Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Geri Allen: Etudes

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Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Geri Allen: Etudes

Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, Geri Allen: Etudes
Jazz | APE Single 274 Mb | MP3 320k 120 Mb | Time 49:09
Released 1988 | Label Soul Note 121162-2 | Covers inc. | EAC log-cue

The very democratic trio of bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Paul Motian and pianist Geri Allen perform sensitive yet often exploratory group improvisations on several originals, Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman," and Herbie Nichols' "Shuffle Montgomery." The communication between these three masterful players is quite impressive. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Bill Evans: Montreux III

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Bill Evans: Montreux III

Bill Evans: Montreux III
Jazz | Flac Separated tracks 175 Mb | MP3 320k 109 Mb | Time 42:20
Released 1976 | Label Fantasy | Scan inc. | EAC log-cue

For this duet set from the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival (a Fantasy date that has been reissued on CD under the OJC imprint), Bill Evans alternates between acoustic and electric pianos while Eddie Gomez offers alert support and some near-miraculous bass solos. The audience is attentive and appreciative – as they should be, for the communication between the two masterful players (on such songs as "Milano," "Django," "I Love You," and their encore, "The Summer Knows") is quite special.–AMG

Bill Evans: The Montreux Jazz Festival

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Bill Evans: The Montreux Jazz Festival

Bill Evans: The Montreux Jazz Festival
Jazz | Flac separated tracks | 341 Mb | Time 58:27 | No log-cue
Released 1968 | Label Verve 827 844-2 | Covers | Easycd rip

This 1968 release of Bill Evans' performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival the year before is a pinnacle of trio interplay (handily justifying its being awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Small Group Jazz Performance). Drummer Jack DeJohnette, at the beginning of his career ascension, spent only a year with Evans. His playing at this performance embraces the rich trio format that Evans developed, wherein each of the three are of seemingly equal voice. Listening to this set, one is hard pressed to identify any one musician as being in support of the others; rather, they are in tandem or in conversation. The previously unissued "Quiet Now" joins "I Loves You Porgy" as gorgeously emotive meditation for solo piano.–cduniverse

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension: To The One

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John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension: To The One

John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension: To The One
Jazz | MP3 320k 148 Mb | Flac 297 Mb | Time 40:01 | No log-cue
Released 2010 | Label Abstract Logix/Mediastarz | Covers | Easycd rip

With his new album To The One (Abstract Logix/Mediastarz), iconic guitarist and composer and 2010 Grammy Winner John McLaughlin looks backwards and forwards simultaneously. The six original songs are hauntingly evocative – with roiling rhythmic swells, modal expanses, and telepathic group interaction echoing the profound influence of John Cotrane’s 1965 spiritual jazz masterpiece A Love Supreme.

Ulrik, Scofield, Danielsson, Erskine: Shortcuts

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Ulrik, Scofield, Danielsson, Erskine: Shortcuts

Ulrik, Scofield, Danielsson, Erskine: Shortcuts
Jazz | MP3 320k | 123 Mb | Flac single image | 319 Mb | EAC, log, cue
Released 1999 | Label Stunt Records STUCD00032 | Scan inc. | Time 50:24

When I was asked to pick a "dream team" for the 1999 Jazzpar Combo I hadn't in my wildest dreams imagined that I would succeed in bringing together this band. Usually you are allowed to choose one guest star - I got three! When I realized my luck I knew instantly with such first-rate musicians as Scofield, Erskine and Lars very few directions were called for. These guys are not "only" amazing instrumentalist, they are also composers and band leaders in their own right, and it would be s shame not to make use of all abilities. So I asked all three of them to bring along some of their own compositions and tried to keep in the background during our rehearsals.

Kurt Elling: Dedicated to You

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Kurt Elling: Dedicated to You

Kurt Elling: Dedicated to You
Jazz | MP3 320k | 138 Mb | Wavpack single | 322 Mb | Eac Cue+log
Released 2009 | Label Concord | Scan inc. | Time 56:00

Dedicated To You is a tribute to one of the most beloved and beautiful recordings in jazz, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. On that six song album, John Coltrane introduces a relatively unknown singer named Johnny Hartman. The two musicians had only just met one another, however in a mere three hours, they produce a classic. Hartman unfortunately never gains much recognition beyond this one album. Coltrane obviously fares a bit better.

Rosario Giuliani, Franco D'Andrea: Duets For Trane

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Rosario Giuliani, Franco D'Andrea: Duets For Trane

Rosario Giuliani, Franco D'Andrea: Duets For Trane
Jazz | MP3 320k | 206 Mb | Flac separated tracks | 396 Mb | Easycd rip | No log-cue
Released 1997 | Label Philology W91 | Scan inc. | Time 76:34

Altoist Rosario Giuliani is not well known outside of his native Italy, but he should be. On the inspired outing Duets for Trane, he performs nine songs composed by John Coltrane as duets with pianist Franco d'Andrea. The interplay between the musicians is reminiscent of Lee Konitz and Lennie Tristano; in fact, this set gives one an idea of what Konitz and Tristano might have sounded like if they had explored a full set of Coltrane tunes. Their interpretations are fresh and extend the ideas of the songs, which not only include the minor blues "Equinox" and "Giant Steps" but a 12-and-a-half minute rendition of the themes from "A Love Supreme." The memorable set concludes with Giuliani playing unaccompanied on "Solo for Trane." A classic of its kind. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Franco Ambrosetti & Uri Caine Trio: The Wind

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Franco Ambrosetti & Uri Caine Trio: The Wind

Franco Ambrosetti & Uri Caine Trio: The Wind
Jazz | MP3 320k | 146 Mb | Flac separated tracks | 345 Mb | Eac Cue+log
Released 2007 | Label Enja Records | Scan inc. | Time 48:19

Franco Ambrosetti is hailed among Europe's most prolific jazz trumpeters and the winner of numerous awards. 'The Wind' presents the trumpeter in a new surrounding, accompanied by the current trio of pianist Uri Caine. For the first time in 10 years Ambrosetti is the only horn player on one of his albums. Concentrating on the trumpet and fuelled by the cooking energy of the trio, Ambrosetti's playing radiates a power and youthfulness that betray his age, on tunes penned by himself, Caine, Sonny Rollins & Russ Freeman.

Kenny Barron Trio: Minor Blues

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Kenny Barron Trio: Minor Blues

Kenny Barron Trio: Minor Blues
Jazz | MP3 320k | 196 Mb | Flac separated tracks | 468 Mb | Eac Cue+log
Released 2009 | Label Venus Records VHCD-1032 | Scan inc. | Time 72:56

Barron is a hugely talented pianist - one of the best jazz pianists alive today -, and his bop-based style with flowing lyricism and unique melodic sense in in full display here. And unlike his other recent albums, this CD mostly features his beautiful interpretations of standards and ballads. Barron, George Mraz and Ben Riley sound perfectly relaxed and inspired at the same time. One can tell from this CD that they enjoyed playing together very much. This is clearly one of Kenny Barron's best albums to date!. Highly recommended!

Ahmad Jamal: A Quiet Time

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Ahmad Jamal: A Quiet Time

Ahmad Jamal: A Quiet Time
Jazz | Flac separated tracks | 449 Mb | Eac Cue+log
Released 2009 | Label Dreyfus | Full artwork inc. | Time 66:28

Magician with sounds ! Here is the term which perfectly suits Ahmad Jamal. Miles Davis was already dreaming thanks to him but as he could not hire him, he asked his pianist to draw his insipration from Ahmad Jamal. With a consolidated rhythmic base, the pianist-composer has more freedom at his disposal to discover new sounds. Pushing his limits away, this is the permanent Credo of this eternal young man. An attitude which shows the fullness of this creative and generous artist. With « A Quiet Time», Ahmad Jamal, devotee of Maurice Ravel s music, writes one of the most beautiful chapters of what he calls, with pride, « the american classical music ».

Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana Revisite

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Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana Revisite

Ahmad Jamal: Poinciana Revisited
Jazz | MP3 320k | 103 Mb | Flac separated tracks | 269 Mb | Eac Cue+log
Released 1969 | Label Impulse! MVCJ-19067 | Scan inc. | Time 42:05

Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-, American jazz pianist, b. Pittsburgh, Pa. He started playing the piano at the age of three and became interested in jazz during the bop era. He began playing professionally at 18 and shortly thereafter came to the attention of Miles Davis, who cited Jamal as an important influence. In 1951 he formed his first trio; he has continued to create a uniquely orchestral sound, defining the jazz trio for some 50 years. In 1958 he and his group recorded Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing, featuring the song "Poinciana," which became his signature tune.
Jamal has been acclaimed for his cool post-bop style, melodic and rhythmic improvisations, dramatic pacing, dynamic effects, innovative small-ensemble arrangements, and use of musical space.

Kazumi Watanabe: Village in Bubbles

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Kazumi Watanabe: Village in Bubbles

Kazumi Watanabe: Village in Bubbles
Jazz | MP3 320k | 112 Mb | Flac image | 295 mb | Eac Log+cue
Released 1978 | Label J-room COCB 53295 | Covers inc. | Time 43:50

Kazumi Watanabe was born on October 14, 1953 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a jazz fusion and instrumental rock guitarist and composer. He has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 times in a row by Swing Journal's annual poll. In 1979, he joined a group of innovative musicians such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Akiko Yano, Yukihiro Takahashi, Yasuaki Shimizu, Toshiyuki Honda and Shuichi 'Ponta' Murakami to form the legendary all-star band KYLYN, making an impact on the Japanese music scene. In autumn of the same year, he participated in the world tour of Yellow Magic Orchestra. Its huge success brought the name KAZUMI an international recognition.
Throughout the 1980s, he worked with a stellar cast of established musicians, including Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona and Peter Erskine.
Watanabe has remained prolific and active throughout the 1990s and 2000s and remains one of Japan's best-selling jazz artists. His output is considered some of the better instrumental jazz fusion to emerge from Japan, informed with a particular bite and variety in approaches.
He is known for heavy endorsement and use of guitars by Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith.

Gary Burton: Whiz Kids

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Gary Burton: Whiz Kids

Gary Burton: Whiz Kids
Jazz | MP3 320k | Size 107 Mb | No log | Flac separated tracks | 288 Mb
Released 1987 | Label ECM 1329 | Scan inc. | Time 47:31 | Easycd rip

In addition to his longtime bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Martin Richards, vibraphonist Gary Burton features a couple of young players on this date who he would classify as "whiz kids": pianist Makoto Ozone and the Coltrane-inspired tenorman Tommy Smith. The repertoire (all obscurities) and post-bop solos have more fire than one would normally expect on a Gary Burton record, and there are plenty of colorful moments on this subtle but adventurous set, Burton's final date for ECM after 14 years. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano

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Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble: Fabula Suite Lugano
Jazz | MP3 320k | 159 Mb | Flac separated tracks | 236 Mb | No log
Released 2009 | Label ECM 2118 | Scan inc. | Time 64:57 | Easycd Rip

Follow-up to the critically-lauded “The Zoo Is Far”, of which the Irish Times wrote, “Explicitly moving away from jazz with this sextet despite the presence of musicians with jazz backgrounds, including himself, Wallumrød has reduced these elements to the peripheral, seeking, above all, a through-composed ensemble music that reflects his contacts with contemporary classical, baroque, Norwegian folk and church music. It’s exquisitely performed; the permutating blend of trumpet-violin/Hardanger fiddle/viola-cello-baroque harp and piano or harmonium, with rhythm, is uniquely beautiful.”

Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

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Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano

Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Lontano
Jazz | MP3 320k | 184 Mb | Flac separated tracks | 382 mb | Eac Log+cue
Released 2006 | Label ECM 1980 | Covers inc. | Time 76:52

ECM's star trumpeter continues to set the benchmark for contemporary European jazz.
Since recording the acclaimed 2001 classic Soul of Things, this great elder statesman of European jazz appears to have had the musical equivalent of 'nip and tuck' surgery. This fresh lease of life is due in no small part to the incredible chemistry between him and his young Polish piano trio. Currently recording for ECM in their own right, they include the enigmatic pianist Marcin Wasilewski.