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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke

Reunion of Souls

Sheryl Bailey, Chris Bergson, Ashley Turner, Sunny Jain

Pure Music PM22199

  1. Velvet Hammer
  2. From the Window
  3. Homage
  4. Reunion of Souls
  5. Segment
  6. Grace
  7. Scintillating Blue
  8. Until the End of Never
  9. There’s a Small Hotel
Sheryl Bailey – Guitar
Chris Bergson – Guitar
Ashley Turner – Bass
Sunny Jain - Drums

This is a CD by four top grade professional musicians. Sheryl Bailey is a product of Berklee College and Chris Bergson trained at Oberlin College. They are well supported by Sunny Jain and Ashley Turner on Bass and drums respectively. The technique and quality of sound produced by both guitarists is excellent and it is obvious that they have played together regularly.

On this performance there is just one problem, too much of it sounds as though it is intended to impress other musical educators and musical intellectuals in general. These guys are all great musicians. I think that if they were to produce an album of say the tunes of Duke Ellington, with an instruction to everyone to forget the musical perfection and just ‘swing like mad’, they would find themselves in demand at jazz festivals all over the world, they have the ability and they deserve the success.

There is nothing wrong with this album, but the average jazz person is going to find it hard to listen to and understand. Some of the original compositions are interesting, but I would like to hear them on a ‘mean and dirty blues’

Don Mather




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