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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Plucky Strum: Departure

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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 ...

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Harvie S / Sheryl Bailey: Plucky Strum

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Two musicians, two acoustic string instruments, and ten original works recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, edits, or fixes of any sort. That's Plucky Strum in a nutshell, but that's also unfairly reductive in its explanation of the project. For when the two musicians under discussion are as special and seasoned as bassist Harvie S and guitarist Sheryl Bailey, even the simplest of concepts can turn into something special. While neither of these players is ...

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Harvie S, Sheryl Bailey, Steve Johns: Nyack, NY, July 29, 2012

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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 ...

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The Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

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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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Sheryl Bailey: For All Those Living

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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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Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

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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 ...

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Sheryl Bailey 4: For All Those Living

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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 ...

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Sheryl Bailey: Homecoming

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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 ...

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Sheryl Bailey: A New Promise

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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 ...

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The Sheryl Bailey 3: Live @ The Fat Cat

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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 ...