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Dan Dean: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bassist Dan Dean's original plan for this project was the hiring of sixteen string players to join him in the studio to record a set for solo bass with string orchestra: Vivaldi's Concerto For Lute and Orchestra in D Major, along with music from JS Bach, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albononi. The cost for the project proved ...

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Chris Spedding: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Recorded for Harvest in 1970, Songs Without Words was only originally released in Japan. At the time, Chris Spedding was a much sought after guitarist in jazz and rock with one of the most impressive of CVs--Mike Westbrook, Michael Gibbs, Jack Bruce, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Pete Brown and Frank Ricotti amongst others. The reason for its ...

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Chris Spedding: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Roger Farbey

All five musicians on this retrieved-from-the-vaults archival release were at various times alumni of bands or recordings directed by British veteran jazz composer Mike Westbrook. Songs Without Words was produced at the end of 1969 under the aegis of Peter Eden (who produced several early Westbrook records for the Deram label), on the condition, imposed by ...

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Jurek Jagoda: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Lo riceviamo con un po' di ritardo ma vale la pena parlarne. Uscito nel 2010, il debutto discografico del pianista polacco Jurek Jagoda non è passato inosservato nella terra di Chopin. Nato a Danzica 39 anni fa, Jagoda non ha percorso la classica carriera di chi si fa le ossa nei gruppi dei leader già affermati ma è apparso ...

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Florian Hoefner: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A youthful quartet led by German pianist Florian Hoefner offers a modern jazz effort that is by no means a game-changer, yet boasts a diverse track mix. Now residing in New York, Hoefner is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Featuring his original compositions, the quartet on Songs Without Words displays verve ...

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John Zorn Moonchild: Songs Without Words

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La musica di John Zorn sembra costantemente rivestita di una pece vischiosa, di quelle che ci metti la mano e già sei impelagato e più ti danni l'anima per venirne fuori più fai peggio, più si nega si afferma, più si afferma e più risuona beffarda la sensazione che la “verità" se ne stia da tutt'altra parte. Chiave ...