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HATFIELD AND THE NORTH - Hatfield and the North Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MATCHING MOLE - Matching Mole Fusion | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Kind of Blue Cool Jazz | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - In a Silent Way Fusion | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Bitches Brew Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Absolutely Free (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - We're Only in It for the Money (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Uncle Meat (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Hot Rats Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Burnt Weeny Sandwich (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - The Grand Wazoo (The Mothers) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Apostrophe (') Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - The Inner Mounting Flame Fusion | review permalink
STEELY DAN - Countdown to Ecstasy RnB | review permalink
ROBERT WYATT - Rock Bottom Pop/Art Song/Folk | review permalink
ARTI E MESTIERI - Tilt: Immagini per un orecchio Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Grides Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - The Soft Machine Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Volume Two Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Third Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - The Soft Machine(aka Architects of Space Time aka Vol.1 &2) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - BBC Radio 1967-1971 Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Volume 2 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - Acid Motherhood Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - You: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 3 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SANTANA - Santana III Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - One Size Fits All (as Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
HATFIELD AND THE NORTH - The Rotters' Club Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
STEELY DAN - Katy Lied RnB | review permalink
NATIONAL HEALTH - National Health Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
STEELY DAN - Aja RnB | review permalink
NATIONAL HEALTH - Of Queues and Cures Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
QUIET SUN - Mainstream Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Trout Mask Replica Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Lick My Decals Off, Baby Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - Are You Experienced (Jimi Hendrix Experience) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - Axis: Bold as Love (Jimi Hendrix Experience) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
BILLY COBHAM - Spectrum Fusion | review permalink
JOHN COLTRANE - Blue Train Hard Bop | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Maggot Brain Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Superfly Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - There's a Riot Goin' On Funk | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Crossings Fusion | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of The Crimson King Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Larks' Tongues In Aspic Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Red Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Discipline Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - The Night Watch Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JOHN COLTRANE - A Love Supreme Post Bop | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Milestones Hard Bop | review permalink
CHARLES MINGUS - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - 'Round About Midnight (aka Miles Davis) Hard Bop | review permalink
GRANT GREEN - Idle Moments Hard Bop | review permalink
ERIC DOLPHY - 'Out to Lunch!' Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
MCCOY TYNER - Sahara Post Bop
DAVE BRUBECK - Time Out Cool Jazz
HERBIE HANCOCK - Sextant Fusion
HERBIE HANCOCK - Head Hunters Funk Jazz | review permalink
JAGA JAZZIST - A Livingroom Hush Nu Jazz
CHARLES MINGUS - Mingus Ah Um Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE - Giant Steps Hard Bop
MISSUS BEASTLY - Missus Beastly Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Weasels Ripped My Flesh (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - Birds of Fire Fusion | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Six Fusion | review permalink
GONG - Camembert Electrique Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
TERRY RILEY - A Rainbow in Curved Air (aka Ambient 2) Third Stream | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Let's Take It to the Stage Funk | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - Mothership Connection Funk | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Hardcore Jollies Funk | review permalink
PRINCE - Dirty Mind RnB | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Doc At The Radar Station Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Ice Cream For Crow Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Safe As Milk Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - Electric Ladyland (Jimi Hendrix Experience) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - Stand! (aka Everyday People) Funk | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - Osmium (aka Rhenium) Funk | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Starless And Bible Black Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - The Great Deceiver (Live 1973 - 1974) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Absent Lovers (Live In Montreal 1984) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
NUCLEUS - Elastic Rock Fusion | review permalink
HENRY COW - Western Culture Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ALICE COLTRANE - Ptah, the El Daoud Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
STEVIE WONDER - Innervisions RnB | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Mwandishi Fusion
SUPERSISTER - Present from Nancy Jazz Related Rock
SUPERSISTER - To the Highest Bidder Jazz Related Rock
MILES DAVIS - Birth of the Cool Cool Jazz
FRANK ZAPPA - Waka/Jawaka Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Over-Nite Sensation (The Mothers) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
HENRY COW - Leg End Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
EXMAGMA - Goldball Fusion | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - The Lost Trident Sessions Fusion | review permalink
STEELY DAN - Pretzel Logic RnB | review permalink
WEATHER REPORT - Sweetnighter Fusion | review permalink
AREA - Arbeit Macht Frei (Il Lavoro Rende Liberi) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Roxy & Elsewhere (as Zappa/Mothers) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Noisette Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
RETURN TO FOREVER - Chick Corea & Return To Forever : Light As A Feather Fusion | review permalink
RETURN TO FOREVER - Where Have I Known You Before Fusion | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Standing on the Verge of Getting It On Funk | review permalink
GONG - Flying Teapot: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 1 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KLAUS DOLDINGER/PASSPORT - Passport Fusion | review permalink
PEKKA POHJOLA - Pihkasilmä kaarnakorva Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PEKKA POHJOLA - Harakka Bialoipokku / B the Magpie Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SANTANA - Abraxas Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
SANTANA - Caravanserai Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
SANTANA - Welcome Fusion | review permalink
AREA - Crac! Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MISSUS BEASTLY - Bremen 1974 Fusion | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - Up for the Down Stroke Funk | review permalink
RETURN TO FOREVER - No Mystery Fusion | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Tales of Kidd Funkadelic Funk | review permalink
NATIONAL HEALTH - Missing Pieces Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JEAN-LUC PONTY - Enigmatic Ocean Fusion | review permalink
BILL BRUFORD - Feels Good To Me Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - Expresso II Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - One Nation Under A Groove Funk | review permalink
THE MUFFINS - Manna/Mirage Fusion | review permalink
GONG - About Time (as New York Gong) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Shut Up n' Play Yer Guitar [3 Disc Box Set] Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PRINCE - 1999 RnB | review permalink
PRINCE - Prince And The Revolution ‎: Purple Rain Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - The Yellow Shark Third Stream | review permalink
ROBERT WYATT - Shleep Vocal Jazz | review permalink
ROBERT FRIPP - Exposure Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ROBERT FRIPP - Evening Star (with Eno) Jazz Related Improv/Composition | review permalink
ARTI E MESTIERI - Murales Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ROBERT FRIPP - The Equatorial Stars (with Eno) Jazz Related Improv/Composition | review permalink
ESBJÖRN SVENSSON TRIO (E.S.T.) - Tuesday Wonderland Nu Jazz
EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER - Emerson, Lake & Palmer Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER - Trilogy Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Clear Spot Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - Band of Gypsys Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
JIMI HENDRIX - First Rays of the New Rising Sun Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Funkadelic Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Cosmic Slop Funk | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Beat Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - USA Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PEKKA POHJOLA - Visitation Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
NUCLEUS - We'll Talk About It Later Fusion | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Miles Davis Quintet : Miles Smiles Post Bop | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Nefertiti Post Bop | review permalink
ART BLAKEY - Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin') Hard Bop | review permalink
ISAAC HAYES - Hot Buttered Soul RnB | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Maiden Voyage Post Bop
HERBIE HANCOCK - The Prisoner Post Bop
LEE MORGAN - The Sidewinder Hard Bop
MILES DAVIS - Miles in the Sky Post Bop
MILES DAVIS - A Tribute to Jack Johnson Fusion
MILES DAVIS - Big Fun Fusion
HERBIE HANCOCK - Man-Child Funk Jazz
MILES DAVIS - Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall Fusion
MILES DAVIS - Get Up With It Fusion
FRANK ZAPPA - Freak Out! (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Live at the Paradiso 1969 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
RETURN TO FOREVER - Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy Fusion | review permalink
KLAUS DOLDINGER/PASSPORT - Hand Made Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Bongo Fury (with Beefheart & Mothers) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - Chocolate City Funk | review permalink
PRINCE - Prince RnB | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - The Spotlight Kid Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Curtis RnB | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - America Eats Its Young Funk | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - In The Wake Of Poseidon Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Three Of A Perfect Pair Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PEKKA POHJOLA - Keesojen lehto / The Mathematician's Air Display Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SONNY ROLLINS - Saxophone Colossus Hard Bop
HERBIE HANCOCK - Thrust Funk Jazz
MATCHING MOLE - Matching Mole's Little Red Record Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Chunga's Revenge Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
HENRY COW - Unrest Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
STEELY DAN - Can't Buy a Thrill RnB | review permalink
ROBERT WYATT - The End of an Ear Avant-Garde Jazz | review permalink
WEATHER REPORT - I Sing the Body Electric Fusion | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Live at the Proms 1970 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Seven Fusion | review permalink
CHICK COREA - Return to Forever Fusion | review permalink
GONG - Magick Brother Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - Angels Egg: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part 2 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KLAUS DOLDINGER/PASSPORT - Second Passport (aka Doldinger) Fusion | review permalink
KLAUS DOLDINGER/PASSPORT - Looking Thru Fusion | review permalink
SANTANA - Borboletta Fusion | review permalink
CARLOS SANTANA - Love Devotion Surrender (with John McLaughlin) Fusion | review permalink
CLEARLIGHT - Clearlight Symphony Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
HENRY COW - In Praise of Learning Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FERMÁTA - Fermàta Fusion | review permalink
ARTI E MESTIERI - Giro di valzer per domani Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
HENRY COW - Concerts Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
BRAND X - Unorthodox Behaviour Fusion | review permalink
ICEBERG - Coses Nostres Fusion | review permalink
MISSUS BEASTLY - Dr. Aftershave And The Mixed-Pickles Fusion | review permalink
RETURN TO FOREVER - Romantic Warrior Fusion | review permalink
GONG - Shamal Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - Gazeuse! (aka Expresso) Fusion | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein Funk | review permalink
AREA - Maledetti (maudits) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FERMÁTA - Pieseň z hôľ ( Song From Ridges) Fusion | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome Funk | review permalink
HUGH HOPPER - Two Rainbows Daily (with Alan Gowen) Fusion | review permalink
GONG - The Owl And The Tree Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - Gongmaison Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GEORGE CLINTON - Hey Man... Smell My Finger Funk | review permalink
ROBERT FRIPP - (No Pussyfooting) (with Eno) Jazz Related Improv/Composition | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - The Legendary A&M Sessions Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER - Tarkus Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Mirror Man Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Lizard Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - THRAK Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
AL DI MEOLA - Elegant Gypsy Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Fillmore East - June 1971 (The Mothers) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
NATIONAL HEALTH - D.S. al Coda Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
BILL EVANS (PIANO) - Sunday at the Village Vanguard (aka Live At The Village Vanguard) Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS - Agharta Fusion
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - Between Nothingness & Eternity Fusion | review permalink
WEATHER REPORT - Mysterious Traveller Fusion | review permalink
AREA - Caution Radiation Area Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Original Album Classics Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ICEBERG - Tutankhamon Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - Visions of the Emerald Beyond Fusion | review permalink
STEELY DAN - The Royal Scam RnB | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Zappa in New York Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
AREA - 1978 Gli Dei Se Ne Vanno, Gli Arrabbiati Restano! Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FUNKADELIC - Uncle Jam Wants You Funk | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Islands Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Fourth Fusion | review permalink
ROBERT WYATT - Theatre Royal Drury Lane Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GONG - Continental Circus (OST) Jazz Related Soundtracks | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Studio Tan Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Orchestral Favorites Third Stream | review permalink
KLAUS DOLDINGER/PASSPORT - Cross-Collateral Fusion | review permalink
WEATHER REPORT - Black Market Fusion | review permalink
SANTANA - Amigos Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Sleep Dirt Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Zoot Allures Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FERMÁTA - Huascaran Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Alive And Well Recorded In Paris Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Sheik Yerbouti Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
GILGAMESH - Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into Fusion | review permalink
PIERRE MOERLEN'S GONG - Downwind Fusion | review permalink
PARLIAMENT - Motor Booty Affair Funk | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - You Are What You Is Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Just Another Band From L.A. (The Mothers) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PRINCE - Prince And The Revolution ‎: Around The World In A Day RnB | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Strictly Personal Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
PEKKA POHJOLA - Jokamies / Everyman Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Lumpy Gravy Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (The Mothers Of Invention) Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Backwards Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Fifth Fusion | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Bundles Fusion | review permalink
SHAKTI / REMEMBER SHAKTI - Shakti With John McLaughlin World Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Joe's Grage Acts I, II & III Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Civilization Phaze III Third Stream | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - The ConstruKction Of Light Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - 200 Motels Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Bluejeans & Moonbeams Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - Apocalypse Fusion | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Softs Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
SOFT MACHINE - Rubber Riff (aka De Wolfe Sessions) Fusion | review permalink
FRANK ZAPPA - Tinseltown Rebellion Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER - Brain Salad Surgery Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Unconditionally Guaranteed Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
KING CRIMSON - Earthbound Jazz Related Rock | review permalink

Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Jazz Related Rock 128 3.61
2 Fusion 62 3.40
3 Funk 18 3.78
4 RnB 13 3.88
5 Hard Bop 9 4.61
6 Post Bop 7 4.29
7 Latin Rock/Soul 4 3.75
8 Third Stream 4 3.00
9 Cool Jazz 4 4.38
10 Avant-Garde Jazz 3 4.17
11 Funk Jazz 3 4.17
12 Jazz Related Improv/Composition 3 3.67
13 Jazz Related Soundtracks 3 3.67
14 Nu Jazz 2 4.50
15 Pop/Art Song/Folk 1 5.00
16 Progressive Big Band 1 5.00
17 Vocal Jazz 1 4.00
18 World Fusion 1 1.50

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HERBIE HANCOCK Head Hunters

Album · 1973 · Funk Jazz
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Sextant was dazzling, make no mistake about it, but with Head Hunters Herbie goes for a change of approach, injecting horse doctors' doses of funk into the mix, scaling back the more abstract space rock-inspired passages radically, and getting a new backing lineup to really bring the sound of the album together. Particular props have to go to Paul Jackson's bass work - a fat, meaty bass sound being absolutely vital to any funk undertaking - as well as the completely off the wall percussion work of Bill Summers, who brings a truckload of different instruments to bear. But more or less every performer has their moment in the spotlight here - Bennie Maupin's flute performances are a particular treat - and of course Herbie's synths and keyboards are a constant presence. It's a bit of an abrupt gear shift after the Mwandishi albums, but it's an undeniably successful one.

STEVIE WONDER Innervisions

Album · 1973 · RnB
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A brilliant soul tour de force from Stevie Wonder and a more than able followup to Talking Book. The full-length album version of Living For the City is of course a particular highlight, and far superior to the radio edits which mildly lose the song's overall narrative, whilst He's Misstra Know-It-All is perhaps the prettiest and most gentle satirical savaging of middle class privilege ever recorded. The less famous tracks on the album also are generally of a high standard, with Stevie going so far as to take a little detour into funk territory on the lively Higher Ground. Overall it justifies its status as a Motown classic.

ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul

Album · 1969 · RnB
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Infamously, Hot Buttered Soul was a rush job put together in the mad scramble to get some new product for Stax in 1969, after the split from Atlantic meant Stax lost the rights to its entire back catalogue and was left with no product. Promised the creative freedom he was denied on his debut album (Presenting...), Isaac Hayes stepped up to the challenge admirably. There's only four songs on here and there's clear attempts to pad out the running time with, for example, Isaac's epic spoken word introduction to By The Time I Get to Phoenix, but somehow the whole shambolic mess ends up working a treat.

ALICE COLTRANE Ptah, the El Daoud

Album · 1970 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Alice Coltrane's musical exploration of mystical concepts from Egyptian mythology might be firmly in the avant-garde camp, but it sounds an awful lot more focused and honed than much of what is usually referred to as free jazz. Alice and her posse of sidemen manage such a dead-on evocation of mood with this one that it's hard to say which parts are structured composition and which parts are free improvisation, since more or less everything the musicians play helps evoke the atmosphere aimed for. The sax-and-flute duo of Henderson and Sanders are a particular treat, especially the way they are arranged in the mix - listen to a stereo version of the album on headphones to get the full effect of their interplay.

ART BLAKEY Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers (aka Moanin')

Album · 1959 · Hard Bop
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Art Blakey's Moanin' is a standard hard bop affair elevated by some fine soloing from Blakey's bandmates. Lee Morgan and Benny Golson are the stars of the show here, with their trumpet and saxophone playing a real highlight of the album, particularly on the opening track Moanin', which truth be told is the album's high point, though Golson's compositional contributions are also worth a mention. Although billed as an Art Blakey-led affair, this is really a group effort by the Jazz Messengers as a whole, and a credible addition to the canon of 1950s hard bop classics. I don't think it quite hits the heights of the best work of Miles Davis or John Coltrane, but it's in the same ballpark.

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  • Posted more than 2 years ago in Does Zeuhl belong in JMA?
    I would say that Magma deserve to be on here because of the fusion influence on their first few albums and because of the funk influence that became a very big part of their sound on their late-70s albums such as Attahk, and because you do get fusion motifs cropping up here and there on more or less all their albums.

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