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Kei Akagi Trio: Modern Ivory        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  March 6, 2008

This is my second Kei Akagi recording and I am liking this more than the other one ('A Hint Of You'). Mr. Akagi and his bandmates (Tomokazu Sugimoto on bass and Tamaya Honda on drums) play the following 9 wonderful and original piano tunes; 1) Dolphin Dance, by Herbie Hancock 2) Peresina by McCoy ... more
Kei Akagi Trio: A Hint of You          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  March 6, 2008

I never really warmed to this disc. Been waiting to write a review until I listened to it multiple times during a period of a few months, but it still leaves me somewhat underwhelmed. Who is Kei Agaki? Let me borrow a few lines from the Allmusic Guide: "Born in Japan, Akagi lived in Cleveland ... more
Blonde on the Rocks - Shoji Yokouchi Quartet        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 5, 2008

The best shirt ever (?) captured on a cover :-). This disc swings like crazy. It's a guitar album full of straight ahead jazz tunes. I do not think sonically there are any criticisms to be had on this recording. Full bodied driving bass, direct and tuneful electric jazz guitar (two of them), ... more
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  December 14, 2007

This is only about sound quality. The big question many SA-CD people ask is whether there is a sound quality difference between the JSACD and the US or Euro pressings of KOB... The European pressed SA-CD has more presence and timbre than my 1997 US pressed CD remaster (CD 64935), but not by a huge ... more
Julian Bream - Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar        (13 of 14 found this review helpful)
  October 14, 2007

Julian Bream (UK, 1933) is widely recognized as one of the top classical guitarists of our time. Personally I was not very familiar with his work and I did a little research on his playing style. It transpires that two of his major influencers were Django Reinhardt and Andres Segovia. Plus he was a ... more

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