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The Pete Jolly Trio - Yours Truly (1993)

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The Pete Jolly Trio - Yours Truly (1993)

The Pete Jolly Trio - Yours Truly (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 305 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 142 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Quartet Records (QCD 1007)

Pete Jolly and his longtime sidemen (Chuck Berghofer has been his regular bassist since the late '50s while drummer Nick Martinis joined up in 1964) perform 11 standards plus his old hit "Little Bird" on this fine outing. The virtuosic pianist dominates the ensembles but the contributions of Berghofer and Martinis (who have to think fast to keep up with him) should not be overlooked. Jolly's total command of the piano and infectious enthusiasm, which can result in some explosive outbursts, do not overshadow his good taste and the self-restraint that he shows on the ballads.

Woody Herman - Four Classic Albums (1958-1962) [2CD Reissue 2015]

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Woody Herman - Four Classic Albums (1958-1962) [2CD Reissue 2015]

Woody Herman - Four Classic Albums (1958-1962) [2CD Reissue 2015]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 950 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 348 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Bop, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (EMSC 1166)

First up, the return of the Herd for “The Herd Rides Again In Stereo” ten or so years after the First Herd roared across America between the years 1945-1948. Original members like Chuck Jackson are joined by the likes of Bob Brookmeyer who had played with the Herd for 7 weeks way back in 1952 and other fine musicians like Billy Bauar, Nat Pierce, Al Cohn and Don Lamond. A year later and another reunion of sorts as “The Fourth Herd” stampede into town! This time, however, we have a band playing within a band!? That is, an octet featuring Woody Herman, Zoot Sims, Nat Adderley, Eddie Costa and the big band rhythm section all basking in the “inspiring warmth” of the big orchestra”…

Tiny Grimes - The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1944-1949 (2002) [Blues & Rhythm Series]

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Tiny Grimes - The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1944-1949 (2002) [Blues & Rhythm Series]

Tiny Grimes - The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1944-1949 (2002) [Blues & Rhythm Series]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 166 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included | 01:08:38
Guitar Jazz, Jump Blues, Swing, Boogie-Woogie, Bop | Label: Classics | # 5106

Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive group, the Cats and the Fiddle. During 1943-1944, Grimes was part of a classic Art Tatum Trio which also included Slam Stewart. In September 1944, he led his first record date, using Charlie Parker; highlights include the instrumental "Red Cross" and Grimes' vocal on "Romance Without Finance (Is a Nuisance)." He also recorded for Blue Note in 1946, and then put together an R&B-oriented group, "the Rockin' Highlanders," that featured the tenor of Red Prysock during 1948-1952. Although maintaining a fairly low profile, Tiny Grimes was active up until his death, playing in an unchanged swing/bop transitional style and recording as a leader for such labels as Prestige/Swingville, Black & Blue, Muse, and Sonet.

John Lewis & Svend Asmussen - European Encounter (1962) [Japanese Edition 2013] (Re-up)

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John Lewis & Svend Asmussen - European Encounter (1962) [Japanese Edition 2013] (Re-up)

John Lewis & Svend Asmussen - European Encounter (1962) [Japanese Edition 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 244 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-27261)

Violinist Svend Asmussen (who has had too few of his albums through the decades available in the U.S.) teams up with pianist John Lewis, bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Sture Kalin on this 1962 session from Stockholm, Sweden. Most notable is the repertoire: six Lewis originals (including "Django") and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman." Asmussen fits in well with Lewis and brings a solid sense of swing to the somewhat complex music.

Milt Jackson & Oscar Peterson - Ain't But a Few of Us Left (1981) [Reissue 2006] (Re-up)

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Milt Jackson & Oscar Peterson - Ain't But a Few of Us Left (1981) [Reissue 2006] (Re-up)

Milt Jackson & Oscar Peterson - Ain't But a Few of Us Left (1981) [Reissue 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 254 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 94 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Pablo Records (00025218678520)

Despite the pessimistic title, all of the members of this particular quartet (vibraphonist Milt Jackson, pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Grady Tate) were still active into the mid-'90s. The music is unsurprising but still quite enjoyable and virtuosic as Bags and Co. perform blues, standards and ballads with their usual swing and bop-based creativity. Highlights include the title cut, "Stuffy," "What Am I Here For" and a vibes-piano duo version of "A Time for Love."

Eddie Higgins - Haunted Heart (1997)

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Eddie Higgins - Haunted Heart (1997)

Eddie Higgins - Haunted Heart (1997)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2000 | Venus, TKCV-35512 | Japan | ~ 294 or 119 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 9 Mb
Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop

The lonely cover photo and title of this Japanese import give away most of the story; this is a haunted, introspective album of piano-trio jazz very much indebted to Bill Evans and, to a lesser extent, George Shearing…

Duke Jordan - Blue Duke (1983) Japanese Reissue 2007

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Duke Jordan - Blue Duke (1983) Japanese Reissue 2007

Duke Jordan - Blue Duke (1983) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Scans included
Label: Baystate/BMG Japan | # BVCJ-37556 (82876-87551-2)
Bop, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Time: 00:48:15

Originally cut for the Japanese Baystate label and then later released by French RCA, this trio set by pianist Duke Jordan (with bassist Harry Memmery and drummer James Martin in Holland) differs from his usual recordings in putting an emphasis on blues, although not exclusively. Jordan performs six of his originals (including "No Problem," "Ben Sugar Blues," "Jordu" and "From Duke to Duke") plus "All the Things You Are," "C Jam Blues" and "St. Louis Blues." The classic bebop pianist's consistency holds up on this set (cut when he was 61), making the obscure LP worth searching for.

Zoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles - If I'm Lucky (1977) [Reissue 1999] (Re-up)

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Zoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles - If I'm Lucky (1977) [Reissue 1999] (Re-up)

Zoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles - If I'm Lucky (1977) [Reissue 1999]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 246 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 107 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Pablo Records (OJCCD-683-2 (2310-803))

Tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims recorded quite a few albums with pianist Jimmy Rowles during his Pablo years; all are recommended. Rowles assisted Sims in coming up with obscurities to interpret, and this CD reissue is highlighted by such little-performed songs as "If I'm Lucky," "Shadow Waltz," "Gypsy Sweetheart" and "I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone." The lead voices are backed ably by bassist George Mraz and drummer Mousey Alexander on this enjoyable straight-ahead date.

VA - Progressions: 100 Years Of Jazz Guitar (2005)

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VA - Progressions: 100 Years Of Jazz Guitar (2005)

VA - Progressions: 100 Years Of Jazz Guitar (2005)
FLAC (tracks) - 1.5 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 715 MB
5:09:31 | Jazz, Bop, Fusion, Modal, Post Bop, Dixieland, Ragtime, Swing | Label: Columbia

This expansive four-disc anthology essentially covers the recorded history of the guitar in the 20th century, beginning with the ragtime banjo that set the table for the role of the guitar in a jazz setting in the early 1900s, and then touching all the bases clear through to the post-postmodern possibilities of the instrument in the 21st century. Don't let the subtitle throw you, though, because Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar interprets jazz guitar in the broadest of strokes, as it includes not only pantheon jazz players like Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, and John McLaughlin but also provides an uncommon sweep by featuring Hawaiian stylists Roy Smeck and Sol Hoopii; Western swing aces Leon McAuliffe and Eldon Shamblin; country jazzman Hank Garland; rock virtuosos Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Jeff Beck; fusion funksters Larry Carlton, Al DiMeola, and Mike Stein; and hard to classify avant-garde players like Derek Bailey, Sonny Sharrock, James Blood Ulmer, and Marc Ribot.

Art Pepper ‎- Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics) (1959) [MFSL, MFCD 805]

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Art Pepper ‎- Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics) (1959) [MFSL, MFCD 805]

Art Pepper ‎- Art Pepper + Eleven (Modern Jazz Classics) (1959)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1991 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, MFCD 805 | ~ 238 or 102 Mb | Scans Included
Bop, Big Band, Cool Jazz

This is a true classic. Altoist Art Pepper is joined by an 11-piece band playing Marty Paich arrangements of a dozen jazz standards from the bop and cool jazz era. Trumpeter Jack Sheldon has a few solos, but the focus is very much on the altoist who is in peak form for this period…

Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956) [DCC, GZS-1044]

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Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956) [DCC, GZS-1044]

Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1993 | DCC, GZS-1044 | ~ 229 or 123 Mb | Scans
Jazz, Cool Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop

Cookin' is the first of four albums derived from the Miles Davis Quintet's fabled extended recording session on October 26, 1956; the concept being that the band would document its vast live-performance catalog in a studio environment, rather than preparing all new tracks for its upcoming long-player…

VA - Birth Of The Cool - Digging That Blue Note Sound (Remastered) (2011)

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VA - Birth Of The Cool - Digging That Blue Note Sound (Remastered) (2011)

VA - Birth Of The Cool - Digging That Blue Note Sound (2011)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 882 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 334 MB
2:25:24 |Cool Jazz, Instrumental, Bop, Swing | Label: Not Now Music

2012 two CD collection. These 26 tracks showcase the early Blue Note sound and exemplify it's cool beginnings with all tracks digitally remastered for optimum listening. Contains tracks from Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Bud Powell, Art Blakey, J.J. Johnson and many others. Not Now Music.

Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961) CD Release 1988

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Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961) CD Release 1988

Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961)
Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France, December 18, 1959

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Fontana | # 832 692-2 | Time: 00:42:15

This 1959 concert in Paris by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers has been sporadically available on various labels, but this reissue in Verve's Jazz in Paris series is the best sounding and best packaged of the lot. Blakey's group of this period (Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Jymie Merritt, and Walter Davis, Jr.) is in great form during an extended workout of Morgan's intense blues "The Midget," and Dizzy Gillespie's timeless "A Night in Tunisia" is kicked off by Blakey's an electrifying solo. But it is the addition of some special guests for the first two numbers that proves to be extra special. Bud Powell, sitting in for Davis, and French saxophonist Barney Wilen, on alto rather than his normal tenor sax, are both added to the band for inspired versions of Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" and "Bouncing with Bud." Morgan's trumpet playing is outstanding throughout the concert. This is one of the essential live dates in Art Blakey's rather extensive discography.

Jim Hall - Concierto (1975) [MFSL, UDSACD 2012]

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Jim Hall - Concierto (1975) [MFSL, UDSACD 2012]

Jim Hall - Concierto (1975)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2003 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDSACD 2012 | ~ 392 or 182 Mb | Scans Included
Jazz, Post Bop, Cool Jazz

Guitarist Jim Hall is the sort of musician who displays such technical expertise, imaginative conception, and elegance of line and phrase that almost any recording of his is worth hearing. Still, Concierto ranks among the best albums of his superb catalog. For starters, the personnel here is a jazz lover's dream come true…

Junior Mance - Nadja (1999)

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Junior Mance - Nadja (1999)

Junior Mance - Nadja (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 372 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 161 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Enja Records (enja CD 9114-2)

Veteran pianist Junior Mance has worked and recorded with Jazz greats like Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey. He accompanied singers like Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin. Since the late 1980s he has been an acclaimed member of New Yorks New School and has given piano lessons to rising stars like Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings and Stephen Scott. On "Nadja" Mance shows his gentle lyrical and thoughtful side as well as his blues-drenched and soulful take on bop and hard bop. The Junior Mance Trio delivers classicism the way it’s supposed to be! Clear, unpretentious, prodigiously swinging piano improvisations on standards and originals.