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Marlon Jordan - The Undaunted (1993)

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Marlon Jordan - The Undaunted (1993)

Marlon Jordan - The Undaunted (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 362.76 Mb | 59:37 | Cover
Modal, Post-Bop, Bop | Country: USA | Label: Columbia - CK078826

For his third and final Columbia CD, young trumpeter Marlon Jordan (21 at the time) still sounded pretty derivative of inspiration Wynton Marsalis and Miles Davis. His hard bop quintet (which also includes tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, the brilliant pianist Eric Reed, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Troy Davis) is heard performing six of the trumpeter's originals, plus John Coltrane's "Village Blues," with spirit and swing, although not many original ideas. Jordan was one of the youngest of the Young Lions but, even in the late 1990s, he has still plenty of unrealized potential. A good but not essential outing. ~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of the Verve Years (1950-1964) (3CD) (1997)

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Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of the Verve Years (1950-1964) (3CD) (1997)

Dizzy Gillespie - Dizzy's Diamonds: The Best of the Verve Years (1950-1964) (3CD) (1997)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 1,12 Gb | 03:43:03 | Covers
Bop, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Big Band, Bossa Nova | Label: Verve Records - 314 513 875-2

Many of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie's recordings for the Verve label in the '50s and early '60s show him at the peak of his powers. This three-CD set is a sampler of his legacy, with the discs subtitled "Big Band," "Small Groups & Guests" and "In an Afro Cuban, Bossa Nova, Calypso Groove." The programming jumps all over the place and makes little sense but this set serves as a good excuse to acquire 40 performances by the great Gillespie and the many all-stars who recorded with him. Few but the most fanatical veteran Gillespie fans will have all of these selections. This collection filled a void until Verve got around to doing a much more comprehensive Dizzy Gillespie reissue program. ~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Stan Getz - Highlights (1990) 2CDs
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 691 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 317 Mb | Scans included | 02:15:42
Swing, Cool, Bop, Hard Bop, Bossa Nova, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Verve | # 847 430-2

This two-CD sampler is most highly recommended for listeners not familiar with Stan Getz's recordings of the 1950s and '60s. Starting with a version of "Stella by Starlight" that co-stars guitarist Jimmy Raney, this set matches Getz's cool tenor with such artists as trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Conte Candoli, trombonist J.J. Johnson, baritonist Gerry Mulligan, pianists Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Chick Corea, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and vibraphonist Gary Burton. Also included are his two main bossa nova hits "Desafinado" and "The Girl from Ipanema" along with a couple of tracks from Getz's highly-rated Focus album. It's a fine overview of the great tenor's middle years.

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.

Yves Brouqui - Live at Smalls (2002)

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Yves Brouqui - Live at Smalls (2002)

Yves Brouqui - Live at Smalls (2002)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Elabeth, ELA 621040 | ~ 397 or Mb | Artwork(png) -> 13 Mb
Hard Bop, Fusion

~ Recorded live at Smalls, New York on April 6-7, 2001. ~

John Colianni - Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (1995) [Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Vol. 37]

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John Colianni - Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (1995) [Maybeck Recital Hall Series, Vol. 37]

John Colianni - Live at Maybeck Recital Hall (1995)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Concord Jazz, CCD-4643 | ~ 261 or 151 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 12 Mb
Bop, Swing

~ Recorded live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA on November 14-16, 1994. ~

The Art Farmer Quintet - Blame It On My Youth (1988) [Re-Up]

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The Art Farmer Quintet - Blame It On My Youth (1988) [Re-Up]

The Art Farmer Quintet - Blame It On My Youth (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool | Label: Contemporary/Victor | # VDJ-1172 | Time: 00:47:34

This is one of the better Art Farmer recordings of the 1980s, which is saying a great deal, for the flugelhornist is among the most consistent of all jazz musicians. The two ballads that open and close this set ("Blame It on My Youth" and "I'll Be Around") give Farmer an opportunity to display his warm and attractive sound (with fine support from pianist James Williams, bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis), while the other five pieces (Benny Carter's "Summer Serenade" and more obscure material) add the great tenor saxophonist (and so-so soprano player) Clifford Jordan to the group. It's an enjoyable and very successful outing.

Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)

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Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)

Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:48
Bop, Swing, Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Concord | # CCD-4844-2

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly heard melody but one first written in 1887, though the music will likely be familiar, even if one doesn't associate it with the well-known lyrics. The lush setting of "The Christmas Song," which likely set Mel Tormé and Bob Wells for life with royalty checks due to its many recordings, showcases the leader's valve trombone and pianist David Restivo. "My Favorite Things," originally written for The Sound of Music, has gradually been transformed into double duty as a Christmas carol; this swinging interpretation works very well. Johnny Mandel, the composer of many memorable melodies, deserves greater recognition for his gorgeous piece "A Christmas Love Song"; this arrangement deserved to help put it on the jazz map. Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass consistently delivered first-rate music throughout their existence, this holiday CD no exception.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'S Make It (1964) Japanese Remastered 2002 [Re-Up]

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'S Make It (1964) Japanese Remastered 2002 [Re-Up]

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - 'S Make It (1964) Japanese Remastered 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 253 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Limelight | # UCCM-9098 | Time: 00:35:32

This edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers is an unusual one. The personnel includes Blakey veterans Lee Morgan (returning to the band after some success as a leader), Curtis Fuller, and Victor Sproles, along with John Hicks (who appeared on three other Blakey records) and the tenor saxophonist John Gilmore (of Sun Ra fame) in his only appearance with the band. As was typical of Blakey-led groups, the emphasis is on original material by its members; the one Broadway show tune included, "Faith," is from a long since forgotten I Had a Ball. Morgan's driving blues "'S Make It" is easily the highlight of the session, though Hicks' richly voiced "Waltz for Ruth" and Fuller's Latin-flavored "Little Hughie" also deserve to be better known than they are. It's a shame that this was the only recording by this particular lineup of the Jazz Messengers, as Gilmore's strong blowing complements Morgan very well.