By the time of this 1968 session, the quintessential hard-bop trumpeter Lee Morgan, was stretching in several directions at once, pushing into freer forms and also pressing the crossover funk market that he had tapped so brilliantly with The Sidewinder. The different directions are apparent in the sidemen. Bennie Maupin made few recordings in the period, but he was among the most distinctive avant-garde tenor saxophonists, with a blunt, Rollins-inspired approach that would eventually come to the fore on Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew and with Herbie and the Headhunters. Guitarist George Benson explores the funkier side of Wes Montgomery’s style, while the rhythm section of pianist John Hicks, bassist Reggie Workman, and Billy Higgins is perfect for the potent mix of modal, hard-bop, and funk approaches that Morgan was pulling together. The trumpeter plays with his usual intensity, displaying quick musical wits and a sound that’s almost menacing. —Stuart Broomer
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Digitally re-mastered two-fer from the Country music great containing a pair of his original albums on one CD: I Love You More Today (1969) and to See My Angel (1970). By any measure, the career of singer, songwriter, producer, entertainer and recording artist Conway Twitty stands among the greatest in the history of popular music. His 55 #1 singles are an astounding and singular accomplishment in the annals of the recording industry. Those hits drove sales of more than 50 million records, generating legions of loyal fans, and led to more than 100 major awards. This whole package is enhanced by some interesting and informative booklet notes. Poker. 2009.
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20 track collection from the popular country duo includes ‘After the Fire Is Gone’, ‘I Can’t Love You Enough’ & ‘Spiders And Snakes’. MCA. 1987.
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This 2CD set anthologises Marty Robbins’ entire recorded output during 1961-1962, featuring four LPs and six hit singles. By 1961, Marty was firmly established as the most successful C&W/Pop/R&R crossover artist in the United States, renowned for his epic ‘Gunfighter & Western’ songs. He subsequently embarked upon an unlikely ‘experimental’ phase, in which he explored other musical directions. This is reflected in the four LPs included ‘Just A Little Sentimental’, ‘Marty After Midnight’ (both of which featured Marty performing standards), ‘Portrait Of Marty’ (a musically eclectic set, devised to showcase his versatility) and “Devil Woman” (a mainstream C&W/Pop album, titled after one of his biggest-ever hits). His six featured singles are “Jimmy Martinez”, “It’s Your World”, “Sometimes I’m Tempted”/”I Told The Brook”, “Love Can’t Wait”, “Devil Woman” and “Ruby Ann”, the latter two both being million-selling, U.S. C&W chart toppers. Much of this material is difficult to find elsewhere on CD, with the ‘Portrait Of Marty’ album making its CD debut herein.
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I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Mark Chesnutt
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It’s no surprise, considering the crossover expectations that drive contemporary Nashville, that Mark Chesnutt might strike a couple of pop poses on his sixth album. What’s more like a shock, coming from an East Texas twanger like Chesnutt, is that those pop moves would be so superior to the straight country that completes the disc. You know the drill: a couple of Cajun-spiced boot scooters, a Western swing number, some contemporary honky-tonk, all of which sound plenty hot but most of which are too lyrically clever and emotionally slight to make any lasting impression. The sweet pop chorus and soul-country groove of “This Heartache Never Sleeps,” however, is another matter altogether. And the title cut–a swelling cover of the grateful and sincere Diane Warren-penned Aerosmith smash–provides Chesnutt the sort of vocal workout he hasn’t allowed himself since he tackled “Who Will the Next Fool Be” on what remains his finest effort, 1992’s Longnecks and Short Stories. –David Cantwell
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