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DUKE PEARSON/Classic Albums Collection: Since there's no such thing as a bad Pearson album, even though this collection ends before his meaty Blue Note period started, when he was just as much a part of the label as Alfred Lion, there's not a false note in the bunch here as he was the kind of cat that instinctively knew how to hit the ground running and didn't really need to get his feet wet first. The eight albums here are winners all and this set ends when he was really beginning to takeoff. Whether sideman, leader or other, he had the chops to be one of the piano greats but recognition didn't seem to smile on him the way it should have outside of those in the know. Solid post bop jazz from one of the cats that had his hand firmly on the wheel, daddio jazzobs will dig how this is smooth as Hennessey. A winning set throughout.

MILES DAVIS/Classic Collaborations 1953-1963: He's not just hanging with Coltrane here as Gil Evans, Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, Milt Jackson and others are all front and center with Davis. Culled from the period before Betty Davis turned his head sideways, he was still taking jazz to new and different places with ease. A smartly stacked collection where there is so much from this period to choose from, you'd be hard pressed to find an also ran collection to bog things down. This type of distillation almost lets you hear Davis in a new light even at this late date.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI/Neither Bought for Gold, Nor to the Devil Sold: The first time I heard the voice behind the alter ego of Henry Chinaski on those Takoma records, I was disappointed that the voice didn't match the writing. I like this Euro flavored audio documentary. It has the right touch to give you the real flavor of the man and his mind. Anyone not acquainted with the Buk writ needs to go slumming on this real walk on the wild side. This is the kind of stuff that will cause you to go deeper.

MICHAEL WILLIAM GILBERT/Radio Omnibus: This record might not be for everybody, but it's for everybody that has a taste for non EDM electronic music. With some well pedigreed jazzbos lending a hand, anyone who ever thought about Beaver & Krause will get this immediately and fire up the emails letting others know about it. Tasty stuff from a real pro that knows how to take the road less taken and not get lost.

PAT BATTSTONE SEXTET/Elements: Improv art jazz that weirdo girl friends will totally grok. Combining the four elemental elements into the fifth, this is right up the alley of the girl down the street that talks to the trees. If Battstone seems intrigued with the cosmos, his day job is rocket scientist (for real).

MATT LEMMLER/Love: A true Nawlins cat that wasn't inspired to really find his voice until Katrina came busting through the levees, now he's the kind of left field piano cat that gets kudos from Dave Frishberg. The best way to detail how he sounds is to say this is how Dr. John would step up to the mic with a belly full of Chef Paul goodies. You just can't eat more toufee than that. This double disc set has a bonus set where the good vibes were really flowing as well.

Volume 41/Number 193
May 12, 2017
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
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