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Hopelessly Hip! - 4 Original Albums 1959-1962
Hopelessly Hip! - 4 Original Albums 1959-1962
Price: £11.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIP, BUT FAR FROM HOPELESS, 14 Sept. 2014
The group specialised in vocalese and scat singing, as is amply demonstrated by the four albums included in this stereo 2-CD set. “The Swingers!” was recorded in 1959, issued on Pacific Jazz, and the seven-piece backing group included Zoot Sims on tenor sax. “Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – The Hottest New Group in Jazz” and “Lambert, Hendricks & Ross Sing Ellington” both date from 1960, and were issued on Columbia, as was “High Flying with L.ambert, Hendricks & Ross” from 1961. The accompaniment on all three albums was provided by the Ike Isaacs Trio, augmented on the first two. The group’s approach seems to me somewhat studied, and conveys a sense of striving for effect that is not conducive to extended listening. That said, they stand head and shoulders above most of today's so-called bands, it was an immensely popular group and the compilation is excellent value for money.


Four Classic Albums Plus (Anita O'Day And Billy May Swing Rodgers And Hart / Anita O'Day & The Three Sounds / Anita O'Day Sings The Winners / Time For Two)
Four Classic Albums Plus (Anita O'Day And Billy May Swing Rodgers And Hart / Anita O'Day & The Three Sounds / Anita O'Day Sings The Winners / Time For Two)
Price: £8.07

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5.0 out of 5 stars AND HER NOTES FLOWED LIKE HONEY, 12 Aug. 2014
Anita O’Day AMSC 1136 contains four Verve albums: “Anita O’Day Sings the Winners” was a concept suggested by Norman Granz, namely to select songs associated with the poll winners, and it’s a winner in its own right. It was recorded in April 1958, and Marty Paich and Russ Garcia accompanied six tracks apiece. Not all the songs had words, in which case Anita filled in with her talent for scat singing, and swinging! “Anita O’Day with Billy May sings Rodgers & Hart” was from June 1960, and followed up on their Cole Porter album from the previous year. “Time for Two” dates from February 1962, when Verve had been sold to MGM, and Creed Taylor paired Anita with Cal Tjader’s quartet to produce a highly-successful Afro-Cuban flavoured album. “Anita O’Day & the Three Sounds” from October 1962 is another sought-after album, despite the fact that four of the ten tracks are instrumentals. The trio of Gene Harris on piano, Bill Dowdy on drums and Andrew Simpkins provides a subdued accompaniment that leaves Anita’s voice more exposed than usual, and although uncredited Roy Eldridge is included on “Whisper Not”. The running time is plumped out by seven 1940s singles, two with Stan Kenton and five with Gene Krupa. Anita O’Day had a wide dynamic tone, an innate rhythmic drive, and a highly individual approach which embellished the melody, and celebrated the lyrics.


Four Classic Albums (Sing, Sing, Sing / Gene Krupa Quartet / Krupa Rocks / The Jazz Rhythms Of Gene Krupa)
Four Classic Albums (Sing, Sing, Sing / Gene Krupa Quartet / Krupa Rocks / The Jazz Rhythms Of Gene Krupa)
Price: £7.41

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5.0 out of 5 stars TIME FOR KRUPA, 12 Aug. 2014
Gene Krupa (AMSC 1134) comprises four mid-fifties small group albums, three of which feature multi-instrumentalist Eddie Shu. "Sing, Sing, Sing" dates from February 1954 and is a trio recording, with Teddy Napoleon (Phil's cousin) on piano. That line-up is heard also on the first of the three sessions that comprise "The Jazz Rhythms of Gene Krupa", but for the two subsequent dates, February and March 1955 (which also produced "Gene Krupa Quartet") Bobby Scott substituted on piano and the group was expanded by the addition of a bass. Teddy Napoleon returned in October 1957 for "Krupa Rocks", with Gail Curtis on clarinet and Mort Herbert on bass. Krupa was one of the greatest jazz drummers, who was equally at home propelling a big band or, as here, adapting his approach to produce the sort of chamber jazz made popular by the Benny Goodman small groups in which he had featured.


Four Classic Albums Plus (Buddy De Franco / The Artistry Of Buddy De Franco / Mr Clarinet / Pretty Moods)
Four Classic Albums Plus (Buddy De Franco / The Artistry Of Buddy De Franco / Mr Clarinet / Pretty Moods)
Price: £8.14

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5.0 out of 5 stars UPHOLDING THE CLARINET TRADITION, 12 Aug. 2014
Buddy de Franco (AMSC 11345) contains four albums from the early fifties by the great modern jazz clarinettist, who managed to achieve prominence on his instrument despite the decline in its popularity. The self-titled “Buddy de Franco” dates from early and mid-1952, with Kenny Drew on piano throughout, Jimmy Raney present on guitar, Teddy Kotick on bass and Art Taylor on drums for the earlier sessions, and Curly Russell on bass and Art Blakey on drums for the later one. Tracks average out around three minutes apiece, whereas on “Mr. Clarinet” from April 1953, with Kenny Drew, Milt Hinton and Art Blakey, they vary between three and nine minutes. Both “Pretty Moods” from April 1954 and “The Artistry of Buddy de Franco ” from that August have Sonny Clark on piano, Gene Wright on bass and Bobby White on drums. Two tracks from the album “Jazz Tones” complete the compilation. Buddy de Franco had a prodigious technique, and superb control throughout the register. He’d had extensive experience as a saxophonist with the big bands of Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet and Tommy Dorsey, but it was his work as leader on clarinet of these small-group sessions that established his reputation. All praise to Avid for making them so readily available.


Four Classic Albums (Byrd's Word / Byrd's Eye View / All Night Long / Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill)
Four Classic Albums (Byrd's Word / Byrd's Eye View / All Night Long / Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill)
Price: £8.02

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4.0 out of 5 stars EARLY BYRD, 12 Aug. 2014
Donald Byrd (AMSC 1133) offers four early albums from this archetypal hard bop trumpeter, who was born in 1932 and recorded prolifically early on in his career. “Byrd’s Word” was recorded for Savoy in September 1955, and featured Frank Foster on tenor, Hank Jones on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums. “Byrd’s Eye View” was recorded for the short-lived Transition label in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA on December 2, 1955, with Joe Gordon on trumpet, Hank Mobley on tenor, Horace Silver on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Art Blakey on drums. “Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill” was another Transition recording, dating from May 1956, with Ray Santisi on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Jim Zitano on drums. “All Night Long” is the odd one out, recorded in December 1956 by the Prestige All Stars and released on the Prestige label, with Hank Mobley & Jerome Richardson on tenor sax, the latter doubling on flute, Kenny Burrell on guitar (the nominal leader), Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass and Arthur Taylor on drums. It received high praise, but I’d like to hear more of the leader’s guitar and less of Richardson’s flute. My own favourite is the Beacon Hill album where the quartet serves up a fare of jazz standards.


Carpoint CPT0429505 Trailerplug 7-Pole Metal
Carpoint CPT0429505 Trailerplug 7-Pole Metal
Offered by Bargainbitz
Price: £3.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HITCHING A TOW, 3 Aug. 2014
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I bought this to replace one that had to be pensioned off. It was well-priced and easy to fit. An excellent product.


CostMad 12v In-Car Cooler Cool Box Cigar Cigarette Lighter DC Extension Replacement Cable Lead for Cooler Cool Box , 2.0m 2m
CostMad 12v In-Car Cooler Cool Box Cigar Cigarette Lighter DC Extension Replacement Cable Lead for Cooler Cool Box , 2.0m 2m
Offered by Electromart-UK
Price: £4.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT REPLACEMENT, EVENTUALLY!, 3 Aug. 2014
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I'm delighted with this replacement lead, which has enabled me to bring my cool box back into commission. The only grumble is that the supplier would not post to France, so I had to wait until a visitor could bring it over.


Steve Conway: I Poured My Heart Into A Song - His 25 Finest
Steve Conway: I Poured My Heart Into A Song - His 25 Finest
Price: £8.36

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5.0 out of 5 stars HE POURED HIS LIFE INTO SINGING, 3 Aug. 2014
Steve Conway began his professional career in 1945, at the tail end of the dance band era. He never had a singing lesson, but his natural talent allied to a mellow tenor voice captivated his audiences, and led to radio broadcasts and a recording career. He had an innate ability to convey the emotion within the lyrics, hence it was only natural that he should concentrate on romantic ballads. That said, his version of “Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?” is as good as it gets, possibly reflecting the hard times he’d known in his formative years. Sadly he died in 1951, after an operation to correct an inherent heart defect. It is ironic that Al Bowlly, the singer with whom he’s most often compared, has never been more popular, whilst Steve Conway has undeservedly faded from view. So this reissue is to be welcomed, and should be snapped up by anybody who loves tender ballads beautifully sung. There is a fanpage at www.facebook.com/walterjamesgroom


London, 1958
London, 1958
Price: £9.87

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5.0 out of 5 stars BLUES FOR WATERLOO, 24 July 2014
This review is from: London, 1958 (Audio CD)
These recordings date from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhees' visit to London at Chris Barber's invitation to tour with his band. They recorded two 10" LPs for Pye, which comprised seven tracks with the Barber band ("Sonny, Brownie and Chris"), and twelve with pianist Dave Lee ("Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee in London"), plus four tracks on an EP ("The Bluest"). All that output, plus two numbers not released at the time, is included in this compilation, complemented by an informative liner note. The design is reminiscent of the original albums, but rather than follow their track sequence the running order has been scrambled. Nevertheless it's an excellent set, which helps trace the influence of the blues on the British pop scene.


Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?
Price: £11.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MORE ROUSING DIXIELAND JAZZ, 24 July 2014
This compilation follows on from Jasmine’s earlier release, which comprised their first four Audio Fidelity albums. This provides the next four, themed as “Minstrel Time” (1957), “Mardi Gras Time” and “Circus Time” (both 1958) and “On Campus” (1959). They were all released in stereo, but “Minstrel Time” plays in mono. To be fair, the set is labelled as mono/stereo, but it seems a shame that the stereo version wasn’t used. Unlike the earlier compilation, this does include some vocals, mainly on the first CD. My own particular favourite is the Minstrel Time segment, but whichever you pick you can be sure of an exhilarating performance.


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