Ron Carter - Mr. Bow-Tie (1995) {Blue Note CDP 7243 8 35407 2 3}

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Ron Carter - Mr. Bow-Tie (1995) {Blue Note CDP 7243 8 35407 2 3}

Ron Carter - Mr. Bow-Tie (1995) {Blue Note CDP 7243 8 35407 2 3}
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© 1995 Somethin' Else Records / Toshiba-EMI / Blue Note Records | CDP 7243 8 35407 2 3
Jazz / Post Bop / Bass

Bassist Ron Carter varies the personnel often enough to keep one's interest throughout this CD. Carter, who contributed six of the ten compositions (which alternate with four familiar standards) takes his share of bass solos but also showcases pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba (who is pretty restrained throughout) on the opening "Mr. Bow-Tie" and allocates a generous amount of solo space on some selections to trumpeter Edwin Russell (inspired by Miles Davis but possessing his own fire) and Javon Jackson, who often sounds like a close relative of Joe Henderson.

Bobbi Humphrey - Flute-In (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81074 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)

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Bobbi Humphrey - Flute-In (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81074 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)

Bobbi Humphrey - Flute-In (1971) {Blue Note Japan SHM-CD TYCJ-81074 rel 2014} (24-192 remaster)
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© 1971, 2014 Universal Japan / Blue Note | BN 75th The Masterworks | TYCJ-81074
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Jazz Funk / Flute

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and 24 bit remastering. Early Blue Note work from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a session cut before she hooked up with producer Larry Mizell, but one that's still got a righteously soulful vibe! The arrangements here are by Wade Marcus, but he still has the great idea of giving Bobbi a bit more expanded sound in the background – a full mix of sounds that lets her flute step out in the lead and find its own soulful space on the solos – all with a wonderful style that definitely marks Humphrey as one of the freshest jazz flute talents in years! The other players are all pretty hip too – and include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Billy Harper on tenor – who'd both played with Bobbi on one of Lee's late Blue Note dates – and titles include a version of Eddie Harris' "Set Us Free", plus "Sad Bag", "Don't Knock My Funk", "Journey To Morocco", and "Ain't No Sunshine".

Gary Burton - Alone At Last (1971) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27085}

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Gary Burton - Alone At Last (1971) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27085}

Gary Burton - Alone At Last (1971) {2012 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit WPCR-27085}
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© 1971, 2012 Warner Japan / Atlantic / Rhino | WPCR-27085 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Post Bop / Vibes

Features 24 bit digital remastering. Comes with a description. Because Gary Burton uses four mallets simultaneously, he has long been able to sound like two or three players at once. This remarkable solo set has three selections in which Burton overdubs vibes with piano, electric piano, and organ, but those are far overshadowed by three unaccompanied vibes showcased from the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival and a slightly later (and very memorable) studio rendition of "Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)." The latter is one of the high points of Gary Burton's career. Wondrous music.

Harold Lopez-Nussa - New Day (2013) {Harmonia Mundi JV 570021}

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Harold Lopez-Nussa - New Day (2013) {Harmonia Mundi JV 570021}

Harold Lopez-Nussa - New Day (2013) {Harmonia Mundi JV 570021}
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© 2013 Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi | JV 570021
Jazz / Post Bop / World Jazz / Piano

Cuban-born pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa is back in his native land for his latest album, New Day. On most of the album’s ten tracks, all original compositions, he works with his brother Ruy Adrian Lopez-Nussa on drums and longtime colleague Gaston Joya on double bass. A couple of tracks add the trumpet of Mayquel Gonzalez. For the first time, it seems, Lopez-Nussa also plays the Fender Rhodes on a few compositions.

Clifford Hayes & Earl Hines - Frog Hop (1996) {Frog DGF10 rec 1927-29}

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Clifford Hayes & Earl Hines - Frog Hop (1996) {Frog DGF10 rec 1927-29}

Clifford Hayes & Earl Hines - Frog Hop (1996) {Frog DGF10 rec 1927-29}
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© 1927-29, 1996 Frog / David French | DGF10
Jazz / Early Jazz / Jazz Blues

The Frog label has long been a byword for the meticulous compilation of outstanding rarities, and this reissue is no exception. Clifford Hayes' Louisville Stompers presented a fascinating blend of country blues and jazz, featuring trombone, violin, 4-string tenor guitar and piano. Earl Hines is at the ivories for the 1929 sesssions, of which unissued takes are included for each of the eight tracks. The 25 tracks are augmented by the vocal by Sippie Wallace which the Louisville Stompers accompanied on their final recording session. The reissue was remastered by the late John R. T. Davies from his own collection. Enough said.

Paul Quinichette - The Vice Pres (1951-1954) {EmArcy--Verve Elite 314 543 750-2 rel 2000}

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Paul Quinichette - The Vice Pres (1951-1954) {EmArcy--Verve Elite 314 543 750-2 rel 2000}

Paul Quinichette - The Vice Pres (1951-1954) {EmArcy–Verve Elite 314 543 750-2 rel 2000
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© 1951-54, 2000 EmArcy / Verve Elite Edition | 314 543 750-2
Jazz / Bop / Mainstream Jazz / Saxophone

Paul Quinichette was known as "the Vice Pres" because he sounded so similar to Lester Young ("Pres") during the 1950s. Despite that fault (his lack of originality), Quinichette was quite creative and swinging within Young's style and his recordings were consistently rewarding during the era.

Ruben and The Jets - For Real! (1973) {Edsel Records EDCD406 rel 1994} (Produced by Frank Zappa)

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Ruben and The Jets - For Real! (1973) {Edsel Records EDCD406 rel 1994} (Produced by Frank Zappa)

Ruben and The Jets - For Real! (1973) {Edsel Records EDCD406 rel 1994} (Produced by Frank Zappa)
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© 1973, 1994 In-Discreet / Demon Records / Edsel Records | EDCD 406
Rock / Pop Rock / Rock and Roll / Comedy / Doo Wop

Listening to this album was one weird experience back in 1973, and it hasn't gotten much less so since – but weird in the best, most glorious possible way. Where the 1968 Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention album Cruising with Ruben & the Jets was as much a satire of as a tribute to rock & roll and doo wop music, laced with several layers of humor and musical sophistication piled on top of its basic material, the For Real! album – produced by Zappa for a real-life Ruben & the Jets – is a stunningly beautiful, utterly delightful and straightforward musical creation; it's all different from the tone of the album that helped inspire it, yet it seems the perfect follow-up to that album.

Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby, The Complete 1969 Pescara Festival (2004) {Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10156}

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Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby, The Complete 1969 Pescara Festival (2004) {Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10156}

Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby, The Complete 1969 Pescara Festival (2004) {Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10156}
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© 1969, 2004 Lone Hill Jazz | LHJ10156
Jazz / Cool / Post Bop / Modal Music / Piano

On July 18, 1969, Evans took his trio with Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell to Italy in order to inaugurate the Pescara festival located on the Adriatic coast. The group was recorded live on eleven tracks that were supposed to be broadcast for radio only. But much to the chagrin of Evans and his manager, the concert was released as limited edition on two Japanese CDs. This release contains Bill Evans' Peccary Festival performance, marking the first time all of these songs are found on one disc.

Monty Alexander - Live! at the Montreux Festival (1976) {MPS--Ediciones Folio EFVEi - 004 rel 2011}

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Monty Alexander - Live! at the Montreux Festival (1976) {MPS--Ediciones Folio EFVEi - 004 rel 2011}

Monty Alexander - Live! at the Montreux Festival (1976) {MPS–Ediciones Folio EFVEi - 004 rel 2011}
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© 1976, 2011 MPS / Ediciones Folio | EFVEi - 004
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Piano

Pianist Monty Alexander did some of his finest recordings for the MPS label. This live trio set with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton (reissued on CD) features Alexander playing his usual repertoire of the period with blues, standards ("Satin Doll," "Work Song" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic") and a version of "Feelings" that uplifts the song a bit (although not enough). His soulful approach to the generally familiar melodies makes them sound fresh and swinging.

Eddie Henderson - Sunburst (1975) {Blue Note 724353869823 rel 2002}

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Eddie Henderson - Sunburst (1975) {Blue Note 724353869823 rel 2002}

Eddie Henderson - Sunburst (1975) {Blue Note 724353869823 rel 2002}
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© 1975, 2002 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 5 38698 2 3
Jazz / Jazz Funk / Post Bop / Trumpet

Switching over to Blue Note, which was then reaping a fortune with Donald Byrd's R&B outfit, Eddie Henderson pursued a harder, earthier, more structured, funk-driven sound on his first album, while maintaining some of his marvelously spacier instincts for spice. Henderson continued to keep several components of the Herbie Hancock Septet together, for drummer Billy Hart, bassist Buster Williams, reedman Bennie Maupin, and now trombonist Julian Priester are back. But this time, Hancock is replaced by George Duke, and fusionaire bassist Alphonso Johnson and drummer Harvey Mason (late of the Headhunters) are added – and these switches make much of the difference.

Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1966) {2006 DSD Japan Mini LP Edition Analog Collection SICP 1216}

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Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1966) {2006 DSD Japan Mini LP Edition Analog Collection SICP 1216}

Miles Davis - Miles Smiles (1966) {2006 DSD Japan Mini LP Edition Analog Collection SICP 1216}
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© 1966, 2006 Sony Music Japan / Columbia | SICP 1216 | DSD | HQD High Quality Disc
Jazz / Hard Bop / Modal Music / Trumpet

Its greatest triumph is that it masks this adventurousness within music that is warm and accessible – it just never acts that way. No matter how accessible this is, what's so utterly brilliant about it is that the group never brings it forth to the audience. They're playing for each other, pushing and prodding each other in an effort to discover new territory. As such, this crackles with vitality, sounding fresh decades after its release. And, like its predecessor, ESP, this freshness informs the writing as well, as the originals are memorable, yet open-ended and nervy, setting (and creating) standards for modern bop that were emulated well into the new century. Arguably, this quintet was never better than they are here, when all their strengths are in full bloom.

Bill Evans - Empathy + Pike's Peak (1962) {Essetial Jazz Classics EJC55565 rel 2013}

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Bill Evans - Empathy + Pike's Peak (1962) {Essetial Jazz Classics EJC55565 rel 2013}

Bill Evans - Empathy + Pike's Peak (1962) {Essetial Jazz Classics EJC55565 rel 2013}
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© 1962, 2013 Verve / Epic / Essetial Jazz Classics | EJC55565
Jazz / Hard Bop / Piano

This release presents the complete Bill Evans trio album Empathy (Verve LPV6-8497). The LP marks the pianist’s first of only two collaborations with drummer Shelly Manne (the second, A Simple Matter of Conviction, was taped in 1966). Also it is included vibes player Dave Pike’s complete quartet LP Pike’s Peak (Epic LA16025), recorded during the same period and extensively featuring Bill Evans. Both LPs present Evans in unusual contexts, and he would never again record the majority of the songs featured here. As a final bonus, a second version of Gordon Jenkins’ “Goodbye”, taken from a quartet session by Evans with Cannonball Adderley.

Lockjaw Davis, Tate, Hawkins, Cobb - Very Saxy (1959) {2008 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}

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Lockjaw Davis, Tate, Hawkins, Cobb - Very Saxy (1959) {2008 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}

Lockjaw Davis, Tate, Hawkins, Cobb - Very Saxy (1959) {2008 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}
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© 1959, 2008 Concord / Prestige | PRCD-30649 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz

Tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and his quartet (which includes organist Shirley Scott, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Arthur Edgehill) welcome three immortal tenors (Coleman Hawkins, Arnett Cobb and Buddy Tate) to what became a historic and hard-swinging jam session. On three blues, an original based on the chord changes of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Lester Leaps In," the four tenors battle it out and the results are quite exciting. The spirited music on this memorable LP will hopefully be reissued on CD eventually, for the performances live up to their great potential.

Frank Wright - Uhuru Na Umoja (1970) {EmArcy--Universal 067940-2 rel 2004}

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Frank Wright - Uhuru Na Umoja (1970) {EmArcy--Universal 067940-2 rel 2004}

Frank Wright - Uhuru Na Umoja (1970) {EmArcy–Universal 067940-2 rel 2004}
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© 1970, 2004 EmArcy / Universal Music France | 067940-2
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Saxophone

Brilliant work – one of the rare French-only sessions by avant legend Frank Wright – and a beautifully soulful record that sparkles with the best aspects of the generation of Coltrane, Shepp, and Sanders! Wright's tone is amazing on the record – more spiritual than on some of his other records – searching out at the start of the tunes to find a heavenly sort of space, then moving into a freely collective spirit with players that include Noah Howard on alto, Bobby Few on piano, and Art Taylor on drums. Wright works with the players to carve out sheer, raw, slices of sound – in a manner that recalls the best ESP sides of the mid 60s. Few's piano is cacophonously joyous – and Wright and Howard duke it out with unflappable energy in the frontline.

Mark Dimond - Brujeria (1971) {Fania--Codigo 4639509085-2 rel 2011}

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Mark Dimond - Brujeria (1971) {Fania--Codigo 4639509085-2 rel 2011}

Mark Dimond - Brujeria (1971) {Fania–Codigo 4639509085-2 rel 2011}
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© 1971, 2011 Fania Records / Codigo Music | 463 950 9085-2
Salsa / New York Salsa / Jazz / Latin / Piano

Mark Dimond was one of the greatest Latin pianists of all times. Shamefully, his severe drug addiction took him out from the scene when he was around 46 years old. He began playing Piano professionally being a teenager in a sextet gathered by his later friend, Andy Harlow (Larry's brother, Buddy's son). After that he became Willie Colon's Band Pianist, from 1967 to 1970, being a key ingredient on Colon's new and aggressive sound, and setting the platform for Hector Lavoe's first steps in New York, with Colon's Orchestra. Actually, years later Dimond's was the Pianist in Lavoe's solo debut "La Voz" from 1975.