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VA - From Latin... To Jazz Dance, Volume 1-5 (2003) 5 CD

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VA - From Latin... To Jazz Dance, Volume 1-5 (2003) 5 CD

VA - From Latin… To Jazz Dance, Volume 1-5 (2003) 5 CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.6 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 683 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Latin Jazz, Samba Jazz, Bossa Nova | Time: 04:47:09

This is series of seriously intoxicating Latin and American Bossa-Samba-Jazz sounds! It all began in the '50s when composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, inspired by West Coast Jazz, helped to form a new music that blended together gentle Brazilian Samba rhythms and melodies with cool-toned improvising. These compilations contain the results of Jobim's influential musical experiment, as they feature a myriad of artists serving up a cocktail blend of rare original Brazilian and American Bossa Nova and Jazz from the 60's. Each volume comes complete with a different sexy vixen on each of the covers…and we do mean SEXY! Includes 80 tracks featuring classic performances by Les McCann, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, The Champs, Lalo Schifrin, Nina Simone, Stan Getz, Art Blakey, Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Kenny Burrell, Mose Allison, Candido, Xavier Cugat & His Orchestra, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 and many more.

Stan Getz & Zoot Sims - The Brothers (1952) Reissue 1989

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Stan Getz & Zoot Sims - The Brothers (1952) Reissue 1989

Stan Getz & Zoot Sims - The Brothers (1952) Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:49
West Coast Jazz, Cool, Bop | Label: Original Jazz Classics, Prestige | # OJCCD-008-2, P-7022

The music on this LP recalls the airy "Four Brothers" sound that tenor saxophonists Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward, and baritone saxophonist Serge Charloff, plied in Woody Herman's band of 1947. For this outing, Steward and Charloff exit, and four become five with the addition of tenor luminaries Al Cohn, Brew Moore, and Allen Eager. The set appropriately kicks off with Gerry Mulligan's "Five Brothers," a tune reminiscent of Jimmy Giuffre's original "Four Brothers" in its fluid and bouncy arrangement. Three other attractive and similarly disposed originals (one more by Mulligan and two by Cohn) complete the saxophone session from 1949, all featuring swinging statements by each soloist. A 1952 sextet date led by Sims and Cohn is also included, offering up another round of original and buoyantly swinging cuts, bolstered by lively contributions from trombonist Kai Winding and solid rhythmic support by pianist George Wallington, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Art Blakey. A fine release that nicely showcases the cool, proto-West Coast bop forged by both these soloists and Miles Davis.

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (1958) [Re-Up]

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Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (1958) [Re-Up]

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (1958)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 246 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Bop | Label: Atlantic Jazz | # 1278-2 | Time: 00:44:20

Most of the titles on this album are derived from Thelonious Monk's vast catalog of bop standards. Both co-leaders are at the peak of their respective prowess with insightful interpretations of nearly half a dozen inspired performances from this incarnation of the Blakey-led Jazz Messengers. This combo features Art Blakey (drums), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Bill Hardman (trumpet), and Spanky Debrest (bass). Immediately, Hardman ups the ante with a piledriving lead during "Evidence" that underscores the heavy-hitting nature of this particular jazz confab. Monk counters with some powerful and inspired runs that are sonically splintered by the enthusiastic – if not practically percussive – chord progressions and highly logistic phrasings from the pianist. The inherent melodic buoyancy on "In Walked Bud" contains a springboard-like quality, with Griffin matching Monk's bounce measure for measure.

Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)

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Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)

Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Studio Songs | # YZSO-10045 | Time: 01:09:41

'Bop Fathers' is a live album of an Paris concert by Art Blakey (drums), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Al McKibbon (bass), Thelonious Monk (piano), Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor sax) and Kai Winding (trombone), who were collectively billed as The Giants of Jazz. Recorded live at Paris, 1971.

Jimmy Smith - The Best Of Jimmy Smith: The Blue Note Years (1988)

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Jimmy Smith - The Best Of Jimmy Smith: The Blue Note Years (1988)

Jimmy Smith - The Best Of Jimmy Smith: The Blue Note Years (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 397 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Blue Note | # CDP 7 91140 2 | Time: 01:05:48

Covering prime early recordings from 1956-1960 and one mid-'80s cut, Blue Note's The Best of Jimmy Smith offers up a fine introduction to the trailblazing jazz organist. Smith's Blue Note sessions not only introduced the world to the complex solo possibilities of the Hammond B3 organ, but simultaneously ushered in the soul-jazz era of the '60s, spawning a wealth of fine imitators in the process. Before delving into more commercial terrain on Verve in the late '60s, Smith cut a ton of jam-session dates for Blue Note, often with the help of hard bop luminaries like trumpeter Lee Morgan, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, tenor saxophonists Tina Brooks and Stanley Turrentine, and drummers Art Blakey and Donald Bailey. All are heard here on classic cuts like "The Sermon," "Back at the Chicken Shack," and "The Jumpin' Blues," with Smith regular Turrentine and a young Morgan availing themselves in especially fine form. For his part, Smith eats up the scenery on all the sides here, taking his solo to particularly impressive heights on a fleetly swinging rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".

Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961) CD Release 1988

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Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961) CD Release 1988

Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961)
Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France, December 18, 1959

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Fontana | # 832 692-2 | Time: 00:42:15

This 1959 concert in Paris by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers has been sporadically available on various labels, but this reissue in Verve's Jazz in Paris series is the best sounding and best packaged of the lot. Blakey's group of this period (Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Jymie Merritt, and Walter Davis, Jr.) is in great form during an extended workout of Morgan's intense blues "The Midget," and Dizzy Gillespie's timeless "A Night in Tunisia" is kicked off by Blakey's an electrifying solo. But it is the addition of some special guests for the first two numbers that proves to be extra special. Bud Powell, sitting in for Davis, and French saxophonist Barney Wilen, on alto rather than his normal tenor sax, are both added to the band for inspired versions of Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" and "Bouncing with Bud." Morgan's trumpet playing is outstanding throughout the concert. This is one of the essential live dates in Art Blakey's rather extensive discography.

Sonny Stitt - Kaleidoscope (1957) Remastered 1992

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Sonny Stitt - Kaleidoscope (1957) Remastered 1992

Sonny Stitt - Kaleidoscope (1957) Remastered 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 137 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included
Label: Original Jazz Classics, Prestige | # OJCCD-060-2, P-7077
Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Time: 00:44:38

Deftly handling the alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, bebop giant Sonny Stitt is heard to perfection here on a variety of early-'50s dates. Stitt not only shows off his patented speed throughout, but he goes a long way in dispelling criticisms of him being all fire and no grace. The 16-track disc kicks off with four tight, Latin-tinged swingers featuring an octet that includes trumpeter Joe Newman and timbales player Humberto Morales. Switching to piano quartet mode for the bulk of the disc, Stitt ranges effortlessly from frenetic blasts ("Cherokee") to golden-hued ballads ("Imagination"). Capping off the set with four bonus cuts featuring the likes of Gene Ammons and Junior Mance, Stitt delivers one of the top sets of performances from the late bebop era.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Caravan (Original Jazz Classics Series / Remastered) (1963/2023)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Caravan (Original Jazz Classics Series / Remastered) (1963/2023)

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Caravan (Original Jazz Classics Series / Remastered) (1963/2023)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 227 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 91 Mb | 00:39:23
Jazz, Hard Bop | Label: Craft Recordings

Originally released in 1963, “Caravan” was Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers' first album for Riverside Records. Featured in addition to Blakey are Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Wayne Shorter (sax), Cedar Walton (piano) and Reggie Workman (bass). This reissue features remastered audio from the original master tapes and is available on 192/24 hi res digital.

Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Volume 2 (1958) Japanese Reissue 2000, Remastered by RVG

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Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Volume 2 (1958) Japanese Reissue 2000, Remastered by RVG

Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Vol. 2 (1958) Japanese Reissue 2000, Remastered by RVG
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Note/Toshiba-EMI Ltd | # TOCJ-9184 | Time: 00:40:12
Genre: Bop, Hard Bop, Guitar Jazz

The second of two CD reissues of a jam session led by guitarist Kenny Burrell features the talented if forgotten trumpeter Louis Smith, both Junior Cook and Tina Brooks on tenors, pianist Bobby Timmons (Duke Jordan was on the first volume), bassist Sam Jones and drummer Art Blakey. The all-star group performs two standards ("Caravan" and the guitarist's feature on "Autumn in New York"), Sam Jones's "Chuckin'" and Burrell's "Rock Salt." This is excellent music that easily fits into the bop mainstream of the period.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Straight Ahead (1981) [Reissue 1990]

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Straight Ahead (1981) [Reissue 1990]

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Straight Ahead (1981) [Reissue 1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 244 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4168)

One of the best recordings by Art Blakey's 1981 Jazz Messengers, this set features Wynton Marsalis (then 19) on "How Deep Is the Ocean" and other illustrious sidemen (including altoist Bobby Watson, tenor saxophonist Bill Pierce and pianist James Williams) playing such group pieces as "Falling in Love with Love," "My Romance" and Watson's "E.T.A."

VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)

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VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)

VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz, Modal | Label: Blue Note | # CDP 7 96110 2 | Time: 01:11:59

Granted, a single-disc overview of Blue Note's finest recordings can't help but offer listeners more than a myopic view of the label's true scope, but for jazz neophytes, this nine-track collection will undoubtedly serve as a tantalizing taste of the company's riches. The song selection, though lacking few surprises, is consistently wonderful – how could a disc featuring John Coltrane's "Blue Train," Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" be anything but? – and purists' complaints aside, for new fans it's a solid introduction to the Blue Note magic.

Dizzy Reece - Comin' On (1999)

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Dizzy Reece - Comin' On (1999)

Dizzy Reece - Comin' On (1999) Recorded 1960
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 463 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 5 22019 2 1 | Time: 01:06:52

For a short time in the late '50s trumpeter Dizzy Reece was an up-and-coming jazz artist. However, success eluded him and he quietly faded into obscurity, only occasionally releasing material after the early '60s. As a matter of fact, the sessions that became Comin' On! languished in the Blue Note vaults for almost four decades. Rediscovered in 1999, these dates feature six well-rounded hard bop compositions by Reece along with three standards. The tracks from April 3, 1960, not only document the Blue Note debut of tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine but also employ the talents of the Jazz Messengers' rhythm section of the time, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Jymie Merritt, and drummer Art Blakey. By July 17, 1960, the only musician remaining from the previous date was Turrentine, sharing tenor duties with Musa Kaleem, who is also heard on flute. (The later session's rhythm section had changed to pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Al Harewood.) Neglected, although spirited, sessions from an underrated trumpeter and composer.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'S Make It (1964) Japanese Remastered 2002

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'S Make It (1964) Japanese Remastered 2002

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'S Make It (1964) Japanese Remastered 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 81 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb
Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Limelight | # UCCM-9098 | Time: 00:35:32

This edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers is an unusual one. The personnel includes Blakey veterans Lee Morgan (returning to the band after some success as a leader), Curtis Fuller, and Victor Sproles, along with John Hicks (who appeared on three other Blakey records) and the tenor saxophonist John Gilmore (of Sun Ra fame) in his only appearance with the band. As was typical of Blakey-led groups, the emphasis is on original material by its members; the one Broadway show tune included, "Faith," is from a long since forgotten I Had a Ball. Morgan's driving blues "'S Make It" is easily the highlight of the session, though Hicks' richly voiced "Waltz for Ruth" and Fuller's Latin-flavored "Little Hughie" also deserve to be better known than they are. It's a shame that this was the only recording by this particular lineup of the Jazz Messengers, as Gilmore's strong blowing complements Morgan very well.

VA - The Original Jazz Album: 16 Of The Finest Cuts From The Legends Of Jazz (2004)

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VA - The Original Jazz Album: 16 Of The Finest Cuts From The Legends Of Jazz (2004)

VA - The Original Jazz Album: 16 Of The Finest Cuts From The Legends Of Jazz (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 503 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Jazz | Label: EMI Gold | # 7243 8 64319 2 9 | Time: 01:16:21

16 tracks. Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Nat King Cole & The George Shearing Quintet, Buddy Rich, Horace Silver, Peggy Lee, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie Orchestra, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker.

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (1958) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2006

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Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (1958) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2006

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk (1958) Japanese Remastered 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Atlantic/Warner Music Japan | # WPCR-25112 | Time: 01:04:37

Most of the titles on this album are derived from Thelonious Monk's vast catalog of bop standards. Both co-leaders are at the peak of their respective prowess with insightful interpretations of nearly half a dozen inspired performances from this incarnation of the Blakey-led Jazz Messengers. This combo features Art Blakey (drums), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Bill Hardman (trumpet), and Spanky Debrest (bass).