Category: Jazz

Duke Ellington – Money Jungle

      Ken Dryden: ‘Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session. “Money Jungle” is a thunderous opener, a blues […]

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Jean Luc Ponty – Civilized Evil

Jean Luc Ponty – Civilized Evil       Civilized Evil is an album by French Jazz-Fusion artist Jean-Luc Ponty, released in 1980. It was reissued on Atlantic Records on CD in 1992. Civilized Evil is a well balanced combination of sounds that definitely provide the jazz fusion ingredients but has that overall progressive feel […]

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Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady AMG Review: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady is one of the greatest achievements in orchestration by any composer in jazz history. Charles Mingus consciously designed the six-part ballet as his magnum opus, and — implied in his famous inclusion of liner notes by […]

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Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day

Ronny Jordan – A Brighter Day AMG Review: As the reality of Y2K took hold, no doubt many artists went with forward-thinking album titles for their first efforts of the new millennium. But guitarist Ronny Jordan wasn’t thinking of trendiness or even the calendar shift when he called his Blue Note debut A Brighter Day. His […]

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Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch!

Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch!       Steve Huey: ‘ Out to Lunch stands as Eric Dolphy’s magnum opus, an absolute pinnacle of avant-garde jazz in any form or era. Its rhythmic complexity was perhaps unrivaled since Dave Brubeck’s Time Out, and its five Dolphy originals — the jarring Monk tribute “Hat and […]

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Cannonball Adderley – Know What I Mean?

Cannonball Adderley – Know What I Mean? AMG Review: What’s better than a Bill Evans Trio album? How about a Bill Evans trio album on which the bassist is Percy Heath, the drummer is Connie Kay, and the leader is not Evans but alto sax god Cannonball Adderley, making the group actually a quartet? It’s a […]

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Deodato – Prelude

Deodato – Prelude AMG review: Prior to Prelude, Eumir Deodato was primarily known, if at all, as a tasteful, lyrical, bossa nova-based sometime arranger for the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Frank Sinatra, Wes Montgomery, and others. Enter Creed Taylor, who gave Deodato a chance to step out on his own as a pianist/leader, doing a […]

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Michael Franks – Sleeping Gypsy

Michael Franks – Sleeping Gypsy Sleeping Gypsy is a jazz vocal album by Michael Franks, released in 1977 with Warner Bros. Records. It was Franks’ third studio album after The Art of Tea and prior to Burchfield Nines. AMG Review; After the success of The Art of Tea, Michael Franks was able to more confidently move […]

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George Benson – Bad Benson

George Benson – Bad Benson AMG Review: Preceding Breezin’, his crossover smash for Warner in 1976, George Benson – Bad Benson shows the guitarist still hanging on to his Wes Montgomery roots in places while stretching his soul-jazz persona into even funkier arenas. CTI had a formula for making funky, accessible jazz and fusion records […]

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Michael Franks – Watching The Snow

Michael Franks – Watching The Snow AMG Review: To call Michael Franks schmaltzy is like calling Santa Claus jolly, but what sets him apart from his contemporaries is his ability to deliver each clever yet wince-inducing rhyme with a wink. Michael Franks – Watching The Snow is comfort food with all the trimmings, and it’s […]

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Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World

Madeleine Peyroux – Half The Perfect World Half the Perfect World is the fourth studio album by American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux. It was released on September 12, 2006. It peaked at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and had sold 218,000 copies in the United States by December 2008.The album featured four […]

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E.S.T. – 301

(Esbjorn Svensson Trio) E.S.T. – 301 AMG Review: A couple of months after pianist Esbjörn Svensson passed away in 2008 after a freak diving accident, what was thought to be the band’s final album, Leucocyte, was released. It was considered final because the pianist had been involved in its mixing and sequencing as he had each […]

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Eddie Higgins – Portrait in Black and White

Eddie Higgins – Portrait in Black and White       Dave Nathan: ‘Eddie Higgins is a quiet musician. His playing is never flamboyant and never exceeds the boundaries of good taste. The music coming out of his piano is reflective, exuding a feeling of relaxation, contemplation, and intimate beauty. This is not to say […]

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Magma – Kobaia

Magma – Kobaia Wikipedia: Magma (reissued under the name Kobaïa) is the debut album by zeuhl artists Magma, which was released as a double-LP in 1970. In the course of this album, the band tells the story of a group of people fleeing a doomed Earth to settle on the fictional planet Kobaïa. Magma – […]

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Stomu Yamashta – Go

Stomu Yamashta – Go Amazon: In the 1970’s, Famed Japanese Percussionist/Composer Stomu Yamashta Recorded a Series of Legendary (And Long Out-of-print) Albums with his Go Ensemble that have Been a Holy Grail Among Aficionados of Jazz Fusion/Space Rock. Raven Has Combined all Three Go Albums for “The Complete Go Sessions”: Featuring Three Complete Albums: “Stomu […]

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Mahavishnu Orchestra – Visions of the Emerald Beyond

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Visions of the Emerald Beyond AMG Review: As the second album to document the second Mahavishnu Orchestra, Visions of the Emerald Beyond isn’t as, well, apocalyptic as its predecessor, yet it does focus more intently on the band itself. Jean-Luc Ponty’s curling electric violin lines help give this Mahavishnu band a more […]

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Moondog – Moondog

Moondog – Moondog AMGF Review: Moondog’s second self-titled album (the first one came out in 1956 on the independent jazz label Prestige) was the idiosyncratic composer’s first release in 12 years, and it shows how much Moondog’s already rich music had matured since 1957’s The Story of Moondog. Where Moondog’s ’50s records were jazz-based, Moondog […]

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Bill Evans,Jim Hall – Intermodutation

Bill Evans,Jim Hall – Intermodutation AMG Review :  Bill Evans,Jim Hall – Intermodutation is a duet recording between pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall is one that should retain high expectations to match melodic and harmonic intimacies with brilliant spontaneous musicianship. Where this recording delivers that supposition is in the details and intricacy with […]

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Michael Franks – The Art Of Tea

Michael Franks – The Art Of Tea AMG Review: After his debut on the tiny Brut Records (a short-lived record label of the famous cologne company), Michael Franks established both his unique sound and a recording process he has continued throughout his career. Primarily a jazz artist, Franks crossed over to pop and rock fans through […]

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Art Blakey – Moanin’

Art Blakey – Moanin’ Michael G. Nastos ‘ Art Blakey – Moanin’ (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers) includes some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band. There are three tracks that are immortal and will always stand the test of time. The title selection is a […]

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