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Mr. C. S. Horne "SarfLondon Jazzbuff" (Clapham, S London)
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Highland Journey
Highland Journey
by Mairi Hedderwick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and Thoughtful, 27 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Highland Journey (Paperback)
Mairi Hedderwick on her travels with drawing and painting materials at the ready, retracing the steps of painter and journal writer, the Victorian J.T. Reid, across the highlands. I love her sketches and paintings and the comments on how the modern Scotland is managing as old ties, and customs are difficult to keep up in this commercial world. A great sense of place is achieved, though these are not sentimental meanderings by any stretch. Recommended.


Panasonic DMP-BDT230EB MULTI REGION DVD PLAYER with Smart Network 3D (EUROPEAN REGION) Blu-ray Disc Player - INCLUDES ORIGINAL BBC WORLD CUP FINAL 1966
Panasonic DMP-BDT230EB MULTI REGION DVD PLAYER with Smart Network 3D (EUROPEAN REGION) Blu-ray Disc Player - INCLUDES ORIGINAL BBC WORLD CUP FINAL 1966

4.0 out of 5 stars A really useful player, 27 Feb. 2014
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We had used a Panasonic home cinema system to play DVDs and it was a reasonable quality picture and sound wise but there were problems. The SC PT 480 DVD player would not play continental Region 2 DVDs, let alone any US ones. Also I was continually adjusting the varying sound level for different programs, adverts or trailers put out at greater volumes. As well as the Panasonic BDT230 player we bought a Panasonic HTE80 sound box that overcomes the sound variation, lets you prefer voice over music etc. Very clever box, solving the problems that in a better world, the broadcasters would be obliged to correct. (Though perhaps its a problem built in when every box is digital? )
Thanks to these 2 changes, our 6 year old Panasonic HD Viera 32" TV is showing significantly sharper pictures, & we are very pleased, no more change necessary!


Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 - Azerty French layout
Logitech Wireless Combo MK520 - Azerty French layout
Offered by Deals4Geeks
Price: £60.23

3.0 out of 5 stars It works ok - twelve month assessment, 27 Jan. 2014
I got this with my desktop computer from PCS (no choice given) and have found it unexciting but it does work reliably.
The keyboard does lie flat without wobbling, the key are quickly responsive and there is a on/off light on the Caps Lock key. (Simple but isn't always there!) But keybd and mouse have on/off switches.
The mouse looks good and fits my middle sized male hand comfortably and again responds fast to instructions. A combined dongle controls these in a USB slot, no problems.


The Chord Wheel All Inst Chart by Various (2007)
The Chord Wheel All Inst Chart by Various (2007)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty useful tool!, 5 Dec. 2013
If you are a music student being confronted for the first time by mention of the Cycle of Fifths or other ideas on the relationship between keys, or within songs
how II - V - I sequence (and others) lead to strong, well constructed songs, your eyes can tend to glaze over, or you could invest in this little book. Its a good
flexible graphical way of understanding key/chord relationships!

I have been studying jazz piano and it is vital for jazzmen to understand how chords interrelate, as in jazz standards the keys are changing a lot of the time.
In any branch of music where you have to learn partly by ear, this would be useful - probably mainly for 14 -21 year olds - but then I've had mine for 3 years,
I'm 66 and its been useful to me!


Presenting the Great Jazz Pianists Vol. 1
Presenting the Great Jazz Pianists Vol. 1
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as much fun as it could be, 27 Nov. 2012
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The idea of a sample of the great jazz pianists is a good one - but after the Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton, I was a bit disappointed that the recordings used were not of great quality.
I know some were most active in the Thirties but I have heard better of Earl Hines and Nat King Cole from other discs. The Earl Hines dates from 1934 and 1939 and 1948 and involves quite large groups/bands whereas his solo or trio performances show off his amazing technique best. Isn't the album about the pianist?

Nat King Cole's contributions here were from 1940, 1943, 1944 and 1946. In contrast, Nat King Cole's
20 Golden Greats album (EMI) has excellent recordings from 1957 to 1963.

If copyright has lapsed on many of these recordings, cannot Signature do a bit better?


Too Much In Love To Care
Too Much In Love To Care
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just very Special and the best to date!, 24 Nov. 2012
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I have listened to about all of Claire Martin's albums and when I recently heard one track off this one, I just had to get it. She has developed so much expression and sensitivity for putting across a song. There is now a silky quality a bit like Ella and the ability to improvise over a number of notes like Sarah (without sounding a tad inebriated!), but it is still very much Claire Martin as a really affecting performer. Live shows will be yet the better for this.

Kenny Barron's piano work is also a joy, clever, fluent but not intruding and an object lesson in how to do it. I cannot imagine any other pianist doing as well. Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums and the Steve Wilson on sax and flute maintain the ultra high standard.

Yes, you should get this one!


Bennett, Tony When Lights Are Low LP CBS SBPG62296 EX/EX 1964
Bennett, Tony When Lights Are Low LP CBS SBPG62296 EX/EX 1964

5.0 out of 5 stars Bennett in a Jazz Age, 20 Dec. 2011
Great jazz flavoured ballads with the Ralph Sharon Trio at his back. Tony Bennett has probably never sung more imaginatively and Ralph Sharon's piano is bright and sparkling. If you don't always like slow lush orchestras, this is a good album for you!

Have enjoyed this album for about 40 years!

On a historical note, this was around the time the Beatles et al brought in rock n roll to the States and albums like this weren't made any more.


Deli Rium
Deli Rium

4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive jazz, Cuban flavoured!, 8 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Deli Rium (Audio CD)
Got this album on a visit to Cuba in 2002.

Of the albums I bought, this guy is the most solidly mainstream modern jazz augmented by some terrific cuban percussion. The pieces range from his own compositions to Wayne Shorter and Cole Porter and in all he generates terrific pace and excitement. Track 3 is even a rumba inspired by Zapateo and Haydn!
Many of the Cuban pianists either go for full-on virtuosity (eg. Chucho Valdes) or are very cuban, latin style rhythms at the expense of interesting musical development. But for my money, Ernan Lopez-Nussa's Delirium is a joy to listen to again and again.


Gyroscope
Gyroscope

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Adventurous - utterly impressive, 2 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Gyroscope (Audio CD)
Gordon Beck has been a top notch international jazz pianist since the sixties and besides this trio work, has played with many of the top players like Phil Woods European Rhythm Machine and Stan Tracey and like him was for some years the house pianist at Ronnie Scott's.
This is one of his best albums I know of, its so fresh and exciting - not dated (recorded 1969) - and innovative like it was minted yesterday. Sound quality is excellent. I would really recommend this to anyone interested in modern jazz, he's such a great pianist.


Music Box
Music Box

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Magic box? I think it is, 2 April 2007
This review is from: Music Box (Audio CD)
This widely recommended piano trio album has earned many plaudits including a four star rating from Jazzwise magazine and it shows the range of expression this British pianist regularly displays, usually with leading horn players Alan Barnes and Don Weller.

From around the same period as his much-admired duo piano album with Mark Edwards from Appleby Jazz Festival, the material here extends from a couple of tricky, sparkling Thelonius Monk tunes to showing off his US playing experience and bluesy credentials like on Bobby Timmons Dis Here. For me the best of his three self-penned tunes here is his eponymous homage to Michel Petrucciani, the great French pianist who died in the mid-1990s - beautiful harmonic touches - and in similar vein, his Bill Evans track, We will meet again. I hope so because John's level of talent and expressiveness are tough to equal and his young partners here, Oli Hayhurst and Asaf Sirkis, are similarly top-tier guys, providing excellent support. My suggestion - buy and enjoy.


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