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Product: Audio CD
Title: Blue Train
Label: Blue Note Records
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A Coltrane Essential

Blue Note released a slew of these "blowing sessions" in it's heyday, but what makes this one unique is that it's John Coltrane's one and only recording for the label. Blue Train finds 'Trane leading a sextet as opposed to his familiar later work in the quartet format. The Miles Davis rhythm section of Paul Chambers and "Philly" Joe Jones is joined by trombonist Curtis Fuller, blues influenced pianist Kenny Drew and the outstanding trumpet player Lee Morgan.

The set kicks off with the familiar "Blue Train" one of Coltrane's most memorable themes. The band chugs along to the fast blues while everybody but Jones solos, with Drew and the horn players getting plenty of room to stretch out.

"Moment's Notice" makes it clear that this is the kind of session where just about everybody is going to solo on each cut. This track is happy and upbeat after the bluesy opener. To me it has an almost New Orleans-y vibe especially in Lee's solo.

"Locomotion" is an uptempo blues with nice use of some unison horn riffing and more fine soloing all around in hard bop mode.

"I'm Old Fashioned" is the only standard in the set and the only ballad, a a style Coltrane handles with his usual authority.

"Lazy Bird" brings things to a close as the band barely touches on the theme, seeming as though they can't wait to take off on the round of solos. It's the perfect summation of the free-blowing mood of the record.

Any jazz collection, any Blue Note collection, any Coltrane collection...heck any music collection should include Blue Train.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Hilary Duff
Label: Hollywood Records
Artist: Hilary Duff
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
She Does It Again!!

Hilary Duff is a very talented young lady. The way she mixes Pop with a little bit of Rock is so cool. I think it's safe to say that she'll be around for a minute!!

Product: Audio CD
Title: Seal IV
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Seal
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

My husband has been a Seal fan for a quite a while, but I was never really impressed by his music. So when he bought the cd I never had any plans to listen to it. However, I did listen, by mistake, one day on my computer at work and was happily surprised. I believe this is one of the most complete work of any artist I have heard in some time. I enjoyed each song indivdually and enjoyed the sound and feeling of the cd as a whole.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Requiem: The Holocaust [1993]
Label: Capitol
Artist: David Axelrod
Rating: 1/5
Customer rating - 1 out of 5

I was looking for a sad representation in music of the Holocaust. This was dreadful with screechy stuff. I guess if it was supposed to be disturbing, it is.