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5.0 out of 5 stars A master and 4 young lions, July 19 2004
This review is from: Images (Audio CD)
I saw this band performing live just two days ago in Italy and they shines. Kenny is obviously great but the interesting fact is that he played with some young lions he's sponsoring (the same guys and girls which plays in this album too). Stefon Harris of course on vibes, he's already a stylist himself and a bright star in the jazz stardom. Great improviser and composer. Nice job from the flute girl Anne Drummond and from the japanese guy on double bass. But I was particularly impressed with the drum work of Kimberly Thompson. She delivered a spectacular drumplay. Spec-ta-cu-lar. I'm not joking. I'm not considering that her music is coming from a girl. She's a master drummer in every sense males past and present included! She is in the same drummers league with Dennis Chambers in my opinion, fast, energetic, great chops, she interplays with soloists, she plays on the whole set constantly and she has a lot of music sensibility too. Everything she played that night was great. Kim is a name to remember. A young star. She has a great future in the jazz biz for sure.
Talking about the music the band played it was really near this album, same material except for New York attitude the opener of the concert which is a Kenny Barron's original not contained in this album which has been played for ten minutes or some and it proved to be a great vehicle for jazz improvisation. Live the music of this album went out really good with great swing and solos.
This album is quite nice. It comprehend almost only originals written by Kenny and Stefon Harris mainly, among them an 18 minutes suite. There are two standards too, Hallucinations by Bud Powell and Footprints from Wayne Shorter's pen. I particularly love the unusual instrumentation. Vibe plus flute plus piano and rhythmn section create a nice swinging band with coherent sounds. You don't have trumpets or saxophones for examples which have voices with much more strenghts than piano or double bass. Here all the solos are on the same volume level and the thing is very nice. The music is at the same time deep and entertaining Jazz of the highest caliber. The music went out a little more energetic and interesting live, but this is common with any band, any composition. Anyway a really nice and unusual Jazz album. Buy with confidence.

Tom Principato and Danny Gatton: Blazing Telecasters [Import]
Tom Principato and Danny Gatton: Blazing Telecasters [Import]
DVD ~ Danny Gatton
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap production, but great fun!!, July 12 2004
My dvd works perfectly. I'm writing from Europe (Italy), I don't know if the malfunctioning the other guy complains has something to do with the american version. My dvd works. It is a cheap production anyway that's for sure. The dvd does not even have a menu, you can't skip tracks, it is almost amatorial!! Titles are simple yellow writings. So this is the reason why I gave this dvd "only" four stars. These stars are only for the music, the performance and for the pleasure of seeing Danny in action again! The camera job ain't bad in the end. Sometimes you wish the cameraman has been more focused on Danny's hands but he didn't a bad job at all. The camera work is not histeric, it flows correctly. The music is a sort of american full extravaganza. The first is a blues, not a delta blues, a fast blues based on bebop progression. Danny plays a solo partly with the Heineken beer bottle ...great great slide solo, fantastic intonation and control, interesting blues melodies! Nice solos from all the guys. The second tune is a sort of fast bossa nova from Principato's pen with a nice melody. Then you have an anatoll, Seven comes Eleven from Benny Goodman. Again great solos. Luckly Previti the bass player plays the double bass here, very nice db sound. In the other tracks he played a Steinberger bass with a bad sound, obtrusive, too loud and vulgar. Talking about the sounds department Mike Sucher Keys sounds are dated of course, but they're not bad. Guitar sounds are great, courtesy of Danny's 53 Tele and Fender Twin reverb of course, but Principato with his Frankensteinezed tele has nice sounds too. He plays well, he's not at Danny's heights but he delivers. The track list continues with a couple of melodic tracks then you have a couple of alternate takes of the first two tunes, the blues and the bossa. In the end I can say it is really entertaining. I have seen it a lot of times and it is always fresh thanks to the fact that tunes are familiar (blues, anatoll) or really melodic and well played. Be aware that this is a television show recorded entirely inside a recording studio. You don't have an audience listening, you don't have nice scenaries, or the atmosphere of a live concert. This dvd it's only about music. You don't even have a menu!!! But the music is great. Great fun!! I love it!

Fuhrerhauptquartier Wolfschanze 1940-1945 (Hitler's Headquarters Wolf's Lair)
Fuhrerhauptquartier Wolfschanze 1940-1945 (Hitler's Headquarters Wolf's Lair)
by Walter Frentz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, July 5 2004
I had already reviewed Hitler's Berghof from Arndt Verlag with a great evaluation. This one deserves possibly more attention from the III Reich student. It is an impressive collection of pictures taken at the Fuhrer Hauptquartier in Eastern Prussia during the WWII, during the Nazi attack to URSS in particular (Operation Barbarossa). The photographer was Walter Frentz a Leni Riefenstahl camera operator which had the rare opportunity to take pictures of Hitler and dignitaries in various occasions. The first part of the book is dedicated to dignitaries portraits and this is, as it happens with Hitler's Berghof the less interesting part of the book. But this book contains some marvels. From the half of the book on it begins an incredible sequence of Hitler's pictures never before seen of incredible colour quality. I mean, you simply have to see them with your eyes to believe. Pictures are gatefold sometimes or of big dimensions anyway. When you'll finish to consider the pictures and you'll close the book you'll find yourself begging for more. A really satisying book. If you are interested in the III Reich history as I am, it is simply a must have !!!

Gypsy Project
Gypsy Project
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute superb fuuuuuuun !!!!!!!!!!!!!, July 5 2004
This review is from: Gypsy Project (Audio CD)
This album is so well played, so respectful of the Django tradition and in the meanwhile innovative, so romantic, so meaningful, so intense, so technical, so satisfying, so clever, so funnyyyyyyyyyyy, so well recorded, it's such a value in the end it is ridicolous. It is absolutly breathtaking and spectacular!! I did buy this one, the other Bireli's album "live with friends" and the dvd. Bireli is stellar but Niculescu the violin player, man he's a monster musician (really). Consider that I really DON'T like violin but he plays magnificiently and I can't do nothing but change my mind about violin. This Django project it's one of the most satisfying jazz event of the recent years. When I think how much boring has become Jazz lately I find this album of music which has 60 years (!!!!) incredibly refreshing. Compare the Joy you feel in this album with a lot of sad, minimalist, sterile albums from some "modern" Jazz record companies...(I don't want to point out any of them but you know how many boring recent Jazz albums are out there on the shelves). This one blow them away!!!
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE, FUN FUN FUN!!

Hitlers Berghof 1928-1945: Zeitgeschichte in Farbe (Hitler's Berghof 1928-1945: Daily Activities in Color)
Hitlers Berghof 1928-1945: Zeitgeschichte in Farbe (Hitler's Berghof 1928-1945: Daily Activities in Color)
by Arndt Verlag
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing, June 24 2004
Exceptional photo book. Walter Frentz pictures of Hitler and Third Reich abituè are nothing less than amazing. The book takes you to the Berghof and it lets you move in rooms and places never seen before. Colors are really wonderful. You feel you're there with those gangsters. You feel the atmosphere, you almost hear the words, smell the air, ... It's a travel in time. Just one complaint. It only left you beg for more "real life" pictures. Personally I prefer the reality pictures to the portraits. Maybe there are too many dignitaries portraits in the book. Don't get me wrong, they are fantastic portraits (with the same color quality of the other pictures) of some of Berghof's usual guests, but maybe there are too many in the end (half of the book's pictures are portraits). Anyway they are useful if you read a lot of books on the Reich. In this way you have those criminal faces right in front of you to consider. Absolutly a great book in the end, a musthave if you are really interested in III Reich History.

Kerry Dancers
Kerry Dancers
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right drive., June 21 2004
This review is from: Kerry Dancers (Audio CD)
No long discussions on this album. Simply phenomenal Jazz from early sixties. Griffin plays magnificiently here, as he always did by the way. This album has nothing sloppy, no weak points, no folkish trash as the title might you think. Simply it is sixties Jazz very well spoken ... it's original in a sense, but very "in the pocket", very straight ahead post bop Jazz, with hard drive, focused and brilliant. Gold from its beginning to its ending. Uaoh!

Chets Choice
Chets Choice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Chet, June 14 2004
This review is from: Chets Choice (Audio CD)
This album is essential if you love great music. If you love Jazz and Chet baker in particular you simply have to own it. It is a marvel. Chet, Philip Catherine and Rassinfosse were a tremendous unit. They swung like crazy without a drummer, but they were also able to play tender and impressionist Jazz music. Simply they played each tune with the right attitude in the best way. When Chet was on he was unreachable. The Charlie Parker's statement reported by Miles "you two (Dizzie and Miles) you better watch out because in California there's a guy who can knock you out" was absolutly true. When Chet was on, not too much destroyed by the heroin, he was incredible, almost unreachable. On this album he was on. Absolutly. Absolute Chet.

My Favorite Django
My Favorite Django
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5.0 out of 5 stars No, no, no, noooooo my friends!, May 27 2004
This review is from: My Favorite Django (Audio CD)
Nooooooooooooooooooo my friends, you're going wrong here! This cd is fantastic nothing less. It is an incredibly well played collection of Django reinterpretations with honesty and respect by Bireli. The fact that electronic arrangements are involved doesn't mean that this cd is bad or that it should be forgotten. Bireli's playing here is exceptional as it has always been .. consider that he plays here songs that he knows really well so he really plays with ease and comfort .... Solos are magnificient and the electric, "Weather Report" type of feel is a great idea, a great contribution to Django's music which surely it is eternal but it needs a little of modern taste ... at least sometimes and expecially if the treatment is done as well as it is done here by the very talented and inspired Bireli..
I really love this cd and I think it is almost perfect..

Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly essential, April 14 2004
This review is from: Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
I can't imagine a music lover who could resist to stay without this record in his/her collection for too long. This is what I called an "essential album". I think that noone should be without it, I'm talking about the common listeners too not only the music connossoirs. Each track here is fantastic. There's not a single weak moment in the entire album. This is probably the best of the best in folk acustic music. James and Jim Croce are surely the best in this style but where Jim Croce is a little bit folker and harder in a sense, a little bit locked in the style, James's music is universal, incredibly sweet and lovely and it never sounds dated or trivial. James's music was able to trascend the genre boundaries and to become part of the universal pop culture, part of the world music mainstream of the last 40 years. This greatest hits contains some of the best overall music of the last forty years. That's for sure.

Joe Satriani-Live in San Franc
Joe Satriani-Live in San Franc
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD sets the standard, April 9 2004
This DVD sets the standard in my opinion for concert on dvd format. This one has a lot of pluses. First of all it is a full lenght concert, two discs full of great, great music. The track list is right, it covers the long career Joe has behind him. Every album is represented here. The specials are short and interesting as they should be. Not boring at all, or stupid as they are in many cases. The production work is simply phenomenal. There's nothing wrong. Lights works are perfect, the stage is simple in its design but truly clear in its concept and really effective. Camera works are just right, just perfect. A lot of motion but a lot of nice focuses on Joe's hands... perfect balance. The audio is nothing less that 5.1. The band played a great night. Everything went out really good. This dvd sets the standard in terms of music contents, production level, specials contents, and overall balance in my opinion. Few dvds come near this one in every aspect. Just to make a clear comparison, this San Francisco concert dvd is HEAVEN where Steve Vai's dvd Live at the Astoria is HELL. It does not even come close. Abysses separate these two dvds. Sorry Steve, you have still a lot to learn from your old master Joe.

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