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Albert Heath - Kwanza (1974) {Elemental}

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Albert Heath - Kwanza (1974) {Elemental}

Albert Heath - Kwanza (1974) {Elemental}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 243MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 110MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Fusion

Excellent recording from the Heath Brothers' drummer, with brothers Percy (bass) and Jimmy (sax), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Ted Dunbar (guitar), and Kenny Barron (piano).

Stan Tracey - Three Classic Albums plus (1958-1960) [Reissue 2011]

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Stan Tracey - Three Classic Albums plus (1958-1960) [Reissue 2011]

Stan Tracey - Three Classic Albums plus (1958-1960) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 533 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 361 MB | Covers - 39 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (AMSC1044)

Two of the three classic Stan Tracey album referenced on the cover of this double-disc set are Showcase, his debut album from 1958, and Little Klunk, which was his first to feature only his own compositions. Then things get murky. Jazz Inc., which is featured here in its entirety, was actually recorded by the Tony Crombie Orchestra, of which Tracey was a part. The other music here includes four tunes by Tracey's Quartet with Tubby Hayes, some selections from Tracey with the Harry Klein Quartet, and a few from his tenure as a sideman in yet another group led by American guitarist Jon Wheatley. Tthere are completely new liner notes as well as reproductions of the originals, and a fine remastering job was done; all sold for a very respectable price tag. As an introduction to one of British jazz's great original voices, this is truly worthy.

Art Farmer - Central Avenue Reunion (1990)

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Art Farmer - Central Avenue Reunion (1990)

Art Farmer - Central Avenue Reunion (1990)
feat. Frank Morgan, Lou Levy, Eric Von Essen, and Albert 'Tootie' Heath

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb| Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool | Label: Contemporary | # CCD-14057-2 | Time: 01:01:49

Three of the five musicians on this quintet date (flügelhornist Art Farmer, altoist Frank Morgan, and pianist Lou Levy) had played on Central Avenue in Los Angeles of the late '40s. Not all of the eight songs that they perform with bassist Eric Von Essen and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath are from the era ("Blue Minor" and "Cool Struttin'" were written by Sonny Clark several years later), but the outing is very much in the bop style of the period. Their live set is highlighted by spirited versions of "Star Eyes," "Farmer's Market," "I Remember You," and "Donna Lee." This CD is filled with high-quality bebop that is easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans.

Milt Jackson - Four Classic Albums plus (1955-1957) [Reissue 2009]

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Milt Jackson - Four Classic Albums plus (1955-1957) [Reissue 2009]

Milt Jackson - Four Classic Albums plus (1955-1957) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 707 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 373 MB | Covers - 10 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (AMSC979)

Avid Jazz here presents four classic Milt Jackson albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered double CD.
‘The Jazz Skyline’, ‘Milt Jackson Quartet’, ‘Telefunken Blues’, ‘Plenty Plenty Soul’ plus three tracks with the Thelonious Monk Quartet. ‘The Jazz Skyline’ finds Milt in 1957 in a relaxing blowing session, perhaps a thousand miles away from the more structured and complex music he was making with his other ‘day’ band, John Lewis and The Modern Jazz Quartet. For the ‘Quartet’ sessions two years earlier in 1955 Jackson is joined by Horace Silver, Percy Heath and Connie Kay in a set comprising mostly standard material, but none the less intriguing for that…

Lucky Thompson - Modern Jazz Group (1956) [Reissue 2000]

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Lucky Thompson - Modern Jazz Group (1956) [Reissue 2000]

Lucky Thompson - Modern Jazz Group (1956) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 214 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 83 MB | Covers - 48 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (159 823-2)

Lucky Thompson was very active in the recording studios during his 1956 visit to France; this CD in Verve's attractive Jazz in Paris reissue series features the big toned tenor saxophonist with both a quartet and a tentet. Thompson's lush sound in sensitive interpretations of "The Man I Love" and the less familiar ballad "There's No You" brings Ben Webster to mind. Thompson's original "Tight Squeeze" is an up-tempo jump blues which showcases his harder blowing, more boppish side; while the venerable standard "Gone With the Wind" is a brisk swinger. Pianist Henri Renaud leads the potent rhythm section. The tentet session is less memorable. All of the songs were written by Renaud, and while they are comparable to much of the output of so-called "cool school" of the period, they tend to be a little too conservative. Still, Thompson's playing is at a high label throughout both dates, so bop fans should invest in this enjoyable CD.

Bobby Jaspar - Modern Jazz Au Club St-Germain (1956) [Reissue 2000]

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Bobby Jaspar - Modern Jazz Au Club St-Germain (1956) [Reissue 2000]

Bobby Jaspar - Modern Jazz Au Club St-Germain (1956) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 231 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 96 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (159 941-2)

Bobby Jaspar is in top form in this pair of sessions previously released in the 1980s on an Emarcy CD entitled Memory of Dick prior to its reappearance in 2001 as a part of Verve's ambitious Jazz in Paris series. The tenor saxophonist is joined by pianist René Urtreger, guitarist Sacha Distel, bassist Benoit Quersin, and drummer Jean-Louis Viale for this bop-oriented disc, which includes a sauntering take of Milt Jackson's "Bag's Groove," a revival of "Milestones" (an early gem by Miles Davis from his days with Charlie Parker), and a delightful romp through "You Stepped Out of a Dream." The Belgian leader puts his own stamp on a frenetic but brief arrangement of "A Night in Tunisia," but the most memorable track is "I'll Remember April," featuring his haunting flute in a captivating piano-less setting, which also has fine solos by Distel and Quersin. Jaspar's premature death in 1963 robbed the jazz world of a promising talent; this disc is among his best efforts as a leader.

Coleman Hawkins - Soul (1958) [Reissue 2006]

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Coleman Hawkins - Soul (1958) [Reissue 2006]

Coleman Hawkins - Soul (1958) [Reissue 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 205 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige Records (00025218609623)

This is a decent but not very exciting outing. Then 52, Hawkins uses a typically young rhythm section (including guitarist Kenny Burrell and pianist Ray Bryant) and plays melodically on a variety of originals and standards. This insipid version of "Greensleeves" is difficult to sit through but the rest of this CD is enjoyable if not overly inspiring.

Don Byas - Laura [Recorded 1950-1952] (2000)

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Don Byas - Laura [Recorded 1950-1952] (2000)

Don Byas - Laura [Recorded 1950-1952] (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 290 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 130 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (013 027-2)

Don Byas was a giant of the tenor sax, though his accomplishments were all but overlooked in his native land once he moved to Europe for good. This CD from Universal Music's Jazz in Paris series compiles three separate studio sessions from the early '50s, all with different rhythm sections. Most of the tracks are standard ballads, featuring the leader throughout. His expressive take of "Laura" shows off a big tone with a bit of vibrato much like Ben Webster in his later years. The one original is his snappy "Riviera Blues," a lively number likely improvised on the spot. Had he remained in the U.S., it is possible that Don Byas might have been ranked along with Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Ben Webster in the top echelon of tenor saxophonists, so anyone unfamiliar with his work should seek out this very affordable collection.

Mary Lou Williams - 1953-1954 (2006)

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Mary Lou Williams - 1953-1954 (2006)

Mary Lou Williams - 1953-1954 (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 315 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1417)

This seventh volume in the Classics Mary Lou Williams chronology opens with a pair of gorgeous modern-sounding rhythm quartet tracks recorded in London on June 26, 1953. The next leg of her journey took her onto the northern European mainland. After a period spent gigging in France and Holland the pianist settled in Paris at the Hotel Cristal in St.-Germain-des-Prés, not far from the Deux Magots and the Café de Flore. On December 2, 1953 Mary Lou Williams recorded eight selections for the Vogue label with her good friend the perpetual expatriate tenor saxophonist Don Byas, bassist Buddy Banks, and drummer Gérard Pochonet. This exceptionally satisfying material has popped up here and there over the years but like much of Mary Lou Williams' oeuvre (and most jazz in general) it seems to have eluded the public…

Zoot Sims - Zoot Suite [Recorded 1973] (2007)

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Zoot Sims - Zoot Suite [Recorded 1973] (2007)

Zoot Sims - Zoot Suite [Recorded 1973] (2007)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 275 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 140 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: HighNote Records (HCD 7170)

HighNote finally issued this unreleased 1973 live date that puts leader Zoot Sims in the company of pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist George Mraz and drummer Mousie Alexander. Most of the tunes are standards, but there is a rather rare Sims appearance on the soprano saxophone on "Rocking in Rhythm." The sound here is fine for a club performance though the players are a tad raw. That said, the performance, particularly that of Rowles, is swinging, hot, and blue.

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.

Thelonious Monk - Underground (1968)

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Thelonious Monk - Underground (1968)

Thelonious Monk - Underground (1968)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 233 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia (COL 472609 2)

This release has long been considered Thelonious Monk's acknowledgement to the flourishing youth-oriented subculture from whence the collection takes its name. Certainly the Grammy-winning cover art - which depicts Monk as a World War II French revolutionary toting an automatic weapon - gave the establishment more than the brilliant swinging sounds in the grooves to consider. Underground became Monk's penultimate studio album, as well as the final release to feature the '60s quartet: Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), and Larry Gales (bass) behind Monk (piano). One of the motifs running throughout Monk's recording career is the revisitation of titles from his voluminous back catalog. The tradition continues with the autobiographical leadoff track, "Thelonious"…

Thelonious Monk - Live in Rotterdam 1967 (2017)

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Thelonious Monk - Live in Rotterdam 1967 (2017)

Thelonious Monk - Live in Rotterdam 1967 (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 439 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 193 MB | Covers - 60 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Fondamenta (FON-1704029)

When he set foot on the stage of Club Doelen on Oct. 28, 1967 in Rotterdam, Thelonious Monk had just turned 50. 15 years later, he disappeared from the music scene and spent his 6 final years in New York, at Pannonica de Koenigswater's, and never touched a piano again. This concert is a testament to his genius. Opening and ending with two "classic pieces", "Ruby, My Dear" and "Blue Monk", he led for over 80 minutes the quartet and his accomplices, Charlie Rouse, Larry Gales, Ben Riley, and guests.
Larry Gales's bass seems to pop out like a jack-in-the-box at the end of "Hackensack", the brass instruments get carried away towards the middle of "We See", and billow out and away in the breathtaking "Oska T."…

Paul Gonsalves, Earl Hines, Ray Nance - It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing [Recorded 1970] (2003)

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Paul Gonsalves, Earl Hines, Ray Nance - It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing [Recorded 1970] (2003)

Paul Gonsalves, Earl Hines, Ray Nance - It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing [Recorded 1970] (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 291 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 111 MB | Covers - 26 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: DA Music/Jazz Colours (874766-2)

Some musicians are very closely associated with the name of Duke Ellington because they played in his orchestra for most of their career. Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney are obvious examples, and another is Ray Nance, whose violin lent the orchestra a touch of class. The tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves may only have been with Ellington for a relatively short time, but for the Duke, he and his mammoth solo in "Diminuendo And Crescendo in Blue" at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival were a fresh start after years of stagnation. Despite their close links with the Ellington orchestra, many of its musicians kept forming their own bands and cutting records with them. Paul Gonsalves and Ray Nance went into the studio with their sextet and played with the backing of a mainstream rhythm group and another wind player they knew from the Ellington orchestra…

Herb Ellis - Ellis in Wonderland (1956) [Reissue 2006]

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Herb Ellis - Ellis in Wonderland (1956) [Reissue 2006]

Herb Ellis - Ellis in Wonderland (1956) [Reissue 2006]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 131 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 86 MB | Covers - 10 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (0602498880234)

In the midst of his tenure with the Oscar Peterson Trio, Herb Ellis had the chance to turn the tables on his boss and employ him as a sideman, though the keyboard virtuoso strangely reigns in his chops and pretty much stays in the background. This pair of sessions was first issued on a Norgran LP and finally reissued as a Verve CD in early 2006. The first four tracks add Jimmy Giuffre (alternating between baritone sax, tenor sax, and clarinet) and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, along with fellow Peterson sideman Ray Brown and drummer Alvin Stoller. Ellis' originals include the easygoing "Sweetheart Blues" and the cooking bop vehicle "Pogo," where both the leader and Edison eclipse Giuffre's efforts on sax. "It Could Happen to You" focuses exclusively on Ellis, with Peterson and Edison sitting out and Giuffre adding some background color on clarinet…