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Portico Quartet - CD
Subtle and utterly enjoyable.this is the epitome of cool.this is very much in the loose tubes/personal houseplants vein,saxaphones weave in and out of intricate drum patterns,whilst the ambience is enhanced by an excellent production,the music is jazz/world influenced,well worth a listen.
Tord Gustavsen Ensemble - CD
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This will come as a shock....A sub standard ECM album.I last saw Tord in a marvellous christmas concert at St Martins in the fields and he was tremendous,that was at the end of last year,now his trio has turned into an ensemble,and the standard has slightly dropped,there are femail vocals on a lot of the tracks which totally destroy the mood oof the piece,however all is not lost ,on the instrumental tracks the mood improves with typical ECM style and the Tenor/soprano sax/Piano/Double bass/drums line up comes into its own,but as i say the vocals are tedious.
David Sylvian - CD
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David Sylvian was recently featured on Arve Henricksens magnificent album,and now he returns with his new totally idioosyncratic and bewildering album,this is not "Life in Tokyo"it is far more than that,it is a journey into the more avant garde area,which is where he seems to enjoy occupying these days.More extreme than "Blemish" this is a man who is not content to stand still,this sparse and eerie recording is well worth a listen.Oh and by the way "Manafon"is a Welsh village.
Stone In The Water
Stefano Bollani Trio - CD
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The amazing 40 year career of uber cool label ECM continues with this album by pianist Stefano Bollanii and his Nordic trio,the music is contemplative and listenable,as usual wwith Manfred Eicher on production duties,you know it will be nye on perfection.Produced in New York at the Avatar studios in 2008,this is well up to ECMs exacting standards,and bodes very well for the future.Stefano plays a mixture of originals and standards,, and supporting musicians Jesper Bodilson(Double Bass) and Motrten Lund (Drums) are well suited together.The cd Is Beautifully packaged with an impressive booklet and slipcase.,the Stone maybe in the water but these still waters run deep.
Dresden: In Concert (2CD)
Jan Garbarek Group - CD
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For tthose who worship at thr Chuirch of Garbarek this is manna from Heaven,never one to stint on musical magic this is Garbarek and band at their best.This 2007 concert is spread over two cds and is a far ranging exploration of Garbareks long career,Manu Katche isnt as subtle as Marilyn Mazur on percussion,however Rainer Brauninghaus is brilliant on keyboards and Yuri Daniel is excellent on bass.Listen and be Impressed.
Fleet Foxes (2CD Special Edition)
Fleet Foxes - CD
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Here we are,hottest ady of the year.and i am sitting here watching the fleet foxes on the red button,and i thought i woulddig out the album and give it another listen.and it just get better and better,if you have the double cd version than you have found sonic nirvana,The harmonies are astoundingmbringing on memories of Crosby,Stills and Nash mixed in with a magic ingredient,beautifully performed and produced.Five stars all round
Mad Dog Days (2CD) (With Bonus DVD)
John Martyn - CD
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John Martyn was a brilliant musician,he could show Morrissey a thing or two about being trucculant and disagreeable,he could also show him how to write a good song.This compilation is packed to the gills with excellent songs,"Bless the weather"""Never let me go"""Dealer£ and "Over the hill"all fight for space over 2cds and a DVDRest in Peace John.
Cluster - CD
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The year is 1979 and Cluster have been growing in stature for a good few years,eminating from the German heartland their sound is otherworlrly and sparse,they were more ambient in a subtle way than say,Tangerine Dream(indeed their producer Peter Baumann was a member of Tangerine Dream) less rock influenced than Amon Duul 2 and more listenable than the superb Can,"Grosses Wasser" was an inspired release,minimalist in the extreme the six tracks weave sublime tunes into your cereberal cortex with consumate ease.The band (also known as "Kluster") were Hans Joachin Roedelius(a former prisoner of the East German police) and electronic maestro Deiter Mobeus) they set the standard for electronic musicparticularly their albums with Eno.Listening to the album after 30 years its still sounds excellent ,particularly the 18 minute title tack.
Elvind Aarset - CD
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Elvind is one of those musicians that seem to crop up all over Scandinavian jazz,always inventive and exploratory,he excells on this album,beats abound,and electronic swathes of sound dominate this recording,electronic music that is at times avant garde,(but not in an Evan Parker sort of way) invades yourbrain sweeping all aside,you could possibly dance to this ,but you would have to visit your chiropractitioner afterwards!There are sone slower tracks,which are just as good,with sax and guitar to the fore,with some electric piano in the mix as wellNorway seems to have a knack of producing top quality musicians and long may the fjord fiesta continue!!A great modern sounding album that will keep your feet and brain working overtime for some time to come.
Paul Weller: Just A Dream (DVD & CD)
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Paul Weller is a survivor,having survived the mass adulation of the Jam,through the Jazz influence of The style council and onto maturity with his solo carreer.He has similar manerisms to the Late Great Steve Marriott even down to the same haircut!!!"Just a dream " is a paralell to his last album"22 Dreams" and features 39 songs spread over one DVD and one Cd ,There is a blistereing version of "Eton Rifles"on the DVD that just rips along,and this with other weller classics makes this a fine Souvenir of the past few months touring.Beautifully packaged in a hard book cover,this is Weller at the peak