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Sax of a Kind
Sax of a Kind
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderlee, 2 Aug. 2008
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A quite stunning collection on 4 CDs covering the period 1947 to 1955. For a very modest outlay you will get some 66 tracks running for just over 4 hours. Being Lee Konitz, who always had his favourites, there is some duplication of titles but said duplicates come from different sessions. The sound quality is first rate and the tracks appear in strict date order. There is a nice symmetry to the collection in that it starts and finshes with Konitz playing with Lennie Tristano. There are some errors and omissions which I will try to identify.
CD 1.
This is very much Tristano territory and he is on the first 15 tracks. The recording date for the first 4 is given as August 1947 but I am sure it should read 1949 in line with all the other tracks on this disc. Two tracks from the May 1949 session "Intuition" and Disgression" are probably the first examples of free improvisation. Some of the interplay between Konitz and Warne Marsh is magnificent. On tracks 16 to 18 Sal Mosca is the pianist and the uncredited bass player is Arnold Fishkin.
CD 2.
This kicks off with another track from 1949 with Fishkin again uncredited.
We then move forward 12 months to find Konitz with various small groups through tracks 2 to 5. Eleven months later Konitz is in the studio with a group that includes Miles Davis and Max Roach. Of particlur interest are the two tunes penned by George Russell, "Odjenar" and Ezz-Thetic" which, to say the least, are very advanced for the time. tracks 10 and 11 are delightful duos with Billy Bauer on guitar. The remaining 8 tracks are from the well known session with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Some of these were recorded live and all are gems.
CD 3.
The first three tracks are also from the Mulligan session so, according to my records, the only missing item from this get together is the alternate take of "Lady Be Good". Tracks 4 to 8 were recorded in Paris when Konitz was touring with the Stan Kenton orchestra. He is in the company of fellow Kentonites Don Bagley (b) and Stan Levey (dms), local man Henri Renaud (p) and guitarist Jimmy Gourley who, I am pretty sure, was living in Paris at that time. This session has appeared many times but one track, "These Foolish Things" seems to have been faded out. The final 5 tracks (9 to 13) come from a live recording in Boston with Ronnie Ball (pno) Percy heath (b) and Alan Levitt (dms). I had not heard these before but realised that Ball was the perfect partner during this stage of Konitz's career.
CD 4.
Opens up with two more tracks from the Boston session and then goes into eight tracks (3 to 10) from one of my personal favourites namely the session of August 1954 in New York. Here Konitz is with a near perfect group of Ball, Peter Ind (b) and Jeff Morton (dms). I have always loved the simple but effective "Bop Goes The Leesel" and "Nursery Rhyme". If this session catches your fancy keep a look out for the Black Lion CD "Lee Konitz - Konitz" BLCD 760922 as it contains 6 alternate takes.
The collection comes to an apt ending with 6 tracks from the June 1955 live session with Tristano, Gene Ramey (b) and Arthur Taylor (dms). There were times during this session when Tristano reminded me of some of Dave Brubeck's work of a couple of earlier years. Is this possible or should I get out more?
I have given this release the maximum 5 stars. It deserves 10.


Quintet Studio Recordings, The [Spanish Import]
Quintet Studio Recordings, The [Spanish Import]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Happy hour., 23 July 2008
This issue consists of 6 tracks recorded by the Webster/Edison quintet in June 1962 and 4 bonus tracks featuring Webster with the Mundell Lowe septet from June 1958.
On the quintet tracks support comes from Hank Jones (pno) George Duvivier (b) and Clarence Johnson (dms). All six tracks are gems with Webster sounding at his very best. Edison is always good value and the usual familiar licks do not appear until track 5. Jones and Duvivier are never less than superb but Clarence Johnson was a new name to me. He aquits himself extemely well.
The bonus tracks,all from "Porgy and Bess", are a little bit disappointing. Webster sounds coarse and little is heard from the supporting cast of Art Farmer, Don Elliott and Tony Scott.
I recommend this issue for the first 6 tracks alone.


Sonny Rollins [2-fer]
Sonny Rollins [2-fer]

4.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Sonny, 17 July 2008
This review is from: Sonny Rollins [2-fer] (Audio CD)
This 13 track compilation is culled from the Prestige catalogue and covers the period 1951 to 1956. It offers a good example of his work in different formats but, to be honest, is a bit of a curate's egg. The goos tracks are very good but did we really need the 12 minute "Tenor Madness" with John Coltrane? Better men than me have described it as tedious and 2 shorter tracks may have been a better option. One very big attraction to this set is the number and variety of pianists e.g. Messrs Flanagan, Monk, Garland, Bryant, Richie Powell, Hope, Drew and Lewis. I think the CD is a straight re-issue of a double LP of the same name. Well worth getting at the current bargain price.


The Swinger
The Swinger
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swing Brothers, 17 July 2008
This review is from: The Swinger (Audio CD)
This 8 track CD consists of 7 recorded in December 1979 and 1 in May 1980.
Zoot and Ray Sims are joined by Jimmy Rowles (pno) John Heard (b) and Shelly Manne (dms). The last two are replaced by Michael Moore and John Clay on the 1980 track. This is relaxed high class modern/mainstream jazz of the highest quality. My heart sank when I read "Ray Sims - trombone and vocals". Thankfully, only the last track has a vocal and is fairly forgetable hence 4 rather than 5 stars. I saw Zoot Sims in concert a couple of times in the late 1950s and have always been a fan. I found it interesting that on this, a much later date, his tone to be more breathy. I think this is the first and possibly only time that the Sims brothers recorded together. They sound very comfortable in each others company. The recording quality is first class.


Doc Martin - Series 3 - Complete [DVD]
Doc Martin - Series 3 - Complete [DVD]
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Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there, 7 July 2008
Loved the first 2 series - definitely 5 stars each. This third series was a big disappointment. The new village copper was a bore and the main love story was not developed but merely dropped into the land of cliche.
Will have great difficulty in making another series believable


Jazz 'round Midnight [Us Import]
Jazz 'round Midnight [Us Import]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz by Jones, 23 Jun. 2008
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A 15 track compilation culled from the Mercury label covering the period 1958 to 1964. Every track is great but I particularly liked the arrangement of "Moonglow", the 10 minute Ellington Medley with Billy Eckstine and, a personal favourite, the treatment of "Exodus" featuring Zoot Sims. Highly recommended.


Combinations: Songs from 1954-1956
Combinations: Songs from 1954-1956
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Manne., 5 April 2008
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Totally agree with Barry McCanna. Yet another superb issue from Avid.
To confirm and supplement Barry's comments CD 1 kicks off with the complete "My Fair Lady" session. I had forgotton just how good this was and why it proved so popular (ignore the snotty critics). Tracks 9 to 15 represent 7 of the 12 tracks from "The Three" and "The Two" album. These were new to me and something of a revelation is so far as they were a bit advanced for the time. Tracks 16 to 18 come from the album "Shelly Manne & His Men Vol 2". Once again new to me but wonderful and prompting me to search out the complete album. Without being flash I can say that played to me as a blindfold test I would have recognised Messrs. Rogers, Freeman and Manne.
CD 2 kicks off with the 6 tracks from the february 1956 album "Shelly Manne & His Friends" featuring Andre Previn. The pre-dates the "Fair Lady" seesion and is more outwardly jazzy. The final 8 tracks are the complete January 1956 album "Swinging Sounds Vol 4." featuring two very under rated players in Stu Williamson (tpt) and Charlie Mariano (as). Will stop now as I want to play this CD again. Highly recommended.


The Essential Collection
The Essential Collection
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Previn, 27 Mar. 2008
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Another wonderful bargain priced issue from the Avid label. These 2 CDs contain 51 tracks covering the period 1946 to 1955. I am not alone in overlooking what a super jazz pianist this man was before taking up the classical baton. The first CD is an exact copy of the album "Hallelujah - Seminal recordings 1946-1950". On CD 2 tracks 1 to 12 is the complete Apr 1955 album "Let's Get Away From it All" less the reprise of the title track. Tracks 13 to 22 appear to be the complete May/Jun 1955 album devoted to the music of Gershwin, a subject that Previn was to re-visit in later years. The final tracks (23 to 26) cover the period 1947 to 1949 and do not appear to be currently available elsewhere. There is much to enjoy on these discs which I have already started to re-play. I particularly like his interpretations of the slower numbers on CD 2. If you are a fan of Mr. Previn then have a look at another Avid release namely "Shelly Manne - Combinations 1954-1956".


The Heart and Soul of Tal Farlow
The Heart and Soul of Tal Farlow
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Tal, 27 Mar. 2008
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A wonderful double CD issue from the Avid label who are currently producing some superb albums at bargain prices. The issue captures 4 recordings Farlow made for Verve with groups ranging from trio to sextet format.
Almost every track is an absolute gem but my personal favourites are the West Coast sessions of May 1955 featuring Bob Envoldsen, Bill Perkins and Bob Gordon. The sound quality is first class and there are full recording details within the liner notes. Highly recommended.


Cool Imagination
Cool Imagination

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius, 24 Mar. 2008
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As I have very little by Paul Desmond, away from the Brubeck Quartet, this compilation looked like good value. Turned out to be fantastic value! The tracks cover the period October 1961 to June 1965 and consist of 8 with Jim Hall, 4 with strings and 1 with Gerry Mulligan. With one exception, I thought every track an absolute gem. The odd one out was "Alone Together" where I felt that the drums of Connie Kay, of all people, too intrusive. Paul Desmond was one of a small number of musicians who maintained such a high standard that one could virtually buy any album by him knowing it would be hugely enjoyable. His death at the age of 52 was a tragedy although whether he was a 60 a day boozer, as stated in the liner notes, is open to question. Said notes were penned by James Gavin, author of the less than wonderful biography of Chet Baker,so maybe it was just the cigarettes that did the damage.


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