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Chicago Bound - Complete Solo Chess Records - As & Bs 1950-1959
Chicago Bound - Complete Solo Chess Records - As & Bs 1950-1959
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4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to an overlooked Chicago bluesman., 1 May 2016
The blues singer/guitarist Jimmy Rogers(1924-97) played a seminal part in Muddy Waters band of the 1950s.
This excellent CD contains 26 'A' & 'B' sides recorded for CHESS over the period 1950-59 and feature Rogers' warm and relaxed singing style with stellar sidemen such as Little Walter and Walter Horton(harmonicas); Otis Spann(piano); Muddy Waters And Robert Lockwood Jr.(guitars); Willie Dixon and Big Crawford(bass); Elgin Evans and Fred Below(drums).
Although some of the later songs are less blues-oriented 'Chicago Bound' is an ideal introduction to an overlooked Chicago bluesman.


His Best by Rogers, Jimmy
His Best by Rogers, Jimmy
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4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to an overlooked Chicago bluesman., 1 May 2016
The blues singer/guitarist Jimmy Rogers(1924-97) played a seminal part in Muddy Waters band of the 1950s.
This excellent CD contains 22 tracks recorded for CHESS in Chicago over the period 1950-59 and feature Rogers' warm and relaxed singing style with stellar sidemen such as Little Walter and Walter Horton(harmonicas); Otis Spann(piano); Muddy Waters and Robert Lockwood Jr.(guitars); Willie Dixon and Big Crawford(basses); Elgin Evans and Fred Below(drums).
Although some of the later songs are less blues-oriented this 63-minute CD is an ideal introduction to an overlooked Chicago bluesman.


Runaway: The Very Best Of Del Shannon
Runaway: The Very Best Of Del Shannon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb introduction to Del Shannon., 30 April 2016
The haunting 'Runaway' by Del Shannon(1934-90) was one of the first records that I played on my Dansette as a teenager in the early 1960s.
I eagerly collected his follow-up singles all of which are contained on this excellent 30-track CD.
I was soon to discover the blues and then modern jazz but this near 80-minute CD is a wonderful nostalgic listen and a superb introduction to Del Shannon's music.


Compulsion
Compulsion
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and complex avant-garde jazz from Andrew Hill in 1965., 30 April 2016
This review is from: Compulsion (Audio CD)
The groundbreaking pianist/composer Andrew Hill(1937-2007) recorded this session for BLUE NOTE in New Jersey on October 8, 1965.
'Compulsion!!!!!' features John Gilmore(tenor sax, bass clarinet) on a rare holiday from Sun Ra's Arkestra; Freddie Hubbard(trumpet, flugelhorn); Cecil McBee(bass); Richard Davis(bass on track 3); Joe Chambers(drums); Nadi Qamar(African drums, thumb piano, percussion); renaud Simmons(congas, percussion).
The four tracks are all Hill compositions and the music can be described as heavily percussive avant-garde jazz.
'Compulsion!!!!!' has been compared to Cecil Taylor's 'Unit Structures' and although not as accessible as Hill's 1963 BLUE NOTE masterpiece 'Black Fire' this passionate and complex music deserves to be heard.


Black Fire
Black Fire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Hill's classic BLUE NOTE debut from 1963., 30 April 2016
This review is from: Black Fire (Audio CD)
The groundbreaking pianist/composer Andrew Hill(1937-2007) recorded this impressive debut for BLUE NOTE on November 8, 1963 with a stellar quartet/trio including Joe Henderson(tenor sax); Richard Davis(bass) & Roy Haynes(drums).
The seven memorable Andrew Hill compositions, plus two alternative takes, can be best described as adventurous hard bop bordering on avant garde jazz. Highlights include 'Pumpkin', the Latin 'Cantarnos' and the Monkish title-track.
This complex but accessible music is full of fire and passion and 'Black Fire' is a classic modern jazz album that still sounds fresh and exhilarating over 50 years later.


At Newport '63
At Newport '63
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to pianist Martial Solal at Newport, 1963., 29 April 2016
This review is from: At Newport '63 (Audio CD)
The Algerian-born pianist/composer Martial Solal(b. 1927) was made his American debut at the Newport Jazz Festival during July, 1963 with Teddy Kotick(bass) & Paul Motian(drums).
The pianist is in dazzling form with superb support from Kotick & Motian on eight tunes and highlights are the 12-minute 'Suite pour une frise', 'Poinciana', 'Boplicity' and the closer 'All God's Chillun Got Rhythm'. There are four bonus tracks including three takes of 'I Got Rhythm' recorded at his afternoon rehearsal.
All in all, this is an ideal introduction to the versatile, but overlooked jazz pianist Martial Solal.


Dynamite
Dynamite
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to Ike & Tina Turner's soulful & bluesy music., 28 April 2016
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This review is from: Dynamite (Audio CD)
Pianist/guitarist Ike Turner(1931-2007) and singer Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock in 1938 first met in 1958 at the Club Manhattan in East St Louis and Tina soon replaced the singer in Ike's band.
This album was recorded for the New York-based SUE label and contains 12 of Ike & Tina's greatest hits from the early 1960s.
Highlights include the gospel-influenced 'A Fool In Love' and 'It's Gonna Work Out Fine' featuring Mickey (Baker) & Sylvia (Robinson).
'Dynamite!' is a stunning collection of Ike & Tina Turner's early recordings and is an ideal introduction to their soulful and bluesy music.


The Complete Esp Disk Recordings
The Complete Esp Disk Recordings
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two ESP albums from the neglected tenorist Frank Wright in 1965/67., 28 April 2016
The neglected tenor saxophonist frank Wright(1935-90) was influenced by Albert Ayler and recorded two albums for Bernard Stollman's ESP label which are included on this 2-CD set.
Disc 1(tracks 1-3) was his debut as leader recorded on November 11, 1965 with Henry Grimes(bass) & Tom Price(drums). the remaining tracks(4-12) feature Frank Wright talking about his music and time in Europe.
Disc 2(tracks 1-5) was his second album for ESP, 'Your Prayer' recorded on March 26, 1967 with Arthur Jones(alto sax); Jacques Coursil(trumpet); Steve Tintweiss(bass) & Muhammad Ali(drums).
This intense, passionate and spiritual music is probably not for the faint-hearted but these two ESP albums deserve to be heard by aficionados of 1960s free jazz.


Grass Roots
Grass Roots
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and passionate modern jazz from Andrew Hill in 1968., 27 April 2016
This review is from: Grass Roots (Audio CD)
The challenging pianist/composer Andrew Hill(1937-2007) returned to his roots on this album recorded for BLUE NOTE on August 5, 1968 with a stellar quintet(tracks 1-5) including Booker Ervin(tenor sax); Lee Morgan(trumpet); Ron Carter(bass) & Freddie Waits(drums).
The music can be best described as adventurous and soulful hard bop and Hill's compositions are memorable and melodic with the highlights being 'Venture Inward', the Latin 'Mira' and the title-track.
The first draft of 'Grass Roots' was recorded on April 19, 1968 with a sextet(tracks 6-10) including Woody Shaw(trumpet); Frank Mitchell(tenor sax); Jimmy Ponder(guitar); Reggie Workman(bass) & Idris Muhammad(drums).
This enjoyable CD contains nearl 70 minutes of accessible and passionate modern jazz which is well worth tracking down.


The Shakespeare Book (Big Ideas)
The Shakespeare Book (Big Ideas)
by DK
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant illustrated guide to the life and works of William Shakespeare., 27 April 2016
Having been put off Shakespeare by the way he was taught at school I'm glad to have discovered this book which is an accessible and stimulating guide to his life and work.
After an excellent brief introduction, his plays and sonnets are discussed in sections on 'The Freelance Writer 1589-1594'; 'The Lord Chamberlain's Man 1594-1603)' & 'The King's Man 1603-1613'.
'The Shakespeare Book' is a brilliantly illustrated, witty and jargon-free introduction to William Shakespeare(1564-1616) which should inspire the general reader as well as students of literature.


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