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Getz Au-Go-Go (W/Gilberto, Burton)
Getz Au-Go-Go (W/Gilberto, Burton)
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2.0 out of 5 stars a bored Stan goes through the motions, June 9 2000
Norv Grance, owner of Verve records, would have been happy re-recording the golden egg "Getz/Gilberto" album forever. The ravishingly beautiful "Getz/Gilberto" is one of the best selling Jazz CD of all time and a testament to the fact that Jazz performers can make a pop-ish album without sacrificing their integrity.
But it didn't work. Stan and Astrud's affair torpedoed her marriage with Joao Gilberto. Stan was now tired of her. She was on a big ego trip. In this album, as with "Getz/Gilberto 2", Norv kept forcing them together and they could hardly stand to be on stage with each other. (This is a live CD) Stan's bored, going thru the motions. The warmth, intimacy and chemistry of "Getz/Gilberto" was gone.
Stan had move on to a new band. His recordings here, without Astrud, are rerecordings of songs from his classic album "Nobody Else but Me" recorded months earlier, which Norv Grance put on the shelf and lost for 30 years! (see my review). That's a much better CD. Astrud had pushed off to the first of a series of other bands, She recorded "Telephone Song" with them. Stan refused to do more Samba for Verve.
For better Stan doing Samba/ Bossa Nova, try "Getz/Gilberto", "Jazz Samba", and "Jazz Samba Encore" (see my reviews).
1 & 1/2 - 2 stars for a mediocre effort

Family
Family
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roy's timeless, engaging Jazz combo recording, June 9 2000
This review is from: Family (Audio CD)
Roy Hargrove is a young musician with incredible potential, mostly because he has paid attention to the quality of his sound.
If the first note doesn't sound good it doesn't matter how many follow.
With his sweet golden sound, he follows the Cool Jazz major figures Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Stan Getz. Of these, his sound is most like Chet Baker, but perhaps with better technique. This CD a combination of Jazz standards and new and lesser known works, is his most engaging pure jazz album to date. He has a number of better know names sitting in.
When I say this CD is timeless, but could have been recorded at the height of the Cool, in the 50's or 60's, that a high compliment.
4 stars for a warm user-friendly album, the best he has done to date with a Jazz combo.

But Beautiful
But Beautiful
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4.0 out of 5 stars stan and bill's best work together, May 31 2000
This review is from: But Beautiful (Audio CD)
Bill Evans preferred to play with a trio, usually with the string bass acting like a lead instrument, but he did a few spectacular recordings with larger ensembles like this and , of course, Miles Davis, especially "Kind of Blue". The ego-trips and the racism he encountered there turned him off to larger groups (see "Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings"). This is a tantalizing example of what he would have sounded like in a group where he was on equal footing with a sax. It's a shame he didn't play more in a larger band!
The CD starts with an early minor musical disagreement, Stan launches into an unplanned "Stan's Blues", Bill shakes his head and the rest of the group just stops and leaves Stan playing mostly alone. But the rest is happier, Stan plays "Happy Birthday" for Bill and they make up and the two most sensitive and warmest leaders of the "Cool School" put together a great concert.
Standout songs are the title track "But Beautiful", "Emily" and "Lover Man".
There is another less fortunate Stan Getz/Bill Evans encounter on Verve. The less said about that one, the better.
This is the CD to have! 3 & 1/2 to 4 stars.

Symphony 3 / Dance of Wild Irravel
Symphony 3 / Dance of Wild Irravel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bax greatest symphony - lost 20th century masterpiece, May 31 2000
I agree ... [but] I would add that Bax is among those composers who were more popular in their lifetimes, whose music is beautiful and profound and whose music is now nearly unknown and certainly underplayed. (Sibelius dedicated a Symphony to Bax!)
This IS twentieth century music, but before it went off the deep end into unlistenable avant-garde dissonance. Bax has deep Impressionist roots, occationally sounds like Debussy, Ravel, Sibelius or early Stravinsky. Like Debussy, his music is shot full of mythical, mystical images. Sweet Dreams that occationally become nightmares. Images pulled out of the poetry of William Butler Yeats. Approachable music where dissonance is a strong spice not overused.
Although English, Bax was a Keltic Pagan Mystic who strongly identified with the Irish. His Third is his ultimate achievement of the theme he tried many times in his other compositions to express.
In his ecstatic dream, where one can imagine the protagonist, (Bax?), captured and swept away to another world, Avalon, Faery, or Summerland of magical beings and magical things. A otherworld of intense beauty, occationally frightening, which ends in a shimmering, crystalline vision and leaves the protagonist with an ache of longing for things glimpsed and lost. Like Rip Van Winkle, he combs the woods and wild places for the rest of his life looking for that secret place of enchantment and never again able to find it.
If you are tired of hearing the same top 100 classical music pieces on the classical radio stations, listen here! Bax Symphony 3 is a great twentieth century classic which should be in everyone's collection.
The Thompson performance is the best there is (he really understood Bax) and the recording is expressive and detailed! My highest recommendation, 5 stars = the best performance available of Bax's best piece.

United States Of America
United States Of America
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5.0 out of 5 stars lost psychedelic classic - get it while you can, May 30 2000
The United States of America was, along with the Doors and Jimi Hendrix, one of the most played "alternative" rock albums when alternative rock meant something. After the 60's, some of these albums made it into the classic pantheon, others, just as good, like USA, are obscure.
In 1968, 99% of the rock stations refused to play this because it was too good, too topical, too loud, too literate, too weird and, well, too psychedelic. Only low power college stations played it and boy, did they ever! Over and over all night!
Dorothy Moskowitz had (has?) a voice with the beauty and power of the Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick. Dorothy, it's good to hear from you. You were great, why did you stop?
USA, with their synthesizer and distortion violin and without lead guitar goes where no album had gone before and few since. The first rock album to make extensive use of synthesizer as a lead instrument. This was the first and as far as I know the ONLY rock album ever released on the prestigeous classical Columbia Masterworks label.
Commander America said, "The US of A was...the most successful attempt to simulate the mental and bodily sensations of certain popular intoxicants of the Sixties".
To be appreciated it MUST BE HEARD THROUGH HEADPHONES. "Hard Coming Love" hops around your head like a rattlesnake on a skillet in an attempt to simulate an orgasm between your ears!
Full of musical and literary references, Byrd often sounds like late Charles Ives repeatedly quoting "Columbia the Gem of the Ocean". "Steppenwolf" (the book by Hesse, not the band) "the cost of one admission is your mind". "Winnie the Pooh". The visions of Hironymous Bosch's, "Garden of Earthly Delight" where Bryd descibes what he sees inside his girlfriends eyes.
"Song for Dead Che" a beautiful ballad, "Agnus Dei" which compares the aftermath of love and memory to a nuclear blast "shadows on the pavement but no bodies do you find". "Coming Down". Don't be scared by Byrd's lead-off vehement anti-war diatribe about the military industrial complex, the "American Metaphysical Circus".
From beginning to end a lost classic of the sixties. Alternately lyrical, thought provoking, excessive, paranoid, beautiful, raucous, US of A is a classic with a short half-life which repeatedly appears and disappears from the marketplace. This is the real sixties, not the "Peace and Love - Flower Power" you usually hear about.
get it while you can. five stars, my highest rating. a classic

god & the fbi
god & the fbi
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4.0 out of 5 stars Janis Ian's surprise - one of the years best pop CD's!, May 24 2000
This review is from: god & the fbi (Audio CD)
I was pleasantly surprised to learn a CD I heard in a store was by an artist that, well, I had never liked, Janis Ian. I had found her earlier music self-righteously liberal.
"God and the FBI" is one of the best crafted album of the new millennium, a grab bag of musical styles. The more you listen the better it gets.
The lead off title song "God and the FBI" is the best song on the album, reminiscent of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" with a funkier beat, and similar subject matter, evokes the paranoia of the 60's, but with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Janis' lead guitar player even sneaks in a few notes from "Purple Haze"!
The album is uniformly tuneful with a complex, many layered production. All sorts of sneaky stuff in the sides and background!
As is stated below, Janis pokes gentle fun at Emmie Lou Harris's rhinestone boots and Hummingbird guitar. Sings an eerie first-person song about a hero who saved a group of children and we come to find is a ghost. A pean to obsessive love "When you Love Someone" has a whisper chorus like The Doors "Riders on the Storm".
The album meanders through the vast variety of styles with its center of gravity in folk rock and country and end with the "Stravinsky" song and layered voices coming at you from different directions like the end of the Beatles "Good Day, Sunshine". Janis Ian's voice occationally sounds like Sarah McLaughlin. She manages to maintain her sense of humour and perspective throughout.
Deserves a lot of airplay. If you've written off Janis Ian before, you will be really surprised. MY Rating - Four and 1/2 stars - the best music Janis Ian has ever done.

Moment To Moment
Moment To Moment
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4.0 out of 5 stars luminous Chet Baker sound - lovers will listen!, May 23 2000
This review is from: Moment To Moment (Audio CD)
Roy Hargrove has taken a page from early Miles Davis, but moreso from early Chet Baker. Also from Stan Getz. That is, to concentrate first on sound, on the beauty of the notes. He blows sweet well formed, luminous tones which put me in mind of Chet with strings. Staying close to the melodic line.
After all, if the first note doesn't sound good, it doesn't matter how many notes follow. More Jazz musicians should heed his example.
This CD is standards with lush orchestral romantic arrangements behind him, which some purists may say isn't Jazzy enough, but I predict the warm sound will be popular with lovers of all ages. In fact, on the first day of it's release, I'll go out on a limb and predict a best seller for these who like Chet Baker, early Miles Davis, and Diana Krall.

Serenity
Serenity
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3.0 out of 5 stars upbeat part of the Anniversary set, April 28 2000
This review is from: Serenity (Audio CD)
"Serenity" is the mostly upbeat, bebop & swingpart of the classic "Anniverary" set. (an odd title choice).Sparkling, exuberent performances by all involved. Muscular bass lines, piano integrates well with Getz direction. Great recording quality. Stan had been considered pretty much washed up after a decade of Fusion misadventures and much drugs and disease in the 70's . The early 80's was his great come-back (see my Anniversary review). Best song is the ballad "Falling in Love". gets 3 1/2 - 4 stars for a great performance. Anniversary gets a slight edge because it contains the songs I prefer, but any Stan Getz fan will want both!

Chet
Chet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Chet 'round midnight, April 27 2000
This review is from: Chet (Audio CD)
Chet lived in a world of 40's romanticism all of his life. I think this unattainable romantic ideal was all he really wanted in his sad life. This is early Chet at his best.
"Cool" for Chet Baker meant lyrical, sentimental and melancholy. Like Frank Sinatra's torch songs played on trumpet he stayed close to the melodic line. Just as with Sinatra, you can feel the emotional "truth" of his musical statement.
After a rough day, cuddle up with someone you love late at night, sip estate bottled Cognac and let Chet remove the cares of the day.
Good recording, great performance. 5 stars = a Jazz classic. If you're new to Jazz, this is a great place to start.

Pangaea  Book I: Imperium Without End
Pangaea Book I: Imperium Without End
by Lisa Mason
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Iron Fist trys to control Castes in the Quake Zone, April 20 2000
Pangaea 1 is the first installment of a series about a decadent future society of strict castes. I have it on good authority that the word "pure", used throughout the book, is a direct translation of the word "caste". Those in the higher castes (and subcastes or subpures) consider themselves more pure or more nearly godlike. The god here is called Pan, but His ideal of sexless Platonic love seems less like the Greek god Pan - Dionysus and more like "pan" meaning "all", perhaps. "Gaea", I guess, is "earth".
Each chapter is introduced with a quotation from an I-Ching like oracle, which has been banned by the rigidly hierachical totalitarian police state that runs the place.
The world of Pangaea seems to be built on something like San Francisco on the San Andreas fault, except with a lot more earthquakes, everyone waiting for "the big one". The government trys to control the people just as it tries to convince the people it has earthquakes under control.
As is stated above, sex is considered a disgusting bestial remnant of the past. Children are cloned or bred in government breeding stations. The breeding and caste system is somewhat like that descibed in Aldous Huxleys' "Brave new World". Women's eggs are harvested at puberty and become property of the state. Married partners in Pangaea are not expected to have sex with each other, but visit and "erotician", of either sex, who takes care of the occational bestail urge.
To me, Pangaea with it's fascists, earthquakes, drugs, bizarre religion and sexual mores is sort of like an echo of late 60's underground San Francisco pushed onto the far future. Pangaea is a decadent world of Supression, supression of people, supression of sex, supression of alternate opinions and supression of the earth. And we know what happens when things are supressed... The book is clever and literate. I eventually figured out how Ms. Mason was using her words but a glossary might have been helpful.
Pangaea has a profusion of vivid Dickensonian characters. Pangaea 1 starts very slowly, but builds to a fevered pitch at the end leaving the reader hungering for the next installment!

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