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Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957) [Re-Up]

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957) [Re-Up]

Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Reunion With Chet Baker (1957)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 403 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:08:10
Cool, Mainstream Jazz, West Coast | Label: EMI-Manhattan | # CDP 7 46857 2

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker. Mulligan and Baker had very few reunions after 1953 but this particular CD from 1957 is an exception. Although not quite possessing the magic of the earlier group, the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special. With expert backup by bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Dave Bailey, these 13 selections (plus two new alternate takes) should please fans of both Mulligan and Baker.

Bob Brookmeyer - Four Classic Albums (2012) [4LP on 2CD]

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Bob Brookmeyer - Four Classic Albums (2012) [4LP on 2CD]

Bob Brookmeyer - Four Classic Albums (2012) [4LP on 2CD]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 786 Mb | Scans ~ 30 Mb | Time: 02:38:10
Cool, Mainstream Jazz, West Coast | Label: Avid Jazz | # AMSC1054

This 2-CD set presents the legendary valve trombonist acting as co-leader with Zoot Sims on the January 1956 album "Tonite's Music Today" and as leader of three separate studio groups on the self-titled "Brookmeyer" from October of the same year. He's leader of the BB Quartet on "The Blues - Hot and Cold" from June 1960, and finally shares leadership on "Stan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer" from September 1961.

Stan Getz - Soul Eyes (1997) Live 1989 [Re-Up]

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Stan Getz - Soul Eyes (1997) Live 1989 [Re-Up]

Stan Getz - Soul Eyes (1997) Live 1989
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:04:40
Cool, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Jazz | # CCD-4783-2

Stan Getz was such a consistent performer and had such a beautiful tone that nearly all of his recordings are well worth getting. The two radio appearances heard on this 1997 CD are even on a higher level than normal. Joined by pianist Kenny Barron, either Ray Drummond or Yashuito Mori on bass, and drummer Ben Riley, Getz is heard at the peak of his powers on a pair of obscurities (Kenny Barron's "Feijada" and Gigi Gryce's "Stan's Blues") and six numbers (including "Voyage," "Blood Count" and "Warm Valley") that he recorded numerous times. To hear Getz adding even more beauty to Mal Waldron's already gorgeous "Soul Eyes" is a memorable experience.

VA - Venus Jazz Wine Bar: Amazing Jazz & Tasty Wine (2013) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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VA - Venus Jazz Wine Bar: Amazing Jazz & Tasty Wine (2013) 2CDs [Re-Up]

VA - Venus Jazz Wine Bar: Amazing Jazz & Tasty Wine (2013) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 863 Mb | Scans ~ 49 Mb
Label: Venus | # VHCD-1108 | Time: 02:17:59
Jazz, Lounge, Bop, Cool, Mainstream Jazz, Vocal Jazz

A nice compilation of jazz lounge, to spend the evening with a glass of fine wine. Eddie Higgins, Steve Kuhn, Ted Rosenthal, Nicki Parrott, Enrico Rava, Eddie Alen, Phil Woods, and more, and more…

VA - Village Vanguard Live Sessions, Vol. 1-3 (1997) 3CD Set

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VA - Village Vanguard Live Sessions, Vol. 1-3 (1997) 3CD Set

VA - Village Vanguard Live Sessions, Vol. 1-3 (1997) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.12 Gb | Scans ~ 39 Mb
Label: Delta/LaserLight | # 55 605 | Time: 03:20:05
Bop, Cool, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, West Coast Jazz

Back in the late 1960s, Solid State put out four LPs in their series Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon. The five titles with Dizzy Gillespie have been more recently reissued on a two-CD Blue Note set titled Live at the Village Vanguard. Laserlight improves upon the packaging by including two additional titles (from Vol. 3) on their first two CDs; unfortunately, the two lengthy songs ("Satin Doll" and "Straight No Chaser") from a Harry "Sweets" Edison date that comprised Vol. 4 remain out of print. The first disc of this three-CD set has a very interesting, if sometimes erratic date matching Gillespie with violinist Ray Nance (sometimes replaced by trombonist Garnett Brown), baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Chick Corea, bassist Richard Davis, and either Mel Lewis or Elvin Jones on drums. Nance's violin playing is adventurous and eccentric, and there are some loose moments, but Dizzy holds the music together and Pepper Adams is in top form.

Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Chet Baker & Stan Getz - West Coast Live (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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.

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 Stan Gets, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Muligan, Thelonius 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…

Jim Hall - ...Where Would I Be? (1971) Remastered Reissue

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Jim Hall - ...Where Would I Be? (1971) Remastered Reissue

Jim Hall - …Where Would I Be? (1971) Remastered Reissue
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 199 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Label: Milestone/Original Jazz Classics | # OJCCD-649-2 (M-9037)
Cool, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | Time: 00:39:44

Although the rhythm section was more "modern" than he usually used (keyboardist Benny Aronov, bassist Malcolm Cecil, and Airto Moreira on drums and percussion), guitarist Jim Hall (who always had a harmonically advanced style anyway) has little difficulty adapting to the fresh setting. Highlights of the well-rounded CD reissue include Hall's "Simple Samba," "Baubles, Bangles and Beads," an unaccompanied "I Should Care," and Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz".

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say (1959) Remastered 1994

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The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say (1959) Remastered 1994

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say (1959) Remastered 1994
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included | 00:41:11
Cool, Bop, West Coast Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Columbia/Sony/Legacy | # 475699 2

The last of the pianoless quartet albums that Gerry Mulligan recorded in the 1950s is one of the best, featuring the complementary trumpet of Art Farmer, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Dave Bailey along with the baritonist/leader. This recording is a little skimpy on playing time but makes every moment count. Virtually every selection is memorable, with "What Is There to Say," "Just in Time," "Festive Minor," "My Funny Valentine," and "Utter Chaos" being the high points. Highly recommended both to Mulligan collectors and to jazz listeners who are just discovering the great baritonist.

Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue

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Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue

Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Label: ZYX music, Original Jazz Classics | # OJC20 370-2 (JLP-18) | Time: 00:42:42
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Trumpet Jazz

During his extended "stay" in Europe circa the late '50s and early '60s, Chet Baker produced half a dozen albums for the Riverside Records subsidiary label Jazzland. On Chet Baker in Milan – the first of his overseas sides – Baker revisits the familiar stomping grounds of West Coast cool, even though he is the only American in the band. The basic quartet includes Chet Baker (trumpet), Renato Sellani (piano), Franco Serri (bass), and Gene Victory (drums). However, on a majority of the cuts, that unit is upgraded to a sextet with sax players Glauco Masetti (alto) and Gianno Basso (tenor). According to Peter Drew's brief liner notes essay, these Italian players were found by a local record label and arrangements were essentially retrofitted to suit Baker.

Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (1964) Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (1964) Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (1964) Reissue 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
Label: Roulette Jazz/EMI | # 7243 5 81829 2 7 | Time: 00:43:25
West Coast Jazz, Cool, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz

The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 was the first album trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker recorded upon returning to the United States in 1964. Jazz had undergone a radical development post-1963 with artists such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter beginning to focus on complex harmonic explorations over pretty melody. Having spent the prior three years in Europe, falling deeper into heroin addiction, Baker found himself a pleasant, if somewhat forgotten, anachronism of the previous decade. Consequently, the icon of '50s cool attempted to reinvigorate his career and showcase his musical growth by enlisting the sensitive piano chops of Hal Galper and old collaborator tenor saxophonist Phil Urso. The new sideman, combined with a heavy dose of Tadd Dameron's compositions, gave Baker a more muscular edge that rubbed nicely with his trademark lyricism updating his sound for the hard bop '60s – a decade that would end, however, with Baker losing his teeth and falling into obscurity.

Bob Dorough - Devil May Care (1956) Remastered Reissue 2000

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Bob Dorough - Devil May Care (1956) Remastered Reissue 2000

Bob Dorough - Devil May Care (1956) Remastered Reissue 2000
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 139 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Cool | Label: Bethlehem/Avenue Jazz | # R2 75994 | Time: 00:48:06

This 1956 recording was Bob Dorough's debut, an introduction to one of the most unusual talents in jazz. He's a gifted songwriter and a fine pianist, but most of all, he's a unique lyricist and singer, rattling off hyperkinetic vocalese in an almost chirping, high-pitched voice that somehow retains hints of an Arkansas drawl and a conversational intimacy. He's as distinctive on Hoagy Carmichael's beautiful "Baltimore Oriole" as he is on the bop fanfares like Dizzy Gillespie's "Ow!" and Charlie Parker's "Yardbird Suite," with his own memorable lyrics. His boppish piano playing–with all the virtues of crisp articulation and an acute sense of time–is an oddly conventional complement to the vocals, and there are good contributions by Warren Fitzgerald on trumpet and Jack Hitchcock on vibes. Devil May Care's title tune has recently received fine covers by more conventional singers like Diana Krall and Claire Martin, but it's much more distinctive here. While Dorough has influenced generations of jazz singers, from Mose Allison to Kurt Elling, there's nothing quite like the original.

Art Farmer - Homecoming (1971) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1998 [Re-Up]

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Art Farmer - Homecoming (1971) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1998 [Re-Up]

Art Farmer - Homecoming (1971) Japanese Remastered Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Cool | Label: Sony/Mainstream Records | # SRCS 9397 | 00:32:36

This Art Farmer studio session from 1971 has a slight contemporary flavor to it, due to the addition of conga player James "Mtume" Forman and percussionist Warren Smith, Jr. to a core group of collaborators including Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins. Unfortunately, the additional percussionists are too prominent in the mix, greatly distracting from the driving arrangements of Farmer's "Homecoming" and Kenny Dorham's "Blue Bossa" as well as a peppy bossa nova, "Cascavelo." Far better are the quintet tracks, including the laid-back and mellow interpretation of Leonard Bernstein's ballad "Some Other Time," featuring the leader's matchless flügelhorn and Heath's soprano sax, and an upbeat chart of "Here's That Rainy Day." Another annoying problem is the seemingly out of tune piano, though Walton makes the best of a bad instrument. Not an essential album in the vast Farmer discography, but worth acquiring if found at a reasonable price, though it will be difficult.

Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007) [Re-Up]

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Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007) [Re-Up]

Charlie Haden - The Best Of Quartet West (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 404 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans ~ 55 Mb
Cool, Vocal Jazz, Standarts | Label: Verve | # 530 210-7 | Time: 01:18:14

It would seem a strange thing compiling the work of Charlie Haden's decade-long Quartet West Group onto a single disc. The reason isn't that they recorded so much material, but more because the material was themed record by record. Yet that is exactly why a compilation like this does work, because this group played music utilizing different aspects of the same theme: to evoke the spirits, ghosts and sprites of a Los Angeles that has moved off the screen of real life into the stuff of myth. That Haden and his group, which included drummer Larance Marable (who replaced Billy Higgins after the group's first, self-titled album in 1986), saxophonist Ernie Watts, and pianist Alan Broadbent could make it all sound so present and real, gives the impression that there was truth in the images. This is not only from a West Coast point of view (though there it is imbued more with the striking visual reveries to accompany the tunes) but also in the popular culture mythos in the collective American mind.

Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca - The Brothers! (1955/1997) {Remastered}

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Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca - The Brothers! (1955/1997) {Remastered}

Al Cohn, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca - The Brothers! (1955/1997) {Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 122.48 Mb | 38:46 | Covers
Cool | Label: BMG France - 74321477922

Lester Young's influence on younger tenor players was at its height in the early-to-mid-'50s. This enjoyable session matches together the three tenors of Al Cohn, Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca but good luck telling them apart! Backed by pianist Hank Jones, either Barry Galbraith or Jimmy Raney (who used the pseudonym on this date of Sam Beethoven) on guitar, bassist John Beal and drummer Chuck Flores, the tenors play concise versions of originals by Cohn, Perkins, Nat Pierce, Bill Potts and Bob Brookmeyer in addition to the lone standard "Blue Skies." The music is fun and swinging if not all that original or distinctive. [The disc was issued by Mosaic in 2006 with the addition of four bonus tracks.] ~ AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow