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Pamela Williams - Elixir (2006)

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Pamela Williams - Elixir (2006)

Pamela Williams - Elixir (2006)
Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Saxophone | EAC Rip | WavPack (WV), Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPG) | 42:12 | 315,90 Mb
Label: Shanachie (USA) | Cat.# SH-5138 | Released: 2006-03-21

While her more publicized blonde counterparts Candy Dulfer and Mindi Abair have probably gotten more thunder from the smooth jazz world and beyond, the Philly bred saxophonist has slowly emerged as a champion of a silky yet grooving, modern yet retro style best dubbed "smooth urban jazz." While Pamela Williams has been a hit from the get-go - her 1996 recording debut Saxtress earned the first of numerous accolades from the R&B world - there's no question her last two Shanachie discs have shown her at her inviting, infectious best. She made a brilliant choice on Elixir to work with keyboardist and fellow saxman David Mann, whose texturing and irresistible Philly soul ambience inspires Williams to work wonders with the punchy first single "Positive Vibe," the sexy and swaying opening track "Forbidden Fruit," and the romantic and inspirational "A Toast to Eternity."

Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)

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Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)

Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 351 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Music Group | # OJC-31276 | Time: 00:59:56

The centennial of Ben Webster's birth occurred in 2009 and producer Nick Phillips mined the vaults of various Concord-owned labels, including Pablo, Riverside, Contemporary, and Prestige/Swingville, to create this compilation featuring the late tenor saxophonist. One of the three giants of his instrument during the 1930s and 1940s (along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young), Webster was still very much at the top of his game when these sessions were recorded. When he took part in the series of small-group dates with Art Tatum, he refused to be intimidated by the pianist's intricate flourishes, simply delivering majestic solos in "My One and Only Love," "All the Things You Are," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." He's very comfortable with old friends Benny Carter and Barney Bigard in an easygoing setting of Carter's "Lula." The two live tracks, "Caravan" and "Georgia on My Mind" taken from At the Renaissance, also find Webster in an inspired mood, supported by a rhythm section including pianist Jimmy Rowles and guitarist Jim Hall.

Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)

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Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)

Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Cool, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Polskie Nagrania | # PNCD 148 | Time: 00:48:28

Stan Getz was invited to perform a concert with a local rhythm section in Warsaw, Poland, in 1960; he was sufficiently impressed with the trio to join them for a brief studio session afterwards. While this five-song set isn't flawless, as Getz has some problems with repeated reed squeaking in the rendition of "Cherokee," the all-standards program is otherwise very enjoyable, with excellent sound. Getz is in total control with the lush take of "Darn That Dream," as he makes a delayed entrance following pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, who proves himself to be a thoughtful accompanist and soloist. Bassist Roman Dylag and drummer Andrzej Dabrowski also get high marks. This compilation is rounded out with two tracks from a 1974 concert in Warsaw by a working edition of the Stan Getz Quartet, with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Hart. The tenor saxophonist again gets a little sloppy with atypical reed squeaks in both tracks, which include an extended, exciting workout of Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" and an old favorite, Jobim's "Desafinado." Getz fans will definitely want to acquire this obscure Polish CD.

Ronnie Laws - Every Generation (1980) [2005, Reissue]

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Ronnie Laws - Every Generation (1980) [2005, Reissue]

Ronnie Laws - Every Generation (1980) [2005, Reissue]
R&B, Funk/Soul, Jazz-Funk | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 34:52 | 276,93 Mb
Label: Blue Note Records/EMI Records (EU) | Cat.# 7243 4 77547 2 2 | Released: 2005-06-20 (1980)

"Every Generation" is the 5th studio album by American saxophonist Ronnie Laws released in 1980 by United Artists Records. The album reached #4 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000) [Re-Up]

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Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000) [Re-Up]

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Jazz | # 00013431488521 | Time: 00:58:34

Scott Hamilton's Ballad Essentials collects interpretations of standards like "Skylark", "Body and Soul", "In a Sentimental Mood", "'Round Midnight", and "My Romance". A solid collection from one of mainstream jazz's most consistent tenor sax players.

Arnett Cobb & Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - Blow, Arnett, Blow (1959) Remastered 1993

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Arnett Cobb & Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - Blow, Arnett, Blow (1959) Remastered 1993

Arnett Cobb & Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis - Blow, Arnett, Blow (1959) Remastered 1993
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included | 00:38:21
Soul-Jazz, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Original Jazz Classics, Prestige | # OJCCD-794-2, P-7151

Arnett Cobb's debut for Prestige and his first recording as a leader in three years (due to a serious car accident in 1956) is an explosive affair. Cobb is matched up with fellow tough tenor Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and there are plenty of sparks set off by their encounter. With organist Wild Bill Davis, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Arthur Edgehill keeping the proceedings heated, Cobb and Davis tangle on a variety of basic material, alternating uptempo romps such as "Go Power" and "Go Red Go" with slightly more sober pieces highlighted by "When I Grow Too Old to Dream." This is a great matchup (reissued on CD through the OJC imprint) that lives up to its potential.

Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010] Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

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Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010] Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Remastered 2010]
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans included | 00:45:01
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions/Blue Note | # CBNJ 84013 SA

New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimmerings of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced as they would be in just a few years' time, but – as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag – hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp "Hip Strut," and pianist Walter Davis, Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie "Greasy."

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) Remastered Reissue 1995 [Re-Up]

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John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) Remastered Reissue 1995 [Re-Up]

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) Remastered 1995
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 75 Mb
Label: Impulse! | # IMP 11552 | Time: 00:33:04 | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Modal, Post-Bop

One of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing, that at once compiled all of the innovations from his past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half years. Recorded over two days in December 1964, Trane's classic quartet–Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison– stepped into the studio and created one of the most the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship. From the undulatory (and classic) bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical and emotionally varied soloing, while the rest of the group is completely atttuned to his spiritual vibe.

Hank Mobley - A Caddy For Daddy (1965) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2009] Audio CD Layer

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Hank Mobley - A Caddy For Daddy (1965) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2009] Audio CD Layer

Hank Mobley - A Caddy For Daddy (1965)
Mastered by by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech, 2009
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 264 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans included | 00:40:19
Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions/Blue Note | # CBNJ 84230 SA

Hank Mobley was a perfect artist for Blue Note in the 1960s. A distinctive but not dominant soloist, Mobley was also a very talented writer whose compositions avoided the predictable yet could often be quite melodic and soulful; his tricky originals consistently inspired the young all-stars in Blue Note's stable. For this CD, which is a straight reissue of a 1965 session, Mobley is joined by trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins (a typically remarkable Blue Note lineup) for the infectious title cut, three other lesser-known but superior originals, plus Wayne Shorter's "Venus Di Mildew." Recommended.

David Murray Trio - 3D Family (1978)

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David Murray Trio - 3D Family (1978)

David Murray Trio - 3D Family (1978)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2006 | Hat Hut Records, hatOLOGY 608 | ~ 407 or 167 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 11 Mb
Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde Jazz

A major early release by tenorist Murray, 3D Family appeared originally on Hat Hut records as a double LP before eventually being re-released on disc by hat ART. Murray performs here in a live context with one of his very strongest rhythm sections: the intensely musical South African bassist Johnny Dyani and veteran master drummer Andrew Cyrille. The program consists of all Murray compositions, weaving between burners, funky dances, and soulful ballads…

Stan Getz & Zoot Sims - The Brothers (1952) Reissue 1989

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Stan Getz & Zoot Sims - The Brothers (1952) Reissue 1989

Stan Getz & Zoot Sims - The Brothers (1952) Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:49
West Coast Jazz, Cool, Bop | Label: Original Jazz Classics, Prestige | # OJCCD-008-2, P-7022

The music on this LP recalls the airy "Four Brothers" sound that tenor saxophonists Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Steward, and baritone saxophonist Serge Charloff, plied in Woody Herman's band of 1947. For this outing, Steward and Charloff exit, and four become five with the addition of tenor luminaries Al Cohn, Brew Moore, and Allen Eager. The set appropriately kicks off with Gerry Mulligan's "Five Brothers," a tune reminiscent of Jimmy Giuffre's original "Four Brothers" in its fluid and bouncy arrangement. Three other attractive and similarly disposed originals (one more by Mulligan and two by Cohn) complete the saxophone session from 1949, all featuring swinging statements by each soloist. A 1952 sextet date led by Sims and Cohn is also included, offering up another round of original and buoyantly swinging cuts, bolstered by lively contributions from trombonist Kai Winding and solid rhythmic support by pianist George Wallington, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Art Blakey. A fine release that nicely showcases the cool, proto-West Coast bop forged by both these soloists and Miles Davis.

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 3 (1995)

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Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 3 (1995)

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 3 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 415 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb
Label: SteepleChase | # SCCD 31366 | Time: 01:16:14 | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz

The third and final stop on the Billy Harper Quintet's Far Eastern recording road show brings them to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and…well, maybe this one is the best single disc of the three. It's got the best sound, bright and well-balanced, and fans of extended jazz blowing will appreciate hearing three pieces (the shortest clocks in at just under 21 minutes) on a night when the musicians are really on and totally in synch with one another.

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 1 (1992)

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Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 1 (1992)

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 1 (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: SteepleChase | # SCCD 31311 | 01:05:35

This series of live discs mark the first recordings of what became the regular working quintet of the criminally underrated saxophonist, composer and bandleader Billy Harper. With bassist Louie Spears the new addition to the line-up, three distinct concerts were recorded on Harper's spring, 1991 tour of the Far East and released separately without any duplication of material. Volume One comes from Pusan, Korea on April 27 and while the sound isn't the best – the bass and drums are muted and lack crispness – the extremely high quality of the music and interaction between the players more than compensates.

Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker: 1947 (1998) [The Chronological Classics, 1000] Re-Up

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Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker: 1947 (1998) [The Chronological Classics, 1000] Re-Up

Charlie Parker - Charlie Parker: 1947 (1998)
with Miles Davis, Max Roach, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and J.J. Johnson

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 164 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Bop, Big Band, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Classics | # 1000 | Time: 01:05:33

This second installment in the Classics Charlie Parker chronology contains quite a number of Bird's best-loved and most respected recordings. The first 12 tracks, recorded in New York for the Dial label in October and November of 1947, are all masterpieces of modern music, with the ballads, especially "Embraceable You," constituting some of Parker's very best recorded work. This is the classic 1947 quintet with Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach. Even if his personal life was characteristically chaotic, 1947 was a good year for Charlie Parker's music. It was in November 1947 that this band hit the road to play the El Sino Club on St. Antoine Boulevard in Detroit. Unfortunately, Bird got really snockered and couldn't perform, so the El Sino management canceled the gig. Bird ultimately destroyed his saxophone by throwing it out of a hotel window onto the street below. (A tragic and disturbing image!) Back in New York, the band – now a sextet with the addition of trombonist J.J. Johnson – made six more sides for Dial on December 17, 1947.