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At Large - Complete Sessions + 9 Bonus Tracks (2CD)
At Large - Complete Sessions + 9 Bonus Tracks (2CD)
Price: £11.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silky Stan, 28 Mar. 2015
This is a lovely collection of mid-tempo & ballad material, with Getz sounding really impressive. Throughout, there is a lustrous quality to Getz playing, and his interplay with Jan Johannsen on piano is very sympathetically realised. The sound quality is good, the rhythm section perfectly in tune with the mood of each piece, and there's an overall warmth to the recording.

These relatively rare albums showcase a musician in wonderful voice; the highly-rated Penguin Jazz Guide review talks of Getz' delivery being a thing of "heavenly grace", and his performance being "concentrated & inspired throughout", and the All Music Guide gives a similar high rating. Well worth exploring: lots of fascinating material at a relatively modest cost.


At Large
At Large
Offered by Not2day Media
Price: £5.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silky Stan, 28 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: At Large (Audio CD)
Although I'm torn between giving this lovely double-album collection 4 or 5 stars, I've gone for the latter to counteract (a little) the ludicrous 1 star review, based wholly on a mistaken photograph, rather than the quality of the music. Throughout, there is a lustrous quality to Getz playing, and his interplay with Jan Johannsen on piano is very sympathetically realised. The sound quality is good, the rhythm section perfectly in tune with the mood of each piece, and there's an overall warmth to the recording.

These relatively rare albums showcase a musician in wonderful voice; the highly-rated Penguin Jazz Guide review talks of Getz' delivery being a thing of "heavenly grace", and his performance being "concentrated & inspired throughout", and the All Music Guide gives a similar high rating. The cd booklet is a disgrace, giving no information whatever (not even personnel) apart from the wrong photograph, but the quality of the music inside is close to 5 star heaven, and that's why I bought this in the first place, at a very modest price for such riches inside. If you love Getz, you'll love this. If you don't know him, but enjoy hearing some beautiful sax tones without distortion, this is also for you...


Ochre
Ochre
Price: £11.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serene Beauty., 23 Mar. 2015
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This is a blissful mix of music & instruments from across Europe. Although based on seven 'traditional songs sung in England within the past century', this doesn't mean they originated here, and the mix of exotic instruments help reflect that richness. Apart from the clear, crystal tones of Cronshaw's zither (an exquisite, almost harp-like tone), this mesmerisingly beautiful album also features quanun (a form of box zither), oud (a type of lute), fujara (a type of large upright whistle), soprano sax, double bass, triple harp, clarinet, piano & much more.

The pacing of the pieces gives them plenty of room to 'breathe', and gives the music a serene, meditative quality, where you feel you could almost 'walk round the notes'. At times I was reminded of the clear crystal notes of Toumani Diabate's superb kora playing, but this album is a beguiling, and addictive, highly original treasure. Listen to the samples above if you need convincing.
An essential purchase for music lovers everywhere.


Casio MQ24/7B Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap
Casio MQ24/7B Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap
Price: £6.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic & Lightweight., 17 Mar. 2015
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Really lightweight (hardly know it's on my wrist!), attractive, classic appearance. Superfast delivery. Shall update on reliability once I've had it for a while longer. Excellent, inexpensive buy so far.


This Luminous Coast: Walking England's Eastern Edge
This Luminous Coast: Walking England's Eastern Edge
by Jules Pretty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Coastal Adventure, 2 Mar. 2015
I've had an enjoyably rich vein of 'nature reading' recently, whether it be Kathleen Jamie's memorable Sightlines, Chris Yates magical Nightwalk: A journey to the heart of nature, or Rob MacFarlane's wordy The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, and Pretty's account of walked sections of the coastline of East Anglia sits well with the best of these.

The principal strength of this engaging meander around the ragged coastline is the quality of Pretty's writing: spare and evocative descriptions of both the elemental (he captures both the quality of light, and the many moods of sea and weather quite superbly), as well as the ever-changing interplay between sky and sea. I also felt, unlike MacFarlane's adventures, that I was right there at Pretty's shoulder all the time, and that his 'rolling cast of characters' were mostly used appropriately to enrich the reader's experience.

Unlike some reviewers, I felt this wonderfully rich collection of maritime, geological, meteorological insights, allied to vivid descriptions of flora and fauna, and the 'captured experience' of workers on the land, was a celebration and tribute, rather than simply a vehicle to illustrate "our environmental predicament", although there is a vivid account of the storm and disastrous floods of 1953. The acid test is that Pretty's descriptions made me want to explore many of these atmospheric locations for myself.

My only gripes would be that, for a publisher of "beautifully illustrated books", the quality of some of the black & white photos are so drab and rather dull, there is no index, and the accompanying notes are in miniscule text. For the price, this is disappointing. Having said that, this is a wonderfully engaging portait of the 'Luminous Coast' (great choice of title), led by a personable and knowledgable, insightful guide. A clear recommendation.


James Wellbeloved Adult Lamb and Rice Kibble 15 kg
James Wellbeloved Adult Lamb and Rice Kibble 15 kg
Price: £39.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Nutritious & Easily Digested, 31 Dec. 2014
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When we first got our lurcher from a rescue centre, she was unable to tolerate most conventional dog food, and it became dispiriting/worrying as it returned from one end or the other. This dogfood was recommended to us, as a non-allergenic, gentle to digest dry protein biscuit, and we've never looked back. It's packed with good stuff; more importantly she loves it, and can digest it without any problems. Her coat has always been in excellent condition on this diet, and a sack lasts for a good while. Strongly recommended.


Abandoned Cities [VINYL]
Abandoned Cities [VINYL]
Price: £19.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Magic, 6 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Abandoned Cities [VINYL] (Vinyl)
For me, 'Abandoned Cities' is a real dark and mysterious masterpiece: achingly lovely emotive melodies of loss and emptiness which reflect the title superbly. This is music you want to hold close to you, and reassure it that all will be well in the end. The only other score which I feel captures that sense of desolation as well, was Ry Cooder's 'Paris, Texas'; but that was a much more stripped-down, spare sound; here it is a richer, deeper, warmer, yet still desolate, black magic. Do you enjoy exploring abandoned places? If you do, let Harold Budd take you down some dark alleyways...


Concertos & Sinfonias for Oboe / Ich Hatte Viel
Concertos & Sinfonias for Oboe / Ich Hatte Viel
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Price: £17.46

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Lovely, 29 Nov. 2014
Given that nothing remains of Bach's concertos or chamber works for oboe, these concertos & sinfonias are the product of research which suggests pieces which may originally have been transcribed from oboe into harpsichord, organ or cantata. Although the authenticity of some may be open to question, the real wonder is how beautiful this selection turns out to be.

Holliger's playing remains peerless, capturing the light & shade of these seductive scores, while Camerata Bern under Hobarth provide wonderfully light waves of melodic colour. There is a beautifully nimble 'bounce' to these exquisite performances from the very opening, and the music has such delicacy & poise, it immediately brings a corresponding lightness to the listener's heart.

Holliger dedicates these performances to his brother, who died in the same year as this recording, and his friend, who died when the recording was being made. It may simply be my fancy, but I felt that the adagios reflected Holliger's tribute to both men, with playing of luminous beauty. ECM recording is as immaculate as ever, and the accompanying booklet is very informative on the research undertaken to support the inclusion of each piece.
To my mind, this is a simply unmissable collection of winning charm & grace.


Jan Garbarek Works by Jan Garbarek [Music CD]
Jan Garbarek Works by Jan Garbarek [Music CD]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of early Garbarek, 28 Nov. 2014
This limited edition, 'Works Series', gives a reasonable overview of Garbarek's prolific output on ECM over a period of ten years (1970-80). Unusually, three of the eight tracks showcase him playing flute, which would be a rarity now, and both his tenor & soprano sax work is also featured.

His discography lists 16 albums in the accompanying booklet, but with a running time of just over 50 minutes, this means that some of his classic albums, such as 'Belonging', 'Wichi-Tai-To', and 'Red Lanta', don't feature at all. However, there are still some very fine performances here, from his astringent 'Beast of Kommodo', taken from his early 'Afric Pepperbird' album, through the exquisitely beautiful 'Viddene' from 'Dis' (featuring 'windharp'), 'Passing' from 'Places' (with Connors guitar & Taylor's organ), 'Svende' from the lovely 'Dansere' (Stenson on piano), to the charming 'Folk Song' from the album of the same name.

If you're unfamiliar with Garbarek's work, or only his recent output, this collection underlines the rich variety of his early ECM years, and should tempt you to explore some of these fine albums further. Sound quality is as good as you might expect, though notes are limited to personnel, instruments, track lengths, and relevant album details. However, this is a limited edition, and may become collectable in its own right. A good 'starter album'!


Jan Garbarek Works
Jan Garbarek Works
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Early Garbarek, 28 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Jan Garbarek Works (Audio CD)
This limited edition, 'Works Series', gives a reasonable overview of Garbarek's prolific output on ECM over a period of ten years (1970-80). Unusually, three of the eight tracks showcase him playing flute, which would be a rarity now, and both his tenor & soprano sax work is also featured.

His discography lists 16 albums in the accompanying booklet, but with a running time of just over 50 minutes, this means that some of his classic albums, such as 'Belonging', 'Wichi-Tai-To', and 'Red Lanta', don't feature at all. However, there are still some very fine performances here, from his astringent 'Beast of Kommodo', taken from his early 'Afric Pepperbird' album, through the exquisitely beautiful 'Viddene' from 'Dis' (featuring 'windharp'), 'Passing' from 'Places' (with Connors guitar & Taylor's organ), 'Svende' from the lovely 'Dansere' (Stenson on piano), to the charming 'Folk Song' from the album of the same name.

If you're unfamiliar with Garbarek's work, or only his recent output, this collection underlines the rich variety of his early ECM years, and should tempt you to explore some of these fine albums further. Sound quality is as good as you might expect, though notes are limited to personnel, instruments, track lengths, and relevant album details. However, this is a limited edition, and may become collectable in its own right. A good 'starter album'!


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