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Ray Charles: Genius+Soul=Jazz        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  October 6, 2012

One of the strangest and most fascinating recordings I've heard. For one thing, the title really doesn't prepare listeners for what they're about to hear. I was completely unfamiliar with this album before acquiring this SACD. So yes, it's a jazz album, and yes, Ray Charles performs on every track, ... more
Dexter Gordon: Go        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  June 9, 2010

This excellent reissue from Analogue Productions gives us everything good (and not-so-good) about the 'Blue Note Sound.' The SACD is very convincing, in that it's recreating the original master tape. Gordon's sax is hard-panned left, so while his tone is recreated beautifully it doesn't quite come ... more
Scattered Rhymes - Hillier        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  April 23, 2010

One word review: Brilliant. Detailed review: Brilliant! Tarik O'Regan was comletely unknown to me before I purchased this disc, but with this one recording has quickly become my second-favorite living composer. He composed the titular composition in 2006 (at age 28!) so I'm sure his name is still ... more
Transmigration - Spano          (12 of 13 found this review helpful)
  November 10, 2009

The main attraction here is the Adams, but the other works certainly warrant a few words. Barber's Adagio is easily his best-known work, and receives a very good performance here. I would have preferred that the violins in the climax actually play with less energy - it comes across as forceful ... more

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