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    1. Mingus Ah Um
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    2. The Best of the Gipsy Kings
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    3. Talking Timbuktu
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    4. Songs That Got Us Through WWII
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    5. The Very Best of John Coltrane
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    6. The Hot Fives & Sevens
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    7. Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz
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    8. Capitol Collectors Series: Louis
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    9. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of
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    10. Midnight In The Garden Of Good
    11. Louis Armstrong - All-Time Greatest
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    12. Let's Dance! : The Best Of Ballroom
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    13. The Blues and the Abstract Truth
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    14. The Bridges Of Madison County:
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    15. Fabulous Swing Collection
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    16. Great Records Of The Decade: 40's
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    1. Mingus Ah Um
    Audio CD (16 February, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000I14Z
    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

    Features

    • Original recording reissued
    • Original recording remastered

    Reviews (45)

    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   


    2. The Best of the Gipsy Kings
    by Nonesuch
    Audio CD (28 March, 1995)
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    Asin: B000005J38
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Hailing from the Reyes and Baliardo Gypsy families, this ensemble from the south of France has been playing "rumba flamenca" since the late 1980s.With this 1995 compilation, the songwriting talent and virtuosity this unique group possesses were gathered together in one comprehensive CD. Notable inclusions are the anthemic hit "Bamboleo," from their debut, Read more

    Reviews (61)

    5-0 out of 5 stars best
    This waseverything that I was looking for. The album has all the songs that I wanted - only well known songs.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Gipsy Kings
    In general the product is fine, including packaging. However I feel that the sound is not very good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars super cd
    I play it over and over and over - it is great music for getting you into a wonderful and happy mood!!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Contemporary Flamenco    2. Europe    3. Flamenco    4. Gypsy    5. Latin Music    6. Latin Pop    7. Pop    8. World Fusion    9. Worldbeat   


    3. Talking Timbuktu
    by Hannibal
    Audio CD (29 March, 1994)
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    Asin: B00000062H
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    Subjects:  1. Africa    2. African Folk    3. Int'l & World Music    4. Mali    5. Pop    6. Rock/Pop    7. World Fusion    8. World Music   


    4. Songs That Got Us Through WWII
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (16 March, 1990)
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    Asin: B0000032SP
    Sales Rank: 744
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (11)

    4-0 out of 5 stars mdp
    a surprising delight.the fuzziness of the technology that these gems were originally recorded is not too distracting.I found myself singing along.if you like nostalgic music you will fully enjoy this offering.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    I love this CD! It has all those great romantic songs from the 40's era that are so popular.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Songs that got us through WWII
    There is a good variety of "World War II" popular songs by several artists. Some, like the song "Idaho" are not readily found in other collections. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 40's    2. Easy Listening    3. Harmony Vocal Group    4. Jazz    5. Nostalgia    6. Pop    7. Popular Music    8. Show Tunes    9. Swing    10. Traditional Pop    11. Vocal Jazz    12. Vocal Pop   


    5. The Very Best of John Coltrane
    by Atlantic / Wea
    Audio CD (15 February, 2000)
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    Asin: B000046PVI
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    With his inexhaustible technique, trademark sound, and limitless imagination, tenor and soprano saxophonist John Coltrane was one of jazz's most dominant musicians. This collection covers his important Atlantic Records sessions recorded from 1959 to 1960 (chronicled in their entirety on Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A mellowed out masterpiece
    I am a music listener. I can listen to a large range of different styles. Even though majority of my reviews are in reference to Hip Hop and slamming Hip Not music. There are times where I don't want to hear MOP, Cormega or maybe UGK or Alice In Chains.
    4-0 out of 5 stars What's to say about the legendary Coltrane
    This greatest hits collection is really outstanding. Coltrane is sheerly brilliant with the Sax. He can literally do things nobody else can with that thing. This proves that with every track. But before purchasing this, decide whether you just want the basics, or if you really want to delve into his musical deepness. If you don't have the time and money, just pick up this album and you're pretty much set. But an ever expanding collection is a good collection.
    5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful if only they could put more on!
    ok this is a great album with tons of my fav's, but where is lush life, villa, beautiful ballad, soul eyes, Blue Trane, autumn leaves, someday my prince will come, and on green dolphin street!? I spose that they couldnt fit everythang, but there is more to this inredible legend than this cd has. Why do I love John Coltrane. John Coltrane plays music that describes life - complicated. His music is complicated, dificult, beautiful, and powerful. This is a description of life. His music describes music more acurately than anything I have ever heard. And that is why I love the legendary John Will I Am Coltrane more than any other musician I have or probably will ever hear . ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Free Jazz    2. Hard Bop    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Modal Music    6. Pop    7. Post-Bop    8. Standards   


    6. The Hot Fives & Sevens
    by Jsp Records
    Audio CD (26 October, 1999)
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    Asin: B00001ZWLP
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Between 1925 and 1929, Louis Armstrong created one of the first great bodies of work in jazz. While he worked regularly as a soloist with big bands, he began his career as a leader with the first all-star studio group in jazz, the Hot Five. The other four musicians were Armstrong's wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, on piano; Johnny Dodds on clarinet; Kid Ory on trombone; and Johnny St. Cyr on banjo. The music's first great soloist, Armstrong was reshaping jazz by sheer improvisational magic, gradually diminishing the role of the traditional New Orleans ensemble with the clarion brilliance of his trumpet. Possessing an uncanny blend of exuberance and creativity, he combined virtuosic declarations with a talent for the subtlest shifts in phrasing and melodic variation, creating rich emotional statements that could hint at loss in the midst of joy or the promise of better things in the most sorrowful blues. The band expands here, to the Hot Seven and larger ensembles, and it gains soloists who applied Armstrong's lessons to their own instruments--musicians such as pianist Earl Hines and trombonist Jack Teagarden--but all come under the imprint of Armstrong's flowering genius, as both trumpeter and singer.Read more

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    • Box set

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The most important body of work ever recorded!!
    This set is essential for anyone who cares about music!What Louis Armstrong did here was pure genius and changed the course of music and every recording to follow.It was in these recording that we see how great jazz can be, and it also gives us the first hint of what a great vocalist Armstrong was.The entire group was amazing including Johnny Dodds, the Louis Armstrong of the clarinet.You do not have a music collection if these recordings are not in it!!A MUST OWN.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sound quality is outstanding!
    I can't offer a highly educated opinion about early jazz compared to more informed reviewers, but I have listened to an enormous variety of early jazz recordings. I have never heard recordings of this vintage sound so good. The sound engineer isn't merely gifted; he's a genius. These remastered recordings have greater depth than many contemporary recordings. I'll be checking out what else this lesser-known record label has to offer. I concur with other reviewers: I can't imagine anyone buying this boxed set being disappointed with their purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Hot Fives & Sevens
    The Louis Armstrong Hot Fives & Sevens recordings are justly considered classics.What an amazing experience to realize that you are hearing this jazz master (and others) as he/they sounded in the late 1920's.Recording technology at the time certainly created some limitations:mainly background noise, and speed--the old disks spun at 78 RPM, which meant that you could only put 3-4 minutes of music on a side.I would bet that these remastered recordings on CD sound a lot better than the originals.You will enjoy them!Frank Paine ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Classic Jazz    3. Dixieland    4. Jazz    5. Jazz Music    6. Jazz Traditional    7. New Orleans Jazz    8. Pop   


    7. Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974
    by Buda Musique
    Audio CD (06 October, 1998)
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    Asin: B00000DDMB
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Largely the work of formidable musician-arranger Mulatu Astatqe, the 14 instrumentals here were originally issued on two LPs in 1972 and 1974 in Ethiopia, and represent a curious blend of soul-jazz and R&B with just a smattering of Ethiopian roots breaking up the stabbing horn lines, wah-wah guitars, and simmering electric piano. Curious, because at the time jazz was not very popular in Ethiopia, but that is no reflection on the quality of these primitively recorded sides of idiosyncratic Afro-funk. The grooves are long and laconic, the sound reminiscent of Miles Davis's "In a Silent Way" paired with Cannonball Adderly and Roy Ayers. But, as with all things Ethiopian, the music retains its own unique and unmistakable identity, one somewhere between a late-night jazz hole-in-the-wall group and a supper club belly-dancing combo. There are some very inventive arrangements and vigorous soloing, rendering a highly articulate and listenable music that was, at the time, doomed to go nowhere. Such is the retrospective value of reissues. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a pleasure every time
    This is powerful, mystical, ancient, ethereal, psychedelic stuff, wrapped in the raw familiar shapes of jazz, blues, funk, and pop. The horn melodies are dark and hypnotic, punctuated by guitar tones ranging from raw and distorted to reverb wah-wah, joined by electric piano, flute, and various percussion. I love most of the pieces, I think I realized around track #4 that this was special. And listen to track 5, the horns kick it off for the first 2 seconds, then they go away until a sax comes in at 1:22 and plays for awhile as the rhythm just pounds away in the background, finally the horns rip back in at 2:20 and keep at it until the end with a great repeating riff. The last track even approaches a sort of Stooges 'LA Blues'.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Where have these guys been all mylife.
    I got this CD after viewing Broken Flower, the movie. I loved the soundtrack and went to Amazon to find the CD. They helpfully showed me the Ethiopiques CD, and I liked their cuts on the movie soundtrack, so I thought I'd take a chance. Everyone I play it for wants to know more about them. I know very little, but love everything on this CD. I will definitly try more of their stuff. My daughter says, "this music makes me happy."

    1-0 out of 5 stars Great music, bad quality
    This album has a great selection of music, but the recording quality is very bad. Try to listen to it before you buy it ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Africa    2. African Jazz    3. Afro-Pop    4. Ethiopia    5. Ethiopian    6. Ethnic    7. Int'l & World Music    8. Pop    9. V/a Compilations    10. World Fusion    11. World Music   


    8. Capitol Collectors Series: Louis Prima
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (21 May, 1991)
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    Asin: B000002UWF
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    Band leader and lounge kingpin Louis Prima will be best be known for the classic, "Just a Gigolo," immortalized by David Lee Roth for a whole new generation of swingers. But Prima's output went much further: in his day he recorded for Capitol, acted in a movie or two, even owned a golf course. Prima's genius is infectious: lounge, swing, and Dixieland all fuse together into medleys that are fun, dance-worthy, and upbeat. Prima's duets with Keely Smith are the obvious highlights here: "That Ol' Black Magic," "Hey Boy! Hey Girl!," and "I've Got You Under My Skin" are essential Prima tracks. Sure, the cheese factor occasionally runs high, but it is a fun trip. --Read more

    Subjects:  1. Dixieland    2. East Coast Blues    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Jazz Vocals    6. Jump Blues    7. Pop    8. R&B    9. Swing    10. Traditional Pop    11. United States of America    12. Vocal    13. Vocal/Standards   


    9. 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   


    10. Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
    by Warner Bros / Wea
    Audio CD (18 November, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002NJF
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This Clint Eastwood vanity-project was one of the biggest box office disappointments of 1997, despite a masterful performance by Kevin Spacey, Eastwood's typically subtle direction and, to these ears anyway, one of the most satisfying collections of songs gathered in service of a film in many a year. It didn't hurt that they were all penned by the late, great Johnny Mercer (a native of Savannah, GA, the film's locale and most crucial, underrated element) and with the exception of Tony Bennett's "I Wanna Be Around" and Sinatra's classic "Summer Wind," were rendered by an all-star team of jazz players (Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joshua Redman, Kevin Eubanks, Christian McBride among them) and an impressive line-up of vocalists including k.d. lang, Paula Cole, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, Alison Krauss, Diana Krall, and Kevin Mahogany. Eastwood has long been a jazz devotee and, in recent years, eager proselytizer; this album plays like a love letter to one of his most beloved musicians and composers. Read more

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    • Soundtrack

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is an Absolutely Beautiful Album
    I can not begin to tell you how much my girlfriend and I enjoy the music on the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.It is an incredibly beautiful experience.Even Clint Eastwood and Kevin Spacey admirably perform a couple of Johnny Mercer's less demanding songs."Skylark" by K. D. Lang will simply take your breath away.I am at this very moment listening to Tony Bennett's"I Wanna Be Around."This collection of songs should be on your shelf.Five stars?I wish I could give it more.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Midnight In The Garden of Evil: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picturer
    What a wonderful collection of Johnny Mercer's music.Many of my favorite songs, Autumn Leaves, Skylark, Days of Wine and Roses, Laura as well as being sung by fabulous singers such as Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Kevin Spacey.This music is truly " Too Marvelous For Words"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Soundtrack
    If you like classic ballad style jazz tunes, then this is a must for your collection - written by the late great Johnny Mercer, who won many Grammys and Oscars for his musical scores.
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    Subjects:  1. Pop    2. Soundtrack    3. Soundtracks    4. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


    11. Louis Armstrong - All-Time Greatest Hits
    Audio CD (10 May, 1994)
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    Asin: B000002ORZ
    Sales Rank: 4590
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars The popular tracks
    Many greatest hits compilations by current bands are worthwhile because they owed their success to radio and their best work was released to radio. "Greatest hits" does not always equate with "best of" and this compilation is an excellent example of that. Many of these songs I truly enjoy. Do many songs better than "What A Wonderful World" exist? The man owns "Hello Dolly" and "Mack the Knife," and "La Vie en Rose" is a timeless, beautiful song. However, it is difficult to fathom songs such as "Skokiaan," "The Dummy Song" and "Chloe" were ever hits. They aren't especially good songs and I assume MCA included them because they lacked rights to better material. I agree with the reviewers, who have directed readers to other Satchmo releases. In addition to those recommendations, the one I would suggest is the "Jazz `Round Midnight" series release, simply titled "Louis Armstrong." "All-Time Greatest Hits" isn't a terrible CD, though it does not give a non-fan an idea of just how great some of Mr. Armstrong's music is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
    This cd has all my favorites! I love Louis, and all his cheesy, but happy songs. It's good car music, and backround music for when your working or eating. I LOVE IT!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Cookie Cutter Commercial
    I have not listened to this CD. I must agree with another reviewer that Satchel Mouth is one of our lasting cultural icons. There's no need to talk about his-- I was about to say "mastery of the music," but it's more about soul than mastery. The music was just there. My comments have to do with the music selection. These cuts are his greatest hits all right, they're pleasant and enjoyable etc. They are AM Radio Hits on a Disc! If you love Louis' music, I encourage you to call up "Ambassador Satch" and listen to a few of those cuts, too. That music or his "W.C. Handy" disc and some others tell the tale of his music better than Mack the Knife, much as I--and you, no doubt--enjoy it. Give them a spin and enjoy the real roots of Louis. Even the re-mastered "Original Hot Five" and "Hot Seven" discs--cut in the 20s--are great. You might like these "not for everybody" less commercial discs even better! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classic Jazz    2. Dixieland    3. Jazz    4. Jazz Music    5. Jazz Traditional    6. New Orleans Jazz    7. Pop    8. Swing    9. Traditional Pop    10. Vocal Jazz   


    12. Let's Dance! : The Best Of Ballroom Foxtrots & Waltzes
    by Rhino / Wea
    Audio CD (11 November, 1997)
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    Asin: B000003449
    Sales Rank: 1437
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Foxtrot Fun
    My husband and I really enjoyed this CD. We're ballroom beginners and have trouble finding music to practice to. This CD has great songs (with singing - neither one of us cares for the "instrumental" versions of popular songs) and it allows us to practice dancing to a variety of tempi.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great collection of music!
    If you are looking for a collection of standards that are by the origional artists, this is a great CD!I'm dissapointed how many collections are out there where the music is watered down versions that sound much like elevator music.This collection should definitely be apart of yours.It's great to finally be able to dance to the origionals that made the dancing popular to begin with.I should point out that this isn't a collection of greatest hits, but it shouldn't be overlooked.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Let's Dance!: The Best of Ballroom foxrrots and waltzes
    Loved the format, it gave several dances in a row with the same dance.Great for practice. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Ballroom Dance    2. Big Band Collections    3. Instructional / Educational    4. Pop    5. Popular Music    6. Standards    7. Traditional Pop    8. Vocal Jazz    9. Vocal Pop   


    13. The Blues and the Abstract Truth
    by Grp Records
    Audio CD (15 August, 1995)
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    Asin: B000003N7E
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Oliver Nelson had recorded several sessions for Prestige when the fledgling Impulse! label gave him the opportunity to make this septet date in 1961. The result was a rare marriage between an arranger-composer's conception and the ideal collection of musicians to execute it. The material is all based somehow on the blues, but Nelson's structural and harmonic extensions make it highly varied, suggesting ballads, hoedowns, and swing. The band is one of those groupings that seem only to have been possible around 1960, a roster so strong that the leader's name was actually listed fourth on the cover. Nelson shares the solo space with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, alto saxophonist and flutist Eric Dolphy, and pianist Bill Evans, while bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Roy Haynes contribute support and baritone saxophonist George Barrow adds depth. In stark contrast to Dolphy's brilliant, convulsive explosions, Nelson's tenor solos are intriguingly minimalist, emphasizing a tight vibrato and unusual note choices. It's not quite Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Diamonds on velvet
    All the previous reviewers have just said it all about this album, but nevertheless I want to pay my tribute to one of the greatest album in Jazz too. Firstly I want to say that this is truly essential if you are steppin' into Jazz (if you are a Jazz fan you surely know this gem). Probably it is the first album I would suggest to a novice after Kind of blue. The first tune alone, the majestic minor blues Stolen Moments is worth the ticket. Simply buy this disc, there's nothing more to say. It's a work of art that can appeal to everyone who has a music sensibility, no matter the age, the sex, the race. Buy it. But after that what can I say more that some guys haven't said before? This album is in the category of albums that match compositions and improvisations in the best way. It is very balanced, incredibly well written and played hard bop strongly rooted in the blues. It's pure magic. But let's talk about the musicians and their contributions here. Personally I find absolutly sublime the music played by Hubbard. His trumpet solos here are something that have the right to enter the Alltime Jazz Hall of Fame. And obviously I can't not to mention Bill Evans. And I want to pay a special mention to Roy haynes. His job here is a master in jazz drumming. He played light, percussive, present but discrete, propulsive, dynamic, creative, vulcanic but unobtrusive. Simply perfect. If the other guys played some of their best stuff it is surely because they had an unbelievable drummer pushing, substaining, stimulating them at every second. Roy's drumming is like a velvet, scintillating background on which the guys put their solos on like diamonds. Roy's drumming help the diamonds shine how they possibly could. There are no words to describe Roy's playing here (as everywhere). He is JAZZ DRUMMING, simply perfection. If you don't buy this album, simply you're not into Jazz but neither into music in general.

    5-0 out of 5 stars All that Blues
    The truth may be an abstract concept, but this is just great music, pure and simple. It is basically jazz, based on blues structures, and the track called Hoedown is not exactly that- who cares. I've had this CD for some ten years now, and never get tired of listening to it, either as an aural landscape, slamming accompaniament or simply on its own. The musicians are creme de la heavy creme of the 1960s scene and they give their 110% here, making these complex composition sound easy and spot on; the improvisations are amazing, and the alto sax solo in the first track is one of these sublime moments in music that are too good for words. I am happy I got this Blues and am looking forward to my next decade with it. Get it, though no need to hurry- it's been around for fourty years, it's not going away anytime soon. A classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendous album
    One of those albums that over time has entered the legendary category - very much a landmark recording. STOLEN MOMENTS has not only become a jazz standard, but this initial recording of the tune is a masterpiece. Everything and everyone on it just clicks perfectly: Dolphy's solo on flute absolutely demands the listener's attention. And the other tunes are almost just as good, especially HOE-DOWN and CASCADES, both taken up tempo. The album was like a gust of fresh air when it first came out on LP in 1961, and it still sounds fresh today. One of those must-have CDs. ... Read more

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


    14. The Bridges Of Madison County: Music From The Motion Picture
    by Warner Bros / Wea
    Audio CD (30 May, 1995)
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    Sales Rank: 3549
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bridges of Madison County
    My husband and I have watched this movie over and over and we have listen to the music driving along and I'll turn to him and say "RRRRObert....you wanna F_ _ _ on the linoleum one more time"We just laugh..If you seen the movie as much as we have you will understand.Great cd. It definatly sets a mood you cannot, nor ,want to escape. Pour a brandy,sit close and the music will do the rest.

    5-0 out of 5 stars all time favourite album - but put it in the vault !
    I bought this album after seeing the movie( what 10 yrs ago?) We were only 30 at the time and still listening to Inxs and George Michael etc... so had never even heard of Johnny Hartman!!) Well 10 years and 3 kids later we are completely addicted to this album. My husband knows that if this is on when he gets home it will be in a very nice evening indeed.About two years ago we lost this cd - probably on a weekend away - and spent another year trying to replace it. There wasnt a single music store in Australia that had a new or second hand copy in stock. Where did they all go ?? I ended up ordering it from the U.K. - it took 3 months and cost $30 ( approx $50 us). Needless to say we have several copies of it now and continue to play it constantly. We now own various Hartman/Washington albums but the mix on this album ( plus we are big fans of Clint's) just seems to be perfect. Sublime.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
    This is an extremely relaxing and soothing CD and especially recommended when you get home late at night and play it in a dim light. Carries your soul away. You will know what I mean when you listen to it .
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    Subjects:  1. Ballads    2. Pop    3. Soundtrack    4. Soundtracks    5. Soundtracks & Film Scores    6. Standards    7. Vocal Jazz    8. Vocal Pop   


    15. Fabulous Swing Collection
    Audio CD (10 February, 1998)
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    Asin: B000003GBX
    Sales Rank: 4985
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best I've Heard
    I purchased several swing collections previously and they all had poor quality audio - they had not been cleaned up from the original recordings.This CD is MUCH cleaner and makes for an enjoyable experience.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but some tracks don't belong here
    The main problem with this CD is the coupling of great tracks with fairly awful ones.4-0 out of 5 stars Swing Revival Met "Fabulous"-ly On RCA Big Band Set
    RCA's "Fabulous Swing Collection" was released to exploit a national big band revival craze, led by groups like Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Brian Setzer's Orchestra and in full swing (pardon the pun) in 1998. That revival has cooled but this generous (19 songs, 65 minutes) set remains among the era's better one-disc compilations (all songs from RCA family labels)for now third-generation fans.Read more

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    16. Great Records Of The Decade: 40's Hits, Vol. 1
    by Curb Records
    Audio CD (20 August, 1990)
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    Asin: B000000CVK
    Sales Rank: 3923
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars a real winner
    wonderful collection- good clear sound- you can't go wrong with this collection-can't wait for Vol. 2

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Records Of The Decade: 40's Hits, Vol. 1
    Great. I love for the classsroom.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Records of the Decade:40's Hits, Vol. 1
    This is music that even my high school class loves.It is fun and the kids identify with the well done music from years gone past.Fun!!!One of my kids stole my first one!LOL!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. 40's    2. American Popular Song    3. Ballads    4. Nostalgia Collections    5. Pop    6. Popular Music    7. Rock    8. Show Tunes    9. Standards    10. Swing    11. Tin Pan Alley Pop    12. Traditional Country    13. Traditional Pop    14. Vocal    15. Vocal Jazz    16. Vocal Pop    17. Western Swing   


    17. Into the Labyrinth
    by 4ad / Wea
    Audio CD (14 September, 1993)
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    Asin: B000002MM8
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Their goth-sounding name and dour visual image aside, the prolific duo of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard produce wildly eclectic but utterly unique music. Their painstakingly crafted albums encompass numerous arcane genres, from European classical music to ancient Celtic and Middle Eastern folk styles, often employing authentic antique instruments to achieve their ambitious, emotive soundscapes. The 1993 effort Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Multi-culturalism and Cross-culturalism
    The work of Dead Can Dance, Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, might be best described as cross-cultural. Some songs sound like Celtic songs from the middle ages while others sound like Islamic chants from the desert countries. On "Into the Labyrinth", I found that The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove; The Wind That Shakes the Barley; The Carnival is Over; Tell Me about the Forest; Ariadne; and HOw Fortunate the Man with None were my favorite 6 selections. Perry's voice has a dreamy quality that is hard to describe, kind of like Dean Martin does Lebanon. I certainly like the multicultural blending of musical traditions that Dead Can Dance offers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow.
    Back in 1993 I came home late one night from a party.I turned on the tube and there was the video for "Yulunga", on MTV!My jaw was hanging down to the floor.The next day I woke up and the first thought I had was to hear the rest of this album.Strangely enough, the c.d. was available and in the store.
    4-0 out of 5 stars The Introduce Album
    The first song, Yulunga, tells everything! Even if the Perry's songs are not perfect, very good of course, Dead Can Dance is one of the greatest names in music of all time!!! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Australia    3. Dream Pop    4. Ethnic Fusion    5. Pop    6. Popular Music    7. Rock    8. Rock/Pop    9. World Fusion   


    18. Between Heaven And Earth: Music Of The Jewish Mystics
    by Shanachie
    Audio CD (21 January, 1997)
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    Asin: B000000E41
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Discs that attempt to cross-pollinate jazz with the soulful sounds of klezmer tend to be hit-or-miss; usually you just end up wondering if today's players are half as proficient as the forefathers they're trying to upstage. Andy Statman's credentials don't allow for such doubts. He apprenticed with klezmer legend Dave Tarras (and was even bequeathed the master's clarinet), and whether on clarinet or mandolin, his playing is impeccable. On Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars TRUE TRADITIION CUTTING EDGE CLASSIC
    Andy does a tremendous job of taking nigunim (songs) of the holy hasidic masters of long a go. he puts it in a format which people can appreciate today. However, he does not sell out. Meaning, is he does not "water down" . Andy perserves the holiness and sacred nature of each tune so that even the tradional are able to enjoy this. Andy bridge the tradition with modern times and does so in a magnificent fashion

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Milestone
    It is often said that Andy Statman is a "musician's musician." He also may be said to be a "critic's musician," having earned an unending string of accolades from the press throughout his career. This CD, for example, was featured on the cover of the year-end double-edition of Billboard just before the record hit the stands, and subsequently was dubbed one of the Ten Best CDs of the Year by NY Times music critic, Neal Strauss. If I may add my "two cents," I would say that "Between Heaven and Earth" is an American-Chassidic answer to "A Love Supreme." These sessions were truly inspired!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb jazz based on an unusual tradition
    I think the reviews by Jason Verlinde and Rabbi Yonassan Gershom are accurate as to the feel and value of this music. I mostly want to add some technical stuff that may be of interest. The quartet is Statman on the clarinet (he has a beautiful yearning tone) and mandolin, Kenny Werner on the piano, Harvie Swartz on the acoustic bass and Bob Weiner on the drums. Bola Fleck (banjo), David Grisman (mandolin) and Scott Lee (bass) put in guest appearances.Read more

    Subjects:  1. Int'l & World Music    2. Israel    3. Jewish    4. Jewish Music    5. Jewish: Trad. & Klezmer    6. Klezmer    7. Middle East    8. New Acoustic    9. Pop    10. Progressive Bluegrass    11. United States of America    12. World Fusion    13. World Music   


    19. Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (03 September, 1996)
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    Asin: B000002UFL
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A perfect martini-and-mistletoe combo, Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars People please...
    I bought because I thought it would have a cool cocktail sound. Wrong! It was obnoxious! I did not even get to the last song. I put it in the shredder so I would never listen to it again by accident.
    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christmas collections out there...
    Those with a taste for an "old-fashioned" Christmas collection, though one with the campy kick that a retro Christmas CD really should have, can do no better than Part 1 of a now-3 disc series of loungey holiday confections from the Capitol music vaults. The jingle-jangle instrumentals from the likes of Billy May and the Jackie Gleason Orchestra are pleasant if overlong, but the vocal selections are unbeatable. Nancy Wilson's buttery crooning on perhaps the most romantic holiday song ("What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?") is delicious, as are Peggy Lee's "Winter Wonderland" and Dean Martin's "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm". These discs are all worth owning, even if there's a too-soft chestnut or two amongst the treasures, and the swingin' 60's artwork is terrific.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A real seasonal smash!
    This was my first Ultra Lounge Series cd ever and I became very very fond of it immediately. It's really refreshing to listen to Christmas music in a jolly feelgood way like this. I mean, I love the seasonal classics as performed by such giants as Frank, Dean, Nat, Barbra or Ella, but sometimes we all need to switch to something funnier even at Christmas! I recommend all of the tracks but the ghost ones are the best, I think. When you get to them it's like being among a crowd of wild colleagues having fun at your average Seasonal party! Enjoy and cheers! @ ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Big Band    2. Christmas    3. Christmas / Chanukkah    4. Christmas Music    5. Easy Listening    6. Exotica    7. Instrumental Pop    8. Pop    9. Show Tunes    10. Standards    11. Swing    12. Torch Songs    13. Traditional Pop    14. V/a Compilations    15. Vocal Jazz    16. Vocal Pop    17. Xmas Vocal Collections   


    20. Hush
    Audio CD (28 January, 1992)
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    Asin: B0000027VR
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The idea here was to put two masters together--one classical cellist,one improvisational singer/sound-effects performer--and voilà! instant amazing,unique, hip--and, hopefully, hit--record. The intriguing setup was to see whatwould happen when each led the other through the unfamiliar territory of his ownspecialty. The success of this recording lies not so much in the music or even inthe overall performances, but in the fascinating and fun opportunity to sit in onthe musicians' good-natured, respectful give-and-take, to witness an uncommonform of artistic chemistry that allows each performer to expand his vision andeven his technique. On one hand we get Bobby McFerrin's impressionistic,improvisatory jazz/pop; on the other we enjoy Yo-Yo Ma's highly refined,formalized musicianship. Originally planned as a disc for children, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Yo-Yo keeps on experimental
    One of the best parts of a genius is to try out of his layers. In this case Yo-Yo tried to go out from the classic, and with a very good singer, in a easy say, as Bobby. They make a very special music between classic and jazz, with some elements of pop.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is no "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
    Have never been a big Bobby McFerrin fan, probably due to that god-awful, "Don't Worry, Be Happy."But I am a classical music junkie and one day listening to our local classical station I heard a selection that I thought was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard.What a shock when I learned that it was McFerrin and Yo-Yo Ma doing Vivaldi's Andante!
    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
    While I admit to being a newbie in my connoisseurship of the classical music genre, not only do I think that this disc is a good collection of some of the best classical music ever written, it is actually FUN sometimes, with silly bits thrown in by Bobby and Yo-Yo Ma every now and then! These guys make great music and have a great time making it.
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    Subjects:  1. 20th/21st Century Music for Voice and Keyboard    2. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    3. Chamber    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Crossover    7. Classical Music    8. Concerto    9. Concerto for Two String Instruments    10. Duo for Two String Instruments    11. Jazz    12. Keyboard    13. Miscellaneous Music    14. Miscellaneous Vocal Music    15. Musette for Keyboard    16. Opera    17. Orchestral    18. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard    19. Russian Romantic Opera    20. Vocal   


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