Dr. John P. Yardley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 75% (90 of 120)
Location: London, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 99,133 - Total Helpful Votes: 90 of 120
Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz by Donald Maggin
Stan Getz: A Life in Jazz by Donald Maggin
Whether or not you rate Stan Getz, this book is required reading for anyone interested in contemporary jazz. Not only does it give a superb context of jazz during Stan's life, it is such a fascinating story. It also covers useful technical detail (e.g. modal, choral playing) in a way I would have thought most non-musicians could understand. I have always loved Stan's playing, but not until this book did I realise what a giant he was - quite possibly the best jazz saxophone player of all time - and what a live of extremes he led. The book has also been a great resource from which to discover recordings that illustrate Stan's abilities. The only thing I think this book lacked was some… Read more
Sony TV and HiFi Over-Ear Headphones - Black by Sony
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I purchased a pair of Sony headphones (Sony model MDR-RF810R) on 14/01/14 for 33.92. There order was fulfilled by Amazon EU S.a.r.L. I was so impressed, I decided to purchase a second pair for a relative. I searched my past orders, clicked on this item order and was taken to an item "Sony TV and HiFi Over-Ear Headphones - Black" at 68.85. In fact, the lowest price was 69.85 and available from one of 2 suppliers (second at 103.00), neither of them Amazon. I therefore did a search on "MDR-RF810R" and up came "Sony MDR-RF810RK.EU8 Wireless Headphones for MP3 Player Black". This was available from Amazon and priced at 34.99. I don't understand what the significance… Read more
Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Be&hellip by Frank Buchmann-Moller
This book would be much better if the author could have resisted the temptation to analyse what seems to be every solo Webster ever recorded. What is worse, a large proportion of these analyses are full of a Hi-Fi-reviewer-type meaningless cliches. e.g. "he swings optimally"; "deserves attention for its majestic composure" to quote but two. Although some of his comments are technical e.g. "he plays in double time", I fail to see what so much dissection adds to this biography. I soon found myself skipping sections in order to get back to the story - and I am a jazz saxophonist. God only knows what a non-musician would make of them.

That aside, the book… Read more

Wish List