Wes Montgomery: ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar’ and ‘A Dynamic New Sound’

    Jazz editor Tony Andrews writes ….. As a true Jazz Fan will know, only too well, there are many outstanding Jazz Guitarists from The US and to pick a favourite is virtually impossible …. if you are attempting the approach based exclusively on musical skill. If you choose to decide on either personal […]

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If sell-out crowds, rave reviews, and Grammy nominations are any indication, Karrin Allyson is one of today’s top jazz vocalists

From the archives: Born in Kansas and raised in Nebraska, where she began her college studies as a classical piano major, she developed her craft in Minneapolis before moving to Kansas City. There, singing took precedence over piano playing and she recorded her first album, I Didn’t Know About You, in 1993. In 2000 Allyson […]

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HP’s PERFECT VINYL COLLECTION #001: Spirit ‘Spirit’ 1968

Out of my thousands of vinyl pressings the thought struck me that it might be interest, for me and perhaps for some of you to try and list my favourite 100. A big task, but not an unpleasant one. But for sanity’s sake I have to set a few limits. First, an era restriction. So, […]

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Alberto Reyes Plays Bach, Chopin, Franck

I first encountered the cultivated and masterful pianism of Alberto Reyes on a hard-to-find 1995 Connoisseur Society release devoted to Liszt’s Verdi Paraphrases, and later had the pleasure of reviewing his all-Schumann double CD set in these pages (6/11). His newest release may be his best yet. Unlike certain pianists who view the Bach-Busoni Chaconne […]

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Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1955-1966 (19CD Box Set) by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

CD1 1. Audrey 2. Jeepers Creepers 3. Pennies From Heaven 4. Why Do I Love You? 5. Stompin’ For Mili 6. Keepin’ Out Of Mischief Now 7. A Fine Romance 8. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? CD2 1. Ode To A Cowboy [2011 Remaster] [Version] 2. Summer Song [2011 Remaster] [Version] 3. Yonder For […]

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The Yardbirds – Glimpses 1963 – 1968

Three years in the making an Official box set of rarities and unheard material. It also documents the bands transition from RnB stalwarts in the beginning into the Pop world and ultimately on to more experimental sounds and lastly to become a type of blueprint for what was to become Led Zeppelin. Features the most […]

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Mike Bloomfield – From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

Produced and curated by Al Kooper (who played with Mike Bloomfield on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited sessions in 1965 and the Super Session album in 1968), From His Head to His Heart to His Hands premieres a wealth of previously unreleased tracks–including Bloomfield’s first demos for John Hammond Sr.in 1964 and his final public performance, climaxing with a track from […]

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The Byrds – Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco November 2nd 1968 (CD)

This remarkable set was taped for radio broadcast very soon after the band’s new line-up of Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and John York had coalesced. Despite the turmoil in their recent history, they turn in a superb series of performances on a fascinating selection of songs (several of which they rarely played), featuring […]

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MONTEVERDI The Other Vespers

There is only one eyewitness report of Monteverdi directing Vespers music after his permanent relocation to Venice: the Dutch tourist Constantijn Huygens attended a Vespers for the Feast of St John the Baptist on June 24, 1620 (probably at SS Giovanni e Paolo), and ‘heard the most perfect music I think I shall ever hear […]

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Rosanne Cash: ‘The List’ – Review By Wayne Donnelly

I’ll admit up front that this review is at least partially a love letter to Rosanne Cash, who has long been one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Along with a handful of others — including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Iris DeMent — Rosanne’s vocals tend to shoot right past my critical faculties and lies themselves […]

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Modern day female jazz recommendations?

We all know the classics from decades ago. What are your favorite your more contemporary female jazz singers of today?  Living close to Nashville I have the opportunity to see and hear a lot of up and coming artists. Nashville is NOT just country music by a long shot. I’ll start with Diana Krall…. MORE […]

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HP’s PERFECT VINYL COLLECTION #003: The Byrds “Turn! Turn! Turn!

Out of my thousands of vinyl pressings the thought struck me that it might be interest, for me and perhaps for some of you to try and list my favourite 100. A big task, but not an unpleasant one. But for sanity’s sake I have to set a few limits. First, an era restriction. So, […]

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Editor’s pick / Jan Garbarek “In Praise Of Dreams”

After my experiences with “SART” I’m having a much more pleasurable listening experience with “In Praise of Dreams”. Hardly off my machine today, nor last Saturday for that matter. Deeply haunting. This was another eBay purchase for not a lot of money. I’ll probably purchase a few more and then I’ll post my thoughts. do […]

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Nick Gravenites and Blue Gravy featuring Paul Butterfield / Michael Bloomfield with Mark Naftalin

Bundle includes two limited edtion live radio broadcasts, as follows: The Record Plant ’73 by Nick Gravenites and Blue Gravy featuring Paul Butterfield Nick “Gravy” Gravenites the acknowledged link and catylst between the sixties white blues boy scene of Chicago and the burgeoning acid/hippy happenings of San Francisco has a remarkable and imposing CV. Writing […]

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Jean-Efflam Bavouzet / Edward Gardner / Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Grieg: Piano Concerto; Incidental Music to “Peer Gynt” – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

You couldn’t ask for a more “authentic” performance of Grieg than one by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, which Grieg himself conducted at one time. There are silkier performances of Peer Gynt, Op. 23, than this one, but few that seem to have such a sense of Grieg’s much-vaunted Norwegian soul. The chilly yet rich blue […]

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HP’s PERFECT VINYL COLLECTION #004: Ry Cooder ‘Into The Purple Valley’

Out of my thousands of vinyl pressings the thought struck me that it might be interest, for me and perhaps for some of you to try and list my favourite 100. A big task, but not an unpleasant one. But for sanity’s sake I have to set a few limits. First, an era restriction. So, […]

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