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Cory Wong, Metropole Orkest, Jules Buckley - Starship Syncopation (2024)

Posted By: Fizzpop
Cory Wong, Metropole Orkest, Jules Buckley - Starship Syncopation (2024)

Cory Wong, Metropole Orkest, Jules Buckley - Starship Syncopation (2024)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) 282 MB | Cover | 44:09 | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 103 MB
Jazz-Funk, Funk Rock, Fusion | Label: Roundwound Media, LLC.

Recognized for his high-speed improvisational skills, fun-loving performance spirit, and a flexible right wrist, guitarist Cory Wong had a multifaceted music career in his base of Minneapolis, Minnesota, before becoming better known for regular guest spots as rhythm guitarist for Ann Arbor R&B/funk outfit Vulfpeck in the mid-2010s. Often incorporating intricate, percussive picking into his rhythm playing, his style merges acoustic and electric techniques gleaned from years invested in both. Wong's second solo LP, a set of lighthearted jazz-funk titled The Optimist, debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart upon its release in 2018. He picked up a Grammy nomination for his 2020 collaboration with Jon Batiste, Meditations, and returned in 2021 with another collaboration, Golden Hour, with saxophonist Dave Koz. He then joined forces with a bevy of guest artists – including Chromeo, Victor Wooten, and Béla Fleck – on the '80s funk- and pop-inspired Power Station.

VA - James Moody - The Teachers (2001)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - James Moody - The Teachers (2001)

VA - James Moody - The Teachers (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 497 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 203 MB
1:28:14 | Jazz-Funk | Label: Castle Music

The Teachers couples the two funk-tinged albums this legendary tenor saxophonist recorded for Perception: the politically-inspired LP The Teachers from 1970 and Heritage Hum (1971), featuring Eddie Jefferson.

Quincy Jones - The Cinema Of Quincy Jones (2016) 6CD Box Set

Posted By: Designol
Quincy Jones - The Cinema Of Quincy Jones (2016) 6CD Box Set

Quincy Jones - The Cinema Of Quincy Jones (2016) 6CD Box Set
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.1 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 882 Mb | Scans ~ 159 Mb
Label: Decca (Écoutez Le Cinéma! Series) | # 537 329-6 | Time: 06:25:03
Soundtracks, Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Vocal Pop, R&B, Easy Listening

A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, Jones had already had a decade under his belt as one of the hippest arrangers, leaders, and composers in jazz – and the film business really respected those talents, and allowed Quincy to bring some really fresh styles into play – modes that really opened up the vibe of American cinema, and also paved the way for the funky styles of the 70s! As that decade approached, Jones left behind the cinema to take on some more higher-profile records of his own – but all the charms of those great albums can be found here at their roots – in this stunning collection of soundtrack material, some of which has never been on CD. The package is way more than just a sampler – and includes an album's worth of material from the films The Pawnbroker, Slender Thread, Mirage, The Deadly Affair, In The Heat Of The Night, In Cold Blood, Walk Don't Run, The Italian Job, Lost Man, and John & Mary – plus two versions of the love theme from The Getaway, and a bonus CD with 18 tracks – titled Q's highlights, and featuring tracks from his Mercury records – plus more by Billy Preston, Arthur Prysock, Bill Cosby, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, Toots Thielemans, and others. Even features the "Sanford & Son" and "Ironside" themes!

Richard "Groove" Holmes - Comin' on Home (1971) [Reissue 2002]

Posted By: gribovar
Richard "Groove" Holmes - Comin' on Home (1971) [Reissue 2002]

Richard "Groove" Holmes - Comin' on Home (1971) [Reissue 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 249 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 84 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz-Funk | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 38701 2 6)

A killer from Groove Holmes - one of his rarest albums ever, a one-off session recorded for Blue Note, with a group that includes a young Weldon Irvine! Weldon was a hip up-and-comer at the time - and he not only plays electric piano on the set, but contributes some of the album's best tracks. The mix of electric piano and organ makes for a very unusual sound - one that gets a nice kick from the conga/drum rhythm section, mixed in with electric bass and guitar.

Mark Lettieri - Can I Tell You Something? (2024)

Posted By: delpotro
Mark Lettieri - Can I Tell You Something? (2024)

Mark Lettieri - Can I Tell You Something? (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 357 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 122 Mb | 00:53:19
Jazz-Funk, Fusion | Label: GroundUP Music

Unlike many guitarists on today’s crowded stage, Mark Lettieri treats his fretboard as a runway. Before liftoff, he ensures every calibration, setting, and bolt is as it should be before grabbing a piece of sky. In Dragonfly, the riff-heavy opener off his latest full-length, Can I Tell You Something?, he makes good on that promise of flight. With Jason “JT” Thomas (drums), Daniel Porter (keys), Wes Stephenson (bass), and Bobby Sparks (organ) in the control tower, he has a dream team to get him off the ground without the slightest worry of a malfunction. From the moment his landing gear leaves the tarmac, he soars with the fullest confidence.

Jorge Ben - Salve Jorge! (2009) 15CD Box Set

Posted By: Designol
Jorge Ben - Salve Jorge! (2009) 15CD Box Set

Jorge Ben - Salve Jorge! (2009) 15CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 4.31 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.57 Gb
Label: Universal Music Brazil | Time: 10:15:41 | Complete Scans
MPB, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Samba Jazz, Samba Rock, Tropicalia, Funk

An amazing collection – every single Jorge Ben album recorded for Philips – one hell of a massive legacy in music, packaged here with a bonus CD of rare material too! The albums in the collection are the stuff of legend – amazing discs that forever changed the face of Brazilian music with Jorge's unique blend of samba and soul, plus a touch of funk as the 70s came on – and together, the music is a mindblowingly heavy batch of work that few other artists could ever match! Titles include Samba Esquema Novo, Sacudin Ben Samba, Ben E Samba Bon, Big Ben, Jorge Ben (1969), Forca Bruta, Negro E Lindo, Ben, 10 Anos Depois, A Tabua De Esmeralda, Solta O Pavao, Gil E Jorge, and Africa Brasil. Rarities disc is unique to this set, from what we can tell – and is filled with goodies too!

The Players - Madagascar Lady (1981) [Japanese Edition 2016]

Posted By: gribovar
The Players - Madagascar Lady (1981) [Japanese Edition 2016]

The Players - Madagascar Lady (1981) [Japanese Edition 2016]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 271 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 97 MB | Covers - 67 MB
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony Music (MHC7 30042)

Sweet electric fusion from The Players - a Japanese combo led by keyboardist Hiromasa Suzuki. The style here is kind of a cross between CTI modes and some of the more dynamic fusion of the European scene - funky at points, but also somewhat free and open too - lots of tight rhythms at the bottom, but soaring solo work from Suzuki on a variety of keyboards, plus saxes from Mabumi Yamaguchi and guitars from Tsunhide Matsuki.

Bob James - Three (1976) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015

Posted By: Designol
Bob James - Three (1976) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015

Bob James - Three (1976) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 286 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk | Label: Tappan Zee | # VICJ-61716 | Time: 00:41:31

By Three, Bob James – the pianist, composer, and arranger – was deep into jazz-funk. The five tracks here reflect his obsession with hard, danceable grooves that take as much from the soul-jazz book as they do his years with CTI. Using many of the same session players he bonded with at his former label – including Eric Gale, Hugh McCracken, Hubert Laws, Will Lee, and Harvey Mason – and a large host of stellar horn players (among them Lew Soloff and Jon Faddis), James offers five selections of simple but fun jazz-pop.

Weather Report - New York 1976 (2022)

Posted By: Rtax
Weather Report - New York 1976 (2022)

Weather Report - New York 1976 (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 461 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 184 MB
1:19:49 | Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk | Label: HI_Q

Weather Report's "New York 1976" album is a recording of the band's live performances in New York during 1976. Weather Report was one of the leading jazz fusion bands of the 1970s and 1980s, and this album captures live performances from one of their most significant and influential periods.

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

Posted By: Designol
Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977) [Audio Fidelity, Remastered 2017]

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (1977)
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, 2017
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion | Label: Audio Fidelity | # AFZ 258 | Time: 00:37:52

Weather Report's biggest-selling album is that ideal thing, a popular and artistic success – and for the same reasons. For one thing, Joe Zawinul revealed an unexpectedly potent commercial streak for the first time since his Cannonball Adderley days, contributing what has become a perennial hit, "Birdland." Indeed, "Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band. The other factor is the full emergence of Jaco Pastorius as a co-leader; his dancing, staccato bass lifting itself out of the bass range as a third melodic voice, completely dominating his own ingenious "Teen Town" (where he also plays drums!). By now, Zawinul has become WR's de facto commander in the studio; his colorful synthesizers dictate the textures, his conceptions are carefully planned, with little of the freewheeling improvisation of only five years before. Wayne Shorter's saxophones are now reticent, if always eloquent, beams of light in Zawinul's general scheme while Alex Acuña shifts ably over to the drums and Manolo Badrena handles the percussion.

The Players - Galaxy (1979) [Japanese Edition 2007]

Posted By: gribovar
The Players - Galaxy (1979) [Japanese Edition 2007]

The Players - Galaxy (1979) [Japanese Edition 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 264 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 36 MB
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony Music (SICP 10052)

Sweet electric fusion from The Players - a Japanese combo led by keyboardist Hiromasa Suzuki, who also wrote and arranged all the tunes on the set! The style here is kind of a cross between CTI modes and some of the more dynamic fusion of the European scene - funky at points, but also somewhat free and open too - lots of tight rhythms at the bottom, but soaring solo work from Suzuki on a variety of keyboards, plus saxes from Mabumi Yamaguchi and guitars from Tsunhide Matsuki.

VA - Now 12” 80s: 1982 Part Two (2024)

Posted By: Rtax
VA - Now 12” 80s: 1982 Part Two (2024)

VA - Now 12” 80s: 1982 Part Two (2024)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, scans) - 2.1 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 708 MB
4:51:20 | Ballad, Boogie, Disco, Dub, Experimental, Funk, Jazz-Funk, Leftfield, New Wave, Pop Rock, Reggae-Pop, Ska, Soul, Synth-pop | Label: Sony Music

The NOW 12” 80s series is back with the latest addition – NOW 12” 80s: 1982 – Part 2 – to be released on April 12th.
1982 was a year of rapid change, both culturally and on the charts, and with too many essential 12”’s to all be included on one volume, Part 2 features a further 49 extended, full-length, or remixed versions across four CDs from some of the most innovative and popular artists of the era. This was the year when 12" singles became an essential part of a singles’ release, creating a unique experience for fans across all genres from Disco, through New Wave, New Romantic, and to the fresh synth-driven Pop of 1982.

The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 (1972) Remastered Reissue 2006

Posted By: Designol
The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 (1972) Remastered Reissue 2006

The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 (1972) Remastered Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 197 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Thumb | # BTS 6001, 0602517040663 | Time: 01:17:41
Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Soul Jazz, Crossover Jazz

In 1971, the Jazz Crusaders reinvented themselves for the first time. First they dropped the word "jazz" from their moniker, and secondly they wholeheartedly embraced electric bass and guitars in their mix. Their new "debut" is a wonder of jazz-funk as a natural evolution out of hard bop and soul-jazz. While the wonderful horn interplay between saxophonist Wilton Felder and trombonist Wayne Henderson is still everywhere evident, the badass, beat-driven rhythm section has Joe Sample playing funky Rhodes piano against Chuck Rainey's basslines and an orgy of guitars – led by Larry Carlton's brilliant lead work. These are all anchored by Stix Hooper's never out-of-the-pocket, popping kit work. Certainly other acts had used the same instrumentation, but the sheer sophistication in the Crusaders compositions and charts combined with their dedication to grooved-out accessibility – and Stewart Levine's magnificent production – made them a singular entity even in the up-and-coming jazz-rock fusion scene.

The Jazz Crusaders - Happy Again (1995)

Posted By: Designol
The Jazz Crusaders - Happy Again (1995)

The Jazz Crusaders - Happy Again (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Fusion | Label: Sin-Drome | # 99.5032.2 | 01:05:54

When trombonist/producer Wayne Henderson, pianist/keyboardist Joe Sample, sax-man Wilton Felder, and drummer Stix Hooper changed their name from the Jazz Crusaders to the Crusaders back in 1971, it signaled a more R&B-minded direction for the group – they were always funky, but in the '70s, they became even funkier. And so, the names the Crusaders and the Jazz Crusaders came to stand for two different things – if the Jazz Crusaders were synonymous with a funky yet acoustic-oriented approach to hard bop (à la Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), the Crusaders were about electric-oriented jazz-funk and fusion. In 1995, Henderson (who left the Crusaders in 1975) resurrected the name the Jazz Crusaders and produced Happy Again for the small, Los Angeles-based Sin-drome Records.

The Crusaders - Images (1978) Remastered 2009

Posted By: Designol
The Crusaders - Images (1978) Remastered 2009

The Crusaders - Images (1978) Remastered 2009
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk | Label: Verve | # 0602517995710 | Time: 00:39:44

Possessing not the greatest album sleeve in history - "Images" was nonetheless a bit of a Jazz-Funk peach. Produced by "Stix" Hooper, Wilton Felder & Joe Sample for "Crusader Productions, Inc." and mastered by long-standing expert Bernie Grundman, it followed so much of their Seventies output - really well-produced instrumental funky tracks followed by mellow ones that filled both the floor and the heart at one and the same time. Remastered from the original tapes by KEVIN REEVES at Universal Mastering in the States, it now sounds FABULOUS - really clear and defined - and virtually hiss-free. After a whole decade and umpteen albums of their particular type of funk & jazz, the same team that handled "Images" would finally hit paydirt a year later in 1979 with the global smash of "Street Life" and make Randy Crawford a star.