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Bossa Nova: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1999 Film)
Bossa Nova: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1999 Film)
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5.0 out of 5 stars silky, April 27, 2007
Great set of bossa nova tunes on this soundtrack for the film "Bossa Nova", which features a gripping mixture of top selections penned by Tom Jobim performed by musicians of yesterday and today. Performers contributing to this collection include the Brazilian phenomenon Djavan, Sting, Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, Carol Rogers, Eumir Deodato, Barbara Mendes, Claudia Acuna, and Tom Jobim himself. Some of these song choices you're probably already familiar with, such as the Getz/Gilberto version of "Girl From Ipanema" and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)".

"Suddenly", as performed by Claudia Acuna, is an elegant and sexy tune that belongs in a James Bond flick. Sting and Tom Jobim collaborated together on "How Insensitive", a coming together that is both gratifying and pleasurable. Carol Rogers also has a version of "Suddenly" featured on here, which is as pleasant as Claudia Acuna's adaptation. "Wave" by Jobim is such a smooth and roomy tune, with supreme piano-work throughout. A magnificent album sure to introduce you to both new and old artists alike, this soundtrack will surely become music to your ears.

The All Seeing Eye
The All Seeing Eye
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayne's investigations take flight, April 24, 2007
This review is from: The All Seeing Eye (Audio CD)
Shorter and company pulled off this delightful improvisational album for Blue Note in 1965, and thankfully it has been remastered at 24-bits by Rudy Van Gelder. The personnel is a talented bunch of players, including Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Al Shorter (flugelhorn; 5 only), Grachan Mongur III (trombone), James Spaulding (alto sax), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Joe Chambers (drums).

Miles' 1959 "Kind of Blue" altered the culture and future course of jazz as we know it and in that strain Shorter came along with this work of topnotch modal improvisational jazz. At the time this was recorded Shorter had never led with such a big group of sidemen. The nature of this music is immensely exploratory, channeling textures and colors that seem to move outward as the sounds unfold.

Before I forget, Herbie Hancock is outstanding on these tracks. Wayne was questioning and daring on this date, blowing his horn and sending torrents of investigative sound at listeners. This Rudy Van Gelder Edition offers buyers the top-quality sound of Wayne's most unique Blue Note recording.

Out To Lunch
Out To Lunch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars last great studio album, April 20, 2007
This review is from: Out To Lunch (Audio CD)
This was the last great studio album Dolphy was to record before his early death months later in Berlin in June of 1964. Some of his best works on bass clarinet and flute are found on here, including "Hat and Beard" and "Gazzelloni". Dolphy's bass clarinet skills are typically in the middle range and his phrasing and tonality are just amazing. Freddie Hubbard (t), who played on Dolphy's 1960 "Outward Bound" album returns on here to add his expertise. Richard Davis (b), who played on the 1961 "At the Five Spot" and 1963's "Music Matador", is also present on this date. Bobby Hutcherson (vibes) and Anthony Williams (d) were both new to Blue Note, and their presence on this album assured their longevity with the label. Considered by many fans and critics as the highpoint of Dolphy's career, "Out to Lunch" is certain to bring more fans flocking to Dolphy's work for years to come.

Speak No Evil
Speak No Evil
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Miles effect, April 20, 2007
This review is from: Speak No Evil (Audio CD)
Along with key sidemen Freddie Hubbard (t), Herbie Hancock (p), Ron Carter (b) and Elvin Jones (d), Wayne Shorter produced this classic in 1964 and it was released that following year by Blue Note. Known for both the compositional ingenuity that went into this record as well as for the improvisational nature of the music at hand, this seminal recording has influenced countless musicians that followed. This particular reissue is part of the Rudy Van Gelder Edition series, and as such has received 24-bit digital remastering that improves upon the integrity of the sound here greatly.

This is music that followed Shorter having joined Miles Davis in the summer of 1964, and as such shows Wayne becoming more innovative and daring as a composer. I cannot recommend this album enough to everyone. If you enjoy the music of `Speak No Evil' then you will also thoroughly enjoy the albums `Juju', `Soothsayer' and `Adam's Apple'. Out of all the Wayne Shorter projects produced during his Blue Note years, `Speak No Evil' is the definitely the best place to start.

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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best I own, April 18, 2007
This review is from: Chet (Audio CD)
Chet Baker is still such a much loved trumpeter from days past for his seamless skillfulness concerning the ballad. This 1959 recording for Riverside comes from Baker's peak years, fresh and backed by all-star sidemen of the day. This is one of the most breathtaking jazz albums I own in my collection, because I can always count on Chet to set the mood. There was something in Chet's delivery that was so lonesome and sad, but at the same time so uplifting and invigorating.

Considering myself a diehard fan, I've always preferred his trumpeting to his singing. On this album you are treated to nothing but the trumpet, which happens to be my favorite instrument, also. Be good to yourself and buy this album as soon as possible! It will immediately become one of a handful of albums in life that finally says something to you, without uttering a single word.

The one and only Bill Evans, the genius jazz pianist / composer, sat in with Baker on the album. Paul Chambers is also present; probably the hardest working bassist in the business of his day, and flutist Herbie Mann plays on these tracks, also. Guitarist Kenny Burrell, baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams, drummers Philly Joe Jones and Connie Kay also back Chet up on these ballads.

Giant Steps
Giant Steps
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the album that leaps, April 17, 2007
This review is from: Giant Steps (Audio CD)
The 1960 release of Atlantic's `Giant Steps' was the first album featuring Coltrane performing all original compositions. Listeners become absorbed into the marvelous sheets of sound he belted out with such professional ease. Speedy execution and marksman-like precision brought Coltrane the envy of both his peers and fans. Sweeping solos spout from Coltrane's horn on here, accomplishing what a lesser musician plainly could not. `Giant Steps' races to the borders of harmony while the ballad `Naima' slows the mood down and heats things up. This CD version includes bonus alternate takes which Coltrane had rejected in favor of those featuring Tommy Flanagan.

Personnel for the tracks `Giant Steps', `Cousin Mary', `Countdown', "Spiral', `Syeeda's Song Flue' and `Mr. P.C.' on the original LP:

John Coltrane (ts), Tommy Flanagan (p), Paul Chambers (b), Art Taylor (d).

Personnel for the track `Naima' on the original LP:

John Coltrane (ts), Wynton Kelly (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d).

Many of the alternate takes that never made their way on the album feature Cedar Walton on piano and Lex Humphries on drums.
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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saxophone delight, April 15, 2007
Backed by the Oscar Peterson quartet on this 1959 Verve release, `Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster' is mandatory listening for jazz fans. Hawkins and Webster were two jazz saxophone ambassadors. This fairy-tale meeting of raw talent falls nothing short of spectacular. The album has been remastered at a 20-bit transfer with bonus alternate takes of "Blues for Yolande".

Track 1, "Blues for Yolande", is a bluesy jazz tune in stereo that you can really dig. Track 2 is a solemn, mellow bluesy tune called "It Never Entered My Mind". Track 3, "La Rosita", starts to a Latin rhythm with Hawkins and Webster amusing listeners with smooth and bouncy blows. Oscar Peterson kicks it off on track 4, "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To", with Hawkins and Webster kicking up a more swinging endeavor. "Prisoner of Love", track 5, is a satisfyingly quiet song perfect for a late night drink. Track 6, "Tangerine", is laid back and slicker than grease. "Shine on Harvest Moon", Track 7, puts on its Sunday best and marches down the avenue with a slow motion marching band. The remaining two tracks are a monaural version of "Blues for Yolande" and an incomplete take of the song, as well. A great album well worth the time and money.

Personnel: Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Herb Ellis (g), Roy Brown (b), and Alvin Stoller (d).

Trumpet Evolution
Trumpet Evolution
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, February 28, 2007
This review is from: Trumpet Evolution (Audio CD)
Cuban born Floridian Arturo Sandoval is one of the most nimble jazz trumpeters to be playing in the modern day. In the 1970s Sandoval befriended the legendary Dizzy Gillespie and toured Cuba and Europe with him. In the 1980s Sandoval sought political asylum from Castro's Cuba at the United Stated Embassy in Rome. This album of tributes is a wonderful bargain, featuring a wide spectrum of styles and standards played by a real master.

I love Sandoval's version of "Round' Midnight" to Miles Davis, inflecting that bluesy Davis sound with ghostlike precision. Nineteen tracks make this disc an unusually generous one, with superb sound quality and musical execution. A nice CD to own, to be sure.

The Impulse Story
The Impulse Story
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice intro, February 28, 2007
This review is from: The Impulse Story (Audio CD)
Archie Shepp became one of the leading names in the jazz avant-garde movement of the 1960s when he joined forces with Impulse Records. Shepp received his share of criticism during this time, both for his political convictions as well as for his progressive approach toward the jazz medium. Most of the controversy stemmed from his involvement in black freedom movements and his open admiration for Malcolm X.

Shepp's Impulse years feature some of his best music, featuring quite unusual readings of "Naima" and "The Girl from Ipanema". This CD offers a nice sampling from the mid 60s to early 70s, giving newcomers to Shepp a good place to start from. The sound quality is superb throughout on each of these tracks, making this disc a nice one to obtain if you want to get your feet wet with Shepp before jumping in the deep end.

DVD ~ Matthew Modine
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PTSD is real, February 25, 2007
This review is from: Birdy (DVD)
Main characters:

Al: Nicolas Cage

Birdy: Matthew Modine


"Birdy" tackles the complex issue of post traumatic stress following wartime, telling the story of two childhood friends damaged by the ills of war in Vietnam. Raised in the slums of Philadelphia, Birdy and Al were very close friends as teenagers before the war. The film begins with Al returning stateside in facial bandages, headed for a military hospital at the behest of a psychiatrist who believes Al may find a way to coax Birdy from a catatonic state.

The storyline drifts back and forth between the pair's childhood and the mental hospital, interspersed with flashbacks of the war. As the movie unfolds, we learn that Al just may need Birdy as much as or more than Birdy needs him. The movie takes an agonizing look at the emotional and physical trauma war can inflict on soldiers, and manages to portray the tragedy of PTSD with a silver-lining. A five-star movie with very good acting, directing and an ending which is sure to ask questions, "Birdy" is a wonderful addition to everyone's movie library.

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