Mike L

"Mike L"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (24 of 25)
Location: Harrow, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,182,311 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 25
Best of -Digi- ~ Erik Truffaz
Best of -Digi- ~ Erik Truffaz
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I came across Erik Truffaz by whilst doing some 'Spotify-ing'. I knew nothing about either the artist or his albums. Having listened to a lot that I liked, and seeing the recently released "Best Of..." triple CD for sale at a staggeringly reasonable price, this seemed like a great introduction to what was clearly excellent jazz trumpet playing. Given the varity of styles and genres covered by Eric Truffaz, I'm guessing that the three CDs cover a large body of his musical output over a large number of years. And therein lies my main disappointment with the 3-CD package....I was expecting a 'booklet' to be included with the CDs with a wealth of information about the man, his background,… Read more
E.S.T.: Live In Stockholm [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Esbjorn Svennson
E.S.T.: Live In Stockholm [DVD] DVD ~ Esbjorn Svennson
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY SPECIAL, 15 Feb 2009
When Amazon get round to including in their music category "life-changing stuff", almost everything E.S.T did will be included in it. The point I'm making is that whilst Esbjorn Svensson Trio's CDs are stacked on the "jazz" shelf, their music transcends all that simplistic and somewhat crude categorisation. I have known people who have never bought a jazz record in their lives be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of an E.S.T tune. I know it is easy to be overly gushy and sentimental when it is still less than a year since the untimely death of Esbjorn Svensson, but the fact remains that the body of work created by this trio is truly awesome. And the "Live In Stockholm" DVD is a superb… Read more
Jaco Pastorius: Live In Montreal [DVD] [2002] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jaco Pastorius
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IS THIS HERESY?, 15 Feb 2009
When you have the likes of Peter Erskine, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Don Alias and Jaco Pastorius on stage together it seems churlish, if not down-right heretical, to start criticising. However, the performance on this DVD simply falls short of what you would expect from these jazz giants. Everyone plays well and there some excellent moments, but these are musicians who, at their best, are incidenciary and that magic is lacking here. It doesn't help that absolutely no atmosphere at all is created by either the lighting or camera-work, and the shots of the audience are down-right scary - a crowd of bearded men who all look like they're related to one another. This DVD is a great… Read more