Sir James MacMillan (b. 1959) - String Quartets - Royal String Quartet (2018) {Hyperion CDA68196}

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Sir James MacMillan (b. 1959) - String Quartets - Royal String Quartet (2018) {Hyperion CDA68196}

Sir James MacMillan (b. 1959) - String Quartets - Royal String Quartet (2018) {Hyperion CDA68196}
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© 2018 Hyperion Records | CDA68196
Classical / Contemporary Classical / Chamber Music / Strings

Scottish composer James MacMillan is known for big public works, some of them inspired by his Catholic faith. But he is also the composer of a good deal of chamber music, largely avoiding the Scottish traditional influences present in his other work. Some is more abstract than his choral and orchestral pieces, although the String Quartet No. 2 ("Why is this night different?"), recorded here, is inspired by a Jewish Passover Seder observance. Chronologically that's the middle of the three works on the album; the earliest one, Visions of a November Spring, was one of the pieces that made MacMillan's reputation in the early 1990s, and it introduces the contrasts of light and dark that run through many of his works.

Albert Ayler Quartet - European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (2016) {hatOLOGY 678}

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Albert Ayler Quartet - European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (2016) {hatOLOGY 678}

Albert Ayler Quartet - European Radio Studio Recordings 1964 (2016) {hatOLOGY 678}
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© 1964, 2016 HAT HUT Records | hatOLOGY 678
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Saxophone

Albert Ayler (1936-1970) was a jazz genius, whose story has the status of tragic myth – myth which, as often happens,is informed by truth. He pioneered free jazz on tenor saxophone, creating generations of disciples, beginning with John Coltrane. In his ecstatic soundworld, he forged connections between the furthest reaches of 60s avantgardism, and themusic's beginnings in New Orleans, re-igniting its creative impulses. But free jazz was never a commercially viableform: when Ayler died he had won some critical recognition, but none from the jazz public. 1964 was Ayler's annusmirabilis.

Ed Cherry Special Trio - Szósta po Południu (2015) {ForTune 0064 041}

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Ed Cherry Special Trio - Szósta po Południu (2015) {ForTune 0064 041}

Ed Cherry Special Trio - Szósta po Południu (2015) {ForTune 0064 041}
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© 2015 ForTune LLC | 0064 041
Jazz / Post Bop / Jazz Funk / Guitar

Considering that jazz guitarist Ed Cherry has worked with a number of well known leaders like Dizzy Gillespie, Big John Patton and Dr. Lonnie Smith, his records as a leader are few. A couple of months ago (April, 2015), I reviewed an amazing CD from Pheeroan AkLaff which featured Ed Cherry on guitar and we've sold more than fifty copies so far. This month (July, 2015) the ForTune label has released a rare trio effort from Mr. Cherry, backed by two fine Polish musicians, neither of whom I was previously familiar with.

Lionel Hampton All Star Band - Live At Newport '78 (1978) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-63}

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Lionel Hampton All Star Band - Live At Newport '78 (1978) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-63}

Lionel Hampton All Star Band - Live At Newport '78 (1978) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-63}
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© 1978, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6372
Jazz / Mainstream Jazz / Big Band / Swing / Vibes

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. Lionel Hampton was the first jazz vibraphonist and was one of the jazz giants beginning in the mid-'30s. He has achieved the difficult feat of being musically open-minded (even recording "Giant Steps") without changing his basic swing style.

Matching Mole (Robert Wyatt) - Matching Mole (1972) {2013 Columbia Japan Mini LP Blu-spec CD2 SICP 30321}

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Matching Mole (Robert Wyatt) - Matching Mole (1972) {2013 Columbia Japan Mini LP Blu-spec CD2 SICP 30321}

Matching Mole (Robert Wyatt) - Matching Mole (1972) {2013 Columbia Japan Mini LP Blu-spec CD2 SICP 30321}
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© 1972, 2013 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICP 30321
Rock / Art Rock / Experimental / Jazz Rock

Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Matching Mole features 2013 remastering and the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD players). Includes bonus tracks. The opening track, "O Caroline," is indicative of Wyatt at his best: art rock with a human face, a playful vocal, and soul. Much of the record is instrumental improvisation, though, with the humor largely confined to the song titles ("Instant Pussy," "Dedicated to Hugh, But You Weren't Listening").

David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove - Checkpoint (2016) {Table Pounding Records TPR-003}

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David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove - Checkpoint (2016) {Table Pounding Records TPR-003}

David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove - Checkpoint (2016) {Table Pounding Records TPR-003}
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© 2016 Table Pounding Records | TPR-003
Jazz / Klezmer / Funk Jazz / Clarinet

David Krakauer is considered to be one of the most singular clarinet virtuosos on the planet. But beyond that he brings a point of view to the table that is uniquely his own. Continuing on a path of constant self discovery, Krakauer introduces the music of his latest CD Checkpoint (Table Pounding Records). Krakauer, a category-defying instrumentalist, uses his cultural heritage as a powerful inspiration for his music, informing and enabling his stylistically compelling projects. His is a singular vision, encompassing the diverse worlds of classical, klezmer, avant jazz, funk and electronica.

Phil Woods Quintet - Live at the Deer Head Inn (2015) {Deer Head Records 005}

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Phil Woods Quintet - Live at the Deer Head Inn (2015) {Deer Head Records 005}

Phil Woods Quintet - Live at the Deer Head Inn (2015) {Deer Head Records 005}
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© 2015 Deer Head Records 005
Jazz / Post Bop / Mainstream Jazz / Saxophone

The Phil Woods Quintet's final recording on November 10, 2014 at the Deer Head inn with Bill Goodwin, Steve Gilmore, Bill Mays and Brian Lynch. If you are a Phil Woods fan (as I am), this album is essential; while the recordings took place not that long before Phil's death, and you can hear the evidence of his declining health, Phil is still Phil … and that means, that even with his health limitations, he is still masterful and this recording is a poignant tribute to his great career and legacy. The amazing trumpet playing of Brian Lynch is an added bonus; he really shines, and together, he and Phil … aw the whole quintet, really … make this album a not-to-be-missed gem!!

Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band - Always Forward (2018) {Alternate Side Records ‎ASR 010}

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Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band - Always Forward (2018) {Alternate Side Records ‎ASR 010}

Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band - Always Forward (2018) {Alternate Side Records ‎ASR 010}
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© 2018 Westdeutscher Rundfunk / Alternate Side Records | ‎ASR 010
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz / Modern Arrangement / Trombone

Trombonist, composer and arranger Marshall Gilkes released his first album with the Cologne-based WDR Big Band in 2015. Three years later, he delivers Always Forward, a follow-up recording that celebrates the big band sound, pays respect to the arrangers that have shaped and influenced him, and shines a much-needed light on where big band music is headed.

Charlie Parker - Intégrale Charlie Parker, Vol. 1, "Groovin' High", 1940-1945 (2010) {3CD Set Frémeaux & Associés FA1331}

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Charlie Parker - Intégrale Charlie Parker, Vol. 1, "Groovin' High", 1940-1945 (2010) {3CD Set Frémeaux & Associés FA1331}

Charlie Parker - Intégrale Charlie Parker, Vol. 1, "Groovin' High", 1940-1945 (2010) {3CD Set Frémeaux & Associés FA1331}
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© 1940-45, 2010 Frémeaux & Associés | FA 1331
Jazz / BeBop / Bop / Saxophone

Charlie ‘Yarbird’ Parker should need no introduction; recognised as one of the twentieth century’s true musical greats, he revolutionised saxophone playing in the forties. The recordings on these three CDs capture him in the very act, and additionally present jazz at a crucial time, when swing was shortly to give way to bebop, and when the blues could be played with a big band before r&b took over. Many of the recordings here were not made commercially - some are from radio broadcasts, some were made in concert, and a few, such as the fascinating opener, just Bird and his sax tackling ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ and ‘Body And Soul’, were never intended to be heard outside of the immediate circle.

Vivaldi - Concerti per archi III & Concerti per viola d’amore - Accademia Byzantina (2018) {2CD Set Naïve OP30570}

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Vivaldi - Concerti per archi III & Concerti per viola d’amore - Accademia Byzantina (2018) {2CD Set Naïve OP30570}

Vivaldi - Concerti per archi III & Concerti per viola d’amore - Accademia Byzantina (2018) {2CD Set Naïve OP30570}
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© 2018 Naïve Classique | OP 30570
Classical / Baroque / Viola / Strings

Certainly, there are the Four Seasons and all the violin concertos which are more famous and virtuosic than other works. But it is here, in his concertos for solo strings, that Antonio Vivaldi showcases his writing talent at its highest and purest level: concise, vivacious, deep and immediately emotional. A Vivaldi in the firmament, served here with passion and excellence by Accademia Bizantina.

Carlos Garnett - Cosmos Nucleus (1976) {Muse-Soul Brother CDSBCS70 rel 2014}

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Carlos Garnett - Cosmos Nucleus (1976) {Muse-Soul Brother CDSBCS70 rel 2014}

Carlos Garnett - Cosmos Nucleus (1976) {Muse-Soul Brother CDSBCS70 rel 2014}
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© 1976, 2014 Muse / Soul Brother Records / Passion Music | CD SBCS 70
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Spiritual Jazz / Soul Jazz / Saxophone

Carlos Garnett really finds his own sound here – and steps into a wonderful blend of funky riffs, spiritual styles, and more – all in one of the most ambitious albums he cut during the 70s! There's a really expansive blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation going on here – played by a large ensemble, but one that's got a nicely focused feel – a groove that really pushes the sound of Garnett's other records with its wide instrumentation, yet which still has all the punch and power of before!

Zes Vrouwelijke Componisten - Six Women Composers from the Netherlands (1991) {NM Classics 92018}

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Zes Vrouwelijke Componisten - Six Women Composers from the Netherlands (1991) {NM Classics 92018}

Zes Vrouwelijke Componisten - Six Women Composers from the Netherlands (1991) {NM Classics 92018}
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© 1991 NM Classics | 92018
Classical / Viennese School / Romantic / Early 20th Century / Contemporary Classical

This album collects instrumental, vocal, and chamber music by "six women composers from The Netherlands", to quote its subtitle directly. These works cover a span of about 160 years, and are presented in the chronological order of the composers' birth years. This CD is yet another example of how the now-sadly-defunct NM Classics label served the music of its country so well. This album comes recommended to those interested in Dutch music, and music by female composers.

Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81098 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)

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Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81098 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)

Jimmy McGriff - Black Pearl (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81098 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)
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© 1971, 2014 Universal Japan / Blue Note | BN 75th The Masterworks | TYCJ-81098
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Jazz Funk / Hard Bop / Organ

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and the latest 24bit 192kHz remastering. One of the most hard-hitting Jimmy McGriff albums of the 70s – a raw live date recorded in Newark – and a set that's a perfect bridge between the sharp soul of his Sue Records sessions and his later funk to come! The whole thing's got a gritty vibe the really recalls the sound of a Hammond combo in a small club back in the day – a sense of recording that's different than the usual Blue Note record, and we mean that in a good way! Future Groove Merchants Fats Theus and O'Donel Levy are both on the record – the former on tenor, the latter on guitar – and Jimmy gets plenty of room to really open up and soar on the Hammond. The group also features the lesser-known Ronald White on trumpet and Joseph Morris on alto – and titles include "In A Mellow Tone", "Groove Alley" and "Man From Bad" – and a nice cover of "Ode to Billie Joe"!

Shoes - Boomerang (1982) {Elektra-Black Vinyl Expanded BV18190-2 rel 1990}

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Shoes - Boomerang (1982) {Elektra-Black Vinyl Expanded BV18190-2 rel 1990}

Shoes - Boomerang (1982) {Elektra-Black Vinyl Expanded BV18190-2 rel 1990}
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© 1982, 1990 Elektra Records / Black Vinyl Records | BV18190-2 | Expanded
Rock / Power Pop

The third album on Elektra by the Shoes was an effort at self production, and sounds as good as any of their previous efforts. Seems "Boomerang" was Shoes as the Shoes understood themselves; melodic power-pop with buzzing guitars and rich harmonies. It's not the flawless masterstroke "Present Tense" or the fuzzed out speed ball of "Tongue Twister," it's still a darn good album. In fact, with the exception of "The Tube" and "Shake It Away," all the songs here are mini-masterpieces. "Summer Rain" rates as one of my fave Shoes songs, and "Mayday" and "What Love Means" are among the Shoes tunes that make me wonder why these guys never brokered a hit single. I'm also partial to the brooding "Tested Charms," a low key song about a flirt who is finding out her moment has passed.

Ivo Papasov and His Orchestra - Balkanology (1991) {Hannibal HNCD1363}

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Ivo Papasov and His Orchestra - Balkanology (1991) {Hannibal HNCD1363}

Ivo Papasov and His Orchestra - Balkanology (1991) {Hannibal HNCD1363}
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© 1991 Rykodisc / Hannibal Records | HNCD 1363
Jazz / Ethno Jazz / World Music / Clarinet / Bulgaria

One of the most revered musicians in Bulgaria, clarinetist Ivo Papasov is a master of Bulgarian wedding music. The superb and largely instrumental Balkanology draws not only on Bulgarian elements, but also the music of Greece, Turkey and Romania. Listening to this heartfelt music (much of it quite fast), one can hear the parallels between Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and East European forms.