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“Guitar/bass duos are always a challenge, the more so when the partners play unplugged. A couple of microphones, no walls or isolation rooms, two musicians, two instruments, one double bass and a Martin-Flattop –  nothing else in this meeting of two New York based musicians. One can hear how the music is being hand-made, the pick clacking on frets, fingers that slide over strings – plucky strum.

The plucker is Harvie S, a bassist with plenty of Duo- and guitarist-experience. The strummer is Sheryl Bailey, wantonly ignored Jazz-guitarist over here, professor at Berklee and teacher at Stanford. They both sound here like in a slightly bigger living room. And one can hear that Sheryl’s Martin is a completely different world than her electric guitars. The Flattop saves her from artistic fuss (for which Sheryl doesn’t care anyway). This guitar demands and gets nothing but sincerity, authenticity.

Six titles are her originals, four are his. Her “Woods talk” starts out still a little heavy handed, his “Bluesin F”, already smoother, reveals the overall direction: Subtleties in detail instead of dexterous show-off. “Ghost Dancer” begins with her powerful Solo-Intro, and Harvie seems to have found now definitely his part. Sheryl’s “S and S” presents a terrific Bebop, in unison and in the solos. Her “Broken Glass” comes out from her organ trio album “A Meeting of Minds”, and becomes here an interesting transplantation from electric to acoustic guitar. In Harvie’s “To Bea” the exquisite timing and the perfect rapport are fascinating; only here the Martin seems to appear a little too clumsy unfortunately. Sheryl’s Wyble-homage “For Jimmy” is a harmonic delicacy for which Harvie serves one of his top solos. His homage “Charlie Haden” is in no way inferior to the Wyble; in “Saint Nick” which is dedicated to Bailey’s friend, the bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott, Bailey’s strumming accompaniment remains unforgettable and Harvie’s “Before”, written a day before 9/11 concludes with the most appealing theme of the program. A tete-a-tete in a special class. Five stars. At least.”
By: Alexander Schmitz  

Thank you Jazz Podium & Alexander Schmitz!

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Announcing Plucky Strum’s West Coast Tour Dates for 2016!


Plucky Strum’s 2016 West Coast Tour Dates
Also announcing two shows in NYC:

Sunday December 27 & January 3
16 North Moore Street
New York, NY 10013
Sunday February 21 4:30
California Jazz Conservatory
2087 Addison Street
Berkley, CA 94704
www.cjc.edu for tickets
Wednesday February 24
with special guest: Akira Tana
707 Marina Vista
Martinez, CA 94553
Thursday February 25
Sheryl Bailey and Harvie S Quartet featuring Sherri Roberts
Cafe Pink House
14577 Big Basin Way
Saratoga, CA 95070
Friday February 26
Red Poppy ArtHouse
special guests: Sherri Roberts and Akira Tana
2968 Folsom Street
Saturday February 27
The Sequoia
455 Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Sunday February 28
California Jazz Conservatory
WORKSHOP: The Art of the Duo
2087 Addison Street
Berkley, CA 94704
Sunday February 29
Chez Hanny
1300 Silver Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134
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2016 Grammy Consideration


For Your


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Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio


Gerry Gibbs, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron

Live In Studio

Album of the Year
Record of the Year
Improvised Jazz Solo (Kenny Barron)
Jazz Instrumental Album


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Jazz Instrumental album



Dave Bass
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NYC Session

Song of the Year (“Lost Valentine”)
Best New Artist
Traditional R&B Performance (Dave Bass with Paulette McWilliams)
Improvised Jazz Solo (Phil Woods & Dave Bass)
Jazz Instrumental Album


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Harvie S & Sheryl Bailey

Plucky Strum

Record of the Year (Sheryl Bailey)
Improvised Jazz Solo (Sheryl Bailey)
Instrumental Composition (Harvie S)




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Feeling Good

Jazz vocal Album
Engineered Album



Greg Abate Quartet



Jazz Instrumental Album
Instrumental Composition
Engineered Album
Improvised Jazz Solo (Mark Walker)
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Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen

Kind of New 

Contemporary Instrumental Album
Improvised Jazz Solo (Ingrid Jensen)
 Instrumental Composition
Engineered Album



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