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NEW Life Is A Miracle (DVD)
NEW Life Is A Miracle (DVD)

5.0 out of 5 stars Balkanology, July 11 2016
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Unbelievable visuals and improbable situations, all making for a wonderful viewing experience.
Sub-titles yes, but they don't detract from a Masterpiece from Emir Kusturica.


Trance Hypothesis
Trance Hypothesis
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic Vibes, July 11 2016
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An up to date take on Indo/Jazz utilizing electronic drums,keyboard, sitar, vocals plus guitar,bass and organ.
It all comes together with a well balanced cross-section of styles with excellent playing by all concerned.
Fareed must have put a great deal of thought into it's conception..


Plaxico
Plaxico
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2.0 out of 5 stars Early Lonnie, July 11 2016
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I can't recommend this debut, where as his follow up discs have solid foundations...


Perspective
Perspective
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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
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.


Palindrome
Palindrome
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4.0 out of 5 stars Billy's progression, Nov. 12 2010
This review is from: Palindrome (Audio CD)
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.


Medianoche
Medianoche
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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.


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