BILL EVANS: The Quiet Passion Of Bill Evans (3CD)

  We are told: The Quiet Passion of Bill Evans is a three-disc box set anthology of collaborations, guest sessions and classic trio recordings made during the meteoric first seven years of the career of this extraordinary, internationally renowned, pianist. . Throughout the set, and in an eclectic range of musical contexts, we hear the […]

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SYNAESTHESIA: How people with the condition can taste colours, feel sounds and overwhelmingly make music

Emily Jupp writes: When Lowell, a Canadian electro-pop musician, listens to “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers, she sees a wave of blue water crashing over her. When she hears the experimental group Animal Collective, the layered synths, clicks and vocals in the music create multiple textures and colours, so listening becomes like looking through […]

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JAZZ: 50 CD Japanese Warner Jazz Reissue Bundle (Very Limited 50CD)

The Modern Jazz Quartet Concert In Japan Vol.2 Ella Fitzgerald Things Ain’t What They Used To Be The Modern Jazz Quartet Concert In Japan Vol.1 Sarah Vaughan Songs Of The Beatles 90th Bday Of Artist Jaco Pastorius Big Band Twins Ii Jaco Pastorius Big Band Twins I Miles Davis Amandla 25th Anniversary Of Album Alice […]

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MILES DAVIS: The Cinema Of Miles Davis (CD)

We are told: . The Cinema of Miles Davis showcases superior examples of the use of the great jazz trumpeter’s music in film. This edition includes his first complete score, sultry and improvised, for Elevator To the Gallows – Louis Malle’s directorial debut starring the eternal Jeanne Moreau – which came in late 1957, a […]

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JAZZ: Only for aficionados?

I’m going to review records in my collection, and you’ll be able to decide if they’re worthy of your collection. These records are what I consider “must haves” for any jazz aficionado, and would be found in their collections. I wont review any record that’s not on CD, nor will I review any record if […]

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WES MONTGOMERY: The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of… (CD Mini-LP Replica)

We are told: Wes Montgomery (1925-1968) was one of the most revered guitarists in jazz history. ‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ marked his third album as a leader, following ‘Montgomeryland’ (1958) and ‘The Wes Montgomery Trio’ (1959).‘The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery’ was widely praised on release and received a five-star rating […]

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THELONIOUS MONK: Brilliant Corners – John Fordham examines the brilliant corners …..

“When I was discovering jazz as a student, Thelonious Monk seemed to epitomise the artistic originality, indifference to rules and guileless eccentricity (he liked weird hats, and was given to shuffling dances onstage) that I loved about the music. Monk’s piano solos clanged with dissonance, bumped along in hopping runs or glowered with baleful silences, […]

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BOB MINTZER: Amazing Reach – Interview by Bob Kenselaar

For about half of his four decade-long career in jazz, Bob Mintzer has been a member of the Yellowjackets, one of the most enduring, distinctive and creative bands in contemporary jazz. But, oddly enough, this association is a relatively small slice of Mintzer’s remarkably multifaceted life in music as a saxophonist, bass clarinetist, composer, arranger, […]

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ORNETTE COLEMAN: The Complete Albums Collection 1958-1962 (4CD)

  We are told ….. One of the most innovative, experimental and outlandish figures in American jazz, saxophonist Ornette Coleman dramatically altered the direction of the genre. A leading musician on the avant-garde scene, Coleman was among the pioneers of the free jazz movement, alongside Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane. His unconventional techniques, […]

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DICK HYMAN: The Beat Goes On

From the archives Chris M Slawecki: Composer, arranger, bandleader, pianist, soloist and accompanist Dick Hyman has already lived several jazz lifetimes, and as he contemplates his 86th birthday in March 2013, his career shows no sign of slowing down. A New York City native, Hyman served as pianist with a Dixieland band and with Lester […]

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JAZZ: Why doesn’t contemporary jazz get any respect?

“I am a huge fan of Peter White,Kirk Whalum,Dave Koz,Warren Hill,etc.I have never understood why this flavor of music gets no respect.Not only is it musically appealing,but in most cases its very well recorded.Any comparisons to old jazz(Miles Davis etc.) are ludicrous.Its like comparing apples and oranges.Can anyone shed some light on this?Any contemporary(smooth)Jazz out […]

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LAUREN KINSELLA: In Between Every Line – by Ian Patterson

  “It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren […]

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JACK BRUCE and FRIENDS: Rockpalast – The 50th Birthday Concerts (3DVD+CD)

It was a late 50th birthday present. Born on May 14th 1943 Jack Bruce greeted his notable friends on stage on November 2nd and 3rd 1993 at the E-Werk in Cologne The Scottish bassist from Bishopbriggs had invited long time companions such as drummer Ginger Backer, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and guitarist Clem Clempson. The enthusiastic […]

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ELLA FITZGERALD and LOUIS ARMSTRONG: Cheek to Cheek … The Complete Duet Recordings (4CD)

We are told: For the first time, all of Ella and Louis’s classic duets are in one place. This new, 4CD set gathers their timeless three Verve albums – newly remastered versions Ella and Louis, Ella and Louis Again and Porgy and Bess – combining them with their eight Decca singles (both sides of their […]

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG / DUKE ELLINGTON; The Great Reunion (180g Vinyl LP) by Louis Armstrong And Duke Ellington

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are two of the main names in jazz.  Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved […]

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CANDY DULFER: In Conversation

When I heard Candy Dulfer’s new CD ‘Crazy’ I was absolutely flabbergasted.  This is not a ‘sit down and listen to’ CD.  It’s a ‘get up and move’ CD.  From the first track ‘Stop All That Noise’ to the cool jazz ending of ‘Too Close’, Ms. Dulfer took me on a wonderful high energy adventure. […]

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COUNT BASIE: Through his own eyes

Documentary, told in Count Basie’s own words, which reveals for the first time the private passions and ambitions that inspired the world-famous bandleader and pianist.  Until now, little was known about Basie’s private and family life, but director Jeremy Marre has found a treasure trove of home movies and photo albums that show Basie’s remarkable […]

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MILES DAVIS: The Lost Broadcast (CD)

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED APRIL 9TH 1970, FILLMORE WEST RECORDING The recording on this CD was made the night before Black Beauty was recorded, albeit at the same venue, with the same line-up (Davis,Corea, Grossman, Holland, De Johnette and Airto Moreira on percussion) and also as support to the Dead (and Stone the Crows). This April 9th […]

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