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Live At Birdland
Live At Birdland
Price: 15.71

1.0 out of 5 stars Improv disappointment, 24 Jun 2013
This review is from: Live At Birdland (Audio CD)
I dont really enjoy listening to this as it just dithers and tishes about, the players sound like they are playing slowly, and there's only one tune on the album. Perhaps if you like free jazz or improv more than I do you will disagree that the contents are a disappointment, but they were to this longtime fan of both Lee Konitz and Brad Mehldau. I've seen them both live, separately, and they can be thrillingly fast and melodic players. I would certainly recommend Alone Together by Mehldau, Konitz and Charlie Haden on Blue Note, and its sister album, both recorded at the Jazz Bakery. The difference there is that they ruminate around standards and sound at ease in each others company, and in front of what sounds like a dinner audience it has a warmth about it that this lacks.

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Price: 13.18

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piano trio album, 24 Jun 2013
This review is from: Achirana (Audio CD)
This has great interplay between the musicians Bassist Arild Andersen, ex Soft Machine and John Surman drummer John Marshall, and Vassilis. Live they were louder than the cd, but the drumming and bass playing really drives things along and the piano playing is melodic and as a result the threesome works very well. The CD keeps revealing new detail over many listens and has become a regular reliable in our house. We later bought their follow up The Triangle on the strength of this, and that is good too

Lost In A Dream
Lost In A Dream
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Price: 11.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz played as if during a dream, 1 May 2013
This review is from: Lost In A Dream (Audio CD)
Melodies are hinted at, then aborted; solos dart about, and display dexterity but never go on too long, and the drums and piano support the excellent sdaxophonist. I sensed Paul Motian here completely achieved what he was trying to do with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, in playing jazz as if in an actual dream. There is an ethereal and incomplete quality to the compositions on the first dozen or so hearings, so much seem to be hinted at without needing full development, yet when heard as jazz imagined as experienced during one's sleep, or in hearing how far Mr Motian strays from the beat while keeping it, and the metallic fizz of the cymbals, the music draws you in more and more.
It is quite an absorbing album and genuinely benefits from being played quite loud, due to the great tone of drum kit and saxophone. Mr Moran plays unobtrusively but propulsively. Quietly rewarding this repays many listens, though I think you need to like jazz to really get it.

Dear amazon - I am being asked to buy this album again. Please desist!

Home Movies: The Best of Everything But The Girl
Home Movies: The Best of Everything But The Girl
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs that keep getting better, 30 Aug 2012
This is a very atmospheric album with a lot of excellent songs that really flows along very well, with nice changes of pace, sometimes to pick up the speed within a song. I like the way one keeps hearing new things even after over ten listens, the detail in the words, sometimes deceptively hard hitting little songs that - like some brasilian music or Carla Bleys earlier jazz - kind of lull you in gently but instead of becoming bland, set you up for a downbeat or carry an unexpected punch in the lyrics.
This has travelled through time very well and it doesnt sound dated

Price: 13.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and very musical, 15 Aug 2012
This review is from: Sources (Audio CD)
As usual with Louis Sclavis there are lots of ideas, riffs, dreamy interludes and varied music on this, his latest trio CD.
There is one track in particular with some very jagged guitar playing, and metallic feel, that stands out. It's a direction I would love them to take a whole album in, as I sense a fluency with faster metallic fusion music this hints at. Otherwise its a grower. Often it is hard to believe there are only three guys playing, and the album is hard to switch off once put in.

The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
by Francis Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, complex, identifier of wildflowers in UK, 14 Aug 2012
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This has superb illustrations and a language all of its own, flower language, with abbreviations, new terms to the uninitiated describing the flowers leaves, cup, petals, stalk, habitat etc.
It is one of those books that rewards effort by the reader. One is surprised by the depth of information within. Highly recommended for those willing to put in abit of effort in understanding its contents, and open to surprises, like how thistles are members of the daisy family

Price: 13.29

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Live show better than CD, 14 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Celebration (Audio CD)
I bought this on the strength of a marvellous concert at the London South Bank one Sunday afternoon last year. Tommy Smith conducted the SNJO (outstanding scots jazz musicians), played tenor sax very fluently, and had AA guest soloing on bass. The selections were all representations of ECM label tunes, and done with new orchestration, given extra life.
This CD is a little disappointing in that it seems to have very little Tommy Smith and SNJO and almost too much - if that can be possible- of Arild on Bass. The songs also seem to come up short a little compared to the live show.
Those who did not see the live show and (probably) hope for too much from the CD, will probably enjoy it in its own right.
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Pocket Magnifier - 20x Magnification, 21mm Loupe
Pocket Magnifier - 20x Magnification, 21mm Loupe
Offered by Nesa Ltd
Price: 4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers come alive, 4 July 2012
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When you use this magnifier to look at their cup, stamens, petals and so on up close. The humble cow parsley of springtime can never be forgotten for the beauty this magnifier revealed, and so too humble daisies, dandelions and weeds. The best 2 spent this spring. Excellent.

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Price: 22.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and harmolodic, relaxed and driving, all at same time.., 8 May 2012
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This review is from: Etudes (Audio CD)
I have been really enjoying this CD. It starts with a really sensitively played Lonely Woman, by Ornette Coleman. Without sax, or trumpet, it is driven along by probing and sensitive yet firmly directional playing by Geri Allen. As such it gains on other versions, with Haden and Motian assured companions.
The rest of the album goes from strength to strength, with an especially lovely version of Silence and varied Haden and Motian originals, and a two minute Herbie Nichols.
The quality of drumming and bassing is mesmeric, over which the pianist plays with great assurance and economy. The notes count, even though there is a lot of tishing, tinkling and strumming, as the interplay carves out the melodic components while staying jazzy.
This LP is a grower, and a refutation to those tired of the piano trio format in jazz. Being 30 yrs old, it only lasts 45 mins, so has no filler tracks.
Very sad that Paul Motian died, but what a joy it must have been to be a top musician with him behind you.

Orion - Music from Crete
Orion - Music from Crete
Offered by GreekLifeInn
Price: 10.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and compelling music, 24 Jan 2012
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This CD has proved to be an unexpected hit at our house. The music is wild and compelling, with great playing by all concerned, and the unusual mix of instruments and cretan style - the Iranian Daf and tombak drums, and virtuosic hurdy gurdy playing, along with surprisingly enjoyable greek singing at times, make this feel free and passionate.

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