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Talkin' About!
Talkin' About!

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Trio Record, 8 Sep 2007
This review is from: Talkin' About! (Audio CD)
This great Blue Note album was recorded in September 1964 and features Grant Green on guitar, Larry Young on organ and Elvin Jones on drums. The guitar/organ/drums band format is a tried and tested one but these musicians lift this record way above the norm.

Green plays in his usual clean picking style and produces some lovely long lines of melody and Jones does plenty more than just mark time. However, it's Young who really catches the ear; the recording beautifully captures his fantastic sophisticated variations and swirling attack.

I've got plenty of Jazz albums more influential or famous than this one but very few that I actually listen to as often. The same can be said for the equally wonderful `Street of Dreams' from the same line up (plus Bobby Hutcherson on vibes).

Despite what it says in the Amazon description this is NOT a Van Gelder Edition; just a straight remastered reissue so there are no extra tracks or new sleeve notes.


Nels Cline/Gregg Bendian
Nels Cline/Gregg Bendian
Offered by FastMedia "Ships From USA"
Price: £194.78

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coltrane for the 21st Century, 1 Sep 2007
This album recorded in 1998 by drummer Gregg Bendian and electric guitarist Nels Cline is a cover, or homage, to John Coltrane and Rashid Ali's great 1967 album. There are six long tracks, all covers from Interstellar Space.

Cline alternates between quite delicate, atmospheric runs and fast, ecstatic playing with liberal use of feedback sometimes controlled other times howling with emotional power. Although the guitar and drums are recorded with equal prominence the guitar perhaps inevitably feels the dominant instrument, not that Bendian is ever overawed or outplayed: he can play with massive strength or a lovely gentle touch (often at the same time!).

Quite often in free Jazz it feels as if the players are just doing their own thing but here you really sense that Cline and Bendian are actually listening to and responding to each other.

I wouldn't claim that this is the equal of the original (no guitar can match the raw human power of Coltrane's sax) but it's still a brilliant, passionate updating that I'd urge you to listen to.


AT HELM
AT HELM
Price: £17.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funky Eastern-Afro-NY Jazz, 1 Sep 2007
This review is from: AT HELM (Audio CD)
This 1974 album features Ameen Nuraldeen on vibraphone, Bilal Abdurahman on soprano sax and Korean reeds, plus bass, drums and three percussionists. It was recorded in New York and originally released on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

Because of all the percussion the four long tracks (all mid tempo) have that predictable, though still enjoyable, funky Afro-Jazz feel. However, the vibraphone adds a strong melodic element and more importantly the horn playing has a strong Eastern feel. Those two factors make this a real cut above much of the fusion Jazz that others were pursuing during the 1970's, and the tracks are all long enough for you to really become absorbed in the rich sound.

Strongly recommended for fans of 70's Jazz or just mellow, groovy music. The remastered sound is excellent.


The Beiderbecke Trilogy (21st Anniversary Edition) [DVD]
The Beiderbecke Trilogy (21st Anniversary Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Bolam
Offered by Callums Cheaper Items - CUSTOMER IS PRIORITY NUMBER 1
Price: £21.55

107 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British TV at it's very, very best, 30 Aug 2007
This set contains three great TV comedy dramas: The Beiderbecke Affair (six 50 min episodes); The Beiderbecke Connection (2½ hour one-off) and The Beiderbecke Tapes (four 50 minute episodes), all from the mid/late 1980's.

James Bolam and Barbara Flynn play teachers who find themselves embroiled in adventures which set them against local and national state interests. They are helped and/or hindered by a supporting cast including policemen, councillors, allotment owners, ex-husbands, mysterious Russians and the Popular Liberation Front of West Yorkshire!

Despite the serious message being conveyed what comes across most is the warmth of the quirky humour and it's freshingly leisurely pace. Every character, no matter how minor, is well played; Terence Rigby and Dudley Sutton are particularly good and it's all played out against a great soundtrack of swinging trad Jazz.


Vain, Erudite & Stupid: Selected Works (1987-2005)
Vain, Erudite & Stupid: Selected Works (1987-2005)
Price: £13.75

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Noise from NZ, 28 Aug 2007
Anyone familiar with Sonic Youth will know that many of their songs end with a minute or two of noise with everyone just thrashing around: that's what The Dead C sound like all the time!!!

Lurking in the guitar/drums murk you can pick up the remnants of songs, words, chords. The recording quality is lo-fi, presumably out of necessity early in their career but now it just makes sense as the way their music should sound. The earlier recordings are more obviously song based, the later stuff more abstract but importantly they always instill real feel and emotion into what they do. It doesn't feel cold or like a noise exercise to me; it's often genuinely moving.

There are two long CDs and good sleeve notes.


Days Of Wine And Roses
Days Of Wine And Roses
Price: £14.60

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely British Jazz, 28 Aug 2007
This review is from: Days Of Wine And Roses (Audio CD)
Anyone who doesn't think the British can play Jazz should listen to this CD. 64 minutes of great mainstream, swinging Jazz. There's nothing technically daring or revolutionary going on here, but in terms of feeling and beauty it's hard to beat. Most of the tracks are from the American songbook slow or mid-tempo but they never become dull or samey.

Tony Coe plays tenor and clarinet with a lovely tone and the other musicians all sparkle: Alan Barnes on alto and other reeds; Brian Lemon piano; Dave Cliff guitar; Dave Green bass; Allan Ganley drums. Recording quality is excellent.


Compulsion!!!!!
Compulsion!!!!!
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Price: £5.75

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive!!!!!, 28 Aug 2007
This review is from: Compulsion!!!!! (Audio CD)
Any album with five exclamation marks !!!!! after the title promises something out of the ordinary and this definitely delivers.

The key element to this album is the presence of two percussionists in addition to Joe Chamber's drums but rather than giving the music a funky feel it sounds almost tribal. Hill's own playing adds to the very dense sound.

The chance to hear John Gilmore away from Sun Ra is what made me buy this record and I wasn't disappointed. He is often cited as an influence on John Coltrane and you can certainly hear the similarities and although Gilmore has a harsher, tighter tone he's the equal in power. Freddie Hubbard as always sounds great but I'm not sure if he's as connected to what the other musicians are doing as Gilmore clearly is. (Gilmore also plays brilliantly on Hill's 'Andrew!!!' album from 1964.)

This is not easy or straightforward Jazz but if you're willing to put in the effort to really listen you'll be amply rewarded.


Inner Urge
Inner Urge

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album from a great tenor player, 26 Aug 2007
This review is from: Inner Urge (Audio CD)
This great Blue Note album was recorded at the end of 1964 and features Joe Henderson on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Elvin Jones on drums.

The five tracks are all seven minutes plus which gives plenty of time for ideas to develop and for each player to shine. The tracks are generally at mid tempo and the feel of the album is a mixture of dark and intense, on the eleven minute title track and `El Barrio`, and more romantic and emotional on the other three.

The flow of ideas and emotion from Henderson is stunning and he's beautifully backed by the other players. Tyner and Jones were in Coltrane's band at this time and show just as much commitment to Henderson as they did to their normal leader.

There are new liners notes to go with the original ones and Rudy Van Gelder's remastered sound is, as you would expect, superb.

If you enjoy this record I'd also recommend McCoy Tyner's `The Real McCoy' from 1967, which features almost the same line up (Ron Carter on bass instead of Cranshaw) but has a more frenetic but no less intense feel.


Unity
Unity
Price: £5.99

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Blue Notes, 25 Aug 2007
This review is from: Unity (Audio CD)
This is surely one of the very greatest Blue Note albums and also one of the most over looked. Recorded at the end of 1965 it features Larry Young on Hammond organ, Woody Shaw on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor and Elvin Jones on drums.

On this album Larry Young really moved the organ forward as a Jazz instrument. As much as anyone recording in this period he understood and assimilated the ideas which John Coltrane was pursuing. Young and Coltrane also play their instruments in the same way: with power, emotion and freedom.

Henderson, who writes one tune, and Shaw, who writes three, are both excellent, the tenor man in particular, and add to the power of the album. Elvin Jones plays just as well as he'd been doing for the previous 5 years in Coltrane's band.

I don't think that the great recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder ever captured any instrument's sound as well as the swirling attack of the organ: sometimes pointed and precise, at other times there's a warmth which seems to envelope you.

This reissue is part of the Van Gelder Editions which means that the great man has done the excellent remastering and there are new liner notes.

If you enjoy this, as you can't fail to do, I'd also recommended Young's appearances, in a more conventional format, on two Blue Notes by guitarist Grant Green: `Talkin' About' and `Street of Dreams`.


Triple Exposure
Triple Exposure

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent British Jazz, 25 Aug 2007
This review is from: Triple Exposure (Audio CD)
This double CD set is a reissue of two 10 inch and two full length albums all from the 1950's when Lyttelton had a superb group of players including Tony Coe, Jimmy Skidmore and Joe Temperley.

Humph in Perspective (1958) and Humph Swings Out (1956) are made up of tremendous tracks which fall between trad and mainstream. Kath Meets Humph (1957) features Kathy Stobart playing some really nice tenor solos. Triple Exposure (1959) is an eclectic mix of styles, perhaps too much so, and may be Lyttelton trying to prove that he was his own man and not going to be constrained by the `trad' label.

There are sleeve notes written by Humph himself and the remastered sound is excellent.


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