J. Higham

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (139 of 169)
Location: Europe


Top Reviewer Ranking: 17,639 - Total Helpful Votes: 139 of 169
Simply Stated ~ Terence Blanchard
Simply Stated ~ Terence Blanchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten classic, 15 Jun 2014
This is one of those forgotten classic albums that has somehow disappeared from the catalogue. Unfortunately Blanchard's more recent albums are far less interesting, although in media terms they have been a great success. His new band-mates although top class musicians aren't as compelling as the first band represented here by Bruce Barth (pno), Troy Davis (dms), Sam Newsome (tenor sax) & Rodney Whitaker (bass). The compositions are excellent, the solos 'killing', the group interplay and sheer swing is top level. Although this was not a ground-breaking album at the time, it was however a band - and front man - that helped the resurgence of mainstream jazz, giving it some credibility again,… Read more
Different Times, Different Places ~ Harry Miller
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More from Miller, 1 April 2014
For anyone who grew up listening to jazz in the UK in the 70s or early 80s then Harry Miller will be a familiar name. His Ogun records was a major part of the UKs vibrant jazz scene and the label hosted some of the top names. Miller was part of the group of musicians who bridged the gap between jazz, rock and maybe even some free elements, his name was synonymous with the vanguard of players pushing at the boundaries of jazz such as Keith Tippett, Chris McGregor, Elton Dean, Louis Moholo, Mike Osborne or Mike Westbrook. Before his untimely death in 1983 Harry produced a fine, if small, batch of his own recordings from solo bass on Children At Play (1972), to a duo Bracknell Breakdown… Read more
G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars try harder next time, 17 Mar 2014
Well, I guess that if you like "Happy' then you'll be pleased with the album, even if it doesn't really have anything extra to add to that excellent single. I can't help hearing the influence of Curtis Mayfield in the sound of Pharrell Williams of recent, however if he wants to be up there with Curtis he's going to have to increase his political awareness lyrically and make music that has a little more texture and some harmonic sophistication.

Glad to see everybody else is happy with the product.

If you're curious about my review please try one of Curtis Mayfield's earlier albums, although beware they are not pop 'girl, I love you' albums.

Here's the first… Read more

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