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Benny Bailey was born on August 13, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was an amateur saxophonist and his mother played the piano. After some experience on piano and flute early in his career, he switched to the trumpet and studied at the Cleveland Conservatory of Music. He started his career in the Jay McShann orchestra. In the forties and fifties he played with some of the best-known jazz musicians, like Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones. Quincy Jones, who wrote the song “Meet Benny Bailey,” admired Bailey for his marvelous breath control and remarkable range. According to Jones, Bailey had the most perfect technique. Benny Bailey spent over half of his life in Europe which maybe accounts why he has recorded relatively few albums under his own name, but recorded with Dexter Gordon, Les McCann, Charlie Rouse, and the Kenny Clarke - Francy Boland Big Band, with whom he toured and recorded with until 1973. He first went to Europe with Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1948 and soon after returned there with Lionel Hampton to stay in Sweden until 1959

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Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band: All Smiles

Read "All Smiles" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band has historically been regarded as the best ensemble of its type based outside the US, and All Smiles is generally regarded as one of their finest recordings. You'll understand why with just a few listens. Belgian pianist and arranger Francy Boland began making music with American expatriate Kenny ...

Groovin’ Hard In Every Style

Read "Groovin’ Hard In Every Style" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Big Mean Sound Machine Runnin' for the Ghost Peace & Rhythm | Blank Slate Records 2017 On Runnin' for the Ghost, Big Mean Sound Machine sounds intent on obliterating every imaginable musical border: the lines between regional or geographic styles, the divide between acoustic and electronic instruments, the ...

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Albert Mangelsdorff: Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends

Read "Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The afterlife for Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer's storied MPS Records has been tough to track. After Brunner-Schwer sold the rights to Philips in the early '80s, the label changed hands several times--Polydor picked it up and passed it through a subsidiary, Universal Music Group acquired its holdings, Speakers Corner Records took over on the vinyl side of ...

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Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom

Read "Clarence Becton: Straight Ahead Into Freedom" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz

Clarence Becton is a musicians' musician—meaning, someone well-known in musician circles. He belongs to the generation of American jazz heroes who grew up under economically and socially difficult circumstances, and for that very reason, succeeded in gaining a comprehensive education, emancipating himself, and embodying the history of jazz music by directly learning from and working with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Boy's Big Band: Return

Read "Return" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In the decade spanning 1960-70, composer / saxophonist Boy Edgar (1915-1980) led one of The Netherlands' most acclaimed and adventurous big bands, a contemporary of the massive Metropole Orchestra and precursor of the renowned Dutch Jazz Orchestra. Return consists of nine never-before-released concert performances recorded during the band's heyday in 1965-66 including the first recording of ...

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Quincy Jones And His Orchestra: Live In Ludwigshafen 1961

Read "Live In Ludwigshafen 1961" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Artistic dreams and financial realities are rarely in alignment. That's a sad fact that the great Quincy Jones learned the hard way at the dawn of the '60s. Jones was in Europe at the time, directing a dream orchestra that he put together for the musical Free And Easy. When that show closed in February of ...

Schema Rearward: The Reward of Visiting the Past

Read "Schema Rearward: The Reward of Visiting the Past" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

While Davide Rosa's and Luciano Cantone's Schema label has created a contemporary jazz sound with influences from lounge music, soul, electronica and bossa nova, their sublabel Schema Rearward is the place for those seeking a more pure acoustic jazz sound. Emphasis is on re-issues of modern jazz, especially from the sixties, but contemporary releases have also ...

A Bird in the Hand

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2014
Track listing: Billy’s Blues; If I Were a Bell; Bailey’s and Coffee; Big Dipper; Arrival; Soft Skies; Why Bother; The Heat’s On.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Benny Bailey / Nashville Big Band: A Bird in the Hand

Read "A Bird in the Hand" reviewed by Jack Bowers

To accentuate the positive: A Bird in the Hand is Georgia-based drummer Ben Bailey's debut album as a big-band leader, and a splendid one it is, thanks to Bailey's ample talents and those of the Nashville Big Band. The recording arose from a chance meeting in 2011 when another well-known timekeeper, Duffy Jackson, traveled to from ...


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