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Thats Right by Victor Bailey

Many fans may remember Victor Bailey as sideman in such groups as Weather Report, Weather Update, Steps Ahead, the Urban Knights, Petite Blonde, the Bill Evans Group and Zawinul Syndicate. But Bailey's vision is showcasing Philly funk and soul, which is demonstrated in his third release, "That's Right."

Accompanied by an all-star cast of musicians, Bailey releases deep, groove-conscious quality in each of the album's nine tracks. There is a story behind each one, and Bailey clearly demonstrates that in his vocal feature, "Where's Paco?" The song is in reference to Bailey's tardy rhythm section partner in the Zawinul Syndicate, drummer Paco Sery. Bailey dubs the song "as a joke... and the song just developed from there."

"Joey" is also notable. It is a tribute to Bailey's cousin, Joe Bailey, who was killed in a robbery. The ballad is heart-wretching, poetic.

"Steamy," a slow-moving bolero vibe makes an effective use of Bennie Maupin's bass clarinet.

The final track, which is the self-titled track, immediately grabs the listener's attention. Aspects of funk, fusion and rock are combined into a single unit, allowing the urge to move around a bit.

"That's Right" is not an album to immediately shelve after purchasing it. The arrangements stand on its own with Bailey's bass playing complementing the mix.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Victor Bailey
  • CD Title: Thats Right
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: ESC Records
  • Musicians: Bill Evans(saxophonist), Lenny White and Omar Hakim(drummers), Dean Brown(guitarist), Jim Beard(keyboardist), Benny Maupin(tenor sax and bass clarinet).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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