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Tubby Hayes Big Band - Rumpus
Rumpus is a recording of Tubby Hayes’ Big Band at The Torrington Arms on May 8, 1969, released on CD for the first time.The line-up features the soloists Peter King, Kenny Wheeler and Spike Wells. Irish guitarist Louis Stewart was also a member of the line-up, drawing tender notes from his instrument in the middle of the frenzied, hard bop storm. Recommended. P Kehoe
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Sleater Kinney - No Cities to Love
Anyone lamenting the decline of the guitar album needs to hear this rude and riotous reawakening from one-time Washington riot grrrl act Sleater Kinney.
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From the spiralling riffs of stand-out track Surface Envy to the killer pop melodies of New Wave and the ferocious rattle of Price Tag, Corrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss re-establish themselves as one of the most truly vital rock acts in the world.
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Sleater Kinney’s return had to be special. No Cities to Love is more than that - it’s damn near supernatural. Alan Corr
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Eithne Ní Uallacháin - Bilingua
Eithne Ní Ualllacháin’s untimely passing in 1999 deprived this country of one of its finest singers, who was a deeply sensitive interpreter of beautiful songs from the Irish tradition, as well as being a fine craftswoman of new song. Bilingua is the first solo album by the singer, and it contains traditional songs and original compositions which Eithne recorded between 1997 and 1999. Posthumous work of genius. PK
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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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