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Straight Ahead!
Straight Ahead!
Price: £9.49

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb blues based album, 24 May 2005
This review is from: Straight Ahead! (Audio CD)
Yet another excellent set from the greatest living jazz organist. On this one her rhythm and blues credentials come to the front and she is accompanied by top-line soloists such as Ray Anderson and Mitch Watkins. Recording quality great; soloing great; and what is also surprising is that when this was recorded she was still only 23 years old. Unmissable - but then that also applies to all of her other recordings to date.


Love Letters
Love Letters
Price: £17.66

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best, 24 May 2005
This review is from: Love Letters (Audio CD)
A superb duo album where Barbara shows her amazing inventiveness and virtuosity on material which moves from funk to blues to ballad. Her drummer, Daniel Messina, provides spot-on support, based on years of their playing together in live concerts in Europe. The full range of the Hammond is used to great effect, and, as usual, her footpedal bass work is worth the price of admission alone. This is one of the best from the greatest living jazz organist. Do not miss.


Workin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Workin' With The Miles Davis Quintet
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £14.46

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Coltrane, 9 Oct. 2003
For years I 've thought that Coltrane could do no wrong on the recordings he appeared on, until he got to Ascension in 1965. I recently obtained Workin', not having heard any of the 4 recordings making up the Prestige 'set', and was surprised to find Coltrane almost stumbling around his solos - a complete contrast to his work from 1957 onwards. Miles and the rest of the team are fluent, but I was very disappointed. Maybe this was the height of his drug problem period, because, although the Coltrane horn sound is instantly recognizable, something was clearly wrong when the recordings were made. Difficult to recommend.


The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions
Offered by Captain Blood2
Price: £49.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Miles, 25 Feb. 2002
The music on each of the three discs speaks for itself, with superb contributions from all of the performers. What is particularly interesting is listening to the material from which Teo Macero edited the original final album, from which there was much discarded, which in retrospect was maybe not such a good idea as more baby was lost than bathwater. This is particularly painful on Shhh/Peaceful where some excellent music did not feature on the final edit, and is only now available on the second disc. Listening to the original full performance now, and comparing it with the edited version makes me wonder whether Teo Macero was really interested in the music or was thinking of something else, like the money the album might make. This is essential listening for anyone interested in Miles; great jazz; or simply musical history.


Blues Breakers
Blues Breakers
Price: £5.99

68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ever British blues albums, 13 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Blues Breakers (Audio CD)
Although John Mayall used a series of lead guitarists for his Bluesbreakers band in the 60s and 70s, including Peter Green and Mick Taylor, it was Clapton who really shone, as his guitar talent had already been formed with the Yardbirds. However, this is not an Eric Clapton album, as the main performer, and band leader, was Mayall himself who was an experienced and exciting blues player. Additionally, strong backing support was provided on bass guitar by John McVie (later Fleetwood Mac) and Hughie Flint on drums to what is going on out front. This one of the two best Mayall recordings, and Clapton features very strongly throughout. Indeed, his work here is probably stronger than the later Cream recordings. This is essential rhythm and blues from a period when good R & B bands were a dominant feature of the UK music scene (Rory Gallagher; Victor Brox: etc), and where Mayall represented the pinnacle. If you like blues and/or Clapton do not miss this one.


ELLINGTON, DUKE - FAR EAST SUITE-SPECIAL MIX, TH
ELLINGTON, DUKE - FAR EAST SUITE-SPECIAL MIX, TH
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ellington Band at the pinnacle of performance, 12 Feb. 2002
No jazz collection is complete without something by the Duke, and this is probably the best recording that you can get by him and his Band.This is one of those few records where, within a short time, you'll get to know every note of every solo because it is all so memorable. The only big band recording of the period to come anywhere near it (but not quite) is Electric Bath by the Don Ellis band - also highly recommended. Absolutely essential.


John Surman
John Surman
Offered by thebookcommunity
Price: £20.46

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first solo release by one of the UKs foremost jazzmen, 12 Feb. 2002
This review is from: John Surman (Audio CD)
This was recorded when Surman was the main soloist with the Mike Westbrook Band in the 1970s, when the band contained everybody that was anybody amongst the younger British jazzmen. The other featured soloist on this album is the superb altoist Mike Osborne, also from the Westbrook band.
The first side is based on Caribbean rhythms, whilst side two is more like mid 60s Coltrane - one of Surman's main influences.
Surman shows throughout why Jazz Journal critics had nominated him as the best jazz player in the world, and the much under-rated Osborne also plays with intensity and creativity. An essential purchase for those interested in the best of UK jazz.


Electric Bath
Electric Bath
Price: £5.28

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars essential big band jazz - not to be missed., 11 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Electric Bath (Audio CD)
Every composition on this album is memorable. At the time of recording in the late '70s, ellis was well ahead of Brubeck in the use of unusual time signatures and was starting to experiment with extending the ranges of traditional instruments using electronics, which upset the purists in much the same way as Miles Davis did after In A Silent Way. The huge percussion section (3 drummers)drive the music along superbly, and Don's soloing is always worth a listen. Whilst the other soloists are not of the same calibre as those with, say, the contemporary Ellington band, this music is probably the best example of work by the Ellis Orchestra, who were ploughing their own unique furrow. Essential listening.
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Celebration
Celebration

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best of British jazz from the last 25 years., 30 Jan. 2002
This review is from: Celebration (Audio CD)
Early Westbrook with the best British players then available, including John Surman; Mike Osborne; Kenny Wheeler and others. The vitality shines through. Superb soloing - not to be missed.


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