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Herbie Mann: Eastern European Roots        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 10, 2007

After being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Herbie Mann, one of the pioneers of what is now called world music, decided to go back to his Eastern European roots (his parents were of Romanian and Ukrainian Jewish descent). The trip, however, led him to Hungary, probably for better medicinal care, ... more
Manoury: La Ville - Heisser          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 10, 2007

Manoury's composition with its Kafka references makes great use of the sound potential and dynamics of a modern Steinway piano - the high resolution works wonders here and reveals considerably more detail compared to the CD layer, the decay of ringing overtones and the different tonal colors are ... more
Jazz at the Pawnshop - 30th Anniversary        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 10, 2007

These recordings were made in 1974 with basically a single stereo microphone and sounds superior to most other jazz recordings, live or studio, in my collection. If only sound engineers would return to this simple recording technique - given a good sounding room and a band that balances without much ... more
Bobby Timmons: This Here Is Bobby Timmons        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 10, 2007

The choice of Riverside titles taken by Fantasy for SACD reissue reflects popularity or historical significance of these albums rather than sound: Several Riversides were either taped under less than ideal circumstances, and, to save on costs, on less than premium tape: some have deteriorated ... more
Stan Getz and Cal Tjader: Sextet        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  July 9, 2007

Musically, the pairing of Stan Getz and Cal Tjader was a great idea. They inspire each other to excellent solos, while the rhythm section with some of San Francisco's best men (Vince Guaraldi, Eddie Duran, Scott LaFaro and Billy Higgins) swings like mad. The sound is almost as good as on a ... more

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