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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.

Miles Davis - Ballads (1990)

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Miles Davis - Ballads (1990)

Miles Davis - Ballads (1990)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
CBS 461099 2 | ~ 256 or 112 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 24 Mb
Jazz, Cool Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop

A well-sequenced set of nine ballads done by various incarnations of Miles Davis groups for Columbia Records between 1956 and 1984, this compilation is a wonderful listen but pieces like "Flamenco Sketches" and "I Loves You, Porgy," for instance, really need to be heard in their original settings to be truly appreciated…

Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1958) + Chris Craft (1958) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered Reissue 1994

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Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1958) + Chris Craft (1958) 2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered Reissue 1994

Chris Connor - A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (1958) + Chris Craft (1958)
2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered Reissue 1994

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Cool | Label: Rhino/Atlantic | # R2 71747 | Time: 01:16:57

Two of singer Chris Connor's finest Atlantic albums are reissued in full on this single CD. The laid-back yet coolly emotional jazz singer is heard backed by top-notch rhythm sections (with either Ralph Sharon or Stan Free being the pianist/arranger) and occasional horns (trumpeter Joe Wilder, flutist Sam Most, tenors Al Cohn and Lucky Thompson, flutist Bobby Jaspar and Al Epstein on English horn and bass clarinet) adding some short solos. Connor (then around 30) was in her prime, and her renditions of such songs as "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Lonely Town," "I'm Shooting High," "Moonlight in Vermont," and even "Johnny One Note" are memorable and sometimes haunting.

Lee Konitz & Bert van den Brink Trio - Dialogues (1998) Reissue 2006

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Lee Konitz & Bert van den Brink Trio - Dialogues (1998) Reissue 2006

Lee Konitz & Bert van den Brink Trio - Dialogues (1998) Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 373 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Post-Bop, Cool | Label: Challenge Records | # CHR 70053 | Time: 01:09:13

Dialogues may be one of saxophonist Lee Konitz's best albums in a discography both prolific and still expanding. The sounds of Bert van den Brink (piano), Hein Van de Geyn (bass) and Hans van Oosterhout (drums) blend perfectly with the leader's alto sax. So attractive is the sound that one hopes this session is not a one-off affair.

Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 (1999)

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Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 (1999)

Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 (1999)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included | 01:10:33
Cool, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz, Trombone Jazz | Label: Challenge | # CHR 70063

Released for the first time on this 1999 Challenge CD, this live set features the unusual duo of guitarist Jim Hall and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, two-thirds of the 1957 Jimmy Giuffre Three. Although there are occasions when one of the musicians accompanies the other one, much of the time Hall and Brookmeyer function as equals, improvising together on a set of standards plus an ad-lib blues called "Sweet Basil." Their ability to improvise while thinking of the whole picture and their knack for spontaneously harmonizing really come in handy during this intriguing and frequently exciting outing. Among the selections reborn in the playing of Hall and Brookmeyer are John Lewis' "Skating in Central Park," "Body and Soul," "Darn That Dream," and "St. Thomas." A successful effort that should not have taken 20 years to release.

Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Meet the Jazztet (1960) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2002

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Meet the Jazztet (1960) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2002

Art Farmer & Benny Golson - Meet the Jazztet (1960) Japanese Reissue 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 271 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Cool, Hard Bop | Label: Argo/Universal | # UCCC-9004 | Time: 00:40:25

One of the top hard bop contingents of the '50s and '60s, the Art Farmer and Benny Golson co-led group known as the Jazztet featured some of the best original charts and soloing of the entire era. While the group was only in existence between 1959-1962, its excellent reputation could rest on this stunning disc alone. Cut in 1960, the ten-track date features four of Golson's classic originals ("I Remember Clifford," "Blues March," "Park Avenue Petite," and "Killer Joe") and one very fetching Farmer-penned cut ("Mox Nix"). The rest of the standards-heavy mix is given the golden touch by the sextet. And what a combo this is – besides Farmer's svelte trumpet lines and Golson's frenetically vaporous tenor solos, one gets a chance to hear a young but already very accomplished McCoy Tyner, the tart and mercurial trombonist Curtis Fuller, and the streamlined rhythm tandem of Addison Farmer and Lex Humphries. An essential hard bop title.

Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave (1956) [Analogue Productions Remastered 2014]

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Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave (1956) [Analogue Productions Remastered 2014]

Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave (1956)
The Prestige Mono Series, Remastered 2014, Audio CD Layer
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Cool, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions | # CPRJ 7074 SA | 00:44:01

These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing an authentic, "old school" look and feel. Some people call these "mini LP" jackets. This unusual meeting of four tenor saxophone players from different "schools" was part of the Prestige Friday afternoon jam session series but far from a typical outing. The giant forebears of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker inform the backgrounds of the performers on this LP — Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and John Coltrane — and other influences such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, and the Sonnys (Stitt and Rollins) show up, too, depending on which of the four protagonists you’re talking about.

Art Farmer - Homecoming (1971) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1998

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Art Farmer - Homecoming (1971) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1998

Art Farmer - Homecoming (1971) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool | Label: Sony/Mainstream Records | # SRCS 9397 | 00:32:36

This Art Farmer studio session from 1971 has a slight contemporary flavor to it, due to the addition of conga player James "Mtume" Forman and percussionist Warren Smith, Jr. to a core group of collaborators including Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins. Unfortunately, the additional percussionists are too prominent in the mix, greatly distracting from the driving arrangements of Farmer's "Homecoming" and Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" as well as a peppy bossa nova, "Cascavelo." Far better are the quintet tracks, including the laid-back and mellow interpretation of Leonard Bernstein's ballad "Some Other Time," featuring the leader's matchless flügelhorn and Heath's soprano sax, and an upbeat chart of "Here's That Rainy Day." Another annoying problem is the seemingly out of tune piano, though Walton makes the best of a bad instrument. Not an essential album in the vast Farmer discography, but worth acquiring if found at a reasonable price, though it will be difficult.

Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans - The Ivory Hunters (1959) Japanese Remastered 2003

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Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans - The Ivory Hunters (1959) Japanese Remastered 2003

Bob Brookmeyer & Bill Evans - The Ivory Hunters (1959) Japanese Remastered 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans included
Label: United Artists Jazz/Toshiba-EMI | # TOCJ-9486 | Time: 00:42:46
Genre: Cool, Post-Bop, Piano Jazz

When Bill Evans agreed to do a two piano date with Bob Brookmeyer, eyebrows surely must have raised. Pairing a rising superstar of modern jazz with a gentleman known for playing valve trombone and arranging charts might have been deemed by some as a daunting task. Fortunately for the keyboardists, this was a good idea and a marvelous concept, where the two could use the concept of counterpoint and improvisation to an enjoyable means, much like a great chess match. For the listener, you are easily able to hear the difference between ostensible leader Evans in the right channel of the stereo separation, and the accompanist Brookmeyer in the left.

VA - Village Vanguard Live Sessions, Vol. 1-3 (1997) 3CD Set

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VA - Village Vanguard Live Sessions, Vol. 1-3 (1997) 3CD Set

VA - Village Vanguard Live Sessions, Vol. 1-3 (1997) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.12 Gb | Scans ~ 39 Mb
Label: Delta/LaserLight | # 55 605 | Time: 03:20:05
Bop, Cool, Hard Bop, Post Bop, West Coast Jazz

Back in the late 1960s, Solid State put out four LPs in their series Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon. The five titles with Dizzy Gillespie have been more recently reissued on a two-CD Blue Note set titled Live at the Village Vanguard. Laserlight improves upon the packaging by including two additional titles (from Vol. 3) on their first two CDs; unfortunately, the two lengthy songs ("Satin Doll" and "Straight No Chaser") from a Harry "Sweets" Edison date that comprised Vol. 4 remain out of print. The first disc of this three-CD set has a very interesting, if sometimes erratic date matching Gillespie with violinist Ray Nance (sometimes replaced by trombonist Garnett Brown), baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Richard Davis, and either Mel Lewis or Elvin Jones on drums. Nance's violin playing is adventurous and eccentric, and there are some loose moments, but Dizzy holds the music together and Pepper Adams is in top form.

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 | Scans included
Label: Columbia/Sony | # 88697915492 | Time: 03:26:47
Hard Bop, Cool, Trumpet Jazz, Modal Jazz

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.

Art Pepper & Blue Mitchell - The Dolo Coker Sessions 1976 (2008)

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Art Pepper & Blue Mitchell - The Dolo Coker Sessions 1976 (2008)

Art Pepper & Blue Mitchell - The Dolo Coker Sessions 1976 (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 480 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Cool | Label: Synergy | # SRCD 55304 | Time: 01:11:21

This edition contains all of the quintet recordings from Art Pepper & Blue Mitchell's Dec. 27, 1976 studio session accompanied by the Dolo Cocker Trio, as well as the complete quintet material from the studio date of the previously day, featuring the same lineup with Harold Land instead of Pepper. Includes 8-page booklet.

Randal Despommier & Ben Monder - A Midsummer Odyssey: The Music of Lars Gullin (2022)

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Randal Despommier & Ben Monder - A Midsummer Odyssey: The Music of Lars Gullin (2022)

Randal Despommier & Ben Monder - A Midsummer Odyssey: The Music of Lars Gullin (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 135 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 78 Mb | 00:34:04
Jazz, Bop, Cool | Label: Sunnyside Records

Building on the success of his 2021 solo debut Dio C’è (“wildly ambitious” — AllMusic) and his co-led 2018 effort with pianist Jason Yeager All at Onceness, alto saxophonist Randal Despommier returns with A Midsummer Odyssey, a captivating duo session with guitarist extraordinaire Ben Monder. The central focus is the highly accessible yet always enigmatic music of Swedish baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin (1928-1976). Alternately boppish, cool, bluesy, folkish and chamber-like, Gullin’s pieces afford the Despommier/Monder duo endless opportunities for fresh reinvention. “The goal of this project,” writes Despommier in the liner notes, “was to tap into the spirit of Gullin’s music and present it in a new way. I’m grateful to Ben Monder for joining me on this journey. He helped me hear Gullin’s music differently and added a richness and depth I did not think possible.”

Bill Evans - The Paris Concert: Edition One & Edition Two (1979) 2CD Reissue 2001

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Bill Evans - The Paris Concert: Edition One & Edition Two (1979) 2CD Reissue 2001

Bill Evans - The Paris Concert: Edition One & Edition Two (1979) 2CD Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 / 225 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 / 124 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Cool, Piano Jazz | Label: Elektra | # 7559-62606-2 / 7559-62607-2 | 00:54:53 / 00:48:26

The two LP editions recorded at this Paris concert were the last examples of Bill Evans' playing to be released at the time. With bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera, Evans had one of the strongest trios of his career, as can be heard on such pieces as Edition One's "My Romance," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "Beautiful Love." The close communication between the players is reminiscent of Evans' 1961 unit with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian.

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Modern Jazz Quartet (1952) Reissue 1991

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The Modern Jazz Quartet - Modern Jazz Quartet (1952) Reissue 1991

The Modern Jazz Quartet - Modern Jazz Quartet (1952) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 154 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb | Scans included | 00:35:54
Bop, Cool, Mainstream Jazz, Vibraphone/Marimba Jazz | Label: Savoy Jazz | # SV-0111

This album is certain to be placed in the MJQ section of any shop that carries it. In reality though, only four of the cuts here feature the permanent, stand-alone, 1952-vintage Modern Jazz Quartet; the other eight having been done in the summer and fall of 1951, when they were still known as the Milt Jackson Quartet, with Jackson providing all of the original material. The differences are so subtle as to be indistinguishable – Milt Jackson and John Lewis are on every cut, while Al Johns subs for Kenny Clarke on drums, and Ray Brown precedes Percy Heath on four of the tracks. Clarke's drumming is more impressive in its quiet way, but Ray Brown's bass work is simpler and more forceful.