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Content by tag "C. Michael Bailey"

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Holiday 2017 III - Popular

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Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare.

David Ian
Vintage Christmas Trio
Prescott Records
2017

Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

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This year marks my 20th contributing to AAJ. Twenty years ago, I was 38 years old looking for an outlet for my music writing that had somehow avoided me until I came across an opportunity disguised as a call for articles from one Michael Ricci in jny: Philadelphia. I emailed my review of Art Pepper's San ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Holiday 2017 II - Classical

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It was a good year for Messiahs and an equally good one for the “classically-related" repertoire.

Piffaro: The Renaissance Band
Drive the Cold Winter Away: A Renaissance Christmas Celebration
Self Produced
2017

Lutes, theorboes, sacbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, shawms and harps, that is what makes up the instrumentation for ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Holiday 2017 I – Georg Frederic Handel’s "Messiah"

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A banner year for Handel's warhourse.

Charlesworth, Rupert; Wolf, Andreas; Niquet, Hervé; Concert Spirituel Chorus; Pichanick, Anthea; Piau, Sandrine; Concert Spirituel Orchestra; Katherine Watson
Messiah. HWV 56 (1754 Version)
Alpha Records
2017

The past several years has seen provocative French productions of Handel's flagship Messiah. These include Benoit Haller's ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Four Beethoven Symphony Cycles – Blomstedt, Blunier, Weil, and Martynov

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My opinion may be little better than the layman's, but I believe it is incorrect to consider Beethoven's cycle of nine symphonies the 'bedrock of western music." It is not. The bedrock of western music was beginning to be established with the plainchant of the sixth century, evolving through the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, where ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women XII – Gabriele Trancina, Rondi Charleston, Julie Benko, Sarah Jerrom, Carol Welsman

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Gabriele Trancina
Of Sailing Ships and the Stars in Your Eyes
Rainchant Eclectic Records
2017

Polyglot would be an appropriate descriptor for a German-born, Parisian chanteuse, with Brazilian stylings, who is considered a cross between Ute Lemper and Tania Maria. This is what we have in Gabriele Trancina, whose fourth release ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino Jr.: February 26, 1928-October 24, 2017

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"A lot of people seem to think I started this business...But rock 'n' roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing it like Fats Domino can. I know that." --Elvis Presley, Jet Magazine, 1957

What's in a name? ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Five Women XI – Cheryl Bentyne, Hilary Gardner, Sinne Eeg, Fay Victor, Andrea Marr

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Cheryl Bentyne
Rearrangements of Shadows: The Music of Stephen Sondheim
Artist Share Records
2017

Sometimes, a gathering of our better angels happens, resulting in an exceptional event. In the present case, these better angels are: post-bop jazz, jazz arrangement, Stephen Sondheim and the irrepressible Cheryl Bentyne. All of these elements are ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Low Society's "Sanctified" - 2018 Grammy Awards, For Your Consideration

Attention Grammy members: For you consideration, Low Society's Sanctified is on the ballot for the 2018 Grammy Awards in the American Roots category. Low Society have a long way to go to actually win it, but their latest album Sanctified has been entered for consideration. The Memphis based band's music may be way too sexy for ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stephen Foulkes and David Bednall: Shropshire Lads: Songs to the Poems of AE Housman

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'TERENCE, this is stupid stuff: / You eat your victuals fast enough;
There can't be much amiss, 'tis clear, / To see the rate you drink your beer.

With those words, poet AE Housman begins his celebrated Poem LXII from his famous collection A Shropshire Lad. This particular poem contains the admonition that, ...


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