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What's It All About
What's It All About
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have got nearly all Pat Metheny records but held off ..., 25 Nov. 2014
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Have got nearly all Pat Metheny records but held off buying this for several years as it came across as just that bit too smooth. Was tempted to buy recently as CD price came down to £5. Should have stuck with my initial misgivings as this is really suited as high class background music rather than one to listen to. Having said that it is well produced and of course well played so deserves 4 stars.


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v2.0
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5.0 out of 5 stars GO GO Get THIS, 21 Nov. 2014
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Have bought lots of albums over too many years to want to remember. This piano trio record comes pretty well near the top of the list. What can I say, memorable tunes, great playing. On a level with the best works of EST which is saying something.
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The Endless River
The Endless River
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen, 21 Nov. 2014
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Have followed the Floyd since 1967 but gave up after around 1983 and the Final Cut. Got this CD mainly out of curiosity to see why there are such polarised views about it. Must say I really enjoyed the non vocal section and it's hints of previous Floyd material. Good record and no rip off to these ears.


The Brecker Brothers: Funky Sea, Funky Blue
The Brecker Brothers: Funky Sea, Funky Blue
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brecker Brothers, 24 Mar. 2014
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This book is much like the others in this authors series on jazz fusion being a resume of the artists career together with a detailed discography. A real labour of love on this one as the Breckers have appeared on a huge number of records in a 40 year career. The author not only lists the brothers own records but those where they appeared as guests or session players. A drawback with these sort of books is that the author rates each record which of course is a matter of personal taste. I don't have a problem with this and find it interesting to compare my views with his which are broadly comparable, others may not like this approach. Clearly a niche market as the brothers are probably the least well known subjects of this authors other books on jazz fusion but well worth a read.


Weather Report: Electric Red
Weather Report: Electric Red
by Ken Trethewey
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars Weather Report, 6 Mar. 2014
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Being a long time fan of WR I was especially interested to come across this book. It is not only a detailed study of WR's recorded output from 10971 to when they split up in 1986, but also traces the recordings of the groups founders, Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, from the 1950's through to now. There is also information on side projects the two were involved with; I found the chapter on the recordings Joe and Wayne made with Miles Davis especially interesting. A large number of support players had gone through the WR "revolving door" over the years, especially drummers, and these are all listed in the book. Of special note is bass player Jaco Pastorius who helped raise WR to almost rock star status in the late 1970's by his amazing playing and on stage antics. Unfortunately he had mental health issues, probably not helped by drink and drugs and died in 1987 after being beaten to death by a bouncer whist trying to gain entry to a nightclub.
The author ranks each recording by awarding stars, of course this is very much down to personal taste but I enjoyed comparing my "ratings" with his. There is a useful summary discography at the end of the book that details each recoding, this includes DVD's.
Clearly the book is a labour of love with much detailed information that should please any WR fan. Recommended.


Miles Davis: Dark Prince
Miles Davis: Dark Prince
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis, 1 Mar. 2014
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There have been a number of books written, of which I have read most, about Miles Davis so it is a big ask to come up with anything fresh on his life or recordings. This book is an agreeable overview of Miles career and his recordings.
Miles courted controversy both in his personal life and recordings. He comes across as quite disagreeable individual in the way he seems to have treated his female partners and music colleagues, but maybe that's all part of the mystic of the "Black Prince". His music career is interesting as he moved away from straight jazz to jazz rock to funk over a long 40 plus year career. Some hated his move to jazz rock, was it a "artistic" decision to try something new or record company pressure to keep the dollars rolling in?
This authors appraisal of Miles extensive recording history is of course a personal one, one mans meat etc. Maybe more provocatively, the author suggests that Miles trumpet playing was not always top notch and he was prone to more than his fair share of "fluffs". As a mere listener this has never been noticeable or spoilt my listening enjoyment. Since Miles death there has been such an outpouring of previously unreleased work much of which was work in progress that maybe this has diluted the quality of his better material.
Overall a good read, but Miles fanatics may disagree!


Pat Metheny: The Way Up Is White
Pat Metheny: The Way Up Is White
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pat Metheny, 1 Mar. 2014
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Guitarist Pat Metheny, now approaching his 60th, year has been making music for just on 40 years so an appraisal of his work is overdue. This detailed look at his prolific recorded output also includes his work as sideman on other projects. He is maybe most well known as leader of the Pat Metheny Group who's first recording under that name dates back to the late 70's. He also has a wide range of other recordings to his name ranging from reflective solo guitar to more extreme abstract work. The author is giving a personal, but objective, view on the recordings he covers and readers can form their own views on what is "5 stars" or "1 star". For example, the album "Song X", a project with Ornette Coleman I find, like the author, mostly unlistenable but respect that others might take the opposite view.
Recommended read


John McLaughlin: The Emerald Beyond
John McLaughlin: The Emerald Beyond
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5.0 out of 5 stars John mclaughlin, 24 Feb. 2014
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A fascinating history of the recordings made by one of the great guitarists of recent years. The author offers an insight to McLaughlin's recorded work from the beginning in the late sixties to the present day. It is interesting to follow the journey from his early work in this country to his time recording with Miles Davis, then onwards through the Mahavishnu Orchestra to today's 4th Dimension band. Clearly a labour of love and the authors enthusiasm for his subject is clear.


Kin (<-->)
Kin (<-->)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unity Group, 12 Feb. 2014
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Another excellent record from Pat Metheny. It is noticeable that this is now the Unity "group" rather than as on the previous record "band". Maybe an indication that the PMG of old has run its course?
The CD itself follows on from the 2012 release but in my opinion is the stronger. Great playing all round goes without saying and the whole has a "live" feel. There are some great melodies (or maybe hooks) especially the haunting "We Go On"


Drawing Breath
Drawing Breath
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great second album, 18 Oct. 2013
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The last CD was excellent. This is just as good or even better. A wide range of styles on view. Get it !


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