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ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: January 2019

Read "Ten Artists: January 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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

Kurt Elling: The Questions Live

Read "The Questions Live" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È proprio un bel regalo natalizio questa registrazione di Kurt Elling al Ronnie Scott's di Londra di poche settimane fa. Un live album disponibile dal 7 dicembre, che sarà apprezzato dal pubblico più esigente del cantante.
I brani in repertorio sono quelli del recente cd The Questions -con l'eccezione di “Everyday You're Away"-ma la ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

John McLean: Parts Unknown

Read "Parts Unknown" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This inventive Chicago Quartet finds Kurt Elling's long time backing team comprised of guitarist John McLean and bassist Clark Sommers pushing into original sonic adventures with fresh modern twists. The band's debut outing for Origin Records also features drummer Xavier Breaker and vibes veteran Joe Locke whose tone and style accompanies and interacts perfectly with John ...

John McLean / Clark Sommers Band: Parts Unknown

Read "Parts Unknown" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's amazing what can happen when you take a tight-knit, deep-dish duo reflective of Chicago's jazz riches, add one of the world's most dexterous and expressive vibraphonists, and sweeten the deal with a grooving up-and-comer. Charts are mapped over uncharted territories, musical assuredness carries the day in uncertain realms, and surprises await around every well-constructed corner. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kurt Elling: The Beautiful Day

Read "The Beautiful Day" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Forget the standard old tidings of good cheer, the same old set of swinging Christmas standards, and the sugary holiday treats that lack vitality and real sustenance. Kurt Elling certainly paid little mind to them when he was putting together this gem of a program. Instead of taking the road more traveled when it comes to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall

Read "Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall" reviewed by Lily O'Brien

Kurt Elling
Stanford Jazz / Bing Concert Hall
Palo Alto, CA
February 27, 2016

Kurt Elling is full of it--talent that is. As a vocalist, performer and writer/poet, he is just, simply--off the charts. His performance for Stanford Live at Bing Concert Hall, at Stanford University in Palo Alto on Saturday, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Elling's Passion World at Jazz at the Kimmel

Read "Kurt Elling's Passion World at Jazz at the Kimmel" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Kurt Elling: “Passion World"
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Perelman Theater
Philadelphia, PA
October 5, 2014

Kurt Elling has repeatedly proved his mettle as a vocalist, accumulating so many Downbeat awards and Grammy nominations that it seems superfluous to once again critique any of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Janice Borla Group: Promises to Burn

Read "Promises to Burn" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The artist title is a hint: “The Janice Borla Group." Borla is a vocalist with a reputation for taking chances as evidenced on her three previous recordings, all released on Tall Grass records, From Every Angle (2006), Agents of Change (2003) and Lunar Octave (1996). What she effectively does on the current Promises to Burn is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jack Mouse Group: Range of Motion

Read "Range of Motion" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer and educator Jack Mouse has a versatile and prolific career. In addition to playing, among many others, with trumpeter Clark Terry, saxophonist James Moody and pianist Stan Kenton he has been actively involved in education as a faculty member at various institutions and as a writer for percussion magazines. His debut album Range of Motion ...