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Content by tag "Natalie Cressman"

Alicyn Yaffee: Someone Else

Read "Someone Else" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dyspeptic in my late 50s, in a fit of self-pity, I have said, “Youth is wasted on the young." That is so much sour grapes on my part given to a questionably-misspent youth. What I wish for the young, sadly tilting at Mother Nature's windmills, is to remain young forever. I certainly wish this for vocalist/guitarist/composer ...

Jeff Weinmann: Alma Matters

Read "Alma Matters" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Soul matters, educational foundations matter, inclusive music scenes matter, and this album--conceptually invested in all of those beliefs--most certainly matters. With Alma Matters, multi-instrumentalist Jeff Weinmann reunites with some of his preferred collaborators from years past and times present, honoring the rich history of the Berkeley scene that's nourished and inspired him for decades on end. ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Female Vocals 2017 I – Cynthia Hilts, Judith Nijland, Andrea Claburn, Sandy Cressman, Lisa Biales

Read "Female Vocals 2017 I – Cynthia Hilts, Judith Nijland, Andrea Claburn, Sandy Cressman, Lisa Biales" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Take a day off and the recordings pile up and bury you. Female jazz vocals continue to dominate recordings with no indication on letting up. Most these recordings are very good and deserve recognition. So here is my picayune effort to address a few of them.

Cynthia Hilts
Lyric Fury

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Jazz Quanta Vocals: Carol Bach-y-Rita, Sara Serpa, Alyssa Allgood, Gina Sicilia, Ilse Huizinga

Read "Jazz Quanta Vocals: Carol Bach-y-Rita, Sara Serpa, Alyssa Allgood, Gina Sicilia, Ilse Huizinga" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Carol Bach-y-Rita
minha casa / my house
Self Produced
2016

Polyglot exotic Carol Bach-y-Rita released her conspicuous debut, What Love Is in 2009. Since then, she has kept busy performing, taking her sweet time in developing her new project, the self-produced Minha Casa / My House. Her selected ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Natalie Cressman and Mike Bono: Etchings in Amber

Read "Etchings in Amber" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The admonition, “Youth is wasted on the young" is neither accurate nor applicable to Natalie Cressman. Cressman, a vocalist/trombonist/composer/arranger is a modern day Renaissance woman who wears many hats and all of them beautifully. She is a standing member of the Trey Anastasio Band, as well as Jesus on the Mainline. Cressman has recorded two previous ...

EJ Strickland: The Undying Spirit

Read "The Undying Spirit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Drummer Enoch Jamal Strickland belongs to a technically brilliant and forward-thinking group of young musicians that include multi-reedist Sharel Cassity, vocalist/trombonist Natalie Cressman, and violinist/vocalist Nora Germaine. These musicians prove that youth is not wasted on the young. Strickland, New School-educated, is a veteran of The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, The Marcus Strickland Quartet and Trio, and ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler: I Colored It In For You

Read "I Colored It In For You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

I Colored It In For You is such a tease. Broad-minded multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum uses this brief EP--the two-part title track and a remix from M.O.D. co-founder Bill Laswell are it--to introduces a sui generis small group known as Sparkler.

Apfelbaum, covering vocals, keys, saxophones, and percussion, teams up with rising star trombonist/vocalist ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2014" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This year turned out to be a watershed of jazz and beyond vocals, instrumental jazz and important reissues. It was a year of music that further opened my eyes and ears to music I had not previously valued or considered. How short-sighted of me.

Beat Kaestli
Collage
(B&B Productions)

NEWS: RECORDING

M.O.D. Technologies To Release Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler, I Colored It In For You, As Part Of Incunabula Digtal Series; Plus CD Release Party At Nublu, 12/10

M.O.D. Technologies To Release Peter Apfelbaum's Sparkler, I Colored It In For You, As Part Of Incunabula Digtal Series; Plus CD Release Party At Nublu, 12/10

Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (New York Hieroglyphics) introduces the debut track by his newest band, SPARKLER. Co-produced by Apfelbaum and Aaron Johnston (Brazilian Girls) and featuring Natalie Cressman (vocals, trombone) and Jill Ryan (vocals, alto sax), I Colored it in for You is a multidimensional electronic world music track with lyrics as Apfelbaum explains, “about the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nora Germain: Little Dipper

Read "Little Dipper" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz fiddlers are not exactly household renowned. Joe Venuti, Ray Nance, Stephane Grappelli, Michal Urbaniak, Svend Asmussen, Jean-luc Ponty and Regina Carter pop to the forefront, but then the list falls off quickly. Presently there emerges one Nora Germain (a name made to be in lights if there ever was one) who not only fiddles but ...


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