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Product: Audio CD
Title: Thursday Afternoon
Label: Astralwerks
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A rare beauty


It is hard to believe what an enormous effect could be achieveed with so little. This is minimal music. Like a Mondrian painting, like a buddhist temple, like Satie. Or maybe, like listening to the rain, watching the ocean or hearing your beloved one breathing lightly next to you. It is so simple one might be tempted to think "oh, i might do this too", but no you can't, not unless you're Brian Eno, a genius able to get as close to the truth as one can, able to move you as very few can, with one chord only. Open your heart and float in. You could listen to it with your focus on it or just have it at your side while you do the dishes, eat your weekend late breakfast or cuddle in bed and make love.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Long Distance
Label: Nettwerk Records
Artist: Ivy
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A brilliant piece of work.


Oh, what a fabulous album. It's much more finished than Apartment Life, believe it or not, and certainly sunnier than Realistic. If you don't know Ivy's music, a good word to describe it is hypnotic...possibly even mesmerizing. Dominique Durand's sultry vocals only breathe *more* life into already lush melodies. Beautiful, soft, and trip-hoppy soundscapes contrast well with rather foreboding lyrics of doomed love. Whereas "Realistic" seemed to portray the bitterness and anger over relationships gone bad, "Long Distance" is a bit more resigned to the inevitability of love's bizarre inner workings, and as such the lyrics are worldlier and wiser. This more relaxed attitude is certainly reflected in the music as well.
One of my favorite tracks on the album is the doomed-love prophecy "When We're in Love." "Lucy Doesn't Love You" is so catchy I am already song-bombed by it, thanks in part to the great horns in the background. "I Think of You" is realy quite touching and sounds like it could be a page out of someone's diary. And then there is the awesome cover of the Blow Monkey's "Digging Your Scene." Actually, the whole album is excellent--solid from beginning to end.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Chicago - The Musical (1998 London Cast)
Label: RCA
Artist: John Kander, Fred Ebb, Ruthie Henshall, Ute Lemper
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Ute is fabulous!!!


I was really baffled by all the bad reviews that Ute lemper got for this CD!!! Her performance of All That Jazz is MUCH better that Bebe Neuwirth's unimaginative, annoying renedering. Ruthie Henshall is also good in the Roxie number. My one minor complaint is that Meg Johnson sounds like she listened to Marcia Lewis on the Broadway CD one too many times!!!



Product: Audio CD
Title: Travesía
Label: Sony
Artist: David Sanchez
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Clean, uncluttered and forceful


A really excellent album from David Sanchez. Based around augmenting a basic trio of Sanchez (Tenor Sax throughout) Hans Glawischnig (Bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums) the album has forceful contributions from Edsel Gomez on piano and Miguel Zenon on alto sax. The material is an eclectic mixture of material written by Sanchez and Zenon through Wayne Shorters "Prince of Darkness" - a great opener- to Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's "Ill wind". The album programme works well, but stand out tracks for me are Zenon's " Joyful" with some added percussion, and Sanchez's "Karla's changes". This is a particularly good example of how well Sanchez and Zenon complement each others playing. The sound is very precise, clean and when it needs to be, mellow. Gomez also fits well into the overall sound, particularly effective on "River Tales". " Peace for Vieques" an extended piece also includes Pernell Saturmino's Puerto Rican rainforest effects. This is a full on David Sanchez extended jazz album which deserves a wide audience, and proves how effective he is within the small group setting. Listen to this soon!