The New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratcliff once called this record "unspectacular" and to some degree he is correct when compared to other Coltrane records. However 'The Avant-Garde' is far more important in terms of Coltrane's career than the necessity of being spectacular.
For the first time on this record Coltrane is recorded playing the soprano sax, it also sees Coltrane playing with Ornette Coleman's group - Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell - musicians who did not usually record together, who both give great performances; there are some truly blistering drum solos from Blackwell throughout...
Overall Don Cherry's trumpet is more expansive, more expressive, than… Read more
"Dial "S" For Sonny" is a simply delightful turn from the ill-fated Sonny Clark, made all the more brilliant by the presence of Hank Mobley's tenor sax; Curtis Fuller's trombone; and Art Farmer's trumpet.
While the two standard ballads "It Could Happen To You" (Van Heusen/Burke) and "Love Walked In" (George/Ira Gershwin) are handled calmly and deftly by all, it is the other four Sonny-penned compositions where this all-star sextet shines out as luminaries: the brightest star of all being débutant leader and pianist Sonny Clark.
On the title track "Dial "S" For Sonny", with its unmistakably groovin' intro, Sonny and the three horns each take their turn to solo… Read more
Terry Eagleton's "Marxism and Literary Criticism" is a short, and therefore accessible, introduction to the principle theories of Marxist thought with regard to literary criticism; highlighting the individual thinkers from Marx and Engels, to Lenin and Trotsky, thru to Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht. Eagleton explores the various concepts of key Marxist critics including Marx himself, noting also the limited nature that all criticism faces, while purposing to prove that Marxist Criticism is more than merely a "sociology of Literature" by arguing that Marxist criticism "...has its significant, if not central, role to play in the transformation of human societies" and not without a… Read more