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The Preacher
The Preacher
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compilation, 28 July 2012
This review is from: The Preacher (MP3 Download)
This is a good collection of numbers but beware that it is a compilation of tracks from Horace Silver Trio, And the Jazz Messengers [Us Import] and The Jazz Messengers. All the tracks feature Art Blakey either in the early Jazz Messengers or Horace Silver Trio line-up and are all good, so if you want a representation of Silver at this time then this is still a good choice, but for more comprehensive coverage then the source albums cited above might be a better choice.


Sonny Sitt Blows the Blues
Sonny Sitt Blows the Blues
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 27 July 2012
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I cannot keep up with the excellence that was the jazz scene of 1959. How many brilliant albums were released that year? Miles Davis Kind Of Blue, The Shape Of Jazz To Come, Giant Steps, Mingus Ah Um and Mingus Dynasty: The Complete 1959 Columbia Recordings, Blowin' The Blues Away, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet In Chicago, Time Out, Portrait In Jazz [Keepnews Collection], Gerry Meets Ben, etc, and then I hear Sonny Stitt Blows the Blues Away and The Hard Swing (both contained in full here)

There are an abundance of riches here: the creativity of Stitt on I Got Rhythm alone just blows me away! I have hundreds of really good jazz albums but this took me by surprise. Having got rather complacent about the sheer excellence of a lot of the classic jazz I listen to, this has made me recalibrate my ears a bit and now I appreciate what I am hearing a lot more.


Live At The Lighthouse
Live At The Lighthouse
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 27 July 2012
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Lee Morgan and his band are on fire here! This contains an abundance of brilliant live jazz that is a must for anyone interested in Lee Morgan in particular or classic Blue Note artists in general.


Nucleus
Nucleus
Price: £11.62

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting For Psychedelia Fans, 24 July 2012
This review is from: Nucleus (Audio CD)
This is an interesting album for fans of the unexplored byways of psychedelia and early progressive rock. It is the only release by this Canadian outfit. The organ driven sound leads to comparison with the Doors and some other such bands but this is of only limited value in gauging this bands so if you are interested in psychedelia and proto-prog rock then this is the album for you. It is not, however to be confused with Ian Carr's excellent jazz/rock band of the same name


Anthology
Anthology
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £5.19

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get Hooked on Hooker, 20 July 2012
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
Do not listen to the .com review below, firstly John Lee Hooker's Vee Jay output stretched to 127 songs, so you are getting a good sample here but NOT the complete recordings from that period (1955-64) on that label, secondly disc 3 contains the key Riverside album That's My Story which was a key point of development for Hooker, who had had success as a key figure in the Folk Blues boom and was now moving on to a more contemplative approach to his songs. Louis Hayes (drums) and Sam Jones (bass) were clearly from jazz circles but to suggest that the boundaries of different strands of black music, at that time in American, were rigid if just plain wrong. The other musician here is Tony McPhee on guitar who was thoroughly steeped in blues and it is a great album which is not available at an affordable price last time I looked. This anthology is well worth owning but completists will probably go elsewhere.


The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings: Ninth Edition
by Richard Cook
Edition: Paperback

6 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Big!, 16 July 2012
And big is about as positive as I can say about this dreadful book. It does not tell us much about the recordings, the star rating reveals an extremely (not as extreme as Wynton Marsalsa's attempt to preserve jazz in that very narrow band of style that he approves of) conservative view of jazz. There is also a lot of churning out of the received wisdom of jazz. For example Stan Getz Focus is highly rated when to me the result sounds like what I would expect from the recording process, Getz playing reveals that he has never heard the string arrangements before and besides strings and jazz need to be done exceptionally well for the result not to be saccharine rubbish, Focus is saccharine rubbish very badly played, Getz sounds like he cannot even hear the backing. Any reviewer who gives this album the thumbs up is not to be trusted.

I look through this book and see album after album that I love dismissed with a ** or **(*) review, these guys no absolutely nothing about jazz, avoid this book like the plague.
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Live at the Lighthouse 1970
Live at the Lighthouse 1970
Price: £19.08

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Completists Only!, 16 July 2012
This is not, as has been said elsewhere, the classic Live at the Lighthouse Recorded live at the "Lighthouse Club", Hermosa Beach, CA, July 10-12, 1970, the track listing for which is:

Disc1:
1. Introduction by Lee Morgan - 2:00
2. Beehive" (Mabern) - 15:17
3. Absolutions (Merritt) - 22:43
4. Peyote (Maupin) - 11:23
5. Speedball (Morgan) - 11:54

Disc 2:
1. Nommo (Merritt) - 17:50
2. Neophilia (Maupin) - 18:59
3. Something Like This (Maupin) - 13:01
4. I Remember Britt (Mabern) - 14:55

Disc 3:
1. Aon (Mabern) - 13:47
2. Yunjanna (Maupin) - 16:07
3. 416 East 10th Street (Maupin) - 12:11
4. The Sidewinder (Morgan) - 13:40

The genuine Live at the Lighthouse can be bought at a very reasonable download price from amazon at Live At The Lighthouse although the CD is very hard to come by.

This CD is an inferior quality recording recorded shortly before and at a different venue from the genuine Live at the Lighthouse, but you may want it anyway, there is some excellent play on this album too.


Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Offered by 5records
Price: £8.10

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland, 2 July 2012
Am I the only one you finds this soundtrack utterly depressing. Jack Johnson was an irritant white racist Americans. He made a show of having big cars and dating white women. In 1910 James J Jeffries was persuaded to come out of retirement to challenge Johnson becuase white America could not stomach a black heavyweight champion, in what was billed as The Fight of the Century, Johnson won.

Miles Davis also wrote music for a previous documentary available as A Tribute To Jack Johnson. If he had heard this album he would have thrown up.


The Dial Masters - Original Choice Takes
The Dial Masters - Original Choice Takes
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 29 Jun. 2012
Charlie Parker on fire and the early years of the great Miles Davis; this is where Davis' style formed, he could never match Dizzy Gillespie's rapid fire runs of notes, a comparison that was bound to be made playing alongside Parker, so he went the other way.

I had almost all of this albums on Now's the Time except Hot Blues so I downloaded that to complete the album. You can also get Charlie Parker On Dial - The Complete Sessions with all the master takes plus a huge range of alternate takes but you would need to be doing post-graduate study into Charlie Parker to need that.


Complete Live At the Olympia 1958 (Bonus Track Version)
Complete Live At the Olympia 1958 (Bonus Track Version)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, However..., 29 Jun. 2012
This package contains 2 complete Donald Byrd albums from 1958:Byrd in Paris and Parisian Thoroughfare with 6 bonus track from his other release that year Rue du Chat-qui-PÍche. Whilst I appreciate the bonus track I do not like to have partial albums. I always separate out 2:1 CDs and multi album packages into their original constituent albums on iTunes. So if you want the albums on here and to fill in the missing 3 tracks get them as MP3 downloads from Au Chat Qui Peche. These are all to notch albums from a band that was firing on all cylinders at the time.


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