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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Piano – Emily Bear, Dan Cray, Lisa Hilton, Emmet Cohen, Julien Labro

Read "Piano – Emily Bear, Dan Cray, Lisa Hilton, Emmet Cohen, Julien Labro" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Like jazz vocal releases, piano-led affairs are legion. The jazz piano combo is a format that is difficult to get either bad or good. Here are five recent releases looking for the latter.

Emily Bear Trio
Into the Blue
Edston Records
2015

The immediate charm ...

ARTICLE: DVD/FILM REVIEWS

The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi

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Vince Guaraldi
The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Casual Productions
2016

In 1962, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi scored a surprise hit with his catchy, upbeat record “Cast Your Fate to the Wind." Three years later, millions of Americans who thought they didn't like jazz discovered Guaraldi's music on the debut ...

NEWS: CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

Vast audiences were first introduced to jazz through a cartoon special about Charlie Brown's uneasy relationship with Christmas… And many more were attracted by the sound of the early cross-over hit, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind“… It's fair to say that composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi helped shape the landscape of popular jazz, bringing generations along with him to ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lyle Mays Quartet: The Ludwigsburg Concert

Read "The Ludwigsburg Concert" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

He has been referred to as Pat Metheny's alter ego, in the way that Billy Strayhorn was to Duke Ellington. Pianist/composer Lyle Mays was born with perfect pitch in a tiny rural hamlet of Wisconsin. Had it not been for his family's strong affinity for music, Mays may have had little exposure in that environment. Mays ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Steven Schoenberg: Christmas Reimagined

Read "Christmas Reimagined" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Categorization is an anti-entropic effort to describe similar, but not equal, things for comparative reasons. So was my thinking when I began my review of pianist Steven Schoenberg's recording Steven Schoenberg Live: An Improvisational Journey (Quabbin Records, 2009) with:

“Like the face of Helen launching a thousand ships, for better or worse, Keith ...

NEWS: RECORDING

James Booker's 'Classified: Remixed & Expanded' on Rounder Records

James Booker's 'Classified: Remixed & Expanded' on Rounder Records

The Bayou Maharajah. The Piano Pope. The Ivory Emperor. The Bronze Liberace. Music Magnifico. Gonzo. The Piano Prince of New Orleans. James Booker coined more than a few extravagant nicknames for himself, and he lived up to every one of them. James Carroll Booker III was also an unheralded genius of American music, a New Orleans pianist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival 2013

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival
Bigfork, Montana
August 26-31, 2013
“Either I'm imaging things, or this festival has grown just a little in the four years since I was here last," Pat Metheny laughed as he squinted into the glare of a brace of theater lights. An SRO crowd of over 900 ecstatic fans crammed ...

Take Five with Dan DeChellis

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Meet Dan DeChellis:

Dan DeChellis' music consists of melody, emotion, energy, and spontaneous adventure. Born on classic rock, schooled in classical music, matured on jazz, and aged with ambient music, DeChellis is a fan of all music and styles. He has released over eight albums of purely improvised music on his own label, Sachimay Records. ...

Rebecca Harrold: The River of Life

Read "The River of Life" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist/composer Rebecca Harrold is a single-handed reminder of the charms of early “new age" piano music while, at the same time, taking it to a different, more melodically complex level, on her debut, The River Of Life, a spiritually inspired collection of original compositions. Harrold has had her thumb in many musical pies, including the female ...

Jeroen Van Veen: Philip Glass - Solo Piano Music

Read "Philip Glass - Solo Piano Music" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Composer Philip Glass remains a leading figure in American classical music after a fruitful career spanning six decades. Creator of symphonies, chamber music, operas and soundtracks, Glass has established himself as an immediately recognized artist whenever his compositions are played. His popular renown derives from his notable movie scores that include: Hamburger Hill (1987), The Thin ...


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