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Heart Of Memphis
Heart Of Memphis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robin McKelle has matured into a seriously good soul singer and songwriter, 9 May 2015
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Robin McKelle has matured into a seriously good soul singer and songwriter. This is a collection of tight yet energetic tunes that show off her rich voice to its best. This album and its predecessor (Soul Flower) belong in the collection of any serious lover of soul. And she is absolutely fantastic live on stage!


371 Harmonized Chorales
371 Harmonized Chorales
by J.S. Bach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Like everyone else, 14 Jan. 2015
Like everyone else, I think this is an absolutely essential resource when learning classical harmony, in the sense that it provides first-class examples of how it should be done.

However it is also extremely good for practising sight-reading on keyboard instruments. The ability to play independent four-part harmony with voice movement at sight, in a wide range of keys, is an extremely valuable skill to possess, and good keyboard sight-readers are in high demand.


The Maid Of The Forth
The Maid Of The Forth
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder as it used to be..., 12 Sept. 2014
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The Maid Of The Forth is an entertaining murder mystery set in the Scottish seaside town of North Berwick in the spring of 1953, as preparations are being made for the coronation of the young Queen Elizabeth II. Professor Henry McAlpin returns to Berwick to the place he had spent happy times with his now-deceased wife and son. On arrival, he encounters an enigmatic and glamourous foreigner as a result of a mix-up in the booking of his hotel room. But is she all that she seems? Henry strikes up an acquaintance with the attractive young singer in a jazz band and soon both of them are thrust unwillingly into a murder investigation.

Keith Dumble has constructed an excellent, gently-told tale, with well-drawn characters and a plot that throws up unexpected twists and turns. The amateur investigators get drawn deeper and deeper into events that stretch back to the Second World War involving treachery, revenge and naked greed, with an increasingly desperate villain prepared to kill anyone who gets in the way. The climax of the novel, set on the bleak Bass Rock off the coast, is a classic denouement that had this reader unwilling to put it down for a second.

Highly recommended.


The Changing Lights (New)
The Changing Lights (New)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautifully sung, 13 Oct. 2013
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This is a collection of beautiful songs. The covers are carefully chosen and the originals have great melodies and clever, incisive lyrics. The arrangements are tasteful and the instrumental playing is sensitive and very professional.

But it's Stacey Kent's singing that turns this from a good jazz album into a great one: she is SO good at this. Her diction is absolutely perfect - you can hear every word clearly - and her intonation (tuning) is spot-on. Listen to her articulation of the quick passages in One Note Samba - it's very difficult to produce the words so accurately and still sing all the correct notes, but she does it beautifully. On top of it all she manages to inject just the right amount of emotion into every song - no over-the-top histrionics here, but neither is it ever dry and dull. It's just perfect.

Stacey Kent is not just a singer, she's a seriously good musician. Any aspiring young jazz singers - or any singers, for that matter - should study her technique.

I can't recommend this highly enough.


Dance for You
Dance for You
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely smoky singing, 21 Jun. 2013
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Rachel D'Arcy has a husky, scratchy voice that's ideally suited to the style of music she sings. She writes her own tunes (at least the two that are on here) - they're not especially original, but they are very catchy, and she must be a powerhouse singing them live. Her voice reminds me of Melody Gardot, and the style of these two songs is similar to Ms Gardot: suggestive of late-night, smoke-filled clubs or a film noir soundtrack (remember Harlem Nights and Stacy Keach?) and indeed she sang live on an episode of Endeavour, the Morse prequel series. In short, if you like burlesque music-hall or cabaret-style singers, you'll like this.

In short, this is a nice introduction for a promising young jazzy singer, and I hope she does well.


EMARTBUY BLACK IN EAR STEREO HANDFREE HEADSET WITH MICROPHONE SUITABLE FOR BLACKBERRY 8520 CURVE GEMINI
EMARTBUY BLACK IN EAR STEREO HANDFREE HEADSET WITH MICROPHONE SUITABLE FOR BLACKBERRY 8520 CURVE GEMINI
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 15 Jun. 2012
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These work exactly the way they're supposed to. I do a lot of conference calling via Blackberry and they are very comfortable to wear for long periods. The mute button on the mike near one's mouth is very convenient. I would recommend buying quite a few sets of these; you can always sell them to your colleagues at double the price, because everybody needs them! Note they work on any mobile not just Blackberry.


Fellowes Crystals Gel Mouse Pad/Wrist Support - Purple
Fellowes Crystals Gel Mouse Pad/Wrist Support - Purple
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and stable, 23 May 2012
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This is an excellent wrist support and mouse mat. For one thing, it sits firmly on the desk and doesn't move around as some mats do. It is also very, very comfortable to use; the gel pad is strangely sensual, much more pleasant to touch than you might think. Equally good for left- or right-handed users - if you're left-handed like me you'll appreciate this! Highly recommended.


Seiko Ladies Quartz Analogue Watch SXA122P1 with Gold Plated Bracelet and Champagne Dial
Seiko Ladies Quartz Analogue Watch SXA122P1 with Gold Plated Bracelet and Champagne Dial
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Price: £89.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good-looking watch for a good value price, 20 Mar. 2012
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This is a very good-looking watch. It's light on the wrist and keeps very accurate time. Seiko is a respected brand and this represents excellent value indeed.


The Bible and the Saints (Flammarion Iconographic Guides)
The Bible and the Saints (Flammarion Iconographic Guides)
by Michel Pastoreau
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best, 24 April 2010
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I've had this book for years. It has a lot of information, is well-written and has some excellent illustrations, but if you're looking for a good reference guide then there are better ones available. It's alphabetically orgainzed by the name of the saint, and has an index of attributes cross-referenced to the names. All well and good, but there are some pretty glaring omissions. For example, St Peter Martyr (Peter of Verona), commonly and gruesomely depicted with a machete-type knife embedded in his scalp, isn't even mentioned: he's not in the main body of the book, and 'knife' isn't in the list of attributes. Another example: musical instruments according to the book are only associated with St Cecilia, but this is misleading: so many religious paintings depict musical intruments (Madonnas, Christ in Glory, The Last Trump, the Walls of Jericho to name just a few subjects) that it ought to be a section all on its own.

However, the book does make good reading, if you just want to browse it, or read it from end to end out of interest.
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A Twist of Sand
A Twist of Sand
by Geoffrey Jenkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest adventure novels ever written, 5 Mar. 2010
This review is from: A Twist of Sand (Paperback)
High adventure in the true sense of the word. In the mid 20th century three or four novelists had this genre down to perfection: Alastair McLean, Hammond Innes, and Geoffrey Jenkins. All three were masters of their craft: literate and well-constructed prose, unbearably exciting plots and a recognition of their readers' intelligence.

A Twist of Sand is Jenkins' first, and in my mind his best (A Grue of Ice comes very, very close). It grabs the reader from the outset and never lets go - but using tight, literate prose that never descends to condescension. The story itself is very plausible: set off the coast of what is now Namibia and the southern reaches of Angola, it is a wartime tale of the search for oil by the Nazis and the desperate attempts to prevent them.

Well worth the high price Amazon is charging at the moment.


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