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HERBIE HANCOCK - Empyrean Isles Post Bop | review permalink
FREDDIE HUBBARD - First Light Classic Fusion | review permalink
KEITH JARRETT - The Köln Concert Post-Fusion Contemporary | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - In a Silent Way Classic Fusion | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Kind of Blue Cool Jazz | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Head Hunters Funk Jazz | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - Speak Like a Child Post Bop | review permalink
CURTIS MAYFIELD - Superfly Jazz Soundtracks | review permalink
TOSHIKO AKIYOSHI - Long Yellow Road Progressive Big Band | review permalink
MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA - The Inner Mounting Flame Classic Fusion | review permalink
JANKO NILOVIĆ - Rythmes Contemporains (aka Giant) Jazz Soundtracks | review permalink
CHARLES MINGUS - The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Post Bop | review permalink
JIMMY SMITH - Root Down Soul Jazz | review permalink
DAVE BRUBECK - Jazz Impressions of Japan Cool Jazz | review permalink
JOHN COLTRANE - Olé Coltrane Hard Bop | review permalink
BILL EVANS (PIANO) - Waltz for Debby Cool Jazz | review permalink
THE SEATBELTS - Cowboy Bebop Jazz Soundtracks | review permalink
HERBIE HANCOCK - V.S.O.P.:Tempest in the Colosseum Post Bop | review permalink
SANTANA - Caravanserai Latin Rock/Soul | review permalink
MILES DAVIS - Sketches of Spain Third Stream | review permalink

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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Classic Fusion 26 3.37
2 Jazz Related Rock 18 3.39
3 Post Bop 14 4.04
4 Hard Bop 13 3.85
5 Jazz Related RnB 12 3.04
6 Latin Rock/Soul 11 3.45
7 Cool Jazz 8 4.19
8 Jazz Soundtracks 7 4.14
9 Pop Jazz/Crossover 6 3.17
10 World Fusion 5 4.00
11 Funk Jazz 5 4.10
12 Nu Jazz 4 3.75
13 Post-Fusion Contemporary 4 4.00
14 Progressive Big Band 4 4.00
15 Soul Jazz 3 4.00
16 Third Stream 3 3.33
17 Vocal Jazz 2 3.75
18 Latin Jazz 2 4.00
19 Swing 1 3.00
20 Bop 1 3.00
21 Jazz Related Blues 1 4.00
22 Exotica 1 3.00
23 Funk 1 3.00

Latest Albums Reviews

SANTANA Santana IV

Album · 2016 · Latin Rock/Soul
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Expectation.

It's always tough reviewing an album which is anticipated to be a band's 'return to its heyday' and the classic line-up from early 70s Santana is a pretty exciting prospect.

And it certainly works on just about every song. It's fun to hear interplay between Santana and Schon again for instance, especially on one of the stand-outs like 'Echizo' or the almost meditative 'Fillmore East' (and it must be said that Shrieve fires up a bit on 'Echizo' too, which is great) but there are a few songs that don't nail it for me.

Some of these are the vocal cuts ('Choo Choo' is one) but that isn't to say Rolie is in bad shape, he sounds great - especially on the smouldering 'Blues Magic' or the punchy 'Shake It' - but there's just a sense that everyone was so excited to play together again that they left a few b-sides in the running order.

Overall, the band is less fiery than in their youth (and that's not a surprise or a problem truly) but there's still passion and surprises to be had. Again, like 'Shape Shifter' a while back - I wouldn't call this an essential Jazz-rock album but don't write it off out of hand either, have a look if you're unsure.

THE SEATBELTS Cowboy Bebop No Disc

Album · 1998 · Jazz Soundtracks
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While the first soundtrack to the TV series 'Cowboy Bebop' focuses mostly on hard bop, sizzling tempos and big band, the second OST 'No Disc' sees the Seatbelts perform across a wider range of genres and move away from mostly performing jazz.

There's still some big band, swing and even lounge in there for traditional jazz fans perhaps, but there's also forays into bluegrass, heavy metal and pop. This isn't a drawback, necessarily, but if you're looking for the kind of jazz found on the first OST you won't see much here on 'No Disc'.

Still, tracks like the beautiful 'Elm' and haunting 'Green Bird' are worth collecting and 'Gateway' does echo that bigger sound. 'Forever Broke' too has some great slide guitar. (Still, check it out if you're a fan of the series.)

HERBIE HANCOCK V.S.O.P.:Tempest in the Colosseum

Live album · 1977 · Post Bop
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A furious live set of some stand out songs from a fire-cracker line-up, really, what's not to like here?

Hancock's V.S.O.P Quintet (same as the classic Miles Quintet of the 1960s - Hancock, Carter, Shorter & Williams but with Hubbard on trumpet) really cooks on this 1977 concert recorded in Tokyo. It's a monster of an album to my ear - everyone seems to be having a blast and the songs are snappier, faster - yet there's always room to adjust the arrangements.

Carter in particular sounds funkier than I've heard him - especially on Hubbard's 'Red Clay' and the reworking in parts of Hancock's 'Maiden Voyage' is just superb.

It's hard for me to say a bad thing about this album - so I won't! It's generally a much more fiery set of songs than the other V.S.O.P releases and if you like any of the legends mentioned in the line up, grab this album.

SAPO Sapo

Album · 1974 · Latin Rock/Soul
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It's a shame these guys didn't release at least one more record but the single LP they have is still pretty ace.

Once lead singer and composer Bean left Malo he formed a new band to pick up with pretty much the same feel; rock-Latin rhythms mixed with salsa, punchy horns and some great songs. Maybe he's not the greatest singer it doesn't really impact my enjoyment of the songs - especially the charging 'Get it On' or opener 'Been Had.'

'Can't Make It' borrows clearly from the Bean's hit with Malo (Suavecito) and 'Nina' is pretty catchy too - overall, if you're into Latin Jazz and want something like Malo but still with a few subtle differences, have a look at Sapo.

SOT King Of Saltz

Album · 2011 · Jazz Related Rock
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There's such a great sense of fun to SOT's songs here that is both surprising and welcome for me. It seems too much of the jazz history can sometimes be focused on the very serious, so I really enjoyed hearing an album that's fun without being trite in anyway whatsoever.

On each listen I find myself more and more certain that there's a definitely Mr Bungle influence but the quirkiness of the songs goes beyond one reference point.

'King of Saltz' is a fascinating mix of tech metal and jazz and its substitution of tuba for bass is a big draw, it really adds to the lower end. Great stuff - definitely check this out if you're looking for something complex and surprising.

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  • Posted 58 days ago in New Santana Album - Thoughts?
    ^ agreed!  And it seems like they were happy enough to play together again, there was a short 'making of'-kinda clip I saw a while back where every seemed pretty happy (certainly for the cameras at least, but I then, doubt they'd have gotten through the album at all if they weren't having some fun at least :D)[TUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3vHslfio7A[/TUBE]http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3vHslfio7AEchizo has that classic feel:[TUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdX-MKXI8oY[/TUBE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdX-MKXI8oY dreadpirateroberts2016-05-27 05:46:38
  • Posted 2 months ago in New Santana Album - Thoughts?
    A little while ago I finished a review of the latest Santana:http://www.jazzmusicarchives.com/review/santana-iv/252440And (in brief here) it's got a fair few interesting moments. I do think they could have cut the album by four or even five songs, but it's still good. Got some fun stuff on it and some great instrumental pieces too but the weight of expectations probably holds it back from being outstanding. Anyone else had much of a listen to it?
  • Posted 3 months ago in Prince Dead At 57
    Damn

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