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1. Metheny / Mehldau
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2. Out Louder
$67.49
3. Back to Mono (1958-1969)
$44.99
4. Forecast: Tomorrow
$13.99
5. The Jazzmasters V
$10.99
6. Who Let the Cats Out
$12.97
7. Golden Slumbers: A Father's Lullaby
$23.49
8. Saudades
$7.99
9. Blow by Blow
$17.49
10. Bitches Brew
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11. On a Starry Night
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12. Industrial Zen
$34.97
13. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of
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14. Maiden Voyage
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15. Heavy Weather
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16. Head Hunters
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17. Hot Rats
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18. Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
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19. Ultimate Christmas
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20. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

1. Metheny / Mehldau
by Nonesuch
Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000GQLAZW
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

Reviews (13)

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   


2. Out Louder
by Indirecto Records
Audio CD (26 September, 2006)
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Asin: B000HKDEJM
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Some impressive highpoints
This is the belated follow-up the 1998 MMW collaboration with John Scofield, A Go-Go, and the music here is of a more collaborative nature rather than featured soloist and backing band. With a few exceptions, the music mines the same funky fusion territory with a few covers and on the two best cuts, the looming influence of John Scofield's one time boss, Miles Davis. I found that the music varied in quality, but preferred the uptempoed music, which focused the band and gave direction to their obvious talent. "Little Walter Rides Again" has a funky feel with some hip drumming and swirling organ... but if it's about Little Walter Jacobs, the bluesman, why no harmonica? "Miles Beyond" name checks Davis directly with a very cool track channeling the "dark funk" of his '73-'75 pre-retirement years. This is the best track on the disc - focused, potent and full of energy. "In Case the World Changes It's Mind" drops down into a more pedestrian funk groove. The problem with some of the more lumbering funk tunes is that they become faceless with nothing to distinguish them from other jams. "Tequila and Chocolate" takes something of a "Touch of Evil" (great Wells film) bordertown vibe. The music gets kind of swanky like Sex Mob's Sexotica experiment with Esquivel like lounge music. Scofield gets a nice solo that has a bit of a sharp Grant Green tinge to it.
3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good.
The only stuff that I ever really got into for either of these artists (MMW & Scofield) was the great album "A Go Go" (hereafter reffered to as AGG) so I'm certainly no expert on either artists' full catalog of work.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Continuation
Man is this a good album, and a great sequel to A GO Go.The previous album culminated in one of my favorite mmw works as well as my favorite scofield work and Out louder is certainly on par and is one of my favorite new fusion efforts.I expect great things from this quartet in the future, for jazz's sake hope that they do stay together.Can't wait to go see them in november. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Fusion    2. Group    3. Jam Bands    4. Jazz    5. Jazz-Funk    6. Pop    7. Post-Bop    8. Soul-Jazz   


3. Back to Mono (1958-1969)
by Abkco
Audio CD (12 November, 1991)
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Asin: B000003BDM
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Among producers, his name remains the simile of choice. If some hotshot studio whiz emerges in, say, hip-hop, he's inevitably labeled "the Phil Spector of rap." That's quite a statement given that decades have passed since this boy from the Bronx remodeled rock & roll to suit his own visions of grandeur. The story of the girl-group auteur is a fascinating one. Spector composed a No. 1 hit at 17 (the Teddy Bears' "To Know Him Is to Love Him," its title inspired by the inscription on his father's tombstone). By 19 he was head of A&R for Atlantic Records. By the time he was 22, he'd founded his own label (Philles) and was churning out Wall of Sound hits at an unprecedented clip, beginning with the Crystals' "He's a Rebel." The four-disc Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Genius of"Teen-age Opera"
The work of Phil Spector has withstood the tests of time, critics and "grown-ups" that rejected the "Boy Genius" very early in his career, but later had to admit their naked ignorance as he turned out hit after classic hit.This is THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, released on Phil's own label, the original analog tapes hand-picked and mastered under his direction, and they're all here - Ike & Tina, The Righteous Brothers, The Crystals, Ben E. King, Gene Pitney, even Spector's own teen group, the Teddy Bears.Spector was renowned for his infamous preference for "stacking" instrument upon instrument on the analog tape, crowding Gold Star Studios with dozens of soon-to-be-famous musicians and singers (Leon Russell, Hal Blaine, Glen Campbell, Jim Gordon, Larry Knechtel, Barney Kessel, Jack Nitzsche, Don Randi, Billy Strange, Jim Horn, Red Callendar), all playing at once with very little "overdubs," resulting in this mesmerizing, densely erotic cacophony that came to be called the "wall of sound."These are the songs that have been called "teenage mini-operas" because they spoke of unrequited love, pubescent loss, the torment of adolescence and rebellion, and yet they spill over with pure joy and unabashed beauty, and mostly clock in under 3 minutes.This is a "must-have" jewel for anyone enamored of the wonderful era of "real musicians" playing "real charts," directed by the true innovator in recorded art.It's an especially rich set of "girl-groups," and though the collection may be heavily weighted with The Ronettes, it's fully understandable since Ronnie Bennett became Phil's wife and (still, I think) his life-long muse.There are too many great songs to go into here, just suffice it to say that to fully grasp the power of American pop music, you have to understand the impact of Spector.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Wall of Sound!!!
Phil Spector produced some of the best music in the history of Rock and Roll, hands down, or should I say hands up. Well, the Ronnettes were great and that wall of sound was great as well. I'm sure that wall of sound was heard on Februrary the third as well as those great times in the 60's. The vocal harmonies are infectious and those sound effects are great, especially the shots going off in the background of the mind of the legendary producer. How was all of this achieved? Was it just weird timing or did he actually have these goals planned out, that's one of the questions that may never be answered, but at least we are left with some excellent music. Of course such a genius producer may have been a genius in many aspects including music, but not necessarily confined to it. To set something up this elaborate would be speculative, no pun intended, but how does a producer like this work in the studio? Does he plan out every move or is he more spontaneous, does he just go with the flow once he's on to something, or was the production carefully planned. More than likely, this production was a spontaneous act of a talented mind, and so twisted in such a way that all of the achievements are hidden behind the wall of sound. The creatively sick way to achieve nothing. An end to a song like no other than the great clown Gacy, the twin to our producer hero, the real John Wayne, the real hero, not a clown at all, but an incredibly adept individual, a true killer in every sense. And I'm sure he will now be having much fun in the mens showers with his new friends!!! What a great accomplishment!!!! Sincerely, Bunster Gorbin

5-0 out of 5 stars Doo-Wop meets Wagner
The early sixties produced some great musicians, including Ray Charles, John Coltrane, and Bob Dylan. I was in college at the time, and I listened to all of them.
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Subjects:  1. Adult Contemporary    2. Baroque Pop    3. Blue-Eyed Soul    4. Bop    5. Box Sets (Audio Only)    6. Brill Building Pop    7. Cool    8. Country-Rock    9. Folk-Rock    10. Fusion    11. Girl Group    12. Hard Bop    13. Latin Jazz    14. Oldies    15. Pop    16. Pop-Soul    17. Pop/Rock    18. Popular Music    19. R&B    20. Rock   


4. Forecast: Tomorrow
Audio CD (19 September, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1599
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Shame by Sony/Colombia!!!
I am going to give WR 5 stars always.
2-0 out of 5 stars Forcast: WARNING!
With the greatest respect to the incredible Bob Beldon, Joe Zawinul, and Wayne Shorter, this Box Set should contain a warning.
4-0 out of 5 stars A great collection.........but
The truly great thing about this box is the focus put on the early WR and the post Jaco version of the band.Most best of collections skip either or both completely.Disc 1 which focuses on the very beginnings is tremendous.There are new mixes of "Eurydice" and "Orange Lady", an unreleased studio version of "Directions"....it just shows you how esoteric and great the original WR was.Disc 2 and 3 trace further evolution till the end (leaving out their horrid last album, which is very good).
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Subjects:  1. Box Sets (Audio Only)    2. Contemporary Jazz    3. Crossover Jazz    4. Free Funk    5. Funk    6. Fusion    7. Jazz    8. Jazz-Funk    9. Jazz-Pop    10. Pop   


5. The Jazzmasters V
by Trippin 'n Rhythm
Audio CD (25 July, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1288
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Moon Trekin'... Is The Shiznit
I do kinda agree with the last reviewer that Paul Hardcastle's music is a bit mundane but THAT is just Paul Hardcastle's style and honestly I wouldn't expect him to change a thing because his style is what defines him and when you hear it you automatically know without question who it is and I love Paul's flavor. It's a beautiful unique blend that consists of futuristic keyboard sounds along with flutes and saxophone.
1-0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!
Same old sound, same old arrangements, same old beats. Nothing new here. Paul's sound is becoming quite mundane and boring. Stick with Jazzmasters 1, 2 & 4 and call it a day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hardcastle's Musical Garden Of Eden
Warm sunshine...a cool breeze...splashing waves on the beach...these are the images that come to my mind when I listen to the magical smooth grooves of Paul Hardcastle. Paul is back with his latest release, "Jazzmasters V," and it's yet another in a long line of outstanding albums from this multi-talented studio wizard. Track for track it is gorgeous, hypnotic smooth jazz of the highest order. It's mostly an instrumental album, but Paul's longtime vocalist Helen Rogers is back to lend her soulful voice to three amazing tracks: the brilliant cover of "Children Of The Ghetto" (originally recorded by the UK act The Real Thing), and the equally dreamy "Garden Of Eden" and "Live For The Dream." Stunning instrumental pieces include "Never Far Away," "Free As The Wind," "The Sun Says Goodbye," and Paul's very first "epic" smooth-jazz piece, "World In Action," which clocks in at nearly 11 minutes and is simply marvelous. Saxophonist Snake Davis makes excellent contributions throughout, and the album's sound is sparkling & shiny. I just can't get enough of Paul Hardcastle's awesome music---"Jazzmasters V" is wonderful stuff. (Now, if we can just convince Paul to get out of the studio and do a tour...I'd be there for him in a second!) ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Crossover Jazz    3. Electronic    4. England    5. Fusion    6. Jazz    7. Pop   


6. Who Let the Cats Out
by Heads Up
Audio CD (15 August, 2006)
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Sales Rank: 1270
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
Mike Stern plays jazz with a rock players abandon, it's a VERY satisfying mix...His heavily chorused, clean guitar tones take a bit of acclimating too, but once you do, this discrocks and percolates along like few other jazz guitar discs...It's like the best moments Jeff Becks Blow by Blow or Wired
5-0 out of 5 stars terrific cd
Mike Stern is a killer guitarist and this CD shows off his skills wonderfully.Great melodies, burning solos, and inspired instrumentation make this a must buy.Great job, Mike!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Returning to what he does best
Mike Stern is a near-perfect guitarist: a jazz vocabulary with the heart of a funk-metalhead. I've been a fan for more than 20 years, seen him perform with Miles, Michael Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Alain Caron; can't wait to see him in Seattle in December. One of my all-time favorites.
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Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. Fusion    3. Jazz    4. Pop    5. Post-Bop   


7. Golden Slumbers: A Father's Lullaby
by Warner Bros / Wea
Audio CD (24 September, 2002)
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Asin: B00006785T
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This is a real sleeper of an album, literally. Smooth-jazz musicians--including Peter White, Dave Koz, Norman Brown, David Benoit, and others--play music here to put babies to sleep. Fans of New Age music, specifically what came out of the Pacific Northwest in the '80s, may find many of these 14 tracks reminiscent of that period. Long-time listeners of smooth-jazz radio may be reminded of the kind of ethereal, spacey music that was played in the early days of the format. Many of the songs are as obvious as Brian Culbertson's somnambulating "Brahms' Lullaby" and Koz's "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," but some are inspired choices with creative arrangements and strong performances. Koz and his brother Jeff shine on the Beatles' title tune and the other Lennon/McCartney chestnut, "Blackbird." Brown's take on James Taylor's "You Can Close Your Eyes" is also moving, while not straying from the stillness of the concept. Perhaps the standout track is the superb performance of vocalist John Stoddart on Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely." Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely lovely!
This CD is just a beautiful compilation of relaxing music, for our daughter [and me, the "Mom"].I've loved many of the artists for years, and was thrilled that my husband found this CD.I would highly recommend this CD to anyone that just wants to relax at the end of the day, with or without child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Perfect for putting the little one to sleep.What a great voice!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleepy time
I bought this cd for my grandchildren.I wanted something soothing to play for them as they fell asleep. This cd is just that. Thank you. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Children's Collections    2. Childrens    3. Jazz Music    4. Pop   


8. 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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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

Subjects:  1. Avant-Garde Jazz    2. Contemporary Jazz    3. Fusion    4. Jazz    5. Jazz-Funk    6. Modern Creative    7. Pop   


9. Blow by Blow
Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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His guitar-slinging contributions to the Yardbirds having dwarfed those of Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page, Mrs. Beck's bad boy spent the next several years playing blues-rock (the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart), soul-rock (the second edition of that band), and leading a power trio. Then, he made this all-instrumental album, which was a huge 1975 success. Produced by George Martin, the nine-song session finds Beck fronting a keyboards-bass-drums outfit, augmented by some tastefully unobtrusive string arrangements. Call it a jazz-fusion album at your own risk. While Beck's playing is less in-your-face than his previous efforts, all the fierce attack, thick tone, microtonal bends, distortion, feedback, vibrato, sustain, sonic hoodoo, and rhythmic and harmonic creativity that the man's fans have come to know and love can be heard here. "Freeway Jam" boasts the most memorable melody and thus remains a Classic Rock staple to this day. "Cause We've Ended As Lovers"--written by Stevie Wonder--is Beck's gorgeous tribute to one of his own guitar-heroes, the now-deceased Roy Buchanan. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Virtuosic Masterpiece
This is one amazing fusion album that shouldn't go ignored by anyone claiming to appreciate guitar technique. I've heard faster guitarists 'shred' their way through song after song and CD after CD with the same blistering speed but this album puts Beck in a different catagory. One where technique and style take center stage. There isn't a single note on this album that doesn't show Jeff Beck to be an absolute virtuoso with the guitar. Cuz We've Ended as Lovers is so well done you can easily identify the guitar as being two people breaking up complete with all the emotional baggage that goes along with that scene. Easily one of the most overlooked guitar masterpieces of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hypnotized by Diamond Dust
If the public at large understood music such as this, they would refuse to have their intelligence further insulted by most of the drum-machined-copy-and-paste-it-get-rich-quick-excrement on the radio. As a musician myself, I'd give both my arms to write and record a song so endearing as "Diamond Dust" Thank you Mr. Beck for inspiring me to invest time in my guitar playing, throw out my drum machine and samples and make better music!

5-0 out of 5 stars Stellar Performances
This has been a favourite cd of mine for longer than I care to remember and having read some of the reviews posted here I can't believe no one has mentioned the drumming of Richard Bailey. He really drives these tunes for JB.His playing is a lesson in finesse and skill. Drumming with a mixture of funk and fusion. This cd along with "Wired" are absolute must haves for serious musicians. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Fusion    3. Guitar Virtuoso    4. Jazz-Rock    5. Pop    6. Rock    7. Rock/Pop   


10. Bitches Brew
Audio CD (08 June, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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   


11. On a Starry Night
by Windham Hill Records
Audio CD (15 April, 1997)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The party line on most Windham Hill products seems to be that it's either the greatest stuff since wave machines, or that it all sounds alike. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Relaxing & enjoyable for all age groups
I have a 4 mth old baby and both he and I enjoy music.He gets a little uptight during changes so I like to play calming music for us both.This CD offers a wide range of beautiful songs.I can see this one playing in our household for many years.

5-0 out of 5 stars We Luv, Luv, Luv This Album
I play this every night for my daughter (17 months).I often sleep in the same room with her and really look forward to playing this softly.We even keep the CD player on repeat and I still like this.Very soothing and interesting.I highly recommend this for any new parent.

5-0 out of 5 stars buy more than one!
I first purchased this cd several years ago for myself, it was a wonderful way to relax. When my son came along I put it in his room among other "kids" cds.My son, now age 9,(who won't listen to anymore "kid" cds) absolutely loves it.He has been falling asleep to this wonderful cd for the past 3 years.I loved being able to share "the world" with him through music.Recently we remodeled and unfortunately the cd was chipped! He was heartbroken... so here I am purchasing another!Soothing rhythms, soft voices, wonderful instrumentation. A cd that the entire family will love and not get tired of hearing.Even familiar lullabies are updated very nicely. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 90's    2. Adult Alternative    3. Adult Contemporary    4. Afro-Brazilian    5. Alternative Country    6. Brazilian Jazz    7. Brazilian Pop    8. Children's Collections    9. Contemporary Folk    10. Contemporary Instrumental    11. Crossover Jazz    12. Fusion    13. Int'l & World Music    14. Latin Jazz    15. Lullabies    16. Neo-Bop    17. Neo-Classical    18. New Acoustic    19. Pan-Global    20. Pop   


12. Industrial Zen
by Verve
Audio CD (01 August, 2006)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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McLaughlin develops an intensely contemporary take on fusion here, combining with some fresh musicians while paying tribute to his fellow founders of the idiom. Updating his Mahavishnu Orchestra, the guitarist mixes electric jazz and Indian rhythms and scales with current synth and drum programming, creating a. maze of rapid lines that weave through a minefield of percolating electronics and percussion. Along with tributes to Carlos Santana and Michael Brecker, bassist Hadrien Feraud is prominent on "For Jaco," and Ada Novelli's soprano sax invokes Weather Report-era Shorter on "Wayne's Way," but all the music bears McLaughlin's trademark group virtuosity, the musicians moving fluidly in and out of complex patterns. "To Bop or Not To Be" stands out, flying atop the dense rhythmic dialogue of drummers Zakir Hussain and Dennis Chambers and bassist Matthew Garrison. There's a certain electronic sheen here, but strong personalities --McLaughlin, Feraud, and saxophonist Bill Evans--regularly break through to create intense moments. Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars John goes techno
I really wish John would get back to playing Jazz. I gave this album three stars just because I feel bad giving someone as great as John is anything less, but I really think it's time for John to get back to playing Jazz.

3-0 out of 5 stars Reaching but not finding...
Hmm... I consider John McLaughlin one of the great musicians of our times. I was all set for "Industrial Zen" - an intense, all-out ensemble fusion blowing session. Not disappointed on that front. What bothered me is J Mc spoke in interview about his desire to do something radical - incorporating live & electronic percussion more than before in his music. Like his mentor, Miles Davis, the drum was the heart of the music.
5-0 out of 5 stars Bulldozer ballet
Turn down the lights, turn up the volume and listen for the stillness which drives this stampede. Like an eighty thousand pound bulldozer doing a gentle pirouette, this music boils with energy while always respecting its foundation of pure silence. Listen with an open mind and your mind will be opened further. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Contemporary Jazz    2. England    3. Fusion    4. Jazz    5. Pop   


13. Ken Burns's Jazz: The Story of American Music
Audio CD (14 November, 2000)
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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   


14. Maiden Voyage
by Blue Note Records
Audio CD (20 April, 1999)
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Asin: B00000IL29
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In the mid-'60s, a distinctive postbop style evolved among the younger musicians associated with Blue Note, a new synthesis that managed to blend the cool spaciousness of Miles Davis's modal period, some of the fire of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and touches of the avant-garde's group interaction. Read more

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Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars Review is simple GET IT!!
Why go to a lot of trouble to discuss in depth one of the greatest jazz albums ever crafted?
4-0 out of 5 stars I Can't Help Myself...
"The emperor has no clothes!" There, I said it - finally. I have been wanting to say that about Rudy Van Gelder's stereo recordings for quite some time now. His stereo recordings lack ambiance and have very small soundstages with no depth. This should come as no surprise since most were recorded in his parents living room, but even those that were recorded in a proper studio are no better. Of all the jazz available on CD today, the Blue Note label represents the bottom of the sonic barrel. That's too bad since Blue Note owns most of the greatest jazz performances ever put to tape.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Quiet Sea on Your Trip
I think Herbie Hancock has been the one of most influential men in jazz scene after Miles.
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Subjects:  1. Hard Bop    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Modal Music    5. Piano    6. Pop    7. United States of America   


15. Heavy Weather
Audio CD (23 September, 1997)
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Asin: B000002AGE
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter didn't truly fulfill Weather Report's artistic and commercial potential until they brought on-board a bassist who could function as an equal partner in the musical equation, like co-founder Miroslav Vitous, whose main shortcoming was his inability to play funk. In renegade bassist Jaco Pastorius, the band found a formidable composer and improvisor, who possessed deep roots in funk and R&B, yet was equally at home in modern jazz and Afro-Cuban settings. Not coincidentally, the presence of this innovative fretless bassist on Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sharing memories with the Kids
I first heard this as an album in the late '70's.It was great to find the cd to share with my boys and wife.The music was as good as I remembered and your services was as well.Weather Report is one of the best fusion groups to come around and this was their best recording.It inspired me to search for more memories of other groups and as usual you came through on each search.I purchased a total of about ten cds of music from that time in my young adult life.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Collaboration in the Jazz Fusion Era
Weather Report's "Heavy Weather" is the best album to come out of the jazz fusion genre of the mid 1970's (with the possible exception of Herbie Hancock's "Headhunters").Wayne Shorter from the Miles Davis Quintent (Miles himself being an innovator in this genre) and classicaly trained keyboardist Joey Zawinul teamed up with virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius to create the brilliantly produced tracks for the album.It is interesting to note that this album is actually less of a jazz album in the strictest sense, and more of a pop/dance album."Heavy Weather" proved that a pop/dance album could be completely instrumental, full of improvised solos based on jazz idioms, and feature every member of the group interacting in a dynamic fashion.Jaco's solos on Birdland (the resonant and beautiful pinging harmonics of the opening riff were executed in only two takes!) and Zawinul's intensely orchestrated keyboard playing did tend to overshadow Wayne Shorter, who actually became something of a sideman in this record.Despite the fact he was limited to playing excerpts here and there, however, Shorter was still an integral leader of the ensemble, and would continue to do so, even after Jaco had left the group.It cannot be denied, however, that the presence of a musician as innovative and fresh to the ear as Jaco is really what made this album a near perfect work of art.Also notable is the addition of not one, but two percussionists, Alex Acuna (mostly drumset)and Manola Badrena covering all the other percussion instruments.The choice of Latin drummers/percussionists over more traditional jazz drummers (such as Elvin Jones) greatly added to the fusion/dance vibe of the record.The modern sound that was being forged on this album required two percussionists that could hold down dance grooves while interacting with the other members of the ensemble.
5-0 out of 5 stars Desert Island worthy
This great band pulled it all together on this, their finest recording. Brilliant compositions played with brio by five fabulous musicians who created a sound that's unlike anything before: it's Weather Report music, and there is no genre term that can confine it. If you haven't heard this recording, you have been on a desert island, and if I am ever marooned, I want, nay, need to have this recording with me. It should be considered a classic of 20th-century music. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Fusion    2. Jazz    3. Jazz Music    4. Pop   


16. Head Hunters
Audio CD (25 March, 1997)
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Asin: B000002AGP
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Keyboardist Herbie Hancock's remarkable career took a surprising turn with this funk album--one of the first jazz albums to be certified gold. Hancock's already-storied career had included an extended tenure with Miles Davis as a member of both the classic quintet of the '60s and the trumpeter's groundbreaking electric dates. As a leader, the pianist had followed a similar course, cutting both outstanding acoustic dates (Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars IT'S BEEN WELL OVER THIRTY YEARS AND I
I HAVE HAD IT SINCE IT CAME OUT IN 1973, AND ITS' STILL AS GOOD TODAY AS IT WAS BACK THEN. WOW THERE ARE CERTAINLY ARE A LOT OF REVIEWS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS RECORD.IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE THIS ALBUM, IT'S NOT QUITE JAZZ, IT'S NOT QUITE "FUNK", IT'S NOT QUITE "FUSION" MUSIC, IT STANDS ON ITS' OWN AS SOMETHING ELSE.KIND OF A COMBINATION OF ALL THREE.AT THE TIME, KEYBOARD INNOVATIONS WERE REALLY COMING INTO VOGUE AND HERBIE REALLY KNEW HOW TO EXPLOIT IT ON THIS ALBUM.BETTER THAN HIS LATER ELECTRONIC STUFF, WHICH WAS A LOT MORE COMMERCIAL.OTHER CONTEMPORARIES FROM THIS TIME INCLUDE CHICK COREA, JAN HAMMER, GEORGE DUKE, AND TO A CERTAIN EXTENT, STEVIE WONDER.

5-0 out of 5 stars A true classic
I have always loved this album. I finally got it on CD after several vinyl copies. One of the most original musical works ever made. There are traces of Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Electronica and more. One could say this album layed the groundwork for so much Electronic music in the past four decades. The heart of this album is the fact that all the musicians can really play with a lot of passion and fire. "Chameleon " is my favorite song on this album, a super funk masterpiece. In it's time a lot of people dismissed it as a passing phase, but thirty something years later it is still a vital and important album in American music. I am sure this album will have a very long life span. I would imagine a huge amount of musicians from several eras were influenced by this album. On some albums the influence is extremly obvious. I find it amazing how fresh the music on this CD sounds after all these years. The production has such a clean and modern sound, especially considering the fact that when Head Hunters was recorded, technology was pretty primative. Simply a great album. If you like this kind of music, it is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars a sonic trip to the funkosphere
I'll leave the musical historiography to better sources than myself--this review is for the uninitiated. Herbie Hancock is one of the most talented, and innovative, popular jazz musicians of the past 40 years. Like Miles Davis, sometimes he achieved a sublime perfection, and sometimes the results were disappointing.
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17. Hot Rats
by Zappa Records
Audio CD (02 May, 1995)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A 99% Instrumental album
I first heard this incredible music while listening to a college radio station jazz hour during a long drive back from a business trip.I suspect that they meant to play the jazzier Little Umbrellas but what came blaring out of the car's stereo system was the rock of Son of Mr. Green Genes.To be perfectly honest I had no idea it was Frank Zappa until the DJ meekly admitted his mistake - I went out and snagged the album on the way home and absolutely cherish it.As a prog fan, it is the good musicianship that gets me excited - Frank was an incredible player and arranger.
5-0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say About This Elixir?
Here we have FZ, with the cream of late 1960s session players, playing sophisticated and enjoyable melodies in some of the more intense performances under Zappa's name.In whatever format or edition, the gentlereader must own a copy.
5-0 out of 5 stars HOT ZAPPAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One of the best jazz-rock album and of course the best one of Frank Zappa. After 30 years i enjoy the same when i listen it... that's classic!! Bye it,bye it, bye it!!!!!! ... Read more

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18. Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration
by Word Entertainment
Audio CD (29 September, 1992)
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Sales Rank: 3409
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Different Handle on Handel
This recording was given to me as a Christmas gift, and quickly became one of my all time favorites. I love Handel's Messiah, and consider it one of the all time greatest classical works ever composed for voices and instruments. That said, this contemporary interpretation is also wonderful. It features some of my favorite artists (Stevie Wonder, Take 6, Patti Austin); I especially love Tevin Campbell's "I Know My Redeemer Liveth," which never fails to move me. I not only listen to this music at Christmastime, but whenever I feel the need to be lifted and lightened.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Christmas Album
I've had this CD since it first came out, have bought and given many copies to friends (some even on cassette tape - remember those?), and play it year round.This is simply my favorite piece of Christmas music and is one of my top 5 favorite CD's of my entire music collection.I play it LOUDLY in the car and at home and have been known to break it down, measure by measure, in order to figure out the arrangements.I've performed the traditional Messiah more times than I can count and love it, yet I am delighted and astounded every time I listen to this fresh, innovative and dynamic piece of music (like I said, year round).Thank you, thank you to all the musicians, artists, engineers and technicians who put this piece together.I agree with a previous reviewer - I think Handel would be so very pleased that his work is standing the test of time.Open your mind and your ears and enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars *HEARTSWILLDANCEFORTHEJOYOFEASTER*
This recording of Handel's "Messiah" has several cuts of that great work - - Some may stand your hair on end! But remember, the album's sub-title is "A SOULFUL CELEBRATION" - - words that perfectly describe it . . . Many will choose the album for its lively cover art:
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19. Ultimate Christmas
by Arista
Audio CD (27 October, 1998)
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Sales Rank: 1566
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars happy xams music!
this is a wonderful album, for everyone.i don't really care for the 2nd cd, but albsolutly love the 1st one.of course i still prefer old timers, being raised on their vinyls!

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD I even listen to it in the car during the holidays.
i listen to this cd on repeat throughout the holidays because it is so good. I would recommend it to anyone...

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Christmas CD Ever
I purchased this CD when it first came out in 1998. I was so exicted to see that it was still available in 2003. I have worn mine out. This is absolutely the best Christmas CD around. The songs range from classics to church hymns. No one can sing Santa Baby like Eartha Kitt. It's the best rendition of Frosty the Snowman I ever heard. I suggest you buy two in case yours gets scratched up like mine. ... Read more

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20. Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Greatest Hits Of The 20th Century
by Warner Bros / Wea
Audio CD (16 November, 1999)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Umm.... Wow! (4.5 Stars)
BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES - Greatest Hits of the 20th Century
4-0 out of 5 stars Decent place to start if you would like a sampler of them
Although alot of the songs I became attached to aren't on this single disc, there are still some good examples of what this band has done over the years...as well as a few that havn't been released previously on CD.Each one of their original studio CDs kinda took a life on its own...each encompassing a certain era of the Flecktones throughout their career.Especially with the change from Howard Levy to Jeff Coffin, there are definite flavors from one CD to the next...maybe I only see it that way. Anyway, if you are starting out listening to this band, keep that in mind as you go through each song.Each cut, if you like it, would probably mean you would like the disc that it came from.This disc does do a nice job of giving examples from the different time periods of the Flecktones time as a band.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...an eyeopener to those who do not know Fleck
I bought this CD on the advise of the Tower records manager in Bangkok ( good taste)whilst never having heard of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.Read more

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