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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Charlie Haden Quartet West (w/ ChamberOrchestra) - The Art of The Song [1999]

Bassist Charlie Haden was an integral part of Ornette Coleman's pioneering avant-garde groups in the '50s and '60s and led his own equally forward-thinking Liberation Music Orchestra. His ensemble Quartet West, with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts, drummer Larance Marable, and pianist Alan Broadbent, revealed a sentimental side of his musical personality that surprised many. This recording, with string arrangements by Broadbent, sounds like a soundtrack to a Raymond Chandler film as Haden's sturdy bass tones make him a worthy supporting actor. But although Shirley Horn's ethereal voice sparkles on "Lonely Town," "In Love in Vain," and "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life," and crooner Bill Henderson's towering pipes are radiant on "Why Did I Choose You," "Ruth's Waltz," "You My Love," and "Easy on the Heart," all of the material is in pretty much the same ballad tempo, which, compounded by the time length of the CD, robs it of the romantic resonance it could truly shine on the listener. --Eugene Holley Jr.

The title of The Art of the Song should signal that the album is not the average effort from Charlie Haden. Instead of the adventurous instrumental post-bop that is his stock-in-trade, The Art of the Song finds him concentrating on songs, going so far to feature Shirley Horn and Bill Henderson on lead vocals on four songs apiece. As it turns out, it's not a great departure -- there's a moody, evocative tone that ties together his later works -- but it is enough to make The Art of the Song a distinctive, engaging work from an utterly original jazz musician. Stephen Thomas Erlewine


1 Dance Episodes (3) from "On the Town", for orchestra Lonely Town
2 The Yearling, musical play Why Did I Choose You?
3 Moments Musicaux (6) for piano, Op. 16 No. 3 in B minor
4 In Love in Vain, song (from "Centennial Summer")
5 Ruth's Waltz
6 Scenes From a Silver Screen
7 I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life
8 Young at Heart, film score You My Love
9 Prélude, for piano
10 The Folks Who Live On the Hill, song (from the film "High, Wide and Handsome")
11 Easy On The Heart
12 Theme for Charlie
13 Wayfaring Stranger

Guns 'N´ Roses - Chinese Democracy [2007]

Availability: April 2,2007


There was a time.
Catcher in the rye.
Chinese democracy.
Rhiad and the bedouins.
Oh my god.

Joss Stone - Introducing Joss Stone [2007 ]

Availability: This title will be released on March 20, 2007

In the run-up to this, her third album, Joss Stone told a phalanx of glossy magazines that the difference between this disc and the two that preceded it was a newfound clarity of vision. Whereas the other records--their gold status notwithstanding--represented the fumblings of a huge-voiced kid being bossed around by experienced music-biz types, this one, she promised, would reveal the real her. Thus, the titular "introduction." To which anybody who spins the 14 groovy and fully unbuttoned tracks herein will wish to reply not "nice to meet you"--far too lame a sentiment for so fully realized a disc--but "Where have you been all my life?" As good as Joss Stone's previous efforts are, Introducing Joss Stone represents a giant step forward: there's a freshness to these songs that suits her age (19 as of the album's release) and a funkiness that suits modern pop sensibilities. There's also a cross-hatching of visions with artists like Lauryn Hill and Common that will rightly advance her reputation as an artist who can sling disco, R&B, and rock almost as convincingly as soul. Splicing girl-group harmonies with blaxploitation-style funk with Joplin-esque and, at times, Shelby Lynne-reminiscent vocals, Stone works these Raphael Saadiq-produced beats with the stealth and steadiness of a '70s-era legend who's still going strong. "Girl They Won't Believe It," she wails against the tight hoo-hoo harmonizing of talented backup singers on the opening track; get a load of how much she's accomplished in the space of three albums, and you won't believe it, either. --Tammy La Gorce

About the Artist
British soul singer and songwriter Joss Stone's third album, "Introducing Joss Stone," is an electrifying mix of warm vintage soul, '70s-style R&B, Motown girl-group harmonies, and hip-hop grooves. The album is the one that Stone describes as "truly me. That's why I'm calling it Introducing Joss Stone," she says. "These are my words, and this is who I am as an artist." Knowing she wanted to write the album alone, Stone decamped to Barbados in April to come up with lyrics. She stayed for several months before flying to the Bahamas to hook up with her main musical collaborator and producer Raphael Saadiq (known for his work with D'Angelo, The Roots, and Macy Gray). Stone and Saadiq spent two months recording in the Bahamas, and then mixed it at the legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City.

Other musical collaborators include rapper/singer/songwriter and producer Novel, who is the grandson of soul legend Solomon Burke and has written songs for Kelis and India.Arie, as well as Beau Dozier, son of Motown legend Lamont Dozier, whom she wrote with on her last album, 2004's gold-certified Mind, Body & Soul. The album also features guest vocal appearances by the rapper Common on "Tell Me What We're Going to Do," and reclusive singer Lauryn Hill, who lends a rap to the languid Fugees-inspired track "Music."

1. Change (Vinnie Jones Intro)
2. Girl They Won't Believe It
3. Headturner
4. Tell Me `Bout It
5. Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now feat. Common
6. Put Your Hands On Me
7. Music feat. Lauryn Hill
8. Arms Of My Baby
9. Bad Habit
10. Proper Nice
11. Bruised But Not Broken
12. Baby Baby Baby
13. What Were We Thinking
14. Music Outro

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Millie Jackson - Caught Up [1974]

Artist...............: Millie Jackson
Album................: Caught Up
Genre................: R&B
Year.................: 1974
Ripper...............: NMR
Quality..............: CBR 256, (avg. bitrate: 256kbps)
Channels.............: Stereo / 44100 hz
Tags.................: ID3 v1.1, ID3 v2.3
Included.............: NFO & Covers
01. (00:03:56) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - ( If Loving You Is Wrong ) I Don't Want To Be Right
02. (00:05:54) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - The Rap
03. (00:01:14) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - ( If Loving You Is Wrong ) I Don't Want To Be Right ( Reprise )
04. (00:02:37) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - All I Want Is A Fighting Chance
05. (00:03:51) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - I'm Tired Of Hiding
06. (00:02:52) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - It's All Over But The Shouting
07. (00:04:08) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - So Easy Going, So Hard Coming Back
08. (00:05:49) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You
09. (00:05:42) - (CBR 256 kbit/s) Millie Jackson - Summer ( The First Time )

Playing Time.........: 00:36:03
Total Size...........: 66.02 MB
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