Articles by C. Michael Bailey

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Album Review

Mark Winkler: Old Friends

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The appeal of singer and lyricist Mark Winkler is not that he has an outstanding vocal instrument. Rather, it is uniquely unique; easily identifiable. Winkler has what Broadway composers once called a “lyricist's voice." It is a voice of a song writer that is honest and genuine and that is where Winkler gets to the listener. A serious artist, he never sounds as if he takes himself too seriously (much like Dean Martin). And, therein lies his charm. Winkler's voice ...

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Album Review

Lauren White: Ever Since The World Ended

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There is a cadre of West Coast jazz musicians who tacitly orbit one Mark Winkler. This embarrassing wealth of talent includes: Cheryl Bentyne, Dolores Scozzesi, Judy Wexler, Robyn Spangler, Gary Brumburgh, Jeffery Gimble, Ada Bird Wolfe, and our present subject, Lauren White. White, an original East Coast product, expatriated to Westward to act and sing...and record. Her previous recording, Life In The Modern World (Cafe pacific Records, 2019) was the (unknowing) opening bookend to a most curious cultural year we ...

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Album Review

Mirna Bogdanovic: Confrontation

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Arrestingly postmodern and warmly familiar in the same space, Mirna Bogdanović's fourth release, Confrontation, stops just short of dismantling contemporary jazz and pop in favor of retaining those elements that tickle the memory's nostalgia receptors in such a way that the listener recognises the music as compelling, while at the same time not being able to explain why. This dichotomy represents a core intention of all art: the ability to evoke awe and confusion (manifested as sudden wonder). The Berlin-based ...

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Album Review

Alyssa Allgood: What Tomorrow Brings

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In the chemistry lab, solvents are said to be punctilious when they have been completely purified through filtering, distillation, and chromatography. Punctilious ether, if a sound, could be compared to the perfectly polished tone generated from lead crystal when struck with a platinum spoon. This is the level of refinement heard in Alyssa Allgood's voice on What Tomorrow Brings. Allgood has been filtering and distilling her tone over three previous recordings: Lady BIrd (Self Produced, 2015); Out Of The Blue ...

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Album Review

Harry Allen: Milo's Illinois

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"We baked all our own bread." Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year The COVID pandemic has changed many things about daily life, creating something of a new, mutated “normal." This is no more apparent than in many of the “outside-the-box" methods that performance artists have used to subsist and ply their trade during a virtual lockdown. In particular, tenor saxophonist Harry Allen took the pandemic head on by cutting a European tour short in March ...

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Book Review

The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond 2020

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The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond W. Royal Stokes 560 Pages ISBN: # 979-8611405475 Hannah Books 2020 Musician-actor Martin Mull once expressed that, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That is certainly good for a laugh, but there is a lot of music out there and only a limited amount to time to listen. So how does one narrow the field? Listening to music--the activity that makes perfect ...

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Book Review

Early Music: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Forrest Kelly

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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction Thomas Forrest Kelly 144 Pages ISBN: # 978-0199730766 Oxford University Press 2011 There is a Romantic desire to get back to the beginning of things because, somehow, a certain purity is believed to have existed that has since been sullied by modernity and all of its depraved trappings. During the folk music revival of the late '50s and early '60s, scores of record collectors wiled away much ...


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