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Charles Mingus Mingus Moods
This 4-CD anthology draws on the key recordings the LA-born musicial colossus made between 1956 and 1960. It's as if Mingus deconstructs the big band sound, but you have to know something well before you deconstruct it. (He played with both Lionel Hampton and his hero Duke Ellington.) Listen to Cryin' Blues and hear the master himself on a rare bass solo, as he bends the notes for all the world like a blues-man. P Kehoe
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Chick Corea Trilogy
In his long career at the piano keys, Chick Corea has won no less than 20 Grammy awards. His latest three-CD set was drawn on live performances recorded on tour in the USA, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey and Japan.Trilogy’s trio features bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade playing in tight yet sympathetic synchronicity with the piano master. P Kehoe
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Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
Even at a brief 36 minutes, Leonard Cohen manages to distil another oak-aged cask of laughs, tears and hard-won wisdom on his 13th album. Len at a stately 80 is still playful, still rueful, and still has a lot to say about the great injustices of life.
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This could be Cohen at his wisest but also his angriest - he sings through gritted teeth in places and Cohen latest manual for failure finds him both funny and deadly serious. Wise and kind, Cohen remains one of the great voyagers and chroniclers of the heart. Alan Corr
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Script: No Sound Without Silence
The Irish Maroon 5 - only with soul-baring passion instead of well, sex - take no chances on their fourth album. The epic, sky-scraping bombast is cranked up as front man Danny O’Donoghue lets fly his designer angst on another set of songs about non-specific heartache and the power of positive thinking.
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In the same way that U2 cracked America by quoting the Bible, The Script might just do the same by sounding like they’re reading from an Oprah-endorsed self-book manual. Alan Corr
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Bollani Joy In Spite Of Everything
Italian pianist Stefano Bollani recorded these nine pieces at New York City’s Avatar Studios with the two Danish musicians, bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund , along with celebrated guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Mark Turner. 'No preconceptions' was the rule and that sense of bold, sensual adventure is ever-present in this daringly explorative production. P K
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