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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At Juan-Les-Pins (1964) 2CD Expanded Reissue 2002

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Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At Juan-Les-Pins (1964) 2CD Expanded Reissue 2002

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella At Juan-Les-Pins (1964) 2CD Expanded Reissue 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 496 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb | 02:35:35
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve | # 589 656-2

Ella recorded some incredible live albums-and this one, taped at a jazz festival on the French Riviera in '64, is among the best. Ella, Tommy Flanagan, Roy Eldridge and the rest of her band thrill the crowd with Hello, Dolly!; Day In, Day Out; The Lady Is a Tramp; Them There Eyes; A-Tisket, A-Tasket; Blues in the Night; Summertime , and 42 more. The first time all the music from both nights has been available; more than half the cuts are unissued!

Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984) [Non-Remastered]

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Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984) [Non-Remastered]

Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984)
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 236 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 127 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score | Label: Mercury | # 822 334-2 | Time: 00:49:33

Once Upon a Time in America is a 1984 epic crime drama film co-written and directed by Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro and James Woods. The musical score was composed by Leone's long-time collaborator Ennio Morricone. The film's long production resulted in Morricone finishing the composition of most of the soundtrack before many scenes had been filmed. Some of Morricone's pieces were played on set as filming took place, a technique that Leone had used for Once Upon a Time in the West. "Deborah's Theme" was written for another film in the 1970s but rejected; Morricone presented the piece to Leone, who was initially reluctant to include it, considering it too similar to Morricone's main title music for Once Upon a Time in the West. The score is also notable for Morricone’s incorporation of the music of Gheorghe Zamfir, who plays a pan flute.

Lionel Hampton - The Chronological Lionel Hampton: 1951-1953 (2006) [Classics 1429]

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Lionel Hampton - The Chronological Lionel Hampton: 1951-1953 (2006) [Classics 1429]

Lionel Hampton - The Chronological Lionel Hampton: 1951-1953 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:29
Swing, Marimba Jazz, Vibraphone Jazz, Jazz-Blues | Label: Classics | # 1429

Here is the 12th volume in the complete chronological recordings of Lionel Hampton as reissued by the Classics label. It opens with Hamp's final five recordings for the MGM label, waxed in Los Angeles on October 17, 1951. This was a 20-piece big band using charts written by Quincy Jones, and the music it made feels much different from what's to be heard in the next leg of Lionel Hampton's odyssey, a Norman Granz-produced quartet session with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich, recorded in New York on September 2, 1953. While the big band sides are exciting and fun, with a hip vocal by Sonny Parker on "Don't Flee the Scene Salty" and a singalong routine led by Hamp on "Oh Rock," the quartet swings cohesively, stretching out for six, seven or nearly eleven minutes, for the LP era had begun and Norman Granz encouraged extended improvisations. The combination of Oscar Peterson and Lionel Hampton, whether cooking together on "Air Mail Special" or savoring the changes of a ballad like "The Nearness of You" made spirits to soar and sparks to fly.

Shorty Rogers - Four Classic Albums (1953-1959) [Reissue 2011]

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Shorty Rogers - Four Classic Albums (1953-1959) [Reissue 2011]

Shorty Rogers - Four Classic Albums (1953-1959) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 671 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 376 MB | Covers - 40 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (AMSC1041)

Avid Jazz here presents four classic Shorty Rogers albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered double CD. "The Big Shorty Rogers Express" (1956) - here we find the famed arranger and trumpeter Shorty Rogers moving away from the small group format and into the big band field. Shorty and his fellow musicians Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Jimmy Giuffre, Marty Paich to name but a few, bring a fresh West Coast spirit to the traditional big band swing ethic!
"Shorty Rogers & His Giants" 1953 - Shorty is once again joined by many fine players including Milt Bernhart on trombone, Hampton Hawes on piano, John Grass on French horn alongside stalwarts Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, and Shelly Manne for a combination of swing and small group numbers…

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books: The Ballads (1994)

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Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books: The Ballads (1994)

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books: The Ballads (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans ~ 89 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 521 867-2 | 01:04:27

Though her career stretched from the '30s to the '80s and she's widely considered possibly the greatest female jazz singer or all time, Ella Fitzgerald will probably forever be best known for a mid-'50s collection of albums collectively called the Songbooks, where she devoted entire albums to the works of such composers as Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington. THE BEST OF THE SONGBOOKS: THE BALLADS is one of the many compilations based on these recordings, and one of the best. From its beautiful, informative packaging to its gorgeously remastered sound, this 16-track, 64-minute collection treats the material with the respect it deserves. The material, of course, is first-rate, wall-to-wall standards from Johnny Mercer's wistful "Laura" to Ellington's sly "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me." Fitzgerald's performances are equally outstanding, as are the mostly big-band arrangements. This is as good as jazz ballad collections get.

Pete Brown - The Chronological Pete Brown 1942-1945 (1998)

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Pete Brown - The Chronological Pete Brown 1942-1945 (1998)

Pete Brown - The Chronological Pete Brown 1942-1945 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 151 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) | Scans included
Classic Jazz, Swing, Bop, Jazz Blues | Label: Classics | # 1029 | Time: 01:12:50

Alto saxophonist Pete Brown has been showing up on Keynote and Savoy reissues for years, but seldom if ever has there been an entire package devoted to recordings made under his name. The Classics Chronological series has accomplished many impressive feats, but this disc deserves special attention. Brown brought excitement and sonic ballast to nearly every band he ever sat in with. His works with John Kirby and especially Frankie Newton are satisfying, but this CD contains the very heart of Brown's artistry. It opens with "Cannon Ball," a boogie-woogie from 1942 sung by Nora Lee King. This relatively rare Decca recording features Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Hamilton, and Sammy Price, the pianist with whom Brown would make outstanding music a bit further on down the road. Similarly rare and even more captivating are two extended jams recorded in Chicago in April of 1944. Brown's quartet on this date consisted of electrically amplified guitarist Jim Daddy Walker, bassist John Levy, and drummer Eddie Nicholson.

Perez Prado - Best Selection (2009) Japanese SHM-CD

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Perez Prado - Best Selection (2009) Japanese SHM-CD

Pérez Prado - Best Selection (2009) Japanese SHM-CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 490 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 217 Mb | Scans included
Mambo, Salsa, Latin Big Band, Latin Jazz | Label: UMC | # UICY-80035 | 01:12:01

Universally known as the King of the Mambo, Pérez Prado was the single most important musician involved in the hugely popular Latin dance craze. Whether he actually created the rhythm is somewhat disputed, but it's abundantly clear that Prado developed it into a bright, swinging style with massive appeal for dancers of all backgrounds and classes. Prado's mambo was filled with piercing high-register trumpets, undulating saxophone counterpoint, atmospheric organ (later on), and harmonic ideas borrowed from jazz. While his tight percussion arrangements allowed for little improvisation, they were dense and sharply focused, keeping the underlying syncopations easy for dancers to follow. Prado played the piano, but was often more in his element as the focal point of the audience's excitement; he leaped, kicked, danced, shouted, grunted, and exhorted his musicians with a dynamic stage presence that put many more sedate conductors and bandleaders to shame. With this blueprint, Prado brought mambo all the way into the pop mainstream, inspiring countless imitators and scoring two number one singles on the pop charts (albeit in a smoother vein than the fare that first made his name) as the fad snowballed. He was a star throughout most of the Western Hemisphere during the '50s, and even after his popularity waned in the United States, he remained a widely respected figure in many Latin countries, especially his adopted home of Mexico.

Lil Green - The Chronological Lil Green 1947-1951 (2005) [Classics Blues & Rhythm Series]

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Lil Green - The Chronological Lil Green 1947-1951 (2005) [Classics Blues & Rhythm Series]

Lil Green - The Chronological Lil Green 1947-1951 (2005)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 139 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
Classic Female Blues, Jazz Blues, Swing | Label: Classics | # 5131 | Time: 00:46:38

This is the third and final volume in the complete recordings of Lil Green in chronological order as reissued by the Classics Blues & Rhythm Series. By 1947 Lil Green was beginning to sound more than a little like Ida Cox, even when handling songs from Tin Pan Alley rather than straight up out of the tried and true traditional blues repertoire. Comparisons could also be drawn between Lil Green and Nellie Lutcher or Julia Lee. While her "crossover" performances are worthwhile, there's nothing quite like hearing this woman savor the flavor of Bessie Smith hits like "Aggravatin' Papa," "Outside of That," and "You've Been a Good Old Wagon (But You Done Broke Down)." Green's own "Lonely Woman" has a powerful undercurrent running through it – there is even a remote possibility that Ornette Coleman was inspired by this record when conceiving his own composition of the same title in 1959. Even if the link is purely coincidental, these melodies have something wonderful in common. Green's final recordings for the Victor label are strengthened by the presence of tenor saxophonists Budd Johnson, Lem Johnson, and David Young.

Nat King Cole - Unforgettable: Songs by Nat King Cole (1954) Expanded Remastered 2007

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Nat King Cole - Unforgettable: Songs by Nat King Cole (1954) Expanded Remastered 2007

Nat King Cole - Unforgettable: Songs by Nat King Cole (1954) Expanded Remastered 2007
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 114 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop | Label: Collectors' Choice Music | # CCM-874 | Time: 00:48:21

Emerging as a great pop vocal stylist in 1954, Nat King Cole enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums thereon, but Unforgettable is perhaps the singer at his early peak. With romance as the watchword, Cole slides through some of his most familiar ballads, include the title selection, "Portrait of Jennie," "Mona Lisa," and "I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons)." There are quite a few lesser known, but attractive songs, plus a small handful of standards ("What'll I Do?" is a keeper) that round out this interesting collection. The very artistic, near surreal three-dimensional white, charcoal black, and royal blue-hued front cover may be the best part of this reissue, as it reflects a time period defined by its simplicity and yet its increasingly technological, superimposed modernity.

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble - ...dreaming in lions... (2021)

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble - ...dreaming in lions... (2021)

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble - …dreaming in lions… (2021)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 337 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:05:04
Latin Jazz, Big Band | Label: Blue Note Records

GRAMMY-winning composer, bandleader, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill has fulfilled what he calls “a lifelong dream” with his signing to Blue Note Records and the release of his Blue Note debut …dreaming in lions… The album finds O’Farrill leading a colorful 10-piece assemblage he calls The Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, a scaled-down edition of his renowned Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. The program encompasses two inspired multi-movement suites that O’Farrill has conceived in collaboration with the Cuban Malpaso Dance Company: “Despedida,” a meditation on farewells, and “Dreaming in Lions,” inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novella The Old Man and the Sea.

Lena Horne - The Best Of Lena Horne: The United Artists & Blue Note Recordings (2007) 2CDs

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Lena Horne - The Best Of Lena Horne: The United Artists & Blue Note Recordings (2007) 2CDs

Lena Horne - The Best Of Lena Horne: The United Artists & Blue Note Recordings (2007) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 754 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 317 Mb | Scans included | 02:09:21
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Traditional Pop, Show Tunes | Label: EMI Gold | # 0946 3 97388 2 3

2007 two CD set celebrating the life and music of the world-famous entertainer who has won numerous Grammy and Tony awards, appeared on television and in feature films and recorded enchanting music for over six decades. Features 40 tracks including 'Stormy Weather', 'Prelude To A Kiss', 'What The Word Needs Now Is Love', 'On A Wonderful Day Like Today', 'Softly As I Leave You' and many more.

The Raymond Scott Big Band - Hemi Demi Semi Quaver: Buried Treasures Of The Raymond Scott Big Band (2020)

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The Raymond Scott Big Band - Hemi Demi Semi Quaver: Buried Treasures Of The Raymond Scott Big Band (2020)

The Raymond Scott Big Band - Hemi Demi Semi Quaver: Buried Treasures Of The Raymond Scott Big Band (2020)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 240 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 161 Mb | 01:10:15
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Real Gone Music

Raymond Scott is best known as the composer of famous tunes that pop up throughout Warner Bros cartoons. In the late 'Thirties, his celebrated Raymond Scott Quintette was a huge commercial success, a singular ensemble playing a unique and unmistakable style of jazz, full of whimsy and bravura. By the late 'Forties, he had become an electronic music pioneer, both as an instrument inventor and composer. His music is everywhere these days, not just cartoons. For example, Lizzo's recent hit 'Tempo' samples (sips from?) his 'Nescafe,' and he is heard in the recent Netflix hit show Hollywood. The lost chapter between the Quintette and his electronic music was every bit as compelling, starting with the first multiracial radio big band, the 'CBS Big Band'whose ranks included legends Ben Webster, Cozy Cole, and Charlie Shavers. Not only did this unit swing hard, they could also execute the intricate passages for which he was so famous. Hemidemisemiquaver: Buried Treasures of the Raymond Scott Big Band collects 26 exciting cuts, mostly unreleased radio broadcasts recorded by Scott himself and restored by Gavin Ross at Steady Studio in Burbank, CA.

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) ~ 161 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.

Big Charlie Thomas & VA - Big Charlie Thomas 1925-1927 (1996)

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Big Charlie Thomas & VA - Big Charlie Thomas 1925-1927 (1996)

Big Charlie Thomas & VA - Big Charlie Thomas 1925-1927 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Early Jazz, Dixieland | Label: Timeless Records B.V. | # CBC 1-030 Jazz | Time: 01:13:08

Big Charlie Thomas was one of many cornetists who recorded as sideman and accompanist during the 1920s, and have since drifted to the margins of jazz history. Like Ed Allen, he worked in groups that often had something or other to do with pianist and music publisher Clarence Williams. If Thomas' brief recording career is mapped out in discographical relief, the details are sketchy but fascinating. During the years 1925-1926 he is believed to have recorded with vocalists Rosa Henderson, Bessie Brown, Sara Martin, Mandy Lee, and Clarence Williams' wife Eva Taylor. In addition to various backing units, he blew his horn with the Dixie Washboard Band, the OKeh Melody Stars, Thomas Morris & His Seven Hot Babies, Buddy Christian's Jazz Rippers, and of course Clarence Williams' Blue Five. His involvement with this last ensemble places Thomas in the same circle as Morris, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong. So elusive are the recordings of Big Charlie Thomas that were it not for an album of rarities assembled and released during the '90s by the Timeless label, it would be difficult to access his legacy at all.

Charlie Haden And The Liberation Music Orchestra - Dream Keeper (1990)

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Charlie Haden And The Liberation Music Orchestra - Dream Keeper (1990)

Charlie Haden And The Liberation Music Orchestra - Dream Keeper (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Label: Polydor/Polygram Jazz | # 847 876-2 | Time: 00:48:42
Experimental Big Band, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz

Dream Keeper is a jazz album by bassist Charlie Haden that was recorded in 1990 and released by Blue Note Records. The album was nominated for a Grammy award and was voted "Jazz album of the year" in Down Beat magazine's 1991 critic's poll. Haden, Carla Bley and Ray Anderson also placed first in that year's Acoustic Bass, Composer and Trombone poll categories, respectively. The album is the third studio recording by Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, the follow-up to their 1983 The Ballad of the Fallen.