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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions, 1961 (1990)

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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions, 1961 (1990)

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington - The Complete Sessions, 1961 (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Swing, Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Roulette Jazz/Capitol | # CDP 593844 | 01:08:27

Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly – or indirectly – back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together. On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day.

Count Basie - Live at the Sands 1966 (Before Frank) (1998) MFSL Remastered 2013

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Count Basie - Live at the Sands 1966 (Before Frank) (1998) MFSL Remastered 2013

Count Basie - Live at the Sands (Before Frank) (1998) [MFSL Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 323 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # UDSACD 2113 | 00:53:03

Count Basie and Frank Sinatra had the perfect arrangement at the Sands. Before the Chairman hit the stage in Vegas, Count Basie and his big band warmed up the already enthusiastic crowd with a brief set of their own. A dynamite entertainer, the legendary leader causes hearts to race, hips to shake, and fingers to snap with high-energy readings of his trademark swing music, taken to feverish heights by both his first-rate orchestra and the incredibly swank setting. Fortunately, the finest of Basie and Co.’s introductory performances from the historic 1966 dates have been preserved here and serve as a seminal complement to Sinatra’s iconic Live at the Sands. Mastered from the original master tapes, our hybrid SACD version of Live at the Sands (Before Frank) gives you a dead-center, eighth-row seat at the famed Sin City club. You’ll just need to supply your own table and cocktail. Renowned for its sonic clarity, transparency, crispness, and punch, the record is now tremendously enhanced, with improved tonality, a deeper soundstage, correct balances, and lifelike presence.

Erroll Garner - The Real... Erroll Garner: The Ultimate Collection (2016) 3CDs

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Erroll Garner - The Real... Erroll Garner: The Ultimate Collection (2016) 3CDs

Erroll Garner - The Real… Erroll Garner: The Ultimate Collection (2016) 3CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 541 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 353 Mb | Scans ~ 20 Mb
Genre: Piano Jazz | Label: Sony/Columbia | # 88985305632 | Time: 02:34:37

3 CD Set, 45 essential tracks from the brilliant jazz pianist & composer. One of the most distinctive of all pianists, Erroll Garner proved that it was possible to be a sophisticated player without knowing how to read music, that a creative jazz musician can be very popular without watering down his music, and that it is possible to remain an enthusiastic player without changing one's style once it is formed. A brilliant virtuoso who sounded unlike anyone else, on medium tempo pieces, Erroll Garner often stated the beat with his left hand like a rhythm guitar while his right played chords slightly behind the beat, creating a memorable effect. His playful free-form introductions (which forced his sidemen to really listen), his ability to play stunning runs without once glancing at the keyboard, his grunting, and the pure joy that he displayed while performing were also part of the Erroll Garner magic.

Erroll Garner - The Man I Love (2011) 3 CD Set

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Erroll Garner - The Man I Love (2011) 3 CD Set

Erroll Garner - The Man I Love (2011) 3 CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 828 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 468 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Genre: Piano Jazz, Bop, Swing | Label: Le Chant du Monde | # 374 2167.69 | Time: 03:25:01

Erroll Louis Garner (1923-1977) was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. His best-known composition, the ballad "Misty", has become a jazz standard. Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls him "one of the most distinctive of all pianists" and a "brilliant virtuoso".

Erroll Garner - The Complete Concert By The Sea (1955) 60th Anniversary 3 CD Box Set 2015

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Erroll Garner - The Complete Concert By The Sea (1955) 60th Anniversary 3 CD Box Set 2015

Erroll Garner - The Complete Concert By The Sea (1955) 60th Anniversary 3 CD Box Set 2015
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 426 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 362 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Label: Columbia/Legacy | # 88875120842 | Time: 02:38:53
Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz, Swing, Bop, Cool

Iconic Jazz artist Erroll Garner's greatest concert album and one of the best selling jazz albums of all time, The Complete Concert By The Sea celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the original concert from September 19, 1955. The complete live concert recording newly uncovered by the Erroll Garner Jazz Project and digitally remastered in its entirety after six decades is produced by Guggenheim Award-winning jazz pianist and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Pittsburgh Geri Allen and 4-time GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steve Rosenthal. The 3-CD box set contains the complete live Concert By The Sea including 11 previously unreleased tracks, the original edited Columbia release from 1956 and bonus material including announcer Jimmy Lyons and interviews with the Erroll Garner trio: Denzil DaCosta Best, Eddie Calhoun, and Garner himself, recorded directly after the concert.

Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992) with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

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Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992) with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992)
with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Bop | Label: Giants Of Jazz | # CD 53137 | Time: 01:08:20

In a three-year period, Stan Getz played with bands featuring either pianist Duke Jordan or a young Horace Silver. This is the boppin' Getz on tenor, playing standards fervently. There are two Gigi Gryce originals, the Getz original "Hershey Bar," and Silver's "Penny" among the 24 tracks. This is a decent introduction to the pre-bossa nova player the world would later know.

Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs

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Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs

Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 727 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 312 Mb | Scans included
Label: Pacific Jazz | # 7243 8 35634 2 5 | Time: 02:04:54
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

One of the most infamously acrimonious musical unions transpired between two of the leading purveyors of West Coast cool jazz: Chet Baker (trumpet) and Stan Getz (tenor sax). Their paths crossed only a handful of times and West Coast Live captures two of their earliest encounters in Los Angeles at the Haig on June 12, 1953, and the Tiffany Club on August 17, 1953. These recordings have been issued in Europe and Japan ad infinitum in varying degrees of quality, completeness, and often sporting erroneous data. However, enthusiasts should note that West Coast Live is the only release derived from producer/engineer Dick Bock's own master reels. For two men who purportedly would rather not be in the same room at the same time, Baker and Getz are able to create some legitimately brilliant improvisation. For the Haig set, Getz had been brought in to co-lead a quartet with Baker for an incarcerated Gerry Mulligan.

Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

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Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1961) [Remastered 2011]
Mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech Mastering
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 453 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Artwork included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions, Blue Note | # CBNJ 84098 SA | 00:50:45

Blue & Sentimental is an album by American saxophonist Ike Quebec recorded in 1961 and released on the Blue Note label. The album features a sparse quartet of Quebec (occasionally doubling on piano), guitarist Grant Green, and a rhythm section of Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The album features some rare rhythm guitar accompaniment by Green, who was more typically a soloist. The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and calling it "a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads… a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece".

Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane (2005) 4CD Box Set

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Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane (2005) 4CD Box Set

Miles Davis Featuring John Coltrane (2005) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Scans ~ 77 Mb | Time: 03:28:42
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool, Modal Jazz | Label: Documents/Membran | # 223215-354

4 CD Set, 32 tracks, 36-page booklet. Documentation in German, English, French, Spanish and Italian. Ice and fire they were: a two-horned paradox. Offstage, one was quiet, pensive, self-critical to a fault, practising obsessively. The other was cocksure, demanding; running with friends rather than running scales. But on the bandstand and on record, they reversed roles. John Coltrane, with saxophone in hand, became the unbridled one: long-winded, garrulous. When Miles Davis raised his trumpet, he played the sensitive introvert, blowing brief, hushed tones, exuding vulnerability. Their names now command reverence, and rarely induce less than eulogy. The music they created together during an almost five-year union still resonates, entrances, influences and sells, sells, sells.

Doris Day - The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown (1998) 2CDs

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Doris Day - The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown (1998) 2CDs

Doris Day - The Complete Doris Day With Les Brown (1998) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 470 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 313 Mb | Scans included
Label: Collectors' Choice Music | # CCM-029-2 | Time: 02:12:22
Genre: Big Band, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop

Forty-two songs cut between November 1940 and August 1946, and the perfect companion to Bear Family's It's Magic box set – anyone who's been even tempted to own that will have to get this more modestly priced precursor to that material. Day's period singing with Les Brown is, today, regarded with a degree of love and affection reserved for Ella Fitzgerald's era with Chick Webb, or Frank Sinatra's work with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Yet Sony Music's own releases devoted to Doris Day and Les Brown spread the music around to several different CDs, and suffered from sound that, today, seems substandard. These newly remastered tracks, offered in chronological order, including one previously unissued song ("Are You Still in Love with Me"), not only display a far richer, warmer sound, but have been presented with the kind of care that is normally reserved for the best parts of a label's catalog – which these sides definitely are. Day's voice during this period (she was 16 when she cut her first sides with Brown) was an astonishingly expressive instrument.

Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010]

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Jackie McLean - New Soil (1959) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010]

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) ~ 109 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."

Duke Jordan - Trio and Quintet (1955) Japanese Reissue 2010

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Duke Jordan - Trio and Quintet (1955) Japanese Reissue 2010

Duke Jordan - Trio and Quintet (1955) Japanese Reissue 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 138 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Label: Savoy/Columbia | # COCB-53957 | Time: 00:44:31

Duke Jordan Trio and Quintet is an album by American pianist Duke Jordan recorded in 1955 and first released on released on Don Schlitten's Signal label before being acquired by the Savoy label.

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

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Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 834 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 751 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: ESP Disk | # ESP 4039 | Time: 05:28:24

These rare treasures take you all across Billie's career-from '35, the year she debuted at the Apollo and first charted, to '59, the year she died. The stunning early performances include a 20-year-old Billie with Ellington in '35 and a 1937 radio broadcast from the Savoy Hotel in NY with the Basie Orchestra; you'll also hear rare rehearsal tapes, her Monterey '58 performance, songs on The Eddie Condon Show, The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show, an impromptu recording of Billie and friends singing My Yiddish Mamma, and more with Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and more! Includes 129 tracks: Swing Brother Swing; Fine and Mellow; I'll Get By; Billie's Blues; All of Me; Lover Man; Them There Eyes; You're My Thrill; I Cover the Waterfront; Porgy; Tenderly; God Bless the Child; My Man; Moanin' Low; Ghost of a Chance, and more.

Ike Quebec - A Proper Introduction to Ike Quebec: Blue Harlem (2004)

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Ike Quebec - A Proper Introduction to Ike Quebec: Blue Harlem (2004)

Ike Quebec - A Proper Introduction to Ike Quebec: Blue Harlem (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 334 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 210 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Swing | Label: Proper | # INTRO CD 2004 | Time: 01:18:33

Influenced by Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster but definitely his own person, Ike Quebec was one of the finest swing-oriented tenor saxmen of the 1940s and '50s. Though maybe not as innovative as some of his peers, Quebec had a big, breathy sound that was distinctive and made him a cornerstone of many a recording session. This 22 track compilation traces his career from 1944 to '46.

Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)

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Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)

Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey - Bop Fathers Completed (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 222 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Studio Songs | # YZSO-10045 | Time: 01:09:41

'Bop Fathers' is a live album of an Paris concert by Art Blakey (drums), Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Al McKibbon (bass), Thelonious Monk (piano), Sonny Stitt (alto & tenor sax) and Kai Winding (trombone), who were collectively billed as The Giants of Jazz. Recorded live at Paris, 1971.