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Nov-2004: 4th Week



  • Brian Wilson's latest album "Smile"

  • Mark Knopfler's (from Dire Straits) latest album "Shangri-la"

  • The Libertines

  • Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson

  • Pearl Jam's "Lost Dogs"

  • and more ...


Ben Webster / Oscar Peterson
Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
Some Of The Old Ones Are Still The Best!!!, September 1, 2002
Reviewer: Robert J. Ament "papacoolbreeze" (Ballwin, MO United States)


This is some of the most recognizable music that is good jazz that you will come across. The combination of the Oscar Peterson Trio with the breathy sax playing of Ben Webster gives a special warmth and sentiment to these standards. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, "In The Wee Small Hours" is instrumentally the equal of what Sinatra did for the tune vocally. Webster had an entirely different tone on faster tunes....more robust with some rasps and growls. One can hear a hint of this on the mid tempo "Sunday".

Look at the rest of these reviews and you have to conclude this is a necessity for your collection if you're a serious lover of mainstream jazz, the master saxwork of Ben Webster, or the equally excellent playing of the Oscar Peterson Trio. It was one of the best buys I've made for my collection!


Black Sabbath

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)
As if their dark lyrics and wall-of-sludge sound didn't already have an epic sweep, Black Sabbath braved an even more ambitious approach on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, adding synthesizers and even strings to tracks such as "Who Are You?" and "Spiral Architect." But even without them, the Sabbath classics "Killing Yourself to Live," "National Acrobat," "Looking for Today," and the title track pack a thunderous sonic wallop. "Fluff," a bit of ponderous musing on acoustic guitar and keyboards, adds variety to the disc but brings the headbanging pleasure of the rest of the album to a screeching halt. Beyond that misstep, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is as slow and deliberate as a lava flow, and just as powerful. --Daniel Durchholz


Brian Wilson
Smile   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)
The Greatest Album That Never Was finally is. The Beach Boys' uncompleted 1967 album Smile has remained the elusive touchstone of Brian Wilson's brilliant, star-crossed career for decades. Artistic Holy Grail and troubling professional Waterloo for Wilson, a tantalizing prism of unfulfilled promise to his loyal cadre of fans, its story has become pop music's Rashomon. Finally completed via spring 2004 recordings with his stellar, longtime touring band (none of the original '60s sessions were used, though they've been recreated here with often stunning authenticity), it's arguably as alien to contemporary pop as it might have seemed in its intended '67 context--even to ears freshly primed by the glories of Pet Sounds.


Collaborator Van Dyke Parks's impressionistic, often mischievous lyrics conjure a collage of arcane 19th century Americana that's equal parts artful ellipse and aloof nostalgia. But wed to Wilson's innovative composition and recording techniques (echoing beat author William Burroughs's fabled cut 'n' paste methodology and exemplified by the modular "Good Vibrations"), the resulting semisuite confections challenge the boundaries of both song and album form, but with an insouciant charm that's as different from Pet Sounds as that landmark was from "I Get Around." Turns out those hypothetical comparisons to Sgt. Pepper's weren't so far off the mark. --Jerry McCulley

Smiling with Brian Music Editor Peter Hilgendorf called Brian Wilson to congratulate him on the release of Smile, and to talk about the recording and some of the history behind this highly anticipated release. Listen now.


Album Description
Smile is inarguably the most long-awaited album in modern pop history. It's been more than 37 years since the title first appeared on a label release schedule, intended as the January 1967 follow-up to the groundbreaking art-rock of the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. But Smile never made its initial release date. Today, this album is not a mere reconstruction of past performances, but something entirely new, a serious summation of a project that has been gestating for nearly four decades.


Acoustic  Blues, Pop/Rock

Eric Clapton

Stereophile R2D4.


"Clapton caught the "unplugged" trend just at the right time, when the public was hungry to hear how well rock stars and their material can hold up when stripped of elaborate production values. Clapton himself seemed baffled by the phenomenon, especially when picking up the armload of Grammys Unplugged earned him, including Record and Song of the Year for "Tears in Heaven," the heart-rending elegy to his young son, Conor. That song and a reworked version of "Layla" got most of the attention, but the rest of the album has fine versions of acoustic blues numbers such as "Malted Milk," "Rollin' & Tumblin', and "Before You Accuse Me" that make it worth investigating further. --Daniel Durchholz"


Alternative Rock

Parachutes   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)
Music doesn't come more touching than this. With their debut single alone, the emotion-fortified "Shiver," Coldplay prove they can shift between elated and crushed in a breath, as singer Chris Martin pours out music's oldest chestnut (unconditional yet unrequited love) with the shakiest of voices and a backdrop of epic guitars. For 10 tracks on Parachutes, he adds new-found meaning to the most tired and overused rock sentiments--love found, love lost, love unrequited--over acoustic guitars and emotionally fraught rock. And for once, all the clich•s ring true because Chris Martin genuinely sounds like a man picking over the bones of his life, coming up with just as many reasons to be cheerful as seriously depressed. Not that Parachutes is a depressing album--there's too much conviction to the guitars and hope in Martin's words for that. Instead it's a beautifully tender balance that comes as close to perfection as anything that's come before it. --Dan Gennoe






Hell Freezes Over - 180gm

Stereophile R2D4 - Larry Greenhill.


One of the few recommended Simply Vinyl reissues, good news as the original is as rare as can be, being pressed in the 1990s.


"Although they didn't include my favorite, "Lying Eyes," there's enough good stuff on the Eagles' reunion CD to make me feel 20 years younger with the first few notes of "Desperado" or "Life in the Fast Lane." Time has thickened Glenn Frey's and Don Henley's voices slightly and slowed the tempos on some cuts, but "Hotel California" ' new concert opening and closing work much better than the original studio version. Henley's voice sounds better for not being buried in studio reverb, and is enhanced here by added dynamic range, subterranean drums, bass slam that doesn't quit, superb air and soundstaging, and pinpoint placement of the acoustic guitar and keyboards. Best is the moment of recognition when the crowd finally realizes which song is being played and goes wild. Play this cut on the biggest, baddest audio system you can afford." - Larry Greenhill, Stereophile



Too Legit To Quit

Stanley Kirk Burrell's second megahit!, February 17, 2004
Reviewer: andy8047 (Nokomis,Florida)

TOO LEGIT TO QUIT, released in October 1991,was the second mega hit for this artist, now simply known as Hammer. The success of PLEASE HAMMER DON'T HURT 'EM, released only 20 months earlier, prompted Hammer to record this album immediately. Aside from the title track, hits include the religiously themed DO NOT PASS ME BY and THIS IS THE WAY WE ROLL. Shortly after this album was released, Hammer guest-hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live and was a musical guest as well. In that episode, he performed THIS IS THE WAY WE ROLL and the title track. Also, there's ADDAMS GROOVE, on the cassette format of this album. That track is from the movie "The Addams Family", based on the 1960's sitcom. All the aforementioned tracks would later appear on the GREATEST HITS compilation, released in 1996. This is Hammer's third album ever, and on the Capitol label (he would be dropped after this album).


Hives, The

Tyrannosaurus Hives
This Swedish garage-punk band that faced off against the Vines on the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002 after the release of is breakthrough Veni Vidi Vicious album still sounds like it's in battle mode on Tyrannosaurus Hives. Violent songs such as "Walk Idiot Walk" and "Abra Cadaver" jerk forward in a noisy collision of surf guitars, frantic rhythms, and front man Howlin' Pelle Almquist's preposterous barks. He's part ringleader, part instigator, and the main ingredient that keeps the Hives' Nuggets-inspired retro rock from sounding as dated as its influences. Despite a few light electronic touches, the band sticks largely to formula throughout this album but by keeping the focus on its biggest assets--simplicity and volume--it comes out triumphant nonetheless. --Aidin Vaziri

Album Description
The Hives return to the forefront of the music scene with the blazing new album TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES. The follow up to their smash "Veni Vidi Vicious" CD which featured the worldwide hit "Hate To Say I Told You So" and was listed in Rolling Stone's Top 50 albums of the year.

With TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES the band reaches new heights and reestablishes themselves as one of the world•s best rock outfits around today! "Every track on this record will be sure to make you move," said the band's Howlin• Pelle Almqvist. "It•s straight from our roots • pure in your face punk."

TYRANNOSAURUS HIVES forces the world to break out from another work of pure unadulterated genius so infectious as to be unstoppable without a sucking serum, as this fivesome have once again kicked it out skillfully, magnificently and brilliantly. The sound that they display is like a velvet glove with brass knuckles, both brutal and sophisticated at the same time. Based on youth, energy and taste, The Hives are giving you PUNKROCK MUSIC AVEC KABOOM.



Holly Cole Trio

Don't Smoke In Bed - HQ Vinyl - Classic Records

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Pop / Rock / Folk

Janis Ian

Billie's Bones

Tribute to Billie Holiday
Billie's Bones, the title song on this folk album, is a tribute to one of Ian's heroes, Billie Holiday. From the moment she opens her mouth on this, her 18th studio album, one of the most recognizable voices of the 1960s folk scene comes out as clear as ever. After almost 40 years in the music industry, Janis Ian shows she still has what it takes to make an excellent album.


Looking Back on her Life
If there is a theme to this album, it is one of reverie. Ian seems to be looking back at her life. Hear You Sing Again is a song co-written with another folk icon, Woodie Guthrie, in which she longs to hear her mother's voice. It's a sweet melody, but I would have loved to hear Woodie join her on this tune.

In Paris In Your Eyes, and Amsterdam Canadian Ian reminisces about former loves in foreign lands.

Matthew Shephard and Dolly Parton
In eerily slow jazz tune, Matthew Ian pays tribute to the death of murdered gay college student Matthew Shephard:

What makes a man a man?
The cut of a coat, the hint of a tan?
It's not who you love, but whether you can
What makes a man a man?

The breakout song on this album, though is My Tennessee Hills, a duet with country legend Dolly Parton. The two women's voices compliment each other like a sunset and a pristine lake. It's full of country twang and heart.

If there's one thing Janis Ian is known for, it's songwriting. Perhaps the best example on this album is Mockingbird:
If I had a mockingbird
for every tear I've shed
the skies would rain with laughter
everytime I raised my head...


Review by Joe Viglione
"Decades after their initial burst on the pop scene certain serious artists conjure up special recordings deserving of extra attention. A Jackie DeShannon will deliver something stunning like her wonderful You Know Me disc while Ian Hunter strikes hard with his powerful Rant. Janis Ian takes a more restrained approach, but the result is just as masterful on Billie's Bones, a collection of 13 songs recorded over three days in Nashville at Sound Emporium from June 9-11, 2003. Dolly Parton adds a complementary vocal to "My Tennessee Hills" as Janis takes the listener all over the world ..."  Read more at AMG




John Coltrane
Giant Steps - 180gm

"Released in January 1960, John Coltrane's first album devoted entirely to his own compositions confirmed his towering command of tenor saxophone and his emerging power as a composer."  Includes the classic ballad "Naima".


Kings Of Convenience

Riot On An Empty Street   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)

"Riot on an Empty Street ends a long period of inactivity for the Kings of Convenience. During their three-year layoff Erlend •ye could be found making solo records and DJing while Eirik Glambek Boe was finishing his psychology degree. Luckily for fans of beautiful vocals and thoughtful indie pop, they decided to get back together. What this band is all about is the sound of Boe and •ye's voices blended together in harmony. Their first album (in both incarnations) erred on the side of consistency. Here the band seems to have learned the all-important lesson of pace and variety. ..." Read more at AMG ...


Libertines, The

The Libertines


Punk Revival, Indie Rock, Britpop, Garage Rock Revival

"The Libertines joined the pop fray of 2002, competing with the likes of the Strokes, Hives, Vines, and Doves with their debut single, "What a Waster." The Bernard Butler-produced track entered the U.K.'s Top 40 in June, leaving NME to crown the Libertines as the best new band in Britain."


"The Libertines' self-titled second album • which was released when Doherty was out of the band, awaiting trial after pleading guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, a switchblade he picked up after fleeing rehab in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand • ends up being frustratingly brilliant..."   Read more at AMG ...


New York Daily News

[The Libertines] is an extraordinary record•an extraordinary and challenging second LP, suffused with tenderness and anger.

The Libertines• second album is a masterpiece of life-changing rock •n roll.

NY Post
That scruffy Brit band The Libertines is the single best rock act to emerge in the last decade.

The Libertines have developed an ear for the refined pop that•s as much their national inheritance as sneering pogo punk.

New York Post
"THAT scruffy Brit band the Libertines is the single best rock act to emerge in the last decade-hands down."

"Barat and Doherty trade lines...and the result is a dark, tense record, but one still cracking with life...A-"

"...this second album proves that, at present, the band's ramshackle rock is England's crown jewel."

Daily News
"...a grippingly immediate feel. Many songs have the impact of great Buzzcocks and Undertones numbers from the 70's."

Los Angeles Times
"•A loud, taut, propulsive, punk powered display•"



Ray Of Light essential recording
Never underestimate Madonna's power of persuasion: By nearly all critical accounts, Ray of Light, Madonna's first album of new material since 1994's Bedtime Stories, and her first since motherhood, is her richest, most accomplished record yet. While Ray of Light is being tagged as Madonna's big leap into electronica, it's important to note two things: First, her music has always had close ties to dance culture, and, second, her collaborator William Orbit is no Chemical Brother. Though it has all the latest blips, bleeps, and crackles electronica has to offer, Ray of Light is still largely an adult album, completely within Madonna's realm. Still, Orbit's tasteful sonic constructions provide Madonna with her most adventurous, hippest musical backdrop ever. What's more, the arrangements and production are understated enough to highlight an even bigger development: Fresh from singing lessons on the Evita set, Madonna's vocal range, depth, and clarity have never been stronger. But larger pipes don't necessarily make for deeper, truer music. . --Roni Sarig

[ Ray of Light ] delivers 67 minutes of complex, challenging and ultimately entrancing music without so much as breathing heavily.... [Madonna] sings here in a voice grown deeper and fuller about the emptiness of fame and pleasure ... and the rewards of mystic pursuits.... [S]he peppers her songs with apocalyptic visions of death and rebirth, sin, salvation and transcendence..


Mark Knopfler

Shangri-la    (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)
Mark Knopfler isn't afraid to drop names. The heavyweight Cassius Clay laid low, the man who made burgers and fries into big business, the kings of rock & roll and skiffle are among the motley assortment who pass through Knopfler's fourth solo album. Recorded in Malibu with a tight crew of steadfast Knopfler sidemen, Shangri-La (the title comes from the studio where the entire set was recorded) chronicles the foibles of the acclaimed and the adrift, all delivered with the nonchalant grace that has marked Knopfler's music since Dire Straits emerged in the late '70s. Seven of album's 14 originals clock in at between five and seven minutes. That's Knopfler in a nutshell--don't rush things, but don't loose the thread, either. As a songwriter, Knopfler has a storyteller's eye for minutiae, which he delivers with practiced nuance. He overreaches here and there ("Song for Sonny Liston" fails to capture the pathos of the menacing fighter), but also pulls off a few career highlights (the understated crime-drama opener "5.15 a.m."). --Steve Stolder

Album Description
The fourth solo excursion from acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler, Shangri-La is perhaps his most rocking album since his halcyon days in Dire Straits. A four- time Grammy winner who has sold some 110 million albums worldwide with that group and solo • and whose signature guitar sound, instantly recognizable vocals and smart lyrics have made him one of rock's most admired artists • Knopfler offers an idyllic earthly refuge for the sophisticated rock fan with Shangri-La.



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Blame Tricky and Portishead. They started this whole Bristol sound thing, with sleepy techno beats overshadowed by the chirrupy vocals of some slumberland chanteuse. And--just when you think the approach has lost all its steam, all its relevance--along comes a new outfit to make the music a few degrees sleepier, the singing a tad more dreamy. And singers don't come any dreamier than Skye Edwards, whose lissome trill infuses every track on this sophomore outing with a tranquil ennui. You don't jump around to Morcheeba numbers like "The Sea." You sit back and let them creep up on you, as steady as the tides. --Tom Lanham

Always a hippie groove band at heart, Morcheeba have responded impressively to trip-hop's AOR-ization with Big Calm--possibly the most seamless mix of VH1 pop and DJ culture so far, and a joint that recalls the Mamas and the Papas as much as Portishead ... nearly every tune lingers in the memory, from the Delta-flavored sing-along "Part of the Process" to the Brit-reggae swagger of "Friction


Neil Young

Tonight's The Night   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks) essential recording
By 1975 Young had written some of the most enduring anthems in rock history. But from the slow, tension-building piano opening of "Tonight's the Night," he downshifts into darkness and Crazy Horse's folk-country melodies take on a guttural hum that would eventually speak to generations of punk and grunge musicians. Inspired by the overdose deaths of two of Young's friends, roadie Bruce Berry and guitarist Danny Whitten, the title track (and its closing reprise) is a hypnotic cry of "why?" Even the relative party songs, "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" and "Roll Another Number," fit the album's bus-to-nowhere resignation. --Steve Knopper
Convulsive, raw, and underrated, February 6, 2004
Reviewer: Rocco Dormarunno (Brooklyn, NY)

The long history of rock and roll is filled with many incongruities. One of the more SEEMING incongruities has already been identified by several reviewers (I didn't read them all, so this may be old hat) and that is the punk feel in this mostly accoustic album. But this shouldn't be surprising. In a 1977 interview, Johnny (Rotten) Lydon stated that Neil Young was a major influence on him, and that TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT impressed him the most. Neil returned the compliment in "Hey, Hey, My, My" with the lyric: "The King is gone but he's not forgotten/This is the story of Johnny Rotten".

Obviously, the influence wasn't musical. The influence wasn't in attitude, either: much of TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT howls with pain and despair, NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS..." growls with anger and mockery. The true influence writhes in the convulsions, the hoarse screams, the rawness of the emotions. There's a fury and an outrage in these albums that is unsuppressed. It's little wonder that Kurt Cobain would be the logical heir of this legacy. (Another seeming incongruity: Kurt Cobain's suicide note contains Neil Young's lyric "It's better to burn out than to fade away". And Neil wrote the sorrowful "Sleeps with Angels" about Cobaine's suicide.)

Nearly thirty years later the raw wounds still fester; the album has withstood the proverbial test of time. I won't go through each song individually because I would just be repeating what other reviewers have said. But it is worth repeating how powerful this album is.


Pearl Jam

Lost Dogs


Lost Dogs; a fitting title., November 2, 2004
Reviewer: Alan Pounds "music obsessor" (West St. Paul, MN United States)

At the peak of the 90s alt-rock scene, Pearl Jam was the biggest band in the world. Nirvana may have kick-started their fame, but "Ten" climbed the charts quicker and higher than "Nevermind" ever has, selling over 12 million copies (as of 2003). Pearl Jam wasn't about to compromise their music for fame and glamour, which is clear when examining their career. Although Pearl Jam had created the sound of an entire decade, they continued to duck the spotlight, by making very few videos, giving very few interviews, then enduring a long battle against Ticketmaster, that lowered their popularity a few more notches. After releasing "Vs." in 1993, each Pearl Jam album that followed played to a smaller audience. Ultimately, Pearl Jam went from being the biggest band in the world, to being the biggest cult band in the world, by choice.

Due to the way Pearl Jam has gone about making albums in the past, their are several "Lost Dogs" included here. Since each album plays to a small audience, and includes an underlying theme, several songs that were officially released were shelved if they did not fit in with the rest of the material, and never made it to a proper Pearl Jam album. This is why "Lost Dogs" is necessary, a compilation of their best B-sides, stray singles, and compilation tracks, laid out in non-chronological sequence.

The variety of material is very desirable. This is Pearl Jam at their most experimental, their hardest rocking, most relaxed and most intimate in their career. "Lost Dogs" captures what the band sounded like at their peak, capturing their true passion. This proves that they had what it took to release another "Ten" album, but wisely chose not to.


Ruggiero Ricci / Pierrino Gamba

Bizet (arr. Sarasate) Carmen Fantaisie Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Saint-Saens Havanaise, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso - 180g

Recording: September 1959 at Kingsway Hall, London by Alan Reeve

Production: James Walker


Some violinists enrapture their audience with their purity of tone, others with their warm timbre, or their amazing technical virtuosity. Pablo de Sarasate y Navascu•z was one of the very few violinists who combined all these merits, and in addition was a composer in his own right. The most famous of his 50 works are Zigeunerweisen, based on traditional gypsy folklore and the fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy.

And what better proof is there than Saint-Sa•ns•s Rondo capriccioso that it is perfectly possible to unite high-spirited joyfulness with a minor key. As the name suggests, his Havanaise is filled with the melodies and colourful rhythms of Spain: no wonder this piece is known as •the violinists' warhorse•.

It goes without saying that these 19th-century bravura pieces are an absolute •must• for all those who wish to join the annals of great virtuoso violinists. And today, 40 years after the making of this recording, general consensus has it that Ruggiero Ricci has taken his rightful place among the great virtuosos.


Smashing Pumpkins

Siamese Dream essential recording
An introductory drum roll drops out and is replaced by a single suspended electric guitar, which is then paralleled by a snare, filled in with the bass, and--crash!--"Cherub Rock," the opening track, is enveloped in an explosion of metal guitar. So the journey begins. This album is pre-experimentation vintage Pumpkins. Produced by Butch Vig (Garbage, Sonic Youth, Nirvana's Nevermind), Siamese Dream is first about guitars. Lots and lots of guitars. A very close second is Jimmy Chamberlain's unquestionably excellent power drumming. Throughout each song, Billy Corgan delivers angsty lyrics in his signature breathy whine. "Disarm" is a nice intermission halfway though the album. As the title of the song suggests, it throws the listener into a different mood with its full string arrangements and radiant orchestral chimes. But then it is back to the aural masochism--a pain that rarely sounds so sweet. --Beth Bessmer


Steely Dan

Everything Must Go   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)
After trading their infamous two-decade hiatus for an armful of Grammies, Steely Dan breezed through the recording of Two Against Nature's follow-up in a year--near record time in the oft-tortuous Becker/Fagan sessionography. Loosening their notoriously anal retentive studio bent has yielded upbeat immediacy, an almost un-Dan-like brightness to jazzy funk and blues that snap and crackle--even if pop is obviously the farthest thing from their fevered brows. But anyone who confuses the sunny disposition of "Blues Beach" and others here with anything but an ever slyer incarnation of their trademark irony and icy veneer just isn't paying attention. Bookended by "The Last Mall" (a cool, chunky update of "Black Friday"'s apocalypse) and a bluesy, laconic title track that serves up metaphors for bankruptcies both commercial and moral, Walt and Don argue that our once fair society may well be past redemption. Better to simply close out the excess with a good blue-light special. "Godwhacker" serves jazz-head notice on no less than the almighty, whilst Becker makes his belated Steely Dan vocal bow on the slinky "Slang of Ages," daring to be termed "Newmanesque" for rhyming "netherworld" with "Duke of Earl"--if not his lugubrious, lounge-lizard delivery. Abetted by guitarists Hugh McCracken and Jon Herrington, the sax of Walt Weiskopf (and others), and synched to the playful grooves of drummer Keith Carlock, Becker and Fagan bring a deliciously detached elegance to "Green Book" and "Pixeleen"'s sharp musings on digital vidiocy, forging an album that's a cunning, symbolic reminder that the sun will shine brightest just before it explodes. --Jerry McCulley


Rickie Lee Jones

Evening Of My Best Day   (Sold Out - Watch This Webpage for new stocks)

BRILLIANT - her best since"Pirates", October 7, 2003
Reviewer: Karl Miller "kemspeaks" (Phoenixville, PA United States)

It feels like forever since a release of original music from Rickie Lee Jones ("Ghostyhead", some 6 years ago and now impossible to find thanks to record company politics). Her long awaited return is also one of the best new releases of the year - and her best work since the one-two punch of her incredible debut and the follow up masterpiece "Pirates" (for my money, one of the 5 best albums ever recorded).

Slinky soul ballads, finger snapping jazz grooves and a voice that is weathered and childlike (sometimes on the very same note) are all over this project. Rickie has reunited with David Kalish (one of the featured performers on "Pirates") and he brings out everything you love about her music - and helps her add a ray of sunshine that's been missing since The Magazine's "Juke Box Fury".

No matter what you love about Rickie's music (and there is much to love about her), you are going to find it here. For fans of her acoustic ballader stylings, the title track is bound to be a new favorite. Full of sunny, hopeful lyrics and sweet guitar strumming, "Evening Of..." is classic Rickie.

"Little Mysteries" is the kind of R&B influenced track that reminds you how special Rickie is. The seductiveness of this song is outweighed only by its subject matter - Rickie's take on the 2000 presidential election (a subject that reappears on a number of songs - Rickie was never overtly political in her music, but her feelings about the Patriot Act and the Bush adminstration are a centerpiece of this project).

"Lap Dog" takes Rickie deeper into blues territory, and it is an area where she needs to concentrate - as always, this woman owns whatever musical genre she chooses to dip her toes into. Her voice carries this tune so well, it generates a huge "awe" factor.

"Ugly Man" is poetic improvisational jazz (and another swipe at George W.) - and shows why Rickie Lee deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Shirley Horn and Betty Carter (and possibly Cassandra Wilson)as one of America's great jazz chantrueses. Her voice blends so well with the instrumentation of this song.

"Sailor Song" is a folk-like Celtic voyage, "A Second Chance" is dirgelike in a "Skeletons" styled manner, and "A Face In the Crowd" is unlike anything you ever heard - remember how your ears stood up and paid attention as "We Belong Together" kept shifting rhythms, keys and beat - you get the same feeling from this song.

These songs are going to sound incredible live - anyone who has ever caught one of Rickie's shows knows how important live performances are to getting a true sense of how brilliant an artist she truly is (even if she is ALWAYS late).

This is a very special project by a one-of-a-kind artist. Hooray for refinding the muse - and showing us once again that talent can shine through


Various Artists

Blue Note Trip 3: Goin' Down - Gettin' Up

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Released: 27 September 2004


Disc 1
1 Sidewinder - The Adventure
2 Sky High - Donald Byrd
3 Freeze It Up - John Lee & Gerry Brown
4 Always There - Ronnie Laws
5 The Final Comedown - Grant Green
6 Black Pearl - Jimmy McGriff
7 Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) - Reuben Wilson
8 Say You Will - Eddie Henderson
9 Dance Lesson No. 2 - Karl Denson
10 Dat Dere - Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
11 Ummh - Bobby Hutcherson
12 Psychedelic Sally - Horace Silver
13 Pygmy Part 2 - Billy Larkin & The Delegates
14 The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
15 Midnight Blue - Kenny Burrell


Disc 2
1 Sweet Sublime - Molly Johnson
2 Magrouni - Erik Truffaz
3 Wind Parade - Donald Byrd
4 Inside You - Eddie Henderson
5 I Got The... - Labi Siffre
6 Madamoiselle - Foxy
7 90% Of Me Is You - Gwen McCrae
8 Creole - Charlie Hunter feat. Mos Def
9 Los Alamitos Latinfunklovesong - Gene Harris
10 HNIC - Blue Mitchell
11 Why (Am I Treated So Bad)? - Cannanball Adderley
12 Keep It Up - Milton Wright
13 Gotta Be Funky - Monk Higgins
14 Friends And Strangers - Ronnie Laws
15 New York Times - Bobbi Humphrey


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Blue Note Trip: Saturday Night

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Blue Note Trip: Sunday Morning

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Maestro has divided this compilation BBlue Note Trip' into two parts: one half is full of uptempo, glowing, jazzy tunes, while the other half comprises of loungy, laidback, relaxed vibes.

The first LP, 'Saturday Night,' includes tracks by legends such as Donald Byrd, Ronnie Jordan, Grant Green, and Minnie Riperton. A selection based on feeling, according to Maestro: "A record to listen to at home, before you head into town for a night out. You're standing in front of the mirror, getting into the mood."


The 2nd LP, 'Sunday Morning,' as the name implies, more or less represents the musical cooldown: "Early in the morning, back at home, time to recover."

Disc 1
1 Intro From Blue Note Live At The Roxy
2 Donald Byrd - Black Byrd
3 Minnie Riperton - I'm A Woman
4 Buddy Rich - The Beat Goes On
5 Candido - Serenade To A Savage
6 EDC - Desire On Fire
7 Jimmy McGriff - Deb Sombo
8 Donald Byrd - Elijah
9 Patti Drew - Fever
10 Joe Torres - Soul Cha
11 Grant Green - Sookie Sookie
12 Richard 'Groove' Holmes - Groovin' For Mr G


Disc 2
1 Bobbi Humphrey - Smiling Faces Sometimes
2 Marlena Shaw - Save The Children
3 A Taste Of Honey - I Love You
4 Bobbi Humphrey - My Little Girl
5 Nancy Wilson - Lush Life
6 Horace Silver - Song For My Father
7 Gene Harris - As
8 Bobby Lyle - Groove
9 Lonnie Smith - Move You Hand
10 Bobby Hutcherson - Goin' Down South
11 Candido - Ghana Spice Pt. 1
12 Dianna Reeves - Afro Blue
13 Eddie Palmieri - Harlem River Drive
14 Gene Harris & The Three Sounds - Book Of Slim
15 Gary Bartz - Music Is My Sanctuary



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Louis Soliano - improm2

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Product Details:

  • Genre: Jazz

  • Audio CD  (Vinyl release to be announced)

  • May, 2004

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Wyse Records


!! A  First !!

FM Acoustics proprietary Harmonic Linearizer and precision electronics were used in this recording.  First of its kind.



Louis Soliano - Drums & Vocals

Don Gomes - Piano

Dale Barlow - Tenor Sax

Marcus Dengate - Fretless Bass

Yoshiro Okazaki - Trumpet


Produced By: Ben Chia

Recording and Mastering By: John Herbert

Recorded and Mastered at Lion Studios, Singapore





1. Caravan

2. Tenderly

3.  Misty

4. Bolivia

5. Satin Doll

6. Have You Met Miss Jones ?

7.  Unit 7

8. I Changed The Rules

9. Love Makes The Changes

10.  Cute

11. Love For Sale


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"Like a shooting star, IMPROM2 is very much like a flash of brilliance that lights up the night sky, just as uncontrived, just as unplanned, yet true in form like one of the many celestial wonders in the universe.  This recording was never planned, it just happened when Louis wanted it to happen.  The band then went to the studio and within two days, and just two takes on each track recorded live, a brilliant performance was captured on tape.   Voted as Asia's Best Drummer by Downbeat magazine in the 1970s, Louis is without doubt, a pillar to Singapore's jazz legacy.  Having played with many world class jazz icons over the years, Louis has evolved and developed a unique "sound" that has made IMPROM2 very much a "Louis Soliano thing".

- Ben Chia, Producer


Louis Soliano has played with such luminaries as Buddy Rich, Dakota Staton, Jimmy Witherspoon, Anita O'Day, Sarah Vaughn, Julie London, Patti Page, Brenda Lee, Stan Getz, Hampton Hawes, Matt Munro, Ann Margaret, Jane Russell, Betty Davis, Dave Packer, Roy Castle, Shirley Bassey to name a few ...


Soliano's Debut Dazzles

by S.Y. Whang

Jazz On CD, Straits Times - July 16, 2004 - Singapore's leading newspaper


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LOUIS SOLIANO, drummer and vocalist, has been around so long it comes as a surprise to learn that he has never recorded a solo album - until now.


Improm2, produced by Wyse records, showcases Soliano's jazz talents for the first time.


Soliano comes from a family of musicians: father Paul played violin, drums, bass, piano and uncle Gerry, a violinist.


The Eurasian community to which the Solianos belong, continue to have a vital role in sustaining jazz here.


Whenever visiting artists come to town and accompanying musicians are called for, the evergreen drummer is top of the list.


He has played with Sarah Vaughan, Anita O'Day, Julie London, Stan Getz, and Shirley Bassey, to name a few.


Noted hi-fi dealer Ben Chia encouraged Soliano to make this recording.  Chia heads Wyse Records which released Soliano's album last month.  Chia, the head of a music production company Absolute Sound, lent his expertise to achieve the pristine sound quality on this CD.  Soliano leads a trio with pianist Don Gomes, another jazz perennial here, and electric bassist Marcus Dengate.


The horn part was supplied by tenor saxophonist Dale Barlow on eight of the 11 tracks and trumpeter Yoshiro Okazaki on the remaining three.


The programme is dominated by safe choices - classic ballads (Misty, Tenderly), a pair of Ellingtons (Satin Doll, Caravan) and one piece each by Rodgers/Hart and Cole Porter.


These are pieces that Soliano must have performed hundreds, if not thousands, of times.  Some might prefer a more adventurous selection.


There are no complaints about the performance though, as Soliano plays with great heart and gusto.


Satin Doll, taken at a leisurely pace, is distinguished by Soliano trading fours with Gomes and a finely inscribed solo by Okazaki.


Caravan provides the expected drummer's showcase for Soliano, whose sizzling cymbals at the start sparks a bravura solo.


Have You Met Miss Jones is treated casually, almost flippantly.


The lyrics are secondary to Soliano's scatting.  Okazaki executes astute obligatos to Soliano's snappy singing on I Changed The Rules, as well as a good solo.


The other horn man, Barlow, has a full tone with a touch of Dexter Gordon.  Apart from his solos, which flesh out the pieces he plays on, he also wrote several of the arrangements.


Tenderly and Misty are closely associated with the late Sarah Vaughan. 


Consciously or otherwise, Soliano follows her inflections (on Misty: The sound of your hel-lo/I hear) and even sounds like Vaughan in her advanced years, when her chocolate contralto the timbre of a male voice.


The lesser-known instrumentals, I thought, held even greater interest, possibly because they don't suffer from over-familiarity.


Cedar Walton's Bolivia, a stop-time swinger, is driven lustily along by Soliano's lilt and bounce.  Unit 7, an uptempo blowing number by Sam Jones, has an attractive bossa bridge.


Soliano, with his accents and energetic breaks, ensures that his band does not slacken.

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"Excellent music, with the whole band playing flawlessly in tune, and Louis in his solos shows us why he was voted by Downbeat as Asia's best drummer.  No wild drumming here; instead, always in connection to the mood of the music.  On top of that, superb sonics, under the personal direction of Singapore's foremost super high-end dealer, Ben Chia of Absolute Sound.    Utilizing a FM Acoustics proprietary  Harmonic Linearizer, the sound quality is a revelation, and a demonstration as well that redbook CDs are far from dead.


The best compliment I can give this CD is that it has such an inviting ambience that it makes me feel like going to a jazz club with an intimate setting, have a Singapore sling, and just relax :)   For those in Singapore, Louis can be heard live at the Ritz Carlton."


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Don Gomes - Cafe Society

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Product Details:

  • Genre: Jazz

  • Audio CD  (Vinyl release to be announced)

  • May, 2004

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Label: Wyse Records



Don Gomes - Piano & Vocals

Fred Grigson - Guitar

Simon Styles - Saxophone

Ric Eastman - Drums

Paul Pooley - Bass

Lloyd Christy Smith - Bass on A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square


Produced By: Don Gomes and Ben Chia

All tracks mastered by: John Herbert

Recorded and Mastered at Lion Studios, Singapore  and Planet Studios, Subiaco, Western Australia



1. The Masquerade Is Over

2. One for My Baby (and One More For The Road)

3.  Why Did I Choose You

4. A Nightingale Sand In Berkeley Square

5. Everything Happens To Me

6. Imagination

7. Blame It On My Youth

8. You Don't Know What Love Is

9. How Insensitive (Insensatez)

10. The Very Thought Of You

11. We'll Be Together Again


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"I love ballads.  Ballads inspire me to tell stories by creating with sounds in time and space.  I love visits to the poignantly beautiful places found in exquisitely crafted tunes.  This is my respite from the chaotic world of instant-everything and throw-away-nothings!  For me, music is a selfish pursuit.  This choice rewards me with happiness, and a sense of life.


May your heart sing and your spirit swing.  Peace."

- Don Gomes, artist and producer


Once again, excellent music and sound quality from Wyse Records.  Don's performance, together with his band, indeed successfully weaves poignant stories as he intended to.  Revisiting these timeless classics through Don's music is gratifying, and at the same time feeling the music with him, as he lays the soundscape through his piano and voice.


A Nightingale In Berkeley Square and Insensatez are my favorites, superb renditions of these timeless classics.  The whole album is a keeper, no fillers in this one.


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