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Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)

Label: Blue Bamboo Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: 4:20; That’s the Way of the World; Simone; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Different Strokes; The Man I Love; Donna Lee; Cry Me a River; This Masquerade; New Blood.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Cortez: Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)

Read "Top Secret (For Your Ears Only)" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Houston, Texas is such a hot bed of jazz music that it has its own jazz mafia. However, as of late the Houston jazz mafia's Godmother, vocalist Tianna Hall has been letting several of her high-ranking officers get away. First to go was trumpeter capo regime Carol Morgan, who decided to start her own jazz “Family" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Henry Darragh: Too Much Monday

Read "Too Much Monday" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My introduction to Houston Jazz came with the receipt of Jacqui Sutton's Billie & Dolly (Toy Blue Typewriter Productions, 2010). A few short months later, I received Henry Darragh's Tell Her for Me (Self Produced, 2011). When I compared the musical personnel for each of these recordings, a light came on in my pea brain alerting ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Trio Logic: Phishbacher, Dominic J Marshall, Bob Henschen Trios

Read "Trio Logic: Phishbacher, Dominic J Marshall, Bob Henschen Trios" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The traditional jazz piano trio (piano, double bass and drums) remains a robust and productive format for jazz performance and interpretation. Here are three examples supporting this. Phishbacher Trio Dreamcatcher Jazz Sick Records 2014 Pianist and composer Walter Fischbacher with his wife, singer/composer Elisabeth Lohninger ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013

Read "C. Michael Bailey's Best Recordings of 2013" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For the last number of years I have been devoting myself almost exclusively to jazz vocals. This will be reflected this year as I will provide two best-of-2013 lists: one for (primarily) jazz vocals and one for everything else. Each year, there is more of both released than can be listened to. Vocal ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

2013 Yuletide Offerings

Read "2013 Yuletide Offerings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's clear that the holidays are coming when the mercury dips and the cheery tidings of the season are balanced out by shopping-fueled malaise. When it comes to music, said shopping is often centered on a series of new holiday-themed releases that seem to arrive like clockwork in the weeks and months prior to Christmas; this ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Christmas III: Jazz Vocals - Tianna Hall/Chris Cortez, Nnenna Freelon, New York Voices and Albrecht Mayer/The King’s Singers

Read "Christmas III:  Jazz Vocals - Tianna Hall/Chris Cortez, Nnenna Freelon, New York Voices and Albrecht Mayer/The King’s Singers" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The vocal holiday offerings are all over the map stylistically. Latin, big band, small ensemble singing and whatever the Albrecht Mayer/King's Singer's collaboration is, this a hopping creative season. For a seasonal subgenre of any musical subgenre usually reserved for money-making more than art, this year's releases are exceptional. “May your days be ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carol Morgan: Retroactive

Read "Retroactive" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

After two well-behaved, straight-ahead, and positively reviewed recordings-- Opening (Blue Bamboo Music, 2010) and Blue Glass Music (Blue Bamboo Music, 2011)--Texas-cum-New York City trumpeter Carol Morgan decides to take a walk on a wilder side with Retroactive: a mostly electronic affair prominently featuring guitarists Mike Stern and Chris Cortez as well as one Jeff Sipe (Apt. ...

Aunt Nasty

Label: Blue Bamboo Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: Caravan; Aunt Nasty; When You Wish Upon A Star; While My Guitar Gently Weeps; The Man With No Arms; Mickey Mouse Club; Aarrgh; Invitation; It's A Small World After All; San Cruz; Ask Me No Questions; Fire.


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