Sharon Bailey | It Never Entered My Mind

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It Never Entered My Mind

by Sharon Bailey

A song stylist with an emphasis in subdued and relaxed Jazz Standards for this album. Described as a "chanteuse" on WRTI-FM (Philadelphia), this is the type of album one would listen to after a long day, in a comfortable chair, with a dry martini
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Last Tango
4:06 $0.99
2. Let's Do It
4:04 $0.99
3. Someone To Watch Over Me
5:40 $0.99
4. Sway
4:03 $0.99
5. Romancin' The Blues
5:17 $0.99
6. Something Cool
4:41 $0.99
7. Besame Mucho
3:31 $0.99
8. More Than You Know
5:57 $0.99
9. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning / Some Other Time
5:58 $0.99
10. (I'm Afraid) The Masquerade Is Over
4:03 $0.99
11. Teach Me Tonight
2:56 $0.99
12. It Never Entered My Mind
2:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
The combination of talented musicians cradling Sharon's well-pitched, cashmere sound is an aural treat. She currently lives in The Greater Philadelphia area, and brightens every room with her "smile and style."

**Find our CD review and our recording of "More Than You Know" on the promotional cd included in JAZZ IMPROV MAGAZINE, Vol. 6, Number 2, Winter 2006!!**

Sharon Leilani Bailey was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, spending her formative years on the beautiful island of Terciera, Azores, Portugal. Her love for jazz stems from her youth. Her father, an Air Force pilot, traveled with his many jazz recordings and his cornet, providing a stimulating musical environment for Sharon while he played along with the recordings. Sharon did too, and her command performance debut was a trip to the elementary school principal's office, repeating "Darktown Strutters' Ball" instead of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," as instructed, on her song-flute. The family settled in the historic Oley Valley, (Berks County, PA), where she continued her piano and vocal music instruction....later adding the tuba and voice in high school. She was accepted into West Chester University as what would have been their first female tuba major; however, experiencing life's twists and turns, became a registered nurse.

Performing in many different musical venues since the age of four (both instrumentally and vocally), she continued performing in many local stage productions. Well, after a twenty five year hiatus, she began singing again with various big bands, recording commercial jingles, and performing during the Berks Jazz Fest, Bethlehem Musikfest, and Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base.

Sharon enjoys listening to the pure tones and vocal stylings of Ella and Tierney Sutton...the playfulness of Ertha Kitt...and is enthralled with the beautiful structure and flow of lyrics in Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian, such as by Susannah McCorkle and Jackie Ryan. Ms. Bailey is currently living in the South Jersey area, and asks that you please stay tuned for another album, or two, in the near future.

"None of what you hear on this disc could be possible without arrangements of Bob "Doc" Mulligan and Chris Heslop, as well as the bandstand arrangements created during our live studio recording sessions--all enveloped in the hands of the innately gifted recording engineer, Mr. John Vanore, of Acoustical Concepts, Inc. (Mr. Vanore's personal collection of vacuum tube and ribbon microphones was used for this recording. For you audiophiles, Sharon's voice was captured with a Neumann M49.)

Pictures of the recording sessions are included within the package. You will enjoy seeing these talented gentlemen, as well as hearing them. --Sharon



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John Vanore

Vocal and musical interplay merging as one
Great jazz singing is strory telling--Sharon has managed to do that and amazingly
more by engaging the band to be part of tale. Their empathy takes the listener
to another level with the vocal and the musical interplay merging as one.

Bob Perkins, WRTI-FM

Very welcome addition to an ever-evolving corps of jazz and standard-pop voices
Sharon Bailey is a very welcome addition to an ever-evolving corps of jazz and standard-pop voices. She should continue to grow, and one day become a know entity among the jazz cognoscenti.

Bill Donaldson, JazzImprov Magazine

Her emphases within the lyrics bring out the wordplay and wit of Cole Porter’s l
One gets the impression from "It Never Entered My Mind" that Bailey sings for the sheer fun of the experience…and it comes through even on the recordings, employing a broad range that fearlessly and effortlessly nails the broad intervals of songs.

Dr. Mark A. Goral

Exceptional vocalist !!!
Sharon Bailey's CD, It Never Entered My Mind, is a beautiful, lyrical, and highly exceptional work. Her voice is incredible and makes one feel like the truly great female jazz singers of the late 60's and early 70's made their mark. Sharon has learned the very best of her trade. This is quite a remarkable recording. Sharon is just one in a million. Can't wait for more from Sharon Bailey. All of her accompanists are accomplished, fine musicians.

Sue E. Steigerwalt

It Never Entered My Mind
Great music to listen to while having a glass of wine and unwinding! Excellent group of musicians and Sharon's vocal abilty is remarkable - her rendition of Besame Mucho is as poignant as that of Andrea Bocelli.

It Never Entered My Mind
Deep, rich, smooth, womanly, voice, singing an original blues song. Lovely, and I enjoyed and appreciated the experience of hearing your voice for the first time.

bill gawlas

So Far -- So Good!
Dear Ms. Bailey--
I have listened intently and carefully to "It Never Entered My Mind." (2005) And I have a couple small suggestions to lay out for your consideration. (1) Where are you from, and where was the recording made?
[Such info helps a listener identify the artist, the other musicians, the production milieu, etc.] (2) Your voice
is (or, at least, was as described by Bill Donaldson) one that "...flows like a burnished alto river...." Very apt
and complimentarily accurate. There was not a segment of any song that could be faulted in that regard.
But --and kindly excuse this comment from 8 years after the recording was issued-- your tendency to insert
a tearful demiquaver into nearly every third note became somewhat distracting for me. --BG

Dave Wolpe

What a wonderful CD!
I loved the CD,Sharon, and you sound just great. Very good musicians on it too. I especially liked the Baritone player. You don't hear good Baritone soloists very often. If you ever do another CD with a big band, I would certainly love to hear it.

All the best,

Dave Wolpe

Ken Blekicki

There's a lot going on on this album
You'll hear more everytime you listen to this eclectic collection of some old and some new. Not only does Sharon have that certain intangible but she surrounds herself with players that match her style and abilities. This is one of the rare ones that you'll really be glad you latched on to.


Another time and place
It Never Entered My Mind takes you back to another time and place, where songs had lyrics that had meaning and you heard every word of the song. Close your eyes, relax and listen to the beauty of the music and the performer.
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