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Six Classic Albums [Audio CD] Curtis Fuller
Six Classic Albums [Audio CD] Curtis Fuller
Price: £8.06

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Track Listings, 12 May 2012
The albums are Curtis Fuller's albums as leader chronologically from his 3rd to 7th albums, missing out the 8th Blues-ette plus bonus tracks but including the 9th,. They are:

The Opener
1. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
2. Hugore
3. Oscalypso
4. Here's To My Lady
5. Lizzy's Bounce
6. Soon

Bone & Bari"
1. Algonquin
2. Nita's Waltz
3. Bone and Bari
4. Heart and Soul
5. Again

Cutis Fuller Vol. 3
1.Little Messenger
2. Quantrale
3. Jeanie
4. Carvon
5. Two Quarters Of A Mile
6. It's Too Late Now

Two Bones
1. Fuss Budget
2. Oatmeal Cookie
3. Da-Baby
4. Pajama Tops
5. Slides Ride
6. Loquacious Lady
7. Mean Jean

1. Kachin'
2. Bang Bang
3. Imagination
4. Blues De Funk
5. Lido Road

Images of Curtis Fuller
1. Accident
2. Darryl's Minor
3. Be Back, Ta-Reckla
4. Judyful
5. New Date

Impulse 2-on-1: Spirit Dance / Pneuma
Impulse 2-on-1: Spirit Dance / Pneuma
Price: £9.18

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Under-rated Genius of Michael White, 11 May 2012
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Michael white played with John Handy's band before moving to start the early jazz fusion band Fourth Way along with mike Nock, Ron McClure and Eddie Marshall. That was a band that should have been as big as weather Report, Retrurn To Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra but it was not to be, partly I guess because the concentrated their live work around the Sanfrancisco Bay areas.

After Fourth Wat White recorded 5 great albums for Impulse Records. This is the first 2 on 1 CD. The others: The Land of Spirit and Light, father music, mother dance LP and Go With The Flow were realy good too. He had slipped onto obscurity for a while but is really hip again. A real under-rated genius.

Fourth Way
Fourth Way
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £26.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 9 May 2012
This review is from: Fourth Way (Audio CD)
The Forth Way were: Michael White - Electric Violin, Eddie Marshall - Drums, Recorder, Ron McClure -Double Bass, Mike Nock - Electric Piano. Base in San Francisco they formed in 1967 and released three albums in 1969-70. It is surprising that this band did not become a much bigger and more lasting phenomenon. Contemporaries of Weather Report they toured around the San Francisco Bay area, and this was perhaps their problem. Certainly Mike Nock had recently recorded with Bennie Maupin, Ron McClure had recorded and played with Charles Lloyd on some brilliant albums including Love in and Charles Lloyd Soundtrack [International Release] , Michael White went on from here to record a series of 5 excellent albums with the ultra cool Impulse label: Impulse 2-on-1: Spirit Dance / Pneuma, The Land of Spirit and Light, father music, mother dance LP and Go with the Flow.

This is a great album Michael White is a great jazz violinist who disappeared for a while but has made a comeback and is now seriously cool again but for some of us he never stopped being cool. See also Fourth Way's Fourth Way - Sun and Moon Have Come Together (Digipak) and Werwolf

Hard Work / Carnival
Hard Work / Carnival
Price: £7.59

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just An Impulse Buy!, 7 May 2012
John Handy went to Impulse looking to get bigger sales. Hard Work, the album was a deliberate attempt to be more commercial. The title track from that album became such a success as a single (only the second hit for Impulse since Ray Charles recorded for that label several years previously) that they could hardly keep supply up with demand. It reached number 46 in the Billboard singles chart and number 52 in the UK singles chart. These chart palcings may sound modest but for an essentially instrumental single, the chant of "Hard work!" hardly counts as a vocal, it is quite incredible.

Sometimes when a jazz musician tries for commercial success the results are either bland and dull, all the jazzness is removed to make it appeal to a wider audience, or it itroduces too many elements of the current popular idiom and it falls flat.

Handy manages to avoid these pitfalls. Both these albums are rather special and I recommend them, especially for those, like me, who are avid collectors of albums from the Impulse label.

Impulse 2-on-1: The Happy Horns Of Clark Terry / It's What's Happenin'
Impulse 2-on-1: The Happy Horns Of Clark Terry / It's What's Happenin'
Price: £9.12

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark Terry!!, 5 May 2012
In Ashley Khan's excellent The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records he lists It's What's Happenin' in a section Odds & Trends which highlights some of the clearly exploitative tie-ins he negotiated, Chico O'Farrill was asked to compose an album of number based on flags for the album Nine Flags, which was a brand of cologne, Milt Jackson allowed himself to be persuadted to record a number entitled Oo-Oo-Bossa Nova for his album Jazz N Samba, featured on the similar Impluse 2:1 CD Impulse 2-on-1: Statements / Jazz 'n' Samba which featured Joe E Ross, who was then in Car 54 Where are You? with his trademark "oo-oo" thrown in for no good reason.

Khan highlighted the Clark Terry album as the worst of these exploitation albums, it was to promote the Varitone electric trumpet, so I wasn't expecting much, I just wanted to add to my comprehensive Impulse label jazz collection. What I found, however was Clark Terry mercilessly poking fun at the technology and some rather nice playing. I do not see that he as been compromised in any way by the product placement and the humour does not detract from the enjoyment of a serious jazz talent. If you like Oscar Peterson Trio Plus One Clark Terry you love It's What's Happenin'. The other half of this package, The Happy Horn of Clark Terry is also very good.

Don'y hesitate just buy!

For Django
For Django
Price: £12.07

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 May 2012
This review is from: For Django (Audio CD)
Joe Pass was the quintessential American jazz guitarist, paying his respects to and drawing his inspiration from the Giant European jazz guitar Django Reinhardt. If you have any interest at all in jazz guitar then this is an essential purchase.

To contemporary music fans this seems like a very short album but if you consider that at the time the industry standard for making a jazz album was that you send your artist into the studio and for each session you expect an album;s worth of material. How many albums get recorded in a day these days? The huge legacy of recordings of the legendary John Coltrane in Impulse is down the his producer sneaking him into the studio without the bosses at ABC knowing about it and concealing how much studio time he was taking up.

Joe Pass was a brilliant musician, very intense and musically peerless. I saw him once in The Music hall in Aberdeen. The audience were particularly reserved, I think because we were all in such awe of the man; we were in the same room as Joe Pass for god's sake, in Aberdeen!. He eventually broke the ice by leaning forward and saying "Is everything alright?" From there on it was a fantastic night. One of my all time best gigs up there with my other favourites Eberherd Weber (in Dundee with Colours and Edinburgh solo) and Stephane Grappelli in Dundee's Whitehall Theatre (which was normally host to the likes of the Alexander Brothers and the Gang Show)

Buy this album!

Beat Goes On are to be commended for bringing us this classic album and I understand that there are rights issues over the original cover. If like me you have all your CDs on iTunes (or other digital music player) then you might like to download the original cover for your digital version of the album. I know this sounds a bit obsessive, wel it is, but it's only a suggestion.

Echoes And Rhymes
Echoes And Rhymes
Price: £11.67

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Perfect Pop!, 30 April 2012
This review is from: Echoes And Rhymes (Audio CD)
This is an album of covers from a range of styles but Tracey's voice still sounds like it did in 1988. The line-p may have changed around her a bit but Tracey still has an excellent band around her; the essence of the band who brought us Crash, Nothing Left and Thru The Flowers is still there. Youth isn't everything and this band shows that. There are some great songs on here, Turn Off the Moon, The Witch, Who Are You Trying To Fool?...

Price: £9.98

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 27 April 2012
This review is from: Blunderbuss (Audio CD)
Jack White's genius is making music that is raw and simple, that draws from the past but that always moves forward. The influences here may be rather wide but each track bears the clear hallmark of Jack White. The is nothing dirivative or repetitive about his music, although he draws on familiar themes, so I take my hat off to him (well I would if I ever wore one).

I can understand that some people have put the White Stripes on a pedestal and miss that band but artists move on. The band that spring to mind that have stuck to a strict formula and sound (for over forty years) is Staus Quo and they are loathed by as many people for that (although again wrongly in my opinion)
This album represents the start of another chapter in Jack White's career, it is not the sort of quantum leap that David Bowie used to make but more of an evolutionary development. This doesn't mean that you ahve to dump all your old White Stripes etc, albums just that he is developing in a very slightly different direction.

This album is not, as someone said to me, "...just like a White Stripes album..." nor is in any way inferior; it is a strong collection of songs that I found very accessible and enjoyable.

Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelllent Stuff, 26 April 2012
This review is from: Rome (Audio CD)
Very evocative of the Ennio Morricone soundtracks withoutout decending into pale pastiche, a real feat. I am a great fan of those spaghetti western soundtracks, at one Edinburgh Festival Fringe the Cliff Hanger Theatre put on a free show where they had the audience divided into three sections singing part of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly themetune. I went back almost every day for that show.

This album nearly passed me by but having listened to clips from the forthcoming album Little Broken Hearts I cam to check this out and am so pleased that I did.

Impulse 2-on-1: Antelope Freeway / Equinox Express Elevator
Impulse 2-on-1: Antelope Freeway / Equinox Express Elevator
Price: £7.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated Experiments That Untimately Failed../ But I Love These Albums, 25 April 2012
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Clearly thatere are differences of opinion about these albums. The negatives are outlined in otrherreviews here. What needs to be remembered, however, is thta these are definitely albums of their time. Impulse records was a champion of cutting edge music, the "New Thing", avant garde jazz, jazz fusion and jazz rock crossover music. What you are going to get is a range of successes and failure and music that leads somewhere against music that leads nowhere.

This experiment in, what was then known as Head Musicb was brave and cutting edge; Bill Szymczyk, who was one of the producers on Antelope Freeway, enthused about the recording process and the album but when asked about the impact states that it had none at all. Szymczyk was quite philisophical about this but did not seem to ahve any regrets about this.

I had always been a real fan of a lot of the better known Impluse releases: A Love Supreme, Alfie, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane and Impulse 2-on-1: Statements / Jazz 'n' Samba, the latter of the Milt Jackson albums features a weird tie in with Joe E Ross of Car 54 Where Are You? on The Oo-Oo Bossa Noova.

Having read Ashley Khan's The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, which is an excellent documentation of the development of the label, I bacame an avid colector of all thing Impulse and I have to say that I have given both these albums a lot of play since getting hold of them, initially from a friend but now buying my own copy.

For what they are these a briliant ablums of their time but clearly they need to be listened to withthat in mind, you know yourself if this will thrill of irritate you so make your own mind up.

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