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The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums
The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums
by Brian Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The omission of the Keith Jarrett trio is appalling: here are some recommendations!, 13 Oct. 2015
A notable all-but omitted great jazz musician is Keith Jarrett, and specifically his trio work from the early 1980s to around about now, with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock. If music can be judged in part by its ability to grab your attention, telling you that it CANNOT be played as "background", to make your skin tingle with just how perfect something can be, Jarrett's trio playing is by far and away the best of the lot. (Only Miles Davis comes close!) A simpler measure is to ask: how many jazz trios could sell two-thousand seat auditoriums at prices that seem to average $100 per seat. The KJ trio did this all the time during the 80s, 90s, 00s and into the 10s. As a start, I'd recommend the Blue Note box set, or Still Live, or Standards I and II. There are many more.


The Absence
The Absence
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Price: £4.95

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the special CD+DVD version!!, 9 July 2012
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This review is from: The Absence (Audio CD)
There are some lovely songs on the Absence but they are less meaty, less visceral than those on her first two albums. But the thing that REALLY annoyed me was the DVD. Only one of the tracks is an actual video recording, and that's the "making of La Vie en Rose"! The other tracks show only a title on the screen! So we don't even get to see her in performance. This is pretty close to false advertizing and disengenuous packaging. And it's bizarre, too, because there are so many good videos of Ms Gardot on YouTube (e.g., the Apple Studio sessions, the recordings of the Somewhere Over the Rainbow in Norway? Denmark?) If the producers were short of video material, why not put these YouTube recordings on the DVD! And finally: the choice of the cover suggests that Miss Gardot is being bullied by her producers. It's time to talk to Nellie MacKay and maybe form your own label, Melody!


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