Feature CD Of The Week: Ben Bailey's "A Bird In The Hand"
For Release: October 19, 2014
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 10/19/2014
The Feature CD This Week is a big band album from drummer Ben Bailey. Its title is
A Bird In The Hand: Ben Bailey & the Nashville Big Band.
Bailey has put together CD that he has dreamed of; leader of an upstanding, hard swinging
Big Band. He was inspired to play the drums after witnessing a performance by the
great Duffy Jackson, driving the hard swinging Count Basie Band, while a student in
Educated at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Ben has performed and recorded
with artists such as Houston Person, Rodney Jones, Freddie Hubbard, and others throughout
a successful career. At an Atlanta jam session one night, he was asked if he knew
of Duffy Jackson and that he now lives in Nashville.
Ben Bailey was inspired to contact the famous drummer and a partnership was born.
This album is the culmination of that effort.
It swings with an excitement that is the soul of swing music from the 30's and 40's,
yet these are new tracks from the artists on the CD. This one will be a lot of fun