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VA - The Original Jazz Album: 16 Of The Finest Cuts From The Legends Of Jazz (2004) [Re-Up]

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VA - The Original Jazz Album: 16 Of The Finest Cuts From The Legends Of Jazz (2004) [Re-Up]

VA - The Original Jazz Album: 16 Of The Finest Cuts From The Legends Of Jazz (2004)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 503 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Jazz | Label: EMI Gold | # 7243 8 64319 2 9 | Time: 01:16:21

16 tracks. Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Nat King Cole & The George Shearing Quintet, Buddy Rich, Horace Silver, Peggy Lee, Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie Orchestra, Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon, Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker.

V.A. - Americans In Paris: The City Of Love And All That Jazz [Recorded 1952-1959, 10CD Box Set] (2012)

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V.A. - Americans In Paris: The City Of Love And All That Jazz [Recorded 1952-1959, 10CD Box Set] (2012)

V.A. - Americans In Paris: The City Of Love And All That Jazz [Recorded 1952-1959, 10CD Box Set] (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 3,49 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 1,48 GB | Covers - 23 MB
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Hard Bop, Bop, Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: The Intense Media (233569)

This 10 CD set offers an exciting overview of some of the most important recordings made by American jazz stars in Paris in the Fifties. They are milestones of Modern Jazz, Bebop and Hard Bop recorded by some of the most important players of the time, including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Lionel Hampton, Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young and Donald Byrd. Treated like second class citizens at home, many American jazz stars not only got more recognition and respect in the French capital, but found much better playing conditions as well. From concert-halls like "L'Olympia" to the clubs of the "Latin Quarter" they were appreciated and celebrated, and their music met with a glowing enthusiasm.

VA - On The Corner: Fantastic Fusion Grooves From The Jazz Funk Masters (2008) 2CDs

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VA - On The Corner: Fantastic Fusion Grooves From The Jazz Funk Masters (2008) 2CDs

Various Artists - On The Corner (2008) 2CDs
Fantastic Fusion Grooves From The Jazz Funk Masters

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 691 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 253 Mb | Scans ~ 33 Mb
Label: EMI, Blue Note | # 50999-521428-0-2 | Time: 01:51:12
Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Soul-Jazz

On the Corner is yet another excellent Blue Note U.K. compilation of absolutely killer cuts from Blue Note's prime jazz-funk years in the wake of the soul-jazz explosion of the 1960s and Miles Davis' electric innovations in the late '60s and '70s. Typical of Blue Note in the period, these tracks all came from albums that were, in one sense, birds of a feather. In other words, whatever was "happening," Blue Note recorded it almost exclusively and forced even established artists to fit into that mold. While there were some mixed results, obviously, there is also a wealth of great material to choose from, as this funk-centric compilation makes very clear. One can already judge where the set is headed when it begins with Gene Harris' truly grooving "Losalamitoslatinlovesong." Harris cut three terrific electric jazz-funk sets for the label in the 1970s, only one of which has ever been available on CD. But other selections – such as Eddie Henderson's "Kumquat Kid," Ronnie Foster's "Cheshire Cat," Ronnie Laws' "Always There," and Moacir Santos' "Route" – offer funky fusion delights as well. There are 20 tunes on two discs, each of them jam-packed with gems.

VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)

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VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)

VA - The Best Of Blue Note (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz, Modal | Label: Blue Note | # CDP 7 96110 2 | Time: 01:11:59

Granted, a single-disc overview of Blue Note's finest recordings can't help but offer listeners more than a myopic view of the label's true scope, but for jazz neophytes, this nine-track collection will undoubtedly serve as a tantalizing taste of the company's riches. The song selection, though lacking few surprises, is consistently wonderful – how could a disc featuring John Coltrane's "Blue Train," Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" and Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder" be anything but? – and purists' complaints aside, for new fans it's a solid introduction to the Blue Note magic.

Donald Byrd - Timeless [Recorded 1955-1957] (2002) (Re-up)

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Donald Byrd - Timeless [Recorded 1955-1957] (2002) (Re-up)

Donald Byrd - Timeless [Recorded 1955-1957] (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 223 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 117 MB | Covers (17 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Savoy Jazz (SVY 17128)

Timeless Donald Byrd combines most of the trumpeter's 1955 Savoy session Byrd's Word and two tracks from alto saxophonist John Jenkins' 1957 Savoy release Jazz Eyes. Both albums are solid examples of mid-'50s mainstream jazz and represent both artists well. Given that these albums go in and out of print, the Timeless compilations are welcome additions to the artists' catalogs, though diehards will still want to seek out the original albums.

Donald Byrd - Caricatures (1976) [Reissue 2003] (Re-up)

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Donald Byrd - Caricatures (1976) [Reissue 2003] (Re-up)

Donald Byrd - Caricatures (1976) [Reissue 2003]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 264 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Soul Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 80732 2 5)

One of his last efforts with the Mizell production team was definitely not his most critically acclaimed, but Caricatures continued Byrd's commercial winning streak that started years previous with 1969's Kofi and such '70s Blue Note classics as Places and Spaces, Black Byrd, and Street Lady. His last release for the label was no exception to the formula set forth from the previously mentioned albums. One of Caricatures strongest features is the level of musicianship from start to finish. Byrd recruited some of the top '70s soul-jazz musicians, such as Gary Bartz, Alphonse Mouzon, David T Walker, and future '80s R&B hitmaker Patrice Rushen, to help complement the musicianship laid down by Byrd and the Mizell brothers…

Donald Byrd - Byrd In Flight (1960) [Reissue 1996] (Re-up)

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Donald Byrd - Byrd In Flight (1960) [Reissue 1996] (Re-up)

Donald Byrd - Byrd In Flight (1960) [Reissue 1996]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 383 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7243 8 52435 2 3)

By the time of this fourth Blue Note album by trumpeter Donald Byrd, it became clear that his playing was becoming stronger with the passing of time. Byrd in Flight features separate studio sessions from January and July of 1960 with constants Duke Pearson on piano and drummer Lex Humphries. Bassists Doug Watkins and Reggie Workman split duties six tracks to three, as do tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, making for some interesting sonic combinations, although Byrd is the dominant voice. Several of these selections are penned by Byrd, but it is pianist Pearson who contributes four of the most potent compositions on Byrd in Flight, supplying the wings for these quintet recordings to take off…

Donald Byrd - Places And Spaces (1975) {1992 Japan Reissue}

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Donald Byrd - Places And Spaces (1975) {1992 Japan Reissue}

Donald Byrd - Places And Spaces (1975) {1992 Japan Reissue}
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | 232 mb | Artwork | 00:36:03 | MP3 CBR 320kbps | 83 mb
Jazz-Funk, Funk, Crossover Jazz | Label: Toshiba-EMI - TOCJ-5734

Reuniting with Larry Mizell, the man behind his last three LPs, Donald Byrd continues to explore contemporary soul, funk, and R&B with Places and Spaces. In fact, the record sounds more urban than its predecessor, which often played like a Hollywood version of the inner city. Keeping the Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, and Sly Stone influences of Street Lady, Places and Spaces adds elements of Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder, which immediately makes the album funkier and more soulful. Boasting sweeping string arrangements, sultry rhythm guitars, rubbery bass, murmuring flügelhorns, and punchy horn charts, the music falls halfway between the cinematic neo-funk of Street Lady and the proto-disco soul of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also, the title Places and Spaces does mean something – there are more open spaces within the music, which automatically makes it funkier. Of course, it also means that there isn't much of interest on Places and Spaces for jazz purists, but the album would appeal to most fans of Philly soul, lite funk, and proto-disco.

Eric Dolphy Septet with Donald Byrd - Paris '64 (2018)

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Eric Dolphy Septet with Donald Byrd - Paris '64 (2018)

Eric Dolphy Septet with Donald Byrd - Paris '64 (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 396 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 44 MB
Genre: Free Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Hi Hat (HHCD3106)

Just a few weeks before his death, Eric Dolphy performed a concert at the Le Chat Qui Péche club in Paris on June 11, 1964, broadcast on French radio station France Musique, with a septet including fellow jazz luminary Donald Byrd on trumpet. The six tracks on this disc include selections from his albums Outward Bound (1960), Out There (1961), and Far Cry (1962), as well as a version of John Coltrane's "Naima". Personnel: Eric Dolphy - alto saxophone, bass, clarinet, flute; Donald Byrd - trumpet; Nathan Davis - tenor saxophone; Jack Diéval - piano; Jacques Hess - bass; Franco Manzecchi - drums; Jacky Bambou - congas. The entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background liners.

Donald Byrd - Byrd In Paris Vol. 1 (1958) [Reissue 1988]

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Donald Byrd - Byrd In Paris Vol. 1 (1958) [Reissue 1988]

Donald Byrd - Byrd In Paris Vol. 1 (1958) [Reissue 1988]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 203 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 128 MB | Covers (13 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Polydor (833 394-2)

Trumpeter Donald Byrd spent a few months in France in 1958, and a Paris concert resulted in two LPs' worth of material. Byrd's quintet at the time included Bobby Jaspar (on tenor and flute), pianist Walter Davis, Jr., bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Taylor. Byrd was just beginning to find his own sound in the late '50s and he is in excellent form on "Dear Old Stockholm," Sonny Rollins' "Paul's Pal," Jaspar's "Flute Blues," "Ray's Idea," and "The Blues Walk." This is a fine all-around hard bop session.

Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces (1975) Reissue 1997

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Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces (1975) Reissue 1997

Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces (1975) Reissue 1997
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans included | 00:35:52
Jazz-Funk, Funk, Crossover Jazz | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 8 54326 2 0

Reuniting with Larry Mizell, the man behind his last three LPs, Donald Byrd continues to explore contemporary soul, funk, and R&B with Places and Spaces. In fact, the record sounds more urban than its predecessor, which often played like a Hollywood version of the inner city. Keeping the Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, and Sly Stone influences of Street Lady, Places and Spaces adds elements of Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stevie Wonder, which immediately makes the album funkier and more soulful. Boasting sweeping string arrangements, sultry rhythm guitars, rubbery bass, murmuring flügelhorns, and punchy horn charts, the music falls halfway between the cinematic neo-funk of Street Lady and the proto-disco soul of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also, the title Places and Spaces does mean something – there are more open spaces within the music, which automatically makes it funkier. Of course, it also means that there isn't much of interest on Places and Spaces for jazz purists, but the album would appeal to most fans of Philly soul, lite funk, and proto-disco.

Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk (1962) [RVG Edition 2007]

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Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk (1962) [RVG Edition 2007]

Donald Byrd - The Cat Walk (1962) [RVG Edition 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 297 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 61 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (0946 3 74226 2 5)

Trumpeter Donald Byrd and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams worked together on several recordings between 1958 and 1961, and The Cat Walk (released on LP in 1962) is among the best. A quintet setting, with pianist Duke Pearson (another longtime Byrd collaborator), bassist Laymon Jackson, and a lively Philly Joe Jones on drums joining the front line of Byrd and Adams, the sessions for The Cat Walk benefited from the writing and arrangement skills of Pearson, who contributes three compositions here, the impressive opener "Say You're Mine," "Duke's Mixture," and "Hello Bright Sunflower," which borrows its melodic structure from the opening bars of "Lullaby of Broadway" and features Byrd using a muted trumpet…

VA - Blue Note Perfect Takes (2004) {Blue Note/EMI}

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VA - Blue Note Perfect Takes (2004) {Blue Note/EMI}

VA - Blue Note Perfect Takes (2004) {Blue Note/EMI}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and LOG | scans | 338 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 126 mb
Genre: jazz

Blue Note Perfect Takes is a 2004 compilation honoring the work of engineer Rudy Van Gelder. This was released by Blue Note via EMI.

Donald Byrd - Kofi [Recorded 1969] (1995) (Repost)

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Donald Byrd - Kofi [Recorded 1969] (1995) (Repost)

Donald Byrd - Kofi [Recorded 1969] (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 266 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 105 MB | Covers included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7243 8 31875 2 2)

Kofi was extracted from some of last Blue Note sessions of the 1960s before Byrd's ventures into soul fusion territory. The playing here is no less than stellar, with seasoned veterans such as Ron Carter and Airto Moreira giving Byrd more than ample support to stretch out and soulfully foreshadow elements of future recordings. Lew Tabackin easily shares the spotlight with his beautiful flute passages on the title track, while Frank Foster and the rest of the supporting group complement Byrd's playing with a grace that emulates the early chemistry between the early Miles Davis groups of the early '60s. The subtle relaxed tones of this album make it truly one of the essential releases in Byrd's catalog, not only from a historical standpoint (his future collaborations with the Mizell brothers would take him to an entirely different plane of thought), but from a casual listening standpoint as well.

Donald Byrd & Doug Watkins - The Transition Sessions [Recorded 1955-1956] (2002)

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Donald Byrd & Doug Watkins - The Transition Sessions [Recorded 1955-1956] (2002)

Donald Byrd & Doug Watkins - The Transition Sessions [Recorded 1955-1956] (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 649 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 308 MB | Covers (17 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 40528 2 8)

This CD compilation collects three separate sessions recorded by Donald Byrd and Doug Watkins for Transition with various small groups. The 1955 recordings (first issued under the title Byrd's Eye View) were made shortly after Byrd replaced Kenny Dorham in the Jazz Messengers, all of whom (Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and Hank Mobley, along with Byrd and Watkins) are present, with the addition of local trumpeter Joe Gordon as a guest on two tracks. The half-dozen songs mix an improvised blues ("Doug's Blues"), a favorite from the swing era ("Crazy Rhythm"), a ballad feature for Byrd and Mobley ("Everything Happens to Me"), plus a pair of potent hard bop pieces contributed by the tenor saxophonist…