Yes! The great trumpeter John Bailey has made an excellent solo record featuring a bunch of quite memorable original compositions and arrangements with a smoking band. The fare is straight-ahead with a Brazilian flair and everyone is at the absolute top of their game....well worth the wait! - Randy Brecker
“John Bailey is a great improviser. Since we met as teenagers I've been taken with how natural a musician he is and how deeply his roots go into the tradition of jazz music. He's a joy to listen to!” - Donny McCaslin
The opening trumpet fanfare of John Bailey's album In Real Time heralds the arrival of a major, fully formed talent. Yet Bailey is no newcomer to jazz: this is his first album as a leader after 35 years as one of the busiest sidemen in the business.
Why at age 52 is he now making his debut as a leader? His answer is simple yet profound: “It was just time.”
Known as one of the most eclectic trumpet players in New York City, Bailey is an in-demand musician and teaching artist on call for everything from traditional jazz, to R&B and Pop, to classical. He became a member of The Buddy Rich Band while still in college, and his career has included long-running gigs with Ray Charles, master conguero and bandleader Ray Barretto, Max Weinberg and Frank Sinatra, Jr. His work with Latin Jazz innovator Arturo O'Farrill won two Grammy awards for the albums The Offense of the Drum and Cuba - The Conversation Continues. He has played on more than 70 albums and, as a jazz educator, has taught at the University of Miami and Florida International University.