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Introduction to Discourse Studies
Introduction to Discourse Studies
by J. Renkema
Edition: Paperback
Price: £54.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A relevant textbook, 11 Aug. 2015
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Here we have a textbook that takes a systematic approach to the study of discourse. This means starting from an objectivist position and working towards the application of models to various contexts. The textbook is now quite old in academic terms, but it still offers the student of discourse analysis a lot - and complements other textbooks in the field. Renkema sets out by approaching the subject from the position of pragmatics - the ways meanings can be encoded in different forms to achieve specific outcomes. His opening model is one that places communication in objective terms - something that I feel over-simplifies a complex process and action. The inclusion of illoctionary force and social semiotics in subsequent chapters does allow the subject to be opened up more fruitfully. Multimodality is given limited attention, probably due to the fact that Kress and van Leeuwen were still pushing the boundaries when this book was written. Consequently, the reader needs to carry forward the intertextual and cognitive processes that are generated through the interaction of texts into the next section that deals with style, and also the later section on media, in order to give significance to the affordances generated. CDA is included in the closing section dealing with discourse and institutions - politics, law and racism, which are of course, fertile grounds for a critical discourse approach. Overall, this is a comprehensive approach to a big subject, and as an introduction, enables the reader to map out the diverse terrains that discourse analysis and discourse studies covers. This should continue to be a useful addition to reading lists, and to students who might draw upon the textbook selectively.


Conversations With Water
Conversations With Water
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Price: £17.62

3.0 out of 5 stars The music is sometimes so beautiful., 10 Aug. 2015
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Naming yourselves after a piece of musical technology that you use as your counterweight to your own musical prowess is perhaps not the most original idea, but this is what this duo have chosen to do. The swirling combinations of cello, bass and voices - at times affected by pedals and other tricks - works to a degree. The classical heritage that both Sam Bass' cello and Robin Croomer's expansive voice import into a contemporary setting, creates an effervescence at one point and a dreaminess at another. The music is sometimes so beautiful. The lyrics are the weak link here, although in the field of music, far worse have been put to work for commercial success. Fortunately, here the music dominates - the lyrics are almost incidental at key moments. Robin Croomer has a powerful female voice that soars and weaves octaves together, layering across the solid bass lines. 'Tiptoe Through Fires' sets up a classic post-punk feel, without the grit. 'Bumble Bees', the opener on this cd, is great for kicking off the rest of the day, with looping sounds waking up the song. 'Open' introduces a cello movement that sits so well within the unfolding song - the singing is a little overbearing here however, until it settles into a groove, evoking some old blues lines to fantastic effect. This is a meditative song that needs a bit more space in the first half. Overall, an impressive debut from 2 accomplished musicians. 3 and a half stars - but not 4 from this reviewer.


Live Around The World
Live Around The World
Price: £7.74

4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album of Miles live in the last quarter of ..., 17 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Live Around The World (Audio CD)
An amazing album of Miles live in the last quarter of his remarkable music career. And what amazing musicians to have around at the time to make it work. This is, for me, a highlight in what we all thought would be the less important years in Miles' musical history. Proves how wrong one can be.


Clasico
Clasico
Price: £26.34

4.0 out of 5 stars Gonzalo Bergara is a fantastic, fluent guitarist right out of the Django mold, 17 Jun. 2015
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This Clasico album, with Adrien Moignard, a French player, and Gonzalo Bergara from Argentina, is an exercise in guitar virtuosity. Gonzalo Bergara is a fantastic, fluent guitarist right out of the Django mold. He brings something of his native Argentina to his playing - it's hard to pin down, but it's there. I first heard him play on his own album Portea Soledad. That is an album that is so enchanting and lyrical in terms of guitar phrasing that it leaves many others in the shade. The combination of the two players here, for the most part, works so well - you have to wonder how these 2 can create something with so much energy. Django's Tiger, which opens this set, is high octane acoustic guitar work, whilst Troblant Bolero is a wonderful example of tonality and melody lines. There is some experimentation also here - 'Artillerie Lourde' plays with the rhythmic patters without straying into any difficult territory for the listener. This is a far more belligerent version than the one cut by the maestro Django in the 1940s. Overall, worth 4 stars and worth buying if you can get it at a reasonable price.


Street Funk & Jazz Groove: (The Best Of Grant Green)
Street Funk & Jazz Groove: (The Best Of Grant Green)

4.0 out of 5 stars This album moves seamlessly between the cool and the funk - and Grant Green just throws ..., 17 Jun. 2015
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This might be straight out of the magic era of jazz - the guitar work against that groove in the back is tremendous. After hearing this, you just know what John Scofield has been listening to all these years. This album moves seamlessly between the cool and the funk - and Grant Green just throws runs around with a real sense of ease. The backing players are right on the pulse - keeping the music really well grounded. This lets each soloist take the lead with a combined sense of abandon and purpose. You can just tell these players are having a great time. 'Sookie Sookie' epitomises this. Listen to Green's phrasing on 'Talking about JC' - he's pressing hard and communicating with Larry Young on hammond, whilst the great Elvin Jones kicks it up on a drum kit. There's not a lot of useful information on the sleeve - so to find out who is playing on which track is not straight forward. But that's okay - it's what comes out of the speakers that makes all the difference. If you play guitar - whatever genre - take a listen to this album on a sunny day.


The Karma Collection 2003
The Karma Collection 2003
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Price: £21.98

4.0 out of 5 stars ... second cd in this pair is by far the best of the 2 and one of the best chill-out ..., 17 Jun. 2015
The second cd in this pair is by far the best of the 2 and one of the best chill-out compilations around. CD1 is pretty much mainstream - the inclusion of a sampled Peter Green classic, 'Albatross' doesn't work. It's the 2nd CD that sits in my player, and from the opening notes of Nacho Sotomayor onwards, this is so evocative - each track building on something that lingers from the previous. Christophe Goze's contribution is right up there - desert music with a backbeat. The music unfolds - highly recommended.


Back on the Corner
Back on the Corner
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Price: £12.33

5.0 out of 5 stars A real joy to behold - these musicians obviously love to play, 18 Mar. 2015
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A real joy to behold - these musicians obviously love to play, and have had a great time playing together. For me, the bringing together of Mike Stern and Vic Juris is inspired and brilliant - 2 really different, but top flight players who know their way around a fret board in a way that many other A-rated jazz guitar players don't. Mike Stern never tries to outplay others - and creates so much for others around him. He's one of the most interesting guitar players I have ever heard. Vic Juris is versed in so many different styles, it's untrue. The band leader here is Dave Liebman, a long-time collaborator with Vic Juris, so you know the playing is going to be joined-up. Add in the massive playing of Anthony Jackson on bass, and you have a real sense of power, The entire rhythm section is a powerhouse here. And of course, they are all assembled to reinvent one of Miles Davis' most controversial albums - an album which at the time, some of these musicians were unsure of, This 2006 recording comes 34 years after its namesake, and is quite a long way from the original drum and bass grounding of the 1972 recording. That's a good thing - why reinvent the past - instead, these guys have reinvented the Corner. This will stay in my player for some time. I would recommend this - unconditionally.


Sugar
Sugar
Price: £17.49

4.0 out of 5 stars And the music is great straight-ahead jazz - some forceful blowing from Stanley Turrentine ..., 18 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Sugar (Audio CD)
Don't approach this from the outside in. The cover is not any indication of the music. And the music is great straight-ahead jazz - some forceful blowing from Stanley Turrentine on tenor - and the rhythm section swings into action from the start - congas add something realty special. We also get a real insight into George Benson as a sideman - here he's less inclined to follow his tendency to impress, and instead hang loose - which is what he does best. Freddie Hubbard plays some dancing riffs, not always at his best, but lays down some lovely licks. The title track is the shortest - at just over 10 minutes. Sunshine Alley is so much a product of its time and even allows Butch Cornell to throw the organ at the mix - not always effectively, but he sets the scene for George Benson to take on a solo that harks back to earlier British blues. A very deliberated Impressions closes the set, before the CD added live take of 'Sugar'. Impressions is more jaunty than Coltrane would have played. Stanley Turrentine really picks up the pace and delivers some really thoughtful lines - worth the price of the cd. And I do like George Benson's arching solo here. Overall, a good addition to your collection, although a little short in terms of minutes. Just wish the cover didn't indulge in a Tarantino-type fetish.


We Want Miles
We Want Miles
Price: £19.52

3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview of a massive body of work, 31 Dec. 2013
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As long as you know what you're ordering - you are getting a double cd of Miles spanning 40 years, from sideman to show-stopper. These are mostly studio recordings taken from over 20 albums. Highlights include a young Miles playing the notes with Charlie Parker on 'Now's the Time', the brilliant 'Round Midnight', the brooding 'Generique', a 15 minute rendition of 'My Funny Valentine' recorded live in New York, Wayne Shorter's 'ESP', 'Miles Runs the Voodoo Down' - as hard-hitting as ever, and 'Time After Time'. And in between there's 'So What' 'Summertime', the sublime 'Little Church', 'Jean Pierre' from the live edition of We Want Miles, and the beautiful 'Portia'. And there's more here. A well balanced and highly selective look at one of the greatest front-men in jazz. You can pick this double cd collection up fairly cheaply if you look around. Worth the effort. I have given this only 3 stars - it's worth 3 and a half, but not 4 simply because it's so wide-ranging - it lacks the depth that someone as crucial to jazz, as Miles is, deserves. But a good collection all the same.


HAL LEONARD CARLTON LARRY - INSTRUCTIONAL - GUITAR Educational books Acoustic guitar
HAL LEONARD CARLTON LARRY - INSTRUCTIONAL - GUITAR Educational books Acoustic guitar
Offered by hamcor
Price: £7.91

3.0 out of 5 stars Better material on the web, 15 Aug. 2013
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Larry Carlton is a natural teacher - goes beyond simply demonstrating. But on this DVD he keeps things too restricted in terms of explanation. He has some great lessons on the web - go there instead. Maybe it's the corporate boys who tell him what to do on this DVD. His playing is, as expected, beautiful. Also, the 'book' included is folded within the DVD cover - and is limited.


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