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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: 10.00

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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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.

The Story Of Bo Diddley: Very Best Of
The Story Of Bo Diddley: Very Best Of
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb overview of Bo Diddley's recordings(1955-1972)., 21 May 2014
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This marvellous 2-CD set contains 54 tracks recorded for CHESS RECORDS between 1955 & 1972 by the unique guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Bo Diddley.
All of Bo Diddley's classic sides are here and his trademark 'shave-and-a-haircut-six-bits' rhythm is evident on this compilation with stellar sidemen/women such as Otis Spann, Lafayette Leake(piano); Peggy Jones, Norma-Jean Wofford aka 'The Duchess'(guitar); Jerome Green(maracas); Willie Dixon(bass) & Frank Kirkland, Clifton James(drums).
Bo Diddley, born Otha Elias Bates(1928-2008) was a key link between blues and rock and had a huge influence on many British blues/rock musicians in the 1960s including The Rolling Stones.
'The Story of Bo Diddley' is an excellent collection and a superb overview of the first decade and a half of his work.

Life Time
Life Time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous modern jazz from Tony Williams in 1964., 19 May 2014
This review is from: Life Time (Audio CD)
This excellent album was the debut as leader by the great drummer Tony Williams(1945-1997) when he was only 18.
It was recorded for BLUE NOTE in New Jersey on August 21 & 24, 1964 with a collective personnel of Williams(drums, tympani, wood block, maracas, triangle); Sam Rivers(tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson(vibes, marimba); Herbie Hancock(piano) & Richard Davis, Gary Peacock, Ron Carter(bass).
All 5 memorable tracks are originals by Williams and feature various permutations of players.
Highlights include 'Tomorrow Afternoon', a stunning trio piece with Rivers, Peacock & Williams. 'Barb's Song To The Wizard' is a beautiful duet with Hancock & Carter.
This RVG Edition(1999) of 'Life Time' still sounds fresh 50 years later and should appeal to anyone who enjoys adventurous, colourful and challenging modern jazz.

Legends of the Blues
Legends of the Blues
by William Stout
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ink & watercolour portraits of 100 blues musicians., 17 May 2014
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William Stout, an American artist and writer, has worked for more than 45 years in various media including comics and film.
This wonderful book displays his brilliant ink and watercolour illustrations of 100 blues musicians along with brief but illuminating biographies. An accompanying 14-track CD of some of the featured artists makes this bargain book/CD an absolute must for blues lovers and an excellent companion to Robert Crumb's earlier 'Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country'(ABRAMS, 2006) - the inspiration for William Stout's volume.

Kelly Blue
Kelly Blue

5.0 out of 5 stars Wynton Kelly's neglected album from 1959., 16 May 2014
This review is from: Kelly Blue (Audio CD)
The pianist Wynton Kelly(1931-1971) recorded this excellent album in New York on February 19 & March 10, 1959.
The 8 memorable tracks include 5 trio performances by the Miles Davis rhythm section that appeared on 'Freddie Freeloader' from 'Kind of Blue': Kelly(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Jimmy Cobb(drums).
Nat Adderley(cornet); Benny Golson(tenor sax) & Bobby Jaspar(flute) are added on 3 sextet tracks(including 2 takes of Kelly's 'Keep It Moving').
Highlights are the title-number featuring the sextet and a trio version of 'Green Dolphin Street' which was suggested for inclusion by Miles Davis.
The music still sounds fresh and vital over 50 years later and 'Kelly Blue' is a neglected classic that should be heard by anyone who appreciates soulful, swinging and melodic modern jazz.

Life Rays
Life Rays
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, abstract music from Walt Dickerson's Trio in 1982., 12 May 2014
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The Philadelphian-born vibraphonist, Walt Dickerson(1931-2008) recorded several excellent albums but never got the recognition he deserved.
'Life Rays' was recorded in Milano on February 4 & 5, 1982 with imaginative rhythmic support from Sirone(bass) & Andrew Cyrille(drums).
Dickerson's distinctive vibraphone sound has been described as "softly shimmering and languidly pulsating" and he plays beautifully throughout this album.
Highlight of the 4 tracks is an astonishing 18-minute version of Gershwin's 'It Ain't Necessarily So'.
'Life Rays' contains some fascinating, subtle and abstract music but newcomers to Dickerson should first hear his 1975 masterpiece 'Tell Us Only The Beautiful Things'(CANDID).

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