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Herb Alpert - Over The Rainbow (2019)

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Herb Alpert - Over The Rainbow (2019)

Herb Alpert - Over The Rainbow (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 243 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 101 Mb
Scans Included | 00:40:55 | RAR 5% Recovery
Contemporary Jazz / Jazz-Pop / Crossover Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Easy Listening
Herb Alpert Presents #HRB 207

Pop trumpet icon Herb Alpert returned to regular activity after an extended hiatus with 2009's Anything Goes. Since then, he has averaged an album a year, even picking up his eighth Grammy award for 2013's Steppin' Out and a Grammy nomination for 2016's Human Nature. 2019's warmly produced Over the Rainbow keeps this latter-career streak moving as Alpert offers another set of beloved pop standards reworked in his distinctive contemporary style. Once again joining Alpert is Grammy-winning producer Jochem van der Saag, who previously helmed the trumpeter's 2017 album, Music, Vol. 1, and 2018 effort Music, Vol. 3: Herb Alpert Reimagines the Tijuana Brass. As with those productions, Over the Rainbow finds Alpert putting his bright instrumental stamp on some of his favorite songs.

Wes Montgomery - Down Here On The Ground (1968) [Reissue 1989]

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Wes Montgomery - Down Here On The Ground (1968) [Reissue 1989]

Wes Montgomery - Down Here On The Ground (1968) [Reissue 1989]
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 165 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 75 MB | Covers - 18 MB
Genre: Jazz, Crossover Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: A&M Records (396 994-2)

Wes Montgomery acceded to the whims of producer Creed Taylor for this, one of the very first CTI productions that would, over the next decade, popularize jazz with string backdrops or rhythm & blues beats. Much to either the delight or chagrin of urban or traditional jazz fans, the music changed, and Montgomery was in the middle, though his delightful playing was essentially unchanged. On the plus side, the legendary guitarist was allowed to collaborate with great musicians like bassist Ron Carter, pianist Herbie Hancock, flutist Hubert Laws, and percussionist Ray Barretto. While the small orchestral trappings never dominate this session, the seeds for a more grandiose style of music had been planted with the release of this date in 1968…

The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 (1972) Remastered Reissue 2006

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The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 (1972) Remastered Reissue 2006

The Crusaders - Crusaders 1 (1972) Remastered Reissue 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Thumb | # BTS 6001, 0602517040663 | Time: 01:17:41
Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Soul Jazz, Crossover Jazz

In 1971, the Jazz Crusaders reinvented themselves for the first time. First they dropped the word "jazz" from their moniker, and secondly they wholeheartedly embraced electric bass and guitars in their mix. Their new "debut" is a wonder of jazz-funk as a natural evolution out of hard bop and soul-jazz. While the wonderful horn interplay between saxophonist Wilton Felder and trombonist Wayne Henderson is still everywhere evident, the badass, beat-driven rhythm section has Joe Sample playing funky Rhodes piano against Chuck Rainey's basslines and an orgy of guitars – led by Larry Carlton's brilliant lead work. These are all anchored by Stix Hooper's never out-of-the-pocket, popping kit work. Certainly other acts had used the same instrumentation, but the sheer sophistication in the Crusaders compositions and charts combined with their dedication to grooved-out accessibility – and Stewart Levine's magnificent production – made them a singular entity even in the up-and-coming jazz-rock fusion scene.

Lee Ritenour - Collection (1991)

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Lee Ritenour - Collection (1991)

Lee Ritenour - Collection (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 406 Mb | Scans included | 01:06:55
Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Guitar Jazz | Label: GRP | # GRD-9645

GRP's generally well-chosen 1991 Collection covers an entire decade of Lee Ritenour releases from Elektra and GRP. As such, those years seem to form a late-'70s plateau descending into a commercial valley by the early part of the '80s and then gradually ascending a slope as Rit's playing grows and deepens in the decade's final years. Some of the high points are the Latin-inflected numbers from Festival ("Latin Lover") and Portrait ("Asa") and two excellent straight-ahead excerpts from Stolen Moments ("24th Street Blues," "Waltz for Carmen"), the latter two with lots of Wes Montgomery-like octave work. And even "Is It You?," Ritenour's pop hit from 1981, comes off as a good, catchy piece of record-making. Recommended for those who only want a sample of Lee Ritenour's voluminous solo output.

Bob James & Nathan East - The New Cool (2015) Japanese Edition

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Bob James & Nathan East - The New Cool (2015) Japanese Edition

Bob James & Nathan East - The New Cool (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 161 Mb
Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Yamaha | # YCCW-10264 | Time: 00:56:41

After 25 years of collaboration, Bob James and Nathan East are set to release their debut duo album The New Cool in September on Yamaha Entertainment Group. The New Cool marks new territory for legendary jazz pianist Bob James and bassist Nathan East, who’ve spent decades playing together in contemporary jazz quartet Fourplay but never before as an official duo. “The more I played with Nathan over the course of many live performances and spanning more than 20 years, the more in sync we were whether or not we had the anchor of the drums,” says James. “Something special happens when we only have each other’s notes to play off of, when the music is totally exposed.” Recorded entirely in Nashville, Tennessee, the album is a collection of original material contributed by both James and East, along with a small selection of standards. The duo’s musicianship is laid bare in a soulful reimagining of Irving Berlin’s “How Deep is the Ocean,” while the pair is joined by strings and woodwinds for a surprising take on Willie Nelson’s classic country hit 'Crazy'.

Gerald Albright - The Very Best Of Gerald Albright (2001)

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Gerald Albright - The Very Best Of Gerald Albright (2001)

Gerald Albright - The Very Best Of Gerald Albright (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 456 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, R&B | Label: Atlantic | # 83460-2 | Time: 01:04:44

The first five chronologically sequenced tracks of this compilation mirror the rise of the smooth-jazz radio phenomenon. "So Amazing," "Bermuda Nights," "In the Mood," "My, My, My," and "Anniversary" are all still staples of the format. Released between 1987 and 1990, all (except the second one) are covers of popular R&B tunes, and they still sound fresh. These songs alone make this an excellent collection for smooth-jazz fans. Starting with his fifth album, Live at Birdland West, the exciting tenor saxophonist became a little more adventurous, often completely crossing that broad line that separates smooth jazz from contemporary electric jazz. Two duets–one with Lee Ritenour, "G & Lee," and "Boss of Nova," with Joe Sample–are two examples of his playing that sets Albright apart from most saxophonists who are tagged with the smooth-jazz label. Serious Albright fans may not appreciate the absence of his popular duets with his frequent partner, vocalist Will Downing, but that aside, this is a worthy summation of Albright's successful tenure at Atlantic Records.

Eric Tagg - Dream Walkin' (1982) Japanese Remastered Expanded Reissue 2015

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Eric Tagg - Dream Walkin' (1982) Japanese Remastered Expanded Reissue 2015

Eric Tagg - Dream Walkin' (1982) Japanese Remastered Expanded Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Soft Rock, Crossover Jazz | Label: Pony Canyon | # PCCY-50073 | Time: 00:46:21

A classic west coast album by the incredibly talented songwriter Eric Tagg. The album consists of L.A's finest musicians & is packed with beautifully crafted & sentimental songs. Eric's talent lies in writing songs with a sort of humorous twist to them. A little hard to explain, one should just take a close listen.Also, the whole album is produced by Lee Ritenour & it sounds like a follow up to his own "Rit" album. If you liked Rit then don't miss this offering. It's much better…

David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]

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David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]

David Sanborn - Albums Collection 1976-1982 (6CD) [Japanese Remastered 2013-2014]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.55 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 694 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Smooth Jazz | Time: 03:44:46

David William Sanborn (born July 30, 1945) is an American alto saxophonist. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school. One of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s, Sanborn is described by critic Scott Yannow as "the most influential saxophonist on pop, R&B, and crossover players of the past 20 years." He is often identified with radio-friendly smooth jazz, but he has expressed a disinclination for the genre and his association with it. Collection includes: Sanborn (1976); Promise Me The Moon (1977); Heart To Heart (1978); Hideaway (1980); Voyeur (1981); As We Speak (1982).

Keiko Matsui - Spring Selection (2004) {Japanese Edition}

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Keiko Matsui - Spring Selection (2004) {Japanese Edition}

Keiko Matsui - Spring Selection (2004) {Japanese Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 316 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 174 Mb
Full Scans | 00:49:01 | RAR 5% Recovery
Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Smooth Jazz, New Age | Planet Joy Records #PJCD-1015

The best of Keiko Matsui compilation contains her classic tunes selected from her albums, from her first, "A Drop of Water" up to her 8th album "Doll" released in 1997. The tracks were newly arranged with piano parts newly recorded.

Pat Metheny - Works II (1988)

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Pat Metheny - Works II (1988)

Pat Metheny - Works II (1988)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 238 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 117 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Fusion | Label: ECM | # 837 272-2 | Time: 00:43:35

This is a soul-stirring release performed by Pat Metheny and a plethora of friends, all great jazz musicians in their own right. Works II is a compilation of his finest work, spread out from the years 1976 to 1984. This guitarist/composer/bandleader became one of the leading names in the jazz genre during the '70s and '80s. This collection of beautifully written numbers reflects his character of good taste and the unique flavor of his graceful, even-flowing solos. Opening with "Unquity Road," Metheny is joined by the legendary Jaco Pastorius on bass and Bob Moses on drums. The soothing sweeping tones of his guitar blends in charmingly with Moses pulsating percussion and the rousing basslines of Pastorius.

Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day (1997)

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Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day (1997)

Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 401 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 59 Mb
Contemporary Jazz, Fusion | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9362-46773-2 | Time: 01:04:39

The album won the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, while "The Roots of Coincidence", an uncharacteristically aggressive song with hard rock-inspired sections, won Best Rock Instrumental Performance. This album marks the final appearance of longtime drummer Paul Wertico, who would leave in 2001 before the recording of Speaking of Now to work on other projects.

Paul Hardcastle - X The Eclipse (2022)

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Paul Hardcastle - X The Eclipse (2022)

Paul Hardcastle - X The Eclipse (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 442 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 163 Mb
Full Scans | 01:06:35 | RAR 5% Recovery
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz | Trippin N Rhythm Records #TNR123

A prolific electronic producer and keyboardist from London, Paul Hardcastle has enjoyed over three decades of popularity with his varied dance-, R&B-, and jazz-influenced albums. Although often associated with the smooth jazz genre, Hardcastle's synth-based style is more akin to instrumental dance music and electro-R&B with the occasional vocal and saxophone flourishes. Initially emerging with his breakthrough single "19" off 1985's Hardcastle, he gained wider success with the launch of his crossover Jazzmasters album in 1993, which hit number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart. Over the years, he has continued to diversify his offerings, issuing regular volumes across several series including Top 20-charting albums like 2002's Hardcastle 3, 2013's The Chill Lounge, Vol. 2, and 2014's Movin & Groovin. He reached the contemporary jazz Top Ten with 2018's Hardcastle 8 and 2020's Hardcastle 9 before releasing 2022's Hardcastle 10. Hardcastle 10 arrived in February 2022.

VA - The Soul Of Jazz, Vol. 1 (1995)

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VA - The Soul Of Jazz, Vol. 1 (1995)

Various Artists - The Soul Of Jazz, Volume 1 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Gitanes Jazz Productions/Verve | # 525 558-2 | Time: 01:00:50
Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Latin Jazz, Crossover Jazz

What you see is what you get, an excellent little compilation of the various faces of soul-jazz as presented by the Verve label with their amazing array of artists from Hugh Masekela to Willie Bobo and Herbie Mann on the one hand, and Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks (in an outstanding reading of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man") the Heath Brothers, and Teddy Edwards on the other. The track list is wonderfully varied, too: there's a smoking version of Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" by Masekela, a pair by Jimmy Smith, and a big band – a new entry by the acid jazz group the James Taylor Quartet, but they get it deep; and Wynton Kelly goes deep into soul and blues with "Escapade." Anyway you cut it, it comes out great.

Jean-Luc Ponty - No Absolute Time (1993)

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Jean-Luc Ponty - No Absolute Time (1993)

Jean-Luc Ponty - No Absolute Time (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 347 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 158 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Afrobeat | Label: SPV | # SPV 084-93912 | Time: 00:56:51

A switch back to Atlantic finds Jean-Luc Ponty continuing to dabble in West African waters while re-establishing his earlier solid base in repeating sequenced patterns. The electronics are back, for Ponty splits his time between the electric violin and various synthesizers and sequencers while Abdou M'Boup and Sydney Thiam add African percussion, which often takes a back seat to the electronics as the rhythmic basis for the music. This time, though, the material Ponty has composed isn't as compelling as it had been in the past; at times, Ponty sounds like he is very competently treading water (though "Blue Mambo" has a compelling groove). Yet despite all of the changes Ponty has put himself through, his music still has a Continental elegance that cannot be mistaken for that of anyone else.

European Jazz Trio - Best Repertoire (2011) 2CDs

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European Jazz Trio - Best Repertoire (2011) 2CDs

European Jazz Trio - Best Repertoire (2011) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 764 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 329 Mb | Scans included
Label: Pony Canyon | # PCKD-00222 | Time: 02:10:51
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Jazz-Pop, Crossover, Easy Listening

This compilation by favorite songs, selection on requests by European Jazz Trio listeners. Includes jazz interpitations to compositions by J.S. Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Elgar, Faure, Massenet, Milhaud, L.Bernstein, Piazzolla, Morricone, The Beatles, Abba, Santana, Sting, Simon & Garfunkel.. The European Jazz Trio, comprising Marc van Roon on Piano, Frans van der Hoeven on bass and Roy Dackus on drums has been recording and performing since 1995, when it released a CD of Beatles' songs in fresh arrangements. On each album, the trio has taken songs in every style, shape and color, and has given them a jazz interpretation. For the trio 'Jazz' means to have the freedom to combine and mix styles, melodies, sounds and rhythms to create something fresh and surprising.