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Question And Answer
Question And Answer
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5.0 out of 5 stars With No Doubt His Best Trio Work, Sept. 30 2003
This review is from: Question And Answer (Audio CD)
This album is a long jam of 50% standards and 50% Metheny compositions. Great performance - great musicians! The sound gives you a feeling of being right there as it happens. It's recorded in only one day, and I know...that fact does not sound promising, but you must remember: These musicians are leading figures in modern jazz for a reason and they can definitely pull it off - This is perfect proof! Metheny, Holland and Haynes are extremely alert, you can definitely tell that this is something they've been doing their entire lives.
The standards "Solar", "All The Things You Are", and Metheny's "Three Flights Up" are very up-tempo, but still beautifully laid back in performance - no rushing or overplaying. "Three Flights Up" is played in over 300 bpm but the melody on guitar is very relaxed and dubbled with a vibraphone-like sound (possibly an instant effect), very beautiful. "H&H" is an entertaining piece (nice bass solo). As far as I'm concerned, this isn't a typical Metheny composition - the solos are played over a blues form, while the theme itself is played over an usual (sort of progressive) form - the simple idea of the ending is great! There are a couple of nice ballads, too. "Never Too Far Away" is a definite highlight. The authentic sounds of the whole recording will give you a warm chill. I wish more of my jazz albums would sound like this.

Songs In The Key Of Life
Songs In The Key Of Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, Sept. 29 2003
I've given this recording five stars for what the music is; I am comparing the album to other Stevie Wonder albums. This is the best I've heard.
A lot of Wonder's hit material come from this double-set, like "Sir Duke", "I Wish" & "Isn't She Lovely" ("Superstition" is not included here, though). Everybody on our planet (including YOU) have heard "Isn't She Lovely" by now. It has probably been played every day on different radio stations since its release. The only difference from the radio versions is that on this album you get the additional three minutes that often are left out.
A huge amount of time is spent on the sounds and the perfection in performance; it's certainly not made in a rush. Extraordinary things have been done in the recording-studio to accomplish certain sounds - a lot of choirs are used, a lot of ultra-funky synthesizers are being used, a lot of different percussion are used throughout and on "Black Man" 15 teachers can be heard teaching history to 30 children. Hundreds of people participated in the musical performance on this recording - including Herbie Hancock on "As" and George Benson on "Another Star".
"Joy inside my tears" is a highlight. Its refrain goes on and on for about four minutes at the end, and once the song stops, it feels like it didn't repeat enough; The song is VERY entertaining despite its composional simplicity, which is the case with most of the songs. The bonus track "All Day Sucker" is about as funky as anything will ever be - very original considering it's 1976. Stevie Wonder should have been given, and should be given a Grammy every year for this album.
...and last, for those who have the nerve to ask... No, "Pastime Paradise" was not written by either Coolio or Ray Barretto - it's written by, and orinally performed by Stevie Wonder, and it can be heard at its best on "Songs In The Key of Life".

The Yellow Shark
The Yellow Shark
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificate musical journey, Sept. 29 2003
This review is from: The Yellow Shark (Audio CD)
This 72 minute long album features 18 Zappa compositions. Some pieces were written in the late sixties, but it's mostly material from its present. Everything old, though, is reworked and orchestrated for Ensemble Modern who do a GREAT job performing the music throughout the album. It's a very fresh, well performed and hi-tech sounding recording. It starts off with a nostalgic "Dog Breath/Uncle Meat" medley, continues with a beautiful ballad called "Outrage at Valdez".
The classic "Bebop Tango" is also performed but reworked featuring a new part written specifically for this recording.
"Ruth Is Sleeping" is an advance six minute piece written for, and performed on two pianos - truly inspiring as is "Get Whitey" (definitive highlight).
"Food Gathering..." and "Welcome To The U.S." are hilarious pieces of musical comedy - Cracks me up!
The album rounds off with Zappa conducting the ensemble playing "G-Spot Tornado"; a strong and perfect finish that was appreciated with a 15 minute standing ovation according to a FZ interview I read some time ago (on the recording the applause fade after two minutes).
The booklet is very informative - 30 pages featuring a lot of photos from the recoding and the rehearsals plus a LONG story about the whole project as well as commentary about EVERY PIECE from both Frank Zappa and the conductor Peter Rundel.
This recording is perfect proof that Frank Zappa was way more than a rock'n'roll guitar player, which unfortunately is the only way many saw him, and still do. He was and is an underrated composer and this is some of best work. This recording MIGHT not appeal to you if "Bobby Brown Goes Down" and "Don't Eat The Yellow Snow" are your favorite Zappa songs, but deeply recommended to fans of "Civilization Phaze III", where Ensemble Modern is partly featured by the way. "C.P.III" is a must for those who like this recording and vice versa. Too bad Zappa didn't have enough time to record more music like this. Recently released, though, is a CD called "Everything Is Healing Nicely", consisting of recordings from the "Yellow Shark" rehearsals. Also worth checking out.

Newport '63
Newport '63
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated!, Sept. 29 2003
This review is from: Newport '63 (Audio CD)
The album starts with Eckstine's ballad "I Want To Talk About You" where Coltrane plays tenor and ends with soloing alone for a couple of minutes before the band hits the last chord on cue - something he also did on the "Impressions" bonus track "Dear Old Stockholm" - Works every time! Great communication within the band, but the following track really takes the price; this is the best version I've ever heard (and maybe will have ever heard) of "My Favorite Things". It should have gotten and should get as much attention as the work on Blue Train & Giant Steps. The musicianship is extraordinary! Coltane playes soprano sax throughout. McCoy Tyner's piano really comes through on this one. The whole band (that by the way consists of Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Roy Haynes on tracks 1 to 3) do a great job! I've listened to the song at least fifty times, and every time I listen I'm amazed how a band can play a song like this for nearly 18 minutes and keep it interesting every second from start to finish. I can without doubt say that it's better than the studio version from 1960 and that this is the highlight of this album. Followed by this masterwork is "Impressions", the last track on the album from Newport '63, perhaps a bolder version than the original recording; Tyner and Garrison accompany Coltrane until his solo really takes off. From there he plays with only Haynes for ten minutes. Nicely done is the least one could say! The album rounds off with the blues "Chasin' Another Trane" - recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1961 with a different line-up: Reggie Workman on bass, Elvin Jones on drums (credited as Roy Haynes on the CD) and ERIC DOLPHY on alto sax, but all he playes on the track is a three minute solo. Maybe not the best work he has done, but it is Dolphy alright! Only the sound of his alto is the perfect intermission from Coltrane's solos. The quality of the recording is not as good as on the Newport tracks, but still very good considering it's recorded over forty years ago!
Deeply recommended for anyone who likes any other Coltrane album!

Struttin
Struttin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on struttin' !!!, Sept. 26 2003
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This is one of the greater Meters recordings. It was released in 1970. Absolutely dirty - exactly the way it should be! It's the third and last Meters album to feature that really raw, dirty, early seventies sound (distant drumkit, distorted hammond, picky guitar in your left ear and a fat P-bass right in your face).
There's constant groove throughout this well organized but JAMMIN' album. A suitable amount of vocal tracks are included. The Glen Campbell cover "Wichita Lineman" (written by Jimmy Webb) was the first vocal ballad to be released by The Meters; that and the Roquel Davis cover gumboesque "Darling Darling Darling" are good variations from the rest of the material.
Two bonus tracks included! No disappointments what so ever! Yera phool notta git it!

Jaco (Trade)
Jaco (Trade)
by Bill Milkowski
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5.0 out of 5 stars Backs up any interest!, Sept. 26 2003
This review is from: Jaco (Trade) (Paperback)
This is THE book to read if you want know anything or everything about Jaco Pastorius. I have read it three times. It features a very well-presented, good period-covered story that will catch your attention immediately. There's a list of all recordings he has done as a sideman and as a leader, and a 24-page epilogue, where everyone from Dr. John and Carlos Santana to Joe Zawinul and Rashied Ali tell their own stories and thoughts about Jaco.
A suitable amount of rare pictures and a TON of stories told by musicians, friends, and family are included throughout the book. This is information you are not likely to find anywhere else. If you think you know everything about Jaco and haven't read this book, you either knew him very well or you're way off.
The book is easy to read and easy to understand for die-hard Jaco fans as well as for people who are just being introduced to the genius.
In my edition (released in 1996), a CD with 3 tracks from the Birthday Concert is included, but I don't know if the CD is included in newer editions...
Anyway: Don't hesitate...come on, it's $10!

Funk: Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion
Funk: Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion
by Dave Thompson
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2.0 out of 5 stars The erros never stops!, Sept. 20 2003
I don't know where to start (the sum-up's in my head...), but let's call it "1" etc...
1.This book features a lot of errors. When covering The Meters, Mr.Thompson first writes that they released 8 albums (which they did), then on the album list there are only seven, and it reads that the song "Hang 'em high" is included on their album "New Directions", which it is NOT (it's on the previous one, "Trick Bag", but that one is left out).
This is unfortunately not the only error; there are hundreds, like some names are spelled differently every other time they appear - E.G.: everybody on earth knows that there are two Rocco's in the world and that one of them plays bass for Tower of Power ...well, every time Rocco Prestia's name is mentioned in this book it reads "Rocca". Incorrect release dates are featured and it says that "One Nation Under A Groove" gave Parliament a spot on the top 20, although it's a Funkadelic album/song.
Another thing I found strange was that the list of artists who has covered Ohio Players' songs are 81, but "Love Rollercoaster" by RHCP's is not included. The story of James Brown firing his band in 1970 just before a show and hiring The Pacesetters the same evening is told three times (when covering J.Brown, B.Collins & M.Parker)!
There are, of course, artists in this book that I am not as familiar with as others, so there may be even more errors than I think. Some are excusable, while others are too big to accept.
2.The reviews is a disappointing feature. The say nothing - they're usually one or two sentences long, not insightful at all. All albums aren't even reviewed. There are unreviewed albums by almost every artist. A track list of all albums would have been a better feature.
3.The stories about the bands are all very basic and they are all written in the same way, "...first the group's name was "this", then they changed it to "that", released this album on this label, then that album on that label, had a hit, then someone quit and four years late they broke up"...it gets tiring.
There are too many bands and artist to cover in 370 pages (not 400 like it says on the amazon page), especially since a fourth of these pages are lists of singles and albums by the artists and long lists of covers by other bands.
It's a pretty misleading dictionary of funk-albums for beginners.
If you want to learn about the music of funk itself, I recommend "FUNK" by Rickey Vincent instead.

So Yuh Don't Like Modern Art
So Yuh Don't Like Modern Art
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring listening!, Aug. 20 2003
You do NOT have to a Zappa fan to appreciate this music, although it'll probably help you like it, since 5 of the 10 tracks are FZ compositions. The music is very well performed by 11 inspiring musicians (plus some special guests); a band that basically consists of Zappa's tour-band from '88 (some of whom had played with him since the 70's).
The only one who didn't play (at least not record) with him is guitarist Mike Miller, but there's a great guitar and drum dominated track written by him called "Bad Dog" that really lifts the spirit, partly by the fine drum playing of Chad Wackerman (who plays drums throughout the album).
The others are: A.Barrow, B.Fowler, T.Fowler, W.Fowler, T.Mars, K.McGettrick, A.Wing, Bobby Martin and Ed Mann (Ray White visits on "Jailbait Babysitter", an up-tempo rock song).
There's a big variety of styles - it's not only head-scratching calculator fusion. There's a litta bitta country ("Freeway Vigilante"), jazz (the double-bass driven FZ 1970 composition "Twenty Small Cigars"), a needed hot dish of modern art and a dessert consisting of the humorous rap, jazz & blues combinated Bruce Fowler composition "Christian Coalition Blues".
The album is crammed with moods of a lifetime:
humor, seriousness, beauty and uglyness.
It's really nice to hear that there are still creative musicians honouring great composers like Frank in this way.
These guys will play any leading mainstream band under the table any day.
I've seen the DVD of this band performing at the Stuttgart Jazz Festival in '94, and the only thing missing from this album, as opposed to the DVD, is the voice of Ike Willis.
Great music by great composers and musicians
(what else could one want???)!

1975-1983: Live And Unreleased
1975-1983: Live And Unreleased
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing for any W.R. fan !, Aug. 3 2003
This is superb! A must-own for any W.R. fan.
Even for people not familiar with the music of Weather Report this is as good as any to start with ...probably better than some others...
What you'd expect from an album being released by a band that hasn't played together in almoast 20 years is most likely not good expectations.
99% of these attempts result in destorded productions which just [upset]off fans. Well, THIS ONE'S AN EXCEPTION!
I saw this product and thought "Oh, what the hell...I own all the others; why not give this one a chance" knowing that it probably'd wind up
on the shelf untouched for years...But I WAS WRONG!
The sound quality is outstanding. You'll hear every note...I don't understand why they waited this long to produce it.
There's oustanding musicianship here, too.
Some of the takes are played with better energy live here than the original studio takes (or on earlier live albums).
For instance: "Black market" has a better wibe and clearer sound here than on the 8:30 album.
"In A Silent Way" is brief but extremely beautiful. Great work by one of our all time best soprano-sax players.
"Night Passage" is an outstanding performence. If you know the original, you'll get a kick from hearing a band play this well LIVE!
These are recordings from 5 different concerts from 1975-1983. 3 tracks feature Victor Bailey on bass; 5 tracks feature Alphonso Johnson; and 10 feature Jaco Pastorius. (This double-set will give a kick to any Pastorius-dedicated-bass-player, too).
Drummers are Acuña (10 tracks), Erskine (5 tracks) and Hakim (3 tracks).
ENJOY, which I'm sure you will.

Joe's Garage (2CD)
Joe's Garage (2CD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta get it!, July 23 2003
This review is from: Joe's Garage (2CD) (Audio CD)
There's no reason in the world for you not to get this one.
The music varies from rock to reggae to some of the "most-sense-making-Zappa-fusion-ever" to german pop-music.
The way Vinnie follows Zappa on some of the guitar-solo stuff is pretty amazing - That alone is reason enough to buy it.
The story of Joe itself is very funny - so if you don't get the music, at least you'll get a good laugh from the story (unless you're religious and/or offended by gay-people jokes).
Never before have you heard so many beautiful ballads on the same Zappa-record before. There's "Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up" (reggae), "Sy Borg" (reggae), "Outside Now" (eleven) - all sung by Ike Willis and "Watermelon In East Hay" - a 9 minute guitar dominated instrumental in 11 with a pretty melody.
Some of the musicians are: Vinne Colaiuta, Ike Willis (both with Zappa on record for the very first time), Warren Cucurullo, Denny Walley, Peter Wolf, Tommy Mars, Arthur Barrow, Patrick O'Hearn, Ed Mann and many, many more...
Spread the word!

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