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"Yes! The great trumpeter John Bailey has made an excellent solo record featuring a bunch of quite memorable original compositions and arrangements with a smoking band. The fare is straight-ahead with a Brazilian flair and everyone is at the absolute top of their game....well worth the wait"! - Randy Brecker “John Bailey is a great improviser. Since we met as teenagers I've been taken with how natural a musician he is and how deeply his roots go into the tradition of jazz music. He's a joy to listen to!” - Donny McCaslin The opening trumpet fanfare of John Bailey's album In Real Time heralds the arrival of a major, fully formed talent

Four Questions

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baby Jack; Jazz Twins; Four Questions; Clump, Unclump; A Still, Small Voice: Elijah – 1 Kings 19:13; Amidst the Fire and the Whirlwind; Cacophonus; A Still, Small Voice.

Can You Imagine?

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pebbles In The Pocket; President Gillespie Suite: I. The Humanitarian Candidate, II. Road To The Blues House, President Gillespie's Birthday Song; The Touch Of Her Vibe; The Blues House; Ballad From Oro, Incienso Y Mira; Elite State Of Mind; Valsa Rancho; From The Heart; People.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill: Four Questions

Read "Four Questions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Surprisingly this set marks the first time Arturo O'Farrill has recorded a set of solely his own compositions. It was worth the wait because this music, played by his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, really demonstrates the cinematic sweep and variety of his writing. The set is constructed around two topical extended works. The first, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Steve Cardenas, Cory Weeds, Zoot Sims and More

Read "Steve Cardenas, Cory Weeds, Zoot Sims and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Neon Jazz continues to focus on the new music coming out during this global pandemic. This week we focus on a Kansas City-native, New York City jazz guitarist Steve Cardenas, who has just released a great new album. We also feature songs from Duchess, Florian Arbenz, Cory Weeds, Steve Slagle and Ambrose Akinmusire. Enjoy the jazz, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble: The New Immigrant Experience

Read "The New Immigrant Experience" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Is it mere coincidence, or does the rise in the number of “concept" albums by jazz big bands signal that the trend is here to stay? Trumpeter Brian Lynch won a 2020 Grammy Award for his Journey Through Literature in Music, and there have been other tenet-based enterprises within the past year by Dan Jonas, John ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Letting his imagination roam free, trumpeter John Bailey envisions a world in which one of his musical touchstones, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, is president of the United States--one in which Gillespie's cabinet includes Duke Ellington (secretary of state), Louis Armstrong (secretary of agriculture) and Miles Davis (CIA director). The fact is, Gillespie did “run" for president in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Bailey: Can You Imagine?

Read "Can You Imagine?" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The world loves a good “what if..." story, so why not explore the idea of Dizzy Gillespie as president? The famed trumpeter actually ran for the highest office in the land in 1964. And though the move was largely in jest, he didn't shy away from the issues of the day while campaigning. Sadly, many of ...

In Real Time

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Rhapsody; My Man Louis!; Triplicity; Lovely Planet; Blues for Ella; Morro Velho; Stepping Up; Children's Waltz; Ensaio Geral.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John Bailey: In Real Time

Read "In Real Time" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

John Bailey is a veteran New York-based trumpet player who has worked as a sideman in a variety of genres. Now, at the age of 52, he has released his first CD as a leader and it's as stylish and professional as would be expected. Bailey's playing is full of passion and fire, and ...


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