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Article: Year in Review

C. Michael Bailey Best Recordings of 2022

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This best-releases-of-the-year article does not reflect all of the music that I have listened to in the past year, rather I restrict myself to only the music that I have reviewed, with one exception: the Waiting For Columbus Super Deluxe Edition for which I have pined away for 40 years. I leave you in the gentle ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

November 2022: Novel Noël: A Jingle Jazz Celebration

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Lyn Stanley Novel Noël: A Jingle Jazz Celebration A. T. Music 2022 Vocalist Lyn Stanley ironically calls her ensemble the Big Band Jazz Maverick when it is she who is the maverick, the evidence being how seamlessly she expands the holiday canon on Novel Noël: A Jingle Jazz Celebration. Over ...


Article: Profile

Jerry Lee Lewis: 1935 - 2022

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And then there were none. The last patrician of the church of rock & roll is no more. Jerry Lee Lewis died at the age of 87 at his Nesbit home in Desoto County, Mississippi on Friday morning, October 28, 2022. Larger than life, in death, Lewis emerges a deeply divided figure: ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

October 2022: Smile

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Tawanda Smile Resonance Records 2022 Tawanda Suessbrich-Joaquim, known professionally as Tawanda, tied for first place in the 9th annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition held in June 2021. That is fresh talent. Tawanda won this award only a year after making her stage debut, a feat, surpassed only by ...


Article: Album Review

Kristina Socanski: Philip Glass Solo Piano

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American composer Philip Glass's solo piano works have become staples in the recording studio. The composer's minimalist approach has produced a body of work welcoming interpretation found on releases by Bojan Gorišek (Philip Glass: Solo Piano (Vinyl Passion Classical, 2018)), Sally Whitwell (Philip Glass: Complete Etudes for Solo Piano (ABC, 2018)), Víkingur Ólafsson (Philip Glass: Piano ...


Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: If I Knew Then

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New York City-based vocalist Naama Gheber released her debut recording, Dearly Beloved (Cellar Music) in 2020, just before the global COVID-19 pandemic. With live entertainment brought to a halt, Gheber found herself with time on her hands and no way to promote her considerable talent in live performance. Israeli by birth, Gheber was an enfant terrible ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

September 2022: Jazz Child

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Sheila Jordan Live At Mezzrow's Cellar Music 2022 Nonagenarian Sheila Jordan is a jazz singer enjoying an incandescent twilight. In late 2021, Jordan appeared on Roseanna Vitro's Sing A Song of Bird (Skyline Records, 2021) singing a song contra-composed in her honor from Charlie Parker's “Cheryl," -"Sheila, Jazz Child." Jordan, ...


Article: Album Review

Juliet Varnedoe: Cajun Bleu

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New York City vocalist Juliet Varnedoe has developed a keen feel for the collective music of New Orleans. Her first single from her self produced 2022 release Cajun Blue, “Mon Chéri" revealed an international approach to the regional music that freely mixed Dixieland with zydeco, the blues, and sleek Caribbean sounds, creating a languid, humid and ...


Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: The Very Thought of You

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Naama Gheber closes her 2022 summer season of singles releases with Ray Noble's 1934 composition, “The Very Thought Of You." The song was first recorded by Ray Noble and His Orchestra with Al Bowlly on vocals for HMV in England in April, closely followed by Bing Crosby's performance that same year and enjoying many revivals since ...


Article: Live Review

The Black Crowes At The First Security Amphitheater

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The Black Crowes First Security Amphitheater The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker Tour Little Rock, AR August 23, 2022 By the end of 2024, all members of the Baby Boom generation (1945 -1964) will have turned 60 years old, switching from middle age to elderly according to people ...


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