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Into The Woodwork
Into The Woodwork
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully relaxed, 5 Aug 2013
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The label XtraWATT is an offshoot of ECM, and as such you would expect this album to be well recorded (it is, very well recorded) and also adhere to the strange delay in release that seem to mark it's family relation label. The was recorded in Pennes-Les-Fontaines in Novermber 2011, and only just released. If you like Steve Swallow compositions you know that you can expect well thought out charts and lots of room for everyone to stretch out. Quite apart from Swallow who sounds as good here as he did on that Jimmy Guiffre 3 album, the real "star" on this album is guitarist Steve Cardenas who weaves his way in and out of most of the tracks, sometimes mixed well forward and sometimes just insinuating his touch in small but well thought out contributions. As has been noted elsewhere Carla Bley on organ is enigmatic, but none the worse for the relaxed spaces that she fills. Truth to tell though, this is an ensemble album and the sum of its parts makes it a truly wonderful listen. I'm still allowing it to wrap itself round my ears with current favourites "From whom it may concern", "Still there" and the wonderfully laid back "Grisly business", which is the shortest of the tracks. It's not an album that will immediately blow you away (man!), but it's a well crafted and carefully arranged whole that will satisy over a long period. Highly recommended.


Part Of You/Touch Of Silk
Part Of You/Touch Of Silk
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two different albums, 5 Aug 2013
There's some cross over between the two albums on this welcome re-master and re-release. The albums were the third and fourth that gale produced for Columbia." Part of you" has Gale on guitar, bass and on most tracks, drums as well, though he was able to bring in luminary side men to fill out the sound. Ralph MacDonald produced it, and in addition to the small group there are strings and added horns. The album allows Gale to show the many facets of his playing. My favourite tracks are "Trio" (with Charles Earland on organ),"Nezumi" which features Steve gadd on piano, and epic " Lookin'good" which assembles amongst others Grover Washington Jnr on Tenor Sax and Dave Gruisin on piano. Overall it's a very polished showcase for the range of Gale's sounds and techique.
Some of the session which wasn't on this album flows over to "Touch of Silk" which my money sounds altogether much more relaxed, recorded as it was in Allen R. Toussaints studio with the man at the controls. Toussaint plays piano, and Gale is mainly restricted to playing guitar. My favourite tracks are "Au Privave" which partners him with Grover Washington Jnr and Charles Earland, and I doubt that Charlie Parker would have disliked this version. Allen Toussaint gets the writing credit for "War Paint", which is a really good work out. The title track is one of two that wasn't recorded at the Toussaint studios, but produced by Randy Van Gelder, but the absolute highlight for me is the workout that is "With you (I'm born again)" which really adds something to the original.
This is a great "two-fer" package and if you like stellar guitar and some of the best sidesmen from the period then you should go out and get this disc at your earliest convenience. Great!


Lay Down My Heart: Blues And Ballads Volume 1
Lay Down My Heart: Blues And Ballads Volume 1
Price: £10.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as he tells it!, 24 Jun 2013
In the sleeve notes for the album Locke says "There is no highbrow concept here, just some songs pulled from a deep well which will hopefully serve to feed the soul". That's exactly what it does, but with all the tunes there are arrangements that drag them beyond what might be expected from just 'covers' to something rather special. What I like about Locke's style is that he's no flashy mallet- wielder, but a considered player who is happy to allow the other three members of the group space to spread out. Of particular note is the contribution of Ryan Cohan on piano who weaves around Locke's moods. David Fick the bass player is also allowed lots of dynamic space and Jaimed Brown on drums holds it all together, albeit unobtrusively. Favourite tracks are the opener "Ain't no sunshine" (yes, the Bill Withers tune),"The meaning of the blues" and a wonderfully original reading of "Making whoopee". It's encouraging that in a growing field of vibraphone players Joe Locke is able to create his own style, never reliant on a particular role model. The afterthought to the album title" Volume 1" suggests that there's much more to come.


Fear of Flying
Fear of Flying
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid debut, 22 Nov 2012
This review is from: Fear of Flying (Audio CD)
It speaks volumes for Gibb's talent that this album was recorded with the band in just one day, and yet is one of the best jazz debut albums that I have heard in 2012. He's helped by a sympathetic and empathetic band who complement his undoubted keyboard talents (check out Euan Burton's album "Occurences" as well) at the same time all having space to expand their ideas on some very strong compositions.As a starting point listen to "Farming stock", which has what is described as 'a mangled Scottish reel'. My other current favourites are "Seventy eight" and "Rebecca Song (Part one and Two)" which show other facets of Gibbs compositional and performance skills. Will Vincent plays alto and soprano saxes throughout and is an excellent foil to both Gibbs and the rhythm section. It's a difficult task to produce as well as write such a varied and accomplished debut album, and will be intriguing to see where Gibbs heads next musically. Highly recommended!


Confirmation
Confirmation
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the music on., 26 Sep 2012
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What's good about this album is that it takes the strengths of the previous album, "Beloved Bird", and starting from the same point, the Charlie Parker tunes, pushes forward the boundaries of this trio, with some excellent Bates self compositions. The three Parker trackes here are "Confirmation","Donna Lee" and "Now's the time". In the excellent sleevenotes Evan Parker writes about Bates ability to "deconstruct and reconstruct" Parker's compositions. A listen to "Confirmation" proves this, but the self compositions are no makeweight. They prove that the trio as a whole, but Bates in particular, have used their deconstruction skills to create a starting point for his compositions. My favourites are "Senza bitterness" and "Dimple", but each subsequent listen has given up other textures within the tracks. The 'odd one out' is Burt Bacharach and Hal David's " A house is not a home" given an extensive reworking, leaving Parker (Evan that is!) to wonder whether this will provide s starting point for the next album. The recording quality(recorded at Bauer Studio Ludwigberg) is impeccable and the whole package is confirmation (sorry!) of what a talent has grown within this group and provided Bates with a starting point for further improvisation and development. This album is excellent, and if you're new to all this buy both albums at the same time.


Jazz in the Key of Blue
Jazz in the Key of Blue
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!, 4 Aug 2012
This review is from: Jazz in the Key of Blue (Audio CD)
What you get with all the Chesky albums is a beautiful sound,musicians at the top of their game and the knowledge that this has been impeccably mastered and recorded. This was recorded in St Peter's Episcopal Church in New York, and sleeve notes include a description and diagram of how it was recorded and where the musicians were in relation to the microphone (that's in the singular!). Bill Milkowski's sleeve notes complement the package, but the best way to appreciate it is to simply play it. Hargrove is passionately restrained with solos that flow, whilst Russell Malone adds to the constraint with well considered solos of his own. Cobb is an impeccable leader and drummer and John Webber weaves bass patterns round the rest of the band. The tunes themselves includes several 'standards', but any group that can find new things to say about "Every time we say goodbye" really does have something going for it. My other favourites in an album which needs to be listened to as an entity "Emily" and Cobb's own "Remembering You". Brits may think that the price is high for a single CD, but when it's of this quality and with this band it's worth every penny in these austere times! A stunning album. Just buy it!


Spirit Fiction
Spirit Fiction
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 3 Aug 2012
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Laying aside all the issues of being the son of a jazz legend, and all the pressure that that must bring, this is still a very patchy album. Part of this may stem from being recorded with two different bands in two locations, but it's also noticeable that the tracks that Coltrane wrote are much stronger than the ones included written by trumpeter Ralph Allessi, and this is emphasised by also including Ornette Colman's "Check out time" which is very strong.Coltrane's playing is distinctive and at times mellow, and he's joined on the Coleman track, and Paul Motiens " Fantasm" by Joe Lovano. My two favourite tracks the title track "Spirit Fiction" and also "Cross Roads" which is almost a soundscape. I don't regret the purchase, but I hope that by the time of the next album (which there surely will be?) that Coltrane will be inclined to rely even more on his own material, and possibly record it in just one location.


Footprints / Exit
Footprints / Exit
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning pair of albums!, 31 July 2012
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Not quite sure when the name "Footprints" was given to the first album - my vinyl copy was called "The Visit" and was intended to evoke the influence and playing of Wes Montgomery, rather than being an out and out tribute. Neither of the albums appear to have been re-mastered in any way, and on "Footprints", second guitarist Bobby Rose still appears to be quite a long way back in the mix. Nonetheless it's a very welcome re-release and Martino's guitar playing is stunning. However, as has been pointed out in another review "Exit" is an album that demands superlatives. Martino certainly benefits from being able to play off Gil Goldstein on piano, whilst Richard Davis (Bass) is retained from the other session with Billy hart of drums. The result is a set of contrasts,surging guitar work and a chance for other members of the group to stretch out. My two favourites are "Come Sunday" which evokes (er..) Sunday mornings and "Three base hit", but the whole album is pretty dazzling. It's a shame that the sleeve notes for "Exit" aren't as comprehensive as they are for "Footprints" as it would have been the icing on the cake, but the generous 77.22 running time makes this an essential album for guitar buffs.


Beware Of Young Girls: The Songs Of Dory Previn
Beware Of Young Girls: The Songs Of Dory Previn
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Dory Previn songs!, 29 July 2012
Whilst this CD made me dig out all the vinyl albums, it's more than just a "cover" album, it seems to be coherent attempt to re-interpret what are quirky yet considered views of elements of Dory's life. That it works is not just about Kate Dimbleby, but also (and as importantly) it's about the sympathetic support that she receives from Naadia Sheriff who adds not only piano, but also in places accordian, percussion, organ (Hammond B3?) and some eerily effective vocal harmony and support. It leaves Dimbleby to interpret the songs in her own style, with fantastically clear enunciation and diction.It means that some of the 'lesser' known songs have new life. My favourites are "The Lady with the braid", "Lemon Haired Ladies" and especially "Angels and Devils". I bet it's a stunning live show! This is an album not only for those who already know Previn's work, but also a great way into the output of two emerging talents. I'm inclined to say "Wonderful!", but it's rather more than that.


Say Hello To The Band
Say Hello To The Band
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The memory does not deceive!, 30 April 2012
This review is from: Say Hello To The Band (Audio CD)
When it was first released this was seldom off my record deck (remember them?) and it's always with some trepidation that you approach an artefact that was recorded getting on for forty years ago. I therefore have tried to approach this without the hindsight of those (often mis-spent) years. It turns out that this album has lasted the course and isn't out of place into today's folk orientated marketplace, indeed some of the songs have the same impact as they did back then. What, of course you can't do is hear the explanations of the songs that were as much an integral part of the Decameron experience as hearing the songs live - a process that reached its peak with the background to "Mammoth Special" the 'next album'. The songs were nearly always a blend of Coppins more folk orientated material, and Dave Bell's mysterious past as a beat group member ("Ride a lame pony" draws on this experience). My favourites remain "Judith", "Innocent Sylvester Prime" and the ubiquitous millstone that was "Say hello to the Band". The real joy of the album is hearing the contributions of Al Fenn and Geoff March meshed with the contrasting voices of Bell and Coppin, and the way that the production manages to weave in, without being intrusive, small production contributions from a range of session players. There's not a duff track on thie album, and it gives you a bonus track as well,it's also well served by liner notes. Time hasn't dulled the impact of this album, nor has time eradicated the memory of being given an explanation by the band of why "The Moons's in 'A'"


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