McCoy Tyner: "Expansions"

Blue Note Records BST 84338
Format: LP

Musical Performance
*****

Sound Quality
****

Overall Enjoyment
****

The true geniuses of contemporary music—Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, to name just three—have had a tendency to flame out like supernovas. Like the massive astronomical objects that become supernovas, these musicians have also tended, at their peak, to obscure anyone else in their immediate orbit. From bassist Tommy Potter—at Parker’s side for his finest recordings—to bassist Noel Redding—one of Hendrix’s two closest collaborators—those who play alongside the biggest stars have struggled to establish their own musical identities.

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James Booker: "Classified"

August 2020

Craft Recordings CR00281
Format: LP

Musical Performance
***

Sound Quality
***

Overall Enjoyment
****

Take every story of wild rock stars, rockabilly cats, and legendary jazz over-indulgers, and set them all aside. No one -- not Keith Moon, Jerry Lee Lewis, or Charlie Parker -- could hold a candle to pianist James Booker for combining outrageous behavior and audacious musicianship.

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