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Jazz Mood
Jazz Mood

4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric modern jazz from Yusef Lateef in 1957., 20 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Jazz Mood (Audio CD)
The multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef recorded this excellent sextet session in New York City on April 9, 1957.
With Lateef(tenor sax, flute, argol, scraper) were Curtis Fuller(trombone, tambourine, finger cymbals); Ernie Farrow(bass, rabat); Hugh Lawson(piano): Louis Hayes(drums) & Doug Watkins(finger cymbals, percussion).
The five atmospheric tracks feature fine solos from most members of the band and Lateef is especially impressive on tenor saxophone.
Although not an essential Yusef Lateef album the obscure and hard-to-find 'Jazz Mood' is a good representation of the Eastern-influenced modern jazz he was playing in the 1950s.


The Modern Jazz Disciples. The Modern Jazz Disciples & Right Down Front
The Modern Jazz Disciples. The Modern Jazz Disciples & Right Down Front
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful hard bop from The Modern Jazz Disciples in 1959/60., 18 Dec 2013
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This excellent reissue combines the only two albums by The Modern Jazz Disciples recorded for the PRESTIGE label.
Tracks 1-8('The Modern Jazz Disciples') were recorded in New Jersey on September 8, 1959 featuring a quintet with Curtis Peagler(alto & tenor saxophone); William Kelley(normaphone, euphonium); Billy Brown(piano); Lee Tucker(bass) & Ron McCurdy(drums).
Tracks 8-15('Right Down Front') were recorded in New Jersey on May 24, 1960 with the same band except Wilbur Jackson replaces McCurdy on drums and William Kelley plays only normaphone. The normaphone, incidentally, is a valve trombone in the shape of an alto saxophone.
The two horn players are well-matched with a superb rhythm section and highlights of the 15 varied tracks include Peagler's 'Disciples Blues' & 'Right Down Front', Charlie Parker's 'Perhaps' and beautiful versions of 'Autumn Serenade' & 'My Funny Valentine'.
This enjoyable CD contains 80 minutes of soulful hard bop by The Modern Jazz Disciples who deserve to be much better known.


Morning Joy
Morning Joy

5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lacy's Quartet live in Paris, 1986., 17 Dec 2013
This review is from: Morning Joy (Audio CD)
This excellent quartet album was recorded by Radio France live at the Sunset club, Paris on February 19, 1986 with soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy(1934-2004), Steve Potts(alto & soprano sax); Jean-Jacques Avenel(bass) & Oliver Johnson(drums).
The seven lengthy tracks include four Lacy originals and three Thelonious Monk compositions.
Lacy & Potts complement one another beautifully and seem inspired by the superb rhythm section.
The music on this atmospheric 76-minute live recording has tremendous drive and vitality and is an ideal introduction to Steve Lacy's work. It's a pity that the CD is currently so hard to find.


Hot House
Hot House
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Price: 18.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Lacy & Mal Waldron on fine form in Paris, 1990., 16 Dec 2013
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Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy(1934-2004) & pianist Mal Waldron(1926-2003) formed a long-time musical partnership and this duo album recorded in Paris on July 12/13, 1990 is one of their finest collaborations.
The nine memorable tracks include 2 Lacy originals, one from Waldron and 6 jazz standards by Herbie Nichols, Tadd Dameron, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington & Sidney Bechet.
Lacy & Waldron display an astonishing level of empathy and highlights are Dameron's 'Hot House', Monk's 'Friday The 13th'(recorded on that day!), Bechet's 'Petite Fleur' & Waldron's 'Snake Out'. Lacy & Waldron perform solo on 'Retreat' & 'Mistral Breeze' respectively.
Quite rightly listed in Tom Moon's '1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die', this marvellous but little-known album is well worth searching for.


What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
What a Wonderful World: One Man's Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff
by Marcus Chown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.23

5.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating guide to 'life, the universe & everything'., 14 Dec 2013
An extraordinary wide range of subjects including cells, respiration, evolution, sex, the brain, genetic engineering, capitalism, geology, thermodynamics, quantum theory, relativity, time & black holes are covered in this remarkably lucid book which is divided into five parts: 'How We Work'; 'Putting Matter To Work'; 'Earth Works'; Deep Workings' & 'The Cosmic Connection'.
'What A Wonderful World' is an accessible and exhilarating science book which deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in understanding 'life, the universe & everything'.


How to Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science
How to Live Forever: And 34 Other Really Interesting Uses of Science
by Alok Jha
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating guide to the key questions in science., 12 Dec 2013
This is an exciting, mind-expanding and accessible introduction to the key questions in science.
After a brief introduction there are 35 chapters on various scientific ideas ranging from 'How to build a Universe' & 'How to get life started' to 'How to break codes' & 'How to save the world'. The book concludes with a useful glossary of terms used in science.
Anyone who considers that science is too difficult and that the Universe is beyond understanding should be pleasantly surprised by Alok Jha's engrossing and stimulating book.


Supernova: Live at the ICA, London 1977
Supernova: Live at the ICA, London 1977
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5.0 out of 5 stars A dazzling piano duo at the ICA in 1977., 9 Dec 2013
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'Supernova' is a remarkable but little-known piano duo album by Stan Tracey(1926-2013) & Keith Tippett(b.1947).
It was recorded live at the ICA, London in 1977 but didn't see the light of day until 2008.
The level of empathy between the two pianists is astonishing and the five cosmological titles are appropriate for this inspired and dazzling duo.
A record that should be heard by all Tracey or Tippett fans.


SONNY ROLLINS/_THE CUTTING EDGE
SONNY ROLLINS/_THE CUTTING EDGE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sonny Rollins in fine form at the Montreux J.F., 1974., 7 Dec 2013
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The great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins(b. 1930) recorded this excellent album in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 6, 1974 with Stanley Cowell(piano); Masuo(guitar); Bob Cranshaw(electric bass); Dave Lee(drums); Mtume(conga drums, percussion) & Rufus Harley who plays bagpipes on a lengthy 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.
Although the rhythm section sounds rather cluttered on some tracks, Rollins is in fine form and the album is worth hearing for moving versions of 'To A Wild Rose' and 'A House Is Not A Home'.


Milestones
Milestones
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent music from the Miles Davis Sextet in 1958., 6 Dec 2013
This review is from: Milestones (Audio CD)
The great trumpeter & bandleader Miles Davis(1926-1991) recorded this marvellous sextet album in New York City on February 4 & March 4, 1958 with John Coltrane(tenor sax); Cannonball Adderley(alto sax); Red Garland(piano); Paul Chambers(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums).
The nine memorable tracks(including 3 alternative takes) are mainly bop & blues compositions played with great fire and aggression by the sextet. Highlights are Miles' modal 'Milestones'(2 takes), a furious version of Jackie McLean's 'Dr Jackle' and Thelonious Monk's blues 'Straight No Chaser'(2 takes).
Although overshadowed by Miles 1959 classic 'Kind of Blue', the near 70 minutes of magnificent music on 'Milestones' is a cornerstone of any serious modern jazz collection.


Roland Kirk - Jazz Masters 27
Roland Kirk - Jazz Masters 27
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Price: 14.90

5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to Roland Kirk's music from the 1960s., 6 Dec 2013
This is an excellent compilation of tracks recorded for the MERCURY & VERVE labels between 1961 & 1967 by the remarkable jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk(1936-1977).
The 16 memorable tracks(featuring 12 Kirk originals) are drawn from various Kirk albums including 'We Free Kings'(1961), 'Domino'(1962), 'Reeds and Deeds'(1963), 'Gifts and Messages'(1964), 'Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith'(1967) & the very rare 'Roland Kirk Meets Benny Golson'(1963).
Although currently hard to find, this 67-minute CD is an ideal introduction to Kirk's music and is worth searching for.


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