Home... Cookin! - Featuring Elmo Bailey

Little Apple Records has finally released the debut album by Dave 'Elmo' Bailey, the husky-voiced blues veteran who is best known in the Chicago area as the king of the Windy City blues singers. This highly-sought after male vocalist'"who doesn’t just feel the blues, he lives it', played regularly with Felix and the Cats at Buddy Guy’s blues club, Legends’ during his performing career in Chi-Town. The blues veteran worked with Les Paul in New York City at the famed Iridium, several television commercials while in Chicago, and worked with guitarist and songwriter Felix Reyes. He’s also performed with harmonica player Kim Wilson, and spent time with guitarist/songwriter Sumpter Bruton and the Jive Jumpers in Dallas, Texas. Bailey’s style is reminiscent of big Joe Turner, as well as his other influences, Ray Charles, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, and Little Willie John. A traditional blues artist who came from a family of musicians, Bailey recently relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where he is featured regularly with harmonica player Lee McBee and the Confessors. Elmo currently leads the blues band, The Nortons, and can be seen and heard throughout the Midwest heating up the mike with his blistering blues vocals.

Smokin' at the Oak Bar - Featuring Joe Cartwright

SMOKIN' AT THE OAK BAR is an electrified performance of the fast and furious fingers of Wayne Goins, backed by the heavyweight musicians in the Joe Cartwright Trio. The combo is wailing down at the Oak Bar, located snugly in the corner of the main floor of the Fairmont Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The quartet scorches through seven tunes, and displays a wide range of styles as the cruise through the set, starting with the opening number, "Bluesville," followed by the medium-paced cooker, "I've Never Been In Love Before;" the smooth bossa nova, "Recordame;" the unexpected up-tempo burner, "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise;" the blustery ballad, "Body and Soul;" The laid-back groove of "In A Mellow Tone," and the final flamethrower, "Oleo." This album totally captures the mood of an unleashed fury of Goins' guitar licks like never before! The trio is up to the challenge though, as Joe Cartwright (piano), Ray DeMarchi (drums), and Gerald Spaits (bass) throw down the gauntlet and give Goins a run for his money. The fiery ensemble lit up the Oak Bar at the Fairmont on the tenth of June, 2005, and the heat from the music still lingers in the room, so check it out!

Bluesin' With The B3 - Featuring Ken Lovern

On this cookin' CD, "Bluesin' With The B3," Wayne Goins gets his chance to swing over the smokin' grooves of the jazz organist Ken Lovern, a first-class cooker from Kansas City. The classic organ trio is wailing on this one, and Goins pulls out all the stops as he spares no one from his flashy guitar chops. Lovern, along with tasty drummer Ian Sikora, create a duo that provides serious support as the trio burns its way through seven classic blues and jazz numbers, including the Jimmy Smith staples "Blues For J" and "Back at The Chicken Shack." The CD also includes the timeless jazz standards, "All The Things You Are," "Blue Bossa," and "In A Sentimental Mood." Also thrown in for good measure is the greasy blues tune, "Soupbone," as well as the seriously funky jam in John Scofield's "A GoGo," the heaviest groove tune on the album. Jazz organ lovers are in for a real treat with this entire CD, and all guitarists-whether their on the blues or jazz side of swing-will thoroughly enjoy the sound of Goins' guitar licks as they percolate over the fire of Ken Lovern's flaming fingers. An enthusiastic crowd sets the tone from start to finish on this live jam session that ranks among the best jazz organ trio albums ever recorded.

Standard Fare - Featuring Daniel Karp

A lot of musicians these days can play fast and furious, but many of them can't play a simple melody. On this album, I pay homage to some of the classic swing tunes written over the years that have stood the test of time (which is why they're called standards!) This album is a tribute to the great Dr. Dan Karp, a pianist who taught me everything I know about how to appreciate the lyricism in a well-structured song. The tunes we perform are timeless jazz pieces, which range from the 'old school' rendition of 'Cute" to a fresh new twist on 'Blackbird' by Lennon/McCartney. The quartet is swinging and the music is groovin' hard, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the guitar, while I accompany my musical mentor, veteran pianist Dr. Dan Karp.

West Coast Swing - with Rodney Jordan

West Coast Swing delivers originals and standards that range from the up-tempo cooker, "Catch Me" (the opener of the album) to lustrous ballads like "Cecil’s Dream." Needless to say, there are none-too subtle shadings of blues licks layered throughout my guitar licks found on this CD—no doubt a direct attribute of my Chi-Town roots. The album features my work in a variety of formats, including a tasty solo arrangement of "I Could Write Book," guitar duo on "Slim Goody," traditional piano trio (ala Oscar Peterson) on "Catch Me," and a blistering quartet on "Claire’s Lair." My unique style reflects brightly from my musical influences, mainly comprised of Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Kenny Burrell.

Kelly McCarty Trio - Common Anomaly

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I’ve had the privilege of watching Kelly McCarty, a hungry young lion, mature into a musical man right before my eyes. He has paid his dues and is ready to move out beyond the realm of local hero, a crown he has worn with great humility. I both admire and welcome his courage to step up to the next level. This versatile young bassist conjures up the cool breeze from his native heartland, blended with the fiery funk of punk jazz with Jaco-esque tendencies. The main ingredient, however, is the daring and inventive bass technique McCarty has boldly placed front and center: the unique performance vehicle known as the Novax. This 8-string animal, first tamed by the legendary virtuoso Charlie Hunter, is featured prominently throughout these eight tracks of standards and imaginative originals, while Kelly rapidly ascends to become a master at simultaneously manipulating bass lines, chord progressions, and melodic lines. He has bravely risen to the challenge that few have dared to undertake. Thus was born the trio, which has its roots firmly entrenched in hunterfunk. With the superb musicianship of his well-chosen wingmen of Matt Leifer (drums) and Brandon Holloman (tenor sax), I can hear that the future of jazz in good hands. And now it is my great pleasure to put this great music into yours.

Books By Wayne E Goins

Title ISBN Publisher
The Wise Improviser:
A Jazz Method for Instrumentalists
0-9754109-7-0 (2006) KS Publishing Inc
A Biography of Charlie Christian: Jazz Guitar’s King of Swing 0-7734-6091-8 (2005) Edwin Mellen Press
The Jazz Band Director's Handbook: A Guide for Success 0-7734-6708-4 (2003) Edwin Mellen Press
Emotional Response to Music:
Pat Metheny’s Secret Story
0-7734-7439-0 (2001) Edwin Mellen Press