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Jeff Baker: Phrases

Read "Phrases" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After a seven-year absence, vocalist/composer/arranger/educator and foremost fan of the Boise State Broncos, Jeff Baker has returned to the studio to add to his already impressive discography, which includes: Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004); Monologue (OA2, 2005); Shopping for Your Heart (OA2, 2007); Of Things Not Seen (OA2, 2009).

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ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Of Things Not Seen

Read "Of Things Not Seen" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

How Jeff Baker avoided full coverage at All About Jazz is beyond me, but now is a fine time to write this wrong. In 2009, Baker took a professional and stylistic chance in producing a jazz treatment of songs from the American Christian Songbook, Of Things Not Seen. He had worked up to this bold statement ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Phrases," Jazz Vocalist Jeff Baker's 5th Album & First To Feature His Original Music, Due January 19 On OA2 Records

"Phrases," Jazz Vocalist Jeff Baker's 5th Album & First To Feature His Original Music, Due January 19 On OA2 Records

After a seven-year hiatus from recording, contemporary jazz vocalist Jeff Baker is preparing to release Phrases, his fifth and most ambitious album to date. The new CD, due from OA2 Records on January 19, marks Baker’s debut as a composer, with seven of the album’s songs featuring his music and lyrics. The album takes its title ...

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 ...

Eliane Elias: I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker

Read "I Thought About You: A Tribute to Chet Baker" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is tempting to consider Chet Baker hommages like Jeff Baker's excellent Baker Sings Chet (OA2, 2004) or John Proulx's sublime Baker's dozen: Remembering Chet Baker (MAXJAZZ, 2009) superior to the real item. So fractured is our picture of Baker that our full appreciation of him is clouded by his extra-musical proclivities. But it is not ...

Clipper Anderson: Ballad of the Sad Young Men

Read "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Hidden in the basement of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington is bassist/vocalist Clipper Anderson. Not ringing any bells? That's because he has been a sideman, buried behind the principals on upwards of 60 recordings while recording as leader on two previous releases: And to All a Goodnight (Origin Records, 2011) and The Road Home (Origin ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Johnson: Suitcase

Read "Suitcase" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Jeff Johnson traveled the United States from the 1970s until 1990. He followed the work during his time of transience, and played an array of styles, from R&B to country, from blues to pop, and jazz. Then he put his suitcase down in Seattle and evolved into something of a house bassist for Origin Records, ...

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Various Artists: Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard

Read "Jazzvox Presents: In Your Own Backyard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Nich Anderson is a Northwest coast jazz vocalist and jazz vocals champion who has been bringing jazz vocal talent to his “house concerts" in Washington State for the past 10 years. Anderson and Origin Records' house presence Bill Anschell have produced a recording documenting some of this talent. The result is a collection of duets and ...

The Vocal Jazz Collective: Redefinition

Read "Redefinition" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jeff Baker, one of the best male jazz vocalists around today, is also the vocal director at ArtsWest School for Performing Arts in Eagle, Idaho. Working with high school age performers must be a gas, because Baker has produced a very engaging vocal jazz outing, featuring his students backed by an Origin Records all-star band, with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jeff Baker: Shopping for Your Heart

Read "Shopping for Your Heart" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jeff Baker's first major exposure came at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, backed by the Lionel Hampton Trio. The vocalist was sixteen years old at the time. He'd won the Jazz Fest's solo vocal competion, and he had the word “promising" written all over him. He has since released three CDs on OA2, the promising Baker ...