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Lionel Hampton - Ring Dem Vibes (1976) [Reissue 2000]

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Lionel Hampton - Ring Dem Vibes (1976) [Reissue 2000]

Lionel Hampton - Ring Dem Vibes (1976) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 266 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 102 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (159 825-2)

Lionel Hampton's two-day session for Blue Star in 1976 was a very productive date; he only brought along two regulars, guitarist Billy Mackel and pianist/organist Reynold Mullins, but was joined by an assortment of outstanding European players, including pianist Raymond Fol, alto saxophonist Michel Attenoux (who had worked with Hampton before), trombonist Claude Gousset, tenor saxophonist Gerard Badini, bassist Michel Gaudry, and former Ellington drummer Sam Woodyard, who was living and working in Paris. Hampton was only 68 years old at the time of the recording and still had the reputation for wearing out men a third of his age on the bandstand; his enthusiasm is infectious from the opening number, "Ring Dem Bells," as he introduces each soloist in turn in a lively jam…

Kenny Clarke's Sextet - Plays André Hodeir (1957) [Reissue 2000]

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Kenny Clarke's Sextet - Plays André Hodeir (1957) [Reissue 2000]

Kenny Clarke's Sextet - Plays Andre Hodeir (1957) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 227 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 99 MB | Covers - 43 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (834 542-2)

Drummer Kenny Clarke became a fixture on the Paris jazz scene after moving there in 1956. One of his best records from his early days abroad, originally released by Phillips, is finally available on CD as a part of Verve's Jazz in Paris reissue series. With superb arrangements by Andre Hodeir, and a rotating cast of musicians over three separate recording sessions, the drummer sticks to providing brushwork behind the scenes. "Bemsha Swing," jointly written by Clarke with Thelonious Monk, centers around Martial Solal's playful solo, while the brass and reeds seem to be coming at each other from all angles in Monk's "Eronel." Hodeir's composition "Oblique" sounds like something that would have fit in perfectly as part of the repertoire of the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool sessions, a period which Hodeir explores with his chart of Gerry Mulligan's "Jeru," in which the improvisations are actually written out…

René Thomas - The Real Cat [Recorded 1954-1956] (2000)

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René Thomas - The Real Cat [Recorded 1954-1956] (2000)

Rene Thomas - The Real Cat [Recorded 1954-1956] (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 313 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 132 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (549 400-2)

Rene Thomas was a Belgian guitarist who hoped to make it big on the international jazz scene following his move to Paris and a flurry of recording activity in the 1950s and early 1960s, though his goal ultimately eluded him. This CD in Verve's Jazz in Paris reissue series combines two separate dates originally made for Barclay and Polydor. For the most part, Thomas' approach to the guitar is rather laid back, particularly in his spacious arrangement to "All the Things You Are."

Barney Wilen - Jazz Sur Seine (1958) [Reissue 2000]

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Barney Wilen - Jazz Sur Seine (1958) [Reissue 2000]

Barney Wilen - Jazz Sur Seine (1958) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 271 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 113 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (548 317-2)

Tenor saxophonist Barney Wilen was not quite 21 years old at the time of this meeting with Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke, three veterans of the Modern Jazz Quartet. But the young man is surprising mature and confident throughout the session, interpreting several of Django Reinhardt's compositions, along with a few by his French contemporaries and a pair of his own works. What's surprising about this session is the rare opportunity to hear Jackson exclusively as a pianist, as his playing is a bit more reserved than on vibes. The leader digs into his rhythm section's element with his original "B.B.B. (Bag's Barney Blues)," giving them a full chorus before making a convincing statement himself…

Earl Hines - In Paris (1971) [Reissue 2001]

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Earl Hines - In Paris (1971) [Reissue 2001]

Earl Hines - In Paris (1971) [Reissue 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 207 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 49 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (016 564-2)

Earl Hines is in great form during this 1970 studio session with bassist Larry Richardson and drummer Richie Goldberg. Four of the six tracks are standards which the pianist played many times during his long career, including a lively "Them There Eyes," a rather wild "There Is No Greater Love," and a striding solo interpretation of "You're Driving Me Crazy" that showcases Hines' formidable technique. Don Redman's moody "If It's True" had long since become an obscurity by the time of this recording, but Hines' subtle performance is a masterpiece. His one original is the brisk, foot-tapping boogie-woogie "Snugly but Ugly."

Oscar Peterson - Stephane Grappelli Quartet Vol. 1-2 [Recorded 1973] (2001)

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Oscar Peterson - Stephane Grappelli Quartet Vol. 1-2 [Recorded 1973] (2001)

Oscar Peterson - Stephane Grappelli Quartet Vol. 1-2 [Recorded 1973] (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 436 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 185 MB | Covers - 95 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music

Vol. 1. One of the nice things about jazz is the cross-pollination of different players in multiple settings. No one would've thought of pairing swing violinist Stéphane Grappelli and bop pianist Oscar Peterson, for instance, but the match works very well. The pair have expanded into a quartet on this reissue with the aid of double bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Kenny Clarke. The set, recorded in 1973 in Paris, includes a handful of standards, from Pinkard/Tracey/Tauber's "Them There Eyes" to Rodgers & Hart's "Thou Swell." As one might guess, Grappelli is in his own element on upbeat, swinging pieces like "Makin' Whoopee" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home." Peterson likewise joins in the spirit of these pieces, making them the most interesting interpretations on the album. Other material, like the lingering "Flamingo" and "My One and Only Love," are also enjoyable, but seem rather tepid in comparison…

Mary Lou Williams - I Made You Love Paris [Recorded 1954] (2000)

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Mary Lou Williams - I Made You Love Paris [Recorded 1954] (2000)

Mary Lou Williams - I Made You Love Paris [Recorded 1954] (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 299 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 133 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (013 141-2)

Mary Lou Williams spent a fair amount of time in Europe in the early '50s, prior to a temporary hiatus from jazz. This CD from Verve's Jazz in Paris series compiles two separate sessions from 1954; one features a trio, a quintet, and a pair of vocals by blues singer Beryl Bryden, and the other is purely a trio. All of the selections are fairly brief, with only one running over three-and-a-half minutes. The first 11 songs are a bit of a mixed bag. The strongest tracks feature Williams alone ("I Made You Love Paris" and her "Club Francais Blues") or with her trio ("Avalon," "Swingin' for the Guys," and "Memories of You"). Weaker are the four tracks with trumpeter Nelson Williams and tenor saxophonist Ray Lawrence, who aren't up to the playing level of horn players who typically worked with the pianist, though bassist Buddy Banks somewhat makes up for their shortcomings by contributing an enjoyable original ("Leg'n Lou") and a strong solo…

Earl Hines - Paris One Night Stand [Recorded 1957] (2000)

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Earl Hines - Paris One Night Stand [Recorded 1957] (2000)

Earl Hines - Paris One Night Stand [Recorded 1957] (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 256 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 39 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (548 207-2)

The two 1957 sessions that make up this CD featuring Earl Hines with a pickup rhythm section in Paris were recorded originally for Phillips, with bassist Guy Pedersen and drummer Gus Wallez. The pianist is in top form, including just a little of the Dixieland repertoire ("Royal Garden Blues" and "Muskrat Ramble") that typically dominated most of his recordings made in the U.S. during this period, and spending more time exploring favorite warhorses like "Hallelujah" and "Makin' Whoopee," as well as already classic jazz compositions such as "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight" and "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)." While the tracks are generally brief, the music is consistently swinging at a high level and four bonus tracks have been added to the CD reissue, so it should be considered an essential purchase for fans of Earl "Fatha" Hines.

Stéphane Grappelli - Improvisations (1957) [Reissue 2000]

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Stéphane Grappelli - Improvisations (1957) [Reissue 2000]

Stephane Grappelli - Improvisations (1957) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 258 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 119 MB | Covers - 45 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (549 242-2)

This is the first of Stephane Grappelli's sessions as a leader during the 1950s to be issued on CD, which is rather surprising given the availability of his work from the last two decades of his life. Grappelli is heard exclusively in a quartet with pianist Maurice Vander, bassist Pierre Michelot, and drummer Baptiste Reilles, except for two takes of "Someone to Watch Over Me," when Vander makes an ill-advised switch to harpsichord. The violinist is not nearly as aggressive as he would become in the decades to follow, seemingly concentrating more on achieving a beautiful tone than dazzling listeners with his considerable abilities as an improviser. Most of the material recorded during these three dates remained in his repertoire for the remainder of his career; with up-tempo selections like "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "'S Wonderful" getting the nod over most of the ballad interpretations…

Chet Baker - Broken Wing (1978) [Reissue 2000] (Re-up)

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Chet Baker - Broken Wing (1978) [Reissue 2000] (Re-up)

Chet Baker - Broken Wing (1978) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 332 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 145 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (013 043-2)

Chet Baker recorded many albums in Europe during his final decade. This LP matches his trumpet with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Jean-Francois Jenny Clark and drummer Jeff Brillinger for a date in Paris. Chet sings on "Oh You Crazy Moon" and stretches out on trumpet during a fresh repertoire that includes "Broken Wing," Wayne Shorter's "Black Eyes," "How Deep Is the Ocean?" and Baker's own "Blue Gilles." Even with his chaotic lifestyle, most of Chet Baker's recordings are worth acquiring and Broken Wing is better than average.

Stéphane Grappelli & Stuff Smith - Stuff And Steff (1965) [Reissue 2002] (Repost)

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Stéphane Grappelli & Stuff Smith - Stuff And Steff (1965) [Reissue 2002] (Repost)

Stephane Grappelli & Stuff Smith - Stuff And Steff (1965) [Reissue 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 225 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (4400165102)

Violinists Stéphane Grappelli and Stuff Smith performed together on a few occasions, but this 1965 studio session, first issued by Barclay, was one of the more difficult dates to acquire until Universal Music reissued it on CD in 2002, as a part of their extensive Jazz in Paris series. With a solid rhythm section (pianist René Urtreger, bassist Michel Gaudry, and drummer Michel Delaporte) that pretty much sticks to a supporting role, it is clear that Smith's gritty tone rubs off on Grappelli as the session progresses. Highlights include Smith's "Blues in the Dungeon" (during which Grappelli playfully alternates between playing pizzicato and arco to back Smith's hoarse but swinging vocal) and an equally playful, swinging take of "This Can't Be Love"…

Raymond Fol - Les 4 Saisons (1965) [Reissue 2001] (Repost)

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Raymond Fol - Les 4 Saisons (1965) [Reissue 2001] (Repost)

Raymond Fol - Les 4 Saisons (1965) [Reissue 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 194 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 87 MB | Covers - 28 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (548 791-2)

Raymond Fol's jazz arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" may have fallen into obscurity, but the French pianist's big band scoring of this classical favorite shows plenty of imagination. With a band of his fellow countrymen, along with expatriate Americans Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), bassist Jimmy Woode, and drummer Art Taylor, he casts a variety of moods, even within individual sections. In the first movement of "Le Printemps (The Spring)" he chooses an Afro-Cuban mood, while the second shifts to a smaller chamber jazz setting, showcasing guitarist Pierre Cullaz, vibraphonist Sadi, and the leader in turn. The first movement of "L'Automne (The Autumn)" starts in a curious blend of cool and swing before switching to a Latin setting, featuring Johnny Griffin…

Django Reinhardt - Django Et Compagnie [Recorded 1935-1937] (2000)

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Django Reinhardt - Django Et Compagnie [Recorded 1935-1937] (2000)

Django Reinhardt - Django Et Compagnie [Recorded 1935-1937] (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 232 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (549 241-2)

Django Reinhardt is exclusively a sideman in this compilation of recordings made with various French bands and singers during the 1930s. The instrumental tracks are okay, especially those with violinist Michel Warlop's orchestra, even if Warlop is no match for Stéphane Grappelli. The final two instrumental tracks by Wal-Berg & Son are a mystery, as Django is not among the credited musicians. The vocal tracks are another matter. Nina Rette's vocals, dominated by her bird-like vibrato, mar her work with Reinhardt and Grappelli. Reinhardt isn't even listed in the session by singer Andre Pasdoc (if he isn't present, why is it included?); no matter, as this pair of songs deserve to remain obscure. No better are the tracks by long forgotten singers Yvonne Louis or Micheline Day…

Django Reinhardt - Swing 48 [Recorded 1947] (2001)

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Django Reinhardt - Swing 48 [Recorded 1947] (2001)

Django Reinhardt - Swing 48 [Recorded 1947] (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 154 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 85 MB | Covers - 47 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (013 544-2)

Jazz in Paris: Swing 48 collects some of Django Reinhardt's best electric guitar performances from the late '40s, including "Pêche à la Mouche," "Minor Blues," "Night and Day," and "Swing 48." These lively numbers are balanced with quieter but no less inventive tracks such as "For Sentimental Reasons" and "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)." Two takes on "Blues for Barclay" round out this compact collection, which may not be as thorough an exploration of this part of Reinhardt's career as Peche à la Mouche, but still offers a taste of his electric, bop-influenced years.

Django Reinhardt - Django's Blues [Recorded 1947] (2001)

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Django Reinhardt - Django's Blues [Recorded 1947] (2001)

Django Reinhardt - Django's Blues [Recorded 1947] (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 177 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 105 MB | Covers - 50 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (013 545-2)

Paris was the place to be before and after WWII, and Jazz in Paris captures some of those immortal moments such as Django's Blues. This is a wonderful introdution to the great guitarist as he plays some classic pieces such as Septermber Song, Brazil and Blues Primitif. The disc is divided into two performances at the Le Quintette de Hot Club in 1947, with his brother Joseph joining him on the second set on rhythm guitar. The series is beautifully packaged and you will love checking out the many other titles such as Django and Company, which includes Stephane Grappelli.