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50 Words for Snow
50 Words for Snow
Price: £4.99

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back in top form, 22 Nov 2011
This review is from: 50 Words for Snow (Audio CD)
I love this new CD by Kate. I was very dissapointed with Aerial, found it to be very uninspired and dull and I can not see the point of Director's cut but this CD is fabulous. I love the smooth flow and the melancholic feel of the album, it reminds me a bit of side two of Hounds of Love, it has the same slow, sad feel to it. Kate uses mostly piano on this recording and focuses on the mid range of the instrument with light electronic pads for colour here and there. The drumming is very tastefull and her voice is low, sensual and simply wonderful.
Thankfully there is no attempt at top 40 pop songs here but a collection af long song that are given time to develop in a slow minimalistic fashion which reminds me of the way Philip Glass works. The music is infused with sweet sadness and melancholia which creates exquisite beauty.
My favorite CD by Kate is the Masterpiece Dreaming, followed closely by Hounds of Love and 50 words for snow is now my third favorite Kate Bush album.

Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Jennifer Saunders

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi regional, 16 Aug 2009
Ab Fab is a show that truly lives up to it's name.
Biting satire fantastically written, brilliant caracters in extremly funny situations.
Jennifer Saunders is a comic genius and Lumley as Patsy is mindblowing as is Sawalha as the clever daughter, simply Great through and through.

I don't see what the fuss is about what region this is in, almost all DVD players are multi regional these days and you can buy a decent one for less than 50 pounds.
Us customer really should fight this regional nonsense by buying whatever region and playing it in our multiregional players, until the manufactures realise it's they who are losing, then they will stop this region nonsense.

Rhythmic Illusions
Rhythmic Illusions
by Gavin Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.65

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ALL AN ILLUSION !, 6 Oct 2006
This review is from: Rhythmic Illusions (Paperback)
WOW! Now here is a Great and challenging book, I have often been Puzzled by some of the Rhythms I have heard in either Modern Music or some of the Jazz, Fusion or World Music I have been listening to and have not been able to figure them out.

But finaly here is a book that Explains much of it, and it's funny that some of these Illusions are quite simple actually, that is in theory, But in practise many of the can be can be very difficult.

This Book is for the drumset and I don't play the drumset but bought it anyway because these Rhythm concept can be applied to any instrument.

The Book deals with many Interesting Rhythmic concept like Beat displacement, Modulation, Rhythmic scales and Polyrhythm, ther's a lot of Material here and I must agree with Bill Bruford in his Foreword to the book "I've got Work to Do".

Other good books that deal with some of these things are Gavin's other book "Rhytmic Perspectives". "Rhythm and Meter Patterns By Gary Chaffee" , "Polyrhythms by Peter Magadini" and Zahl und Rhythmik by Thomas Arens.

Drummer's Path: Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming
Drummer's Path: Moving the Spirit with Ritual and Traditional Drumming
by Sule Greg Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.42

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I had been playing the piano for many years and wanted to learn more about rhythms and I picked up this book in a local bookstore and within a year I had started to learn to play African rhythms on the Djembe and Djun Djun. This book really opened my eyes to the beauty and complexity of traditional African rhythms and how they influenced the rhythms of both North and Latin America.

The book does not teach any rhythms but teaches all the basic principles af playing the drum and the mental/spiritual aspect of it.

Highly inspirational and Highly recomended.

Two other good books about the philosophical aspect of drumming are "The Healing Drum" By Yaya Diallo and "The Forgotten Power Of Rhythm;Taketina" by Reinhard Flatischler.

And a good book who teaches a lot of rhythms is "A Rhythmic vocabulary" by Alan Dworsky" and also his book How to Play Djembe: West African Rhythms for Beginners

Electric Dreams
Electric Dreams
Offered by hifi-media-store
Price: £17.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fusion Fun !!!, 30 Jun 2006
This review is from: Electric Dreams (Audio CD)
I think this is one of John McLaughlin best CD and one of the best Fusion albums of the 70s, (along with Return to Forever Romantic Warrior, Al di Meola Elegant Gypsy and Weather Report Heavy Weather.) All great masterpieces and incredibly fun music.

McLaughlins playing is, as usual fantastic and so are his compositions. The music is full of passion and intellect and all the other players are top musicians. Johns fusion is a mix of Jazz, rock, blues, and indian music (with a dash of pop in one song). And all that creates a higly original blend which is his trademark. Beautiful flowing melodies over complex rhythms and chord progression, absolutely splendiferous.

It's great to live in a world where musicians like McLaughlin create healthy pleasures in a CD form like this, thanks John.

Debussy - Entre Quatre-Z-Yeux (Barenboim) [DVD] [2011]
Debussy - Entre Quatre-Z-Yeux (Barenboim) [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Daniel Barenbiom
Price: £15.48

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual treat for the Mind and Heart., 9 Oct 2004
Since Classical music is first and foremost an aural Art I often find Classsical dvd's a bit boring.
Despite my deep passion for Classical Music I must admit that whatching a person dressed in black and white sitting in front of a black and white keyboard is not much of a visual treat.
But this DVD is certainly different, here Daniel Barenboim, one of the all time great pianist, plays the first volume of Debussy's preludes for piano.
But what is also presented is an interview vith Barenboim about the music, old photographs of Debussy and others related to him, beautifuly film scenes of Nature and Architecture and some short dance sequences. Then there are quotes from Debussy and other composers and poets all related to this work and Debussy's music in general.
So what you get is a good performance of the work and also a good understanding of the work itself and what influenced it and how Debussy approached Composing Music.

So in short, Great Music, beautiful Architecture and Nature scenes and insightful comentary about the Music and it's influences.

Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE MERRYMENT FROM THE MASTER., 10 Feb 2004
This review is from: Touchstone (Audio CD)
Chick Corea has made so many good recordings, and the Touchstone is one of his better one's.
We have here a fusion of Jazz, Classic, Flamengo, Latin and Rock, and for me at least it is great to hear the old Return To Forever play together on one song (Compadres) it's just as great as the songs and the playing on albums like Romantic Warrior and No Mystery. Another great song is The Yellow Nimbus which features Paco DeLucia and if you want to hear an excellent solo piano version of that song you should check out the video Piano Legends which Corea hosts and is about great jazz pianists.
In short, Great Playing, Great Compositions, GREAT FUN. Can we have some More Please Corea.

Offered by hifi-media-store
Price: £6.47

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh I say! what a fabulous fun this is Al!, 10 Feb 2004
This review is from: Casino (Audio CD)
This is the album that turned my attention to the fabulous world of fusion music (Santana's albums had been preparing me a bit). My Dad bought this album in 1979 and I was listening mainly to Queen,Santana and Rick Wakeman in those days and I remember hearing the first song on the album, Egyptian Danza and was astounded, this was amazing playing, the beauty of his tone, the incredible technique and all those great melodies and rhythms, I have been an Al Di Meola's fan ever since.
After I heard that album I turned my attention to his two previous albums The Land of the Midnigt Sun and Elegant Gypsy (which I think is his ultimate masterpiece and one of the great fusion classics of the 70's) and also to Return to Forever which introduced me to the excellent works of Chick Corea and then on to other great fusion masters like John Mclaughlin and Weather Report.
The thing I like so much about fusion is the freedom in this type of music, different players are fusing different things together so it is difficult to give a good description of what the fusion style is,it is very varied. (although in the mid 80's the form kind of stagnated and degenerated into fusac, which Meola thankfully stayed away from).
On this CD, Al is fusing together Jazz,Latin,Rock,Flamengo and Egyptian music together in a beautiful blend.
So big Thanks to Al, for introducing me to one of the great musicial forms ever.

Que Alegria
Que Alegria
Price: £8.44

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACOUSTIC McLAUGHLIN IN GOOD FORM., 10 Feb 2004
This review is from: Que Alegria (Audio CD)
This C.D. from 1992 features Mclaughlin on acoustic guitar and guitar synthesizer with Trilok Gurtu on percussion and Dominique Di Plaza on bass. The music is the unmistaken style of Mclaughlin, a fusion of Jazz, Flamenco and Indian music, and his playing is as usual, as good as it gets and it is always a treat to hear the great percussion playing of Trilok Gurtu who has created a totaly new way of playing percussion by mixing Indian and Western playing styles.
It is so fascinating to hear the great rhythmic interplay between Gurtu and Mclaughlin they turn and twist it around so you'l never get bored with it, it's this mastery of rhythm that is one of the things I like about other masters of Indian music like Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain.
Mclaughlin also has a very sophisticated harmonic sense and it's fun to hear him improvise over these great rhythms and harmonies.
Like most of his stuff this is highly recomended

Winter Nights
Winter Nights

This review is from: Winter Nights (Audio CD)
What!! A Christmas album by DiMeola!!
I must admit I was a bit sceptical at first because so many Jazz/Fusion artist have made overly sweet and sentimental Christmas albums, but of course I shouldn't have doupted the master, this album is really good.
Al playes acoustic guitars on the album along with percussion, keyboards and a multi string harp. Herman Romero plays additional guitar and percussion and then there is a player from Ukraine, Roman Hrynkiv who playes an ukrainian instrument called Bandura which is a plucked string instrument with a bright sound which fits this music wery well.
The music is a mix of well known Christmas songs and new compositions by DiMeola, there is of course a Christmas feel to the album but it's all in great taste and underneath the calm surface Al is burning.
Not a C.D. to play all year round but around Christmas this is definitely great fun, musicaly speaking.

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