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Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007) [Re-Up]

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Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007) [Re-Up]

Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Cool, Vocal Jazz, Standarts | Label: Verve | # 530 210-7 | Time: 01:18:14

It would seem a strange thing compiling the work of Charlie Haden's decade-long Quartet West Group onto a single disc. The reason isn't that they recorded so much material, but more because the material was themed record by record. Yet that is exactly why a compilation like this does work, because this group played music utilizing different aspects of the same theme: to evoke the spirits, ghosts and sprites of a Los Angeles that has moved off the screen of real life into the stuff of myth. That Haden and his group, which included drummer Larance Marable (who replaced Billy Higgins after the group's first, self-titled album in 1986), saxophonist Ernie Watts, and pianist Alan Broadbent could make it all sound so present and real, gives the impression that there was truth in the images. This is not only from a West Coast point of view (though there it is imbued more with the striking visual reveries to accompany the tunes) but also in the popular culture mythos in the collective American mind.

Miles Davis - The Real... Miles Davis, The Ultimate Collection (2011) 3 CDs

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Miles Davis - The Real... Miles Davis, The Ultimate Collection (2011) 3 CDs

Miles Davis - The Real… Miles Davis, The Ultimate Collection (2011) 3 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.22 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb | Scans included | 03:26:47
Hard Bop, Cool, Trumpet Jazz, Modal Jazz | Label: Columbia/Sony | # 88697915492

The three-disc anthology The Real…Miles Davis: The Ultimate Miles Davis Collection brings together tracks the legendary trumpeter recorded for Columbia during the '50s and '60s. These are some of Davis' best-known and most influential recordings when he was at the height of his pre-fusion, modern jazz career. Included are such cuts as "So What," "I Thought About You," "Stella by Starlight," "Milestones," and more.

Oscar Peterson - Piano Moods: The Very Best Of Oscar Peterson (1998) 2CDs

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Oscar Peterson - Piano Moods: The Very Best Of Oscar Peterson (1998) 2CDs

Oscar Peterson - Piano Moods: The Very Best Of Oscar Peterson (1998) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 748 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 360 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz | Label: Polygram | # 557 462-2 | 02:27:00

The material here was recorded for the Verve and MPS labels, and this two-disc, import retrospective of the work of legendary pianist Oscar Peterson is not only representative, but solid from top to bottom, showcasing many of his finest moments on wax in both live and studio recordings with his great trio of Herb Ellis and Ray Brown as well as in other settings. This is as fine an introduction as there is and, for the money, simply cannot be beaten.

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000) [Re-Up]

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Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000) [Re-Up]

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Jazz | # 00013431488521 | Time: 00:58:34

Scott Hamilton's Ballad Essentials collects interpretations of standards like "Skylark", "Body and Soul", "In a Sentimental Mood", "'Round Midnight", and "My Romance". A solid collection from one of mainstream jazz's most consistent tenor sax players.

New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)

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New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)

New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:07
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Harmony, Standarts, Swing | Label: MCG Jazz | # MCGJ1031

With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet – for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album (and their first as an ensemble in seven years), but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new (and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer), and the lyrics that group members added to John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" work very nicely. Not everyone will agree that the world needed a vocal jazz version of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic," but the New York Voices' version is really lots of fun and is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to more than one baby-boomer eye. Apart from a couple of saccharine moments on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," A Day Like This is a pleasure from start to finish. Recommended.

Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) {1987, Remastered} Repost / New Rip

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Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) {1987, Remastered} Repost / New Rip

Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) {1987, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 258 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 122 Mb
Full Scans | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Columbia #CK 40586

A battle of the bands? Not quite – more like a mutual admiration society, with the orchestras of both jazz titans playing together. (The Duke is heard on the right side of your stereo/headphones, the Count on the left.) Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. There's no clutter, each band is focused, and they sound great together. This is not the thoughtful, reflective composer side of Ellington (listeners should check out Far East Suite or Black, Brown & Beige for that). The Duke and his band accentuate their swinging dance band side, while Basie and company have never sounded as suave and exotic as when playing Billy Strayhorn arrangements. Everyone has a good time, and that joy infuses this album from start to finish.

Mundell Lowe - A Grand Night For Swinging (1957) {2000, Remastered}

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Mundell Lowe - A Grand Night For Swinging (1957) {2000, Remastered}

Mundell Lowe - A Grand Night For Swinging (1957) {2000, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 220 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 102 Mb
Scans Included | RAR 5% Recovery
Cool Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Riverside Records #OJCCD-1940-2 (RLP-238)

At one time a listener could place a CD like guitarist Mundell Lowe's A Grand Night for Swinging in the disc player and immediately date it to the 1950s. But the revival of many older styles by younger musicians like guitarist Howard Alden in the '80s and '90s has led to an overlapping of styles. This may make it difficult to match an album to a particular date, but it does help to make older styles more familiar and, thus, accessible. A Grand Night for Swinging is a nice set, featuring Lowe and a good supporting cast including pianist Billy Taylor, bassist Les Grinage, drummer Ed Thigpen, and, on three cuts, alto saxophonist Gene Quill. Known for his cooler tone and lighter touch at the time, Lowe had decided to record an album that proved he could swing a little harder.

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books (1993) [Re-Up]

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Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books (1993) [Re-Up]

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 01:02:43
Vocal Jazz, Standarts, Swing, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 519 804-2

Simply a grand and eloquent performance put together by Verve records highlighting the best years of Ella Fitzgerald – that sassy, charming legendary singer in jazz. The Best of the Songbooks features a captivating lineup of some of jazz's greatest composers and arrangers. It is here that Fitzgerald records and sings songs of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer.

Frank Sinatra - The Magic Years (2CD, 2019)

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Frank Sinatra - The Magic Years (2CD, 2019)

Frank Sinatra - The Magic Years (2CD, 2019)
FLAC (tracks) | 1:34:00 | 354 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: ZYX Music

Frank Sinatra, wegen seiner charakteristischen Stimme, auch „The Voice“ genannt, gehörte zusammen mit Dean Martin und Sammy Davis Jr. Dem sog. Rat Pack an. Die 2CD Compilation “The Magic Years“ ist eine besonders gelungene Zusammenstellung . Auf CD1 wird Frank Sinatra vom Alex Stordahl Orchester begleitet , auf CD2 spielt er seine Hits zusammen mit dem Tommy Dorsey Orchester. cd 1:Frank Sinatra & Alex Stordahl Orchestra.

Charles Kynard - Your Mama Don't Dance (1973) {2017 Japan Mainstream Records Master Collection Series CDSOL-45279}

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Charles Kynard - Your Mama Don't Dance (1973) {2017 Japan Mainstream Records Master Collection Series CDSOL-45279}

Charles Kynard - Your Mama Don't Dance (1973) {2017 Japan Mainstream Records Master Collection Series CDSOL-45279}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 196 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 77 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 14 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1973, 2017 Time / Mainstream Records / Solid Records Japan | CDSOL-45279
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Soul Jazz / Organ Hammond B-3

Funky organ and plenty of vamping – a really tight little set from the mighty Charles Kynard – who's working here with a really wide-ranging command of the keyboard! As with some of the other Mainstream Records sessions of the time, the backings here are somewhat full – arranged and conducted by Richard Fritz with a style that's almost soundtrack funk at points, but which still has a more jazzy feel overall – thanks to the space given to Kynard's organ solos, and to backings from players who include George Bohannon on trombone, Arthur Adams on guitar, and Paul Humphrey on drums. The set features a surprising cover of Joe Quarterman's classic "I Got So Much Trouble On My Mind" – one that's almost as funky as the vocal original – plus "The World Is A Ghetto", "Superstition", "Zambezi", "Summer Breeze", "Momma Jive", and "You've Got It Bad Girl".

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

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VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 845 466-2 | Time: 01:08:27

From a label with no shortage of first-rate jazz material come this very attractive vocal sampler. Staying true to the Compact Jazz ethos, Best of the Jazz Vocalists favors quality over hits and comes with a budget price tag. The majority of songs are from the label's prime '50s and '60s run, including a cloud-bound "Summertime" by Helen Merrill and one of the all-time great versions of "If You Could See Me Now," compliments of Billy Eckstine. Continuing with this balancing act between the sexes, the collection also includes fine work by Bill Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, and Anita O'Day; latter-day entries include Lincoln's "I've Got Thunder and It Rings" from her 1990 Verve debut and Horn's "I Got Lost in His Arms" from 1988's Close Enough for Love. Nicely wrapped up with Nina Simone's Afro-percussion clarion call "Come Ye," this Verve roundup works as the perfect primer for more adventurous trips through the label's fertile stores of essential jazz.

Lou Donaldson Quartet - Live In Bologna (1984) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6338}

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Lou Donaldson Quartet - Live In Bologna (1984) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6338}

Lou Donaldson Quartet - Live In Bologna (1984) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series CDSOL-6338}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 320 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 130 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 256 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1984, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6338
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Saxophone

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. A direct (musical) descendant of Bird, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson has often been criticized for commercial concessions or for lack of imagination. Over a span of decades, his sound remained constant, rarely wavering from his initial bop conception. This set of standards is one of Donaldson's best recordings, in part due to the relaxed setting, but also because of the outstanding piano trio accompanying the saxophonist.

J.J. Johnson - J.J. Inc. (1960) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3987}

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J.J. Johnson - J.J. Inc. (1960) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3987}

J.J. Johnson - J.J. Inc. (1960) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 3987}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 457 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 169 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 290 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1960, 2014 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICP 3987
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz / Trombone

Reissue with latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. JJ Johnson's greatest album – without a doubt! This gem of a session was recorded in 1960 in New York, with an incredibly hip sextet that includes Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, and Freddie Hubbard. The tracks are all long, hip, and very much in a Blue Note soul jazz mode – very unusual not only for Johnson, but for Columbia records as well. The album feels like it should have been issued on Epic, with those killer Dave Bailey sides from 1961 – which might be why it has frequently gotten lost in Johnson's career, hidden amidst some of the sleepier material that seems to see the light of day more often than this one. The album's a stone winner all the way through – and features Johnson playing some of his gutsiest solos ever. Tracks include "Minor Mist", "In Walked Horace", "Fatback", "Aquarius", and "Shutterbug".

Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane - The 1960 German Concerts (2010) {Jazz Lips Music JL776}

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Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane - The 1960 German Concerts (2010) {Jazz Lips Music JL776}

Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane - The 1960 German Concerts (2010) {Jazz Lips Music JL776}
XLD rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 310 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 144 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 22 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1960, 2010 Jazz Lips Music | JL776
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Modal Music / Trumpet / Saxophone

This 2010 release presents two never before released performances in Germany by the great Miles Davis Quintet with John Coltrane. Among the highlights are three different extended performances of 'So What' (two sets were played at the first concert) and a new reading of the classic ''Round Midnight'.

Milt Hinton - Old Man Time (1990) 2CDs

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Milt Hinton - Old Man Time (1990) 2CDs

Milt Hinton - Old Man Time (1990) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 734 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 342 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Classic Jazz, Swing | Label: Chiaroscuro | # CR(D) 310 | Time: 02:29:40

This double-CD set gave bassist Milt Hinton an opportunity to engage in reunions with many of his old friends from the 1930s. The seven sessions were compiled during a 12-month period and the results are often delightful. The opening "Old Man Time" is sung by Hinton himself, and it is both insightful and humorous. The other highlights include Joe Williams singing "Four or Five Times" (which features some very rare Flip Phillips clarinet), three bass guitar duets with Danny Barker, appearances by Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Al Grey, Ralph Sutton, and the formation of a group called "The Survivors" that has guitarist Al Casey at age 75 being the youngest member; the latter band also includes 85-year-old trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Eddie Barefield, Buddy Tate and even Cab Calloway. A lot of storytelling takes place during the songs and, in addition to the 92½ minutes of music, there are two "Jazzspeaks." The 13-minute one features Hinton, Calloway, Cheatham and Barefield reminiscing about their experiences in the early days, while a marvelous 45-minute monologue by the bassist covers most of his long and productive life and is consistently fascinating. Highly recommended.