Simon Thomas

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (26 of 27)
Location: UK
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 954,816 - Total Helpful Votes: 26 of 27
Change Of The Century ~ Ornette Coleman
Change Of The Century ~ Ornette Coleman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Jazz is Fun!, 12 Dec 2011
This album is irresistible. Having owned only one Coleman album before (Shape of Jazz to Come), I purchased my second without apprehension. I'm pleased to report my confidence in Coleman has been vindicated. Of particular note (aside from the frontman) is Charlie Haden and his terrifically original bass style: the tempo of his solo in Ramblin' might sound less out of place in a folk band, but it really works here too. Coleman's music is so different to what preceded it and yet, unlike much groundbreaking music, it's incredibly easy on the ear. It really is a joy to listen to and there can be no questioning of the technical abilities of all involved.

Coleman's riffs are insanely… Read more
Bitches Brew ~ Miles Davis
Bitches Brew ~ Miles Davis
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your Mileage may Vary, 12 May 2011
This is a tricky one.

Let's start off with the obvious: the sound quality is excellent and no Miles Davis collection would be complete without this controversial album which marked something of a landmark in jazz.

Will you like it? Let's be honest, it's a bit mad - I'm no music scholar so that's about as sophisticated as my analysis gets. It's interesting and I think there's a lot to be said for it: there are ideas here which really change the way you think about what music is. There are times when you can count several different time signatures at once, yet the music somehow staves off descending into total chaos.

My mind is still not quite made up on this… Read more
Objective-C Pocket Reference by Andrew M. Duncan
Objective-C Pocket Reference by Andrew M. Duncan
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First off, the content itself is exactly what I wanted: a text that assumes a good working knowledge of C and either Java or some other OOP language.

Unfortunatley, whilst having this on a Kindle is for the most part very nice and I`m sure will prove useful, typographical errors in code examples tarnish the experience. Something I expect from a volunteer-OCR job, not something I just paid for.