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Claire Daly: 2468 West Grand Boulevard

Read "2468 West Grand Boulevard" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Full disclosure--I am far from an expert on Motown music, having pretty much lived in a jazz bubble. And this album is a salute to some of jny: Detroit's legends including The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, The Temptations and especially Smokey Robinson, who is identified with five of the eleven songs here. Claire Daly is a welcome addition to the very small coterie of baritone saxophone specialists. While she doubles occasionally on flute, it is with the ...

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Claire Daly: The Most Jazz Life I Could Ever Imagine

Read "Claire Daly: The Most Jazz Life I Could Ever Imagine" reviewed by Andrea Wolper

December 22, 1935. “I am going up the Taku River by dogteam to Fairbanks." “But you can't do that; there are mountains or something you can't get over. Anyway, it's no place for a woman." Thus man disposes of woman. That settled I went quietly about my business of getting ready. Thus begins the journal of Mary Joyce, a native of Wisconsin living near Juneau. Invited to the March 1936 Fairbanks Ice Carnival, she spent the winter months ...

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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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Claire Daly: Movin' On

Read "Movin' On" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Who’d have bet that Jeru’s lineal successor would be a woman? I’m not saying Claire Daly sounds like or even emulates Mulligan; she doesn’t. But she’s closer to him in spirit than anyone I’ve heard since Gerry left us in January ’96 (has it really been that long?). Comparisons aside, Daly is clearly one of the most talented baritone saxophonists to come along in some years, a fact that Down Beat magazine’s readers and critics have recognized by naming her ...

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Claire Daly: Movin' On

Read "Movin' On" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Lady is a...Baritone Saxophonist After 10 years with the all-female big band Diva and three years with former Microscopic Septet leader Joel Forrester, saxophonist Claire Daly finally waxed digital sides as a leader. She debuted as front-woman with Swing Low (Koch Jazz 7872, 1999) and is now following this up with her new release Movin' On. Daly has kept the rhythm section of Eli Yamin, David Hofstra and Peter Grant intact from Swing Low and ...

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Claire Daly: Movin' On

Read "Movin' On" reviewed by Dave Nathan

Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly's second album focuses on songs that deal with dire events leading to the loss of persons held dear. Just before she recorded this CD, she lost her mother and nephew. One of her icons, Gerry Mulligan, had also recently passed away. Tommy Turrentine's “You Said It" is included as a tribute to his brother Stanley whose death prevented his anticipated appearance on this album. So there is a dark cloud hanging over this session. But there ...

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Claire Daly: Swing Low

Read "Swing Low" reviewed by Robert Spencer

If you think female wind players are limited to the flute or oboe, with an occasional soprano or alto saxophonist thrown in, get ready for Claire Daly, who plays baritone sax with a big roundhouse sound - although from the looks of the cover photo of “Swing Low" it's almost as big as she is.

But however she may heft it, Daly's baritone should end forever any gender prejudice that may still exist in jazz circles, for if this disc ...

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Claire Daly: Swing Low

Read "Swing Low" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Oh, how I’d love to use this disc as part of a blindfold test for those who roll their eyes or otherwise show their disdain when the discussion turns to women in Jazz who do anything other than sing or play the piano. I can almost picture the looks of shock and disbelief as I disclose that this baritone saxophonist’s name is Claire Daly and that she is the leader on this exemplary quartet/quintet date. What is the Jazz world ...


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