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During This Time Peterson/Webster
Four skilled musicians - pianist Oscar Peterson, saxophonist Ben Webster, double bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Tony Inzalaco - have loads of fun in a predominantly bluesy swing set, dominated by four Ellington tunes, I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good, Come Sunday, Cotton Tail and the bonus track, In A Mellow Tone (available on the CD only.) Excellent. Paddy Kehoe
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Out of This World John Coltrane
Coltrane fans will race to acquire this 4-CD set of music from John Coltrane (1926-1967) in his prime, comprising live selections and studio recordings, from the heady period following the release of his seminal 1960 album, Giant Steps. Paddy Kehoe
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Foster The People - Supermodel **
Foster The People are the LA trio who scorched across radio-land three years ago with their massive hit Pumped Up Kicks - a song about a high school shooting dressed up as a party anthem. A killer tune for sure but success seems to have burdened them with delusions of grandeur.
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These sweet, multi-layered songs are relentlessly catchy and well-built but Foster The People seem like they were designed by committee to meet rabid consumer demand. Maybe that’s the joke but rarely has a band sounded so desperate to be liked. Alan Corr
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Noel Kelehan Quintet Ozone
Three original compositions and a 'Trad Arr' by the great Irish jazz pianist and arranger Noel Kelehan are among the delights of this reissued 1979 recording.The band had already been gigging for three years when the album was recorded, but it sounds fresh as a daisy today, 35 years on from its recording. Paddy Kehoe
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The War on Drugs: Lost in The Dream
On their ambitious third album, The War on Drugs get lost in the big skies and endless vistas of heartland rock. The songs are dense and exploratory and Adam Granducei’s weathered and plaintive voice is one part hitch-hiking Dylan and one part crestfallen Springsteen.
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The feel-good FM rock can verge dangerously close to Dire Straits in places but there is much to savour on this engrossing album, especially the way Granducei throws the occasional spanner in the works on the wide open road. *** Alan Corr
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