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Paris Sessions
Paris Sessions
Price: £13.75

5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY & INTIMACY: TIERNEY SUTTON IN DUO & TRIO FORMATS, 18 Sep 2014
This review is from: Paris Sessions (Audio CD)
Stepping away from her Tierney Sutton Band of voice, piano, two basses, and drums with those remarkable arrangements, multiple Grammy-nominated jazz singer Tierney joins forces with excellent guitarist Serge Merlaud and bassist Kevin Axt from her band in producing a quiet, hushed setting that exposes her magnificent voice in full relief, with Merlaud's sensitive, lovely supportive background and inventive solos, and bandmate Axt joining in on 7 of the 12 songs. Herein, there are beautiful ballads, gentle bossas, and swingers that display Tierney's exceptional phrasing, swing, conceptualization, and vibrato.

The 'best of the best' begins with Tierney wonderfully singing "You Must Believe In Spring" and "Don't Go To Strangers" in a memorable relaxed version that is great enough to join the Etta Jones and Eydie Gorme versions. The sensuous "Estate" (Summer) is a gorgeous gentle bossa nova delivered in the English lyrics and 'scat' that displays one of the best vibratos in the business. "Ilm", the soaring "Asma", and the lilting "Beija Flor" are wordless marvels. The rarely-recorded "Answer Me My Love" and "All Too Soon" get great treatments from Tierney and Merlaud. A great album where Tierney and Co do one pass thru many of the songs that may make you reach for the repeat button, as she sings, scats, and hums through a beautiful set that was recorded in Paris. Highly Recommended. Five GORGEOUS Stars! (12 tracks; Time-52 minutes)


Mozart Piano Sonatas K330 & K333, Adagio K540 & Gigue K574.
Mozart Piano Sonatas K330 & K333, Adagio K540 & Gigue K574.

5.0 out of 5 stars MITSUKO UCHIDA AND MOZART SONATAS: A MARVELOUS, ENJOYABLE COMBINATION,, 16 Sep 2014
Five EXTRAORDINARY Stars! Grammy-award winning piano virtuoso Dame Mitsuko Uchida excels on this recital of 4 compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart recorded in 1984 on this Philips release. Herein, a youthful, exuberant Uchida of 30 years ago is at the beginning of her brilliant recorded expansion of her 1980s repertoire by playing two beloved Mozart sonatas, Piano Sonata in C K.330 and Piano Sonata in B flat K.333, plus one movement of Piano Sonata K.540, and the Gigue movement of K.574. In the decades since this recording, Uchida has included the works by other well-known composers, but for many of us, she is one of the Mozart authorities and considered one of the finest exponents of his music who has recorded “the Mozart cycle” double of all solo piano and piano with orchestra works.

The three movement K.330 (composed along with K.331 and 332 in Vienna during 1781-82) is bright, energetic and full of twists, turns, shifting tempos, and rests, especially the "Allegro Moderato" movement getting the appropriate elegant, emotional, technically assured reading from Uchida, as well as the slower ’sparkling then somber' "Andante cantabile" movement, and the animated, dancing “Allegretto" movement. Uchida’s choice and execution of the beautiful single 10 minute+ B minor “Adagio" movement of Piano Sonata K.540 with the characteristic dramatic 16-note, thrice-repeated, percussive left hand figuration set against the lyrical 6 note right hand phrase is a marvel of Mozart’s conception and Uchida’s execution. The three movement Sonata in B flat, K.333 (probably composed in 1783 Linz based on scientific examination of the handwriting, ink, and paper, not as suspected in 1778 Paris) has a fantastic Allegretto grazioso movement. The brief happy contrapuntal Gigue in G/G flat K.574 was written in an organist's visitor’s book, probably in tribute to J.S. Bach who once occupied that very position and organ, featuring wondrous overlapping phrases. Beautiful Mozartian work by Mitsuko Uchida and it gets My Highest Recommendation. (8 tracks; Time-50:48)


The Rancher's Reluctant Bride (Brides of Cactus Gap Book 4)
The Rancher's Reluctant Bride (Brides of Cactus Gap Book 4)
Price: £0.77

4.0 out of 5 stars "THE RANCHER'S RELUCTANT BRIDE" IS AN ENJOYABLE TALE OF FATEFUL MEETINGS AND TRAGEDY, 16 Sep 2014
Four ENJOYABLE Stars! Anna St James, the author of the "Brides of Cactus Gap" short stories, brings another tale from the 'Mail Order Bride' genre, this time with a twist to the usual 'summoned bride' story. It is called "The Rancher's Reluctant Bride" and it is Book 4 in the series. In 1875, after arriving in Cactus Gap Texas based on her own decision, widow Sarah Monroe is settling into life in her new home inherited from her uncle. Coming out of an abusive marriage, she is avoiding not only marriage, but men as well. Then she meets lonely cattle rancher Zach Whitfield, the town's eligible bachelor. Tragedy and circumstances then bring them closer together. This is a very touching story of love, tragedy, faith in God, community service, friendship and three people seeking their destiny. Very Definitely Recommended, Four APPEALING Stars! (Reviewed in Kindle text and text-to-speech, 44 pages.)


Live at the Olympia - June 27th 2012 (The Music and the Film of the Complete Concert)
Live at the Olympia - June 27th 2012 (The Music and the Film of the Complete Concert)
Price: £14.45

5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELOUS 2012 L'OLYMPIA CONCERT: AHMAD JAMAL QUARTET WITH GUEST YUSEF LATEEF (CD/DVD), 16 Sep 2014
Five ENJOYABLE Stars. This 3 disk nicely-appointed tri-fold cardboard package (2 music CDs and 1 video DVD) captures the pianist, innovator, leader, and DownBeat Hall of Fame member Ahmad Jamal, his legendary ensemble, and featured guest multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef playing in 2012 to a packed house at the L'Olympia in Paris France. His ensemble includes longtime associates Reginald Veal on double bass, Herlin Riley on drums, and Manolo Badrena on percussion. Based partly on his popular Grammy-nominated "Blue Moon" CD, the DVD contains performances of the total 14 standard and original songs from the concert, while the two CDs are broken down into 8 and 6 songs respectively for listening pleasure. The CDs are great but the DVD concert performance is fabulous, showing how tight the ensemble is and how Jamal exhibits control over the dynamics of each song with a simple wave of his hand or pointing a finger calling for a solo from each member of the ensemble. The cinematography work from various angles with many closeups is superb.

The `best of the best' begins with an awesome minor-themed "Autumn Rain" building and releasing tension as Jamal directs the ensemble's shadings with hand signals, drawing repeated applause from the audience as the tension builds to a taunt release, over and over. "Blue Moon" has a 5-note pedal point beat that allows Jamal to switch from shimmering to hip phrases for extended periods. Percussionist Manolo Badrena shines expertly and humorously on the planned breaks between the musical phrases on Billy Reid's "The Gypsy". The beautiful ballad "Laura" includes a two-note refrain alluding to "Call Me", as Jamal takes the song for a thrill ride with Veal bass in support. Multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef then arrives on stage for 4 songs, initially turning the stage into a steaming rain forest of sounds and rhythms on "Exatogi" and "Masara" and then brings it home, vocally, with blues renditions of "Trouble in Mind" and "Brother Hold Your Light", all with the superb assistance of Jamal and the bass, drum, and percussion section. Outstanding performances by the Ahmad Jamal ensemble and Yusef Lateef. My Highest Recommendation! Five SWINGING Stars! (3 disks: 2 audio and 1 complete concert video of 13 total songs; Total time-102:20)


The Village [DVD] [2004]
The Village [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.77

5.0 out of 5 stars M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN's “THE VILLAGE” IS A CHARMING, DRAMATIC ADULT FAIRY TALE, 15 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Village [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Five REMARKABLE Stars! A movie that is beautifully rendered and full of great stoic acting and powerful scenes. In M. Night Shyamalan's “The Village”, the famed producer, writer, and director presents the audience with what is almost an adult fairy tail, complete with the small utopian community of 'good people’ living in the valley and the ominous “Those We Don’t Speak Of” creatures living in the forest that surrounds community. The valley dwellers are forbidden to enter the forest and have an uneasy ‘truce’ with the monsters lurking in the forest. Seemingly self-sufficient, there are questions about how they set up and maintain their homestead in the first place. They even keep night watch and can sound an alarm bell to make the citizens flee to protected places if attacked. While the leader, Edward Walker (William Hurt), and his group of elders is the early focus of the movie, the story resolves around the interrelationship between four young friends, excellently portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard as the blind intrepid Ivy, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, and Judy Greer, and this quartet propels the movie to its conclusion and the true facts of the community. Also starring Sigourney Weaver, Cherry Jones, Brendan Gleeson, Jane Atkinson, and a key, but brief acting turn by Charlie Hofheimer. The featured violinist of the James Newton Howard music score is Grammy-winner Hilary Hahn. PG-13. Highly Recommended. Five OUTSTANDING Stars! (Amazon Instant Video; Time-1:48)


Bounce [DVD] [2001]
Bounce [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £7.18

5.0 out of 5 stars "BOUNCE": A REMARKABLE TRAGEDY SPARKS A NEW BEGINNING FOR TWO PEOPLE, 11 Sep 2014
This review is from: Bounce [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
" 'Guys screw up'...it's in their manual, right after 'Love your grill' and 'Leave socks on floor' ".

Four and a half FASCINATING Stars! Oscar-winners Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck, an off-again, on-again real-life Hollywood couple at the time, are magical as Abby and Buddy. Through self-directed circumstance, Buddy avoids death and, coming out of a period of guilt and booze, is drawn into checking up on the widow and kids of the man who literally took his seat on an airplane and died. The movie has a very attractive 'made for TV'-type ambience that rushes towards a hopeful conclusion and it is nice watching some inevitable things unfold, but are they inevitable? Aside from the irresistible Paltrow and the likable Affleck, the movie cast includes Edward Edwards, Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal), Natasha Henstridge (Species), Mary Ellen Lyon, and Joe Morton (Scandal). Directed by Don Roos. Highly Recommended. Four a half ENCHANTING Stars! (Amazon Instant Video. Time: 1:47. Note: Gwyneth Paltrow talked Ben Affleck into doing this movie after they had broken up in real life, the movie drew them back into the relationship for a while. "Bounce" was made for an astounding budget of $35 Million and it made a nice profit of $53 Million total worldwide as a date movie.)


The Hunter [DVD]
The Hunter [DVD]
Dvd ~ Willem Dafoe
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars "THE HUNTER" SEARCHES FOR THE LAST OF A BREED AND SELF DISCOVERY, 8 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Hunter [DVD] (DVD)
Five MESMERIZING Stars! Dafoe triumphs! "The Hunter" is an Australian movie based on the eponymous book by Julia Leigh, featuring marvelous understated acting, stunning cinematography of Tasmanian mountain and valley vistas, and a beautifully-fitting soundtrack. The plot moves at a deliberate pace and tracks the activities of Martin, a solitary European hunter hired by a shadowy biotech company to search the forests of Tasmania for the suspected last of the indigenous tigers. The tiger has some unusual traits that could be of great use. Also, the hunter is also in the middle of the affairs of a widow and kids, as well as among intense competing local groups. Willem Dafoe gives an outstanding performance as the grim, patient lead protagonist, along with the scene-stealing beautiful Frances O'Connor, the always marvelous Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Morgana Davies, Finn Woodlock, and Callan Mulvey. Directed by Daniel Nettheim. Rated R. Highly Recommended. Five OMINOUS Stars! (Amazon Instant Video. Time-1:40)


Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler (5 Flavors), 18-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6), Garden, Lawn, Maintenance
Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea Sampler (5 Flavors), 18-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6), Garden, Lawn, Maintenance
Offered by Factory Direct Price
Price: £79.00

5.0 out of 5 stars CELESTIAL SEASONINGS BERRY TEA SAMPLERS ARE DELICIOUS AND FULL-BODIED TEAS, 8 Sep 2014
Five TASTEY Stars. This Celestial Seasonings Fruit Tea 18-bag Sampler contains 4 flavorful berry brands and 1 peach brand of tea. These are all gluten free, decaffeinated, and contain NO calories, fat, sodium, carbs, sugar, nor any protein. Each tea bag (which has no steeping string attached to the bag) makes 8 fluid ounces of tea. In testing, these bags steep to full flavor within a minute or two, so the user should be watchful to prevent excessive steeping.

The contents are 4 bags of Wildberry Zinger (hibuscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, orange peel, blackberry leaves, natural flavors of black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, red raspberries, cranberries, and cherries, etc..);
3 bags of Raspberry Zinger (hibuscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, orange peel, blackberry leaves, natural raspberry flavor with other natural flavors, raspberries, raspberry leaves); 4 bags of True Blueberry (hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, natural blueberry flavor with other natural flavors (contains soy lecithin), black berry leaves, wild blue berries, and blueberry leaves); 3 bags of Country Peach Passion (Orange peel, rose hips, hawthorn, chamomile, natural peach flavor with other natural flavors, blackberry leaves, hibiscus, peaches, etc.); and 4 bags of Black Cherry Berry. Favorite flavors are Country Peach Passion, Wild Berry Zinger, and True Blueberry, but all are great choices. Highly Recommended! Five FULL-BODIED Stars (1 each-18 bag box of Celestial Seasonings Berry Teas)


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Price: £0.59

5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: AHMAD JAMAL WITH ORCHESTRA SALUTES HIS HOME TOWN "PITTSBURGH", 3 Sep 2014
This review is from: Pittsburgh (MP3 Download)
From the album "Pittsburgh", where jazz innovator, composer, pianist, leader Ahmad Jamal produces an album different from the bulk of those he has made in his storied, highly-influential career which even influenced the likes of Miles Davis. In the past, the DownBeat Hall of Fame member has gone from a drumless trio with Ray Crawford's guitar for rhythm and soloing, to a formal jazz trio with drummer Louis Hayes becoming the first of many drummers, to recording with voices, to adding percussionist Manolo Badrena as a permanent member making the group a foursome ensemble, to recording with single guest instrumentalists briefly becoming a quintet (George Coleman on tenor sax, Gary Burton on vibes, and Yusef Lateef on his various instruments) and recording with the Assai String Quartet. But this, to my knowledge, is only his second recording with a big band with strings, as he once again joins forces with talented arranger Richard Evans. Evans effectively uses the big band as colorful and hard-driving support for Jamal and sometimes totally becoming a member of the trio's ambiance. The theme song, "Pittsburgh", rushes along at a breathless, urgent pace, never supplanting the trio, including James Cammack on bass and David Bowler on drums, but enhancing it as Jamal spins marvelous improvisations on the theme. Highly Recommended. Five SCINTILLATING Stars! (1-track; Time-7:02)


Tayogo Magic Cube Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with 3.5mm Audio Port for Iphones, Ipads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, Macbooks, Laptop Computers, Mp3 Players & Portable Cd/dvd Players (gold)
Tayogo Magic Cube Rechargeable Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with 3.5mm Audio Port for Iphones, Ipads, Android Cell Phones, Touch Screen Tablets, Macbooks, Laptop Computers, Mp3 Players & Portable Cd/dvd Players (gold)
Offered by Tayogo_Direct
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars MAGIC CUBE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER IS PORTABLE, STYLISH, PRODUCES EXCELLENT SOUND, 30 Aug 2014
Five SPLENDID Stars! This gold-colored checkerboard pattern Magic Cube is one of the best small Bluetooth speakers tested so far, in terms of producing excellent, clear 'room-filling' sound from a forward firing speaker via a Bluetooth transmission source. Measuring in at 3 and 1/2 inches square on all sides and weighing in at about 13.5 ounces, it paired via Bluetooth quickly with multiple iPhones and computers and operated far beyond the acceptable Bluetooth range of 30 feet, staying connected out to 65 feet through 2 walls and 2 closed doors before the signal began to break up slightly. It has 5 `audibly clicking' control buttons for on/off, volume increase, volume decrease, bluetooth on, and telephone call interruption. When power is turned on, a blue strobing LED lights up and 4 ascending tones are sounded. There is also an `aux' port for wired hookup using a provided 20 inch long audio cable. Fully charged, the speaker operates for 4 to 6 hours of continuous use and is advertised with 100 standby hours at full charge. Highly Recommended! Five FIRST-RATE Stars! (MagicCube Bluetooth Speaker, mini-USB to USB charging cable, 3.5 mm audio cable, instructional manual. This item was provided for testing and an impartial review.)


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