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The Wonderful World of Jazz – John Lewis – mono Atlantic 1375 (1961)/ Pure Pleasure

The Wonderful World of Jazz – John Lewis – mono Atlantic 1375 (1961)/ Pure Pleasure

A fine John Lewis vinyl with Eric Dolphy, Gunther Schuller and Jim Hall! The Wonderful World of Jazz – John Lewis [TrackList follows] – mono Atlantic 1375 (1961)/ Pure Pleasure Records *****: This wonderful jazz mono vinyl has been reissued numerous times now (including Japanese pressings), but perhaps this version bests them all – though […]

The Handmaiden (2017)

The Handmaiden (2017)

An interesting plot-driven film with quite a twist. The Handmaiden (2017) Actors: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Tae Kim, Jin-woong Jo, Hae-suk Kim Director: Chan-wook Park Studio: Amazon Studios/ Sony Pictures Home Ent. 49278 (1/24/17) Video: 2.39:1 for 16:9 screens Audio: Korean DD 5.1 Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish Length: 145 min. Rating: ****1/2 The same […]

BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2016)

BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2016)

BELLINI: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (2016)  You might want to pass this one up… Performers: Chorus & Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House/  Joyce DiDonato, Olga Kulchynska, Benjamin Bernheim, Roberto Lorenzi/ Fabio Luisi (cond.)/ Christof Loy (stage director)/ Franck Evin (lighting designer) Studio: Accentus Music [9/30/16] Length: 139 min. Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, […]

Audio News for Tuesday, November 8, 2016

75% of Japanese Want Hacker Protection for Devices – Japanese consumers are very concerned about hacker attacks on the smart electronics in their homes. Most want an automated update service that prevents unauthorized access to data in devices over the Net. Electronica Trend Index 2020 surveyed 7000 consumers in seven countries and the Japanese consumers […]

BACH: St. John Passion (A ritualisation by Peter Sellars) – DVDs & Blu-ray (2014/16)

BACH: St. John Passion (A ritualisation by Peter Sellars) – DVDs & Blu-ray (2014/16)

An unsettling visual version of questionable value, but high musical marks. BACH: St. John Passion (A ritualisation by Peter Sellars) – DVDs & Blu-ray (2014/16) Performers: Mark Padmore (Evangelist)/ Camilla Tilling (sop.)/ Magdalena Kožená (mezzo)/ Topi Lehtipuu (tenor)/ Christian Gerhaher (bari.)/ Roderick Williams (Jesus)/ Berliner Philharmoniker/ Rundfunkchor Berlin/ Simon Rattle Director: Peter Sellars Studio: Berliner […]

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – Portraits and Places – Origin

Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – Portraits and Places – Origin

Big band jazz which blends past and present. Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra – Portraits and Places [TrackList follows] – Origin 82710, 57:02 [5/9/16] ****: (Scott Reeves – conductor, Flugelhorn; Steve Wilson – soprano and alto saxophone, flute; Vito Chiavuzzo – alto saxophone, flute; Rob Middleton and Tim Armacost – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Jay Brandford – […]

Hanami – The Only Way to Float Free – ears&eyes

Hanami – The Only Way to Float Free – ears&eyes

Chicago jazz/improvisation with a Japanese cultural connection. Hanami – The Only Way to Float Free [TrackList follows] ears&eyes ee16-042 40:20 [4/22/16] ****: (Mai Sugimoto – alto saxophone, clarinet; Andrew Trim – guitar; Jason Stein – bass clarinet; Charles Rumback – drums) The name of the jazz quartet, Hanami, is the Japanese word for ‘flower viewing,’ […]

East Side Sushi (2016)

East Side Sushi (2016)

A heartwarming story about never giving up on your dreams. East Side Sushi (2016) Cast: Diana Torrese, Yukata Takeuchi, Rodrigo Clark Director: Anthony Lucero Studio: Sony Pictures 47500 (5/6/16) Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 screens, 1080i HD color Audio: English DD 5.1 Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, English SDH Extras: Deleted scenes, “Behind the Sushi,” “Behind the […]

“Blurred Boundaries” = Contemporary works by Libby Larsen and others – Navona

“Blurred Boundaries” = Contemporary works by Libby Larsen and others – Navona

“Blurred Boundaries” = LIBBY LARSEN: Sorrow Song and Jubilee; HENRY THACKER BURLEIGH: Plantation Melodies, Old and New; FLORENCE BEATRICE PRICE: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint; ERBERK ERYLIMAZ: Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan; HAJIME KOMATSU: Four Japanese Folk Songs; MARTY REGAN: Splash of Indigo – Apollo Ch. Players (Matthew Detrick, violin/Anabel Ramirez, violin/Whitney Bullock, viola/Matthew Dudzik, cello […]