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Bailey's Bundles

Ten Artists: April 2019

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Claudia Vorbach Is There a Time? Phoneector 2018 Claudia Vorbach follows up Come Down Easy (Phoneector, 2016) with these 14 smart original compositions infused with the swagger of a confident composer/singer. At first blush, Vorbach sounds like a relaxed Nora Jones, playfully whimsical and vocally daring. Vorbach sings with an assured Van Morrison-fashioned slur that is both rakish and sensual. “Princess With A Cross To Bear" is a dead ringer for “Moondance," swinging hard with ...

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Album Review

Emma Larsson: Sing to the Sky

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New York vocalist Emma Larsson made a splash with her 2010 sophomore effort Let It Go (Imogena). She has populated her recordings with predominantly well-envisioned original compositions, seasoning the album sequence with standards specifically chosen to meld with her unique sound. Her repertoire choice is eclectic without being eccentric. On her present Sing to the Sky, Larsson reveals her fortitude by covering “Here's to Life," a song long associated with the exquisite Shirley Horn. Larsson hears the ...

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Album Review

Emma Larsson: Let It Go

Read "Let It Go" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Among the many sub-genres of jazz, none is more congested than that of female vocalists. So clotted is this particular marketplace that it is almost impossible to separate the signal (exceptional releases) from the noise (everything else). There are precious few ways for an artist to set herself apart from the merely good vocalists as a truly great one. Standards collections are no vehicle. Anyone and everyone can release a disc of standards. Only the very best singers can draw ...


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