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Trio in Tokyo (Newly Expanded Edition)
Trio in Tokyo (Newly Expanded Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars No weaknesses at all, December 18, 2010
First-class set by a group of first-rate musicians. The recording is near-perfect and the groove infectious. At more than 70 mins long, great value for money as well. All in all, nothing to complain about!

Third Round
Third Round
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album - but too short!, December 15, 2010
This review is from: Third Round (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic jazz album, different from most other ECM releases because of its up-tempo beat and very accessible tunes. As such, it should appeal to a wide range of music lovers, not just fans of Katche's understated drumming.

However, in a day and age when it's possible to cram around 75 minutes onto a CD, this one at 44 minutes is way too short. Yes I know 44 great minutes is much more preferable to 75 mins of crap and yes, it's all about quality not quantity, but that's me. I like to think I'm getting value for money when I fork out my hard-earned $$ for CDs in today's downloadable age and to me, 44 mins doesn't quite cut it.

That's why I've taken one star off my review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, December 14, 2010
This review is from: Neighbourhood (Audio CD)
Typical ECM fare this - a sparse, slow tempo recording where the instruments have plenty of space to breathe. Although on paper this is a Manu Katche CD, in practice it's the rest of the band that take centerstage with Katche happy to play a mainly supporting role. If I had to summarize this album, I'd describe it as "friendly, listenable jazz that could easily serve as background music or would reward concentrated listening''.

It's good but because it doesn't break new ground, it ain't great.

In Full Cry
In Full Cry
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars In Full Cry? Yes, you will be after listening to this tosh!, December 7, 2010
This review is from: In Full Cry (Audio CD)
I'm a huge fan of ECM's music - sparse arrangements, gentle melodies and overall slower pace. And I understand that improvisation plays a big part in jazz. But after 20 minutes of listening to people essentially tuning their instruments with no melody, no pace and no rhythm, I gave up. All I could hear were honks and screeches, interspersed with thumps on what passes for a drum. Maybe the good stuff starts at minute 21, who knows? Frankly I don't care. I'm too busy living up to the title of this piece of junk - shedding tears in full cry for having wasted good money.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More uptempo pieces would be welcome, November 19, 2010
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This review is from: January (Audio CD)
Typical ECM fare this - gentle, sparse piano playing with subtle bass and drum accompaniment. Many before me have compared this with the stuff put out by the Keith Jarrett Trio and yes, although Jarrett is probably the better piano player, at least Wasilewski doesn't have Jarrett's annoying habit of singing along while playing (in a hugely irritating falsetto to boot).

Having said that, the tracks are mainly slow and moody - great for an unobtrusive background listen but you'll not find anything particularly memorable here. A few uptempo pieces would not have gone amiss;though what rescues this cd from descending into mediocrity is that the tunes are at least reasonably listenable and catchy. Minus one star for the lack of tempo variety; at 70 mins, it offers decent value for money.

Made the Harbor
Made the Harbor
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple, bare-bones recording - but it's too short, September 23, 2010
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This review is from: Made the Harbor (Audio CD)
Three voices and an acoustic guitar. No, it's not quite Crosby, Stills & Nash but Mountain Man's three female vocalists still manage to deliver a decently entertaining and listenable album (if somewhat annoying to some reviewers because of the recording hiss).

But I'm disappointed with the fact that the album comes in under 40 mins long, in a day and age when CDs can accomodate up to 75 mins worth of music. Yes I know 40 mins (closer to 36 in this case, I think) of quality music is infinitely preferable to 75 mins of garbage but I do believe that value for money does play some part in some people's purchase decisions.

Minus 2 stars then.

Smoke Signals
Smoke Signals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant jazz!, September 17, 2010
This review is from: Smoke Signals (Audio CD)
British saxophonist Greg Lyons has delivered a truly enjoyable jazz album that should delight all lovers of sax-based (and also piano-based) ensemble jazz. The tunes are bouncy, with plenty of infectious rhythm and melody. To top it off, the recording is superb. If you like stuff by Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended!

Murder in Mesopotamia: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
Murder in Mesopotamia: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)
by Agatha Christie
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her better efforts - very very implausible solution, May 10, 2010
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AC's mysteries usually end with readers kicking themselves for not having seen the clues that point to the murderer. In this case, the solution is so far-fetched that it beggars belief. The only redeeming feature is that the murder was committed in a fairly ingenious manner. But all in all, the only kicking you'll be doing is on yourself for having wasted ten bucks and around 4-5 hours of your reading time.

True Norwegian Black Metal
True Norwegian Black Metal
by Johan Kugelberg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $40.61
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great images but the indexing could be better, December 30, 2009
I found this book to contain fascinating images of the black metal scene in Norway, a rich country that oddly, has more than its fair share of disenchanted and rebellious youth. As the author points out in the intro, if you were to rely solely on welfare in Norway, you'd still get around US$35,000 a year - not too shabby for doing nothing and being unemployed. And yet the country has a burgeoning death/black metal(it's the same to me) scene, full of unhappy, angst-riddled people who have completely rejected mainstream society and religion. Hard to understand but fascinating nonetheless.

My only gripe is that the photos are described at the end of the book numerically but the numbers don't appear on each page, thus making it difficult to figure out what or who is in the individual photos. But overall, a worthwhile buy for anyone interested in this genre of music.

Jazz for the Deaf
Jazz for the Deaf
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jazz-rock masterpiece!, November 30, 2009
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This review is from: Jazz for the Deaf (Audio CD)
Guitar fans are in for a real treat - the playing on this album is a first-rate fusion of Steve Vai and his late mentor, Frank Zappa. Yet it isn't all shredding for the sake of showing off, the songs are tuneful and melodic and as such, should appeal to most music fans. If you like bands like Spiral Architect, Andromeda, Dream Theater and Beardfish, this album's for you.
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