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Billie Holiday – At Storyville
One thing is clear from the opening I Cover The Waterfront Billie is in full control of herself and in magnificent voice. She is relaxed and confident, as if Wein's magic has worked once again in giving her the musical surroundings she wants. Lady Day captured live at her prime in 1951 & 1953 Showcasing unique sets at Storyville in Boston.
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
AllMusic Review by Cub Koda Make no mistake about it, the swing and bop start right here on this legendary 1959 session between baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and tenor man Ben Webster. Produced by Norman Granz as an early Verve album. The opening track, Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge" is lush and emotional and truly sets the tone for this album. With Jimmy Rowles on piano (his intro on "Sunday" sounds like a ragtimer like Willie "The Lion" Smith just pushed him off the stool before the band came in), Mel Lewis on drums, and the always superb Leroy Vinnegar on bass present and accounted for, the rhythm section is superbly swinging with just the right amount of bop lines and chords in the mix to spice things up. The ghost of Duke Ellington hovers over every note on this record (Billy Strayhorn was one of his main arrangers) and that is a very good thing, indeed. There's a beautiful, understated quality to the music on this session that makes it the perfect relaxing around the house on a rainy day drop the LP onto the platter. File this one under cool, very smooth, and supple.
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Hank Jones : Arigato
Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars stating "Over his many years as a performer, Hank Jones has established himself not only as a major force in jazz piano, but also nonpareil when it comes to the piano trio format. This 1976 recording does absolutely nothing to diminish his matchless status in the annals of that combination"
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Tap Tap – Lanzafame
"Tap Tap is the wondrous new creation from Pete And The Pirates' Thomas Sanders. 11 tracks of gloriously wayward lo-fi indie that touches on Arcade Fire, Belle And Sebastian, Pavement and even the Kinks. Effortlessly immaculate songs that soar to the sky and float on fluffy melodic clouds but with the constant danger of DIY indie storms. Highly recommended!!" — PICCADILLY RECORDS