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Tatum/Hampton/Rich – “Tatum Group Masterpieces, The” – [Pablo]

Art Tatum- piano
Lionel Hampton- vibes
Buddy Rich- drums

Jazz trio record. Tatum and Hampton are in virtuosic form. Sublime. Every tune a winner. Recorded in LA, 1955.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 6, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Amalthea – “Amalthea II” – [Cloister Recordings]

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    This 2016 cassette is the second release (check out the first here) from Gothenburg, Sweden duo Amalthea (Jonas Lindgren of Aether and Michael Idehall). Cloister Recordings describes this tape as a mix of “minimalistic industrial” and “noise pop,” which seems like an impossible combination until you dive into these four hypnotic tracks. On the one hand, there are the sounds of pure dread: in T1, a leaden thud falls on each beat, making the seconds drag by achingly; T2 is a long, lingering drone; T4 heaves with agonized wailing and dissonant, distorted tones. But on the other hand, there’s flashes of beauty that keep the whole thing from being a total downer (no offense, you know I get down with a total downer now and then) – take T1′s repeating melodic bass line, the dappled tones in T2, the brilliant stabs and rhythms of T3, the rich, strange harmonies that murmur through T4. The contrasts come together to create an experience of gorgeous, satisfying pain.

  • Reviewed by lexi glass on December 4, 2016 at 9:27 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Cassette
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  • Do Tell – “Hotend” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

    Do Tell is a cornet/tuba/percussion trio from New Mexico. This group of 6 Julius Hemphill compositions sounds rather good with this odd combination of instruments. The tunes are upbeat, happy, and bouncy with some nods to Hemphill’s avant-garde side. Who knew tuba in the right hands could be so graceful and compatible with a cornet?

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on December 1, 2016 at 4:12 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Amor, Naim & John Convertino – “Western Suite and Siesta Songs, The” – [L.M. Dupli-cation]

    Very interesting collection of songs from this duo that truly represent the American West. Some nods to rock, country western, and even cabaret. Excellent guitar, piano, and percussion work with delightful touches of lap steel, marimba, you name it. These fine instrumental tracks will have a place in many KFJC programs.

  • Reviewed by Cousin Mary on December 1, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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