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Ray Charles: O-Genio - Live In Brazil [DVD] [2008]
Ray Charles: O-Genio - Live In Brazil [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Ray Charles
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 14.58

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond from Brazil, 1 Nov 2011
Now, this DVD has two shows, with same line-up and similar highly song-list. First of these shows (actually a studio rehearsal for the "second show") looks and sounds glorious, the other is deteriorated both in sound and picture (have you ever had an old VHS tape, originally recorded from less than perfect reception through a small aerial?)...
Nevertheless, the quality of the first show - both musical and visual is quite enthralling - worth the price of the DVD (you can look on the other show as the bonus material, although originally it seems to be the main thing, with Brazilian TV commercials and such...)....
Also, if you're a Ray Charles fan, you might wonder what sort of Ray Charles you're getting? Well, you're getting a youngish Ray, at his peak, with slightly higher level of jazz-cell in his musical blood (but with enough soul, R'n'B, country or R'n'R to spread around).

This is a great artist, with great band (and with excellent spots for Raellets, with this Margie Hendrix lady singing very, very convincingly)... I'd recommend this to every Ray fan, soul fan, r&b fan, early rock fan...
BTW - when was the last time you heard Ray playing saxophone?
The line-up (taken from the liner notes):
Ray Charles - p, vo, as; Elbert "Sonny" Forriest -g; Edgar Willis -b; Wilbert Hogan -dm;
Oliver Beener, Roy Burrows, Philip Guilbeau -tp; Henderson Chambers, James Herbert, Julian Priester, Frederic Keg Johnson -tb;
Harold Minerve, Dan Turner -as, Tina Brooks, David Fathead Newman -ts, Leroy Hog Cooper - bs
+ The Raelettes - Gwen Berry, Marge Hendrix, Darlene McCray, Patricia Richards -vo
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Free Point
Free Point
Price: 7.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Melody at night with you - contemporary jazz invitation, 30 Oct 2011
This review is from: Free Point (MP3 Download)
For those of you interested in sophisticated European, pensive, romantic (and at the same time passionate) contemporary jazz,
with more than a mere hint of ethnic influences the song "Istriana" is, of course, inspired by the beautiful region Istria.

this brand new album by Croatia's finest reed man (alto, soprano sax) Miro Kadoic might be precisely what you're looking for...
The nocturnal design of the cover-art gives proper suggestion what this quartet, the teaming up of Kadoic with finest Slovenian players (and a guest from Croatia on guitar) might sound like and the sound is beautifully recorded in July of 2011.
These are seven original Kadoic's compositions on Free point (some of which might start haunting you after you give this album a couple of listens ), with more than 60 years old standard "Invitation" composed by Bronislaw (Branislau) Kaper and played by all sorts of people, that sounds quite contemporary in this version... The songs was obviously chosen not because it's good to have a jazz standard, but because it fits the mood and concept of the album.

I don't see a week spot in the band and everybody sounds interested into the music:
Miro Kadoic (alto and soprano saxophone), Blaz Jurjevcic (piano), Nikola Matosic (b), Gasper Bertoncelj (dm)
+ Ivan Kapec (guitar) on tracks 1, 3 and 7...
All of the above have quite a strong regional reputation,
some are even more widely known, with enough CDs to speak for them (not enough of which are, alas, available on Amazon; see for instance "Caution! Hard Hat Area!" by Gasper Bertoncelj), This reputation will most probably grow if you people lend them your ear.

Just for the fun of it, you can search for Miro Kadoic, Blaz Jurjevcic Ivan Kapec and others on popular servers carrying video-clips (I'm not naming it in order not to offend the Amazon policies)


Live At The Village Gate
Live At The Village Gate
Price: 12.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Live and brilliant, 22 Oct 2011
What a spirited and lovely concert!

Clark Terry's studio albums and concert albums are often so filled both with musical virtuosity and vibrant sense of humor... Whether it is Washingtons spirited and hard-driving drumming, a guest appeareance of Paquito D Rivera, Heath's usage of soprano-sax, or, perhaps, spirited sing-a-long with the audience, this album is absolutely amazing and completely entertaining...

Of course, it is the good old Clark Terry who is the star of this brilliant affair,
he still blows (and sings) admirably
and this album is another reason why he is considered one of the giants of jazz. The fact that he was able to enjoy such a long span of performing at the top level fills me up with joy - it means there are other great CT albums I have yet to hear.


Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues - Live From Jazz At  Lincoln Center
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues - Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center
Price: 9.40

4.0 out of 5 stars A fun CD/DVD combo, 18 Oct 2011
This sort of project is bound to raise questions... Isn't Taj Mahal a real partner for Marsalis' stellar trad jazz band instead of Clapton? At this CD Mahal is just a special guest on few tunes...
However, I had great fun with this CD and DVD combo, probably PRECISELY because this is so ecclectic, conservative and good-spirited neo-new orleans bluesy record.
By the way, the question of inadequate blues content for an album titled "Play the Blues" is actually misplaced: at the time most of these songs were first performed the title blues was liberally given to all sorts of songs that were NOT actual blues, probably because the blues, at that time, had a fine commercial appeal.
So, the title of the album reflects the stylistic orientation of the entire project.

If you dislike dixieland and new orleans jazz, stay away from this CD. If you want a Eric Clapton album, stay away. If you're a jazz purist, stay away.
Otherwise, you might give it a chance - it might very well entertain you if you look at it as a contemporary surging of jump-blues and Louis Armstrong all-stars.


Last of the Blue Devils [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Last of the Blue Devils [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Buddy Anderson

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some real jazz and blues I'm tellin ya', 16 Oct 2011
Some will, probably, complain the lack of of structured info on golden era of Kansas City in this 1979. production... But, I don't care; first of all, there's enough of information AND, much more importantly , there's so much, much fabulous music here, with so much jazz, blues and bluesy jazz, that I'd like to recommend this DVD very warmly both to the seasoned jazz fans and to the jazz novices, who would liek to see what it's all about... AND it's about the reunion of jazz masters after 40 yeas in a club they used to gig, it's about Joe Turner wailing (he can be cool and low down dirty at the same time; very few could pull that), Jay McShann on piano, and singing (he had a very much welcome resurge of carreer at that stage of life), plus a Count Basie big band birthday party, with magnificent music (and often short or less short statements) by Eddie Durham, Claude Williams, Budd Johnson, Jimmy Forrest, jesse price, Crook Goodwin, Paul Quinichette, Charles McPHarson, Gene Ramey, Buddy Lovett, Jo Jones and many, many others (as you can see, there are cats of various generations and jazz/blues substyles here).

Camerawork is OK, with split screen (like in the famous Woodstock documentary) contributing somewhat to the dynamism of the whole affair.
Although Basie orchestra is top class, with ole' reliable Freddie Green playing rhythm(with Eric Dixon, Bobby Platter, Al Grey, Curtis Fuller, etc. etc.), and live, which is also fine,
but Jay McShann (piano and vocal) and Joe Turner (vocal) steel the show,
giving some of the meanest blues/jazz performances that camera has ever filmed.
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Songs I've Heard
Songs I've Heard

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not bad at all, 11 Oct 2011
This review is from: Songs I've Heard (Audio CD)
This is a bizarre reworking of songs from some classical American musicals (are these children songs? My, my, I had no idea American children are so much more refined than kids in Europe). At times it works quite well, especially with guests such as Kermit Ruffins and Branford Marsalis, and with swinging rhythms of "Supercalifragilistic..." (I'll never remember the title well), "Do-Re-Mi", "Ding-dong the which is dead"... or with more modern rhythms of "Oompa-loompa".
Although Connick's voice is of limited appeal as far as timbre and mood goes, the cat has some fine rhythm in him and some of his arrangements are actually quite good (some are overblown, such as "Over the rainbow" but all in all, I'm satisfied).

Naturally, this is not a jazz album per se, although it is coloured with big-band swing (with some elements of dixie and modern jazz): it is a good example of the tradition in American popular music that started when Sinatra and Crosby broke the chains of big bands and became great commercial attractions in their own rank. So, if you like this tradition, you'll probably like this album.
Yes, the design of the booklet is really bad, liner notes are silly but at least you get the names of the musicians... Interesting. I own so many badly designed and poorely "linernoted" Columbia editions... And such a rich and huuuuge company....


Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Price: 10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Ben in Europe, 11 Oct 2011
This review is from: Gone with the Wind (Audio CD)
Is this the best Ben Webster album out there? Probably not, but he is still blowing darn near his magnificent prime, and the international rhythm section IS cookin', to say the least, as others have rightly stated long before me. Kenny Drew (piano), Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen (b) and Alex Riel (dm) also have some fine solo space, in addition to accompanying big Ben.
I must admit, Ben is one of my favorites, with his big, breathy sound and subtle elegance displayed by gentle flowing into higher register during his solos...
This combination of well known ballads and romps (plus Ben's own "Set Call") is highly desirable in every mainstream jazz fan, tenor sax fan, ben webster fan (etc.).

On the other hand, if you don't want another interpretation of Misty or Yesterdays, this might not be the album for you (I'd lie if I said I heard many versions of "That's All" though).


Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm
Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm
Price: 15.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ethno-swing, 7 Oct 2011
This beautiful exercise in nostalgia is full of excellent swing era singing by Maxine Sullivan, an African American singer of clear voice and precise delivarance, who became popular with some sort of ethnic swing, or jazz versions of "Loch Lomond" (a Scottish tune) and other folk-based (actually - European folk) songs. In this sense, from the popular music viewpoint this is an excellent album, technologically updated revision of 20 years old music. An excercise of nostalgia and an excellent pop album at the same time, this might ACTUALLY be of interest to wider audiences who like Diana krall, Norah Jones, Michael Buble, Dave Koz or the veteran singer Tony Bennett.
Excellent back-up band, the recreation of John Kirby's popular swing band, has some quite respectable musicians - Charlie Shavers (tp), today probably most famous for his trumpet battles with Roy Eldridge, Buster Bailey (cl), a great swing musician who also played well with Henry Red Allen, Russel Procope (as), best known for his work with Duke Ellington, excellent pianists Billy Kyle (p) or Dick Hyman (piano, harpsichord, organ), etc.
This is very good buck-up for any singer (to say the least), it's just that I was hoping for more solos, more space for their distinctive jazz talents. If I was giving it stars as an jazz album, "Flow Gently..." wouldn't fare well, but it wouldn't be fair, since it is basically swing oriented pop.
ALSO, when they play jazz (like on tracks 1, 6 and 11) it is in the tradition of "mature" and polished swing Artie Shaw's Grammercy Five was famous for...
Which is also OK, unless one prefers Basie's small groups of the era, Benny Goodman's best trio and quartet live recordings, or Teddy Wilson's collaborations with Billie Holiday (AND Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster and others).

I'm not giving it 5 stars just as a simbol of slight personal disappointment; if you're NOT a jazz fanatic, you'll be fine with this CD.
And, just to justify only 4 stars, I must say that putting in at least some liner notes would have been a good idea. Apparently, it isn't a part of this idea of selling CD-R created copies on demand.
So, there you go.

p.s.
Jack Walker has a few nostalgic vocal comments on first two tracks and in the end. I'd blattantly lied if I said I knew who he is, since he speaks in the first person ("we had a singer with us"). Was he the host of the radio programe?


Ms. B's Blues
Ms. B's Blues
Price: 7.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine R&B and B, 18 Sep 2011
This review is from: Ms. B's Blues (Audio CD)
If you're a Ruth Brown completist, this is not a compilation for you, for it spans onla to Brown albums, but it is a GREAT collection of R&B, blues (and such)...
Musicians are fine, you can also hear a very nice duet with Bonnie Rait (a beautiful female version of the blues/jazz classic "I'm gonna move to the outskirts of town"; so far I've only heard it sung by men - Witherspoon, Rushing and such)...

Since I'm primarily a jazz fan, this compilation is perfect for me (and it was quite cheap in a CD shop in my town),
blues and rythm and blues fans might want to get the wider-scope compilations, or get the complete albums...

The lady is hot in both cases.


This One's For Blanton
This One's For Blanton
Price: 6.20

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duo for the keeps, 18 Sep 2011
This review is from: This One's For Blanton (Audio CD)
As you probably ALL know, Jimmy Blanton was a very inovative and influential (alas, short-lived) bass player who, in Ellington's big band that, among others, boasted Ben Webster laid foundations for the future development of bass. These two giants, Ellington and Ray Brown repeat the format of Ellington's piano-bass duos he recorded with Blanton,
maturely reworking the great Blanton-Ellington heritage.
This IS a tribute album, but believe you me, I've heard it BEFORE I studied Blanton's recording and it was already magnificent.... After I listened closely to the glorious Blanton-Webster years of Ellington's orchestra, I enjoy it even more.

It's a keeper.


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