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Fri Nov 20 00:00:00 MST 2015theravensun Rating:5.0
This is a good cd , if you love jazz, you'll love this cd
Sat Feb 13 00:00:00 MST 2010dbrierly Rating:5.0
Je vous salue, Azica Records. That’s what gypsy jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt would doubtless say about this amazing tribute recording led by modern guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola. The title “100 Years of Django,” alludes not only to the fact that a century has passed since Reinhardt’s birth in 1910, but also to the nearly 100 songs he wrote during his all too brief lifetime. As Vignola points out in the track notes, this CD is intended to spotlight Reinhardt’s prowess as a composer. In addition to familiar favorites like “Swing Gitane,” “Tears” and “Nuages,” Vignola has included some lesser-known gems—notably “Diminishing Blackness,” with its Brazilian-tinged, impressionistic vibe; and “Mystery Pacific,” a rarely heard piece that speeds along with a rhythmic propulsion reminiscent of a train chugging down the tracks. Vignola has assembled a cracking band to interpret these tunes, including Vinny Raniolo on rhythm guitar, Gary Mazzaroppi on bass and Julien Labro on accordion. Vignola delivers one compelling solo after another, foregrounding his stylistic individuality while evoking Reinhardt’s bittersweet sound and quicksilver swing. Labro is equally virtuosic on the accordion, its smoky tones calling to mind the prewar jazz clubs in which Reinhardt came to prominence. This is one of those recordings that starts out in high gear and seems to get better as it goes along. The musicians are completely locked into the groove and sound as if they’ve been playing together for years. “100 Years of Django” was recorded in a church, which contributes to the live feel of the performances, and the notable warmth of the sound. The commitment to the spirit of Django Reinhardt is manifest in every track, as is the pure joy each musician brings to this timeless music.
Fri Jan 10 00:00:00 MST 2014jxcunn Rating:5.0
Stan Kention was a unique band leader and this collection displays some of his great works. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this CD. I had forgotten some of the classic Stan Kention tunes. This kind of music is not available on the radio any more. I am pleased that I can find some of the rare recordings of the Jazz/Big Band era at Overstock.com.
Tue Feb 23 00:00:00 MST 2016vegan12 Rating:5.0
Heard about her on the local jazz station. At time, I listen her album as must as Joni Mitchell's Blue. It's up there!
Sun May 22 00:00:00 MDT 2011dbrierly Rating:5.0
Peter Brotzmanns Die Like a Dog Quartet is my favorite of the many bands the protean saxophonist has played with during his career. The musical telepathy exhibited by Brotzmann, trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake is simply out of this world. Thats about the best description of the music, as well. While fans of Brotzmanns familiar sonic aggression wont be disappointed, the music on these four discs consistently explores intriguing and less contentious areas of harmonic space. Theres plenty of darkness, to be sure, yet its tempered by the supple, open feeling established by Parker and Drakes rhythmic conception, which often grounds the music in something approaching structure. They are arguably the tightest and most inventive rhythm section Brotzmann has ever fronted. And in Kondo (who plays trumpet and contributes electronics), Brotzmann has found his most unique front-line partner, a musician who both complements the setting and establishes something apart from it. Kondos like an electrified Miles on acid, yet his conception is even more out there than Miles even dared. The trumpeter alternates white-hot banshee wails with an informal lyricism that seems to have similarly inspired Brotzmann, who indulges in surprisingly affecting moments of introspection. The two combine to produce an inexhaustible flow of ideas, raining down thunder while spitting out shards of tonality that drift in and out of the not-quite-as-dissonant-as-it-seems mix. Ultimately, this music is impossible to adequately describe or even categorize. Most will call it free jazz, but it goes way beyond that descriptor. It might be more accurately described as healing balm for the spirit and the soul. All you need to know is that you need to have this set in your collection. Even if you dont consider yourself a fan of free jazz, Die Like a Dog will make you a believer.
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