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Do That Guitar Rag ~ Big Bill Broonzy
Do That Guitar Rag ~ Big Bill Broonzy
In times past, very earnest individuals and groups used to fret over whether Big Bill Broonzy was a 'real bluesman'. Now we say 'who cares?!' - just listen to the guitar playing on the choice cuts here and enjoy. Big Bill was many things, but most of all he was a working musician and entertainer who survived the vicissitudes of the often very fickle tastes of the public for a comparatively long career in the music business. You can hear Big Bill over the decades playing solo acoustic guitar and electric guitar in small bands, sounding quite naturally very different. Here he is all acoustic, with some accompaniment from other pianists, guitarists, singers -etc. It is hugely enjoyable, and… Read more
Icon: Guido Cantelli ~ Guido Cantelli
Icon: Guido Cantelli ~ Guido Cantelli
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectionism, 25 Aug 2012
After you have listened to the 8 glorious CD's of music here, there is a wonderful almost one-hour documentary on Cantelli - which really puts a face on this uncompromising master. You will (I hope) have been transfixed by the sublime performances before, then the documentary means that you can better understand the man and his vision on subsequent listens. I am a general listener - about 50% of my listening is Classical, 50% other types of music. I like to seek out amongst the best in any genre, and for me Guido Cantelli is a revelation. Having recently been awestruck by Carlos Kleiber's recordings of Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies, I thought that I may be disappointed hearing other… Read more
Cantors, Klezmorim & Crooners 1905-1953 ~ Various Artists
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Early Yiddish recordings have a great range and an enormous amount of talent on them. There are cases of the great Cantors (Synangogue singers) turning down lucrative positions within opera because of their faith, which even an atheist such as myself can admire. Cantors had an enormous power to their voices and the choir and organs accompanying them are equally moving. Then there are the Klezmer bands which are rousing in different ways; sounding like a Jewish jazz band (of sorts), they combine musicianship and great melodies. There are a host of other genres on here also - Music Hall influences, Yiddish theatre, self-mocking comedy, close-harmony pop numbers - etc. and with a superb… Read more