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In The Current Climate
In The Current Climate
Price: £14.14

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat-Pop, 22 Feb. 2011
This review is from: In The Current Climate (Audio CD)
Just bought the latest Gillespie/Atzmon CD from the appropriately named Albion Beatnik bookshop in Jericho, Oxford. Sarah's second album is another generous ladle-full of beat-pop, gypsy jazz (and whatever), from-the belt-singing. Echoes of Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin, even Joan Baez. Lyrics for the literate and a musical cadence of jazz, middle eastern and folk that stream together like rushing musical currents. Excellent production, rawer and more intimate than her first.
Listening to it now, the song that stands out for me most is How the West Was Won. Reminds me of the best of Dylan. The lyrics alone are a powerful indictment of western imperial play in the ME from Guantanomo, torture, rendition and occupation; powerful words for a status quo that won't just fade away. Very highly recommended.


STALKING JULIET
STALKING JULIET
Price: £17.28

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and You'll Hear Your Own Heart Beating, 25 April 2009
This review is from: STALKING JULIET (Audio CD)
With her debut CD Stalking Juliet, Sarah Gillespie isn't so much category defying as category defining. This is new music. Hard to fit into the Amazon keyword database (and hopefully not under adult!). Which explains all the hyphenated descriptive blurbs in reviews: vocal-folk-gypsy-jazz-middle-eastern-rap-blues-klezmer-beat music. None of, but all of the above. Gillespie delivers a self-certainty in her rap-tinged phrasing that rises above the herd of contemporary smooth Madeleine Peyroux-like jazz vocalists. There's no posing or contrived risk taking here, there's just straight forward, full throated singing from the guts of experience. And what a voice she has, what a voice. There's a resounding Bessie Smith echoing in the roundness of her sound and you feel at times that she could be singing anywhere, at any time and still have that audience enraptured by her delicate snarl. What she delivers in those breathy parcels are jewels: diamond sharp, imagist beatnik lyrics that acid sketch loves taken and loves lost without vulnerability or self-pity. These are love songs but not as you them, Jim. Houdini of the Heart is almost a warning label for those who would try to get closer to the siren call. This is a strong, sexy voice that strikes a steady balance between an intense intimacy and a "come on, stop fooling yourself" hip quip. Malicious Simone is about as sultry and longing as a jazz song can get: "I'm adhering to my outrageous heart". Please do!
Her producer Gilad Atzmon's Middle Eastern injection is evident in the supporting accompaniments on clarinet, soprano sax and exquisite accordion particularly in the sweetly bitter Sleep Taking. But my favourite (apart from the post hip-hop street narrative title track Stalking Juliet and the raucously scathing How the Mighty Fall), is the heart aching Million Moons; I would defy any man not to be moved by that melody of honest yearning.
She's an amazing new talent Sarah Gillespie, but more than that she's a strong, poetic voice who doesn't need the qualifier of "female" as a prefix to vocalist. Just listen and you'll hear your own heart beating.

Sarah Gillespie is playing with Gilad Atzmon and Nigel Kennedy at the 606 Club on April 30th for Medicine for Palestine benefit concert in London.


In Loving Memory Of America
In Loving Memory Of America
Price: £12.58

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Painful Melodies, 13 April 2009
I accidentally stumbled across Gilad Atzmon's live performance of In Loving Memory when I went out for an evening of Jazz at the Wesley Church in Oxford. I had no idea who Atzmon was but had read a good review in the Guardian and thought I'd give it a go; afterall, standard, professionally delivered modern Jazz is always a treat.
Arriving just as Atzmon's string quartet was playing an interlude, when Atzmon lifted his Soprano sax, I was literally blown away. I had never heard anything like his composition or his playing before. And as a Jazz fan both live and recorded, of 30 years, I've heard some sounds. Atzmon is incomparable, he is an artist actually living every moment of his notes as he plays them, sculpting and conducting his compositions on stage as we listen. And his melodies are seductive, they seem almost familiar and safe until he lulls you into a melody that twists sad, then bitter and then tragic. The man has felt some pain in his life and he doesn't mind sharing. The refrain of musick had me close to tears and stayed in my ears for days after wards. His politics and his anger come through in his playing but are transformed by his technical virtuosity into an articulate sadness and disappointment with, well, with humanity. There is an uplift in moods, as if Charlie Parker had been born and raised in the Middle East; but ultimately it is the sadness of his compositions and his playing that reach the level of a profound aesthetic and emotionally devastating statement.
Abbey Lincoln once said that before therapy there was Jazz.
Gilad Atzmon proves her point.
Go get some therapy, we can all use it!


Elixir
Elixir
Price: £17.09

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gee, It All Sounds the Same to Me, 13 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Elixir (Audio CD)
Precisely reflects the state of the ears that are listening and is usually a cover for lack of discernment. This isn't toe tapping music for certain but if you're interested in haunting, percussive explorations threaded together by Garbarek's disintinctive soprano, then this is the album for you. If you like Manu Katche, you'll like this.


Doctor Who 5" Action Figure - The Doctor in Overcoat
Doctor Who 5" Action Figure - The Doctor in Overcoat
Offered by The Heron Bay Trading Co.
Price: £59.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Brown Coat New Doctor Who, 5 Dec. 2006
This is definitely the better choice rather than the pin stripe suit version.

Goes perfectly well with Rose Tyler, K9 and the electronic Tardis set.

These are great toys for imaginative play.

My 8 year old daughter has been asking for nothing else this Xmas.

Can't wait to see her face on XMAS morning


Blues For Allah
Blues For Allah
Price: £5.94

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the UnDead, 10 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Blues For Allah (Audio CD)
The most avante garde Jazz influenced of the Dead studio albums.
This is not typical jam and is extremely tight.
Mind you, I haven't heard the new alternate takes yet but I have good expectations.
More Buddha, than Allah.
Sophisticated space exploration music for multiple toe-tappers.


Le Creuset Stoneware Round Casserole, 21 cm, Volcanic
Le Creuset Stoneware Round Casserole, 21 cm, Volcanic

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smaller Than I imagined, 6 Nov. 2005
Is the only flaw; which can easily be blamed on Internet jpegs and my inability to visualise metric measurements.
Perfect for a 3-4 person meal. Anymore and you'll be found wanting.


At Carnegie Hall
At Carnegie Hall
Price: £11.61

18 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheets of Genius, 6 Nov. 2005
This review is from: At Carnegie Hall (Audio CD)
This is an incredible find and surpasses most of the previous recordings released by either artist. Buy this for anyone who 'doesn't get' post bebop modernism. Monk and Coltrane define the very limits of modernism and in one sense wrests control of the apex of western musical composition and expression from it's European monopoly on classicism and firmly replants it within the African American cultural synthesis.
This music ranks with anything produced by Stravinsky or any classical modernist of the era.


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