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The L.A. Four - Concierto De Aranjuez


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  • Audio CD (April 6, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Jazz/Universal
  • ASIN: B0000006BE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dindi
2. Rainbows
3. Rondo Espressivo
4. Manteca
5. St. Thomas
6. Concierto De Aranjuez

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ausculapius57 on January 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is unfortunate that Amazon has contributed to the somewhat confusing discography of the L.A. 4 by mislabeling this as a "live" album. This album is actually the first studio album by the L.A.4, originally released in 1976 as simply "The L.A.4."

The L.A.4 released a total of 10 albums. The original quartet, evolving from sessions at the Los Angeles club Shelly's Manne-Hole, consisted of Laurindo Almeida, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, and Bud Shank. Their first album was a live recording at the Concord Summer Festival in 1975: "The L.A.4 Scores!" The first studio album was released in 1976, and was simply titled "The L.A.4." When Concord re-released this album in 1990, it was renamed "Concierto de Aranjuez" to avoid confusion with the rest of Concord's L.A.4 catalogue. Two other studio albums with Shelly Manne were released in 1977: "Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte," and "Going Home." These were released in Japan under the East Wind label. (To find these in Amazon, search "The La4" rather than "The L.A.4.") Shelly Manne was replaced by Jeff Hamilton in 1978, and their subsequent output included one live album ("Live at Montreux") and five studio albums.

I tend to mentally divide this album into the first 5 tracks and the title track. The first 5 tracks include Jobim's "Dindi", the crossover JPE Bach's "Rondo Expressivo," and highly original interpretations of Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" and Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas." These are all superb, and among the best recorded by either version of the L.A.4.

The title piece stands apart. Each of the four masters puts in viruoso performances, but it is Bud Shank on the Alto Sax that brings the piece to the emotional climax missing in other jazz interpretations by Miles Davis and Jim Hall. He carefully builds the intensity in each solo until he finally lets loose in a final, breathtaking restatement of the theme. This is the L.A.4's Masterpiece.
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The group L.A. 4 is really excellent. They have a very special chemistry and especially the touch of the guitar of the "maestro" Laurindo Almeida is only. Big contribution of the flautist / saxophonist Bud Shank with its alone dreamy ones. Excellent interpretation of Jobim's "Dindi" and topcoat of the topic Rodrigo's "Concert of Aranjuez" with a magisterial adaptation for quartet. An intimate and thin disc.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rusty on June 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you like The LA Four, then this is their signature album. It sounds great even after 30 years of first listening to it. It even sounds decent on a crappy stereo, but please use a good one! The LA Four produced 2 direct to disk records that are also wonderful, and they are on CD's...but you will have to pay through the nose since they are Japanese imports.
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