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VA - So Blue, So Funky (Heroes Of The Hammond) (1991)

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VA - So Blue, So Funky (Heroes Of The Hammond) (1991)

VA - So Blue, So Funky (Heroes Of The Hammond) (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 475 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 199 Mb | Scans included | 01:13:12
Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Hard Bop | Label: Blue Note | # CDP 7965632, BNZ 267

Blue Note's So Blue, So Funky, Vol. 1 is a 12-track compilation that highlights the funkiest soul-jazz organists that recorded for the label, whether it was a leader or as a sideman. Although there's a handful of cuts from the early '60s, such as "Face to Face" by the terrific, underrated Baby Face Willette, the compilation leans toward the funky fusions of the late '60s, such as Big John Patton's "Fat Judy," Lou Donaldson's "Everything I Do Is Gon' Be Funky (From Now On)," Jack McDuff's "Butter for Yo' Popcorn" and Grant Green's "Ain't It Funky Now." The best thing about this comp is that even though it has familiar names, not all of the material is readily available on CD, which makes it of interest to casual groove fans and serious collectors alike.

Charles Lloyd - Soundtrack (1969) & In the Soviet Union (1970) [Reissue 1999]

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Charles Lloyd - Soundtrack (1969) & In the Soviet Union (1970) [Reissue 1999]

Charles Lloyd - Soundtrack (1969) & In the Soviet Union (1970) [Reissue 1999]
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 440 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 184 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Atlantic/Collectables Records (COL-CD-6237)

In concert, the Charles Lloyd Quartet took care of business, so it's fortunate to have this reissue bringing back two of the group's live recordings: a 1968 date from Town Hall in New York and a 1967 concert from a jazz festival in Estonia. The two dates flow together as a unified document of the quartet in its prime. Soundtrack opens with "Sombrero Sam," an expansive piece of soul-jazz with a Keith Jarrett deconstruction of a Joe Zawinul-style line (circa Zawinul's time with Cannonball Adderley). This sets up the leader for a funky excursion on flute. A breathy falsetto soliloquy from Lloyd on tenor then segues perfectly into a dynamic performance of his "Forest Flower." "Voice in the Night" from the original Atlantic release is not included on the reissue…

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…

Freddie Redd Quintet - Shades of Redd (1961) [RVG Edition 2008]

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Freddie Redd Quintet - Shades of Redd (1961) [RVG Edition 2008]

Freddie Redd Quintet - Shades of Redd (1961) [RVG Edition 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 372 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (50999 5 14375 2 7)

In an all too small discography, Freddie Redd's Shades of Redd is without a doubt his crowning achievement. Completed after a successful stint composing music for the stage play The Connection, Redd wrote music specifically geared for his two formidable front line saxophonists - emerging alto giant Jackie McLean and the unsung hero of the tenor, Tina Brooks. Redd, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Louis Hayes, fresh out of the Detroit scene, took New York City by storm playing clubs and working with Redd when he was not doing production music. All of these tracks, originals by Redd, are brimming with the hope, optimism, and fresh ideas of the early '60s, music perfectly rendered and representative of the time period…

Booker Ervin - The Trance (1967) [Reissue 1997]

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Booker Ervin - The Trance (1967) [Reissue 1997]

Booker Ervin - The Trance (1967) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 276 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 97 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige Records (OJCCD-943-2 (P-7462))

Recorded in Munich, Germany, in 1965, the three tracks that make up The Trance come from the same session that produced the invigorating Booker Ervin/Dexter Gordon tenor battles, Settin' the Pace. These remaining tracks feature Ervin's sole tenor on two of his compositions, the blues "Groovin at the Jamboree" and the haunting 19-minute title track, dedicated to the late bassist George Tucker. Also included is the standard "Speak Low," also clocking in at 19 minutes. Admittedly, tracks that long can get tiresome quickly in the wrong hands. Fortunately, Ervin's inspired exploratory tenor flights are consistently stirring, punctuated with piercing blues. The Trance delivers further documentation of Ervin's endless tenor inventiveness…

The Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard - Music From Mo' Better Blues (1990)

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The Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard - Music From Mo' Better Blues (1990)

The Branford Marsalis Quartet featuring Terence Blanchard - Music From Mo' Better Blues (1990)
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 203 Mb | MP3, CBR320 kbps ~ 94 Mb
Jazz, Soundtrack | Label: CBS/Columbia | Time: 00:37:45

Music From "Mo' Better Blues" is a collaborative album by Branford Marsalis Quartet and Terence Blanchard. It was released in 1990 through Columbia/CBS Records as a soundtrack to Spike Lee's 1990 film Mo' Better Blues. Recording sessions took place at RCA Studios and Sound On Sound in New York. Production was handled by Bill Lee, Delfeayo Marsalis, Raymond Jones and DJ Premier, with Spike Lee serving as executive producer. It features contributions from film stars Cynda Williams, Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes, and American hip hop duo Gang Starr.

Booker Ervin - Setting The Pace (1965) [Reissue 1993]

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Booker Ervin - Setting The Pace (1965) [Reissue 1993]

Booker Ervin - Setting The Pace (1965) [Reissue 1993]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 503 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 180 MB | Covers - 13 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige Records/Fantasy (PRCD-24123-2)

This CD reissue has the complete contents of two former LPs, both recorded at the same session. With very stimulating playing by pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Alan Dawson, tenors Booker Ervin and Dexter Gordon battle it out on marathon (19 and 22 1/2 minute) versions of "Setting the Pace" and "Dexter's Deck." Although Gordon is in good form, Ervin (who sometimes takes the music outside) wins honors. The other two selections ("The Trance" and "Speak Low") are by the same group without Dexter, and these long (19 1/2- and 15-minute) showcases also find Booker in top form, sounding quite distinctive and completely original playing inside/outside music. An exciting set.

Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer (1979) [RVG Edition 2008]

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Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer (1979) [RVG Edition 2008]

Wayne Shorter - The Soothsayer (1979) [RVG Edition 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 331 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 118 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (50999 5 1473 2 9)

Part of an explosion of solo albums Wayne Shorter recorded just after he joined Miles Davis' band, The Soothsayer (recorded 1965) wasn't released until the late '70s. Listening to the album, it is hard to believe because it ranks with the best of his works from this incredibly fertile period. Shorter has been called Davis' "idea man," and the creativity and thoughtfulness that earned him that moniker are quite evident here. The album's five originals and one arrangement (of Sibelius' Valse Triste) show a multi-layered complexity that seems effortless even as it weaves together contributions from a very strong, stylistic sextet. Of particular interest is the interplay of the three horn players, including altoist James Spaulding and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard…

Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Study In Brown (1955)

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Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Study In Brown (1955)

Clifford Brown and Max Roach - Study In Brown (1955)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz | Label: EmArcy | # 814 646-2 | Time: 00:39:56

Study in Brown features the 1955 version of the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet, a group also including tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Richie Powell, and bassist George Morrow. One of the premiere early hard bop units, this band had unlimited potential. Highlights of this set are "Cherokee" (during which trumpeter Brown is brilliant), "Swingin'," and "Sandu." All of this group's recordings are well worth acquiring.

Jaki Byard Quartet - Live! (1966) [Reissue 1992]

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Jaki Byard Quartet - Live! (1966) [Reissue 1992]

Jaki Byard Quartet - Live! (1966) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 429 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 181 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Prestige Records (PCD-24121-2)

Except for a ballad medley, this CD reissues all of the music from two earlier LPs featuring pianist Jaki Byard, Joe Farrell (who plays tenor, soprano, flute, and even some drums), bassist George Tucker, and drummer Alan Dawson (doubling on vibes). The set, recorded live at Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike in Massachusetts, is a superior outing for all of the players. Farrell shows just how strong a player he was while Byard's versatility (and full knowledge of all jazz piano styles) keeps the proceedings continually unpredictable.

Tim Fitzgerald - Tim Fitzgerald's Full House (2022)

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Tim Fitzgerald - Tim Fitzgerald's Full House (2022)

Tim Fitzgerald - Tim Fitzgerald's Full House (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 281 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 105 Mb | 00:45:58
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Cellar Live

In 2015, Fitzgerald founded Tim Fitzgerald's Full House, a septet with a repertory mission that borrowed its name from one of Montgomery's compositions (and the live album on which it first appeared). Drawing members from the top shelf of Windy City straight-ahead jazz - the vibrant scene that tenor saxophonist Von Freeman called 'hardcore jazz' - Fitzgerald turned to folks he's worked with extensively, including the sparklingly inventive pianist Tom Vaitsas and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Victor Garcia, as well as George Fludas, one of the city's greatest drummers and a veteran who has worked with Wes's pianist/vibraphonist brother Buddy Montgomery as well as Mel Rhyne, who played organ with Wes. Working towards this, their eponymous first record, Full House dug in for residencies and one-nighters, cultivating a deep understanding of the material and establishing an approach to Wes quite unlike anything previous. With a 'little big-band' vibe that allows them to range back and forth from fulsome arrangements featuring a three-horn and guitar frontline to spare soulful small group sounds.

Donald Byrd - A New Perspective (1964) [Reissue 1988]

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Donald Byrd - A New Perspective (1964) [Reissue 1988]

Donald Byrd - A New Perspective (1964) [Reissue 1988]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 238 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers included
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7 84124 2)

This unusual set was one of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. Trumpeter Donald Byrd and a septet that includes tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, guitarist Kenny Burrell, and pianist Herbie Hancock are joined by an eight-voice choir directed by Coleridge Perkinson. The arrangements by Duke Pearson are masterful and one song, "Cristo Redentor," became a bit of a hit. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career.

Bobby Hutcherson - The Kicker [Recorded 1963] (1999)

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Bobby Hutcherson - The Kicker [Recorded 1963] (1999)

Bobby Hutcherson - The Kicker [Recorded 1963] (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 335 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 127 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 21437 2 6)

Bobby Hutcherson recorded frequently for Blue Note in the 1960s, though this session remained unissued until 1999. The first half features the vibraphonist in a cooking hard bop session with Joe Henderson and Duke Pearson, starting with an energetic take on the normally slow ballad "If Ever I Would Leave You" and a sizzling Hutcherson original, "For Duke P." Guitarist Grant Green is added for the second half, beginning with the first recording of Henderson's "The Kicker," which became well known from it's later rendition on Horace Silver's highly successful release Song for My Father.

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.