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5.0 out of 5 stars An enormous, neglected talent!, June 25 2004
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
Frankly, I never thought that I'd see any of these tracks appear in CD form again.They were originally issued mainly as 45's on on the SeventySeven record label, an album from the same label called "Loving You, Loving Me", tracks from a Monument album called "The beginning" and some subsequent releases on the Sound Stage 7 label which appeared at the end of the 1970's. Since when she appears not to have recorded any more tracks.This is a great shame because this album reveals her as a fantastic performer who could handle a diverse range of styles. It helped that the arrangements for all the sessions were handled empathetically with great brass charts, strings and backing vocals wherever they were recorded (Greenville and Memphis are mentioned in the sleeve notes).She seemed best suited to the slower material, where although performing in her own style, performances are redolent of Shirley Brown and Ann Peebles. Of the up-tempo tracks I rate "I had a fight with love"as the best.However, when she tackles material like "I'm his wife (you're just a friend),"I want to be loved" and especially the brilliant "Be Serious", she is really convincing, adding new dimensions to the 'hurt and neglected woman' genre. It's disappointing that the last known contact that the sleeve note writer had was a 1979 magazine article,because the artist and the album both deserve a much wider audience.If she is still with us, she'd only be 54, and a voice like this might well have matured and have an enormous amount of potential left to realise.If you are looking for an album to go with the purchase of your Joss Stone album, take a chance on paying out a few dollars to get your hands on this fantastic album, and bring the singer to a wider audience!

Rockin The Boat
Rockin The Boat
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another "contractural commitment" album!, June 14 2004
This review is from: Rockin The Boat (Audio CD)
Together with "Prayer meetin'" this was the second Blue Note album recorded in two days by Jimmy Smith to free himself of his contract and to move on the Verve records.This one has Lou Donaldson on alto sax and Quentin Warren on guitar. Donald Bailey plays drums and 'Big" John Patten rattles tambourine on tracks 2,3 &6.Clearly,Smith was struggling to find tunes to fill these albums, as some of the tracks like "Matilda,Matilda", "Just a closer walk with thee" and the version of "When my dream boat comes home" barely make the collective personnel break out in a sweat, and rely on numerous tempo changes to drive them along. However, mixed in with these are some outings that clearly demonstrate that the group could produce excellent product if the material was right.On Donaldson's "Pork Chop" there's serious evidence of Smith trying to get inside the tune, and Donaldson, as might be expected, puts a lot of effort into making it move along. Smith's own "Can Heat" does the same, and the reading of Percy Mayfield's "Please send me someone to love" is satisfying as well. There are no bonus tracks, but the remastering is clean and satisfying. Even when he's confronted with material that's barely suitable, Smith seemed to be able to draw out some pleasing performances and four tracks commend this album as an example of Smith's work in 1963 just before his move to a new label.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic!, May 25 2004
This review is from: Generations (Audio CD)
This is a future classic album. It's already amongst my top 10 jazz albums of 2004, and even after protracted listening it gives up new nuances at every further play. This is an album where the sum of the group is greater than the individual parts, and where the individual parts are themselves luminary. It's unfair to describe Makoto Ozone (Piano), James Genus (Bass) and Clarence Penn (drums) as a rhythm section because each give support and encouragement to all the other players. Ozone, in particular as well as contributing two tracks (7 and the amazing track 10) weaves and insinuates his playing throughout the whole performance. Lage, as has been mentioned in another review is a precocious talent- he wrote tracks 1.2 and 8, and effortlessly produces deft and telling contributions with his guitar playing, with a mature and confident performance.Add to this the sublime playing of Gary Burton, possibly at the height of his performing powers, and you have a superlative album of carefully selected pieces that melt together. The overall mood is considered and laid back, but never dull or self satisfied. Favourite tracks are already too numerous to mention in the detail they deserve.The ensemble playing on "Ladies in Mercedes" by Steve Swallow is terrific as it is on Osscar Petersons "Wheatland". Ozones "Heroes sin nombre" is as indicated above 'amazing', and even the relatively up tempo version of Carla Bley's "Syndrome" is effortless. However, if push comes to shove it's "First impression" that sets the tone and style for this amazing and refreshing album. Hyperbole? Possibly, but it's a long time since this listener sat down with a new album and played it straight off three times in a row; an entrancing treat that you should not miss out on - and of course it's ideal music for those laid back sunny evenings. Recommended unconditionally, order it now!

Never Let Me Go
Never Let Me Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Turrentine and Scott outing., April 8 2004
This review is from: Never Let Me Go (Audio CD)
Recorded at two different sessions in January and February 1963, the only difference in personnel being the addition of percussionist Ray Barretto for the second one. The ensemble is otherwise stripped down to a four piece of Turrentine and Scott, with bassist Major Holley Jnr and the tasteful drum duties taken care of by Al Harewood. Without a third front person, Turrentine and Scott produce some exquisite interplay,each feeding off the strengths of the others solos. Outstanding playing from Turrentine is the strength of Joe Scott's "Never let me go" which makes the album a worthwhile purchase on its own.It really is a very gripping example of what Turrentine could accomplish with slower numbers. However there are also excellent readings of Tommy Turrentine's "Sara's Dance" and the jointly composed " Major's Minor". Even the least convincing tracks, like the standard "Without a song" are well executed. There is a range of tempos across the sessions, but Scott seemed to be able to push Turrentine to achieve his best at whatever the tempo. The quality of the remastering is excellent, and if you're in the market for this title, why not buy the album "Hustlin'" to compare the work of the quartet with what they achieved a year later with the addition of Kenny Burrell on guitar. Highly recommended.

Prayer Meetin'
Prayer Meetin'
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5.0 out of 5 stars The contract obligation album!, April 5 2004
This review is from: Prayer Meetin' (Audio CD)
What has always astounded me about this album is the fact that it was the fourth album in just over a week that Smith cut for Blue Note. He was anxious to move to Verve, to take advantage of the bigger recording budgets that they were offering, and so he dashed off this excellent album to complete the contractural obligation he had.Considering this,it's excellent with several quite outstanding tracks. Turrentine was an excellent foil for Smith's playing style and the versions of Ivory Joe Hunter's "I almost lost my mind" and his own "Picnickin'" are absolutely essential. However the real killer track is the title "Prayer meetin". Donald Bailey provides the low key drum work throughout this session, with some excellent contributions and tasty fills from Quentin Warren on guitar, who had already worked with Smith on two previous albums. Somehow even a version of "When the Saints" is bearable, though "Stone Cold in the Market" might have substituted the final word with "Water". However the two bonus tracks more than compensate. They're from a session in 1960, with both the front men in good form, and Kenny Burrell filling the guitar berth.What also marks them out is it's the only two released Blue Note tracks on which Smith abandoned his pedal work in favour of a bass player, in this case Sam Jones. It works well.The remastered sound is excellent, and at a budget price it's good to have this one available again!

Sweet Home Chicago
Sweet Home Chicago
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5.0 out of 5 stars The memory played no tricks!, March 23 2004
This review is from: Sweet Home Chicago (Audio CD)
I owned this album on vinyl when it briefly appeared in the UK around 1980. I remembered that I had enjoyed it very much - but would it stand the test of the intervening 20+ years? The answer is a resounding YES! It's not all that it seems to be, because the Robert Jr.Lockwood tracks are the man operating as part of a loose assembly of accompanyment from the likes of Sunnyland Slim on piano and Alfred Wallace on drums, as well as other instrumentation that appears on individual tracks. Indeed Lockwood only gets to undertake the vocals on tracks 1 to 4 and 11 & 12, but his fluid guitar contributions are everywhere.Favourites are "Sunnyland Special" (Luandrew on vocals on this one) and "Sweet Woman from Maine", where Lockwoods vocals are added to by alto sax from Alex Atkins. However the real bonus for me are the Johnny Shines tracks, probably the 'best' vocal performances from him on record.Tracks 13 to 16 have backing from a three piece of second guitar (Moody Jones) bass and drums."Fishtail" is my favourite ( a raunchy Cadillac metaphor) but they're all excellent. On tracks 17 to 22 he's accompanied by Big Walter Horton. "Evening Sun" is electric, but the two versions of "Gonna Call an Angel"(there are actually 4 takes) is a great indication of what Shines was aiming for (and achieved).It's an expensive buy, but the Johnny Shines tracks would make it worth the price on their own, and the Lockwood tracks make it an indispensible purchase. Highly recommended

Gardenias For Lady Day
Gardenias For Lady Day
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carter moves onwards and upwards, March 2 2004
This review is from: Gardenias For Lady Day (Audio CD)
As James Carter's career has progressed he's always attempted something new, never just producing an album without building on the previous one. On this album of Billy Holiday tracks he not only places himself within the confines of what could seen as an album of covers,(relatively well known tunes as well) but also chooses to add strings to the mix, as well as three tracks with vocalist Miche Braden. That it works so well and so effectively is a tribute to both Carter and his arrangers Greg Cohen and Cassius Richmond.
Stand out track for me is "I'm in a low down groove", where Carter not only plays an outstanding Baritone Sax arrangement, but also drops in the mix tenor and F Mezzo saxophones.As on all the tracks he's helped out with a basic quartet of John Hicks (piano), Peter Washington on Bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. The string arrangements augment, rather than detract from the outcome. Other outstanding tracks are "More than you know" and Billy Strayhorn's "A flower is a lovesome thing.". On both of these tracks Carter features the Baritone, which really suits the kind of fluid approach that he tries to take with all the tracks.Of the other vocal tracks, the other one that works best for me was the arrangement of Sammy Cahn and Saul Chapman's "You're a lucky guy."
This is an onward step in Carter's career, and if you doubt that the chosen tunes have any more to give up, be assured that this is an album that will delight, not only through the take that he gives every track, but also through the togetherness of the ensemble playing. Highly recommended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Grant Green album, Sept. 25 2003
This review is from: Granstand (Audio CD)
Available once again, with some superb re-mastering, this album recorded in 1961 has stood the test of time magnificently.The other players on the album all brought something different to the previous two Grant Green albums for Blue Note in that Jack McDuff had fronted a band with Green when he had first arrived in NYC, and the styles of the two of them meshed perfectly. Yusef Lateef brought a different style of horn playing (and of course his excellent flute playing) from previous albums. The drummer on the session, Al Harewood was not a propulsive drummer, but given the nature of the recording on this (mainly) after hours style album was the perfect choice.Perhaps the stand out track is "Blues in Maude's flat". At 14.01 it gives everybody a chance to stretch out and solo as well as providing some great ensemble playing. Lateef's solo steals it,only just, because McDuff and Green both give stellar solos, but the track is greater than the sum of its parts.The'bonus' track "Green's Greenery" was apparently the first tune to be recorded, and it has a wonderful looseness that pervades the whole track. On Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" Lateef leads off with a flute introduction that sets the tone for the whole reflective reading of the piece.However, this isn't really an album from which you pick tracks, so much as an enjoyable and tasty workout that calls for you to hit the 'repeat' button. As with all Blue Note albums it's difficult to know how long it will be available, so best invest in it now!

Out of This World
Out of This World
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5.0 out of 5 stars An astounding historical set, Sept. 11 2003
This review is from: Out of This World (Audio CD)
This is an astonishing collection of tunes recorded for Warwick Records in 1961 in New York. There's no sign of remastering, but the quality of the original sound is excellent. It's tagged as being by the "Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams quintet", but as much as it's about their peerless playing, it's also about the piano contribution of a very young Herbie Hancock, and the tightness of the the rhythm section of Jimmy Cobb on drums and Laymon Jackson on Bass. The three lengthy tracks are the ones to start with. The playing on "Byrd House" (10.50) sets the standard of what is to come. Obviously it's a Donald Byrd composition, but all three men get to solo peerlessly, and the ensemble playing is absolutely terrific. The initial highlight for me is a version of Byrd's "Curro's" (11.50) which gives everybody a chance to spread out, though Hancock's piano is (sorry, here's that word again!) astounding, and both the other frontline players are spurred on to deliver first-rate solos.The CD ends with a version of Arlen and Mercer's "Out of this World" on which Byrd's playing of the melody before Hancock solos is breathtaking, and when he plays the second chorus it's even better than the first! Track 6 has some muted vibraphone added to the mix from Teddy Charles. This is a "must have" set if you admire the playing of any of the three frontsmen. It's also worth looking out for some of the other sessions that have been re-released by this small Spanish label. Don't hesitate - order it immediately!

Da Girl
Da Girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album -awful cover!, July 26 2003
This review is from: Da Girl (Audio CD)
If I was browsing in a store this is a CD I'd have put down after the briefest of inspections. It gives no indication as to the nature of the great music lurking within. Nor do the sleevenotes contribute much to selling the album. The redeeming feature is, therefore, the music, and Heid is taking his Hammond B3 off in new directions. The band, essentially a four piece, provides excellent support for each other, and for Heid himself. Drummer Randy Gelespie fits in closely with what's going on around him. Trumpet player Joe Magnarelli is excellent as well, at times swinging, appropriately laid back where he needs to be. He meshes well with Saxophone player Scott Peterson who can play hard when required, but also provides excellent harmonies. The star, however, remains Heid, whose B3 style is developing with every outing. He's not an aggressive player, but stamps himself all over the eight self penned tracks on offer. Favourites are the title track "Da Girl", more mellow than the title might suggest, "Peach Cobbler" with added congas and percussion and "Spirit of Newark" at 9.09 the longest track, but possibly the most well developed, and displaying well the cohesion of the group. However, there's not a poor track on the album, and shows Heid as the B3 innovator he's becoming. Forget the cover and the sleeve notes and you have an excellent, often mellow, album that deserves wider recognition and plaudits.

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