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The Pat Metheny Interviews
The Pat Metheny Interviews
by Richard Niles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars a must have!, 9 Aug. 2014
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not only is Metheny one of the most significant and innovative musicians on the planet but he can also express himself and communicate way better than most on the subject of music, Jazz and improvisation. this is clearly helped along by the strong rapport that he has with the interviewer, Richard Niles, who knows him from College days. as a bonus, this is also a beautifully presented and high quality publication - a must for any Jazz guitarist and serious students of Jazz!


Bags Groove (Remastered)
Bags Groove (Remastered)
Price: £3.69

5.0 out of 5 stars a classic!, 9 Aug. 2014
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an absolute bargain for some great music - a real classic!


A Swingin' Affair!
A Swingin' Affair!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a joy!, 3 July 2013
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This review is from: A Swingin' Affair! (Audio CD)
great tunes, stunning arrangements all brilliantly recorded and with Sinatra's voice and interpretations - an absolute joy and must have collection!


Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill
Lotte Lenya Sings Kurt Weill
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Price: £7.45

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real character and you can hear every word, 3 July 2013
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Lenya sings so clearly that you could use this disc to learn German! also full of character and great interpretations of the songs.


Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aries Operita
Piazzolla: Maria de Buenos Aries Operita
Price: £14.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars no guitar?, 3 July 2013
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Piazzolla without guitar? definitely not the same! earlier recordings of this piece feature some great guitarists and the instrument is, for me, an integral part of the sound - not the best choice of disc...


The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
Price: £2.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have Coltrane disc!, 3 July 2013
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Jazz music in transition with stunning performances all round... a real landmark recording! I've listened to this CD over and over since buying it and can't recommend it highly enough!


Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes
Bream Collection Vol. 21: Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto, Preludes, Etudes

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated concerto, 17 May 2013
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the concerto is a fabulous piece and deserves to be played much more. it has all the ingredients for mass appeal and is beautifully played and recorded here - all the other pieces are stunningly played too!


Winter's Journey
Winter's Journey
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars review from "Jazz Views", 4 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Winter's Journey (MP3 Download)
Previous encounters with guitarist MacFarlane have come from hearing his work with the Scottish Guitar Quartet, but this first release on his own Muzone Records imprint is an altogether different animal.
This all new project finds MacFarlane in the sometimes solitary world of the solo recording, electing to play or sample (nearly) all of the instruments himself, creating an electronic soundscape of some ingenuity.
Eschewing all displays of instrumental virtuosity, the guitarist has created a musical journey that unfolds slowly and patiently over the albums duration. Attention to the most miniscule detail is the thing here, as the music takes the listener along in its wake, as new ideas are subtly introduced.
The technical skill and patience, and according to MacFarlane, the sheer endurance and time required in such a project is immediately apparent, but at the end of the day it is the music itself that must speak most clearly and ensures the success of the venture as a whole.
It is with this in mind that MacFarlane has succeeded in creating a wholly satisfying set that, despite some fairly long tracks, in excess of the 12 minute mark, is curiously absorbing. Each musical idea is examined in the cold `winter's' light and allowed to develop to a logical conclusion without over overstaying its welcome, gently moving on and incorporating new themes and ideas. At times seemingly static passages move into a rhythmic groove that tugs at the ear before calm and serenity once again prevail.
This is a beautiful and absorbing disc that, by the guitarists own admission, is not jazz but will appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners.

Malcolm MacFarlane - all instruments, programming & samples; with special guest John Burgess (clarinet)
Recorded Winter 2011-12


Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux
Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great live recording!, 25 Aug. 2012
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this is a fantastic collection of pieces from the Miles & Gil Evans repertoire - with the added bonus of Quincy as MD and a great band! it also has Miles, near the end of his life, still playing amazing trumpet - highly recommended!


Thelonious In Action
Thelonious In Action
Price: £5.72

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Jazz CDs ever, 7 July 2012
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This review is from: Thelonious In Action (Audio CD)
a fantastic compilation from 2 nights at the 5 spot club. an amazing band with great performances from everyone with Johnny Griffin in particular on incredible form. there are other versions of this available but the sound quality and mastering etc. are excellent here. if you only want to buy one Monk record then this has got to be strongly recommended. great tunes too!


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