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Are You Experienced
Are You Experienced
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so the revolution began, May 15, 2004
This review is from: Are You Experienced (Audio CD)
there i was driving down I-395 into washington, dc in my microbus, am radio--one speaker, please--cranked all the way when what should explode out of the dash but "purple haze." this was different. my single speaker was fried to molten tin becoming one with the vw. never had such sounds come from the radio before. the revolution had begun. i went to the record shop and pulled the olive green jacket from the bin. there was this psychedelic brother flanked by two white guys with afros glaring from the cover. this was different. i got home, put it on the turn table, settled into my easy chair and got blown away. no one sounded like this. no one. the speakers screamed with feedback, the singer flowed from side to side, everything bloomed in pretty colors. somehow, you knew rock music had come of age and things would never be quite the same again. this was different. forty years out and it's still the same. you listen and you ask, "are you experienced?" get experienced! get experienced! fade to black...

Hail To The Thief
Hail To The Thief
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars best of 2003, December 29, 2003
This review is from: Hail To The Thief (Audio CD)
2003 will go down as a fascinating year in pop music, what with coldplay, interpol and outkast all releasing gems.
radiohead's "hail to the thief" is one of the best with a curious mix of the electronic experimentalism of "kid a" and the guitar rock of "the bends." the album grabs your attention from the first track and carries you all the way through with nary a lull. personal favorites are the building tension of "sit down stand up", the wonderful bang of "there, there", and the creepy quiet of "the gloaming."
fans of previous radiohead albums will not be disappointed as the trademark poetic angst of the lyrics is in full force with the driving musical eclecticism of the music. newcomers will want to dig further into the discography.

Midnight Special
Midnight Special
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars late, late blues, September 6, 2003
This review is from: Midnight Special (Audio CD)
it's round midnight. the lights are low, the table candles have all burned down. there's a haze of blue smoke hanging just below the ceiling. the conversation has dropped to muffled whisper. it's time for the blues to roll in. it's nearing time for last call, but there's still minute or two to try to drown yesterday.
that's the feel of jimmy smith's opening number. mr. smith is a master of the blues, and when he entered the studio with stanley turrentine and kenny burrell in tow, a super session was put in place. mr. smith revolutionized the hammond b-3 making it a staple of hard bop jazz, but he never forgot the roots of the instrument--blues shacks and also church halls. this album covers the spectrum, revealing the funk at the heart of jazz, but also exploring the nuances of bop--"a subtle one"--
getting this album is getting one of the true masterpieces of the blue note catalog.

Larsen: Deep Summer Music / Solo Symphony / Marimba Concerto: After Hampton
Larsen: Deep Summer Music / Solo Symphony / Marimba Concerto: After Hampton
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice piece of new music, December 5, 2002
libby larsen may not be a household name beyond colorado (note who commissioned these pieces--the colorado symphony!) but she has composed some wonderful new american classical music for this album. actually, the compositions range from 1983 (deep summer music) to the 1990s. the album opens with "deep summer music" a brief tone poem capturing the essence of a late summer evening. the model seems to be charles ives' central park tone poem, with the music leading you into an imagined evening along a mountain creek with the wind in the woods. she layers the strings and percussion magnificently to create her effect. the "solo symphony" is an interesting study of the orchestra, with each section getting a chance to solo, all the while creating a whole that works beautifully. the album closes with the marimba concerto, inspired by lionel hampton. the feel is jazz freedom, but without the blues or swing. the idea seemed to be to focus on a little used instrument and allow it a chance to shine in the concerto format. the form is classical, but the marimba gives it an exotic feel. try this composer, you will enjoy her work.

Art & Soul
Art & Soul
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the title says it all, June 24, 2002
This review is from: Art & Soul (Audio CD)
ms. rosnes is a fine pianist who seems to be overshadowed at the moment by players such as brad meldhau or jacky terrasson. this is unfortunate because she is gifted and plays with style that avoids some of the meandering of mr. meldhau and the identity crisis that seems to plague mr. terrasson. this album is titled "art and soul" and that is exactly what is presented. ms. rosnes alternates between hard bop explorations ("blues connotations")and soulful blues ("with a little help from my friends")that keeps your attention fixed and your fingers popping. the entire set swings hard and her approach, while complex, is not off-putting in any way. it's just fun, period. enjoy!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine set, June 24, 2002
This review is from: Triangulo (Audio CD)
mr. camilo is a wonderful latin jazz pianist, but with a different approach than say chu valdes. whereas mr. valdes literally burns up the keyboard, mr. camilo, on this album, takes a lighter approach avoiding the sameness of bossa nova, but with a gentler swing than mr. valdes' eruptions. the nood is more like a warm evening looking over the gulf--the rhythm is there, but it swings like the waves coming in. the orginal tunes shine, but for me the highlights were dizzy gillespie's "con alma" and the haunting, almost nothingness of "just like you." the delicacy leaves leaning toward the speakers to catch every whispered note. enjoy!

Talkin' Stick
Talkin' Stick
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent album!, June 24, 2002
This review is from: Talkin' Stick (Audio CD)
mr. lake is an impressive alto player whom many listeners know through his work with the renowned world saxophone quartet. on his own, mr. lake easily builds a bridge between free jazz's wild thunder and hard bop's relentless groove, as more than readily apparent on this quintet session. the tunes evoke memories of the finest blue note sessions--art blakey's jazz messengers and wayne shorter's sets come to mind--but with a splash of the experimentalism of archie shepp. the band lays down a swinging foundation, and the soloists then build their own statements on top following fancy, but without damaging the coherence of the songs. this is a delicate balance to maintain, but they succeed brilliantly. pianist geri allen shines, but i also enjoyed hearing jay maggard on vibes. i ahd not heard him before, and he is very adept in similar style to stefon harris following bobby hutcherson. overall, this is a very satisfying album. highlights are the david murray tune "hard blues" and the free swinging "massai moves."

Straight Up
Straight Up
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars outstanding soul jazz, June 1, 2002
This review is from: Straight Up (Audio CD)
mr. mcgriff has been enjoying something of renaissance of late. he was one of the leading soul jazzmen of the 60s, playing his hammond b-3 with all the fire and funk of the best like lonnie liston smith, shirley scott, groove holmes, etc., eschewing the cerebral hardbop of larry young and jimmy smith (although mr. smith could get down and dirty). mr. mcgriff has resurrected the b-3 in the last ten years and this album is a great example of his new sound. it has blues, funk, soul, and, yes, even some great bop. the band is top-notch, too. who can resist a front line featuring BOTH fathead newman and frank wess?!! this album swings from the opening notes and carries it straight through to the end. the ballads burn down low, invitingly. this is a wonderful album!

The Rare Delight of You
The Rare Delight of You
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4.0 out of 5 stars swingin'!!, May 29, 2002
This review is from: The Rare Delight of You (Audio CD)
this is a pairing that makes perfect sense. mr. pizzarelli is the son of the patriarch of swing guitar, bucky pizzarelli, but is quickly becoming a powerhouse on guitar all his own. previous projects have shown him to be a musician of consummate skill who can swing just about tune into a bubbling fury of fun. he also has a tender touch with ballads. mr. shearing has been swinging for over 60 years and this project reveals he is still a master. this set mixes standards and originals and it all sounds fresh and exciting. check out "lulu" and "everything happens to me" and you will hear the great way these two artists mix and meld. this is an album worth hearing again and again!

Jim Hall & Basses
Jim Hall & Basses
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quiet genius, complete with quirks, December 21, 2001
This review is from: Jim Hall & Basses (Audio CD)
jim hall has done some outstanding duet albums over the years--"undercurrent" with bill evans and his recent album with pat metheny stand out--and this one certainly continues the success of those efforts. jim hall can be a contemplative, understated guitarist, and here partnered with a series of today's legends of the upright, he sets a quiet, but intense mood. there are actually two streams of thought presented--the odd numbered tracks are avant garde explorations, much like the work of the jimmy guiffre 3 or paul bley; while the even numbered tracks are straight-ahead workouts, full of blues and swing. that they alternate keeps the listener tuned in, wondering it is coming next, but it can be distracting--hence three stars instead of five. the playing is top notch throughout, and mr. hall uses both electric and acoustic guitar to good effect. this is strictly a matter of opinion, but i found it easier to listen to the cd by programming the even tracks or odd tracks separately depending on my mood--avant or straight ahead. still, a good album.

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