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3.0 out of 5 stars This cannot be said to be one of his best and the titles were developed further on his 'Stone ..., May 13 2016
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This cannot be said to be one of his best and the titles were developed further on his 'Stone Alliance' group releases, co-founded with the late great Don Alias. I think 'King Tut' is the pick of the crop and 'Pastel' also written and performed by the surprising inclusion of Masabui Kikuchi. The release I have is the European pressing destined for the Japanese market and liner notes but alas not in English.

Slave to the Rhythm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Revelation, Jan. 30 2013
This review is from: Slave to the Rhythm (Audio CD)
Wow, where did this come from! It turns out Farmers Market are from Norway and have four previous releases. After sampling some of the earlier work, their fith release 'Slave To The Rhythm' metamorphosed into a melange of extreme World Music,taking the listener on a madcap roller-coaster ride with powerful guitar,keyboard,Balkan instrumentation and Choral sections.I imediately thought, yes it's similar to Ivo Papasov prior to the introduction of Mahavishnu influenced guitar followed later on by strains of Jean-Luc Ponty.The group members project their superb musicianship complimented by strong compositions and first class production.This session
has provided some of the best World Music or should that be Jazz Fusion, maybe Progressive Rock, or is it Bulgarian Folk that I've heard in a long time that seems to defy catagorization. Genres aside this outstanding
effort has got it all, diverse content flowing from one extreme to the other. So if you enjoy Ivo Papasov, Radio
Tarifa,Blowzabella etc, this time electrified, then this is for you.'Slav To The Rhythm'is my pick for Album of
2012, marred only by bad marketing that leaves it the best kept secret of that year.

The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
The Cellar Door Sessions 1970
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miles Revisited, Nov. 21 2011
In fairness Columbia come out stating that material in this boxed set
has been previously issued . The main reason to purchase this 6 CD
package is more Keith Jarrett and the often unrecognized contribution
of Sax-Man Steve Grossman . He just may have been the finest of the
post Wayne Shorter era in Miles's Bands. Of the 10 sessions from the
4 night stay at the Cellar Club , six performances are featured giving
the aficionado over 4 hour of new Miles .

The Stanley Clarke Band
The Stanley Clarke Band
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return To Vertu, Feb. 7 2011
This review is from: The Stanley Clarke Band (Audio CD)
A few moments into the opening track I knew this was going to
be serious stuff, and not long after that the parallels to his
recording 'Vertu' a decade earlier surfaced. How he must have
regreted the group title Vertu with it's enevitable lack of
exposure and sales. This time around 'The Stanley Clarke Band'
is on a firm footing serving up an equally dynamic set, except
perhaps the vocal 'How Is The Weather Up There', lacking in
concept and execution. Hiromi brings an assured quality to the
session on acoustic piano, reminiscent of past Corea & Clarke
glories. The selections go from unabashed Jazz Rock Fusion to
Hot Horns honouring Sonny Rollins and the enevitable Bass Folk
Songs all presented as a terrific sound recording, with
production assistance from his long time associate Lennie White.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Billy's progression, Nov. 12 2010
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Billy Cobham's latest release is reminiscent of his influential 'Crosswinds' some 35 years
ago with it's utilization of a brass section. What really makes this release interesting
is the incorporation of vibes and steel pans accentuating the latin/caribbean feel of the
compositions, no doubt part of his heritage. Mercifully the electronic drum kit is little
used and when it is, it's as a short bridge between pieces. There are no extended drum
solos that many Cobham fans may have hoped for, instead Billy unselfishly shares space
ably propelling band members forward. The generous 76 minutes takes the the form of a
suite with repeated themes albeit with changed instrumentaion. The net result is that the
listener remains focused throught. Ernie Watts-saxaphone and Dean Brown-guitar are the
only familiar names but credit to Billy on his choice of musicians and instrumentation, as
they all mesh together making this a rewarding experience.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Don lives on, Sept. 16 2010
This review is from: Medianoche (Audio CD)
Don Grolnick's earlier fusion sessions with the Brecker Bros. and Steps (Steps Ahead),
plus the later refined Blue Note recordings left no questions regarding his piano /
keyboard credentials. This 1995 Warner Bros. effort sadly turned out to be his last
prior to being silenced by cancer aged 48. 'Medianoche' produced and arranged by Don
can be considered a fine 'New York Latin' session that possesses the ability to
transport the listener to sunny places. Close your eyes and you'll find your there!
The opening 3 tracks held me captivated, quickly realising that this disc was destined
for repeated listening, especially the superb 'Rainsville' & 'Water Babies'. His
astute selection of musicians such as past associates Michael Brecker - tenor sax,
Mike Mainieri - vibes, Don Alias - percussion along with established latin aces
Andy Gonzalez - bass, Steve Berrios, Milton Cardona - percussion, Dave Valentin -
flute, truly gel on this date. This perhaps is a little known side of Don Grolnick's
music but a most welcome addition that deserves to be recognised as a quality Latin
Jazz album.

Invisible Cinema
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star In Ascendancy, Aug. 4 2010
This review is from: Invisible Cinema (Audio CD)
Aaron Parks 'Invisible Cinema'from 2008 gave notice that the rank of
top young pianists had expanded. Previously having shown his maturity
and compositional skills whilst under the tenure of Terence Blanchard,
he has provided a varied palette of his own compositions on this Blue
Note release. Supported by the superb guitar of Mike Moreno, another
musician who will surely become a major force in his own right, along
with the seasoned Eric Harland on drums, and Matt Penman on bass
solidify the line-up. A sample first heard on the radio fooled me into
thinking it was off a Brian Blade Fellowship Band session. This is no
bad thing as there's room for both and suficient diversity and
inventiveness on 'Invisible Cinema' to make this a distictive Aaron
Parks debut disc. My pick of the 10 tracks are 'Peaceful Warrior' that
has nifty time shifts and features the bright guitar sound of Mike
Moreno, 'Nemisis' that has Parks repetitive notes and brooding guitar
that creates an imposing dark form. In counterpoint 'Praise' possesses
hymnal qualities that makes the heart sing. There are 2 Parks solo
pieces, the opener by the trio and the remaining 7 include Moreno. All
in all, I arrived late to this one but have found it my favorite album
over the last few months.

Instructions Inside
Instructions Inside
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss, July 8 2010
This review is from: Instructions Inside (Audio CD)
Having stumbled upon 'Instructions Inside' it took little
time to realise what a terrific recording it is. This is
very much a companion release to the earlier and excellent
'Start Here', in style and using the same musicians namely
John Scofield, Ralph Towner, Joe Lovano & Peter Erskine,
who up their performance along with Vince Mendoza's input
and control as conductor, arranger & composer. The pick of
the tracks are the bouncy 'Spirit Moves' and the achingly
beautiful 'Faithkeep', the latter capable of moving me to
tears. 'Instructions Inside' can be considered an
essential contemporary jazz recording that's long overdue
for re-issue.

Start Here
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Music, July 2 2010
This review is from: Start Here (Audio CD)
The aptly named debut 'Start Here' is as good a place as any
to begin with as an introduction to the music of Vince Mendoza.
It has exemplary performances from the likes of John Scofield,
Ralph Towner, Joe Lovano & Peter Erskine, all of whom appear
on the wonderous sequel 'Instructions Inside'. As composer,
conductor & arranger Vince Mendoza provides the best of
contemporary jazz on this 1990 release. The compositions
possess gorgeous melodies, passages that bite when necessary
and a magnetic presence that ensures repeated listening.

To The One
To The One
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4.0 out of 5 stars Homage to 'Trane, May 16 2010
This review is from: To The One (Audio CD)
With the release of 'To the One', John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension,
his touring band, have released their first studio recording. Mark Mondesir
drums and Gary Husband keyboards played on the 'Live @ Belgrade'DVD and
also a few tracks on 'Industrial Zen'. Bassist Etienne M'bappe slips into
the lineup effortlessly. The surprise of the release is it's brevity, a
scant 40 minutes, many may feel short changed but what's here is solid.
The six new compositions are nicely crafted to McLaughlin's high standards
with the expert musicianship. The title track is the ideal finale,
salutation 'To the One'( John Coltrane'), that's most fitting with it's
extended fade out and whispered incantation. The other 5 tracks also pay
homage to the spirit of 'Trane and as a result make this a recommended
disc. I look forward to the next one with his penchant for involving a cast
of rotating players and the fresh ideas .

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