Archive for the ‘JAZZ’ Category

Harry Smith Project: Anthology of American Folk Music Revisited – Various artists | CD/DVD review

(Shout Factory/Shock) 5 stars The sheer wealth of material alone on this splendid boxed set is worth a five-star rating. Two CDs, two DVDs and a 40-page booklet are all dedicated to the work of Harry Smith, whose original seminal folk `Anthology’, released on Folkways in 1952, helped transform the American musical landscape.

Ray Sings, Basie Swings – Ray Charles, Count Basie Orchestra | CD review

(Concord) 3 stars Ray Charles never performed with Count Basie, but his arrangements were strongly influenced by Basie and at times his band featured Basie sidemen. `Ray Sings, Basie Swings’ (Concord) isolates Ray’s vocals from ’70s concert tapes and sets them to new studio arrangements with the current Basie band and Raelettes’ harmonies.

New Kind of Feeling – Nick Charles | CD review

(Black Market Music) 4 stars Nick Charles plays acoustic guitar with the deceptive ease of a virtuoso. Having consolidated his Australian reputation, he’s been winning plaudits overseas and was recently signed to California’s Solid Air Records.

Clapton – Eric Clapton | CD review

(Reprise) Eric Clapton’s solo albums have been rarities recently but the latest, produced by co-guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, is one of his more satisfying and diverse studio outings. Mostly covers, the self-titled, 14-track collection embraces blues, popular songs and New Orleans jazz. In addition to his core rhythm trio (drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks, [...]

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