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Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

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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, pronta nel disegnare lunghe e sinuose linee melodiche impregnate di swing e perfetta nel prendersi le luci principali senza ricorrere a uno sterile tecnicismo. Caratteristiche che possiamo ritrovare anche nella title track, dove ben figura il pianismo elegante di Ridl che si ritaglia un solo garbato e di buona ispirazione, o nella suggestiva "A Muse Sings" dove trova spazio il suono profondo prodotto dalle spesse corde di Gary Wang. La registrazione prende vita in "Masa's Bag," nella quale la Bailey dà fondo ai colori di una tavolozza comunque ricca e adatta anche per le situazioni leggermente più up-tempo e meno inclini a un concetto di estrema riflessione.

Idea che pervade e segna in maniera profonda For All Those Living, album riservato, dal carattere gentile e dunque apprezzabile, anche se qualche scossone, qualche grinza messa al posto giusto non avrebbe di certo guastato, anzi.

Track Listing: An Unexpected Turn; For All Those Living; A Muse Sings; Masa's Bag; 29- 11; Wilkinsburg; For A Russian Princess; Moblin.'

Personnel: Sheryl Bailey: guitar; Jim Ridl: piano; Gary Wang: bass; Shingo Okudaira: drums.

Title: For All Those Living | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Self Produced

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