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Articles by C. Michael Bailey

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers: Haydn: Symphony No. 39, Symphony No. 87, Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante

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A curious gathering of potent spirits has been brewing over the last decade in Boston, Massachusetts. First, in 2008, Harry Christophers replaced Grant Llewellyn as (who, in turn, had replaced Sir Christopher Hogwood) artistic director of the Handle and Haydn Society, who in 2015, celebrated its bicentennial. Christophers is noted for being the founder and conductor of the British choir and period-instrument ensemble The Sixteen, with whom he inaugurated the CORO Record label. Second, violinist Aisslin Nosky was named Concertmaster ...

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Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. 10: Toronto

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Laurie Pepper, widow of alto saxophonist Art Pepper, achieved a life milestone in her brilliantly liberating sequel to Straight Life--The Story Of Art Pepper By Art And Laurie Pepper (Da Capo Press, 1983), where she rhetorically asked: “If Art hadn't had me there constantly assessing his mood, taking his aesthetic temperature, would he then have had to push his vision by himself? I think somebody else, another friend or lover, might have done it...But what matters here, to ...

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part X

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Lucia Jackson You and the Night and the Music Roni Music 2018 To a precious few, much talent is given, particularly the young of age, like New York City --native Lucia Jackson, who, at the age of 26 has already distinguished herself as an accomplished dancer and model. Now Jackson emerges as a singer, capitalizing on her voice and piano training at the prestigious Escuela de Musica Creativa in Madrid, Spain, where she attended on ...

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If You Can Only Have One Christmas Recording…

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This Holiday article is early and necessary. I am writing this rare stand-alone review of a Seasonal offering because I have a couple of bah-humbug friends who disrespect Christmas Music. I am giving them, and all other such music Philistines, their warranted comeuppance by introducing the only proof I have ever found for the existence of the Divine as we approach the Christian Holiday Season. If you wanted to limit yourself to a single holiday recording, may it be this ...

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Kuniko: Steve Reich: Drumming

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If it can be beaten with a stick, a mallet, a brush or a hammer, Kuniko beats it. The master percussionist elevates the musical art of universal percussion to a level that forces it to not only be taken seriously, but to encourage an effort to learn about it. That is the measure of an artist. Kuniko's previous Linn recordings, Kuniko Plays Reich (2012), Cantus (2013), Iannis Xenakis IX (2015), and Bach: Solo Works For Marimba (2017), all ...

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Gregorian Chant – Melodies I & II

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The Monastic Choir of St. Peter's Abbey, Solesmes, France was re-founded in 1833, following a period of latency. In the late 19th century, the monastery was challenged by the Holy Father, Pope Pius X to fully research the role of plainchant in the liturgy and to edit books on chant that reflected this research. If there is one thing a bunch of Benedictines can do, it is research. The result has been nearly 200 years of intense scholarship that led ...

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Lajos Dudas: Return to the Future

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German-Hungarian clarinetist Lajos Dudas shows little inclination in slowing things down as he turns 78 years young next birthday. He has stopped for the moment to program an informative retrospective of his lengthy career in Return to the Future, a collection of ten live performances bookended by two quartet performances in Cologne in 1979 and 2013. The music presented is all of Dudas' free variety, an intersection between Tony Scott and Jimmy Giuffre as if undated to the end of ...

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Bailey’s Bundle – Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part IX

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Yilian Cañizares and Omar Sosa Aguas Ota Records 2018 Pianist/composer Omar Sosa has established himself as a pioneer at the edge of Cubano-Caribbean music. Sosa teams with violinist/vocalist Yilian Cañizares for a breezy and sensual stroll through 11 original, for lack of a better term, world music compositions that are as entertaining as they are accomplished. I think the way to out the music of Sosa into perspective is to think of it as being ...

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part VIII

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Cheryl Bentyne (and Mark Winkler) Eastern Standard Time Café Pacific Records

BOOK REVIEWS

Blues From the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge by Julian C. Piper

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Blues From the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge Julian C. Piper 159 Pages ISBN: # 978-1455623099 Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 2018 History may be told horizontally or vertically or some combination of both. Some historians give a 360-degree panoramic view of their subject, while others drill down deep into a single period of time. An example of the former is the newly revised Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans (Pelican, 2018) by ...