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Masters Of Comedy: Frankie Howerd [DVD]
Masters Of Comedy: Frankie Howerd [DVD]
Dvd ~ Masters of Comedy
Offered by figswigs
Price: £6.90

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Howerd, 11 Dec. 2010
A tired looking Howerd going through the motions on ITV. It looks like a one hour show performed in front of an audience dead from the neck up. For completists only. As usual, the best stuff for this and other artists is in the BBC archives.


Weight Watchers: The Pure Points Cookbook
Weight Watchers: The Pure Points Cookbook
by Sue Ashworth
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading., 15 April 2010
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I bought this book for my wife. She had borrowed a copy from a friend and was well impressed. She says it is the best book of its type she has come across.


Trombone By Three
Trombone By Three
Price: £14.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good bones., 31 Mar. 2010
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The very first jazz record I bought, in the early 1950s, was a 78rpm of "A Night On Bop Mountain" by Kai Winding. Subsequent CD releases contained an alternate take so, at long last, I have been able to locate the version I remember best.
The first four tracks on this release are by a boppish group fronted by J J Johnson together with Sonny Rollins, Kenny Dorham,John Lewis, Leonard Gaskin and Max Roach recorded in May 1949. Enjoyable bop without being exceptional.
Tracks 7 to 10 and 13 to 15 are by the Kai Winding sextet consisting of Brew Moore, Gerry Mulligan, George Wallington, Curly Russell and Roy Haynes recorded in August 1949. I love these tracks. Brew Moore is simply outstanding.
The remaining tracks are by Benny Green's group namely Eddie Davis and Big Nick Nicholas on tenors, Rudy Williams (bari), Teddy Brannon (p), Tommy Potter and Art Blakey from October 1951. As usual with Green most tracks veer between modern and swing but the last two tracks, which may well be seeing the light of day for the first time, veer towards R & B and are real foot tappers.
A hugely enjoyable release with a stunning line up of talent.


Thanks for
Thanks for

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McMagic, 23 Mar. 2010
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Many years ago I bought an LP in a London Woolworths for next to nothing. It was a diverse jazz compilation but the track that really appealed was "Mystery March" by Jimmy McPartland. Although the theme was played in a dixie/swing manner a couple of the solos were more modern in construction. It took me a long time to find out who played on the track and even longer to locate and buy the eventual CD. It is now safely in my collection but a slight odd one out against my usual run of music which could mainly be termed modern/west coast jazz of the fifties. Recorded in New York in 1960, the featured players, apart from the McPartlands, are Urbie Green (tmb), Dick Cary (alto-horn), Andy Fitzgerald (Clar. & fl), Mousey Alexander (dms) and Ben Tucker (b). All the tunes are American TV themes but don't let that put you off. This is one of those CDs that you can play all the way through as, at about 35 minutes, the interest and enjoyment does not flag. The ninth and last track is an alternate take of "Peter Gunn" which has not appeared before. Every solo is a joy and the disc once more reminds one of how very good, and highly respected, was the work of Marian McPartland. Currently not cheap to buy but worth every penny. Highly recommended.


Tony Fruscella
Tony Fruscella

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasted talent., 19 Mar. 2010
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This is a quite delightful session from a little known musician who, thanks to the ravages of drinks and drugs, passed away at the age of 42.
I sought out this CD as I wanted some more examples of tenor player Allen Eager in my collection. I was not disappointed with his work but, equally, I was well impressed by the work of Fruscella. His seemed to favour the middle to low registers of the trumpet and here he is both inventive and melodic. I understand he was highly rated by fellow musicians but his demons prevented a more fruitful career. Seven of the nine tracks are original compositions by Phil Sunkel. Highly recommended.


The 1952-54 Songbook Albums Etcetera
The 1952-54 Songbook Albums Etcetera
Price: £13.41

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible bargain., 18 Jan. 2010
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This must rank as one of the great bargains of all time. Ten CDs for less than £10.00 offering almost 13 hours of music. OK, not every CD is perfect but for this money one can afford to pick and choose. The first 5 CDs offer the original Peterson recordings of some ten songbooks with his early piano, guitar and bass trio from the period 1952 to 1954. These are perfectly OK but Peterson re-recorded much of this music later in the fifties with his piano, bass and drums (Ed Thigpen)group and these later recordings are superior in every way. CD number 6 presents OP with Billie Holiday, and all star groups, from the period 1952 to 1954. Billie's voice was, by now, a bit fragile, but still worthy of the utmost respect. CD number 7 presents two sessions. The first with Ben Webster aided, on some tracks, by Sweets Edison and Benny Carter is very enjoyable without ever reaching great hights. The second session with Flip Phillips is an absolute gem. I don't think I had ever heard Phillips away from the Herman band before and can't understand why he did not command more attention. Next up are sessions with Dizzy Gillespie plus Stan Getz and one with Lester Young. In terms of quality this is probably the best CD in the set although the frantic "Don't mean a thing" with Gillespie and Getz is a bit of a bore. The last 2 CDs present the complete 1953 JATP concert from Carnegie Hall. As with all such events it is a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly but, thanks to clever production, one can pick out favourite soloists from the longer tracks without listening to everyone else. Once again I find myself enjoying the ballad medley tracks more than the jam sessions and noting just how good, and popular, was Flip Phillips.
In conclusion I rate this as a "must have" purchase together with the Peterson Songbooks issue on the Not Now label as only one item (the Ellington Songbook) is duplicated.
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Songbooks
Songbooks
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £3.65

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Peterson., 18 Jan. 2010
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Don't be put off this release by some of the above comments or the fact that a 10 CD release is now available at less than a tenner. This disc consists of four albums only one of which is on the Avid box set, namely the Ellington songbook. Of the others, the Kern Songbook and the Warren & Youmans Songbooks are examples of Peterson re visiting these composers with his bass and drums trio. Ignore the given recording dates given for these two. They almost certainly come from later in the 1950s and are, in my opinion, far superior to the original piano, guitar and bass efforts. The remaining set, "The Count Basie Songbook" is a bit of a misnomer in that Basie did not write or co-write more than four of the tracks. It is, however, an enjoyable session and does not appear on the Avid release. In conclusion, I can thoroughly recommend this CD as good value for money and an ideal companion to the Avid release.


Cat Gallery Calendar 2010 (Page-A-Day Gallery Calendars)
Cat Gallery Calendar 2010 (Page-A-Day Gallery Calendars)
by Workman Publishing Company
Edition: Calendar

5.0 out of 5 stars Cat daily, 11 Dec. 2009
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A long time favourite with my family. Different cat picture every day of the year.
Guaranteed to make you smile every morning.


Four Classic Albums (Dizzy Gillespie At Newport / Dizzy And Strings / Dizzy Gillespie World Statesman / Gene Norman Presents Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra)
Four Classic Albums (Dizzy Gillespie At Newport / Dizzy And Strings / Dizzy Gillespie World Statesman / Gene Norman Presents Dizzy Gillespie And His Orchestra)
Price: £7.00

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dizzy overview, 7 Oct. 2009
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I have yet to hear an Avid release that did not warrant 5 stars and this is yet another. CD 1 opens with the Gillespie band at the Newport Jazz festival in July 1957. As with all Gillespie live recordings there is a certain amount of goofing about but plenty of good meaty performances. Apart from the leader, we also get to hear plenty of other soloists, all of whom are identified. Next up is an album called Dizzy and Strings but only four of the eight tunes have violins attached and are never less than interesting. The remaining four tracks are by what is clearly a studio band performing titles co-written by Gillespie and Buster Harding. Lucky Thompson appears on two tracks and J.J.Johnson on one. I'm not too happy about the given recording dates which are listed as 15th September 1954 and the following day (with strings) as the line ups are vastly different. CD 2 opens with the album "World Statesman". Although not given I can advise the recording date as being June 1956. Despite some of the comments this was recorded in a studio. Plenty of good stuff here featuring such people as Phil Woods, Billy Mitchell and Joe Gordon. Finally we have a straight copy of the original 10" LP of the famous Pasadena concert presented by Gene Norman. No recording date is given but I would guess it to be early 1948. To my mind the two stand out tracks are "Good Bait" and "Manteca". The latter featuring Chano Pozo in what is described as his very last recorded performance. This issue serves as a reminder of just how many tunes Gillespie either wrote or co-wrote. Highly recommended.


Happy Moods
Happy Moods
Offered by groove_temple
Price: £21.05

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Jamal magic, 14 Aug. 2009
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I had been trying for years to get the album "Listen" on CD and here it was along with the "Happy Moods" album. "Moods" was recorded in Chicago in January 1960 with Israel Crosby (b) and Vernell Fournier (dms). "Listen" was recorded in August the same year, also in Chicago, but the trio is augmented by Joe Kennedy (violin) and Ray Crawford (guitar). "Moods" is a typical classic recording of the Jamal trio of the period and fans will know what to expect. The quintet tracks will come as a bit of a surprise but are equally superb and did not deserve to be hidden away for so long. My own personal favourite has always been "Ahmad's Waltz" which, I think, is worth the price alone. A very highly recommended release.
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