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Larry Ham/Woody Witt: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Larry Ham and Woody Witt's collaborative effort has brought forth the fruit of Presence, with the sophistication and melodic harmonic relationships that used to grace hard bop jazz, while still sporting just the right amount of abstract modernism from today's sound to supply a strong underpinning of the ensemble current.

Woody Witt, a Houston ...

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

Read "Too Much Monday" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Christmas III: Jazz Vocals - Tianna Hall/Chris Cortez, Nnenna Freelon, New York Voices and Albrecht Mayer/The King’s Singers

Read "Christmas III:  Jazz Vocals - Tianna Hall/Chris Cortez, Nnenna Freelon, New York Voices and Albrecht Mayer/The King’s Singers" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The vocal holiday offerings are all over the map stylistically. Latin, big band, small ensemble singing and whatever the Albrecht Mayer/King's Singer's collaboration is, this a hopping creative season. For a seasonal subgenre of any musical subgenre usually reserved for money-making more than art, this year's releases are exceptional.

“May your days be ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Houston Beat: Drummer Tim Solook

Read "The Houston Beat: Drummer Tim Solook" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Drummer Tim Solook began his career on the West Coast, and later migrated East to Texas where he immediately became a “made man" in the Houston Jazz Mafia. A regular drummer for fellow Houston Jazz Mafia member Tianna Hall, Solook has two recordings as a leader in his musical quiver, 2005's Ability and 2013's Comfortable Blues. ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Tianna Hall: Sid, Barney, Duke & Billy

Read "Tianna Hall: Sid, Barney, Duke & Billy" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz vocalist Tianna Hall calls Houston, TX home. At first blush, one might consider Houston a hub for the oil industry, barbecue, and country music, but not one for jazz. However, Houston has a long history with the music dating to the age of the territory bands and the “Chitlin' Circuit" existing between the late '20s ...

Chris Cortez: Aunt Nasty

Read "Aunt Nasty" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Guitarist and producer Chris Cortez's Aunt Nasty brims with a joie de vivre that permeates the entire album becoming its pervasive theme.

The disc opens with a Latinized “Caravan" highlighting Cortez's flamenco guitar stylings that cascade over James Metcalfe's Afro Cuban percussion. Jimi Hendrix's “Fire" closes the album and it transforms into a ...

Chris Cortez: Aunt Nasty

Read "Aunt Nasty" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A businessman as well as an active musician, Chris Cortez has been very busy producing music through his own Blue Bamboo Music record label--so much so that Aunt Nasty is his first recording in five years. A guitarist and excellent vocalist as comfortable in rock and blues as he seems to be when performing a jazz ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Carol Morgan: Blue Glass Music

Read "Blue Glass Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trumpeter Carol Morgan's Blue Bamboo debut, Opening (2010) was received uniformly, with accolades from all quarters. The Texas-native cum Manhattan-ite exploded out of Julliard following the tutelage of trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and seemed to be everywhere at once. Morgan has been a constant in the DIVA Jazz Orchestra (with Sharel Cassity), and fronting her quintet, Carol ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Gary Norian: Houston Lifts Off

Read "Gary Norian: Houston Lifts Off" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Houston, Texas is the oil capital of the United States. It is also, in 2011, becoming a jazz mecca ready to take on New Orleans, Chicago and New York City. Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties are home to an exploding jazz population that includes pianist, vocalist and trombonist Henry Darragh, vocalists Melissa Darragh, Jacqui Sutton, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Woody Witt - Pots and Kettles (2011)

Woody Witt - Pots and Kettles (2011)

If you're a jazz fan in the Houston, Texas, area, you've surely heard of saxophonist Woody Witt. A tireless music educator around town, the manager and artistic director of one of Houston's few jazz clubs, and a recording artist in his own right, Witt has a long list of credentials that could easily make up an ...