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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At a squeeze:, 29 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Juice (Audio CD)
Starts out great; continues great ... But, Light My Fire! The only artiste whomsoever that transformed that one into a piece of work, was Jose Feliciano - as was so indulgently covered by Will Young :( > a while back. It's interestesting, though, that Juice kicks off with an Eddie Harris track - Sham Time; there's an earlier Scofield album entitled Hand Jive [1994], it has Eddie Harris actually on it. And it's better than any of this.

Levi's Men's 751 Standard Fit Twill Trousers, Black, 30W/32L
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent, 16 Jun. 2014
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Too Tight, just wrong! Not as regular as the Levis 751 that I normally buy from DEBENHAMS! A bit of an unwearable disaster!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars file error[s], 14 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Tascam DP-32 (Electronics)
Okay, Tascam pack a lot in, but if-and-when you get to the point of driving these things moderately hard in thrall as is the natural pace of multi-tracking overdubs, consecutively - be prepared for the the dreaded ambiguous pop-up box display [file error], the big consequential freeze! If you're lucky, you can unplug it and recommence as these units are supposed to save to the last action performed. But, when that doesn't happen, all will be lost [your once current song], gone! I'd had issues with the DP-24 and had hoped the DP-32 would've improved on that model - it hasn't!

I've had to resort back to the older Yamaha AG-series with their built in hard drives.

These newer, larger, Tascam digital machines ask too much from an SDHD card; too much to too little.

I won't be looking back a third time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hyperballads and Shorter, W., 1 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Trio (Audio CD)
Bjork's Hyperballad is to this trio as Silvio Rodriguez was to Bobo Stenson's - the gift of the jazz-ballad! Similar treatments, too - Nice! Shorter's Plaza Real is something else again. And Stanko's Green Sky ... I'm looking forward to my copy of 'Faithful' for more advancement in terms of composition, of Wasilewski [going by the valuable reviews], not so sure about the pivotal role of 'January' yet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent but leaning in!, 10 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Parish (Audio CD)
First impression sustained until #13 'In Motion' (preceded nicely by 'Travel') is that so many great players precious time (in session) seems utterly wasted in this hit-or-miss, collectively free series of improvisations; tortuously til so near the end when they finally get a vamp to lock into; it's all quite interesting as selected bits-and-pieces go but nothing really takes off (which probably wouldn't matter too much except that when it belatedly hooks in at track 13, it almost seems to negate everything that went before it), as a dialectic - in stark comparison - it would seem to prove just how indulgent totally free (if without the freedom of preset form, or parameters for all participants to associate with) paradoxically is: it has its moments but the structered 'In Motion' for example, comes as a bit of a relief to this listener, initially, and the enthusiasm of the playing at that point only serves to reflect this point of view after the long and enervating haul (but it's one way of getting the best out of any contributing musicians, I spose; I'll give it a go if ever I could afford such protracted studio time at that kind of level! Or perhaps they simply took a break?). Subsequent listens do show just how subtle this long sequence of improvisations really is at the performance level, there's a lot of mileage in it before you get to "Travel" in a crescendo to "In Motion" - Irresistable ...!

Improvised Pieces for Trio
Improvised Pieces for Trio
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambivalent, 9 Sept. 2012
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First thing to strike me, as a keen improviser myself, is how the initially strong opening track has so much going on in the percussion dept that it almost seems to be crying out for some definite rhythm! A conventional less would in fact have been a good case-in-point for the less-is-more, minimalistic theory: in that it might've been less cluttered. However, it's an honest, unedited improvisation and possibly an-exception-that-proves-the-rule[s], if there are any rules here, at all. After this, though, things get sparser, more abstract; sounding less (or almost) formed, and in leaving so much more air in the mix for the listener to metaphorically breathe in, or to absorb, digest as possible food-for-thought (left to the imagination), and as such, I feel, the comprehensive bulk of this album much more inspirational - if not necessarilly more, or less, valid). I think I might have heard that first one rather differently had it been placed at the end point of this very interesting collection of communicative, Improvised Pieces for Trio. It would've been perhaps a fitting conclusion; personally I find it all a crucial lesson in just how important it is in the selected track placement being part of the compositional whole, just as much as the component parts themselves.

Bert and John
Bert and John

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Posterity, 24 Mar. 2011
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After all these years of deluded notions, of having outgrown musically this kind of close-miked document of 'contemporary folk', and beyond that, of 60s attitude and creativity; it's brilliantly shocking to hear this CD re-issue of how it was on that afternoon of what was essentially a home-recording directly engineered to tape (including the distant dog in the park: 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat') some of which ambiance I really can't recall having heard on my first vinyl copy (as an impressionable purist, but stereo-less fourteen year old kid).

On the left channel John Renbourn's acoustic guitar, at first impression seems to ring rather dominantly but it's not a volume thing overall; Bert Jansch's instrument is just a bit muted by a too-low action, presumably (?). On the right, it certainly sustains more like a semi-acoustic, when unplugged might do as it lends itself to the jazz-based harmonies of this otherwise wide-open-to-any-influence, take on GPPHat -- the difference in tonality blends very well indeed throughout the entire CD: most people might have ensured that the percussively warm-sounding guitar had been set-up, as per anal fussiness of certain session men for jingly hire: Bert, almost arbitrarily unique in most ways, appears to have just picked the thing up and lived in the moment with it -- one of.

They got it spontaneously right on the day and there's more jazz in that than a lot of post-modern jazz records, which also sets it apart from the current trend of artificially bright nails extensions, post Wes Montgomery aural exciters, etc. Which is just great, even now.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Quartal Portal, 17 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Duologues (Audio CD)
Even the guitar effects box is tuned to paralell fourths over the dry semi-acoustic of Hall's favoured instrument (even though it sounds as though recorded under water somewhere). Things do emerge from this 'can't go wrong,' hemmed in by its own convention framework of the initial couple of tracks, but if you want to hear Jim Hall unfettered and using gtr effects really creatively (even double-tracked), then try the wonderfully expansive atmospherics (and also some great solo playing) on his Dedications & Inspirations album on telarc, without the earnest noodling. Dedications & Inspirations.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars manus, 11 Aug. 2010
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These strings just go on sounding mellow and less abrasive, physically too... on my acoustic gtr's (fitted with Seymour Duncan 'Woody' pickups, only,) They feel like the quality that we're absolutely paying for: because they're worth it [in the long haul].Seymour Duncan Woody XLSA-3XL soundhole acoustic pickup

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