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Luck Be A Lady
Luck Be A Lady
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5.0 out of 5 stars FRANK SINATRA & CHRISSIE HYNDE LIGHT UP "LUCK BE A LADY", 24 April 2015
This review is from: Luck Be A Lady (MP3 Download)
From the album, Duets 2 and Duets (2CD - 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) where legendary award-winning jazz and pop music Hall of Fame singing legend, Frank Sinatra, teams up with some great singers, comes the "Luck Be A Lady" starring Sinatra and Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders who sings passionately and coyly way out of character, solo and in duet with Frank. Hynde and Sinatra light up this Frank Loesser classic from the musical and movie "Guys and Dolls". Sinatra sings evenly throughout, but Hynde surprises by staying low at first and then exploding with exhultation. Arturo Sandoval has a fiery altissimo trumpet solo and there is a surprising "April in Paris" big band tag line at the end in a salute to Sinatra friend, Count Basie. My Highest Recommendation. Five SWINGING Stars. (1-MP3 track. Time-5:17)


The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOBBY SHEW, CARL FONTANA and FRIENDS ON A BLAZING PERFORMANCE OF A JAZZ STANDARD, 24 April 2015
From the album “Heavyweights” comes two legendary jazz men playing the arrangements of Herbie Phillips: Bobby Shew on trumpet and Carl Fontana on trombone leading an excellent quintet consisting of the great George Cables, double bassist Bob Magnusson, and Joe LaBarbera on drums. This track finds them playing a blazing, inventive uptempo version of “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” with lots of solo room for all pushed along by Cables, Magnusson and LaBarbera. Fontana has a great “On The Trail” quote slipped nicely into his solo. Shew likewise has an extraordinary solo and Cables lays down a dancing pianistic invention, then Shew and Fontana trade 8s and 4s with each other and 8s with drummer LaBarbera. A marvelous hard bop performance. Highly Recommended. Five HOT Stars! (1-track. Time-7:49)


St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
Price: £34.94

5.0 out of 5 stars NAT COLE SINGS AND ACTS IN THE “ST. LOUIS BLUES” MOVIE, 24 April 2015
This review is from: St. Louis Blues (Audio CD)
“He is gone where the Southern cross the Yellow Dog”- "Yellow Dog Blues" by W. C. Handy and Bessie Smith, referring to train tracks.

Hall of Fame innovative singer & jazz pianist Nat King Cole was a distinctive vocalist whose smooth baritone stylings generated his big-selling career popular music success for Capitol records: the distinctive Capitols records building in Hollywood is know as the ‘building Nat Cole built’ through his many hits. But it was as a jazz and soul song stylist that Cole created his early success with songs such as “Get Your Kicks on Route 66”. On Cole’s acting debut as legendary blues man W. C. Handy in the movie “St Louis Blues”, he also joins forces with arranger/conductor Nelson Riddle and his orchestra to produce these winsome tunes based on the music from the soundtrack.

The 'best of the best' begins with a lovely, soaring “Overture (Medley) Love Theme” which is a beautiful brass & reed-driven, string-laden theme that gives way to Cole singing the lovely, “Hesitating Blues” with great lyrics, all wrapped within the same track. Songs from St Louis Blues contains some marvelous blues and popular music that could have been lost in time, but has made the jump to MP3 as a tribute to W. C. Handy based on the musical prowess of Nat King Cole, Nelson Riddle, and a bevy of talented musicians in the orchestra with strings. Cole’s persuasive, gentle “Stay” pleads for someone who is leaving. “Memphis Blues”, the awesome 'song within a song' “Yellow Dog Blues”, and the famous “St. Louis Blues” are outstanding examples of Cole’s smooth blues 'with an edge' delivery. My Highest Recommendation. Five EASY-RIDER Stars! (12 tracks. Time-28:49)


General Mills Fiber One Brownies, 1 Pound-5.3 Oz (21.3 Oz)
General Mills Fiber One Brownies, 1 Pound-5.3 Oz (21.3 Oz)
Offered by Cheapees-UK
Price: £11.30

5.0 out of 5 stars FIBER ONE "BROWNIE" IS A TASTY, BENEFICIAL, AND SURPRISING SNACK, 22 April 2015
Five DELICIOUS Stars. With their naturally flavored “Chocolate Fudge Brownies”, Fiber One has created a very appealing 90 calorie treat for snacking. This surprising 'brownie' has chocolate chips stuffed into the heart of the brownie with a chocolate drizzle on top for a 'chocolatey overload' snack. Everything is very tasty. Nutritional Facts per one bar serving:

3 grams of fat. 1.5 gram of saturated fat,
0 grams of trans fat, 27 carbs,
0 mg of cholesterol, 90 mg of sodium
8 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein
and a whopping 5 grams of fiber (20% of the daily requirement)

This is perfect for coffee breaks and snacks, all in one .89 of an ounce/ 25 gram, 2 inch square toothsome bar. Highly Recommended. Five CHEWY Stars! (Fiber One Chocolate Fudge Brownies at a great price.)


Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MARVELOUSLY ENJOYABLE & DECEPTIVE STEVE KUHN VERSION OF "NEVER LET ME GO", 21 April 2015
This review is from: Never Let Me Go (MP3 Download)
On the review of the entire album, Three Waves, the performances received Six "Tour De Force" Stars for one of jazz's great but somewhat overlooked trios in a marvelous performance. In the tumultuous and critical jazz of the 1960s, this trio surfaced unexpectedly to issue `a musical shot across the bow' of jazz music from the small 'Contact' jazz label. Many jazz fans who didn't 'direct order' this record from a store or by mail, may have completely missed it. I got mine by mail order. Now is the time to hear it again. The trio is: leader Steve Kuhn on piano, Steve Swallow on double bass, and Pete La Roca (Sims) on drums.

If you hear this performance on radio without knowing who is playing and what the song is, the improvisation which begins at the start, with no theme statement, may keep the listener guessing throughout the songs 3 minutes as Kuhn, Swallow, and LaRoca give hint after hint, thematically and thru the chords, with Kuhn once even deceptively and beautifully quoting from "Tumbling Tumbleweeds". Only at the very end does Kuhn play the last 10 notes of the lyric, clearly identifying it, before a shimmering fadeout. Highly Recommended. Five FURTIVE Stars! (1MP3 track. Time-2:59. This is the same excellent trio that appeared on trumpeter Art Farmer's "Sing Me Softly Of The Blues" and on Pete La Roca's "Basra (Remastered)".)


That Sunday, That Summer (1991 Digital Remaster)
That Sunday, That Summer (1991 Digital Remaster)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT ROMANTIC SONG FROM NAT KING COLE, 21 April 2015
"Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her now" - chorus

Five SUNNY Stars! One of the late-period Nat King Cole hits, alongside “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer”, was “That Sunday, That Summer” written by Joe Sherman and George David Weiss. Those songs were issued back to back on the same 45 rpm recording in 1962. The song is a beautiful retrospective sentiment about one fateful moment on a sunny Sunday that was a beginning of romance. On Cole’s discographical timeline, "That Sunday, That Sunday" was released the year after the million-selling, Grammy Nominated “Ramblin’ Rose”. My Highest Recommendation. Five ROMANTIC Stars! (1 MP3 track. Time-3:12)


Song of the New World
Song of the New World
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.05

5.0 out of 5 stars EXHILARATING McCOY TYNER BIG BAND SET, 19 April 2015
This review is from: Song of the New World (Audio CD)
Five EXCITING Stars! Legendary pianist, composer, arranger and highly-influential pianist McCoy Tyner creates a great big band set playing his arrangements. Tyner influenced several generations of jazz pianists because of and since his days as the pianist for the John Coltrane Quartet. He wrote 4 of the 5 songs here which was his first time arranging for a large group that includes the likes of Virgil Jones, Cecil Bridgewater, and Jon Faddis on trumpets, Garnet Brown and Dick Griffin on trombones, Hubert Laws and Sonny Fortune on flutes, Bob Stewart on tuba, Jooney Booth on bass, Alphonze Mouzon on drums, and 8 strings under concertmaster and violinist Selwart Clarke.

The ‘best of the best’ begins with a rousing big band version of Mongo Santamaria’s immortal standard “Afro Blue” with Laws and Fortune playing a lovely, shimmering flute intro and later a joint solo as Tyner unleashes his entire arsenal of dense percussive left hand chords and Tyner's own distinctive instantly recognizable arpeggios with the right hand. This one performance probably influenced many big band jazz tracks that followed for decades, especially in the arrangement of strings. “Little Brother” is 10 minutes of masterful 4/4 swing with an intense Tyner solo and an unidentified trumpet solo, probably by Cecil Bridgewater. The lovely flute-laden “The Divine Love” is a Coltrane-esque theme that gives way to Tyner attacking the chords with vigor and inventiveness, as in the case of the exotic title track “Song of the New World”. This is McCoy Tyner at his best with his first large orchestra arrangements and performance, produced by Orrin “OKeep” Keepnews, and conducted by William Fischer. My Highest Reco


Mozart - 2 Sonatas KV331,332; Fantasie KV397. Mitsuko Uchida. VINYL LP.
Mozart - 2 Sonatas KV331,332; Fantasie KV397. Mitsuko Uchida. VINYL LP.

5.0 out of 5 stars GRACE AND POWER: THE MAGNIFICENT MITSUKO, 18 April 2015
Mitsuko Uchida, one of the PREMIER classical pianists of our time, presents this Mozart Sonata interpretation as a stunningly beautiful aural work of art. Ms Uchida produces breathtaking readings of each movement that are wonderous to behold. How someone so petite can wield such pianistic power and command of nuance is a wonderful mystery of the classical music world (or any musical world), known only to herself. Grace and Power, indeed!!

In particular, I am struck by her incandescent reading of Mozart's Sonata in A, K331 Theme and variations, going from fragile beauty to more robustness with each succeeding magnificent pass. And her reading of the K331 Turkish March (Rondo Alla Turca) is quite simply breathtaking and inspiring. No less wonderous is the Sonata in F, K332, the Adagio in particular, as well as the explosive propulsiveness of the Allegro assai, with it's surprising recapitulations. This is my morning music and it is invigorating to start the day in such a spectacular way.

To those who seem to want Ms Uchida to mimic other pianistic readings of famous classical works: not in her world! She has the firepower, technique and imagination to bring her own equally valid interpretations to the forefront. Indeed, her differences are a matter of nuance instead of literal changes and I enjoy them immensely. And for my money, Ms Uchida's work has become the standard, not the variance. After all, individual intrepretation makes the classical music world go 'round. Mozart would love this and you will too. Enjoy Mozart and the Magnificent Mitsuko. Five HUGE Stars!


I'll Save the Last Dance for Y
I'll Save the Last Dance for Y
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £38.95

5.0 out of 5 stars DAMITA JO SINGS HIT "ANSWER SONGS" & BIG BAND JAZZ, 18 April 2015
From Mercury Records, this is an excellent soul, jazz, and "rock and roll” (as defined at that time) album by singer, actress Damita Jo (DeBlanc). In the late 1950s and early 1960’s, “answer songs”, a musical reply to a popular hit, were occasionally recorded and some became big hits. Both the infamous, suggestive “Rock with me, Henry” and it’s answer song were banned from many radio stations. Buddy Holly wrote both “Peggy Sue” and his own answer song “Peggy Sue Got Married”. This album contains two successful answer songs. Damita Jo had a hit single, “I’ll Save The Last Dance For You”, which is the answer to the Ben E. King and the Drifters “Save The Last Dance For Me”. She also recorded another hit answer song “I’ll Be There” which is the reply to another Drifters’ hit “Stand By Me”. Mercury records decided to do an album and the project expanded to include a big jazz band with strings, arranged and conducted by Stan Applebaum with Damita singing 'dance' themed songs.

But the 'best of the best’ occurs when the rock and roll/R&B fest turns into sensational big band with strings performances of “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Dance Ballerina Dance” with Damita displaying great expressiveness, a fabulous vibrato and dynamic vocal range over nice arrangements by Applebaum. And perhaps best of all, the superb “Let’s Face The Music And Dance,” the excellent swinging “Dancing in the Dark” with nice band section work, and the poignant ballad “It’s The Last Dance” all of which have Jo again displaying that wonderful range and vibrato, closing out the record in great style. In the Stereo version, Damita Jo is on the left channel and the background voices are on the right channel, and background music is in the middle of both channels. A great singer who deserved more attention. My Highest Recommendation. Five OUTSTANDING Stars! (12 tracks. Time- 28:32)


Walker Prawn Cocktail 32.5 g (Pack of 48)
Walker Prawn Cocktail 32.5 g (Pack of 48)
Price: £23.52

5.0 out of 5 stars WALKERS WORLD-CLASS PRAWN COCKTAIL POTATO CHIPS (CRISPS), 18 April 2015
Five DELICIOUS Stars. "Walker's Definitely Prawn Cocktail With Vale of Evesham Tomatoes" are British "home grown" British potato chips. These potato crisps are about 2 to 3 inches across and are amazing combination of flavors and spices that produce a sweet, spicy, slightly sour potato chip that is as good as any other potato chip. They taste like prawn cocktail sauce, but no prawns are in the chips. They are cooked with sunflower oil and there are only 7 grams of fat in the 25 gram package. No artificial fats, MSG, or preservatives: my chips had 21 days remaining before the expiration date. 130 overall calories. 13 grams of carbohydrates and 1.5 gram of protein. Especially good as a snack or with chunky salsa. In fact, one can quickly go thru a delicious package. I'm definitely ordering more of these. My Highest Recommendation! Five OUTSTANDING Stars! (25 grams in each 6 pack of "Walker's Definitely Prawn Cockail With Vale of Evesham Tomatoes" Potato Crisps.)


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