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Blowing Up A Breeze
Blowing Up A Breeze

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine memorial to the neglected tenor saxophonist Chu Berry., 15 May 2017
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Tenor saxophonist Chu Berry(1908-41) was influenced by Coleman Hawkins and much admired by his fellow musicians but is unjustly overlooked nowadays.
This excellent TOPAZ CD surveys some of his recordings between May, 1933 and September, 1941, a few weeks before his tragically early death in a car accident.
The 22 tracks include 7 of his small group recordings as leader and 15 with the orchestras of Spike Hughes, Fletcher Henderson, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton & Cab Calloway.
'Blowing Up A Breeze' contains 67 minutes of enjoyable and swinging jazz which makes it a fine memorial to the neglected Chu Berry.

50 Modern Artists You Should Know (The 50s Series)
50 Modern Artists You Should Know (The 50s Series)
by Christiane Weidemann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring introduction to 50 modern artists., 14 May 2017
This is an excellent introduction to modern art focusing on 50 artists from James McNeill Whistler & Paul Gauguin to David Hockney & Matthew Barney.
There are concise written portraits of each artist with one or more beautifully reproduced examples of their work and the book concludes with a useful glossary of various modern art movements.
'50 Modern Artists You Should Know' is an inspiring and accessible book that should help anyone to have a greater understanding and appreciation of modern art.

Hard Talk by Mal Waldron (2013-11-12)
Hard Talk by Mal Waldron (2013-11-12)

5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and challenging modern jazz from Mal Waldron's Quintet in 1974., 11 May 2017
The distinctive pianist/composer Mal Waldron(1926-2002) recorded with a wide range of musicians including Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus & John Coltrane.
He led his own quintet at Meistersingerhalle, Nurnberg at the East-West Jazz Festival on May 4, 1974.
With Waldron(piano) were the trumpeter Manfred Schoof, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, bassist Isla Eckinger and ex-Albert Ayler drummer Allen Blairman.
All four tracks are Waldron compositions with three lengthy performances and the 6-minute 'Russian Melody'.
The quintet displays a high level of empathy with superb solos and the intense and exciting music on 'Hard Talk' should be heard by anyone who appreciates adventurous and challenging modern jazz.

Bill Harris & Friends
Bill Harris & Friends
Price: £6.71

5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed and swinging jazz from Bill Harris & Ben Webster in 1957., 10 May 2017
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Trombonist Bill Harris(1916-73) is best known for his association with the Woody Herman band and this enjoyable album is one of his few leadership sessions recorded in the Spring of 1957.
Harris(trombone) teamed up with the great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster(1909-73) and a superb rhythm section of Jimmy Rowles(piano); Red Mitchell(bass) & Stan Levey(drums).
The trombonist and tenorist complement one another beautifully on four tracks and highlights of the seven standards are 'Just One More Chance' with verbal jousting between Harris & Webster and a lengthy version of Duke Ellington's 'In A Mellotone'.
'Bill Harris and Friends' contains plenty of relaxed and swinging mainstream jazz which deserves to be more widely known.

Real Thing by Louis Hayes
Real Thing by Louis Hayes

4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating hard bop from Louis Hayes & Woody Shaw in 1977., 9 May 2017
This excellent but little-known album co-led by the Detroit-born drummer Louis Hayes(b. 1937) and trumpeter Woody Shaw(1944-89) was recorded in New York City on May 20 & 21, 1977 with Rene McLean(tenor, alto & soprano sax); Ronnie Mathews(piano); Stafford James(bass) & on three numbers Slide Hampton(trombone).
Everyone's in superb form on six tracks with band originals from Hayes, Mathews, James plus two pieces from trumpeter Tex Allen and one from Jackie McLean.
'The Real Thing' contains some powerful and exhilarating jazz which should appeal to most enthusiasts of adventurous hard bop.

Why Not?
Why Not?

5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal introduction to alto saxophonist Marion Brown., 8 May 2017
This review is from: Why Not? (Audio CD)
The overlooked alto saxophonist Marion Brown(1935-2010) recorded this excellent quartet album for ESP in New York City on October 23, 1966 with Stanley Cowell(piano); Norris "Sirone" Jones(bass) & Rashied Ali(drums).
Although Brown is associated with free jazz his playing here is more thoughtful and accessible with superb support from the other members of the quartet.
The four compositions by the altoist cover a range of moods from mournful to joyful and this little-known album is an ideal introduction to Marion Brown's music.

Flip Wails: The Best of the Verve Years
Flip Wails: The Best of the Verve Years
Offered by Musical Notes
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent and swinging tenor saxophone from Flip Phillips., 6 May 2017
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Tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips(1915-2001) is probably best known for his 'rabble-rousing' performances with Norman Granz's 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' concerts.
This excellent CD is a collection of his non-JATP recordings made for VERVE between 1947 & 1958.
The 20 tracks with 6 originals by Phillips are mainly small group recordings including musicians such as Howard McGhee(trumpet); Bill Harris(trombone); Hank Jones(piano); Ray Brown(bass); Buddy Rich(drums) and others.
All in all, this 74-minute CD is an enjoyable and varied representation of Flip Phillips's music and contains plenty of his eloquent and swinging tenor playing.

Charlie Parker Immortal Concerts: Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946 [LIVE]
Charlie Parker Immortal Concerts: Jazz at the Philharmonic, 1946 [LIVE]
Offered by TOP-MUSIC
Price: £6.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and atmospheric 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' concerts from 1946., 5 May 2017
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This excellent CD features seven lengthy performances taken from three 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' concerts in Los Angeles on January 29, March 25 & April 22, 1946.
The collective personnel is: Charlie Parker, Willie Smith(alto sax); Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Ventura(tenor sax); Dizzy Gillespie, Howard McGhee, Al Killian, Buck Clayton(trumpet); Mel Powell, Arnold Ross, Ken Kersey(piano); Irving Ashby(guitar); Billy Hadnott(bass); Lee Young, Buddy Rich(drums).
All in all, this 70-minute 'Giants of Jazz' CD is a fascinating mix of bop & swing styles with superb extended solos from Parker, Young, Hawkins, Ventura, Gillespie and others.
Sound quality is reasonably good for a 1946 live recording and this exciting and atmospheric jazz is well worth tracking down.

Tales of the Algonquin
Tales of the Algonquin
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £42.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and adventurous big-band jazz from John Surman & John Warren in 1971., 4 May 2017
This review is from: Tales of the Algonquin (Audio CD)
This was John Surman's final album for DERAM recorded during 1971 with compositions and arrangements by John Warren,
The personnel for this 16-piece ensemble comprised Martin Drover, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett(trumpet/flugelhorn); Malcolm Griffiths, Ed Harvey, Danny Almark(trombones); Mike Osborne(alto sax, clarinet); Stan Sulzmann(alto sax, soprano sax, flute); Alan Skidmore(tenor sax, flute, alto flute); John Surman(baritone sax, soprano sax); John Warren(baritone sax, flute); John Taylor(piano); Harry Miller, Barre Phillips(bass) & Alan Jackson, Stu Martin(drums, percussion).
The five-part 'Tales Of The Algonquin' suite, inspired by a book of American Indian folk myths, is preceded by four unrelated compositions from Warren with fine solos from Surman, Skidmore, Osborne, Wheeler, Taylor & Miller.
'Tales Of The Algonquin' is a neglected British jazz classic and this inventive big-band album is well worth the search.

Carnegie Hall 1949-50
Carnegie Hall 1949-50
Offered by Musical Notes
Price: £12.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and atmospheric jazz at Carnegie Hall in 1949-50 with Charlie Parker & others., 3 May 2017
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This excellent CD combines two Carnegie Hall concerts from 1949 & 1950 featuring the great alto saxophonist Charlie Parker(1920-55).
Tracks 1-4 were recorded on September 18, 1949 and is one of the finest of Norman Granz's long series of 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' concerts with a stellar line-up of Charlie Parker(alto sax); Lester Young, Flip Phillips(tenor saxes); Roy Eldridge(trumpet); Tommy Turk(trombone); Hank Jones(piano); Ray Brown(bass) & Buddy Rich(drums).
The four lengthy performances - 'The Opener', 'Lester Leaps In', 'Embraceable You' & 'The Closer' - feature superb solos from Parker, Young, Phillips, Eldridge & Turk.
Tracks 5-9 were recorded on September 16, 1950 and is a Charlie Parker & strings concert with Parker(alto sax); Al Haig(piano); Tommy Potter(bass); Roy Haynes(drums) plus Tommy Mace(oboe); Teddy Blume, Sam Caplan, Stan Karpenia(violins); David Uchitel(viola); Bill Bundy(cello); Wallace McManus(harp).
Bird is in great form and soars majestically above the rather pedestrian strings.
All in all, this 60-minute 'Giants of Jazz' CD contains plenty of exciting and atmospheric live jazz which is well worth tracking down.

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