and evil, ...

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Claire Daly with Solar: Heaven Help Us All

Read "Heaven Help Us All" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Claire Daly sent a copy of her self-produced album, Heaven Help Us All, with a note saying she hoped I would like it. Well, what can I say? Claire is one of the finest young baritone saxophonists on the scene (as Down Beat magazine's recent “Rising Star" designation affirms), and notwithstanding its metaphysical undertones, the album is chock-full of irresistible melodies and spirited blowing (pardon the pun) by Daly, vibraphonist Warren Smith and the backup trio, Solar (Eli Yamin, piano; ...


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