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The Yardbirds: Live! Blueswailing July '64

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The Yardbirds
Live! Blueswailing July '64

As advice to anyone building a collection of live recordings, one could scarcely go wrong with the acknowledged classics--sets by Otis Redding, the Who, the Stones' Get YerYa-Ya's Out! Combined with a few esoteric items--the Shadows of Knight at theCellar Club, the ...


Curtis Amy: Mosaic Select 7

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Relatively unknown as far as storming tenor players go, Texas-born Curtis Amy perhaps wasn't so storming after all, as this set suggests.

Familiar to rock fans for his solo on the Doors' “Touch Me, Amy was more restrained, more a player of shadings and touch, than his reputation and birthright might lead one to believe. These ...


Duke Pearson: Mosaic Select 8

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While even the most successful attempts at blending jazz with bossa nova rarely result in a form of musical expression that moves beyond the tendencies of either, here is a style that does just that--an exploratory music we can confidently term the innovations of Duke Pearson.

Compiled from the pianist's late sixties Blue Note ...


Cecil Taylor: Conquistador!

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More so than with any label, the greatest recordings on Blue Note, those that pull rank on the merely great and that we can most comfortably say will belong to all ages, seem to prove a burden for many listeners to embrace, no matter how enthralled they are by the sounds of Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, ...


Herbie Hancock: VSOP Live Under The Sky and The Piano

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Strange, sometimes, an artist's need to revisit his creative past and experiment with the new technologies of the present, both within a short period of time.

These two Herbie Hancock albums, recorded in the late seventies, are oppositional concepts--the VSOP date from Tokyo, a reunion of Miles Davis' second great quintet, with Freddie Hubbard replacing Davis ...


Miles Davis - Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings, 1963-1964

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Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Miles Davis, 1963-1964
Columbia Legacy

One of the more undervalued phases in Miles Davis' career, the years 1963-64 are typically deemed a fallow ...


The Essential Louis Armstrong

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Louis Armstrong
The Essential Louis Armstrong
Columbia Legacy Recordings

A potentially unwieldy concept, the compilation--woe the artist whose work spans decades and styles at the prospect of the two-disc catchall.

As with Bob Dylan, George Gershwin, and Miles Davis, we must number Louis Armstrong among ...


John Coltrane: The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording

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Composed almost entirely of violently shifting textures and a commitment to dissonance that all but blasphemes melody and musical forms, this document of John Coltrane's last recorded concert from April '67 is decidedly horrific, threatening, and appropriately staggering. Having forsaken his famous “sheets of sound" for a new, overly propulsive medium in the mid-sixties, Coltrane's last ...


Jumpin' at Apollo: Illinois Jacquet

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A top soloist and perhaps an undervalued ensemble player, Illinois Jacquet's crowded, busy style lends to a sort of jazz populism--the flashy horn man best known and celebrated for a few outstanding, transcendent performances wholly distinct from the typical quality of his work. In the realm of rock and roll, Jacquet might put one in mind ...


The Stone Roses: The Remixes

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The way the Stone Roses burst upon the British national scene in the spring of '89 couldn't have been more colorful. Loved primarily for their eponymous debut album, the Roses spawned everything from English populism to Oasis to a dance culture saturated with rock backbeats and neo-psychedelic allusions. And then, in what must have been the ...