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Author Archives: Gordon S. Miller

Gordon S. Miller is the artist formerly known as El Bicho, the nom de plume he used when he first began reviewing movies online for The Masked Movie Snobs in 2003. Before the year was out, he became that site's publisher. Over the years, he has also contributed to a number of other sites as a writer and editor, such as FilmRadar, Film School Rejects, High Def Digest, and Blogcritics. He is the Publisher of Cinema Sentries. Some of his random thoughts can be found at twitter.com/ElBicho_CS

Silent Waters

Direction and Story by Sabiha Sumar Screenplay by Paromita Vohra Silent Waters is an amazingly powerful tale of both personal struggle and historical significance. The year is 1979 when General Zia-ul-Haq seized power of the Pakistan government and pushed to make the country a model of Islam. The story is set in the small village of Charkhi in Pakistani Punjab ... Read More »

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Music

Monk’s Music was recorded in 1957 by the Thelonious Monk Septet and featured the talents of established artists Coleman Hawkins and Art Blakely, who were mentioned on the album’s cover. John Coltrane also plays on the album and was on the verge of reaching the status of these other men in the world of jazz. Considered alongside Ellington as one ... Read More »

Jazz Moods – Twilight in Rio

Various Artists Jazz Moods – Twilight in Rio Concord Records Twilight in Rio is a compilation of tracks from Concord Records by Brazilian artists and other artists inspired by Brazil. All the artists are competent musicians, but the music gives a feeling of being on a cruise ship or sitting in a casino bar. There’s nothing very special about any ... Read More »

Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Boy Named Charlie Brown

Good grief! If you don’t already own this album, rush out and buy it. For most children born in America in the latter half of the 20th century Mr. Guaraldi is their first exposure to the world of jazz. My first recollections of sound are my mother’s heartbeat and the excellent piece know as “Linus and Lucy.” It is sheer ... Read More »

Sonny Rollins – The Sound of Sonny

Sonny Rollins The Sound of Sonny Riverside Records The first track of this collection, “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins highlights what the album has to offer. Sonny makes you pay attention because he doesn’t just play the song as you’ve heard it before; eight of the songs are covers while two are original compositions, ... Read More »

You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train

Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train Directed by Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller This film is a documentary about an American patriot, Howard Zinn, historian, activist and author of the book A People’s History of the United States. The film is made up of archival news clips, interviews with colleagues and former students, and footage of ... Read More »

The Best Of Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery The Best Of… Riverside Records For those of you overwhelmed by the investment in time and money it would require for the purchase of Wes Montgomery: The Complete Riverside Recordings, you can try this one CD because all of the tracks that appear on it are also in that mammoth boxed set. Wes taught himself how to play ... Read More »

The Best of Milt Jackson

Milt Jackson The Best of… Riverside Records Milt Jackson, first gained notoriety as a jazz vibraphonist when he was a part of the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie’s big band in the late 1940s. From there he went to become a co-founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet along with pianist John Lewis The first two tracks on this album are ... Read More »

Gomez Split The Difference

Gomez Split The Difference Virgin Records Gomez’ Tom Gray calls Split The Difference “a big, loud, tight rock ‘n’ roll album with some psychedelic elements.” I would certainly agree and the band makes its intentions known before a note is heard with the album cover’s Yellow Submarine homage. A fuzzed-out guitar is strummed on the opening track “Do One,” welcoming ... Read More »

Umphrey’s McGee Anchor Drops

Umphrey’s McGee Anchor Drops Sci Fidelity Records Umphrey’s McGee is a very intriguing band because it is made up of musicians who play music for the sole purpose of playing music. Rather than writing calculated pop songs that appeal to the lowest common denominator, they challenge the listener, almost daring them, to follow the band down a rabbit hole to ... Read More »