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Live in Cologne 1983
Live in Cologne 1983
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars End of the road...., 11 July 2013
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This review is from: Live in Cologne 1983 (Audio CD)
There's such a dearth of new ideas and such a marked death of the old ones it's almost sad. I must confess to never having been a particularly big fan of WR after about 'Heavy Weather' - their sound became slicker and more jingley but alas not nearly as exotic or magical - but this recording really scrapes the barrel coming as it does after the imaginatively compiled 'Live and Unreleased' (1975-83), some tracks of which feature the same line-up and material as here; the harder, streamlined sound of 'Live in Offenbach' (1978) and the true to the original spirit 'Live in Berlin' (1975); all of which rate 4 stars as snapshots of later incarnations of WR. But this release is just dire by comparison, none more so than the medley of revered(?) classics that make up Track 1 on CD2....truly cringeworthy. At least this might be the end of it... it was for Zawinul who managed to redeem himself somewhat with old WR material in 'Brown Street' before his death, and of course the great Wayne Shorter who has completely resurrected his phenomenal composing and playing skills with the Footprints band. This release is the worst kind of legacy they and/or their record company could have left I think - though clearly my fellow reviewers to date believe otherwise. UPDATE 2015: somewhat belatedly I've just purchased WR's '8.30' - live performances from 1979 - and wow, does it eclipse all of the above! 5 glorious stars - and a giveaway on MarketPlace. Steamin'.....!!!
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Graylen Epicenter
Graylen Epicenter

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage...., 2 Jun. 2013
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An excellent example of Binney's oeuvre: his distinctive and decidedly rich compositional style topped on this occasion with haunting vocals and the usual top end musicianship that only NYC seems able to come up with so consistently. A lovely piece of work. Sit back and soak it up....


Overlooking Moments
Overlooking Moments
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Promise unrealised....., 2 Jun. 2013
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Given the stellar line-up and resulting quality of musicianship I'm still a little shocked at rating this album a paltry 3 stars. It's a compositional thing: only 4 of the 8 tracks are by the great Sipiagin himself - 3 of which are clear winners. But alas they bookend the proceedings, and the resulting lull in the decidedly unmelodic middle section serves only to highlight the difference between Sipiagin's lyrical, spirited composing and that of the others which I would loosely term 'conceptual' and rather ponderous. Should have stuck with 'Destinations Unknown''s winning formula... Update October 2014 - Would definitely recommend both his 'Steppin' Zone' and 'Mirages' CDs over this.


This Is Jazz
This Is Jazz
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cobham, Carter and Harrison... get there early!, 21 May 2013
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Pros old and not so old, at the top of their game. Be it standards or own material each has something to say - individually, collectively, musically. It's a masterclass of vigour, substance and style; all that a live trio should be. A strong 4 star performance.


Avenging Angel
Avenging Angel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique...., 20 May 2013
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I can't begin to work out where the music comes from exactly (ie. notes that shouldn't work very much do) but it hardly matters: the results are as beguiling as they are beautiful. The future of free form piano playing is in good hands...if you'll excuse the pun.


Rewind That
Rewind That
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz rocks...!, 12 May 2013
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At least in these guys' hands it does. Full-on, thumping, electric groove with some fine horn work to boot. Hard not to be swept up in the funk maelstrom that ensues...!


Manu Katche
Manu Katche
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Late night filler...., 12 May 2013
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I guess if you want some smooth background sounds with which to finish up the cognac and conversation then this pretty much fits the bill. Personally I prefer a listening experience with more of an edge to it, more of a challenge. Guess I'm in the minority (again) on this one....but I can't help but recommend Christian Scott's 'Rewind That' as a more original, gutsy alternative.


South
South
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4.0 out of 5 stars Abundance...., 12 Dec. 2012
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70 minutes worth of richly textured music that's spilling over with ideas and punch, delivered with verve and a level of cohesion that only the true pros seem to come up with. See Amazon.com for more in-depth 5 star reviews; Adam Rogers' guitar work alone is a masterclass. Buy!


Tones for Joan's Bones/Mountain in the Clouds
Tones for Joan's Bones/Mountain in the Clouds
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treasure unearthed..., 11 Dec. 2012
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Two types of brilliance in this otherwise disparate pairing of musical gems. The first witnesses Chick Corea in a comparitively rare setting: an acoustic quintet playing straight jazz. Needless to say the results are sparkling. Recorded in 1966 this was Corea's first album as leader; it's a shame he didn't do more in this format - but I guess his rich, multi-stranded future was already beckoning. The second album (Miroslav Vitous) in many ways heralds the dawn of a new musical era. Recorded in 1969 it's in a very similar vein to John McLaughlin's 'Extrapolation' from the same year; and features McLaughlin on equally gutsy guitar form as well as Herbie Hancock and a few other stars of the future. If you relate to both genres then this curious pairing is as good a gift as you'll ever get from a record company's back catalogue. See Amazon.com reviews for details of line-ups etc.


Tales from the Hudson
Tales from the Hudson

4.0 out of 5 stars New York's finest...., 8 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Tales from the Hudson (Audio CD)
The material lacks bite at times but such is the calibre of musicianship that even if like me you're not a huge Brecker fan there are enough highs here to make it a worthwhile listen every so often. DeJohnette in particular justifies his stripes!


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