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1. The Carnegie Hall Concert
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4. A Love Supreme
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5. MTO, Vol. 1
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6. Sound Grammar
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7. Critical Mass
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8. Mythologies
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9. Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul
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10. Mingus Ah Um
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11. Beyond the Wall
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12. At UCLA 1965
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13. Lontano
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20. Solo Piano

1. The Carnegie Hall Concert
by Ecm Records
Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 74
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bravo - I wish I were there.
I have been a fan of Keith Jarrett for a long time.I was even lucky enough to hear one of his live concerts in Milwaukee many years ago.Most people don't understand his groaning while he plays.They don't understand how he is in another place and plane when he performs his incredible improvisations.They don't understand or appreciate music that has feeling and soul.Being a musician myself, I can understand this - however, I have never achieved a level of technical ability that Keith Jarrett has.I can only dream of achieving something close in my lifeteime.Keith Jarrett is an inspiration to me and I wish there were more music in the world like his.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great concert...flawed presentation
I wholeheartedly agree with Christopher Vickery that the audience applause at the end of the tracks is excessive and annoying. I followed his advice and used Audacity to edit out that applause. Now I can get back to enjoying this beautiful performance.
5-0 out of 5 stars an absolutely radiant and powerful performance
As a longtime fan of Keith Jarrett, I've held "The Koln Concert" up high on a lofty pedestal as one of the truly inspiring recordings of all time.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Modern Creative    4. Pop    5. United States of America   


2. Metheny / Mehldau
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a dream pairing: Pat Metheny, the Baby Boomer guitar god whose musical palette embraces everything from Ornette Coleman to contemporary jazz, teams with pianist Brad Mehldau, the brooding Gen X prince of the piano on the verge of becoming himself.After admiring each other for years, they're now on the same label, and this dynamic duel extends their mutual admiration into a very personal and simpatico release that recalls the intimacy of that 1960s Jim Hall/Bill Evans masterpiece, Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars the Cover Art Says It: Two Flat Shades of Blue
I've purchased and listened to ALL of the previous recordings by both the principals of this recording. I've never found ANY of them irritating and annoying. But this recording I can't listen to more than 3 tracks. I may regret this review, and it may not be helpful to you, but all I hear is busy, busy, busy playing in a tiny, narrow range of texture, grooves, and expression. Sometimes with a recording, I instantly feel "what a great session". And sometimes I instantly feel, "what a misguided session". I may try to listen to it in the car or some different setting, I mean, I SHOULD be able to hear something here ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Eminently listenable
I note that the few critical reviews so far have said the music was not 'memorable' or blah...sorry guys, you just don't appreciate great music...they would have said the same for Mozart or whoever.
3-0 out of 5 stars Great names do not constitute a great album
Great names do not constitute a great album. This is almost always the case when two great musicians are trying to create music while ego problems, lack of the same background and lack of time brings a somewhat shallow music which seems "good" and "enjoyable" but at the end of the day, this CD (as much as many others which brought two talents together) will lay in the back of your private catalogue never to be heard again. This album is no different and it has listening time of about two weeks from now before it will be forgotten. Yes, this CD has its good minutes, the playing is really out of this world but this is really the only good thing that one can say about it. The ones who like Methney style, will continue purchasing all his never ending alike CD (which, for me, seem the same) while Mehldau' fans will wait for a new good art of trio music without the necessity of reading who much these two great musicians admire each other as customary writen in the nice booklet annexed to these kind of CD'. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Fusion    3. Jazz    4. Modern Creative    5. Pop    6. United States of America   


3. The Köln Concert
by Ecm Records
Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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Asin: B0000262WI
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A musical chameleon, pianist Keith Jarrett was at his finest when he recorded these sustained solo improvisations in a German concert hall in 1975, the first lasting 26 minutes, the second 40. Melodies and rhythmic figures arise fluidly from his fingers as he moves from one idea to another, while his strong left hand is often used for repeated motifs that generate a rolling hypnotic power. This couples with strongly consonant harmonies to impart the flavor of gospel music at times, dance musics and Debussy at others. Above all, it's Jarrett's ability to knit all of his moods and wanderings into an almost seamless tapestry of warm and tuneful ideas that gives this music its enduring appeal. Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Revisitng an old friend and seeing that they've aged....
I first bought this upon its original release and like many writers here was swept up by Jarrett's prodigious pianistic vocabulary and technique, improvisational stamina and potent romanticism. Now having listened to the complete concert for the first time in over twenty years I found my reactions--both emotional and aestethically--much less raputous than previously. While there is no doubt Koln represents a sustained improvisational accomplishment, I am much less forgiving of the passages throughout the concert that evidence harmonic sentimentality, self importance, self indulgence and aimlessness. There is still an undeniable beauty in many passages, an enviable synthesis of many pianistic traditions and real invention that comes in impressive waves but it is just as marked by the faults I heard as its triumphs. When I first heard it I got caught up in the cult of genius surrounding the record and by the audacity of the endeavor, but now I think I hear it more clearly--warts and all. No doubt it still has the capacity to "blow away" a listener who comes to it at a certain moment, but over time it blows me away less than it makes me wistful about a certain naivete I had back in the day.

5-0 out of 5 stars this is the one solo piano album...
If I had only one choice of solo piano album music to play for the remainder of my life, this one is it!
5-0 out of 5 stars Improvised live recording
This is Jarrett's most rewarding solo recordings, completely improvised without any prior planning and released as 2 LP set in 1975.
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Subjects:  1. Free Improvisation    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Modern Creative    5. Pop    6. Post-Bop    7. United States of America   


4. A Love Supreme
by Impulse Records
Audio CD (19 August, 2003)
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Asin: B0000A118M
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Original recording reissued
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2-0 out of 5 stars A BORE SUPREME...A BORE SUPREME...
I bought this CD.I listened to this CD.And then I listened again, and again...ad nauseum.I get jazz.I love jazz.I "get" spiritual jazz.This music is a load of crap.It is boring, goes nowhere, and I fail to see why, when so much brilliantly done spiritual oriented jazz has been created, one would rather kneel at the alter of such mediocrity.That Coltrane may have advanced the modal boundaries of jazz/sax does not a great (or even good, evidently) album make.Trance-inducing offerings by Szabo, Tjader, Byrd, Hubbard, Hancock, Hutcherson, Horn and many others actually DO achieve the accolades unrightfully heaped upon this monotonous drone of a squak, so forego the lip service paid this and pursue those players for genuinely moving soul food if you, too, are able to listen to the MUSIC with your ears, instead of the hype.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sound Supreme
Clearly influenced by his years free from heroin and alcohol, and his subsequent spiritual odysseys into Islam and other eastern orthodoxies, and his theretofore newfound sense of freedom to make music according to his own inspiration, A Love Supreme is unquestionably Trane's cleanest and most spiritual music. "Allah Supreme....Allah Supreme." Is that a refrain in A love Supreme? Well, that's a question for the ages, but it sure sounds right and I wouldn't bet against it. This is the Album....this is Trane! This album has long reigned as the supreme work in its genre.
5-0 out of 5 stars Should Be Required Listening in All High Schools

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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde    2. Avant-Garde Jazz    3. Bass    4. Free Jazz    5. Hard Bop    6. Jazz    7. Jazz Music    8. Modal Music    9. Pop    10. Post-Bop    11. Saxophone    12. United States of America   


5. MTO, Vol. 1
by Sunny Side
Audio CD (01 August, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 3051
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Hard to regard this as anything more than a novelty disc . . .
. . . and an often rather annoying one, at that.
5-0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM EVER!!!!!
A must-have for jazz lovers! Slide trumpeter and jazz bandleader Steven Bernstein's music is characterized by energy, exuberance, and passion. In "Darling Nikki," the melody starts quietly, with captivating plucks of the violin, then builds into a jazz explosion of horn harmonies and pounding drums. "Pennies from Heaven," "Cry Baby Cry," and "Happy Hour Blues" stretches music in new directions, taking the listener to new heights of pleasure.
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Subjects:  1. Experimental Big Band    2. Jazz    3. Modern Big Band    4. Modern Creative    5. Pop    6. Progressive Big Band   


6. Sound Grammar
by Sound Grammar
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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When so much jazz is recycled or reissued, a new Ornette Coleman album is cause for celebration. But Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A vital force in jazz
Of the few remaining legends in jazz, Ornette Coleman is the only one that doesn't record fairly often. Sonny Rollins had long running deal with Milestone before starting his own label, and Ornette has followed that route in starting his own imprint and releasing Sound Grammar, his first album in nine years and a recording of a concert from Germany in 2005 where he performed on alto saxophone, violin and trumpet with his son Denardo Coleman on drums, Gregory Cohen on bass, and Tony Falanga on bass. The music is classic Coleman with sweeping joyful arcs of alto on some reinterpretations of classics and a few new compositions.
5-0 out of 5 stars A welcome return.
For a moment in the mid-1990s, it looked as though Ornette Coleman, one of the visionaries of jazz, was entering a period of heightened activity-- no less than four albums were released in about 18 months and through his then-record label Harmolodic's partnership with Verve.Add to this several key reissues and it looked like a renaissance for Coleman-- but corporate mergers changed all this and the emphasis in jazz shifted from exploratory to "safe" and the seeming golden days of free jazz reissues and new Ornette Coleman albums came to a grinding halt.
5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!
6 stars would not be enough.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde    2. Avant-Garde Jazz    3. Jazz    4. Pop    5. United States of America   


7. Critical Mass
by Sunny Side
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000GNOSEU
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For years now, there has been no more proficient working band in jazz than the Dave Holland Quintet. Like such precursors as the Jazztet and the Jazz Messengers, it balances songcraft and improvisation with consummate ease. And the seasoned frontline of saxophonist Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks and vibraphonist Steve Nelson goes beyond the usual tag-team solos in engaging in complex time schemes and coloristic shifts, extending themes and partaking of overlapping lines. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Five Geniuses -- What Would You Expect
The Dave Holland Quintet, in this version, has been together for what I believe is almost ten years (with the substitution of Nate Smith for Billy Kilson).The history, respect, support and love shows through here.
5-0 out of 5 stars Vibrancy, memories, and tribute
The first new Dave Holland Quintet album in over three years, Critical Mass is steeped both in the jazz tradition and in the ideal of the "working band", an ensemble that performs and records together regularly. Each of the five musicians has contributed their own composition to this toe-tapping, flawlessly recorded album of vibrancy, memories, and tribute. The songs include The Eyes have It (7:00), Easy Did It (11:16), Vicissitudes (9:56), The Leak (5:42), Secret Garden (8:42), Lucky Seven (8:35), Full Circle (12:11) and Amator Silenti (9:17)
5-0 out of 5 stars Higher up and deeper in
The Dave Holland Quintet is among the best jazz outfits ever assembled, and Critical Mass tops anything they've achieved before.
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Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Modern Creative    4. Pop   


8. Mythologies
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (15 August, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Considerable time, thought and Guggenheim grant money went into the making of Patricia Barber's Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars simply stunning
I was introduced to Patricia Barber via the audiophile route as her cds
5-0 out of 5 stars Myth Barber triumphs!
This is the first Barber album that I felt inclined to listen to twice through on arrival.Some of her earlier work is "dark and moody" and you really have to be in the mood for it.This new one, although reprising a couple of previously released pieces, seems more coherent.And there is a lot of complication here, listen closely and you will hear many things.Interesting and musical, too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
I've played this CD at least once a day since the day it was released. At l e a s t once. The first time I was slightly surprised because this album is different from Patricia Barber's other works, but the surprise was far from being unpleasant.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Ballads    3. Contemporary Jazz    4. Jazz    5. Modern Creative    6. Pop   


9. Bill Frisell, Ron Carter, Paul Motian
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Bill Frisell created his own terrain when he first combined the doleful sounds of country music with the improvised dialogue of modern jazz. Those elements are in optimum balance here, an empathetic encounter that builds on the chemistry developed between Frisell and drummer Motian in the latter's trio. A corresponding bond with Carter is apparent from the opening "Eighty-one" (co-composed by the bassist for Miles Davis' classic E.S.P.), the trio showing a relaxed yet precise way with time and Frisell and Carter matching pitch bends. That string-band intimacy extends to Frisell's postmodern country as well, adding new and dark dissonances to "You Are My Sunshine," "Pretty Polly," and Hank Williams' "I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry," while the group’s approach to Thelonious Monk is just as fresh on "Raise Four" and "Misterioso." More than just another superjam, this is a genuine band, the three musicians subtly commenting on and amplifying one another's nuances, and creating subtle transitions between solos. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful
I think this album was poorly perceived by most that have written reviews.I had no expectations about what the sounds would be when I listened to it and that may be why I love this album.I'm very accustomed to all three players and I think they all show incredible musicianship.The arrangements are harmonically dense but ethereal.My friends that aren't even musicians have found this album to be very listenable.
3-0 out of 5 stars Fair - but don't start your Frisell collection here.
Somebody tell Frisell to get off the Trio fascination - and at least if you do - go with some firey guys.What happened to all the experimentation like on his "Before you were born" album...?

3-0 out of 5 stars Well played, but boring
All three of the musicians who make up this trio are very skilled musicians and each has at least a relatively successful career, but this album is rather boring in the end. Certainly, individualy each song is interesting. I like Frisell's wry style, I like Carter's usually relaxed, swung grooves, but every track sounds like the one right before and after it. Listening to the album, I really dug the opening track (the standard, Miles and Carter's 81) and looked forward to what would come next. Truth is, after that first track,the album doesnt really go anywhere, it stays in its rut. I, personally, did not have the patience to listen to what is in effect, really just an hour and four minute long single song. Im really surprised that such excellent musicians couldnt make more of this album. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Jazz    2. Modern Creative    3. Pop    4. Post-Bop   


10. Mingus Ah Um
Audio CD (16 February, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Mercurial bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus was signed to Columbia Records for the briefest of time during 1959. His Columbia recordings, however, remain some of the most inspired, mood-jumping jazz in history. The flowing sadness of "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" (unedited here for the first time on CD!) rings like a funeral chorus that pitches headlong into a celebration of Lester Young's life and improvising flexibility, rather than his death. And there's the funky furnace blast of "Boogie Stop Shuffle" (also unedited!), which reaches its glory with Booker Ervin's Texas tenor sax, wrapped tight in bluesy tone. With the index of emotions captured, these songs nail why Mingus is possibly the most relevant jazzer for the '90s generation. He swings and shouts and hollers and somersaults. His tunes either induce foot-stomping with their intensity or reach for poignant yearning with their lyrical tapestry of orchestral colors. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent album from the multifaceted Charles Mingus
This is the CD you should buy if you're new to Mingus. It came out during a highly creative period in his life, and contains some of his most memorable compostions. Ah Um may not be his most ambitious album or his best, but it is one of his most well rounded and diverse, showing many of the styles, quirks and facets that make Charles Mingus one of the top jazz composers of all time. And it's all laid out in easily digestable morsels, ie some of the songs were edited to make them more concise and able to fit on vinyl. Don't worry, the edits are not noticable. Is it bop? Is it post bop? Is it swing? Well, yes and no. Mingus looks not only to big bands, bebop, and hard bop circa 1959, but also gospel, spirituals, pre-jazz and the blues for inspiration. Ah Um is as diverse and eclectic as it is enjoyable. It points the way to the many directions Mingus was exploring or would explore in his later career. Ah Um is a wonderful look into the music of a great mind and is by turns angry, sad, tender, sarcastic, joyful and damn good. You can feel the passion.

5-0 out of 5 stars How speak of jazz without regard for Mr. Mingus
1 of 3-5 star lps- (see "Blues and Roots" and "Dynasty") issued by Mingus in 50's.All his own compositions, the song flow is unparalleled.No song can be called better than another, but, of course, we all favor some.Listen to his eloquent 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' Charlie's tribute to lester young.Check out 'Fables of Faubus; and think about.... CIVIL RIGHTS!Overwhelming opening funk/jazz piece "Better Git It In Your Soul"Mingus was certainly a master composer, creator, artist and a central link, between at most, 2 other great jazz composers.Buying this cd is a 'no brainer' for anyone of an age that knows what was, is and will be good for as long as we have ears.Companion cd is "Dynasty".The man who entitled his auto-biography "Beneath the Underdog" still gets way too little respect.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating and Revealing masterpiece
i always knew that Mingus was great...but it was not something that i could attest to through personal experience. i had seen the light that was Coltrane, Davis, Sun Ra, Dolphy...but Mingus' masterpieces somehow eluded me. probably due to the fact that i just simply did not take the time to check them out. well, i picked up Mingus Ah Um (finally)...and it all rang true. not only was this man an excellent bass player, but a true genius in composing. his music shines bright with a broad range of feeling and emotion. the righteous anger is present within the notes...anger that boiled hot over the shakey political/cultural climate of the times. but the music's fireis stoked by coals of passion and sincerity, jazz morphs into the blues and swings into melodies so alive and free that they can't be denied in their originality and greatness. i've been listening to this album only about 10 times and i'm still finding new things revealed to me with each spin. Mingus' vision grows deeper and more profound each time around. and there's so much more to explore and discover. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde    2. Bass    3. Hard Bop    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Pop    7. Post-Bop    8. Progressive Big Band    9. United States of America   


11. Beyond the Wall
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars OVER THE WALL AND ON TO WESTERN ASIA
From its opening "Calling", it is clear that the Asian influences present here have more to do with western Asia and Tibet than they do with anything overtly "Chinese" or Eastern or Southern Asia, as the cover art and most reviews seem to indicate. "Calling" is infused with an Islamic sensibility that might not be at all alien in Kazahkstan, Uzbekistan, and the further reaches of the Silk Road. There is an undeniable Coltrane influence in the plaintive call from the twin minarets of Pharaoh Saunders and Kenny Garrett, which gallops off across the steppes in "Beyond the Wall," clearly a homage to the transporting polyrhythms of McCoy Tyner. "Qing Wen" has some gorgeous vocalizations that would not be out of place in Pat Metheny context, and they are set off to powerfully spiritua; effect by the Tibetan chant that is at the heart of the "Realization." It's a remarkable joourney all the way to the impassioned fervour of "May Peace Be Upon Them," as clearly evocative of latter Coltrane as the opening "Calling," and bringing a spiritual whole to this remarkable collection.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
5 great jazz CD's have come out recently. This is one of them. As the first Amazon review said "this is a Coltrane inspired set." This is a great band playing at a very high level. A wonderful piece of music.
4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent mixed Bag
As a big fan of Garrett I looked forward to Kenny's latest after the excellent cd Standard of Language. What I got was a very excellent spiritual[think Love Supreme like]group of tunes in addition to a couple of annoying chant songs. Garrett plays wonderfully[as always] and is surrounded by the best supporting cast he's ever assembled. Mulgrew Miller on piano is wonderful and Pharoah Sanders is restrained in a good way. The real problem becomes the voices. As either backround harmonizing or outright "chanting" they don't work. I appreciate Kenny's recent spiritual awakening inspired by his trip to China. In fact both Calling[the opener] and May Peace Be Upon Them are darn near "Train-like". Five stars without the vocal Four stars with. But at over 70 minutes there's alot to like. Plus it's Kenny after all. Bold and an "almost classic". ... Read more

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12. At UCLA 1965
by Sunny Side
Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1634
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Out of chaos, a cohesive statement
We should all thank Sue Mingus for releasing the gems from the Mingus vault, and this one is a keeper. I gather from the chat that Mingus had been scheduled top play at the Moneterey Festival, but that his set got cut short. So he unrolls the whole thing here at UCLA. As always with Mingus there is a political and social subtext to the performance and in this case that reaches a very poignant peak with the closing "Don't Let It Happen Here." Before you get there though, and particularly on the first disc, there is a wild ride that seems completely out of control. You have Mingus introducing and backing up on comments as he goes along, there are false starts and deconstructed endings that leave you wondering what in the name of whoever is going on. The music is complex and difficult, and yet in the midst of whatever cataclysm is busrting, somehow the blues or swing breakout. It is an unbelievable ride. The focus increases on the second disc, but make no mistake about it, the compositions freely swing from free cacaphony to brilliant standard big band with a restless energy that gathers you in.
5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond superlatives
Last week was the 40th anniversary of a seminal event in jazz history. On September 25, 1965, composer/bassist/pianist Charles Mingus and his octet lumbered into a small auditorium on the UCLA campus to perform one of the open workshops Mingus became famous for. It was an event that allowed a select audience to watch a jazz master at work, struggling to make sense of the music in his head and lay a foundation for his group to interpret that music.
5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating journey into the creative process of an American genius.
"Mingus at UCLA 1965" is a remarkable document, possibly the most important music release of 2006, providing your criteria extend beyond mere audio quality and musical precision. This was not a concert but a Mingus "workshop," as he insisted on calling such affairs.Mingus wanted the audience to experience the creative process as much as the product. Consequently, to the extent that the recording omits visual information relevant to that process the accompanying notes in the form of Sue Mingus' elegant prose are arguably integral with the music on the two discs.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Bop    3. Jazz    4. Pop    5. Post-Bop    6. Progressive Big Band   


13. Lontano
by Ecm Records
Audio CD (29 August, 2006)
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Asin: B000GKH246
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars imagine the most beautiful ghosts
the most hauntingly beautiful music i've ever heard. it reaches deep into your soul and makes you weep with joy as well as sadness. every one should hear this music.

5-0 out of 5 stars The song remains the same
Imagine, if you can, being a young Polish schoolboy in the early 1970s, surrounded by daily radio fare of Chopin - Polkas - Soviet Army Marching Bands,and retreating into the world of Led Zeppelin, Yes and Pink Floyd.
2-0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy Without Listening First ..
i think tomasz stanko and this quartet are fantastic and the last two albums - soul & night - are great, great, great. stanko is my favorite trumpet player the the trio esp piano are hot and original. they are now defining jazz because the american musicians have not done anything in recent years. ecm is the hottest jazz label ever.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Jazz    3. Modern Creative    4. Modern Free    5. Pop   


14. Saudades
by Ecm Records
Audio CD (06 June, 2006)
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Asin: B000FA58KC
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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With the exception of Miles Davis's Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Tribute to Tony Williams

3-0 out of 5 stars A relative rating
Of course, this music is significantly better than most being recorded today. It is powerful and imaginative stuff. But compared to TWL who they are trying to homage, it lacks something. Scofield is a much different player than John McGlaughlin, whom I prefer. I feel their improvisations run too long and are very unfocused, which contrasts dramatically from TWL.

5-0 out of 5 stars smoking drums+guitar+keys trio by 3 masters
I picked this disc up tonight and am so happy about it.Scofield is one of my favorite guitarists, and his work on this release is fabulous.Of course Jack DeJohnette is one of the best drummers alive at this point in time, and Larry Goldings plays excellent hammond b3 and electric piano.The track listings above are not accurate, but that shouldn't matter - any fan of Lifetime, any of the 3 musicians, or jazz music in general would be happy with this release! ... Read more

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15. Artist in Residence
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000H3097E
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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When you're an early success in jazz, the temptation is to hunker down in the style that's earned you acclaim. Pianist Jason Moran will have none of that. While thriving on the edgy interaction of his terrific working trio, Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, he keeps reaching for new modes of expression, drawing upon sources as varied as Italian film themes, Turkish language rhythms and hip-hop. This time, he cuts loose behind smartly sampled commentary by conceptual artist Adrian Piper and waxes lyrical on a ballad featuring the operatic voice of his wife Alicia Hall Moran. Taken from works commissioned by institutions including the Walker Arts Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous masterwork
"Breakdown misunderstanding, breakdown the artist", a looped refrain from African American philosopher/artist Adrian Piper, is the opening to jazz pianist Jason Moran's new album Artist in Residence. Piper's metaphor is a theme throughout Moran's seventh work for Blue Note Records.
5-0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly, mind-bogglingly brilliant
A few random observations, because I'm so blown away by this disc that I'm not sure I can write anything coherent.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Despite mixed reviews in publications, this album is absolutely mesmerising.There is something for everyone in this album; whether it's the song about the culture of America (Break Down) or the inspired national anthem (Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing), every song has the kind of genius ideas that we've come to expect of Jason Moran.Also, Cradle Song is a nice touch, a tribute to his mother, who recently passed away. ... Read more

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16. Bitches Brew
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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Asin: B00000J7SS
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The revolution was recorded: in 1969 Read more

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  • Extra tracks
  • Original recording reissued
  • Original recording remastered

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4-0 out of 5 stars good, but not the best
I bought this CD along with IN A SILENT WAY, and KIND OF BLUE.I felt this was the best of the 3 CD's I bought.However, I personally don't think it is all that great.I also have AMANDLA by Miles and that is my favorite CD by him.Maybe I am not a jazz purest or something, but to me that CD lets you hear how truly great Miles was.For some reason, finding AMANDLA on Amazon is a chore.If you search Miles Davis audio, it does not show it, so you have to type in the CD title.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This album is just brilliant!
3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars. Try to find it used.
Okay, first off I'm not some jazz purist spouting out about how Bitches Brew ruined jazz. I'm a fan of both rock and funk, both reasons why I bought this one in the first place (I also love Miles, or at least his late-50's work). Having heard all the rave reviews, I was in constant search of a copy of Bitches Brew in my pricerange, but it was always slightly over. That is, until I found a seventeen dollar copy used. Seeing that I was saving $10, I bought it, heavily anticipating the results. I gave it a spin. I was disappointed.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde    2. Drums    3. Fusion    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Jazz-Rock    7. Pop    8. Trumpet    9. United States of America   


17. Live in Tokyo at the Blue Note
by Sunny Side
Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000HIVQIA
Sales Rank: 3503
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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  • Live

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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
In December of 1976, Charles Mingus and his quintet performed a series of concerts in Tokyo playing a stripped down version of big band arrangements by Mingus, and of those he admired. Thirty years later, the fourteen piece band that keeps the Mingus name as a legacy performed in Tokyo, playing fully orchestrated versions of the songs Mingus' quintet offered Japanese audiences a generation beforehand. Live In Tokyo is a document of this return engagement.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Big Bands    3. Bop    4. Jazz    5. Pop    6. Post-Bop    7. Progressive Big Band   


18. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music
Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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Asin: B000050HVG
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This five-CD box set soundtrack to filmmaker Ken Burns's 10-part, 19-hour documentary Read more

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  • Box set
  • Original recording remastered

Subjects:  1. Afro-Cuban Jazz    2. Avant-Garde    3. Avant-Garde Jazz    4. Ballads    5. Big Band    6. Bop    7. Box Sets (Audio Only)    8. Classic Female Blues    9. Classic Jazz    10. Cool    11. Crossover Jazz    12. Dance Bands    13. Dixieland    14. Free Jazz    15. Fusion    16. Hard Bop    17. Jazz    18. Jazz Blues    19. Jazz Collections    20. Jazz Music   


19. My Favorite Things
by Atlantic / Wea
Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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Asin: B000002I53
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This 1960 recording was a landmark album in John Coltrane's career, the first to introduce his quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones and the first release on which he played soprano saxophone. It also provided him with a signature hit, as his new group conception came together wonderfully on the title track. It's an extended modal reworking in 6/4 time that brought the hypnotic pulsating quality of Indian music into jazz for the first time, with Coltrane's soprano wailing over the oscillating piano chords and pulsing drums. The unusual up-tempo version of Gershwin's "Summertime" is a heated example of Coltrane's "sheets of sound" approach to conventional changes, while "But Not for Me" receives a radical harmonic makeover. This is an excellent introduction to Coltrane's work. Read more

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  • Original recording reissued

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5-0 out of 5 stars JOHN COLTRANE -MY FAVORITE THINGS
A classic, I'm happy to have in my collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection in sound
The title track, "My Favorite Things" is a lovely musical journey into the mind of a master. With Coltrane re-working the theme from The Sound of Music and McCoy Tyner lending audible gold on the keys, the song is a gem.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Coltrane in conventional terms
Coltrane, Davis, Tyner, and Jones went into the studio for a week and came out with material for three albums."My Favorite Things" is the standards album."Coltrane's Sound" is the originals album (pretty good), and "Coltrane Plays The Blues" is the blues album.
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Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Cool    3. Hard Bop    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Modal Music    7. Pop    8. Post-Bop    9. Standards    10. United States of America   


20. Solo Piano
Audio CD (07 August, 1989)
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Asin: B0000026Y4
Sales Rank: 1957
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars came for Starbuck - stayed for the excellent music
Amazing music, terrific piano.Really really cool.
5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is a wonderful CD filled with enchanting music! You will not be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Mesmerizing.....
I never knew Minimalist music can sound so sentimental on piano. The simple use of consonant chords, as in Pop music, can soothe your mind and submerge you into the world of music. The constant arpeggiations in 'Mad Rush' and the second movement of 'Metamorphisis' are especially dazzling. If you like simple piano music, then you'll probably love this album. If there's any score for these music, why might as well play it? ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Music    5. Keyboard    6. Keyboard Work with Descriptive or Unclassified Title    7. Minimalism    8. Modern Composition    9. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio   


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