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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Formats – Solo Through Nonet

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One plus Two, equals three, and so on. What arbitrary combo size constitutes a big band? None of these.

Solo: Jamie Saft
Solo a Genova
RareNoise Records
2018

That musical provocateur Jamie Saft, he is a prankster. After making all kinds of noise with the likes of Metallic Taste ...

Tianna Hall: Hit Me with a Hot Note

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With Texas Troubadour Jacqui Sutton splitting her time between Texas and parts West and taking on roll of Houston Jazz Mafia consigliere and Aussie reeds-mistress capo regime Alisha Pattillo staking out the Gulf, vocalist Tianna Hall remains as the undisputed Godmother of this Houston Jazz family. Hall has decided, in the hellish climes of the Texas ...

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

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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

Trio Logic: Phishbacher, Dominic J Marshall, Bob Henschen Trios

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The traditional jazz piano trio (piano, double bass and drums) remains a robust and productive format for jazz performance and interpretation. Here are three examples supporting this.

Phishbacher Trio
Dreamcatcher
Jazz Sick Records
2014

Pianist and composer Walter Fischbacher with his wife, singer/composer Elisabeth Lohninger ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Houston Beat: Drummer Tim Solook

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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. ...

Alisha Pattillo: Houston by Way of Singapore

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Reed multi-instrumentalist Alisha Pattillo has a ubiquitous presence in Houston Texas, appearing with her own groups, which take on a variety of formats: Alisha's Quartet, Alisha's Quartet + 1 and Alisha's Quartet - 1. She is also the reed player for the Ezra Charles Band and Steve Krase & The in Crowd.

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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jacqui Sutton: Billie & Dolly

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Jacqui Sutton and The Frontier Orchestra

Billie & Dolly

Toy Blue Typewriter Productions

2010

Heaven knows that contemporary jazz vocals could use a shot of sense-of-humor. The scene hosts a legion of earnest singers paying tribute to their idols, firebrands intent on extending the already stretched-taut realms of scat and ...