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You've Changed
You've Changed
Price: 7.60

4.0 out of 5 stars What a superb player!, 25 May 2012
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As an avid follower of good modern jazz musicianship I had been advised to audition anything by Fabrizio Bosso (an Italian trumpeter). This 11 track 2007 recording, essentially of ballads, with a string orchestra and, on three tracks, vocals, demonstrates Fabrizio's extraordinarily musical jazz chops. A bit 'laid-back' like Chris Botti and a fluent chord sequence navigator, like Clifford Brown and delightfully lyrical. Two tracks (each) are enhanced by guest saxophonist Stefano Di Battista and guitarist Bebo Ferra and one of the vocals is delivered by the ever reliable Dianne Reeves. The only reason this disc doesn't get a fifth star is that the two other vocal tracks are more spoken than sung by a gravelly sounding Sergio Cammariere.


Amazing Android Apps For Dummies
Amazing Android Apps For Dummies
by Daniel A. Begun
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that amazing!, 25 May 2012
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As a new owner of an Android (v. 2.3) Samsung smart-phone and an Android (v. 4.0) Asus Tablet I eagerly scanned the book-lists for "useful" manuals as the pitiful garbage provided with ones electronic kit are of very little help. I must say I was a little disappointed with AAA's for Dummies, it is not particularly voluminous/detailed in content and in the time it takes to publish it is clearly fast becoming out of date. In the end I have found the apps "browsing" facilities of my two devices to be just as useful.


Titanic Lives: Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew
Titanic Lives: Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew
by Richard Davenport-Hines
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.74

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to the Titanic record., 16 Mar 2012
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Having bought and read some ten or more books on the Titanic around the time of the Hollywood blockbuster movie I was drawn to "Lives" by the title phrase "---Migrants and Millionaires etc.". I was not disappointed. The book thoroughly and entertainingly analyses the people involved in every aspect of the voyage. It's a first class piece of social history teasing out all sorts of interesting and relevant facts not, as far as I know, recorded elsewhere. Recommended.


An Open Place
An Open Place
Price: 13.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very rewarding purchase, 30 Jan 2012
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This is an interesting set of modern jazz pieces performed for this CD by some of the country's finest players assembled by the bassist/composer/arranger for the event, Ben Crosland. With trumpeters Steve Waterman and Martin Shaw, trombonists Mark Nightingale and Barnaby Dickinson and keyboardist Steve Lodder every track is beautifully played with delightful voicing, superb solos (all round) and general high spirits/attack. 63 minutes of wonderful musicianship and musicality - nothing too modern (i.e in-accessible), strongly recommended.


Spirit
Spirit
Price: 13.55

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant modern jazz., 30 Jan 2012
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Karen Sharp has turned up as the guest artist a number of times playing tenor and baritone saxes with the "house trio" at my local jazz club. On both occasions the results have been splendid - an agile performance, great tone and much musicality of improvisation. This new CD however dis-appoints. Some how there is not the sparkle of her live performances. Perhaps it's the material, perhaps it's some other factor like the tempi selection. With a 'first-choice' selection of backing musicians (Dave Green - bass, Steve Brown - drums and Nikki Iles - piano) this should have been a real swinging session; but it isn't, it's just pleasant stuff.


Organ Improvisations
Organ Improvisations
Price: 15.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Very clever, but....!, 30 Jan 2012
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Make no mistake Wayne Marshall is both a superb organist and an extremely competent improviser. To those not aware of his talents let me explain that this record is devoted to an American church organ and the improvisation is on music not normally associated with (church) organ 'voluntaries'. Wayne makes no distinction between church, classical, jazz and pop music - if the original piece has inherent musicality he will, improvisationally, exploit it. Sometime in 2011 Wayne broadcast on BBC Radio 3 a hour-and-a-half long 50th birthday concert at the church organ of his 'residency' in Manchester. The second half was devoted to Wayne's "party-piece" a medley of improvisation based on themes called out, with apparently no warning, from the audience. Five or six pieces, including the Beatles "With a little help from my friends", the French National Anthem and more, were turned into the most exciting 25 minutes of virtuoso organ improvisation I have heard in my life. I therefore bought the CD now under review. It's fine improvisation but some 10 years old and not nearly as 'crisp' as the BBC programme. So whilst it is a very clever bit of work Wayne has clearly upped his game since it was recorded.


All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945
All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945
by Max Hastings
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.86

5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Riveting Read, 30 Jan 2012
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Having possessed a number of W.War II text and photo-spread books since the mid-'90's, I hesitated in buying Max Hastings new book just before Christmas 2011 just in case a copy turned up in my Santa sack. It didn't but by early January I bought my own. This tome is a magnificent piece of historic writing - wherever possible quoting the thoughts and observations of ordinary folk "who were actually there" (whether axis or allies, victor or vanquished, prisoner or guard, hero or coward, officer or low rank) in every important theater of conflict. With the benefit of, now, 70 years hindsight and unparallelled experience in military analysis and reportage the author has beautifully captured the complicated chronology of the '39 - '45 war in riveting prose, easily understood maps and just a handful of poignant photos. But Hastings genius to to place the entire work into the political and social context of every affected nation. Brilliant!


Collins/Nicholson Waterways Guides (2) - Severn, Avon and Birmingham
Collins/Nicholson Waterways Guides (2) - Severn, Avon and Birmingham
by Jonathan Mosse
Edition: Spiral-bound

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Putting Canals into context., 3 Dec 2011
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I purchased this specialized canal "atlas" (together with its close cousins Guides numbers 1 and 3) simply because they place the canal details onto the relevant Ordnance Survey map of the immediate vicinity. Jolly useful for all - walkers of tow-paths, visitors by motor, cycle, bus or rail plus, of course, the narrow-boat navigator! Substantially (metal) spiral bound, each volume is printed on quality paper, is crammed full of 'places of interest' along the 'cuts' and naturally contains all the journey planner needs to know. Strongly recommended to all.


Whitbourn: Living Voices (Son Of God Mass/ Requiem Canticorum)
Whitbourn: Living Voices (Son Of God Mass/ Requiem Canticorum)
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: 4.75

5.0 out of 5 stars English composer, American artistes, blissful music., 18 Oct 2011
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This is modern, fully accessible (by this I mean possessed of great musicality), Church music of high quality. On eleven of the twenty tracks the soprano saxophone of Jeremy Powell is included. To those lovers of Choral works accompanied by an organ let me say right away that this additional instrument lends much to the overall effect - very like an extraordinarily gifted soprano vocalise line. A Mass and a Requiem are separated by five shorter but delightfully contrasting pieces. All in all a splendid effort from Naxos.


After America: Get Ready for Armageddon
After America: Get Ready for Armageddon
by Mark Steyn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.53

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making real-life economics both humorous and depressing - simultaneously!, 18 Oct 2011
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Wow! What an incredible book. Mark Steyn, a cross between a stand-up comedian (great one-liners), a first class tabloid journalist (pithy, irreverent, and fearless) and an economist (who does reach a conclusion) has produced a MUST READ for all politicians, business folk and anyone else concerned with the current financial/economic chaos Europe and the US is going through. Essentially a plea to "get sovereign debt under control in the US" but there are lessons for all - particularly so in his Chapter, wickedly entitled, "The Hope of Audacity". Here's part of his recipe: De-centralize/De-governmentalize/De-regulate (less. much less Government),De-monopolize (including aspects of government), De-complicate, De-credentialize (less students to university/more compact courses, more technical/practical skill training). If there is one criticism it's Mark's "US tabloid" style - it gets just a little wearing but the underlying arguments are 24 carat gold.
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