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Bull’s Eye! by Sheryl Bailey 3

Bulls Eye! sounds pretty wispy. Bailey 3, a combination of guitar, organ and drums, lead us through a series of jams that are delicately spun and intricately drawn, like a spider web with silver jagged threads reflecting in a pale sunshine. Its construction is admirable, but its depth is paper thin. A tough wind can knock down the entire edifice.

Consequently, the music reveals itself as occasionally graceful and articulate, but bereft of much emotion. Easy to admire one way, but from another point of view is fairly thin and indistinct. There is a small range of soul in this music. The organ doesn’t grunt, the guitar does not cry. Because the emotional range remains narrow, one’s mind can easily wander from one piece to another. It all sounds about the same. And there isn’t much to get worked up about. The music doesn’t take you anywhere, but admittedly the space it does occupy is, as mentioned, graceful. You keep waiting for something ominous, something humorous, something scandalous to happen. There is no story, there is only a gorgeous, well built little structure that you’re waiting for something to happen. Stuck in a beautiful web.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sheryl Bailey 3
  • CD Title: Bull’s Eye!
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Puremusic Records
  • Tracks: Old and Young Blues, Elvin People, Swamp Thing, Sue’s Samba, Valtz Med, Two Brothers, Song for All Souls, Fog, Bull’s Eye
  • Musicians: Sheryl Bailey (guitar), Gary Versace (Hammond b3), Ian Froman (drums)
  • Rating: Two Stars
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