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Jarrett Haden Motian Hamburg '72
Pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian assembled at Hamburg’s NDR Funkhaus on a summer’s night in 1972 to perform a bold, explorative set which is now the matter of this new album.Preoccupied and zoned in on its own locus, Hamburg ‘72 is a bittersweet cocktail, and sometimes a kind of desperate howl. But it also has sensuous interludes. PK
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Jazz in Polish Cinema
Jazz in Polish Cinema - Out of the Underground 1958-1967 features four CDs and includes the score for Roman Polanski's 1962 classic, Knife in the Water. Previously unreleased ‘alternative’ studio and ‘live’ versions of tracks from the film scores are also included. The box set also contains an illustrated 80-page booklet. Paddy Kehoe
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The Czars - Best of ****
Before he was the king of mordant wit, John Grant toiled for ten years in tragically unsung Denver band The Czars.
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This excellent compilation brings together 16 of their finest songs and they all hint at Grant's later gift for deftly-controlled spleen venting, pitch-black humour, and heavenly melodies.
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Grant has just released a live album recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It's a heartening sign of just how far he has come and how, despite the odds, talent can often win out in the end. Alan Corr
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Possibilities are Endless (12A) ***
One Sunday evening in 2005, Scottish musician Edwyn Collins suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.
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Beginning with interviews conducted in 2011, this strikingly original documentary traces his perilous path to recovery.
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One can only marvel at what a distance Collins has travelled in those nine years. Before the stroke Collins was positive there was no afterlife. "Now I'm not, we'll see what happens," he tells us. Paddy Kehoe
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Ariel Pink - Pom Pom ****
Like a one man episode of Family Guy, the flagrantly un-PC Ariel Pink has managed to start a small scale indie world moral outrage in the lead-up to this sprawling 17-track double album.
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Like music's very own Alan Carr crossed with Wayne Coyne, Pink is a bedroom demo geek who has evolved into a master of frazzled gonzo pop. Andy Warhol of lo-fi pop or puerile man child? Either way, Pom Pom is quite a trip. Alan Corr
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