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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Hours (Score)
Label: Nonesuch
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Stunning


This is what a movie score should be. Powerful, engrossing and just absolutely perfect.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Newport '63
Label: Grp Records
Artist: John Coltrane
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
This is one of my favorite "things"


Trane's performances on this CD are excellent. The two "blowing" pieces, Impressions, and Chasin' another Trane, are decent, and hold up to their intially released counter-parts on the original Vanguard albums. Chasin' is odd, however, and I think Coltrane sports a rare blast of jealosy for Eric Dolphy's arguably superior playing on "Chasin' Another Trane", rudely cutting him off almost mid-note. As others have mentioned in their reviews, this album is necessary to purchase if only for "My Favorite Things". One of the first 'Trane recordings I was exposed to, I found myself playing it for people I knew, smiling maniacally, and finding little shared emotion for the song- but then, they're not jazz fans. If you are, buy this CD immediately. It is difficult not to listen to "My Favorite Things" without feeling a convulsive shudder- as if Coltrane is rebuking and surpassing hundreds of years of attempting to create music with little effort. Coltrane was a philosopher of great depth, a self-aware existentialist, despite his religious leanings, and it all comes together on this performance, as well as the similarly themed "I Want to Talk about You". "My Favorite Things" is soaring, exploring alternatingly profound joy, self-awareness, and most powerfully, man's inability to rationalize either the existence of God or himself in a physical universe. His soprano cries for thinking beings everywhere, making points and exploring parts of the psyche that art, music, and reading material hardly brush upon, if explore at all. I argue with the reviewer who states that this might be the best jazz performance on record. Considering the discounted price of this CD, and the insight contained therein, purchasing this CD is strongly encouraged.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Quien Mato A Hector Lavoe? (Who Killed Hector Lavoe?) (1999 Original Off-Broadway Cast)
Label: Rmm Records
Artist: David Maldonado
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Tremendo Disco


Este disco se puede decir pero no es oficialmente, el soundtrack de la obra, "Quien Mato A Hector Lavoe". Domingo Quinones hizo un tremendo trabajo interpretando las canciones de Hector Lavoe con mucho respeto y calidad, no como Van Lester que trato de sobrecopiar. Los temas fueron seleccionados para contar la vida de Hector desde que se mudo de su pueblo natal PONCE a Nueva York hasta su caida de un hotel en San Juan. La obra corrio en Nueva York a fines del 1999 y en Puerto Rico en marzo del 2000. Domingo Quinones participo otra vez en estos ultimos meses en Nueva York y posiblemente lo hara otra vez en el verano del 2002.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Who The Hell Is John Eddie?
Label: Lost Highway
Artist: John Eddie
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
Not the best, but...


I have never heard of John Eddie until he opened up for Melissa Etheridge...And my thoughts were exactly "Who the Hell is John Eddie". After hearing his music I was hooked! I had to run out and buy his CD. And now I am spreading the love of his music to all I know. He's just great! If you don't own this CD you MUST buy it. And if you ever have the chance to see him play you won't be disappointed. I love him and the music. Definitley this CD deserves 5 Stars! Keep Rockin' JE.