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  Blue Note -
  Bob Belden: Black Dahlia
  "Black Dahlia"

Bob Belden
Track listing:
  1. Genesis
2. In Flight
3. Dawn
4. City of Angels
5. Dreamworld
6. Prelude to Love
7. Danse d'Amour
8. Zanzibar
9. Black Dahlia
10. The Edge of Forever
11. 101 North
12. Elegy
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Review by miguelito54 March 7, 2007 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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This sounds like a soundtrack to a movie - it is ironic that the acutal Black Dahlia movie about the life of Elizabeth Short, has music by Mark Isham. Bob Belden's music is inspired by the life of the tragic woman murdered at the age of barely 23 years. It could be called a jazz opera without words. The writing is not too progressive, but very substantial, and all the soloists handle their parts with dedication and care. Make up your own storyline in your head while listening. The sound alone is worth the price of the disc, with wide natural room ambience doing the band full justice. (The only disctraction to me is Zach Danzinger's bongo playing - it shows too much that he is not a real bongocero but a drummer, and it stands out a little too much compared to the drum set. I love percussion, but I could have done without it here. Gil Evans had drummers handling the percussion on his Impulse albums - was this the inspiration?)
Now please give us some more good big bands on SACD, will you? If it sounds like this it easily cuts any standard CD. The more complex the sounds, the better the results with the higher resolution - not news, but reaffirmed truth.

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Review by sthebkrman February 14, 2005 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I agree with everyone on the sonics of this album. This is a great demo SACD. I did not pay much attention to the whole theme but just like the music by itself. I am not a jass enthusiast but this CD as well as a few others have quickly converted me. I think a lot of it is the realism you get with Super Audio. The horns on this CD are outstanding. If you leave the room, you think someone is in there practicing. If you want a great orchestral jazz SACD, this is it.

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Review by madisonears October 7, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Wow, is this a cool disc. I had no idea what to expect--bought it on Belden's reputation from other music. If you like jazz--almost any kind--you will be intrigued by this complex and tuneful program. The sound is darn near perfect: it snarls when the brass blows hard, but then gets real sweet and pretty when the stage lights dim. The soundstage is wide and deep. Instrumental definition and tonality are some of the best I've heard. This disc would be a good investment for anyone who wants to broaden their taste a little, or for jazz fans tired of listening to all the old classics. Don't get me wrong--I love Miles and Coltrane, Rollins and Monk and Mingus, but new music like this deserves to be heard.

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