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Live at the It Club
Live at the It Club
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5.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric & exhilarating live recording from Monk's quartet in 1964., 9 Jun 2014
This review is from: Live at the It Club (Audio CD)
This excellent 2-CD set from the great pianist/composer Thelonious Monk(1917-1982) was recorded live at the It Club in San Francisco on October 31/November 1, 1964 with Charlie Rouse(tenor sax); Larry Gales(bass) & Ben Riley(drums).
Three previously unissued tunes, 'Teo', 'Bright Mississippi' & 'Just You, Just Me' are included and nine others have been restored to full-length with bass & drum solos.
The quartet is on inspired form and Monk is especially exuberant on impressive versions of 'Rhythm-A-Ning', 'Nutty', 'Misterioso' & the rarely-played 'Gallop's Gallop'.
Monk appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1964 and this atmospheric live recording from the same year contains over 150 minutes of inventive and exhilarating modern jazz which captures his great quartet at its peak.


Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End
Megacatastrophes!: Nine Strange Ways the World Could End
by David J. Darling
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.79

5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining guide to Doomsday!, 5 Jun 2014
This is a fascinating, well-researched and scientifically credible book on the various ways the world could end.
After an illuminating introduction there are nine chapters on possible causes of Doomsday events including nano technology, supervolcanoes, asteroids, incurable diseases, gamma-ray bursts & alien invasion.
'Megacatastrophes!' is a well-written and accessible book which covers a wide-range of scientific ideas and manages to be entertaining despite the apocalyptic subject matter.


Coltrane Plays the Blues
Coltrane Plays the Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked John Coltrane ATLANTIC album from October, 1960., 4 Jun 2014
This excellent John Coltrane album was recorded at the prolific sessions in New York City during October, 1960 which also produced the ATLANTIC albums 'My Favorite Things' & 'Coltrane's Sound' plus a track on 'Coltrane Jazz'.
With Coltrane(tenor & soprano sax) were pianist McCoy Tyner(who is absent on 'Blues to Bechet' & 'Blues to You'); bassist Steve Davis & drummer Elvin Jones who'd only recently joined Coltrane's band.
Coltrane's playing is powerful and intensely moving on eleven memorable tracks including four alternative takes(2 each of 'Blues to Elvin' & 'Blues to You').
'Coltrane Plays The Blues' still sounds fresh and exhilarating over 50 years later and this unjustly overlooked album deserves a place in any modern jazz collection.


Complete Concert: 1964
Complete Concert: 1964

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent music from the Miles Davis Quintet, live in 1964., 3 Jun 2014
This review is from: Complete Concert: 1964 (Audio CD)
This marvellous 2-CD set was recorded live at the Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall on February 12, 1964 with Trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis(1926-1991); the underrated tenor saxophonist George Coleman(b. 1935) who was soon to leave the group; pianist Herbie Hancock(b. 1940); bassist Ron Carter(b. 1937) & the 18-year old drummer Tony Williams(1945-1997) who "lit a big fire under everyone in the group" according to Miles in his autobiography.
All the members of the quintet are on inspired form on eleven tunes - a mixture of standards and Miles' originals - with lyrical and incandescent playing from Davis & Coleman.
CD1 has more balladic material including an enthralling 15-minute version of 'My Funny Valentine' while all but one of the tunes on CD2 are played at a furious tempo.
'The Complete Concert: 1964' contains two hours of magnificent music which captures this quintet at the peak of its powers and is an essential part of any Miles Davis collection.


'Four' & More Recorded Live In Concert
'Four' & More Recorded Live In Concert
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating music from the Miles Davis Quintet, live in 1964., 2 Jun 2014
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This marvellous quintet album was recorded live at the Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall in New York on February 12, 1964 with trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis(1926-1991); the underrated tenor saxophonist George Coleman(b. 1935) who was soon to leave the group; pianist Herbie Hancock(b. 1940); bassist Ron Carter(b. 1937) & the 18-year old drummer Tony Williams(1945-1997) who "lit a big fire under everyone in the group" according to Miles in his autobiography.
All the members of the quintet are on inspired form on six tunes - a mixture of standards and Miles' originals - played at a furious tempo apart from 'There Is No Greater Love'.
Although 'Four & More' doesn't quite reach the heights of the more balladic masterpiece 'My Funny Valentine' from this concert, it contains plenty of exhilarating and creative music that deserves a place in any Miles Davis collection.


My Funny Valentine
My Funny Valentine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent music from the Miles Davis Quintet, live in 1964., 31 May 2014
This review is from: My Funny Valentine (Audio CD)
This marvellous quintet album was recorded live at the Lincoln Center's Philharmonic Hall in New York on February 12, 1964 with trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis(1926-1991); the underrated tenor saxophonist George Coleman(b. 1935) who was soon to leave the group; pianist Herbie Hancock(b. 1940); bassist Ron Carter(b. 1937) & drummer Tony Williams(1945-1997).
All the members of the quintet are on inspired form on four lengthy standards and Miles' 'All Blues' with lyrical and incandescent playing from Davis & Coleman.
'My Funny Valentine' contains over an hour of magnificent, timeless music which captures this quintet at the peak of its powers and is an essential item in any Miles Davis collection.


Three Hours Past Midnight
Three Hours Past Midnight
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4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's early blues years(1952-1959)., 29 May 2014
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Johnny 'Guitar' Watson(1935-1996) was influenced by Texas bluesmen such as Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown & T-Bone Walker.
Watson sings and plays guitar & piano on these 16 exuberant tracks recorded for FEDERAL, MODERN & CLASS between 1952 & 1959.
Johnny 'Guitar' Watson reinvented himself in the 1970s as a funk star and later recorded with avant-garde rock musician Frank Zappa who was inspired to take up guitar after hearing Watson's 1956 'Three Hours Past Midnight'.
Although an inferior version of the title-track is included, this is an enjoyable CD which gives a good representation of Watson's early blues-playing years.


Miles In Tokyo. Miles Davis Live In Concert
Miles In Tokyo. Miles Davis Live In Concert
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4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked Miles Davis Quintet album with Sam Rivers in Tokyo, 1964., 27 May 2014
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When tenor saxophonist George Coleman left trumpeter Miles Davis Quintet in 1964, Sam Rivers was hired briefly as a replacement on the recommendation of Miles' drummer Tony Williams.
This quintet with Miles(trumpet); Rivers(tenor saxophone); Herbie Hancock(piano); Ron Carter(bass) & Tony Williams(drums) made a tour of Japan where the "concerts were a big success" according to Miles in his autobiography.
This album was recorded in Tokyo on July 14, 1964 in front of an enthusiastic audience. Davis is in great form on two originals and three standards including an enthralling 12-minute version of 'My Funny Valentine'.
Although Rivers is not the ideal saxophonist for Miles it's fascinating to hear his 'outside' playing in the quintet.
'Miles in Tokyo' is the sole recording of this quintet and is an unjustly overlooked album which deserves a place in any serious Miles Davis collection.


3-Minute Einstein: Digesting His Life, Theories & Influence in 3-Minute Morsels
3-Minute Einstein: Digesting His Life, Theories & Influence in 3-Minute Morsels
by Paul Parsons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.43

5.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating and accessible guide to Albert Einstein(1879-1955)., 24 May 2014
This is an exciting, mind-expanding and accessible introduction to Albert Einstein's life and work.
After a brief introduction the book is divided into three parts: life, theories & influence.. Each chapter is made up of twenty '3-minute features' and concludes with a timeline and glossary.
This is one of the best guides to Albert Einstein and anyone who considers that his ideas are too difficult should be pleasantly surprised by Paul Parsons' stimulating and beautifully illustrated book.


Modern Jazz Giants
Modern Jazz Giants
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Price: 6.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent music from Miles and The Modern Jazz Giants., 23 May 2014
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This review is from: Modern Jazz Giants (Audio CD)
The great trumpeter/bandleader Miles Davis(1926-1991) recorded this legendary session in Hackensack, New Jersey on Christmas Eve 1954 with Thelonious Monk(piano); Milt Jackson(vibes); Percy Heath(bass) & Kenny clarke(drums).
An additional track, ''Round Midnight', was recorded in Hackensack on October 26, 1956 with Miles(trumpet); John Coltrane(tenor sax); Red Garland(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums).
There was said to be some tension between Miles & Monk on their rare encounter on the 1954 date but the music is brilliant on Gershwin's 'The Man I Love'(2 takes); Miles' 'Swing Spring' & Monk's 'Bemsha Swing'.
This 50th anniversary, remastered edition(1999) is a cornerstone of any serious modern jazz collection.


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