Peter J. Kostakis

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (8 of 8)
Location: Chicago, IL


Top Reviewer Ranking: 680,494 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 8
Civil War Diaries ~ Bill Carrothers
Civil War Diaries ~ Bill Carrothers
After playing the disc through, I learned that Bill Carrothers had a go at recording these songs before, evidently signaling a deep affection for and attraction to the material. If you "thrill to" (okay, find yourself reasonably moved by!) the music that Ken Burns' used for his series of Civil War documentaries, this album and its kindred edition(s) will be hard to resist. This pianist's balancing of deep feeling with technical precision casts a spell that holds you. Should one wish (as I did) for more liberties to be taken, more rhythmic and harmonic playfulness with the content of these pieces, a bit of a dust bath to "dirty them up," the improviser's equivalent to… Read more
20 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Dave Brubeck ~ Dave Brubeck
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The package is utilitarian but smartly designed and sound quality cuts the mustard. My only quibbles are: I already had "Dave Digs Disney" on Japanese-issue CD, whose bonus tracks are missing here. Also, it would have been desirable albeit more expensive to have had each LP available in its own cardboard sleeve with original cover art and liner notes intact. I wouldn't have minded using the Palomar Observatory telescope to read the micro print. Despite my minor beefs, this set is packed to the rafters with stimulating music at an unbeatable price.