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Miles Davis Take Off
This new collection features the great trumpeter's three Blue Note 10-inch albums, Young Man With A Horn, along with Miles Davis Vol. 2 and Vol. 3. CD 2 features the latter LP and also showcases eight alternate takes, being a total of 26 tracks recorded for Blue Note Records on three dates in 1952, 1953 and 1954. If you like your jazz to cheer you up then walk right in. P Kehoe
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Delorentos: Night Becomes Light
This brilliantly fast and urgent fifth album from Dublin band Delorentos explodes with big melodies and big ambitions.
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After a series of upheavals, they burn with a renewed commitment, begin to flex new-found muscles and have composed a set of songs with a real sense of old-fashioned quality craft.
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High on euphoria but nervy, taut and tensile, Delorentos have created a real sense of excitement and occasion with this back-from-the-brink killer album. Dogged self-belief has rarely sounded so wonderful or so inspiring. Alan Corr
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Sam Amidon Lily-O *****
There is something of the high, lonesome sound about beautiful ballads, such as the title track, Lily-O, and the particularly moving Your Lone Journey.
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Sam Amidon has adapted or reimagined these old ballads, and a refreshing, inventive dynamic is at play, with a ragged glory to the arrangements, thanks to guest guitarist Bill Frisell. A classic. Paddy Kehoe
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Caterina Zapponi Romantica
Daughter of an Italian father and a French mother, but long resident in New York, Caterina Zapponi switches easily between both her parental languages on this 13-track record. The singer’s choice of chansons and Italian standards sit well with a band led by her husband, the veteran jazz pianist, Monty Alexander. Listen to Estate and it's evident that Zapponi is much more than a purveyor of sparkling nonchalance. P Kehoe
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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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