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Sheryl Bailey: Homage

Read "Homage" reviewed by Jim Josselyn


Homage, Sheryl Bailey's 12th outing as a leader, is a welcome and well deserved musical love letter to the late, great Pat Martino. The opening track, with one of the great song titles in instrumental music history, “The Velvet Hammer," was written for Martino, and the decision to have keyboardist Miki Hayama play the Fender Rhodes throughout harkens back to one of Martino's masterpieces with Gil Goldstein, We'll Be Together Again (Muse, 1976). But make no mistake, Bailey ...

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Alternative Guitar Summit: Honoring Pat Martino, Volume 1

Read "Honoring Pat Martino, Volume 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Each year the Alternative Guitar Summit, led by Joel Harrison, presents a concert to honor a living jazz composer/guitarist. That wasn't possible in 2021, however, as venues in and around New York City were shuttered tight by the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, it was clear that the chosen honoree, the great Pat Martino, was gravely ill and might not have another year to live. With that in mind, members of the Summit took their guitars straight to a studio to record ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Sheryl Bailey: Shifting Gears

Read "Sheryl Bailey: Shifting Gears" reviewed by David Bixler


Guitarist and educator Sheryl Bailey recently moved from New York to Boston to become the assistant chair of the guitar department at The Berklee College of Music. In this episode of Liner Notes Sheryl talks about the challenges of moving to a new city while overseeing the education of nine hundred guitarists in the time of the coronavirus. We spoke over zoom-heads up that the interview is replete with the street sounds of Washington Heights. This episode features music from ...

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Album Review

Plucky Strum: Departure

Read "Departure" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Guitarist Sheryl Bailey and bassist Harvie S have clearly learned the first rule of getting ahead in show biz in these days of glitz and hype: find a clever and distinctive name--in this case Plucky Strum (after all, Lady Gaga was going nowhere as Stephani Germanotta). Departure is the duo's second album under that name for Whaling City Sound, one on which they show that pluck or strum by any name can be charming and persuasive. Musically ...

Album Review

Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

Read "For All Those Living" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Per il suo For All Those Living Sheryl Bailey ha voluto assemblare un quartetto di tutto rispetto, composto da Jim Rid, Gary Wang e Shingo Okudaira, perfettamente in grado di assecondare la sua idea di jazz, legata al mainstream e a quelle atmosfere distese che ben si adattano ai gusti di chi ha voglia di ascolti discreti e mai invadenti. La scaletta si apre con “An Unexpected Turn," brano che mette in evidenza il timbro caldo e calibrato della leader, ...

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Album Review

The Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

Read "For All Those Living" reviewed by Edward Blanco


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 ...

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Album Review

Sheryl Bailey: For All Those Living

Read "For All Those Living" reviewed by Nic Jones


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 ...


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