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Giacomo Gates: What Time Is It?

Read "What Time Is It?" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

2:02.75. That might have been what longshot “Giacomo" (at 50-1) took to win the Kentucky Derby back in 2005. However, it will take longer--just short of an hour--to realize that this thoroughbred Giacomo rides home a winner with What Time Is It?. Hold the oats and roses and grab the ear buds.

Giacomo ...

L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy

Read "L'ultimo hipster. La vita e la musica di Mark Murphy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Non trovate accenni a Mark Murphy nelle più recenti storie del jazz, neanche il nome. Una lacuna che appare inspiegabile (a differenza di Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormè e Tony Bennett) che si giustifica solo col ritardo a collocare il cantante di Syracuse in una prospettiva storica.

Eppure già prima della sua scomparsa -il ...

Camille Bertault: En Vie

Read "En Vie" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Un vivace talento, una vocalist che swinga con naturalezza come le grandi del passato, un'autrice matura.
Non ancora trentenne Camille Bertault illumina la scena del canto jazz come solo Cécile McLorin Salvant ha fatto in questi anni, offuscando in un sol colpo decine di cantanti contemporanee. Questo sorprendente debutto discografico stupirà molti, anche quelli ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2015

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

It is easy this year, only vocal music...twelve months, twelve releases.

Lyn Stanley
Potions: From the '50s

We Baby Boomers are a persnickety bunch. We revel in our nostalgia while keeping a jaundiced eye on current trends and how derivative they are compared with those we experienced when ...

Angelica Matveeva: Vocalese

Read "Vocalese" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"Vocalese" is defined as, “a style or musical genre of jazz singing wherein words are sung to melodies that were originally part of an all-instrumental composition or improvisation." The grand purveyors of this jazz vocals offshoot include King Pleasure, Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks and Bob Dorough. It is the most “jazzy" of jazz idioms. A grand ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For the last number of years I have been devoting myself almost exclusively to jazz vocals. This will be reflected this year as I will provide two best-of-2013 lists: one for (primarily) jazz vocals and one for everything else. Each year, there is more of both released than can be listened to.

Vocal ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Judy Wexler: What I See

Read "What I See" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Judy Wexler is more than a mere singer of songs. She's an actress, mood painter, song archaeologist and vocalist par excellence, and those designations shouldn't be taken as independent virtues; they all merge in her marvelous musical pursuits.

When I See is Wexler's fourth album, but it only took two--Easy On The ...

Nouveau Stride: Fourteen by Nouveau Stride

Read "Fourteen by Nouveau Stride" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Composing lyrics to established jazz standards--those jazz instrumental compositions that have become established in the canon, Thelonious Monk's “'Round Midnight" is the most famous example--is an artform all it own. Classic composers/interpreters include Eddie Jefferson, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure (Clarence Beeks) and Jon Hendricks. There have been recent vocalese contributions made by a new generation that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dorian Devins: The Procrastinator

Read "The Procrastinator" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Ginny Carr and the Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet recently paid proper homage to vocalese master Eddie Jefferson with the song “He Was the Cat," from Hustlin' For A Gig (HouseKat Records, 2012). Jefferson, along with Clarence Beeks (King Pleasure), specialized in writing lyrics for and singing the more notable jazz compositions, like “Moody's Mood for Love" ...

David Basse: Uptown

Read "Uptown" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast singer Mark Winkler (Sweet Spot [Cafe Pacific Records, 2011]) heard David Basse and immediately signed him to his Cafe Pacific Records. Uptown is the first product of this partnership and, for the sake of the male jazz singer, does not come a moment too soon. There exists a huge disparity between female and male ...