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Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

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Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Remastered 2011]
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Artwork included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions, Blue Note | # CBNJ 84098 SA | 00:50:45

Blue & Sentimental is an album by American saxophonist Ike Quebec recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label. The album features a sparse quartet of Quebec (occasionally doubling on piano), guitarist Grant Green, and a rhythm section of Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album features some rare rhythm guitar accompaniment by Green, who was more typically a soloist. The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and calling it "a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads… a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece".

Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane (2005) 4CD Box Set

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Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane (2005) 4CD Box Set

Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane (2005) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Scans ~ 77 Mb | Time: 03:28:42
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool, Modal Jazz | Label: Documents/Membran | # 223215-354

4 CD Set, 32 tracks, 36-page booklet. Documentation in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. Ice and fire they were: a two-horned paradox. Offstage, one was quiet, pensive, self-critical to a fault, practising obsessively. The other was cocksure, demanding; running with friends rather than running scales. But on the bandstand and on record, they reversed roles. John Coltrane, with saxophone in hand, became the unbridled one: long-winded, garrulous. When Miles Davis raised his trumpet, he played the sensitive introvert, blowing brief, hushed tones, exuding vulnerability. Their names now command reverence, and rarely induce less than eulogy. The music they created together during an almost five-year union still resonates, entrances, influences and sells, sells, sells.

Doris Day - The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown (1998) 2CDs

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Doris Day - The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown (1998) 2CDs

Doris Day - The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown (1998) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Label: Collectors' Choice Music | # CCM-029-2 | Time: 02:12:22
Genre: Big Band, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop

Forty-two songs cut between November 1940 and August 1946, and the perfect companion to Bear Family's It's Magic box set – anyone who's been even tempted to own that will have to get this more modestly priced precursor to that material. Day's period singing with Les Brown is, today, regarded with a degree of love and affection reserved for Ella Fitzgerald's era with Chick Webb, or Frank Sinatra's work with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Yet Sony Music's own releases devoted to Doris Day and Les Brown spread the music around to several different CDs, and suffered from sound that, today, seems substandard. These newly remastered tracks, offered in chronological order, including one previously unissued song ("Are You Still in Love with Me"), not only display a far richer, warmer sound, but have been presented with the kind of care that is normally reserved for the best parts of a label's catalog – which these sides definitely are. Day's voice during this period (she was 16 when she cut her first sides with Brown) was an astonishingly expressive instrument.

Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010]

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Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010]

Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Remastered 2010]
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 109 Mb | Scans included | 00:45:01
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions/Blue Note | # CBNJ 84013 SA

New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimmerings of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced as they would be in just a few years' time, but – as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag – hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp "Hip Strut," and pianist Walter Davis, Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie "Greasy."

Duke Jordan - Trio and Quintet (1955) Japanese Reissue 2010

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Duke Jordan - Trio and Quintet (1955) Japanese Reissue 2010

Duke Jordan - Trio and Quintet (1955) Japanese Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 138 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Label: Savoy/Columbia | # COCB-53957 | Time: 00:44:31

Duke Jordan Trio and Quintet is an album by American pianist Duke Jordan recorded in 1955 and first released on released on Don Schlitten's Signal label before being acquired by the Savoy label.

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

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Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 834 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 751 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: ESP Disk | # ESP 4039 | Time: 05:28:24

These rare treasures take you all across Billie's career-from '35, the year she debuted at the Apollo and first charted, to '59, the year she died. The stunning early performances include a 20-year-old Billie with Ellington in '35 and a 1937 radio broadcast from the Savoy Hotel in NY with the Basie Orchestra; you'll also hear rare rehearsal tapes, her Monterey '58 performance, songs on The Eddie Condon Show, The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show, an impromptu recording of Billie and friends singing My Yiddish Mamma, and more with Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and more! Includes 129 tracks: Swing Brother Swing; Fine and Mellow; I'll Get By; Billie's Blues; All of Me; Lover Man; Them There Eyes; You're My Thrill; I Cover the Waterfront; Porgy; Tenderly; God Bless the Child; My Man; Moanin' Low; Ghost of a Chance, and more.

Ike Quebec - A Proper Introduction to Ike Quebec: Blue Harlem (2004)

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Ike Quebec - A Proper Introduction to Ike Quebec: Blue Harlem (2004)

Ike Quebec - A Proper Introduction to Ike Quebec: Blue Harlem (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Swing | Label: Proper | # INTRO CD 2004 | Time: 01:18:33

Influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster but definitely his own person, Ike Quebec was one of the finest swing-oriented tenor saxmen of the 1940s and '50s. Though maybe not as innovative as some of his peers, Quebec had a big, breathy sound that was distinctive and made him a cornerstone of many a recording session. This 22 track compilation traces his career from 1944 to '46.

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.

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.

Bessie Smith - Squeeze Me (2008) 2CDs

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Bessie Smith - Squeeze Me (2008) 2CDs

Bessie Smith - Squeeze Me (2008) 2CDs
André Francis & Jean Schwarz Présentent: Jazz Characters, Vol. 30

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 528 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 364 Mb | Scans included
Label: Le Chant du Monde | # 274 1469.70 | Time: 02:35:10
Classic Female Blues, Vaudeville Blues, Early Jazz, Jazz-Blues

The greatest female blues singer of all time, with a passionate voice and thundering delivery. This French compilation includes 48 great recordings, 1923-1933.

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.

Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra - Skyliner: 1940-1945 (1996) featuring Lena Horne, Kay Starr & Peanuts Holland

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Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra - Skyliner: 1940-1945 (1996) featuring Lena Horne, Kay Starr & Peanuts Holland

Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra - Skyliner: 1940-1945 (1996)
featuring Lena Horne, Kay Starr & Peanuts Holland

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 343 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Big Band, Swing | Label: Giants Of Jazz, Promo Sound | # CD 53280 | Time: 01:08:32

Skyliner was one of Charlie Barnet's most exciting hit records, and quickly became as closely identified with his big band as was Ray Noble's Cherokee. This 1996 EPM Musique Jazz Anthology compilation is one of at least six Barnet albums with the word "Skyliner" in the title. Tracks one through twelve were recorded for the Bluebird label between June 19, 1940 and April 30, 1942. Tracks thirteen through twenty follow Barnet's progress through the turbulent wartime years with a trail of Decca sides cut between July 1942 and February 1944. "Skyliner" comes from a V-Disc recorded on July 13, 1944; "E-Bob-O-Lee-Bob," like "Oh Miss Jaxon" a vocal feature for trumpeter Peanuts Holland, was harvested from a Jubilee broadcast on December 6, 1945. Some of this band's arrangements were written by Horace Henderson, Billy May and by the leader himself. Most Charlie Barnet albums are well worth investigating. This one lives somewhere near the top of the heap.

Anita O'Day - Anita O'Day 1956-1962 (1993)

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Anita O'Day - Anita O'Day 1956-1962 (1993)

Anita O'Day - Anita O'Day 1956-1962 (1993)
with Marty Paich, Billy May, Russ Garcia, Buddy Bregman, and Their Orchestras

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 364 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Big Band | Label: Giants Of Jazz | # CD 53145 | 01:02:48

In 1993 the Giants of Jazz label released a collection drawing upon seven different Verve albums by Anita O'Day (1919-2006), a skilled and at times somewhat formidable vocalist who had the kind of chops and temperament usually associated with trumpeters, drummers, and booking agents. Recorded in early December 1955, "Honeysuckle Rose" first appeared on the album This Is Anita; technically speaking, this track falls outside of this collection's stated timeframe of 1956-1962. "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Don't Be That Way" come from Pick Yourself Up, an LP that took almost all of 1956 to create. "Star Eyes" as well as tracks one through seven were taken from Anita O'Day Sings the Winners, a 1958 release that found her backed by a somewhat slick orchestra under the direction of Russ Garcia. Anita O'Day seems to have spent a lot of time in the recording studios during April 1959; during that month she made a Cole Porter album with Billy May (cuts 13 through 21) and collaborated with Jimmy Giuffre on the Cool Heat album, from which "Hershey Bar" was extracted. During 1962 this stunning woman made an LP with Gene Harris and the Three Sounds (see track eight "Whisper Not") and teamed up with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on the marvelous Time for Two album, the source for her rendition of Dave Frishberg's pleasantly smutty opus, "Peel Me a Grape."

Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

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Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)

Van Morrison - What's Wrong With This Picture? (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Label: Blue Note Records | # 7243 5 93651 2 1 | Time: 01:03:43
Jazz-Blues, Vocal Jazz, Blues, Blues-Rock, Celtic, Blue-Eyed Soul

While 2002's Down the Road was the best Van Morrison release in ages – with its autobiographical allusions, cultural critiques, and new band – it could not have prepared listeners for the jolt of this, his Blue Note Records debut What's Wrong With This Picture? While the album is hardly a straight jazz record, it does take the territory he explored on Down the Road another step further into the classic pop music of the 20th century filtered through his own Celtic swing, R&B, vocal jazz, and blue-eyed soul. The title track that opens the album is as close to an anthem as Morrison's ever written; he states with an easy, swinging, jazzy soul groove that he is not the same person he once was and wonders why that was so difficult for others to accept. There is no bitterness or bite in his assertions. If anything, the question is asked with warm humor and amusement as if it is indeed the listener's hangup if he/she can't accept Morrison "living in the present time." He asks, "Why don't we take it down and forget about it/'Cause that ain't me at all," as the song whispers to a close.

John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)

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John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)

John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop | Label: Chesky | # SACD318 | Time: 01:01:44

John Hicks is heard with his working trio on what is likely his final recording, made two months to the day prior to his unexpected death. With bassist Buster Williams and drummer Louis Hayes, also seasoned veterans and bandleaders themselves, the set list for this well-recorded studio session is a hard bop lover's feast, drawing from both familiar and less frequently heard repertoire. Hicks throws quite a few curves into Gigi Gryce's "Minority" by tossing in a few vamps then getting right to business with improvising rather than bothering to offer a chorus of its theme, with Williams' fleet bassline and Hayes' brushwork powering him in full flight. The leader's sole original is a salute to Cedar Walton, an upbeat piece called "As Birds Fly (Walton's Mountain)" in which the musicians easily scale its heights. The bassist contributed two originals, including the lush, somewhat moody "Strivers Jewels" and the delicate tribute to his then-young niece "Christina." Hayes is an asset throughout the recording, particularly standing out in the powerful interpretation of Dexter Gordon's "Cheesecake".