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There'll Never Be Another You
There'll Never Be Another You

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Baker and Catherine in Zagreb, Croatia, 22 Jan. 2011
There is some fine interplay between the great trumpet player and singer Chet and the great Belgian guitar player Philip Catherine, there are some fine solos all-around,
some interesting piano and drums work by Chet (sparse and elegant, what did you think?) and it was a wise decision to invite the elegant alto-sax player Allan Praskin to drop by (since the bass player didn't show up)...

Basically, although I liked it a lot, this will not become my favorite Chet Baker album - MAYBE it's because I didn't care for Catherine's occasional attempts to substitute the bass (I prefer his harmonic/melodic work). BUT if you like either Chet or Catherine, you should get this album for your collection. I'm giving it 4 stars although the ACTUAL grade would be 4 and a half if it was possible....

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra And Friends [1977] [COLOUR] [DVD]
Frank Sinatra - Sinatra And Friends [1977] [COLOUR] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Sinatra
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £28.86

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra and plenty of friends - Denver, Martin, Bennett, Cole..., 16 Jan. 2011
Apparently a TV special from 1977 (when Frank was a bit older than cover picture would suggest)
brings Sinatra under Nelson Riddle's musical direction,
with of plenty of fine guests...
Although I bought this cheap and because it had Tony Bennett and Natalie Cole, at my surprise, the duet with John Denver was my favorite collaboration of the DVD,
with the duet with Cole and wild rat-pack trio with Dean Martin and baritone singer Robert Merrill fighting for the second place...

Tony Bennett and Leslie Uggams also show some fine singing skills on their own and Sinatra is close enough to his prime,
so if this isn't too expensive, buy it.
But it's not essential-Sinatra DVD, nor greatest hits of Sinatra.
As the title states correctly, this is a Sinatra and friends DVD!

Good old-times fun, recorded in the 70s, but belonging in spirit to the previous decade.
But, only under 50 minutes of material...

In Europe [DVD] [2008]
In Europe [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Coleman Hawkins
Offered by Brilliant Warehouse
Price: £16.09

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hawkins and some mean cats, 11 Jan. 2011
This review is from: In Europe [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
YES! This is a real gem; MAYBE the Hawk is not completely in full power on every single cut, but most of the time in this DVD he is AWSOME; the best material (the film quality equivalent to the music quality) are:
- C. Hawkins - Harry "Sweets" Edison quintet (with Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass and Jo Jones, who also has a nice solo spot, on drums); taped in London in '64
- Bonus material: Coleman Hawkins-Roy Eldridge quintet (with Johnny Guarnieri on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, Cozy Cole on drums and the singer Carol Stevens)

But THERE'S MORE! Coleman Hawkins - Benny Carter quintet is not restored visually and might give a problem or two for a viewer with some high-tec surround sound equipment,
but the performance is beautiful!
Having Teddy Wilson (p), Bob Cranshaw (b) and Louie Bellson (dm) in their corner doesn't really hurt...
And there's more:
One track of C. Hawkins quartet with Oscar Peterson, Sam Jones and Louis Hayes
plus C. Hawkins quintet with George Arvanitas (p), Mickey Baker (g), Jimmy Woode (b) and Kansas Fields (dm) - BTW - Kansas Fields is a great name - it even sounds like a stage name or something...

All in all, there's no cheating here - you get first class Coleman Hawkins for your money, a lot of hot blowing and muscular improvising by Hawk, lyrical by Edison and Carter and, well, hot by Eldridge and Carol Stevens....


Tribute to Django Reinhardt (Jazz Club)
Tribute to Django Reinhardt (Jazz Club)

5.0 out of 5 stars swinging in the 1970s, 9 Jan. 2011
Yes, this is a BEAUTIFUL compilation of Stephane Grappelli in the 1970s;
in addition to "Hot Club of France" style of bands (with two guitars and a bass accompanying the great French fiddler),
there are also some tracks with piano (featuring, among others, George Shearing).

I don't know wheather Grappelli ever recorded non-swinging or non-ellegant album, but the 1970s LP-records these tracks are collected from is not such an example.
Working beautifully on ballads and faster numbers with Shearing, Phillipe Catherine, Larry Coryell, Diz Disley, Niels Hanning Oersted Pedersen, Isla Eckinger, Eberhard Weber and other international jazz giants, Stephane delivers a lot of swing and fine music.
"Tribute to Django" title is mostly justified so, I guess, Django fans should also get this cd (particularly if they are not Grappelli completists, intent of purchasing everything he ever recorded). However, in the country where I live this is a cheap CDs series,
as opposed to 10 pounds demanded by the British amazon at the moment I'm writing this....

It Just So Happens
It Just So Happens
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling passionate trombone, 6 Jan. 2011
This review is from: It Just So Happens (Audio CD)
With pseudo new-orleansish "Fishing with Gramps", jolly "Raven's Jolly Jump-up", Edith Piaf's "La vie en rose" and two versions of moldy jazz standard "Once in a while"
nobody can blame this, basically avant-garde album to be to far out for us moldy figs...
Ray Anderson is a very passionate trombone player (comparable in that respect to more rumbunctious New Orleans players, or Al Grey for that matter)and passion is fine by me (even when I have troubles concentrating on a development of the solo).
Other musicians are also fine, me thinks, so with trumpet, tuba, clarinet and rhythm section, prepare yourselves to be dazzled!

This is, I guess, avant-garde open to (New Orleans and other) jazz traditions.

Satchmo At Pasadena
Satchmo At Pasadena
Price: £5.53

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incompleta? BUT BEAUTIFUL, 31 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Satchmo At Pasadena (Audio CD)
As many have noted, such as this reviewer, there have been more complete Satchmo editions from the period (and the region):

"Satchmo at Pasadena provides an enjoyable but incomplete presentation of Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars recorded live on January 1, 1951. The Pasadena Civic Auditorium concert found Armstrong fronting an edition of the All-Stars with trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Barney Bigard, pianist Earl Hines, bassist Arvell Shaw, Cozy Cole on drums, and vocalist Velma Middleton on two tracks. At the time of this concert, musicians began to take advantage of the new LP format that allowed them to bypass the usual three-minute time constraints of 78 rpm and stretch out a bit. Armstrong was no exception, and even though Satchmo is more of the ringleader/vocalist/showman on this set, the All-Stars provide some heated improvising, especially Hines on "Honeysuckle Rose" and Bigard's clarinet solo on the otherwise knockabout version of "Just You, Just Me." To properly capture what a well-rounded performance this is, it should be heard in its entirety, exemplified by the out of print four-CD compilation The California Concerts, which included the complete Pasadena set and a gig at the Crescendo club in L.A. the following evening. Since this reissue is an exact reproduction of the 1951 Decca LP, the songs are not only out of sequence but numerous tracks are omitted. It's too bad Verve didn't simply reissue the entire concert, which would have been preferable over the lavish attention paid to reproducing the original packaging. ~ Al Campbell, All Music Guide"

Weell, notwithstanding that, this is a GREAT album, with perhaps too much banter and jokes, but more than enough Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Jack Teagarden to sattisfy my taste-buds (ear-buds)... All-Stars, Satchmo or trad jazz don't get much better than this, IMHO....

War Is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones
War Is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones
by David Axe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading, 25 Dec. 2010
A VERY nice comic (graphic novel or, better yet, graphic novella) about the horrors of war seen from the point of view of a western (American) journalist, actually an adrenalin freak, uncapable of and unprepared for the peaceful life...
You can also see glimpses of real social situations in various hot-spots of war, horror and terror (including East Timor and Somalia), which is interesting in itself...
But it is the psychology of the war-correspondent hero this book is about (as you can see by the design of the title page as well).

For a while, I thought there's too much text here, since Matt Bors' clear effective drawings were often self-explanatory,
but "War is Boring" is cleverly structured, in the end it all comes to place and the visuality prevailes (which is very good; thanks to the script as much as the visual artist)...

Great job.

Mainstream Jazz (Ruby Braff And His Men - Hi-Fi Salute To Bunny)
Mainstream Jazz (Ruby Braff And His Men - Hi-Fi Salute To Bunny)
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music but, 24 Dec. 2010
GREAT album, but be aware that 8 out of 9 songs can be found on:

Otherwise, this is fantastic stuff, with the magnificent Pee Wee Russell on clarinet, Benny Morton on the trombone, Dick Hafer on tenor, Nat pierce (p), Steve Jordan (g); Walter Page (b), Buzzy Drootin (dm);
recorded in 1957...

Very respectful to Bunny Berigan, this is no imitation, Ruby proves his individuality (and so does Pee Wee...).
At the time of my purchase, the 2cd compilation was far cheaper than this sole album.
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Three Classic Albums Plus (Hi-Fi Salute To Bunny / Easy Now / You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me)
Three Classic Albums Plus (Hi-Fi Salute To Bunny / Easy Now / You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me)
Price: £7.52

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ruby, my dear..., 24 Dec. 2010
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and quite diverse compilation!!!!!
Yes, it took me a while to get used to the beauty of Ruby Braff's playing... He was obviously a disciple of earlier cornet/trumpet giants (why, he said it himself - he was a disciple of L. Armstrong university, from which you never graduate)but, actually, he doesn't sound like Armstrong, Berigan, Beiderbecke, Clayton, Eldridge or any of the older trumpet giants who preceded him. Stylistically, you can put him between Chicago school of jazz, swing (and dixieland) BUT the diversity of his tone is WAY above the average (check out his lower-register inventiveness if you please!);
his melodical inventiveness is obviously at the top of, well, mainstream jazz while the way he sounds (and constructs his solos) is actually transceding any style the material, other musicians or the record procuder might want to drag him into. Actually, in being so unique, Braff reminds me of another gigantic and momentuous trumpet player - Henry "Red" Allen...

I believe this 2 CD album-compilation finds Ruby in excellent form, with various sounds and arrangements, in great company, to say the least.
The first album "Hi-Fi Salute to Bunny", tribute to B. Berigan (recorded in 1957) finds Ruby in the company of Benny Morton (tb), Pee Wee Russell (cl), Dick Hafer (ts), Nat Pierce (p), Steve Jordan (g), Walter Page (b) and Buzzy Drootin (dm).... Any record with Pee Wee Russell will be high on my wishlist and this is a great one, but Ruby is the star in spite of the illustrious company of other horns (Benny Morton is hardly a slouch himself)...

The second album (recorded in '58) is maybe only slightly less impressive than the first, but it's also great; it finds Ruby in two set-ups; the first more arranged and disciplined, the other more loose (but MAYBE not swinging as hard as one would expect from horn combination).
The album is "Easy Now - Ruby Braff and his men"... The men are:
a)Emmett Berry (tp), Vic Dickenson (tb), Bob Wilber (ts), Marty Napoleon (p), Mundell Lowe (g), Leonard Gaskin (b), Don Lamond (dm)
b)Roy Eldridge (tp), Hank Jones (p), M. Lowe (g), L. Gaskin (b), D. Lamond (dm)

The third album (recorded in '59) is the most modern sounding (no, nothing far-out, just a touch of advanced swing and maybe even occasional cool); it's a marvelously arranged "Ruby Braff and his Trumpet" with
Don Elliot (vb), Mundell Lowe (g), Hank Jones or Nat Pierce (p), Milt Hinton (b), Don Lamond (dm)... In light of what I said of relative "modernity" of this album, Nat Hentoff's very useful liner notes inform us that Stan Getz's interpretation was the main inspiration for Ruby's version of "You'd be so nice to come home to"... Incidentaly, it is just one of great standards played on this album (Swing that music, Let's do it...) and on other albums of this compilation songs such as Yesterdays, I'm Coming Virginia, I can't get started, I got it bad (and that ain't good)...

The rest of this package (one of my better purchases on the amazon website) is taken by two performances from the great Newport jazz festival; the first one, quite well known (back to 1957), by The Ruby Braff Octet, has part of the line-up from the first album (which is very good), including the great Pee Wee (a jazz giant comparable to Dizzy, Miles, Hawk and other jazz giants IMHO):
P. W. Russell (cl), Sam Margolis (ts), Jimmy Welch (valv-tb), N. Pierce (p), S. Jordan (g), W. Page (b), B. Drootin (dm)... And boy, do they swing on "It don't mean a thing", "These foolish things" and "Oh! Lady be good"! Believe you me, this live music will transcend you to another level!
Apparently, the original recording of this group includes chatting of Ruby and the MC, but it was edited out in order to include, another less familiar session from the same festival, this time in 1959...
Here we have Ruby in a group called Jimmy Rushing & The Newport All-Stars:
J. Rushing (vo), Buck Clayton, R. Braff (tp), P. W. Russell (cl), Bud Freeman (ts), Vic Dickenson (tb), Ray Bryant (p), Freddie Green (g), Champ Jones (b), B. Drootin (dm)....

You can see from the line-up this material is actually quite diverse; in addition to a whole lot of trumpet playing, there are some MAGNIFICENT contributions by a great clarinetist, mighty trombone players and other musicians... Buy it while it's hot - it has liner notes, personelle, dates and everything (the data I'm giving is available inside the booklet; the interpetation is mine).

Blues For Easy Liver
Blues For Easy Liver
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £25.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crooning Spoon, 12 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Blues For Easy Liver (Audio CD)
The beautiful, mellow, swinging and soft side of one of the bluesiest singers...
Deftly aided by Pepper Adams on baritone, Bill Watrous on the trombone, Roger Kelloway on piano, Richard Davis on bass and Mel Lewis on the drums, Witherspoon gives magnificent mellow performances, often imbued with the bluesy feeling (with only couple of blues tunes on the entire album). By the time this album was recorded (the 60s), The Spoon was a seasoned singer and the idea to steer him slightly in the direction of jazz ballads (arranged by the pianist Kelloway)
was a winner.
Smack dab in the middle, to borrow from another popular song. All the songs are well known, true winners, so this album is great mainstream jazz listening. Maybe the hardcore blues fans won't be as thrilled with this album as I was, but it's great jazz - steeped deeply in blues feeling not only in vocals but also in instrumental contributions...
Giving 5 stars is the least one can do for this gem.

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