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Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown by Robert Gordon

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Memphis Rent Party: The Blues, Rock & Soul in Music's Hometown
Robert Gordon
272 pages
ISBN: # 978-1632867735
Bloomsbury USA
2019

One becomes part of a place when one takes that place for granted.

I spent the better part of the 1980s in Oxford, Mississippi, attending graduate ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story
Randy Fox
170 Pages
ISBN: # 9781947026223
BMG
2018

As almost a vital act of nature, three books that would make a tidy trilogy in any musical world, were recently released independently. These are: Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Lefty Frizzell: An Article From Life - The Complete Recordings

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Lefty Frizzell
An Article From Life -The Complete Recordings
Bear Family Records
2018

Obsession is a great motivator and perhaps the greatest form of appreciation. However, that may be no more than making a virtue out of necessity. The German label, Bear Family Records has made a career of being obsessed ...

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Ten Artists: February 2019

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Cecilia Bartoli
Antonio Vivaldi
Decca
2018

2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli recording for Decca, her label for the duration of her career. Bartoli's first recording was Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (London/Decca, 1989) opposite famous baritone Leo Nucci. My own introduction to Bartoli was through her Mozart ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ben Sidran: Renaissance Man

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The only appropriate person to tell the story of Ben Sidran is Ben Sidran. And, that is exactly what he did in his “autobiography/memoir" Ben Sidran: A Life in Music. The book is also the perfect companion to Ben There, Done That: Ben Sidran Live Around the World (1975-2015), a 3-CD retrospective of Sidran performing in ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Most Read Album Reviews: 2018

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All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our most popular in 2018.

After The Fall
Keith Jarrett / Gary Peacock / Jack DeJohnette
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 13, 2018

Music ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: January 2019

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I am adopting my “Bailey's Bundle" format as sole vehicle for my music reportage. Moreover, I am sharpening my focus to three segments of the jazz universe, in this order: (1) Jazz Vocals, (2) Archival Releases, and (3) Everything Else. I have changed the title to the more inclusive “Ten Artists," better reflecting how I have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Rolling Stones: Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition

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It is hard to properly define when rock music reached its zenith, so I am going to designate that pinnacle as the four-year period between 1968 and 1972. As a not-so-certain coincidence, this same period corresponds to what is considered the Golden Age of the Rolling Stones, which further not-so-certainly coincides with the departure and subsequent ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey's Best Releases of 2018

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The Pocket Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Stangel
Beethoven Revisited Symphonies 1-9

One thing that can be bragged on regarding Beethoven's nine symphonies is their artistic durability and persistence. As the pinnacle of Western Musical thought, we might not expect any less of this music, seemingly forged in humanity's collective unconscious, as well ...

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Seven Women (Plus Three) 2018 – Part XI

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Kris Adams
We Should Have Danced
Self Produced
2018

There is a special significance to Kris Adams's release We Should Have Danced. The recording features Adam's original lyrics with arrangements by pianist Tim Ray, of compositions of the late Steve Prosser, Adams' former husband and Berklee College of Music professor. ...