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On Line
On Line
Price: £0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars MARCOS VALLE's SMOKING SAMBA ABOUT MODERN INTERNET ROMANCE "ON LINE", 11 Feb. 2016
This review is from: On Line (MP3 Download)
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"Pela internete vocÍ me promete
Será aquilo tudo que eu sonhei" - Marcos Valle, from "On Line"

Five SMOKING Stars! The legendary singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and arranger Marcos Valle has been an influential musician on the scene in Brazil and intoiernationally since the 1960s and is still a force in Brazilian music as the ultimate musical "Carioca" (a native of Rio de Janeiro). "On Line" from the albums "The Best of Marcos Valle: Carioca Soul" and from "Escape" uses an English title and Portuguese lyrics about love in the age of the Internet. The Portuguese lyrics almost need no translation as the infectious rhythm and his vocal cadence and nuances carry the listener away in a 'scat' singing manner. It is delivered as a smoking samba with an insistent guitar riff, propulsive electric bass, infectious underlying claves, very effective trumpet and trombone solos, a driving batucada break, and Valles' marvelous vocal delivery and piano driving the song along. "On Line" is marvelous MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) by the renowned master composer, arranger, instrumentalist Marcos Valle. Highly Recommended. Five FIERY Stars! (Far Out Recordings. 1-MP3 track; Time-5:59.)


Sarabande
Sarabande
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars TIMELESS BEAUTIFUL JAZZ FROM FRED HERSCH WITH CHARLIE HADEN & JOEY BARON, 11 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Sarabande (Audio CD)
Five ENDURING Stars. This excellent jazz trio studio album is from the renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch and is reportedly from almost 30 years ago. The trio includes the Hall of Fame double bassist, composer, and leader of his own vaunted groups, Charlie Haden, and master drummer Joey Baron. The songs include originals and standards and were vividly recorded in Hersch's loft studio, here remastered and dedicated to Haden who passed away in 2014.

The 'best of the best' begins with the rhapsodic trio version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "I Have Dreamed". Jimmy Rowles' incomparable, beautiful composition "The Peacocks" is one of the loveliest songs in jazz and it is seldom attempted except by masters of the jazz idiom because of the treacherous, triple dissonances on the bridge: Hersch and Haden solo with aplomb and grace. "Cadences" is fully accessible avant garde, with marvelous solos by Baron and Hersch that take off after the theme statement. Then there is an excellent spacey version of Ornette Coleman's "Enfant" with a great "Raincheck" quote. Miles Davis' "Blue in Green" is taken at a quicker pace than the original as Hersch finds new nuances, both here and on the luminous title track 'jazz waltz' "Sarabande". This is a marvelous performance by Hersch, Haden, and Baron who play with great empathy, precision, and emotion, demonstrating the timeless quality of this great jazz studio performance. My Highest Recommendation! Five EMPATHETIC Stars. (Sunnyside Communicat records. 9 tracks. Time-50:49.)


623 C Street
623 C Street
Price: £12.26

5.0 out of 5 stars AN INTENSE FIERY PERFORMANCE BY THE RALPH MOORE QUARTET, 9 Feb. 2016
This review is from: 623 C Street (Audio CD)
Five BLAZING Stars. How did this one slip by? From the album "623 C Street" comes a hot performance by composer, arranger, and master tenor and soprano saxophonist Ralph Moore and his all-star quartet. Many "tenor sax with trio" recordings pale in comparison to this excellent 1987 Criss Cross Jazz release. On piano is the artful David Kikoski, then comes the singing bass lines of the acclaimed veteran Buster Williams, and finally 'drummer extraordinaire' Billy Hart (aka "Jabali" from his Herbie Hancock days) who is phenomenal.

The 'best of the best' begins with Bud Powell's immortal "Un Poco Loco" that uses a race horse tempo for Moore's launching into a marvelously inventive solo, and then there is a fantastic 'chase sequence' by the fleet-fingered Kikoski and Hart, who eventually overruns him into his own blistering extended drum solo. Flat out amazing stuff! "Speak Low" has the duo of Moore's big sound and interesting variations and Kikoski's hairpin twists and turns.

Then there is a 'take no prisoners' hard bop performance by tenor saxist Moore's quartet of the composition "Deceptacon" where everyone solos with abandon, pushed along by Williams and Hart, who both add their own solos. Afterwards, listen again specifically to the amazing work by Williams and Hart in the background. After initially listening to "Deceptacon" and the lovely ballad "Christina" featuring Moore on soprano sax, I bought this entire timeless album, recorded in 1987 and it is a winner, with the rating sealed by the presence of Jabali. Ralph Moore is a towering tenor saxophonist. My Highest Recommendation. Five SCORCHING Stars. (Criss Cross Jazz records. 8 MP3 tracks. Time-59:27. Trivia: Ralph Moore was born in London and raised in the USA.)


My Ship
My Ship
Price: £0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars THE "MISTY MISS CHRISTY" SINGS A MARVELOUS "MY SHIP", 7 Feb. 2016
This review is from: My Ship (MP3 Download)
Five MISTY Stars. "My Ship", by Kurt Weill and Ira Gershwin, is sung by June Christy, one of the greatest female jazz singers to come out of the crucible of the big band era, before launching her own memorable career with the dazzling hit "Something Cool". She sang with Boyd Raeburn as "Sharon Leslie". But, as June Christie, achieved her greatest big band fame with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, especially on the million-selling "Tampico", no small feat in 1945. She was the middle part of the Kenton 'triumvirate' of great big band singers, which included Anita O'Day in the early 1940s and Chris Connor in the 1950s.

The album "Ballads for Night People" was orchestra arranged and conducted by her husband, multi-reed artist Bob Cooper. June's heartfelt performance has her voice and vibrato caressing the lyrics and she is supported by Cooper's lovely arrangement, which is full of oboes, harps, violins, other reeds, flutes, and brass, with scintillating lyrical flute and tenor sax solos, possibly by Cooper, himself. Highly Recommended. Five BEAUTIFUL Stars! (Capitol records. 1 MP3 track. Time-4:01.)


Tom Clancy's The Division: Agent Origins
Tom Clancy's The Division: Agent Origins
Dvd

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3.0 out of 5 stars TOM CLANCY's THE DIVISION: AGENT ORIGINS-SHORT AND INTENSE, 7 Feb. 2016
Three INTENSE Stars! A pandemic in New York City causes panic and lawlessness as 8 million die in 3 weeks and the pandemic goes worldwide. The Division is called in to restore order in NYC. Lots of quick-cutting action: the Oval Office, prison riots, stash locations, civilian prisoners, fights, and shootouts. Like a film version of a "flash fiction" 'short, short' story, they drop the viewer into the action with little backstory and it stops with no final conclusion. This short film could have been the basis of a nice movie, but instead it's purpose is to give the "third person shooters" of the Tom Clancy "The Division" video game some idea of the origin of this team and their 'day jobs' when activated. Starring Matt Lynch, Sasha Andreev, Amanda Day, Danny Mason, as well as Michael Sung Ho, Glen Ratcliffe, Paul Carpenter, and Aundrea Smith. Directed by Devin Graham and Adrian Picard. Definitely Recommended as an intense, short character and situation backstory for the video game. Three ACTION-PACKED Stars. (Ubisoft. Corbis Entertainment. Color. CC. X-Ray. Time-31:55.)


Adventure Of A Lifetime (Radio Edit)
Adventure Of A Lifetime (Radio Edit)
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5.0 out of 5 stars COLDPLAY TURNS ON THE MAGIC OF "ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME", 6 Feb. 2016
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"Turn your magic on, to me she'd say,
Everything you want's a dream away.."
- "Adventure of a Lifetime" by Coldplay

Five UNUSUAL Stars! From the album, "A Head Full of Dreams", this is the track "Adventure of a Lifetime" by the 6-time Grammy-winning British rock group Coldplay. Beginning with a distinctive and recurring Oriental-like background theme, lead vocalist Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, electric bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion conjure up images of magic, diamonds, beating hearts, and a special love affair, all over a hot, driving beat. Highly Recommended! Five RADIANT Stars! (Parlophone UK records. 1MP3 track. Time-4:23.)


Coming Of Age by Concord Jazz (2015-01-01)
Coming Of Age by Concord Jazz (2015-01-01)
Offered by M&E Store-UK
Price: £19.92

5.0 out of 5 stars BASSIST BEN WILLIAMS & "SOUND EFFECT" IN A MARVELOUS SWINGING SESSION, 6 Feb. 2016
Five IMPRESSIVE Stars! This is Grammy-winning, rising star, jazz bassist Ben Williams’ second album as a leader and it demonstrates how he bridges several musical styles, compositionally and solo-wise, by his playing and by surrounding himself with first-rate musicians. In between his two recordings was Williams' notable stint as the bassist with guitarist Pat Metheny’s groundbreaking “Unity Band/Group” which won Grammys for Metheny, Williams, Antonio Sanchez, and Chris Potter. On “Coming of Age”, Williams’ diverse compositions very effectively exploit the many capabilities of his group “Sound Effect” which consists of tenor and soprano saxist Marcus Strickland, Christian Sands on keyboards, guitarist Matthew Stevens, and drummer John Davis. Special guests are trumpeter Christian Scott, soul singer Goapele, vibist Stefon Harris, and singer/poet W. Ellington Felton. Also making appearances are ace keyboardist Masayuki Hirano and Etienne Charles on percussion.

The ’best of the best’ begins with the mysterious sound of “Black Villian Music” which is defined by 'synths and soprano saxes’, individually and collectively, over a shifting beat. The beautiful and intense waltz “Strength and Beauty” is a paean to the hope of rising above the tragic Sandy Hook school shooting. The patiently-developed “Half Steppin’” showcases Williams' bass lines, the simultaneous theme by Williams and Strickland, excellent solos from Sands and Stevens, and the stellar go-go drumming of Davis who pushes the group along briskly. The touching “Voice of Freedom (For Mandela)" features the heartfelt vocal stylings and lyrics of Goapele. The dreamy “The Color of My Dreams” has vibraharpist Stefon Harris playing a sterling solo with strings and an incisive, facile bass solo from Williams. Williams gives two interesting takes on pop/rock tunes: Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” where he solos mightily, sounding at times like two bassists, and Lianne La Havas’ “Lost and Found” featuring the lovely muted trumpet of Christian Scott over rhythm section and strings. "Toy Soldiers” gets an instrumental verison beginning with a thematic martial beat then thrilling solos from Williams, Stevens, Strickland and Davis, and later a more laid-back reprise featuring the very hip, timely spoken words and voice of poet, singer W. Ellington Felton. “Coming of Age” is mercurial, going from a forlorn ballad that kicks in a fast gear for an exciting improvisational section with Strickland on tenor sax, Sand on piano, and Williams with a soulful arco solo going to fadeout. And perhaps, best of all, the uptempo, hardswinging “Forecast” with excellent solos from Strickland on soprano sax and Sands on acoustical piano, driven along relentlessly by drummer Davis and Williams' resourceful comping. Ben Williams, Sound Effect, and guests presents attrative themes and stimulating improvisations in a memorable release. Highly Recommended. Five IMPRESSIVE Stars! (Concord Jazz. 11 MP3 tracks. Time-66:31)


Mail Order Bride: Western Romance: A Sheriff's Heart (Clean Western Christian Romance) (Sweet Western Historical Romance)
Mail Order Bride: Western Romance: A Sheriff's Heart (Clean Western Christian Romance) (Sweet Western Historical Romance)
Price: £2.02

4.0 out of 5 stars "A SHERIFF's HEART" IS A CLEAN STRAIGHTFORWARD TALE OF WESTERN ROMANCE, 6 Feb. 2016
Four HOPEFUL Stars. "A Sheriff's Heart" is another of the 'mail order bride' genre short stories by talented and prolific author Mary Miller. It is a clean Christian-oriented tale of deception and hope, as a woman leaves her family home in the eastern United States in search of love, sight unseen, with the Sheriff of Elko Nevada. He even sent her money to save her family's failing business. But Hettie is headed into a great deception and an unexpected reception. Can shared sorrow and prayer conquer a broken heart? A simple, short and sweet, touching tale with a different spin, artfully told. Very Definitely Recommended. Four HEARTENING Stars! (Reviewed in Kindle Text and text to speech. The Kindle screen layout was set to double-paged aspect: ~35 pages. There are additional bonus stories immediately following this story.)


Deceptacon
Deceptacon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A FIERY PERFORMANCE OF "DECEPTACON" BY THE RALPH MOORE QUARTET, 6 Feb. 2016
This review is from: Deceptacon (MP3 Download)
Five BLAZING Stars. From the album "623 C Street" comes a hot performance by composer, arranger, and master tenor and soprano saxophonist Ralph Moore and his all-star quartet. On piano is the artful David Kikoski, then comes the singing bass of the acclaimed veteran Buster Williams, and finally 'drummer extraordinaire' Billy Hart (aka "Jabali" from his Herbie Hancock days). This is a 'take no prisoners' hard bop performance by tenor saxist Moore's quartet of the composition "Deceptacon" where all solo with abandon, pushed along by Williams and Hart, who both add their own solos. Afterwards, listen again specifically to the amazing work by Williams and Hart in the background. After listening to this and the ballad "Christina" featuring Moore on soprano sax, I must buy the album. My Highest Recommendation. Five SCORCHING Stars. (Criss Cross Jazz records. 1 MP3 track. )


Take Me Home [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Take Me Home [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by Empor-online
Price: £14.78

4.0 out of 5 stars "TAKE ME HOME": A REVEALING TAXI RIDE ACROSS THE USA, 6 Feb. 2016
Four AWAKENING Stars. This plot of "Take Me Home" is about a budding photographer, Dan Reeves who is forced to return to cab driving after other business failures. Claire is likewise having a bad day & hails his cab, giving the instructions, "Drive, just drive". And off they go across the country, surviving, adjusting, and sharing adventures with sorrows and laugh out loud moments between Dan and Claire who is married. But who are these two people? This is a really enjoyable film that keeps the low key surprises coming. Starring the real life husband and wife team of producer, writer, and director Sam Jaeger and Amber Jaeger as "Claire". Also featuring Lin Shaye, Brennan Elliott, Bree Turner, and Michelle Krusiec, with Cristine Rose and Victor Garber. Music by Bootstraps. Very Definitely Recommended. Four REVEALING Stars. (Monterey Media, Wonder Entertainment. PG-13. Color. CC. Time-1:36:53.)


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