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J. D. Naylor "jazzfan" (England)
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LA Law - Season 6 [DVD]
LA Law - Season 6 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Corbin Bernsen
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LA Law - The end is in sight, 17 Dec. 2013
This review is from: LA Law - Season 6 [DVD] (DVD)
Probably the last decent series of LA Law as series seven and eight descended in to mediocrity. Some of the old gaurd are still there plus some newcomers like Amanada Donahoe as CJ Lamb and the always excellent John Spencer (has Spencer ever been bad in anything ?). If you are watching all of the series in order then savour this one because its the last top notch entertainment this great show produced.
Seven and eight are really for die hard fans only.


Identical
Identical
by Scott Turow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Identical - in two minds, 17 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Identical (Hardcover)
A mixed bag of reviews here but having read other novels by Scott Turow this one is pretty good. If you judge Turow by his classic "Presumed innocent" then you may be disappointed but there is much to enjoy. A twenty five year old murder is brought to life and re-examined through past and present revelations. What starts slowly, builds into a densely plotted and tense affair that keeps you guessing until the end. Sure there are some twists and turns that will make you gasp but this a well constructed and enjoyable thriller.
Not Turow's best but still definitely worth a read.


SOUL BROTHER COOL
SOUL BROTHER COOL
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £18.63

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Brother - Soul Sister, 13 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: SOUL BROTHER COOL (Audio CD)
A nice soulful swinging quartet session from the under rated Cyrus Chestnut. Joined by Freddie Hendrix on trumpet they swing their way through a nice set of originals all composed by Chestnut. This is in fact, a fine showcase for Chestnuts composing skills as well as his playing. Its also good to hear plenty of the highly talented Hendrix on this album who exhibits great warmth, control and improvisational delights.
This one won't take you out of your comfort zone so sit back, relax and let Cyrus,Freddie et al entertain you.


Bluesnik
Bluesnik
Price: £3.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bluesnik - Mclean's in good Nik !, 13 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Bluesnik (Audio CD)
This is an excellent and highly spirited session from Alto legend Jackie Mclean. Never one to sit on his laurels, Mclean restlessly searched for different ways to express himself during the late fifties and sixties and that is reflected here. Although a fairly straight ahead session, Mclean experiments with some misplaced notes and unusual turns of phrase during his solos.
This album was the birth of his creative period which spawned albums such as "Destination out","Let freedom Ring" and "Action,action,action". Freddie hubbard proves to be an excellent choice of sideman on this session as he did on many other Blue Note sessions.
This an excellent re-issue for all Mclean fans and fans of sixties Blue note jazz.


Revelation
Revelation
Price: £14.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revelation - Not quite a revelation but pretty good !, 20 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Revelation (Audio CD)
Just one of the many live sessions recorded by Steeleplechase of the great exter Gordon. I don't own all of the others to make a best/worst comparison but this one is pretty good. Accompanied by the fiery Benny bailey on trumpet
they romp through a nice set of standards plus one original "At Ronnies".
Gordon, as usual has a well rounded and full bodied tone and a constant flow of melodic ideas which is nicely foiled by some fiery trumpet from Bailey.
The local rhythm section are adequate without being outstanding and the sound quality for the era is pretty good.
All in all a fine session from Gordon's seventies exile in Europe.


Craig Handy & 2Nd Line Smith
Craig Handy & 2Nd Line Smith
Offered by positivenoise
Price: £6.30

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Line Smith - 1st Class music, 14 Oct. 2013
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Well done to Okeh records for finally signing Craig Handy and letting him record his first album in over a decade. The project is an interesting one with a tribute to the great Jimmy Smith but with a twist: that's where the 2nd line part of the equation comes into play as each piece is set to a New Orleans 2nd line beat.
The energy is high, the solos are lively and the whole album has an infectious, almost danceable quality to it.
There is also a nice growling trumpet solo from Wynton Marsalis on "Got my Mojo" and DeeDee Bridgewater adds some nice vocals to "Sunny side of the street".
A novel and interesting project from the under rated Craig Handy.
Buy it and dance the night away....


ROY HARGROVE QUINTET-LIVE AT THE NEW MORNING
ROY HARGROVE QUINTET-LIVE AT THE NEW MORNING
Dvd ~ Roy Hargrove
Offered by nagiry
Price: £6.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at the new Morning - A great evenings music, 8 Oct. 2013
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Teriffic live set from Roy Hargrove and his quintet recorded live at the intimate New Morning venue in Paris. Along with the excellent Gerald Clayton on Piano and the very underrated Justin Robinson on Alto, they provide creative pleasures aplenty. The material is taken mostly from the "Nothing Serious" and "Earfood" albums plus a few standards which, makes for a nice balanced set.
As always at the New morning, the sound is excellent the picture quality superb and the musicianship, well, I leave that for you to judge but needless to say its excellent.
Weighing in at a hefty 153 mins running time gives the soloisits and the listener time to stretch out and enjoy, and enjoy it you will !


MAGIC 101
MAGIC 101
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £14.04

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic 101 - Beauty from a past Master., 8 Oct. 2013
This review is from: MAGIC 101 (Audio CD)
A nice collection of standards and ballads from the ageless Frank Wess. Despite being 91 years of age he is still highly competent on both tenor saxophone and flute (unfortunately the flute stays in its case for this session).
The tempos are relaxed; most are in fact ballads but each tune has a warmth and sincerity that will touch the listener each time they listen. I believe there are two more albums to come in the series and hopefully will contain some of Frank's gorgeous flute playing.
A nice relaxed album for late night listening


Stepping Out - Anthony Strong
Stepping Out - Anthony Strong
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeping Out - A big step forward for mr Strong, 8 Oct. 2013
Quite simply this is a fabulously swinging jazz vocal album. Not only does this man have a voice as smooth as silk, he plays a great piano too. This really is a lovely set of standards plus a couple of Strong's own originals for your listeneing pleasure. The standard of musicianship is high with some nice solos by Strong and also some nice trumpet and sax solos. "Luck be a lady" is the pick of the album for me with a nice upbeat swinging arrangement and particulrly fine delivery from Strong.
All in all this is a superb jazz/easy listening crossover album which should certainly establish Anthony Strong as a major talent.


The Flying Pig
The Flying Pig
Price: £12.65

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pigs away, 20 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Flying Pig (Audio CD)
The evergreen Stan Tracey has done it again with another superb album. Despite his 86 yers Stan Seems to have lost none of his zest for playing and recording.Accompanied by his tried and trusted trio plus horn men Simon Allen(Alto) and Mark armstrong(Tpt)he has produced an album of highly melodic and swinging jazz.
The tunes are excellent, the ensemble playing excellent and some great soloing, especially from the underrated Allen on alto. This is every bit as good as the "Senior Moment" album and just as enjoyable.
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