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Bill Heller - Find The Way (2014)

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Bill Heller - Find The Way (2014)

Bill Heller - Find The Way (2014)
Jazz, Smooth Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 57 min | 132 MB
Label: William Heller | Rel:2014

Perhaps best known as keyboard player with smooth jazz super-group (the) Rippingtons, Bill Heller has released his own solo collection, the excellent ‘Find The Way’. It fuses together jazz of varying complexions through the combined talents of guest performers (and Rippingtons band-mates) Jeff Kashiwa, Rico Belled and Dave Karasony plus fine work from Eric Marienthal Ronnie Gutierrez, Joel Rosenblatt and Dave Anderson. However, that said, this is very much Heller’s album.

Eric Marienthal - Oasis (1991) (GRP)

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Eric Marienthal - Oasis (1991) (GRP)

Eric Marienthal - Oasis (1991) (GRP)
EAC 0.99pb4 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 360MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 142MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Smooth Jazz

As he was developing his formidable career in the early era of smooth jazz, the saxman proved an invaluable sideman of Chick Corea's Elektric Band, David Benoit's touring ensemble and a studio player for projects by such artists as Keiko Matsui and Mike Garson. Yet as a solo artist, he spent his first three albums searching for an identity that ranged from pop (Round Trip) to electronic mainstream jazz (Crossroads). With Oasis, his search came to a diverse, exciting, and highly enjoyable end. Marienthal applies his stellar blowing techniquest to styles ranging from folk to gospel, but the overall attitude he conveys is sweet and soulful R&B, as in the hoppin' grooves of the funky opening tracks "Hustlin'" and "Seafood to Go."

Tom Scott - Flashpoint (1988) (Repost)

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Tom Scott - Flashpoint (1988) (Repost)

Tom Scott - Flashpoint (1988)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:14 | 335 MB
Genre: Jazz, Fusion | Label: GRP Records | Catalog: GRD-9571

With the exception of 1992's Born Again, saxophonist Tom Scott's output for GRP was consistently disappointing. Although obviously a talented player, Scott's willingness to play arrangements whose main goal was to gain radio airplay resulted in commercial and quickly dated music. Scott is heard with smaller groups throughout this 1988 effort, which include keyboardist Randy Kerber and guitarist Dean Parks, plus guest appearances by guitarists Eric Gale and Michael Landau; all this looks promising but is actually quite routine. None of the nine funky originals were infectious enough to catch on; Scott sounds fairly anonymous in spots, particularly when he utilizes a WX-7; and it is obvious that the music was made strictly for the money. At best, this is superior background music

Bobby Lyle - Straight and Smooth (2004)

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Bobby Lyle - Straight and Smooth (2004)

Bobby Lyle - Straight and Smooth (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 753 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Smooth Jazz | Label: Three Keys Music | Catalog Number: 30004

For those of you who recall Bobby's late '70's work, this will be a pleasant surprise. In my opinion, an artist who can play all genre's of jazz is truly a jazz musician. And that is what Mr. Lyle does here. Sraight ahead, a little "fusion" if you will, and then todays "smooth" jazz. Then add a little Jobim for a beautiful rendition of "Wave." Listen closely to his improvisation over the changes. Thank you, Mr. Bobby Lyle.

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) ~ 335 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Guitar Jazz, Pop/Rock | Label: RCA/BMG Japan | # BVCJ-37562 | Time: 00::

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. Likewise, he attacks the all-instrumental "Eleanor Rigby" with a jumpy, swinging aggression. Pizzarelli, however, becomes overly schmaltzy in presenting ballads like "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" and "Long and Winding Road" too seriously, with maudlin, straightforward arrangements that grind the party to a halt. The one exception is the more percussive "Oh Darling," where his intense vocal helps the tune rise above the hotel lounge mentality.

Bobby Caldwell - Blue Condition (1996)

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Bobby Caldwell - Blue Condition (1996)

Bobby Caldwell - Blue Condition (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) +CUE, LOG | 270 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz | Label: Sin-Drome Records | Catalog Number: SD 8925

It's a tribute to Bobby Caldwell's consummate songwriting skills that his three original compositions – including the previously recorded, melancholy would-be classic "Stuck on You" – fit in perfectly alongside standards by the likes of Cole Porter and Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen on the very tradition-minded Blue Condition. Best known for easygoing R&B-flavored adult pop vocals, Caldwell reaches back and superimposes himself in front of lively big-band arrangements that recall classic Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Bobby Darin recordings. He never approaches those idols in terms of vocal distinction, but that doesn't seem to be his point. He's more reflecting upon his inspirations than trying to emulate them, rewarding longtime fans with the sort of artistry they suspected might exist all along. The uninitiated, however, might enjoy all the surrounding pleasantries and wonder why we need another guy out there doing classics when he clearly doesn't measure up to those standards vocally.

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Tom Scott - Keep This Love Alive (1991)

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Tom Scott - Keep This Love Alive (1991)

Tom Scott - Keep This Love Alive (1991)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:20 | 367 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: GRP | Catalog: GRD-9646

A shamelessly contrived effort, Keep This Love Alive is, for the most part, yet another tremendous waste of Tom Scott's talents. There are a few enjoyable moments here, including guest Dianne Schurr's sensuous vocal on "Whenever You Dream of Me" and Scott's gritty jazz-funk blowing on "Mis Thang." But on the whole, this CD is a throwaway by both jazz and pop standards. R&B/pop singer Brenda Russell is anything but memorable on the bloodless adult-contemporary song "If You're Not the One for Me," and most of the instrumentals would sound boring and lackluster even in a dentist's office. Throwing creativity to the wind, Scott leaves no doubt that his only concern is commercial radio airplay. The saxman recorded more than his share of stinkers for GRP in the 1980s and '90s, and Keep This Love Alive is at the top of the list.

Kim Waters - Silver Soul (2014)

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Kim Waters - Silver Soul (2014)

Kim Waters - Silver Soul (2014)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Image) +CUE, LOG | 390 MB | Covers Included
Genre: Smooth Jazz | Label: Red River Entertainment | Catalog Number: RRE-CD-153

In terms of harmony nobody can compete Waters. You can hear it on the starter Dreaming Of You. He even skillfully integrates improvisations. Perfect is also his way of overdubbing, which he often love to use in the field of bridges. On A Mission is a good example. Inimitable are his ballads like Stay Together, on which his silky voice starts sounding in addition to the saxophone. Slack and easy it goes on Go-Go Smooth. This character is supported by the shuffle beat. Anything You Need features Kim Water's wife Dana Pope, who has already been involved in several of his projects. A true vocal enrichment. If everything is in the right place as on Cruising Round Rock, you should just sit back and enjoy it. John Legend's tender ballad All Of Me is implemented in all excellence by Waters. A good reminder to buy Legend's wonderful album. The highly talented and gorgeous vocalist Zendaya shines on Fireflies spellbinding the audience with her outstanding voice. With Let's Make Love Waters endows the lovers with a dreamy affectionate ballad.

Tom Scott - Born Again (1992) (Repost)

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Tom Scott - Born Again (1992) (Repost)

Tom Scott - Born Again (1992)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 45:20 | 341 MB
Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz | Label: GRP Records | Catalog: GRP 96752

After many years of recording one commercial effort after another, Tom Scott finally recorded a strong jazz set. By using Born Again as the CD's title, Scott sought to demonstrate that he was returning to his roots; unfortunately, this promising direction would only be a one-shot deal. Scott, who was always a strong musician, shows that he had not forgotten how to improvise despite all of his commercial work. He is heard on tenor, alto, and soprano performing seven mostly straight-ahead originals and Wayne Shorter's "Children of the Night."

Marc Cary - Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 (2015)

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Marc Cary - Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 (2015)

Marc Cary - Rhodes Ahead, Vol. 2 (2015)
Jazz, Smooth jazz | 00:57:49 | Mp3, 320 kbps | 138 Mb
Label :Motéma Music LLC | Year Of Release :2015

Electro-Acoustic keyboard wizard Marc Cary (#1 Rising Keyboardist in DownBeat’s 2014 Critics Poll) celebrates his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, with "Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2" (March 17, 2015), a powerhouse follow-up to his seminal 1999 release "Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1".
Keeping the original heavyweight trio of Cary, Terreon Gully and Tarus Mateen intact, Cary’s fierce new project puts the iconic Fender Rhodes sound front and center, fusing drum n’ bass, electronic music, jazz and funk influences, creating yet another visionary project to follow up his triumphant 2013 releases "For The Love of Abbey" (a searing solo piano opus celebrating Abbey Lincoln) and Marc Cary Focus Trio’s "Four Directions" (TSF France, Album of the Year). As the original Rhodes Ahead introduced Marc Cary as one of this generation's greatest innovators, heralding the electro-acoustic jazz sound that became prevalent in the 2000’s, "Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2" is a testament to Marc’s incredible vision, versatility and creativity.

Joe Sample - Roles (1987) {MCA}

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Joe Sample - Roles (1987) {MCA}

Joe Sample - Roles (1987) {MCA}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 374MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 200MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Smooth Jazz

One of the many jazzmen who started out playing hard bop but went electric during the fusion era, Joe Sample was, in the late '50s, a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders along with trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxman Wilton Felder, and drummer Stix Hooper. The Crusaders' debt to Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers wasn't hard to miss – except that the L.A.-based unit had no trumpeter, and became known for its unique tenor/trombone front line. Sample, a hard-swinging player who could handle chordal and modal/scalar improvisation equally well, stuck to the acoustic piano during the Crusaders' early years – but would place greater emphasis on electric keyboards when the band turned to jazz-funk in the early '70s and dropped "Jazz" from its name.

Dave Grusin & Don Grusin - Sticks and Stones (1988)

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Dave Grusin & Don Grusin - Sticks and Stones (1988)

Dave Grusin & Don Grusin - Sticks and Stones (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 388 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Fusion, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz | Label: GRP | # GRD-9562, GRP-D-9562 | Time: 00:58:07

This set works very well. Dave Grusin and his younger brother Don Grusin use a variety of keyboards to create a series of colorful duets. Other than Dori Caymmi's "Southern Wind," all of the fairly spontaneous yet well-planned performances are originals by one or both of the brothers. Even listeners who are not that much into electronics will find much of interest on this melodic and funky, yet often unpredictable set.

VA - Brigitte Jazz For Dinner 5 (2016)

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VA - Brigitte Jazz For Dinner 5 (2016)

VA - Brigitte Jazz For Dinner 5 (2016)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 02:45:03 | 388 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Sony Music

"Jazz for Dinner" is one of the most popular music series of Germany's most important women's magazine BRIGITTE. Because it provides the perfect easy-listening music for an evening with guests to enjoy good food in a relaxed atmosphere. The latest songs from the album "Leise Zeichen" by the German songwriter Klaus Hoffmann are as well-represented as songs by such greats as Jamie Cullum, Gregory, from Till Brönner's new album "The Smile" Porter, Roger Cicero and many more.

Nelson Rangell - Blue (2015)

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Nelson Rangell - Blue (2015)

Nelson Rangell - Blue (2015)
Jazz, Smooth Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 66 min | 93 MB
Label: Nelson Rangell | Rel:2015

Nelson Rangell's sparkling two new recordings, "Blue," a contemporary jazz album of beautiful, engaging and virtuosic flute and piccolo works and "Red", featuring Rangell's driving, soulful alto and tenor saxophone are, separately and together, the most extensive, compelling and unique efforts of his career. In past reviews Jazziz Magazine states " Rangell peppers with effortless complexity seeming at times almost superhuman" and that Rangell is "rich in inspiration, long on chops and powerfully unique in voice"…

Althea Rene - Live in Detroit (2015)

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Althea Rene - Live in Detroit (2015)

Althea Rene - Live in Detroit (2015)
Jazz, Smooth Jazz | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 55 min | 77 MB
Label: Althea Rene | Rel:2015

Althea Rene is the FIRST performer in history to have their flute featured single reach the number one ranking on the Billboard Music Chart. The daughter of one of Motown's original Funk Brothers, she began playing the flute at the tender age of four. She worked for 11 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit) before making the leap into a full-time music career.