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J. M. Pease "peasej36" (Ashford, Kent. England)
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Second Chance ( 2nd Chance )
Second Chance ( 2nd Chance )
Dvd ~ Robert Mitchum
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Price: £18.17

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent film - poor quality, 13 Feb. 2015
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First the good news. Any film starring Mitchum, Palance and Darnell and directed by Rudolph Mate can't be all bad and this is a decent film of the superior "B" movie genre with a good white knuckle ride ending. Now the bad news. This was originally a black & white film but some hero has decided to "colorise" it. My copy presented a very wishy washy print and occasional far from perfect lip sync. I am sure a far better version will appear at a later date so my advice is to wait until then. ( or was I just unlucky?)


Catalogue de timbres de France 2014
Catalogue de timbres de France 2014
by Arthur Maury
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Super catalogue, 5 Jun. 2014
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An absolute must for collectors of French stamps. This 1000+ page soft back colour catalogue covers France only. (I think the Colonies are subject of another catalogue). Almost every stamp issued up to to including 2012 is shown. All at a price less than half that of British publications this is a must have book.


Essential Jazz Masters
Essential Jazz Masters
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brown Gold, 22 Dec. 2013
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This download offers 47 tracks for the grand sum of £1.79 and includes all of the tracks from two of Brown's finest sessions. Unfortunately they are scattered all over the place so I hope the following may be of help:-
Tracks 40/2/15/3/25/29/30/33/21/19/13/39 is the playing order of "Les Brown's Jazz Song Book" recorded in the period March to May 1959. Brown's usual line up is supplemented by Buddy De Franco/Zoot Sims/Frank Rosolini/Terry Gibbs/Mel Lewis etc
Tracks 37/22/23/40/1/26/34/32/4/7/14/28 is the playing order of "Les Brown's Swing Song Book" recorded in January 1959.
A visit, via Google, to Blue Sounds - Lone Hill jazz - gives both complete line ups.
I have not yet been able to pin down the remaining tracks, most of which are pretty good, but suspect they come from the same period. Sound quality is fine. Highly recommended.


Broadway Ballet Music - West Side Story & Ballets U.S.A. (Digitally Remastered)
Broadway Ballet Music - West Side Story & Ballets U.S.A. (Digitally Remastered)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz tinged classics, 17 Dec. 2013
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This is a fine re-issue of a 12 inch LP that appeared in the early 1960s on, I seem to recall, the Warner Brothers label. The West Side story music is well known so I will content myself by saying that the saying that these are super versions of the ballet music from what is surely one of the best musicals of all time.
The first 4 tracks on this issue are from Ballets USA - New York Export Opus Jazz by Robert Prince. A mixture of 1950s classical style music with heavy jazz overtones, Think in terms of Stan Kenton, John Lewis plus a touch of Johnny Dankworth. I love this music and recommend it without reservation.
Mr Prince obviously had a large orchestra at his disposal but I'm sure it included some well known jazz men. I'd like to know who they were.


Modern Jazz for People Who Like Original Music (Mono Version)
Modern Jazz for People Who Like Original Music (Mono Version)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked classic, 21 Nov. 2013
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This album first appeared in the UK on the Top Rank/Laurie label and is probably the finest body of work produced by this French pianist. All six tracks are Peiffer originals and include the haunting and very personal "Poem for a lonely child" written in memory of his own lost retarded son. He re-recorded this tune years later as a solo offering but I think this the better of the two. In some of his work his extraordinary technique can overwhelm but here, accompanied by Gus Nemeth (b) and Jerry Segal (dms) this does not happen. This collection has long been a firm favourite of mine and I'm delighted it is now available on a CD with good quality sound. Highly recommended to lovers of the jazz piano.


Four Classic Albums Plus (Very Saxy / Callin The Blues / Count Basie Presents / Goodies From Eddie Davis)
Four Classic Albums Plus (Very Saxy / Callin The Blues / Count Basie Presents / Goodies From Eddie Davis)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars with organ., 8 Oct. 2013
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First let me say I thoroughly enjoyed Barry McCanna's review and would only add that on tracks 20 to 23 Eddie Bonnemere plays piano and not organ as stated in the advert. I would also suggest that the conga player is Ray Barretto who was a regular with Bonnemere'e group at the time.
This issue must rate 5 stars as it is packed with wonderful music. Unlike Barry, I have no problem with the organ or any other instrument that has been used in jazz although I definitely draw the line at the bagpipes.


Leroy Walks ! (Original Jazz Sound)
Leroy Walks ! (Original Jazz Sound)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Walking away with 5 stars., 23 Jun. 2013
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Leroy Vinnegar was one of the best "walking" bass players of the 1950s and this session does him full justice. It is not full of long bass solos which, I must admit, I find quite boring. He is supported by Victor Feldman (vib) Teddy Edwards (ts) Gerald Wilson (tpt) Carl Perkins (pno) and Tony Bazley (dms)and they all get the chance to shine. Perkins, in particular, is outstanding.
Six of the seven tracks have Walk/Walkin' in the title and all but two are taken at walking pace. This is a quite delightful session at a download price that is a massive bargain.


Seven Classic Albums
Seven Classic Albums
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Price: £11.13

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scott & Evans, 17 May 2013
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I agree that this set is fantastic value for money and packed with wonderful music. However, the discographic information is poor so I will attempt to put some of the errors and omissions right:
LP 1 = Both Sides of Tony Scott - Two rhythm sections are shown. My research shows the Kotick/Lowe/Wilson group play on the first 4 tracks
LP2/3/4 = The Modern Art.../Free Blown Jazz/ My Kind Of Jazz = These three sessions were recorded in New York in 1957 over a short period as they are by the same musicians. They are all named but errors occur. Scott plays clarinet and baritone sax on all. Sahib Shihab plays baritone on the odd track on all three. His sound is smoother than Scott's somewhat gruff tones. All other named musicians appear but not when stated. The horn players are easy to identify and I think most of the bass players are correctly credited.
LP 5/6 = Golden Moments/ I'll Remember = Both are live sessions featuring the same musicians and were probably recorded at the same time or within a few days of each other. Sound quality is OK but levels vary with the drummer too much in the foreground at times. I wonder if the was a private recording that found it's way onto vinyl.
LP 7 = "Sung Heroes" this, to my mind is the pick of the bunch but personnel needs clarifying:
Misery (to Dark Lady) = features Scott/Evans/LaFaro/Motian
Portrait of Anne Frank = features a solo Scott playing clarinet and baritone sax with multi tracking.
Remembrance of Art Tatum = Apparently this is Scott playing solo piano.
Requium for Hot Lips Page = Scott and Evans only
Blues for an African Friend = Scott/Evans/LeFaro/Motian
For Steven Wolfe = Scott and Evans
Israel = Scott playing solo guitar
Lament for Manolete = Scott + Juan Sastre on Spanish Guitar.
All tracks recorded at the Fire Studios, New York, on the 28/20 October 1959. Scott wrote all the tunes and produced the session.
I hope this helps those who have bought or are thinking of buying this superb collection


Willis Conover's House Of Sounds
Willis Conover's House Of Sounds
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music - iffy sound quality, 13 May 2013
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Willis Conover was a particular hero of mine as he fronted the Voice of America jazz radio programme in the early to mid fifties. I used to listen to him when in Libya, on National Service, and what I heard formed the basis of my own record collection. He was the guiding light behind this release from 1953 having taken an interest in this part time orchestra led by drummer Joe Timer in Washington DC. The orchestra was a mixture of known and largely unknown musicians the former including Marky Markowitz, Charlie Walp, Earl Swope and Jack Nimitz. Apart from being drummer and leader, Timer also arranged for this session as did Bill Potts, Johnny Mandel and Harvey Leonard. The music can best be described as a more jazzy version of Les Brown's output and the music here is of top quality. Unfortunately, the sound leaves something to be desired as the release was clearly taken direct from a slightly worn LP so you get more than a few clicks, "Flamingo" being particularly bad. However, you can download the complete disc for less than a fiver and this plus the music warrants the four star assessment. This appears to be the only available music by this group as Timer died in 1955 and the orchestra broke up.


Live In England
Live In England
Price: £6.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Herman memories., 5 Feb. 2013
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I saw this orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on what I think was their debut concert prior to touring the UK. It was a strange sensation to see a band containing American visitors plus local lads we watched on a regular basis. Of the visitors, Renault Jones, Nat Adderley and Bill Harris were well known but Vince Guaraldi (pno), Charlie Byrd (gtr) Keeter Betts (b) and Jimmy Campbell (dms) were virtual unknowns. I wonder what happened to them ? (he said tongue in cheek). One of my abiding memories of a super concert was Charlie Byrd playing two solo numbers immediately before the interval. I think one was "Greensleeves". Anyway, this collection recorded in Manchester on the 18th April 1959 is a fine memento of a band that has stood the test of time and can be favourably compared with the "normal" bands of Herman and Kenton etc. The local lads were Bert Courtley and Kenny Wheeler (trumpets) Eddie Harvey & Ken Wray (trombones) Johnny Scott, Art Ellefson, Don Rendell and Ronnie Ross (saxes). On reflection a pretty tasty line-up.


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