This 1953 date matched Webster with such peers as alto saxophonist Benny Carter, trumpeter Harry Edison, and pianist Oscar Peterson for a series of elegant yet soulful and exuberant small group dates. With no cut longer than four and a half minutes, the players didn't have time for excess statements or overkill; they had to quickly get to the heart of the matter in their solos, make their points, and return to the head. The original session has been enlarged by the addition of two previously unissued tracks, plus an alternate version of "That's All" that was later issued as a single. Label head Norman Granz excelled in producing swing-oriented, crisply played mainstream dates. Although this date is more than four decades old, Ben Webster's solos have a freshness and vitality that make them quite relevant to contemporary events.
Pieces by nine very different composers make up this fascinating collection of works for string quartet entitled Short Stories, performed by the Kronos Quartet. Elliott Sharp's Digital (1986) is a hard-edged rhythmic study using the instrument bodies as drums, with objects inserted in the strings to create rattling, shaker, and tambourine-like sounds. Steve Mackey's arrangement (1989) of the classic Chicago blues tune "Spoonful" (1960), by the prolific Willie Dixon, exaggerates the gestures of the song and employs complex harmonies and modernistic devices like string crunches, etc. John Oswald's Spectre (1990) opens with the naive sound of the quartet tuning up.
Brian White & Justice is the Bad Company (Brian Howe years) of the Christian market. There are no fillers on this CD, just great AOR to listen to all the way through.
Peter Sinfield was considered a member of King Crimson (1969-1972) although he never played or sang a single note with them, he just take care of the lyrics and the lights at the live shows. Beside this he has worked with such important people in the history of Progressive Rock as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, PFM or Roxy Music. But his influence has trespass to other areas of music, as he has composed material for such known artist as Cher or Celine Dion too.
Originally entitled "Still", this recording was essentially a sequel to the King Crimson album "Islands", and makes an important addition to any serious Crimson collection…