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June Christy - June Christy Sings The Standards (2002)

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June Christy - June Christy Sings The Standards (2002)

June Christy - June Christy Sings The Standards (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Vocal Pop, Cool | Label: EMI | # 7243 539399 2 2 | 01:05:53

This solid collection may strike June Christy fans as a little ironic because rather than stock her albums with standards the way that most of her peers did, the West Coast jazz vocalist was known for unearthing new and obscure songs. It's not that Christy neglected standards (in fact she recorded dozens of them over her 12-year run with Capitol Records), it's just that one gets the feeling that when she sang something like "I'm Glad There Is You" it was because she had something fresh or unique to bring to it. And she does put her own personal and idiosyncratic stamp on 20 of the songs here while two tunes haven't been recorded enough to become standards (the undeservedly obscure "Cry Like the Wind" and the swing-era novelty "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon"). So, when you add the song selection to the fact that this disc features the vocalist in orchestral, small-group jazz and big-band settings, the disc not only offers a much more complete portrait of the artist than the title suggests, but this is also one of the strongest entries in EMI's Sings the Standards series.

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.

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.

John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)

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John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)

John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop | Label: Chesky | # SACD318 | Time: 01:01:44

John Hicks is heard with his working trio on what is likely his final recording, made two months to the day prior to his unexpected death. With bassist Buster Williams and drummer Louis Hayes, also seasoned veterans and bandleaders themselves, the set list for this well-recorded studio session is a hard bop lover's feast, drawing from both familiar and less frequently heard repertoire. Hicks throws quite a few curves into Gigi Gryce's "Minority" by tossing in a few vamps then getting right to business with improvising rather than bothering to offer a chorus of its theme, with Williams' fleet bassline and Hayes' brushwork powering him in full flight. The leader's sole original is a salute to Cedar Walton, an upbeat piece called "As Birds Fly (Walton's Mountain)" in which the musicians easily scale its heights. The bassist contributed two originals, including the lush, somewhat moody "Strivers Jewels" and the delicate tribute to his then-young niece "Christina." Hayes is an asset throughout the recording, particularly standing out in the powerful interpretation of Dexter Gordon's "Cheesecake".

Charles Mingus - The Clown (1957) Deluxe Editon, Expanded Remastered Reissue 1999

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Charles Mingus - The Clown (1957) Deluxe Editon, Expanded Remastered Reissue 1999

Charles Mingus - The Clown (1957)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Rhino Records | # R2 75590 | Time: 00:56:50

The Clown was Charles Mingus' second masterpiece in a row, upping the already intense emotional commitment of Pithecanthropus Erectus and burning with righteous anger and frustration. With Pithecanthropus, Mingus displayed a gift for airtight, focused arrangements that nonetheless allowed his players great freedom to add to the established mood of each piece. The Clown refines and heightens that gift; instead of just writing heads that provide launch points for solos, Mingus tries to evoke something specific with every piece, and even his most impressionistic forays have a strong storytelling quality.

Ben Webster - Three Classic Albums Plus (2011) 2CD

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Ben Webster - Three Classic Albums Plus (2011) 2CD

Ben Webster - Three Classic Albums Plus (2011) 2CD
'Blue Saxophones', 'Soulville', 'The Soul Of Ben Webster', selections from 'Sophisticated Lady'

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 847 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb | 02:36:41
Hard Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Swing | Label: Avid Jazz | # AMSC 1038

AVID Jazz here presents three classic Ben Webster albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Blue Saxophones'… Take the Oscar Peterson Trio with Alvin Stoller on drums, add two of the greatest tenor saxophonists who ever lived, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster and voila… you have Blue Saxophones! Two masters together in 1957, one (Hawkins) a huge influence on the other (Webster), but now, both very much their own men. As the final paragraph of Charles Fox's liner notes attests 'This is tenor playing in the grandest of manners, unashamedly romantic, even sensuous, with both musicians constructing their solos firmly and audaciously'. 'Soulville'… Ben is once again joined by the Oscar Peterson Trio for another 1957 date. This time sitting in on drums is Stan Levey, in Bens own words 'he's improved since I heard him on the Street years ago.' Ben of course is a huge fan of Peterson…..'the guy can play a lot as a soloist but when it comes time for you to play a solo, he plays for you'. 'The Soul Of Ben Webster'… Here we find Ben joined by fellow tenor man Harold Ashby alongside among others Art Farmer on trumpet and Jimmy Jones on piano in a 1958 blowing date.

John Barry - Hammett: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982) Limited Edition 2000

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John Barry - Hammett: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982) Limited Edition 2000

John Barry - Hammett: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982/2000)
EAC | FLAC (Image) + cue.+log ~ 262 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Soundtrack, Score, Jazz | Label: Prometheus | # PCR 506 | Time: 00:43:37

Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Hammett is the fictional story about a time in real-life writer Dashiell Hammett's ("The Maltese Falcoln") life. Directed by Wim Wenders, the 1920's era noir mystery contained an equally noir score by veteran composer John Barry. Fresh off of Body Heat and Somewhere in Time, Barry had no problem writing the jazzy score, which contains an interesting combination of slinky jazz numbers and ethnic Chinese cues. Beginning with the "Main Titles", which is performed by a single piano and clarinet, Barry immediately draws the listener in to this dark seductive world. The theme is simple and elegant, yet has an underlying sensuality about it. That sensuality is never fully realized in full orchestral form - except for a small moment in "The Wrap Up / Finale" - but it's still a very enjoyable theme.

Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]

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Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]

Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:40:16
Bop, Cool, Guitar Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # MFCD 833

The slightly unusual date Two Jims and a Zoot features tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims interacting with two guitarists (Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall) while given subtle support by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. Although the eight selections (none of which caught on as standards) had all been written recently and sometimes display the influence of bossa nova, the quiet performances could pass for 1954 rather than 1964. The cool-toned improvisations and boppish playing have a timeless quality about them although for the time period aspects of this music already sounded a bit old-fashioned.

Stanley Turrentine - Six Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Box Set

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Stanley Turrentine - Six Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Box Set

Stanley Turrentine - Six Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.32 Gb | Covers ~ 15 Mb | 03:58:33
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Real Gone Jazz | # RGJCD337

This collection provides a great value, especially if you total up the costs of each album separately. There are a few issues of which you should be aware. Sound quality is acceptable, but not spectacular. Audiophiles will hate these discs, but I assure you that they are listenable. More importantly, these are not cheesy 'needle drop' transfers from scratchy LPs. Plus these are from albums recorded in the late 1950s/early 1960s during an era when recording technology was rapidly improving. If you compare these to some of the albums to which I've linked below you will see that the ones in this collection do not have bonus tracks. In all cases you are getting tracks that were released on the original album. The six albums span four discs.

Art Farmer - Maiden Voyage (1983) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2005

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Art Farmer - Maiden Voyage (1983) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2005

Art Farmer - Maiden Voyage (1983) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 254 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool | Label: Interface/Columbia/Jroom Jazz | # COCB-53476 | 00:43:36

This lesser-known set, released by several Japanese labels including a 1991 CD issue by Denon, features flugelhornist Art Farmer with pianist Masahiko Satoh (doubling on electric piano), bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette and a 14-piece string section arranged and conducted by Satoh. Despite its initial release in Japan, the music was actually recorded in New York City. Farmer is in excellent form on the seven modern jazz originals, most of which are given fresh treatments. The arrangements are fine, and Farmer is up to the task of carrying the main load on such songs as "Nica's Dream," "Blue In Green," "Maiden Voyage" and "Naima".

VA - Then... Chill Jazz (2010) 4CD Box Set

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VA - Then... Chill Jazz (2010) 4CD Box Set

VA - Then… Chill Jazz (2010) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 761 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 559 Mb
Label: AP Music Ltd. | # AUPCD 125 | Time: 04:04:20 | Scans ~ 36 Mb
Cool, Bop, Vocal Jazz, Mainstream Jazz

4CD Box Set. 72 tracks featuring Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Claude Thornhill, Nat King Cole, Charles Mingus, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt, Julie London, Art Pepper and many, many more…

VA - Pink Champagne (2003) 2CDs

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VA - Pink Champagne (2003) 2CDs

VA - Pink Champagne (2003) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 735 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 324 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Show Tunes | Label: EMI | # 7243 595428 2 9 | 02:11:35

Exclusive 32-track collection from EMI features the perfect soundtrack to your cocktail party! Highlights include, Cassandra Wilson 'Time After Time', Peggy Lee 'I Left My Heart In San Francicso', Minnie Riperton featuring Jose Feliciano 'Light My Fire', Charlie Hunter and Norah Jones 'More than This', Julie London 'Fly Me to the Moon', Cilla Black 'Alfie', Eva Cassidy 'Yesterday', Nina Simone 'Wild is the Wind' and other tracks from Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Nancy Wilson and many more.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 763 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Standards | Label: Music Brokers | # MBB7220 | Time: 05:33:19

The voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are among the most personal and beautiful that the history of music has given us, transcending eras, genres and languages. In this wonderful 6-CD box we can find the legacy of this immortal duet including all their key tracks and also some rarities that connoisseurs will surely appreciate. With remastered sound and beautiful cover art, The Complete Anthology is the definitive album of Ella & Louis, which should be on every music collection.

Billy Eckstine - Prisoner of Love: The Romantic Billy Eckstine (2006)

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Billy Eckstine - Prisoner of Love: The Romantic Billy Eckstine (2006)

Billy Eckstine - Prisoner of Love: The Romantic Billy Eckstine (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 153 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 113 Mb | Scans included | 00:44:11
Vocal Jazz, Big Band, Vocal Pop, Standards | Label: Savoy Jazz | # SVY 17607

This 15-track set puts together some amazing performances by Billy Eckstine's band from the early '40s when he was leading one of the more intense, smoking bands on the scene. Some of his players during these years included Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, and Kenny Dorham, just to name a few. The Eckstine band was sophisticated, jumping, and they swung like mad no matter the tune. Here, of course, the emphasis is on Eckstine's vocals, his smooth as silk baritone that could sing a ballad like Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady," or a deep swinging blues by Doc Pomus ("She Got the Blues for Sale"). There's scat, solid jazz balladry, and jumping, tough-hitting blues here. Highly recommended.

Anita O'Day - Anita O'Day 1956-1962 (1993)

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Anita O'Day - Anita O'Day 1956-1962 (1993)

Anita O'Day - Anita O'Day 1956-1962 (1993)
with Marty Paich, Billy May, Russ Garcia, Buddy Bregman, and Their Orchestras

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 364 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Big Band | Label: Giants Of Jazz | # CD 53145 | 01:02:48

In 1993 the Giants of Jazz label released a collection drawing upon seven different Verve albums by Anita O'Day (1919-2006), a skilled and at times somewhat formidable vocalist who had the kind of chops and temperament usually associated with trumpeters, drummers, and booking agents. Recorded in early December 1955, "Honeysuckle Rose" first appeared on the album This Is Anita; technically speaking, this track falls outside of this collection's stated timeframe of 1956-1962. "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Don't Be That Way" come from Pick Yourself Up, an LP that took almost all of 1956 to create. "Star Eyes" as well as tracks one through seven were taken from Anita O'Day Sings the Winners, a 1958 release that found her backed by a somewhat slick orchestra under the direction of Russ Garcia. Anita O'Day seems to have spent a lot of time in the recording studios during April 1959; during that month she made a Cole Porter album with Billy May (cuts 13 through 21) and collaborated with Jimmy Giuffre on the Cool Heat album, from which "Hershey Bar" was extracted. During 1962 this stunning woman made an LP with Gene Harris and the Three Sounds (see track eight "Whisper Not") and teamed up with vibraphonist Cal Tjader on the marvelous Time for Two album, the source for her rendition of Dave Frishberg's pleasantly smutty opus, "Peel Me a Grape."