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Live at Leeds
Live at Leeds
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited and exhilarating versions of Frank Zappa's compositions., 30 July 2016
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John Etheridge's 'Zappatistas' were recorded live at The Wardrobe, Leeds, during November, 1999.
With Etheridge(guitar) were Steve Lodder(keyboards); Annie Whitehead(trombone); Teena Lyle(percussion, vibes); Ben Castle(saxophone); Paul Jayasinha(trumpet); Rob Statham(bass) & Mike Bradley(drums).
Although no substitute for the real thing the band play spirited and exhilarating versions of Frank Zappa's distinctive compositions and highlights include 'King Kong', 'I'm The Slime' and a superb 23-minute performance of 'Grand Wazoo'.
This is one of the better FZ tribute bands and the 67 minutes of inventive music on 'Live in Leeds' is well worth tracking down.


Cymbalism
Cymbalism

5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal ideal introduction to Roy Haynes & Frank Strozier., 29 July 2016
This review is from: Cymbalism (Audio CD)
This overlooked quartet album by the great drummer Roy Haynes(b. 1925) was recorded in New Jersey on September 10, 1963 with the neglected Frank Strozier(alto sax, flute); Ronnie Mathews(piano) & Larry Ridley(bass).
The five memorable tracks include originals from Strozier & Mathews plus one standard and a medley.
Highlights are Strozier's flute feature on his 'Modette', Mathews soulful 'Go 'N' Git It!' and the standard 'I'm Getting Sentimental Over You' with Strozier's vibrant alto playing.
'Cymbalism' is an inventive and swinging modern jazz album which serves as an ideal introduction to Roy Haynes & Frank Strozier.
It also makes an excellent companion with Haynes' 'Cracklin'' recorded a few months earlier with the same rhythm section but tenorist Booker Ervin instead of Strozier.


Eyes of the Elders
Eyes of the Elders
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful and exhilarating modern jazz from T.K.Blue in 2000., 28 July 2016
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The little-known saxophonist/flautist T.K.Blue aka Talib Kibwe(b. 1953) has worked with pianists Abdullah Ibrahim & Randy Weston and recorded his second album as leader on April 28/29, 2000.
With T.K.Blue(saxophones, flute, kalimbas) were Randy Brecker(trumpet, flugelhorn); Stefon Harris(marimba, vibraphone); Eric Redd, James Weidman, Joanne Brackeen(piano); Lonnie Plaxico(bass); Jeff "Tain" Watts(drums) & Steve Kroon(percussion).
The thirteen varied tracks include compositions by Denzil Best, Hale Smith, Charles Mingus, Benny Carter & John Coltrane as well as T.K.Blue's originals.
Highlights include impressive versions of Charles Mingus's 'Nostalgia in Times Square', John Coltrane's 'Wise One', Hale Smith's 'Frozen Mist' & T.K.Blue's 'Dance of the Nile & the title-track.
The 65 minutes of colourful and exhilarating music on 'Eyes of the Elders' deserves to be more widely known.


J.R.Monterose By J.R.Monterose (2015-07-17)
J.R.Monterose By J.R.Monterose (2015-07-17)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked BLUE NOTE gem from J.R.Monterose in 1956., 28 July 2016
The underrated and distinctive Detroit-born tenor saxophonist J.R.Monterose(1927-93), not to be confused with L.A. tenorist Jack Montrose, is in superb form on his debut as leader recorded in New Jersey on October 21, 1956 with trumpeter Ira Sullivan, and a stellar rhythm section of Horace Silver(piano); Wilbur Ware(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums).
The seven varied tracks(with two takes of 'Wee Jay') include three Monterose originals and one each from Donald Byrd, Philly Joe Jones & Paul Chambers.
Highlights are Donald Byrd's 'The Third', Monterose's 'Bobbie Pin' & 'Wee Jay'(master take).
This overlooked BLUE NOTE gem contains some memorable, straightahead modern jazz and is a fine example of J.R.Monterose's tenor playing.


Calling Card by Blythe, Arthur (2005-11-15)
Calling Card by Blythe, Arthur (2005-11-15)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate modern jazz from Arthur Blythe at the Village Vanguard in 1993., 27 July 2016
This excellent quartet album recorded live at the Village Vanguard on June 26, 1993 finds the underrated alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe in exuberant form with a superb rhythm section of pianist John Hicks, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Bobby Battle.
The eight varied tracks include six Blythe originals with one from Hicks and a version of Fats Waller's 'Jitterbug Waltz'.
Highlights are the soulful 'Blue Blues', the plaintive 'Naima's Love Song' and the tender 'Odessa'.
Usually associated with the West Coast avant-garde Blythe's playing is relatively straightahead here and the 72-minute 'Calling Card' should appeal to anyone who enjoys passionate and swinging modern jazz.


In the Spirit by Jay Hoggard
In the Spirit by Jay Hoggard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and exhilarating modern jazz from Jay Hoggard's quintet in 1992., 27 July 2016
The little-known vibraphonist Jay Hoggard(b. 1954) made several albums for MUSE during the 1980s & 90s but now seems to have disappeared from the scene.
This excellent quintet session was recorded in New Jersey on May 4, 1992 with Hoggard(vibes); James Newton(flute); Dwight Andrews(bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto flute); Mark Helias(bass) & Ed Blackwell(drums).
The eight varied tracks from this empathetic group include two Hoggard originals, one each from Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, Oliver Nelson & Anthony Davis plus a Latin number and a trio version of 'Without A Song'.
'In The Spirit' is dedicated to Hoggard's "friend and teacher" Ed Blackwell(1930-92) who died a few months after this session and the inventive, exhilarating modern jazz on this album is a worthy tribute to him.


Stylings of Silver/Six Piece
Stylings of Silver/Six Piece
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two overlooked Horace Silver albums from 1956-58., 26 July 2016
This excellent 2-CD set combines two BLUE NOTE quintet albums led by the pianist/composer Horace Silver(1928-2014).
CD1('The Stylings of Silver') was recorded in Hackensack, New Jersey on May 8, 1957 with Silver(piano); Hank Mobley(tenor sax); Art Farmer(trumpet); Teddy Kotick(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
The six varied tracks include five originals by the leader and highlights are Silver's 'Home Cookin'' and a stunning version of the standard 'My One And Only Love'. Mobley and Farmer complement one another beautifully and the soulful and swinging hard bop deserves to be much better known.
CD2('Six Pieces of Silver') consists of two quintet sessions from 1956 & 1958.
Tracks 1-8(mono) were recorded on November 10, 1956 with Silver(piano); Hank Mobley(tenor sax); Donald Byrd(trumpet); Doug Watkins(bass) & Louis Hayes(drums).
Tracks 9-10(stereo) were recorded on June 15, 1958 with Silver(piano); Junior Cook(tenor sax); Donald Byrd(trumpet) & Louis Hayes(drums) with a vocal by Bill Henderson on 'Senor Blues'.
All 10 memorable tracks feature Silver originals with the highlights being 'Senor Blues'(all three versions), 'Cool Eyes', 'Enchantment' and the trio track 'Shirl'.
These two overlooked Horace Silver albums still sound fresh and exhilarating 60 years later and deserve a place in any modern jazz collection.


When Farmer Met Gryce by FARMER,ART
When Farmer Met Gryce by FARMER,ART
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5.0 out of 5 stars When art Farmer met Gigi Gryce in 1954 & 1955., 25 July 2016
Trumpeter Art Farmer(1928-99) and alto saxophonist/composer Gigi Gryce(1925-83) joined forces for these two excellent quintet sessions in 1954 & 1955.
Tracks 1-4 were recorded in New Jersey on May 19, 1954 with Art Farmer(trumpet); Gigi Gryce(alto sax); Horace Silver(piano); Percy Heath(bass) & Kenny Clarke(drums).
Tracks 5-8 were recorded in New Jersey on May 26, 1955 with a different rhythm section of Freddie Redd(piano); Addison Farmer(bass) & Art Taylor(drums).
The eight memorable tracks are all Gryce originals and highlights include 'A Night At Tony's', 'Blue Concept', 'Social Call' & 'Blue Lights'.
'When Farmer Met Gryce' is an enjoyable and inventive early hard bop album which deserves to be more widely known.


Art Farmer Quintet Featuring Gigi Gryce by Art Farmer
Art Farmer Quintet Featuring Gigi Gryce by Art Farmer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Art Farmer with Gigi Gryce in 1955., 24 July 2016
Trumpeter Art Farmer(1928-99) and alto saxophonist/composer Gigi Gryce(1925-83) joined forces for this excellent quintet session recorded in New Jersey on October 21, 1955 with Duke Jordan(piano); Addison Farmer(bass) & Philly Joe Jones(drums).
The six memorable tracks include five Gryce originals and one from Duke Jordan.
Highlights are 'Evening In Casablanca', 'Nica's Tempo' dedicated to Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, 'Satellite' & the Latin-influenced 'Sans Souci' named after an island near Florida.
Despite the short playing time of 34 minutes this is an enjoyable and inventive hard bop album that deserves to be better known.


Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice
Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice
by Chris Barker
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know about cultural theory but were afraid to ask!, 22 July 2016
Cultural theory is a notoriously abstruse field of study but this comprehensive book by Chris Barker & Emma A. Jane makes it enjoyable and accessible.
This 5th edition(2016) has been extensively rewritten with key concepts and thinkers explained in a remarkably lucid and engaging way. The book concludes with a helpful glossary of cultural terms.
'Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice' is an intellectually stimulating book recommended not only to students of cultural theory but also the general reader wishing to make sense of our complex cultural world.


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