In its native land, František Vláčil’s Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vančura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vláčil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.
A delightfully eclectic program spotlighting nearly all of Gate's musical leanings – blues, jazz, country, even a hearty taste of "Louisiana Zydeco" – and a revealing glimpse of his multi-instrumental abilities: he plays guitar, violin, drums, and piano! There's a tender remake of the Chuck Willis R&B ballad and a funk-tinged update of "Got My Mojo Working," but everything else is from Brown's own pen.– by Bill Dahl
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was one of the most jazz-oriented of bluesmen, a colorful guitarist and a primitive but swinging fiddler. On this release he includes many instrumental sections in his performances including four all-out boppish jazz jams….
Considerably more varied than its predecessor, with nods toward the Louisiana swamp ("Sunrise Cajun Style," complete with pedal steel guitar), sentimental ballads (Cecil Gant's "I Wonder"), and jazz ("Big Yard"). Blues purists will perk up for revivals of Junior Parker's "Stranded" and Roy Milton's "Information Blues."–by Bill Dahl
In this compilation album Stan Getz met the highlight of the recordings more romantic and sensual with the Verve label during the period 1952-68 and although the quality of these can vary by age, the result is no longer insurmountable. Its warm and intimate sound, fluctuating between bossa nova and jazz, serves splendid setting to create an atmosphere that will impress anyone in a romantic evening.
Album released in 1985 by the label Horus in Spain, with a selection of 11 songs performed by the universal Italian saxophonist Fausto Papetti (1923-1999) and his orchestra. The analog compilation integrates with the particular style of arrangements made by Papetti cuts from internationally highly renowned authors such as Michel Jarre, Cole Porter, Ary Barroso, Charles Chaplin and others. The always romantic sax of Papetti in one of his numerous compilations.
Here is another reference to the small collection 'Strictly Ballroom' by Tring International , dedicated to different styles of ballroom dancing and now to the music of Latin style. Again the Montaro Francisco instrumental ensemble is presented as in the rest of the repertoire with ten songs performed with several rhythmic styles of Latin dances.