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Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)

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Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)

Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 306 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Jazz Inspiration (DSRD 31081)

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky's first album for the Jazz Inspiration label, and his first recording as a leader in 11 years, finds him in a much different state of development than on his prior Pablo release. Gone are the blues-influenced phrases, and the direct resemblance to fellow Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert (although Bickert's presence is still evident in the advanced chordal playing of Lofsky's music). What remains is a very aggressive, harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated player whose unique guitar style bears a striking resemblance to Bill Evans. The Evans influence is everywhere on this recording, from the choice of material ("All of You," "My Foolish Heart," "Solar," and "Quiet Now" were all part of Evans' repetoire), to the tracks which feature Lofsky overdubbing multiple guitars, a procedure Evans employed on several records…

George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)

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George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)

George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 388 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: Warner Bros. | # 3277-2 | 01:06:49

The success of Weekend in L.A. no doubt prompted producer Tommy LiPuma and Warner Bros. to give George Benson another double album (now on one CD) – and this, like its three Warner predecessors, also went Top Ten. It is also, alas, slicker, more romantic in mood, and more bound by perceptions of formula than the others, fussed over in three different studios in earnest search of another hit single (the dance-tempo cover of L.T.D.'s "Love Ballad"). Most of the touring band, including Ronnie Foster, Ralph MacDonald and Phil Upchurch, is back, and Claus Ogerman's soft symphonic touch provides most of the backdrops, with Mike Mainieri supplying the orchestra on three tracks. Even at this point, the great guitarist is still given much room to burn – the balance between instrumentals and vocals remains close – and Benson comes up with some tasty stuff when the rhythm section pushes him on "Nassau Day" and "You're Never Too Far from Me." Ultimately there is just enough jazz content amid the velvet soul to keep guitar buffs interested.

Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]

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Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]

Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 175 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4083)

This session is so relaxed and tasteful as to be rather dull. Guitarist Kenny Burrell (featured on five standards and a pair of basic originals in a trio with bassist Larry Gales and drummer Carl Burnette) seems so intent on every note being appropriate that the results are overly safe and predictable.

Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995)

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Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995)

Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 324 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4672)

The Concord Jazz Guitar Collective was a 1995 project that united Howard Alden with fellow guitarists and Concord artists Jimmy Bruno and Frank Vignola. For Concord, a three-guitar date was hardly unprecedented; back in 1974, the label had brought Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis together as the Great Guitars. Despite the fact that they all play the same instrument, Alden, Bruno, and Vignola prove compatible on this outing, which also employs Jim Hughart on upright bass and Colin Bailey on drums. Although Bruno tends to be more aggressive and forceful than Alden, he can be quite lyrical when he wants to; and while Alden isn't as hard a player as Bruno, he definitely swings. The two have a strong rapport on uptempo numbers like Charlie Parker's "Ornithology," Sam Jones' "Bittersweet," and Benny Goodman's "Seven Come Eleven," as well as on more relaxed performances like Django Reinhardt's "Song D'Autumne"…

V.A. - Jazz Guitar: From the Famous Savoy Jazz Archives [3CD Box Set] (2005)

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V.A. - Jazz Guitar: From the Famous Savoy Jazz Archives [3CD Box Set] (2005)

V.A. - Jazz Guitar: From the Famous Savoy Jazz Archives [3CD Box Set] (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 870 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 398 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Brilliant Jazz (7060)

Founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky, Savoy grew to become one of the great reputable jazz and blues labels. Reaching its zenith in the bebop ear, Savoy became renowned for its great recordings of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, The Ravens, George Shearing, Art Pepper and countless other famous names of Fifties Jazz. This compilation of Great Trumpets is drawn entirely from the famous Savoy Jazz Catalogue and is the first time that a compilation of this depth has been made available. Good jazz guitar recordings are rare birds and this compilation of standards from some of the "raves" and less popularly acclaimed guitar players of the last fifty years makes for welcome and relaxed listening.
Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Charlie Byrd, Grant Green and others.

Howard Alden & George Van Eps - Seven and Seven (1993)

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Howard Alden & George Van Eps - Seven and Seven (1993)

Howard Alden & George Van Eps - Seven and Seven (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 201 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 132 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4584)

This is the third of four studio dates featuring guitarists George Van Eps and Howard Alden together, except that they are both on seven-string instruments and without a rhythm section this time around. Alden's step up to the more versatile instrument enables him to use a bassline when needed while also enabling him to achieve chord voicings that weren't possible on a six-string instrument. Like their earlier collaborations, this CD concentrates on well-hewn standards that have great melodies which provide inspiration for lyrical improvisations, ranging from a relatively easygoing "Ja-Da" to a shimmering "Skylark." Van Eps goes it alone on his newly written "Salute to Basie" and a very soft "Last Night When We Were Young." Fans of jazz guitar should snap up this gem, along with all other dates by George Van Eps and Howard Alden (whether they're together or featured individually).

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

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George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Soul | Label: Verve | # UCCV-9614 | Time: 00:39:04

Goodies is the sixth album by jazz guitarist George Benson recorded in 1968 and released on the Verve label.

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at Charlie's Georgetown (1983) [Reissue 1994]

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Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at Charlie's Georgetown (1983) [Reissue 1994]

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at Charlie's Georgetown (1983) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 254 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 115 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4209)

The Great Guitars' fifth and final recording with their original three guitarists (Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel) is another excellent effort, although a bit lazier than their previous records. Bassist Joe Byrd and drummer Chuck Redd contribute tasteful support. Other than "Get Happy," most of the selections (which include "Where or When," "Opus One," "Old Folks" and even a soulful "When the Saints Go Marching In") are taken at slow to medium tempos, but the interplay between the guitarists is always impressive and swinging.

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery (1980) [Reissue 1992]

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Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery (1980) [Reissue 1992]

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery (1980) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 201 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 104 MB | Covers - 17 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4131)

This exciting live session is pretty definitive of the Great Guitars. With fine support offered by bassist Joe Byrd and drummer Jimmie Smith, guitarists Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis romp on such swinging numbers as "Broadway," "Air Mail Special" and "Straighten Up and Fly Right." As usual, Byrd, with his grounding in classical guitar, is the most distinctive, while Kessel and Ellis constantly pay tribute to Charlie Christian. This combination worked quite well, and each of the Great Guitars' five recordings are easily recommended to fans of bop guitar.

The Barney Kessel Trio - Jellybeans (1981) [Reissue 1996]

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The Barney Kessel Trio - Jellybeans (1981) [Reissue 1996]

The Barney Kessel Trio - Jellybeans (1981) [Reissue 1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 190 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4164)

On this fairly typical trio set, guitarist Barney Kessel is joined by bassist Bob Maize and drummer Jimmie Smith. "Stella by Starlight," "St. Thomas" and "Shiny Stockings" generate some heat; there are three Kessel originals and also two veteran ballads. The music swings without giving listeners any real surprises, but Kessel's fans can consider this one of his best Concord recordings.

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars (1975) [Japanese Edition 2002]

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Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars (1975) [Japanese Edition 2002]

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars (1975) [Japanese Edition 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 306 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICJ-60913)

Charlie Byrd was teamed up with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis (along with bassist Joe Byrd and drummer John Rae) for this rather exciting concert. While Ellis and Kessel have three unaccompanied duets, the inclusion of Byrd (thought of as a Brazilian specialist rather than a bopper) is the wild card that makes this set a major success. While Byrd is excellent on his features "Charlie's Blues" and "O Barquinho," it is the three stomps featuring all the guitarists ("Undecided," "Topsy" and "Benny's Bugle") that are most memorable.

Mike Stern - Standards (And Other Songs) (1992)

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Mike Stern - Standards (And Other Songs) (1992)

Mike Stern - Standards (And Other Songs) (1992)
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 385 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 156 Mb
Full Scans | 01:01:33 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz Fusion, Guitar Jazz | Atlantic #7 82419-2

Guitarist Mike Stern, best-known for playing rock-oriented fusion and in more commercial settings, surprised many listeners by recording an album dominated by standards. Actually, there are three originals included among the 11 pieces, but Stern also digs into such songs as "Like Someone in Love," "Moment's Notice," Chick Corea's "Windows," and "Straight No Chaser." Among Stern's sidemen on this fairly straight-ahead but adventurous set are trumpeter Randy Brecker, Bob Berg on tenor, and keyboardist Gil Goldstein. This little-known release is well-worth acquiring.

Charlie Byrd - Travellin' Man (1965) & The Touch of Gold (1966) [Reissue 2007]

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Charlie Byrd - Travellin' Man (1965) & The Touch of Gold (1966) [Reissue 2007]

Charlie Byrd - Travellin' Man (1965) & The Touch of Gold (1966) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 391 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 164 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Latin Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Collectables (COL-CD-7854)

Collectables combines two very different back-to-back recordings made by guitarist Charlie Byrd for Columbia in the mid-'60s. Travellin' Man (issued in 1965) is a live gig at the Showboat in Washington D.C., a club he was playing in - and owned - 36 weeks out of the year. He is featured with his bass playing brother Joe, and the rather astonishing drummer Bill Reichenbach. The program consists of everything from originals like the title cut and the country and bluegrass tinged opener "Mama I'll Be Home Someday" to Michel Legrand's "I Will Wait for You." With tunes like the Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim standard "Do I Hear a Waltz," Billy Strayhorn's "U.M.M.G.," and Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" sandwiched in between. It' is a hard swinging date where Byrd, a great melodic improviser, turns original arrangements inside out and pours his love for bossa and blues into everything he plays…

Ralph Towner - At First Light (2023)

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Ralph Towner - At First Light (2023)

Ralph Towner - At First Light (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 143 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 102 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:44:12
Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: ECM Records

An ECM artist for his entire musical career, US guitarist Ralph Towner has built up a unique body of work in his recordings for the label. Central to his oeuvre are his solo albums, the first of which, Diary, was issued 50 years ago. At First Light extends this great tradition, drawing inspiration from a broad palette of music. “My solo recordings have always included my own compositions in which there are trace elements of the many composers and musicians that have attracted me,” writes Towner in a liner note, citing the influence of, among others, George Gershwin, John Coltrane, John Dowland and Bill Evans: “I feel that At First Light is a good example of shaping this expanse of influences into my personal music.” In addition to his own pieces, Towner also plays Hoagy Carmichael’s “Little Old Lady”, Jule Styne’s “Make Someone Happy” and the traditional tune “Danny Boy.” Recorded at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano, in February 2022, At First Light was produced by Manfred Eicher.

Ralph Towner - Open Letter (1992)

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Ralph Towner - Open Letter (1992)

Ralph Towner - Open Letter (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans ~ 30 Mb | 00:53:44
Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1462, 78118-21462-2

It might be tempting to dismiss this Ralph Towner effort as New Age fluff, but the music is so gorgeous that any such considerations fall to the wayside. Yet the wayside is precisely where Towner sets his sights, which is to say that his interest lies in edges where musical idioms meet. He explores these lines, not unlike the blotted cover, with an ease of diction at the fret board that is recognizable and comforting. Drummer Peter Erskine shares the bill, but Towner adds a few synth touches for broader effect, as in “The Sigh,” which opens the session in a cleft of fluid energy.