Samuel Chell

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (138 of 150)
Location: Kenosha,, WI United States
Anniversary: Aug. 20
Birthday: June 29
In My Own Words:
Not long ago I read a news story about an Amazon reviewer who, though "# 2" in Amazon's rankings, was abandoning the chase because of the (then) new policy allowing readers to address written commentary to the reviewers themselves. I couldn't care less about the rankings, but as someone who's posted over 2500 reviews (many of which I've removed), I simply request that those who write to reviewers-… Read more

Literature, film, music, psychology, philosophy, theology, pedagogy, baseball, the markets --all compete about equally for my time and interest. The world's a text, and its contents all share the common denominator of language and rhetoric. I always… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 54,343 - Total Helpful Votes: 138 of 150
I Remember Bird: Tribute to Duke Ellington ~ Sonny Stitt
The preceding reviewer has a point about Sonny's unfortunate decision to avoid the alto saxophone--Bird's own instrument!--for this session, which features Sonny with trombone great, Frank Rosolino. I've always found his alto to be Bird-like yet very distinctive and less cliche-ridden than his tenor playing. On tenor, Sonny can't resist "directing" an ensemble through its paces, especially on his extended endings with their repeated I-vi-ii-V riff patterns. It's the instrument he goes to when he wants to control things.
On the other hand, Sonny's technique is so fluid and his control of top-tones so assured that on tenor he can easily be mistaken (and frequently is) for an… Read more
Boss Tenors In Orbit! ~ Gene/Stitt;Sonny Ammons
Boss Tenors In Orbit! ~ Gene/Stitt;Sonny Ammons
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Price of Progress, July 13 2004
As a result of remaining vigilant on Ebay, I've recently been able to restore the original monophonic vinyl LP to my collection. Now I know why this session has always been one of my 6-7 desert island discs. I'm sure the engineers who remastered this date were proud of their work: the two horns sound like they're rooms, practically worlds, apart; Billy James' drum kit sounds as "clean" as a Dr. Jazz digital rhythm machine; Donald Patterson's bass lines are so definitive they sound like a separate instrument from his B3. The B3 itself has the immaculate sound of a new instrument (just what every true B3-lover despises). The ensemble ambience is so dry and unforgiving that the… Read more
Gentle Side Of ~ John Coltrane
Gentle Side Of ~ John Coltrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Fearful Symmetry, July 7 2004
Even gentle giants can shake the ground. On this collection Coltrane joins musical line to breath stream so naturally that the effect is more suggestive of a deep meditation than of public performance. For twelve songs the listener is lulled by the sound of power in abeyance, of explosive energy held in check. But the Creator ends his Sabbatical with the thirteenth song, "I Want to Talk About You" (from Live at Birdland), with its scorching "sheets of sound" cadenza. Has the Maker returned us to Chaos or merely exposed the dynamic energies that lurk beneath the tranquil surface of a paradoxical Creation? The compilers of this collection could easily have finished… Read more