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Duo concertante - Duo concertante
Duo concertante - Duo concertante
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER & ROMAN PATKOLÓ PLAY KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI., April 21, 2014
Five EXCELLENT Stars! An Anne-Sophie Mutter modern masterwork! The jagged, intense, "Duo Concertante" is a 5-minute one-movement virtuosic work of wonder by one of Poland's greatest composers, triple Grammy-winning maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, featuring violin grand diva Anne-Sophie Mutter, a multiple Grammy-winner in her own right, and the rising star of the contrabasso, Slokavian virtuoso Roman Patkoló. This talented duo sets off arco and pizzicato fireworks over Penderecki's 10-note motif and great beauty over his 4-note lyrical motif with Mutter 'multi-stopped' or with single string intensity, echoed by the flying fingers and bow of Patkolo. This piece is a further example of Ms Mutter's interest in modern works which she has been commissioning from noted modern composers for her own public performances. Patkoló and Mutter make a marvelous duo. Highly Recommended. Five INNOVATIVE Stars! (1-MP3 track; Time-5:02. This track is from the album Rihm: Lichtes Spiel; Currier: Time Machines [+digital booklet])


Lepow® Moonstone Series 3000mAh External Battery (Power Bank, Portable Charger) with Dual USB Ports and Lithium Polymer Battery - Colorful, Lightweight and Compatible With iPhone 4,4S,5,5C,5S (Apple Adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included), Samsung S3, S4, and Other USB Charged Devices-AppleGreen
Lepow® Moonstone Series 3000mAh External Battery (Power Bank, Portable Charger) with Dual USB Ports and Lithium Polymer Battery - Colorful, Lightweight and Compatible With iPhone 4,4S,5,5C,5S (Apple Adapters - 30 pin and lightning, not included), Samsung S3, S4, and Other USB Charged Devices-AppleGreen
Offered by Lepow
Price: $39.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOONSTONE IS A SLEEK, STYLISH, EFFECTIVE 3000 mAh CHARGER, April 21, 2014
Four and a half EFFECTIVE Stars! The green color Moonstone 3000 mAh Charger is a sleek, slim, stylishly-designed USB electronic device charger which is lightweight at 3.5 ounces and fits nicely in the hand, briefcase, or even comfortably in a pants pocket. It has 4 LED lights to indicate the amount of power available/charging status and a push button which illuminates the 4 LEDs to check status and initiate charging. The device contains two USB charger ports that were designed to produce "standard mode" charges and "fast mode" charges and are simply marked "z" and "zz", respectively: this reduces the big problem of trying to read the tiny port designation of competitors chargers. The Moonstone 3000 arrives in a very attractive box which also contains a felt-like carry case. The felt case is secured by a strong attached wrap-around strap and has two internal pockets for storing the Moonstone, its distinctive charging cable, and an instructional manual which actually is readable and accurate (not always the case with competitors manuals). High marks for quality of material, looks, and functionality.

After extensive repetitive testing, the Moonstone 3000 performs well as a good low mAh dual charger, but much better as a single port charger. It even excels as a "quick-start" device using the "zz" port: delivering `device wake up' times that are among the fastest of the 10 internal and external chargers I have tested: beating iPhone 5 and tablet times when charged right from the wall socket; so the user should be able to use his power-depleted USB electronic device quicker using a Moonstone 3000. However, as a dual charger, the Moonstone 3000 repeatedly seems to give preference to the "z" port initially, to give it a jump start on charging, then the "zz" port `catches up' at around the 20% point and surpasses the "z" port by far, percentage-wise, in charging. This approach produces a balance that appears to give the user quicker access to both devices sooner, rather than having the "zz" port always faster and use of the other "z" port device lagging far behind, when using both is necessary. My Moonstone, in dual iPhone charging, simply does not have the capacity to accomplish 100% dual charging of both devices. But I prefer getting on-the-air quicker over waiting for a full charge anyway. Charging a tablet for a "quick start" was about the same as wall charging, although tablet capacities also far exceed the Moonstones listed 3000 mAh rating at 90% efficiency. The Moonstone 3000 consistently and repeatedly took just under 4 and a half hours to re-charge: faster than all other devices tested. So the Moonstone 3000 mAh charger's fast 'turn around re-charging' time, 'quick starts' for faster use, economical price, and handy case for storing the device and cables, are the prime considerations and it is Highly Recommended at Four and a half PRODUCTIVE Stars! (Moonstone 3000 charger, Carry bag with a distinctive mini charging cable, and user manual. 1 year warranty. Recharge at least every 6 months. This item was provided by the manufacturer for an impartial review.)


A Taste of Honey
A Taste of Honey
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: OUTSTANDING LLOYD G. MAYER ORGAN TRACK WITH OLIVER NELSON's ALL-STAR BIG BAND, April 21, 2014
This review is from: A Taste of Honey (MP3 Music)
Five SOARING Stars. Organist Lloyd G. Mayer made a splash with his "A Taste of Honey" album on the United Artists Jazz label supported by composer, arranger, saxophonist Oliver Nelson's 14 man orchestra. The Grammy-winning title song is given a wild high-flying 6/8 time ride by Nelson's band featuring Doc Severinsen, the leader of the Johnny Carson "Tonight" TV show band, on trumpet playing the bridge with Clark Terry, along with the likes of Barry Galbraith on guitar, Urbie Green and Britt Woodman on trombones, Don Butterfield on tuba, George Duvivier on bass, and Ray Barretto on bongos. But the stars here, outside of the excellent band, are Mayer's screaming organ improvisations and the big band drumming clinic put on by Severinsen associate from the "Tonight" show, Ed Shaughnessy, relentlessly driving the band forward. My Highest Recommendation. Five SWINGING Stars! (1-MP3 Track; Time: 3:52)


Maxboost 4.4A / 22W Dual-Port USB Car Charger - [White / Grey] Portable Travel Charger Rapid Car Charger for Samsung Galaxy S5; The All New HTC One, HTC One Plus; iPhone 5S/5, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, iPad touch, iPod nano; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, 2; LG G Flex, G2; Google Nexus 5,4, 7, FHD 2; Other Android Smartphone / Tablets (A.K.A Galaxy S5 Car Charger / iPhone 5S Car Charger)
Maxboost 4.4A / 22W Dual-Port USB Car Charger - [White / Grey] Portable Travel Charger Rapid Car Charger for Samsung Galaxy S5; The All New HTC One, HTC One Plus; iPhone 5S/5, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, iPad touch, iPod nano; Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Note 3, 2; LG G Flex, G2; Google Nexus 5,4, 7, FHD 2; Other Android Smartphone / Tablets (A.K.A Galaxy S5 Car Charger / iPhone 5S Car Charger)
Offered by power-innovation
Price: $12.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAXBOOST's NEWEST DUAL-PORT USB CAR CHARGER HAS MORE POWER, April 21, 2014
Five POWERFUL Stars! Maxboost Dual-Port USB Car Charger packs a bigger power punch than most. The lightweight (.8 ounce) white charger unit has a soft plastic upper area which is perforated with holes around the side for easier grasping. At just under 3 inches long, it can be inserted into the cigarette lighter socket and allows more access to the center console coin tray and ash tray areas than some other dual-port car chargers. It has a low power blue LED on the top allowing the driver to see the USB port areas in darkness. The USB ports are rated at a total of 4.2 Amps, with one port rated at 2.4 Amps/12 Watts targeted for iPads and iPhones and the other port rated at 2.0 Amps/10 Watts for Android devices, but I've charged iPhones successfully off of both ports with no problems. The ports are inverted so the USB cable heads symbols are actually upside down in relation to each other. In testing with a running car engine, a newer generation power-depleted iPhone was `up for use' in 5 minutes and an older generation power-depleted iPhone was `up for use' in 6 minutes using this USB dual charger. The ports are marked but blend into the surrounding colors making them difficult to read: but if the LED is positioned to the left, the higher rated 2.4 Amp port is above the other port 2.0 rated port. The ports are designed to stop charging when the devices have reached full charge. Highly Recommended. Five EFFECTIVE Stars! (1- Maxboost dual-port car charger. User manual. One year warranty. This product was provided by the manufacturer for testing and an impartial review.)


Top Quality Velvet Clothes Hangers - Very Strong, Slim, Space-Saving, Non-Slip Closet & Coat Hangers - Luxuriously Flocked, No Slip, Thin, Notched, Pink, Space Saver 'Love Hangers®' for Skirts, Scarves - Unique & Unusual Mother's Day Gift For Her, Women - Multiple, Bulk Sets of 10 - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Top Quality Velvet Clothes Hangers - Very Strong, Slim, Space-Saving, Non-Slip Closet & Coat Hangers - Luxuriously Flocked, No Slip, Thin, Notched, Pink, Space Saver 'Love Hangers®' for Skirts, Scarves - Unique & Unusual Mother's Day Gift For Her, Women - Multiple, Bulk Sets of 10 - 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE
Offered by Living Concept
Price: $29.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars FASHIONABLE LOVE CLOTHES HANGERS ARE ALSO STRONG, April 21, 2014
Five CLASSY Star! These "Love Hangers" are made of strong metal and covered with thin reddish-pink color felt all over the hanger, expect for the hook, with a heart formed in the upper center of the hanger, which helps make it rigid and stronger. The felt keeps clothes from slipping off of the hanger and has a notch on either side of the hanger for spaghetti strap clothes, thinner clothing like tank tops, and hanging several items on one hanger, such as slips. One can also use the center of the heart for belts, scarves, and other accessories. These will probably be a hit with women, but the question is how strong are they? Very strong, enough to easily hang heavy clothing such as leather jackets, suits, heavy bathrobes, and winter coats without buckling or bending. These might make a nice add-on gift for the birthdays, Valentines, or Mothers Days. Highly Recommended. Five PRACTICAL Stars! (10 hangers, 16.6 x 3 x 8.9 inches each. These items were provided by the manufacturer for testing and an impartial review.)


Tap-n-Flush "The Revolutionary Electronic Dual Flush Converter Guaranteed to Fit Every Toilet"
Tap-n-Flush "The Revolutionary Electronic Dual Flush Converter Guaranteed to Fit Every Toilet"
Offered by Tap-n-Flush
Price: $39.95

5.0 out of 5 stars TAP-n-FLUSH: SAVES WATER WITH EACH TIOLET FLUSH, April 21, 2014
.Five ECONOMICAL Stars! Tap-n-Flush operates, as advertised, producing a low flow flush on demand by a simple touch on the 4 AA battery-powered low-profile white color electronic control box sitting on top of the toilet tank cover and by then depressing the toilet control handle. When a full "large flush" is desired, the Tap-n-Flush is simply not engaged. It even helped solve my intermittent toilet flapper problem. The Tap-n-Flush device also allows the user to adjust the amount of water used in flushing by way of 2 dials ("small flush" and "large flush") with multiple settings for adjusting desired low flow and full flush water amounts. The instructions cover a wide range of possible toilet configurations which should encompass all installation cases. Some of these, as the instructions clearly state, may take somewhat longer than 15 minutes to install, but they specify the time period and the parts that come with the kit should see even the amateur installer through. They even provide rubber fittings to prevent the case from scratching the toilet top. Turning off the toilet water line and draining the supply tank is not required. Extensive use of this device could save hundreds of gallons of water over the years and consequently lower the water bill. It works! My Highest Recommendation. Five UNIQUE Stars! (Tap N Flush kit with all necessary parts, mini screw driver, and extensive instructions with addendum. Batteries not included. This product was provided by the manufacturer for testing and an impartial review.)


De Volta Pro Aconchego
De Volta Pro Aconchego
Price: $0.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars SINGLE TRACK REVIEW: ELBA RAMALHO DELIVERS A STUNNING BRAZILIAN BALLAD, April 16, 2014
This review is from: De Volta Pro Aconchego (MP3 Music)
The beautiful Brazilian diva with the occasional unusual forehead makeup, Elba Ramalho, is know as the "Forro Queen" for her high energy singing and dancing, but outside of her dance moves and uptempo songs, many of us admire her for one stunningly beautiful MPB ballad performance that has reverberated throughout the years. When a famous Brazilian disk jockey started an international radio show to showcase Brazilian music, this song was chosen as an example of what makes Brazilian music "so very special": "De Volta Pro Aconchego" (Back to Your Coziness) with Elba's haunting soprano voice soaring over strings, guitars, and an accordion. Sung in Portuguese but the intense emotions transfer without translation in a performance for the ages. My Highest Recommendation for this great performance. Five BEAUTIFUL Stars. (1 track; Time-4:38)


Il Progetto Vivaldi 3 [+digital booklet]
Il Progetto Vivaldi 3 [+digital booklet]
Offered by SONY Music Entertainment Downloads LLC.
Price: $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANCE & BEAUTY CONTINUES: "THE VIVALDI PROJECT" ADDS VIVALDI CONTEMPORARIES & A WORLD PREMIER, April 13, 2014
Five BAROQUE Stars! Grammy-nominated cello virtuoso Sol Gabetta has ascended to the front rank of cellists in the classical music world with awards, high profile appearances around the globe, and record sales. This recording presents the 3rd installment of her impressive "Il Progetto Vivaldi" (The Vivaldi Project) and the followup Il Progetto Vivaldi 2 in the series, from the treasure trove of the works of Antonio Vivaldi, much of which has been discovered in recent decades in various places in Europe. With her brother, violinist Andrés Gabetta who is also concertmaster here, and their Baroque ensemble "Capella Gabetta", they present more works of 'the Red Priest'. For the first time in this series, she includes excellent compositions by three Vivaldi contemporaries from the Baroque era: composer & kapellmeister Fortunato Chelleri, composer and oboist Giovanni Benedetto Platti, and composer violinist Andrea Zani whose compositions were commissioned by the Duke of Schloss Wiesentheid and they were recently discovered in the Duke's Bavarian castle. As with the initial Vivaldi Project recording, Sol Gabetta re-strings her 1759 Guadagnini cello with gut strings tuned to the Baroque range and brings her 1781 Gagliano cello into the mix as well. Instead of putting the other composers at the end of Vivaldi's work, she alternates Vivaldi's work with each of the other composers and puts the world premier of Chelleri's concerto at the end of this recording. The recording has a nice flow of different Baroque musical approaches by these 4 composers, amid dynamic aural levels of beauty and intensity throughout.

All selections are excellent and some highlights from this 24 track recording, begin with excellent performances of both swirling Allegro movements, framing a lovely Largo, from Vivaldi's familiar Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in A Minor, RV 422. Then there is the gentle and lovely 'all pizzicato' exposition by the Gabetta siblings of the Andante movement and the breathtaking violin/cello passages between the Gabettas on the Allegro movement of the Concerto for Two Mandolins in G Major RV 532, adapted for violin and cello. The virtuosic "Adagio e staccato-Allegro" movement of Platti's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C Minor, WD 669 is a marvelous performance. As is, Vivaldi's Allegro Vivace movement from the D Major concerto, RV 404. And the icing on the cake of this "The Vivaldi Project" installment is the world premier of Chelleri's Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in G Major: the highlight of which is the lovely, pastoral, minuet-like intro theme of the Adagio Staccato-tempo gusto movement and its surging uptempo mode, and the echoing spiccato figurations between Gabetta and the orchestra. This is Sol Gabetta's 11th recording in 8 years since her career took flight after winning the Echo Award, (which includes the recent "Duo" recording with pianist Hélène Grimaud) and it gets my Highest Recommendation. Five ENJOYABLE Stars (24 tracks with digital booklet; Time-73 minutes)


The Argo, Verve And Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions
The Argo, Verve And Impulse Big Band Studio Sessions
Price: $42.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars MARVELOUS, WIDE-RANGING OLIVER NELSON BIG BAND COLLECTION, April 13, 2014
Five MARVELOUS Stars. This is a stellar, expansive 6 disc Mosaic release containing some of the best Oliver Nelson big band tracks available, featuring a kaleidoscope of top-flight jazz musicians playing Nelson's compositions, interpretations, and arrangements, with Nelson himself soloing with inventive gusto on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones. Some are finally making it to CD/MP3 release for the first time within a cohesive Nelson release.

Mosaic has done its work well to the point of `unearthing' some gems that were `hidden within' other recordings, such as hotly swinging big band versions of the "Sidewalks of New York" (with some exemplary Zoot Sims tenor sax solo work) and "Ricardo's Dilemma" (with Nelson's blazing solo on soprano sax), which were the 2nd side of the "Sound of Feeling" vocal group debut. Also, here, is another more laid back version of "The Blues and The Abstract Truth" featuring Jimmy Smith on organ replacing both the Phil Woods alto sax and Pepper Adams baritone sax solos of the original; the blazing "Lila's Theme" is a treasure featuring Nelson's marvelous alto solo, along with Snooky Young's trumpet work; "Paris Blues" and "One for Duke" showing Nelson's unabashed Ellington influences; the orchestral complexities of "Patterns for Orchestra", "12 Tone Blues", and "Sound Piece for Jazz Orchestra"; a unique amazing "Greensleeves", the John F. Kennedy memorial tribute, movie scores, and collaborations with musicians such as Pee Wee Russell are just samples of what lies within this musical treasure trove. Mosaic deserves "major kudos". My Highest Recommendation. Five JAZZY Stars (6 discs, 90 tracks; Time-6 hours: 42 minutes. Mosaic should next think of Nelson's smaller groups: the Steve Kuhn-quartet tracks from "Sound Pieces", the "Sound of Feeling" quartet tracks, "More Blues and the Abstract Truth" tracks, etc..)


Arm & Hammer Ultra Max Fresh Scent Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant 2.6 oz (Pack of 6)
Arm & Hammer Ultra Max Fresh Scent Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant 2.6 oz (Pack of 6)
Offered by Lin-Jo Pro
Price: $16.88
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5.0 out of 5 stars STRONG ANTIPERSPIRANT, PLEASANT FRAGRANCE, April 13, 2014
Five EFFECTIVE Stars. Arm & Hammer Ultra Max solid antiperspirant deodorant is one of the best available that I have tested. It also has a pleasant, understated fragrance. It lives up to its advertised "all day protection" without 'crashing' in the early evening, as some competitors do. It gets its effectiveness from 19% Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly and baking soda, among other ingredients. Highly Recommended. Five DRY Stars! (2.6 ounces. The manufacturer states: those with kidney disease should consult their doctor before use.)


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