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Classic Recordings 1960-1962 (4CD)
Classic Recordings 1960-1962 (4CD)
Price: £10.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite some technical issues its great music and highly recommended., 6 July 2015
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The music of Freddie Hubbard is essential and this 4 CD set brings together some of his early recordings at a very inexpensive price.

My reservations about this set are technical. 1) A lack of liner notes letting you know who are on the albums. This means looking up the information in other places - while not impossible, but it's not what you would expect . 2) The length of some of the CDs go past the 80 minute length. If your CD player can't handle this it will impact the listening experience and enjoyment of this music. 3) Some albums are incomplete - eg "Blues & the Abstract Truth" lacks one track, while "Roll Call" has only one track represented.

Despite these reservations the sound seems clear (given when the original albums were recorded) and the music itself is highly enjoyable. In short, if you like straight ahead Freddie this CD set is highly recommended.

The Classic Recordings 1958 - 1960
The Classic Recordings 1958 - 1960
Price: £9.76

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The guitar music of Wes is great ..., 2 July 2015
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The guitar music of Wes is great, but you have to ask why album covers are shown when you don't get the complete recording?

Take this for an example: CD#1 is supposed to contain "Montgomeryland" and "Kismet". Well after a bit research I found that you actually only get 3 tracks from "Kismet"; "Montgomeryland" (which is also know as "Far Wes") has the tracks re-ordered and two tracks missing. Inexplicably one of them is "Montgomery Funk" which presumably is the title track. **

But why quibble? You do get an large amount of music for your money and in general it all sounds pretty clear and features Wes Montgomery's great playing from 1958 to 1960. [Although a couple of sources suggest one recording is from 1957 and another from 1961.]

In the main its recommended as an inexpensive way to hear a lot of fine guitar playing from Wes Montgomery.

** Further to the above. The confusion over "Montgomeryland" and "Far Wes" seems to have been created by the original record company releases. "Montgomeryland" with less tracks was released as a Montgomery Brothers recording. Presumably when Wes Montgomery's fame grew "Far Wes" was released under his name only and with additional tracks, including "Montgomery Funk". My comment about "Kismet", however, stands.

One Night in Mississippi
One Night in Mississippi
Offered by musea
Price: £3.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It Sounds Like The Little River Band ...", 2 Jun. 2015
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The Little River Band had a very commercially successful period in the US in the late 70s & early 80s, but despite various new releases and tours with an ever evolving line-up that success was never repeated.

Unfortunately the very public debate continues over the whole Little River Band (legal holders of the name and trademark) vs the original founders of the group. While on this recording there is no Shorrock, Goble or Bertles, there is both Wayne Nelson and Stephen Housden, who, by the time this recording was made, had spent some 20 years as members of the Little River Band.

This recording from 2002 finds the then current version of the band doing a mix of LRB hits and newer tunes taken from their 2000 release "Where We Started From". Overall the level of musicianship and vocals is extremely high reminiscent of the band at the peak of their success, some 20 years before.

The title of the recording, perhaps unintentionally, points to the very origins of the Little River Band which evolved out of a group called "Mississippi". The recording itself documents a band on tour allowing the audience on the recording (as well as the listener at home) to enjoy the sound and music of the Little River Band.

If you want to hear the original tunes done by the original line-up then put on an LRB Greatest Hits recording. If you want to hear the tunes you know (and some new ones thrown in for good measure) performed live to some very high standards then this recording fits the bill.

While it can be argued its not the original LRB line-up performing, it still sounds like the Little River Band we all know and it helps to keep their music alive and relevant for a whole new generation.

Blandings - Series 1 [DVD]
Blandings - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Saunders
Price: £10.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable TV Series In The Spirit of Wodehouse., 22 April 2015
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This review is from: Blandings - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
"Blandings" is excellent. While this series has been screened on UK TV (Pay TV) it doesn't seem to have made it to free to air in this part of the world.

The characterisations are particularly good - Lady Constance (Jennifer Saunders) pretty much keeps her brother Lord Emsworth (Timothy Spall) in line for the most part, while his thoughts appear to soley on the well being of his prize pig "Empress Of Blandings". And Clarence Emsworth knows all is not well when his sister Constance announces she is retiring to her room. Younger son Freddie (Jack Farthing) takes some getting used to. He's empty headed enough, but every now and then acts like he's actually about to do something. The recurring crash into the tree wears a bit thin over the episodes. Mark Williams as Beach takes a bit of getting used to as well. He doesn't seem to have all the right attributes (appearance or speech) to play the butler and no doubt this was part of the reason he was replaced for the second season. David Walliams as the hyper-efficient Baxter is excellent & highly enjoyable.

However, don't try reading the original Wodehouse stories while viewing the series. There are just too many variations for the purist. The series is much more "in the spirit" of Wodehouse and while the plots are just as twisted and the dialogue faithful to Wodehouse it is not, nor does it appear to be intend to be a 100% authentic retelling of the original Wodehouse's stories.

It should be enjoyed for what it is - highly enjoyable TV series in the spirit of Wodehouse.

Original Album Classics
Original Album Classics
Price: £16.30

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Farrell - Original Album Classics - Essential and Rewarding., 20 April 2015
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Joe Farrell is probably one of the most under appreciated of the saxophonists/flautists from the 60s and 70s. He was a sideman of choice for many like Chick Corea who used him in a number of projects including the initial version of Return To Forever.

His solo recordings are few and hard to obtain, so this box set of 5 early 70s CTI recordings were a must have as far as I was concerned. I'd heard both "Joe Farrell Quartet" and "Outback" from other sources, but the latter 3 "Penny Arcade" "Upon This Rock", & "Canned Funk", which all feature the guitar of the late Joe Beck, were something of a revelation. Considering the sidemen on these set of recordings include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette and Elvin Jones these are some pretty funky sessions. Not that there are not some heavy moments as well, which makes it surprising that they were released through CTI.

Farrell blows his way through some extended workouts on these recordings on tenor, soprano & baritone saxes as well as some tasty flute for good measure. His sideman support when needed and then step to the fore to play some great solos of their own.

This set certainly fills a void in my collection and I'm sure it will be played for many years to come.

Six Classic Albums [Audio CD] Stanley Turrentine
Six Classic Albums [Audio CD] Stanley Turrentine
Offered by westworld-
Price: £7.93

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Beginning ... Turrentine is Great!, 2 Feb. 2015
Stanley Turrentine is someone I mainly knew for the funky albums he did in the 70s and later. They were okay, but never gave me a true insight into what a good Jazz musician and tenor saxophone player Turrentine really is.

This set of 4 CDs (6 albums) however quickly corrected that situation. Whether its working with his brother trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, pianist Horace Parlan, guitarist Grant Green or his wife organist Shirley Scott, Turrentine is in top form on these sessions from 1960 and 1961. The live sessions from Minton's are relaxed and swinging and the studio sessions seem to be as good.

Great value for money and a welcome addition to any collection. Highly recommended.

By Carlos Santana The Universal Tone [Paperback]
By Carlos Santana The Universal Tone [Paperback]
by Carlos Santana
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Hey 'Tana! I Read Your Book, 15 Jan. 2015
An extensive and exhaustive look at the life of Carlos Santana, tracing his beginnings in Mexico,move to San Francisco and eventual beginning of fame with the group that shared his name "Santana".

Carlos played guitar (after trying a couple of other instruments), discovered the blues and, as they say, the rest is history. He learnt how to meld his love for blues with Latin and other styles.

His musical journey parallels a journey in spirituality supported by friends and family. Over the years (decades) Santana (Carlos) has always been willing to accept new musical challenges and his audience has attempted to move with him. This has brought varying degrees of success (depending on whether you measure success by recording sales or musical worth).

"Supernatural", probably his most successful recording (based on sales), saw Santana pushed to a new level of fame. But personally for Carlos this may have come at a cost, as his wife of many years, Deborah decided that it was time to separate from Santana as the business side continued to grow and was becoming "too much".

Its an easy to read Biography (written with assistance) and while the story is unfinished, it does have a happy conclusion. Recommended for anyone who has ever heard a Santana recording and wanted to learn more about Santana the man.

Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton
Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton
by Gary Burton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars He learnt to listen, now he has learnt to write, 15 Dec. 2014
I think I discovered (or should that be encountered) Burton's music and playing in the early 70s when he toured Australia. After seeing him playing vibes solo and in a group context on TV I began buying his then recent recordings. Some years later I discovered some of his earlier mid 60s recordings and marvelled at how good (and ahead of their time) they were.

Burton talks about his early career playing with George Shearing and Stan Getz before deciding to form his own groups. In the book also Burton sings the praises of various other musicians he has worked with such as Chick Corea, Steve Swallow and Pat Metheny.

He also talks about his marriages, career as an educator/administrator at Berklee. Burton has continued to provide himself with musical challenges to this day which have met with varying reactions from his fans, audiences and critics.

Myths abound about Burton's practice (or lack of practice) methods. And this book goes someway to providing an insight into how Burton views practice and what his methods are. But when you are blessed with perfect pitch and a seemingly wonderful memory the norm of extended hours of practice used by many musicians would be overkill. More tellingly Burton provides an insight into his control and editing of his "subconcious" playing ability.

Burton has done much to prove the vibraphone (vibraharp) is more than a novelty instrument and that Jazz works well within a wide variety of influences. He has proven himself to be a great and successful interpreter of other people's compositions complete with an innate ability to connect with his audience.

Gary Burton spent many years writing (or thinking about writing) his autobiography. But after reading it, you have to wonder why it took so long to write, as its so easy to read. Highly recommended.

Windmill Tilter, The Story of Don Quixote
Windmill Tilter, The Story of Don Quixote
Price: £11.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Revelation ..., 11 Oct. 2014
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Having never heard of this recording until recently, I was pleased to find it had been reissued on CD by BGO (Beat Goes On) in the UK. Kenny Wheeler is in great form and the Dankworth Orchestra are too. Pleasingly the only narration is musical; the tale of Don Quixote is used as inspiration for the 9 pieces of various lengths.

A hidden gem that features the musicianship of Wheeler, John Dankworth, John McLaughlin, Dave Holland and Mike Gibbs - to name a few. .

7 Classic Albums
7 Classic Albums
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.38

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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Garland Vol 2. - A Winner, 12 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: 7 Classic Albums (Audio CD)
The Next instalment of Red Garland recordings from 1959 to 1962 in a variety of settings. If you like the first set of 4 CDs on "Real Gone Jazz" this set will be a must.

Albums include:
(Disc #1) All Kinds Of Weather [1959] - Red Garland Piano; Paul Chambers Bass; Art Taylor Drums.
Red Garland Trio & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Moodsville Vol 1 [1959] - Red Garland Piano; Eddie "LockJaw" Davis Tenor Sax; Sam Jones Bass; Art Taylor Drums.
(Disc #2) Halleloo-Y'-All [1960] - Red Garland Piano, Organ; Sam Jones Bass; Art Taylor Drums.
Bright And Breezy [1961] - Red Garland Piano; Sam Jones Bass; Charlie Persip Drums.
(Disc #3) The Nearness Of You [1961] - Red Garland Piano; Larry Ridley Bass; Frank Gant Drums.
Solar [1962] - Red Garland Piano; Les Spann - Guitar, Flute; Sam Jones Bass; Frank Gant Drums.
(Disc #4) Red's Good Groove [1962]- Red Garland Piano; Blue Mitchell Trumpet; Pepper Adams Baritone Sax; Sam Jones Bass; Philly Joe Jones Drums.
* Note some albums are split over 2 discs.

There are 49 tracks on this 4 CD set.
Disc #1
All Kinds Of Weather [1959]
01 Rain
02 Summertime
03 Stormy Weather
04 Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
05 Winter Wonderland
06 Tis Autumn
Red Garland Trio & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Moodsville Vol 1 [1959]
07 We'll Be Together Again
08 Stella By Starlight
09 I Heard You Cried Last Night
10 Softly Baby
11 When Your Lover Has Gone
Disc #2
01 Wonder Why
02 The Blue Room
03 The Red Blues
Halleloo-Y'-All [1960]
04 Revelation Blues
05 Back Slidin'
06 Halleloo-Y'-All
07 Everytime I Feel The Spirit
08 I'll Never Be Free
Bright And Breezy [1961]
09 On Green Dolphin Street
10 I Ain't Got Nobody
11 You'll Never Know
12 Blues In The Closet
13 What's New
Disc #3
01 Lil' Darlin'
02 What Is There To Say
03 So Sorry Please
The Nearness Of You [1961]
04 Why Was I Born
05 The Nearness Of You
06 Where Or When
07 Long Ago And Far Away
08 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
09 Don't Worry About Me
10 Lush Life
11 All Alone
Solar [1962]
12 Sophisticated Lady
13 Solar
14 Where Are You
15 Marie's Delight
Disc #4
01 This Can't Be Love
02 The Very Thought Of You
03 Blues For News
04 I Just Can't See For Lookin'
Red's Good Groove [1962]
05 Red's Good Groove
06 Love Is Here To Stay
07 This Time The Dream's On Me
08 Take Me In Your Arms
09 Excerent!
10 Falling In Love With Love

And while Real Gone Jazz productions may be noted for a brevity of information and a lack of liner notes, all of the above information was gleaned from the CD pack as received.

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