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Rock Them Back to Hell!
Rock Them Back to Hell!
Price: 14.17

5.0 out of 5 stars arguably their most accomplished., 30 Nov 2013
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in keeping with their previous album 'junkyard speedball' LLC's palette of textures and hues is expanding, but without compromising a full-on attack/assault/commitment to their music/sound/fans/muse. i saw a comment on you tube which made me chuckle, but has to be repeated: "they remind me of the Black Keys before they sucked". well, indeed, their first two are B.K. inspired, (they appear on Dan Auerbach's Alive Naturalsound Recordings label), but they have a little more edge to them, songs not quite in same league as Dan's, but on current form are developing quite nicely into a band who've come to show that they've got more to offer than a couple of throwaway records. they mean what they do, you can hear it through the speakers, and more expensive production values( still organic though) hasn't dulled their essence/vitality/raw crackling buzzing fuzzing riffing hollering blues rocking greatness. in the pantheon of the White Stripes, the Black Keys and Bob Log III. buy everything Left Lane Cruiser do with the utter certainty that you are not going to be disappointed. really.


"Kind of Blue": The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece
"Kind of Blue": The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece
by Ashley Kahn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars definitive examination, but not over-scholarly in tone, 1 Jun 2013
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mr Kahn has done kind of what miles unwittingly did in making Kind of Blue, in writing a definitive textbook on a significant musical development. but it's written with love, not with an over-abundance of awe for his subject, but actually a fitting appreciation of all the factors and protagonists that led to the record's creation. finely-detailed on mic placements, room acoustics, tape speeds, but in a way that brings you into the music, the sound, the feel , the texture. great photos such as Canonball's music stand, cigarettes, aspirin for his migranes, brief notes on his briefest of music sheets, all telling with the aid of hindsight but which at the time barely hinted at the magnitude and majesty of the sounds they were about to produce... cultural impact and overview...check, all in all to this point in time the best work on the making of this album, if not the best work on the music contained therein...


Get Up! (Deluxe)
Get Up! (Deluxe)
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Price: 14.48

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4.0 out of 5 stars great pairing, and the whole ensemble groove along nicely, 1 Jun 2013
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this is a really good record, i resisted a 5 star rating because, even though i'm still in the process of ingesting it, it just seems to marginally lack that extra jeu ne sais quoi that merits a fifth star. some stand-out stompers, some laid-back yet soulfully intense medium-pacers, some respectfully-wrought folky/ballady things, but never less than groovesome, intense but not heavy-going both musically and in lyrical sentiment, and finally a success any way you look at it. this is a partnership that will last, and will probably get even better . for now, this is top-notch blues/rock/soul music, without too many equals. you just get the feeling they're warming up.....


But Beautiful
But Beautiful
by Geoff Dyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars series of short quazi-biographical vignettes seeking to get at the essence of several jazz icons., 1 Jun 2013
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a special book, invaluable to those seeking to get closer to understanding what makes a jazz musician tick, how he tocks, and what happens when the clockwork jams! Dyer attempts, and succeeds, to write like a jazzman, adopting scene-setting intros, flights of fancy, hard riffage, light, shade ,nuance, brutal fragility......but above all he seems to love and know Jazz, and his love for some of its greatest exponents is made flesh in this affecting eulogy to his and our heroes. he makes these giants seem human, real, and adds a layer of appreciation and understanding to the music as a result. ben webster taking a bath and making coffee to ease his hangover; chet baker late on a dope payment being smashed in the mouth with a ketchup bottle and stumbling out of a diner into the san francisco heat; bud powell found huddled and scared in a doorway by a cop who (this-time) happened to be his greatest fan; lester young, monk...all rendered human and as a result we get closer to their superhuman abilities and contributions. very readable and re-readable too! worth it!!


Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats
Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats
by Nica de Koenigswarter
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars jaw-droppingly candid photos of jazz immortals...., 28 April 2013
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for the admission price this is an outstanding purchase. they could have made it twice the size and bound it in hardback and charged triple.....and i still would have bought it! that's how good this book is; astonishing relaxed casual pictures of jazz heroes, unforced, unpretentious and un-posey. and that's not to mention the insight gleaned from their answers to the Baroness's simple question: if you had three wishes to be granted now, what would they be? mostly light-hearted answers here, brief and un-expounded upon, mirroring the subjects' obvious sense of ease in the company of one of their greatest champions, but that is not to say they lack profundity. you also learn a little about the somewhat mysterious Baroness from some of the answers, for example, that Art Blakey was in love with her, although the humour in his proposition suggests he knows he hasn't a chance. wonderful work, precious even, i would venture, and highly recommended. 5 unreserved stars!


Skydog: The Duane Allman Story
Skydog: The Duane Allman Story
by Randy Poe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.11

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4.0 out of 5 stars exhaustive biog, good but dry., 19 April 2013
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detailed...... myriad anecdotes and anorack factoids satisfy.... although it is well-written, lacks the vim and verve Duane personified. the best book on D around is the consensus, but what's the competition?? duane's daughter is having a bash i hear, but how she could shed any additional light is a point to argue...


Cornbread
Cornbread
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Price: 11.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not a Van Gelder remaster., 19 April 2013
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not a remaster, therefore an 80's cd and a bit flat and dry sounding .lacks brightness and fizz, however the music effortlessly provides all the vitality you could need.


Delightfulee: The Life and Music of Lee Morgan (Jazz Perspectives)
Delightfulee: The Life and Music of Lee Morgan (Jazz Perspectives)
by Jeffery S. McMillan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.24

4.0 out of 5 stars one of two choices on a Lee bio., 19 April 2013
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i opted for this bio rather than the other available Lee book, purely because the other examined the political areas and subtext of Lee's life. i didn't want to read about politcs, so opted for this one. it's thorough factually, and with the cooperation of Lee's brother before his passing, reliable. prose is a bit dry, not really reflecting the shining brilliance of Lee's playing, although the only enthusiasm mustered in the text appears when the author opines and eulogises on the glories of Lee's best(in his opinion) work. solid but dry.


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