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Lullabies Of Birdland
Lullabies Of Birdland
Price: 7.46

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELLA is great, 12 April 2011
This review is from: Lullabies Of Birdland (Audio CD)
Being a huge Ella fan, but one of those who started with her '50s and '60s output, I too have tried digging in her roots...
To my surprise, at her beginnings (with Chick Webb's orchestra in the 30s) I've found a girlish and hardly sophisticated swing singer, not really hinting at later greatness (Chick Webb allegedly helped her a great deal in her beginnings; he must have had a great ear for tallent)...
On this album, however, we find already mature Ella (although not QUITE the peak performances of her career) - the tracks range from mid 40s to mid 50s showing that she has by now incorporated ellements of be-bop in her style.
She scats profusely and convincingly, doing some other routines I've first heard in later variants (and, sometimes, repetitions), but there's quite enough "pop" material here to suit Ella's wider-than-jazz fan base - including some sweet arrangements, Bill Dogget's organ, Ray Charles Quintet, The Andy Love Quintet and other buck-up musicians and singers.

It goes to show you can have your cake and eat it too, at least sometimees. This is a great jazz album with wider appeal, fool of youthful charm but modern as well, alternately laid back ("Ella Hums The Blues") and intense...
I recommend it highly.

Music Makers
Music Makers
Price: 10.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat strange but very beautiful album, 10 April 2011
This review is from: Music Makers (Audio CD)
Strange and beautiful album,
with Helen Merrill singing ellegantly with Gordon Beck on all tracks,
while Steve Lacy on soprano sax and Stephane Grappelli on violin help on, roughly, half the tracks of the album each (they never play togother)...
Admittedly, the sound design is a bit idiosyncratic(with the occasional Beck's usage of electric piano being the additional spice
not everyone will like).
Basically, this is a very interesting international collaboration of musicians of different backgrounds and musical persuasions...

Live at the Village Gate: Second Set
Live at the Village Gate: Second Set
Price: 12.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry keeps it on, 9 April 2011
It's a beauty; showcasing Clark terry at 75 (it's recorded in 1995) and still swinging. The album consists of Clark Terry's compositions, plus a very entertaining intervie with the great elder statesman of jazz (a man of whom Miles Davis writes fondly in his auto-biography, a man for whom Thelonious Monk played as a sideman at the time he had a choise not to...).
Terry is one of my favorite jazz musicians so, to prove that I'm not too subjective, I'll say that the first set - Live at the Village Gate
is actually superior to this CD, but there's plenty of high spirited playing here as well AND there's the interview,
so 5 stars it is...
To paraphrase mr. Terry himself (from the first set) - mr. Terry, keep on keepin' on!

The musicians:
Clark Terry-trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals*
jimmy Heath - tenor sax
Don Friedman - piano
Marcus McLauren - bass
Kenny Washington - drums

*The audience contributes the vocals as well, just like on the first set...

Four Classic Albums Plus (Petite Fleur / Rumpus On Rampart Street / Teddy Buckner And The All-Stars / Jazz At The Savoy)
Four Classic Albums Plus (Petite Fleur / Rumpus On Rampart Street / Teddy Buckner And The All-Stars / Jazz At The Savoy)
Price: 6.38

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot clarinet and more (Hall with Ruby, Omer, Trummy, Vic, Teddy, Billy, Emett..., 1 April 2011
Although I like Ed Hall very much, one of the reasons that tipped me over into buying this collection was the inclusion of the date with Teddy Buckner, an interesting Armstrong-based cornet player on one of the albums...
But, this IS Ed Hall show all-around... Passionate New Orleans playing, occasionally enriched by more "modern" (swinging) influences dominates this CD, with sideman such as Omer Simeon, Vic Dickenson, Billy Kyle, Trummy Young, Kenny Kersey,Ruby Braff, Emmett Berry, Dick Cary, Ellis Larkins, Milt Hinton and others (in various ensembles, including a three-clarinet line-up with Omer Simeon and Ed's brother Herbert)...

Recommended for all trad-jazz fans, who may know Edmond Hall from his work with Louis Armstrong all-stars...
I knew he was a star in his own rank because I have a nice compilation of his work in other groups, but this AVID's CD is a keeper. And a winner.

Three to Get Ready
Three to Get Ready

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely jazz trio, 30 Mar 2011
This review is from: Three to Get Ready (Audio CD)
Now, let me be honest - I'm such a huge Clark Terry fan I can be unreliable source here...
BUT I enjoy this album very, very much! The ellegant Bud Shank and the impish and witty Terry weave their magic around the anchor of David Friesen's virtuoso bass...
NOT the most expressive and loud album you can buy,
but quite musical and appealing, with audience being quite appreciative of the distinguished trio of musicians!

And, in case you were wondering, there are also vocal tricks by CT, his conversion with himself on two horns trading licks and, for the finale, Terry plays (I believe) only the mouthpiece, without the actual instrument...
It's actually quite diverse and thrilling album, especially considering how subdued it is...

Color Changes
Color Changes
Price: 9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely colors of modern jazz, 27 Mar 2011
This review is from: Color Changes (Audio CD)
Being one of the most distinguished instrumentalists, Clark Terry is sometimes pegged as a hot and swinging soloist, walking freely between meanstrem and modern jazz... But he is much more than that!

Magnificent instrumental combinations of this CD make for a very nice listening; Terry is just one of great soloists here, with Yusef Lateer, Jimmy Kneper, Julius Watkins, but it's the arrangement that is most interesting... Fluegelhorn, French horn and all sorts of other windy instruments combine beautifully. Check the samples and get it while you can - with liner notes and all the necessary data...

Basie Jam #3
Basie Jam #3
Price: 15.16

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it's swinging and it's beautiful; what did you expect from these guys?, 24 Mar 2011
This review is from: Basie Jam #3 (Audio CD)
Now would you believe me if I told you this was a GREAT album of swinging but subtle music, with Clark Terry and Al Grey (two of my favorite brass men) trading some hot licks on "Moten Swing", but playing pretty for the people (as Ella would say) on "I surrender Dear"... With the elegant alto-sax of Benny Carter embellishing the tunes as only Benny did for so many years, with Joe Pass on guitar, with Louie Bellson on drums, with Eddie Lockjaw Davis playing some hot tenor...
But, let's not forget - this is a BASIE JAM - majority of players are well known to him and to each other by the time this was recorded (they even played in his big band and smaller units before) and, since they have time to stretch out here, they really do and the feeling is great.

If a younger listener wants to know what's swing all about and who was Basie, this album is not a bad place to start (if you get it for a normal price - at the time I'm posting this is ripping the customers off by charging more than 18 pounds - no CD should cost that much at this time in history of the recording industry....

Jam Session at the Montreux Ja
Jam Session at the Montreux Ja
Price: 11.70

5.0 out of 5 stars HOT STUFF Basie and company live, 13 Mar 2011
This meeting of giants belonging to various generations is really on top (or darn near) of my jam-session/live jazz list, with the Count presiding over some realy strong music...
modern jazz giant Griffin performs admirably (even giving occasional nod to the Prez on Lester Leaps In), Milt is the hottest thing you can imagine on vibes, Roy Eldridge is, as always, playing for the broke, Niels Pedersen and Louis Bellson give the rock solid rhythm you'd expect from them...
What can I say - great stuff!
Mid-70s mainstream jazz at its best, with swing, bop and hard bop meeting and having a ball.

Hot House Flowers
Hot House Flowers
Price: 6.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine background music, 12 Mar 2011
This review is from: Hot House Flowers (Audio CD)
If I were judging this from strictly jazz point of view, it would go bellow 3 stars,
but it wouldn't be fair, since this is fine background (heavily jazz-influenced) music, with strong and professional musicians,
working within mostly passable string arrangements.

NOT a true jazz experience IMHO...

Oscar Peterson & Jon Faddis
Oscar Peterson & Jon Faddis
Price: 6.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GIANTS of mainstream jazz, 10 Mar 2011
This is a BEAUTIFUL mainstream jazz album, on of the series of Oscar's duets with great jazz trumpet players - Dizzy, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry... Pity Clifford Brown was long gone when Norman Granz came up with this Petrson + trumpet concept (perhaps he was inspired by the success of that magnificent album "Oscar Peterson trio + one" - [the one being Terry)...

Now, as for this beatiful album of six magnificent and often fiery interpretations of jazz standards (actually, "Blues for Birks" is composed by Peterson and Faddis for this occasion - other songs are great standards),
we all know that Jon Faddis is often pegged as a Dizzy Gillespie sound-a-like (mind you, there are worse things to be pegged as), and he never hid his admiration for Dizzy (or gratitude for Dizzy's friendship, wit and mentorship)...
BUT this is one of the albums where Jon shows a wider range than that of a Dizzy's disciple, stretching out on songs like "Things ain't what they used to be" (where he basically channels Bubber Miley and Rex Stewart more than Dizzy)...
And Oscar is just magnificent... He so often played beautifully on jazz standards and this is the one to get if you like to hear him outside his trio.
Two tallented and skillful men, two instruments, played admirably, swinging immensley.

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