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B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan (1999)

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B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan (1999)

B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb
Label: MCA | # 088 112 042-2 | Time: 01:00:28 | Scans ~ 72 Mb
Jump Blues, Modern Electric Blues, R&B, Swing

Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan is the thirty seventh studio album by B. B. King, released in 1999. It is a tribute album to Jazz/Jump Blues saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan, and is made up entirely of covers of songs written or performed by Jordan. As well as King, the album features other famous jazz and blues musicians including Dr. John, Earl Palmer and members of Ray Charles' band.

Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas - Mainstream (1959) [Japanese Edition 2013]

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Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas - Mainstream (1959) [Japanese Edition 2013]

Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas - Mainstream (1959) [Japanese Edition 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 248 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 90 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-27287)

The main fault to this set is simply that there is not enough of it. Trombonist Vic Dickenson, who receives top billing, is just on two of the six selections, for a total of 11 minutes. Dickenson's octet (which also includes trumpeter Buck Clayton, Hal Singer on tenor, clarinetist Herbie Hall, pianist Al Williams, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Marquis Foster) is fine, the arrangement on "The Lamp Is Low" is catchy and Clayton takes honors. But one suspects that the Dickenson name was used originally to help sell the music of the other band, which is led by trumpeter Joe Thomas. The lyrical Thomas is joined by the extroverted trumpeter Johnny Letman, trombonist Dicky Wells (who has a few speechlike solos), tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, clarinetist Buster Bailey, pianist Herbie Nichols, guitarist Everett Barksdale, bassist Bill Pemberton, and drummer Jimmy Crawford…

Louis Armstrong - 1944-1946 (1997)

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Louis Armstrong - 1944-1946 (1997)

Louis Armstrong - 1944-1946 (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 242 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 928)

Here's an example of the Classics Chronological Series serving as a valuable tool for savoring and comprehending a temporal segment of one artist's personal and professional development. Over a span of 27 months, Louis Armstrong waxed 21 sides that appeared on three different record labels, beginning with a set of V-Discs cut at New York's Metropolitan Opera House on January 18, 1944. How interesting and exciting it is to hear Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard, and Jack Teagarden in the company of Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Al Casey, Oscar Pettiford, and Sidney Catlett. The opening track, a five-minute version of Hawkins' "Mop! Mop!," constitutes thrilling proof that two generations of jazz musicians had plenty of stylistic common ground regardless of any imaginary divisions invented and imposed by jazz critics…

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007

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John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Label: RCA/BMG Japan | # BVCJ-37562 | Time: 00:46:04
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Guitar Jazz, Pop/Rock

Beatles fans love to explain that the key to the successful partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was their contrasting songwriting personalities – Lennon was the tongue in cheek sardonic wit, McCartney the earnest balladeer. On John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles, a sharply conceived tribute which sets the duo's classics in a jazz trio with big-band arrangements, the singer/guitarist hits the mark more often when he's taking on the Lennon persona. He approaches "Cant' Buy Me Love," "When I'm 64," and "Get Back" with a playful wink, jumping off his speedy melody lines and the rising brass sections for extended improvisational tradeoffs with pianist Ray Kennedy, and adding colorful touches like scatting and even ad libbing his own lyrical verses based on the originals.

Dizzy Gillespie - 1952 (2003)

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Dizzy Gillespie - 1952 (2003)

Dizzy Gillespie - 1952 (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 201 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 169 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1321)

All of the music on this CD was recorded by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in Paris during a one-month period in 1952. The first half of the set teams Gillespie with tenor saxophonist Don Byas, who had moved to Europe from the U.S. six years earlier. The sextet alternates swing standards with some boppish originals and Afro-Cuban jazz pieces. The performances are pretty concise, and one wishes that Gillespie and Byas had had opportunities to really stretch out and inspire each other. The final dozen selections mostly feature the trumpeter backed by a string orchestra with arrangements from Jo Boyer or Daniel White. The repertoire is comprised of swing tunes, but Dizzy's melodic statements are still pretty adventurous…

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Verve, Gitanes Blues Productions | # 314 537 617-2 | Time: 00:56:46
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jump Blues, Jazz-Blues, Swing

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's tough-minded approach to the blues, country, Cajun, and jazz insures a minimum of nonsense and a maximum of variety, while his virtuosity on the guitar and fiddle insures the highest standards. Nonetheless, Brown's 1997 album is a landmark for the 73-year-old picker who won a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. All 13 tunes on Gate Swings find Brown working with his regular road quartet plus a 13-piece horn section, enabling him to prove that Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton have been as important to his music as any bluesman or Creole fiddler. Gate Swings includes tunes by all three of those big-band leaders as well as compositions by Buddy Johnson, Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Brown himself, and they all swing with the massive force that only a big horn section can muster. Brown has leaned in this direction before, but Gate Swings is special, because it features the horn arrangements of Wardell Quezergue, an alumnus of the Dave Bartholomew band who arranged many of the best New Orleans R&B hits in the '60s and '70s.

Tatiana Eva-Marie - Djangology (2024)

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Tatiana Eva-Marie - Djangology (2024)

Tatiana Eva-Marie - Djangology (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 264 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 140 Mb | 01:00:02
Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz | Label: GroundUP Music

“I grew up in the jazz Manouche circles, which are dominated by swarms of guitarists – it’s not always easy to fit in as a singer! Most of the music has no lyrics, and the melodies are often too guitaristique to be sung. The microcosm fascinated me and I too wanted to participate in the Django repertoire… I saw only one option: I had to write my own lyrics, tell my own stories, reinvent his music in my own image.”

Ian Shaw, Tony Kofi - An Adventurous Dream: The Music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington (At Pizzaexpress Live) (2024)

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Ian Shaw, Tony Kofi - An Adventurous Dream: The Music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington (At Pizzaexpress Live) (2024)

Ian Shaw, Tony Kofi, Barry Green & Dave Green - An Adventurous Dream: The Music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington (At Pizzaexpress Live - in London) (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 357 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 156 Mb | 01:06:49
Jazz, Bop, Cool, Swing, Vocal Jazz | Label: PX Records

An Adventurous Dream - the Music of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington At PizzaExpress Live in London is a recording made by Ian Shaw (voice), Tony Kofi (alto saxophone), Barry Green (piano) and Dave Green (bass) for PX Records, PizzaExpress's own label dedicated to fine live recordings made at its London venues in Soho, Holborn and Chelsea.

Roy Eldridge - Little Jazz & The Jimmy Ryan All-Stars (1975) [Reissue 2001]

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Roy Eldridge - Little Jazz & The Jimmy Ryan All-Stars (1975) [Reissue 2001]

Roy Eldridge - Little Jazz & The Jimmy Ryan All-Stars (1975) [Reissue 2001]
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 296 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 137 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Pablo Records (OJCCD 1058-2)

During the 1970s, Roy Eldridge had a regular gig at Jimmy Ryan's in New York playing music that fell between swing and Dixieland. For this Pablo LP, he sought to play a program with his regular group (Joe Muranyi on clarinet and soprano, trombonist Bobby Pratt, pianist Dick Katz, bassist Major Holley and drummer Eddie Locke) that, although recorded in the studio, would sound like one of the Jimmy Ryan sets. So, in addition to such standards as "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" and "All of Me," Eldridge also performs (and takes occasional vocals on) some older tunes like "St. James Infirmary," "Beale Street Blues" and "Bourbon Street Parade." The music is quite joyful and spirited, with Eldridge in exuberant form.

Judy Garland - Judy At Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Edition (2001) 2CDs

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Judy Garland - Judy At Carnegie Hall: 40th Anniversary Edition (2001) 2CDs

Judy Garland - Judy At Carnegie Hall, 1961: 40th Anniversary Edition (2001) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 280 Mb | Scans ~ 44 Mb
Label: Capitol Records | # 7243 5 27876 2 3 | Time: 02:02:29
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Easy Listening, Show Tunes

The late 1950s were tough on Judy Garland, but this live recording, cut on April 23, 1961, at Carnegie Hall, would (rightfully) bring the legendary icon back into the spotlight. Live would go on to win five Grammys, be Garland's bestselling record, and confirm that, yes, on certain levels, she still had it. Her vocals are as strong as ever on these tunes, and Garland has fun with an audience obviously enraptured by her charms. She's self-deprecating where necessary–on "You Go to My Head" she "forgets" the lyrics but pretends to improvise. Mostly she just shines, especially on tunes she made famous, such as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Stormy Weather," and "Over the Rainbow." This is easily one of pop music's greatest live recordings and a fine testament to Garland's recorded legacy. This two-CD set has been remastered for EMI's 40th-anniversary reissue to coincide with the ABC film based on daughter Lorna Luft's memoir Me and My Shadows.

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"…

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…

VA - Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection (Remastered) (2013)

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VA - Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection (Remastered) (2013)

VA - Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection (Remastered) (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, full scans) - 1.9 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 939 MB
5:59:45 | Bossa Nova, Dixieland, Latin Jazz, Cool Jazz, Swing, Hard Bop, Gypsy Jazz, Easy Listening | Label: Verve

Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection is a 5-CD collection featuring 100 singles from the Verve catalog - over 20 of which have been out of print for years. Packaged in a stylish, two-part, lift-off box Verve - The Sound Of America includes a 48-page booklet and extensive liner notes. Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection takes you through the history of one of the most influential jazz labels of all-time with tracks such as Ella Fitzgerald's Top 50 hit 'Mack The Knife' (1960); Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto 's Top 5, GRAMMY® Award winning hit 'The Girl From Ipanema' (1964) Jimmy Smith's Top 100 hit 'The Cat' (1964) and Diana Krall's 'The Look Of Love' (2001). Also featured are jazz renditions of contemporary classics such as Wes Montgomery's version of The Mamas & The Papas' classic hit 'California Dreaming' (1966), Don Sebesky's version of the Beatles 'The Word' (1968) and Willie Bobo's original version of 'Evil Ways' (1968) the song made famous by Santana. The box set will be issued in conjunction with the lavishly illustrated 400-page book, Verve - The Sound of America, published by Thames & Hudson which will release on November 4, 2013. Founded in 1956 by jazz impresario Norman Granz, Verve Records, along with its associated labels, has consistently been the forefront of jazz's development as both an American art form and an influential commercial force for more than half a century.

Jason Anick & Matt DeChamplain - Reverence: A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson (2024)

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Jason Anick & Matt DeChamplain - Reverence: A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson (2024)

Jason Anick & Matt DeChamplain - Reverence: A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 185 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 92 Mb | 00:39:42
Gypsy Jazz, Swing | Label: Magic Fiddle Music

When pianist Oscar Peterson and violin player Stephane Grappelli stepped on-stage or into the studio together they really did make magic. Both performers were pioneers on their respective instruments, and both had a real French connection, with Peterson hailing from Montreal, and Grappelli of course, having been born in Paris.