DEPECHE MODE Singles 1 - 36. Set of six - yes SIX - 2004 US issue 6-CD single box sets, featuring all the singles from Dreaming Of Me through to Dream On, plus remixes, live recordings and CD-Rom videos, all housed in six 6" x 5" black boxes numbered in white. The boxes on this set all have marks on the front from the original deletion strikes, made through the barcodes when they were still sealed. Still a stunning set and a fantastic way to secure a full set of boxes, a greatprice at far less than buying individually - if you can even find them!
Given the vaunted status of and incessant competitiveness among qualified musicians for the first section chairs of major symphony orchestras, perhaps it should not come as too much of a surprise that a first-chair soloist is often as skilled in transmitting concerto literature as a "star" recitalist. But producers of classical recordings have not often elected to showcase the talents of first-chair performers, certainly not to the extent that a listener would commonly encounter them in the concert hall.
The music of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell continues to reveal inner secrets, as this engaging set by dummer Paul Motian and his Electric Bebop Band shows. The group's name of the group is a function of the two electric guitars (Kurt Rosenwinkel and Steve Cardenas) and the electric bass (Steve Swallow), although the remaining members are strictly acoustic (tenor saxophones Chris Cheek and Chris Potter and, of course, drummer Motian). The arrangements are entirely respectful of the compositions, although liberties are taken with tempo and harmony. The results are more than satisfactory, if somewhat conservative, with the solos passed about generously. Motian again reveals his ability to kick and burn, as well as play sensitively, reaffirming his place among the greatest jazz drummers.