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Blackstone Legacy
Blackstone Legacy

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blackstone Legacy - My all time favourite album, 4 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Blackstone Legacy (Audio CD)
Woody Shaw's Blackstone Legacy was made by Woody with several of Miles DAvis' sidesmen from the Bitches' Brew era. This album sounds as if they needed to let off steam - and they produced the most powerful flowing jazz album you will ever hear. If you like 70s jazz, then don't deliberate, just buy it. The title track, the first on the CD, is the best. It is much in the style of Mile's Miles In The Sky, and it will leave you breathless in admiration and delight. How could they be so good? The second track, Think on Me, is a slower number, and the third, Lost and Found, is particularly frantic and continues where the title track left off. The fourth, New World, starts off as a piece of Quincy Jones style funk, which dissolves slowly into a general jam highlightimg the skills of the whole band in turn. The fifth track, Boo-Ann's Gran is a piece of very pleasurable mainstream swing which shows off the two saxophonists, Bartz and Maupin to good effect and is the best example of them working together. Unfortuunately the final track, A Deed For Dolphy, and happily the shortest, is a dreadful slow atonal dirge which the album would have been better without, however even so this work has to be the most powerful 70 minutes of jazz you will ever hear; maybe not as experimental or rounded as Bitche's Brew, to which it is compared, but still presses every pleasurable button by just the right amount. I had the vinyl and wore it out, so it is particularly pleasing to be able to buy it again on CD


Sportin' Life
Sportin' Life

1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This album showed Weather Report it was time to pack it in, 12 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Sportin' Life (Audio CD)
Sporting Life sounded at the time, and to me still does, like an album that a band had to make just to fulfill its contractual recording commitments. I have all the ones that were generally available during the band's lifetime on vinyl, and I replaced them all with CDs (and bought the live ones issued later) except this one, when I bought a CD player 25 years ago or since. All the other WR albums still get played regularly, but there was absolutely nothing in this one of any merit to go back to - no great solos, no inspirational melodies, no moody tone poems, not even a vocal piece to treasure. Just dross. Leave this one in the shop.
Nigel Miller


Night Electric Night
Night Electric Night
Price: £8.46

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent band., 27 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Night Electric Night (Audio CD)
I bought this album based on a couple of tracks I had heard on a free CD from a magazine. What a band!! They sound a bit like Rammstein - probably because both bands share the same producer. However wheras Rammstein sound like a well-directed steamroller, Deathstars are more like a spaceship on overdrive. Not a duff track on this album, but the next one will need to develop the direction started here.
Nigel Miller


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