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Product: Audio CD
Title: Solo Flight
Label: Ojc
Artist: Ray Bryant
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Comes from Gospel and the Blues - but is not Derivative

Those words from the critics have stuck with me for a long time. OK, I like Blues music. Any piece of jazz, particularly piano, with the word "blues" in the title will likely be fine with me. So, Ray Bryant has been a favourite of mine for a long time.
If there is one tune on this disc to recommend the whole album, it's St Louis Blues. The studio version here, while somewhat distant compared to the live Montreux version, can nevertheless make the claim that Ray Bryant owns this WC Handy tune. Discrete chord changes, dynamic range and time are all brilliant. Here's a jazz pianist doing a classic blues tune, coming from gospel and the blues himself, without being derivative. And distance can be a good thing, as it is here. This album is a good listen all the way through, and required listening for any Ray Bryant fan.

Product: Audio CD
Title: The Power And The Glory: The Original Music & Voices Of NFL Films
Label: Tommy Boy
Artist: Sam Spence, John Facenda
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5

Just as I was beginning to lose some of my passion for professional sports along comes this CD. After months of trying to locate it after seeing a commercial for it I finally obtained one. It was even better than expected. Facenda is in top form on this one: 'professional football is a game, not a war, it is for win or lose, not life or death, but say that in the summer because the winter brings the playoffs and a season is at stake.' The music is great including 'up she rises' and 'raiders'. It really took me back to This Week in the NFL and the NFL Game of the Week Saturday morning shows. I find when listening to the CD while running before I know it I'm dodging imaginary tacklers, putting my head down, hands crossed over my belly diving for the endzone. My only constructive criticism is the Lombardi track where Facenda left us wanting more, much more. I certainly hope there is a volume two. You just can't get enough of this stuff. Perhaps my greatest pleasure from this is watching my son repeat the majority of the narrative from this CD verbatim. Da Da Da DADADADADa da da da

Product: Audio CD
Title: Michael Bublé
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Michael Bublé
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
very pleasant to listen to, nice mix of different flavors.

Frank, Billie, Ella, Sarah, Carmen, Joe and other greats are no longer here. When young and new artists touch on the very songs that musical legends made famous, they never have intentions tocompare with what 's been recognized as a definitive recording of a song. But when a song has endured the test of time and proven its virtue, it belongs to everyone , including young singers.
This album offers a very pleasant listen that goes with any occasions.The new life breathed into such songs as "Put Your Head.." and "You'll Never Find" with new arrangements reflect the spirits of the songs, arrangers and the singers. This album is not about the singer alone -but several characteristics combined. Of course, we still enjoy Frank and Louis and Ella but we shouldn't keep the door shut when younger generations want to come in.

Product: Audio CD
Title: Old & In the Way
Label: Arista
Artist: Jerry Garcia, David Grisman
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Bluegrass Perfection

This album is Bluegrass at its peak. It's probably the most influential Bluegrass album ever, beause the jazzy, honky-tonk hillbilly style on this album (1975) is still the predominant style that you'll hear today (2002) at Bluegrass festivals. Each member of this group is a highly original and versatile musician in their own right. And, the group truly represents the evolution of Bluegrass because it has Vassar, from Bill Monroe's band in the 1940's and Pete Rowan who played with Monroe in the 1960's. Add to that Jerry Garcia and Dave Grisman, and you get an extraordinary meeting of musical minds.