…Marianne has spent her life researching this work. She displays that rare intelligence that allows all "misfortunes" to be converted to her benefit. There is a detachment that allows one to be intimately involved with, but not consumed by this type of work. This is her best work in quite some time. She deserves all the accolades that come her way as a serious singer who can pull off the piece. A wonderful disc from one whose live presence we must count as miraculous considering what she has lived through.
The Midgets is an album by jazz trumpeter Joe Newman's Septet recorded in 1956 for the RCA Records subsidiary Vik label. Glossy Cover, Arranged by Ernie Wilkins, conducted by Joe Newman, Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, July, 1956. Joe Newman on trumpet, Frank Wess on flute, Barry Galbraith on electric guitar, Freddie Green on rhythm guitar, Hank Jones on piano and organ, Eddie Jones on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums.
With longtime bassist Steve Swallow, the return of drummer Roy Haynes, and the debut of guitarist Jerry Hahn, Gary Burton's second quartet continued his open-minded policy toward other styles of music. In addition to both melodic and advanced jazz, Burton incorporates elements of country, rock, pop and even classical music on this fairly rare LP, Country Roads and Other Places. Whether it be a "Ravel Prelude," "Wichita Breakdown" or "My Foolish Heart," the music is full of logical surprises that foreshadow the eclectic nature of much of '80s and '90s jazz.
This collection contains tracks from Nomi's debut and the follow-up, Simple Man. As such, the material is an interesting blend of catchy synth-pop, like 'Just One Look' and 'Falling In Love Again' (sung partly in German) and serious choral pieces like 'Death and From Beyond'. 'Rubberband Lazer', an addictive pop song with weird country infusions and brilliant bursts of synth, and the theatrical' Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead 'with its sing-along chorus are my favorites here.
Only just having released his very own solo album, the first one recorded in Nemo Studios in London (Heaven and Hell), Vangelis works with Italian songstress Patty Pravo. Little is known about their cooperation, but nowadays Patty still is a very popular singer in Italy. Vangelis arranges and obviously plays keyboards, while Guy Protheroe conducts the English Chamber choir.
This compilation of greatest hits features 17 tracks, two tracks are previously unreleased. Cape Verde's Césaria Évora was 47 years old before her career really took off on an international level in the late '80s, and she quickly became known as the foremost purveyor of the morna, which blends West African percussion with Portuguese fados, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties into beautiful and haunting songs of longing, and she is equally at home singing coladera, which are songs that flip the coin on morna from sad longing to joyous playfulness.