ACB (swansea)

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (8,474 of 9,302)
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There is so much to learn (and forget, unfortunately). I review as I enjoy it, but also to remind me of some the books, films, music that my grey cells may have misplaced.

Many. Now have time since retirement. Medicine, haematology and psychology degrees. Science, films, Hollywood musicals. Sport, fitness, , nutrition . Avid reader. All music, with a love of jazz from all eras but am open to anything new in any me… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 28 - Total Helpful Votes: 8474 of 9302
'Round Midnight in Paris - Stan Getz ~ Stan Getz
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Stan Getz, 31 July 2014
Stan Getz was Scandinavia bound, but following a JATP tour, he picked up a few dates including Paris. In June/July, 1958, he played a concert at L'Olympia with Martial Solal(p), Pierre Michelot(b), and the pioneering bebop drummer, Kenny Clarke, an expatriate whose robust drumming sets off sparks under the numbers. Following a rousing Getz performance on 'Broadway' he plays 'A Ghost of A Chance'. This is a masterpiece and rivals the 1944 version recorded by Lester Young. Getz's control and emotive rendition (keeping the enthusiasm of Clarke in check) is sheer perfection. 'All God's Children' becomes a tenor-drum duet much to the delight of the enthusiastic French audience… Read more
Eleven That Went up to Heaven: A DCI Webb Mystery by Anthea Fraser
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Richard Vine is a shrewd, sophisticated and wealthy businessman. He is domineering and his wife, Natasha, shy and nervous. Richard now owns a luxurious conference centre, the Grange, next to his home. Always seeking publicity, he organises a party as a gimmick, for 20 men all named Richard Evans with their wives and girlfriends including the local news reporter. The next morning, gloating on his successful venture, he is stunned to hear a minibus had crashed down a hill after the party. 9 people dead and two critically injured. Five named Richard Evans with their partners, and the driver, Joe Bainbridge all heading for a train connection nearby. DCI David Webb and his team are called in to… Read more
Bouts of Mania: Ali, Foreman, Frazier and an Ameri&hellip by Richard Hoffer
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Richard Hoffer has written a fascinating book centred on a golden period of boxing between 1971 and 1975 when an unparalleled trio of heavyweights were contesting the supreme title of Champion of the World. They were Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman, attracting world wide interest, most notably in America. Ali, (then Cassius Clay), had caused a major surprise by controversially defeating Sonny Liston in 1964. Liked and disliked in equal measure for his flamboyance, bragging, outrageous remarks and becoming a Muslim, he was stripped of his undefeated world title in 1967 for refusing to serve in Vietnam. His reply was, 'I got nothing against no Viet-Cong'. Reinstated, Ali was… Read more