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VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998) 9CD Set

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VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998) 9CD Set

VA - American Pop: An Audio History, From Minstrel To Mojo: On Record 1893-1946 (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.17 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.46 Gb | Booklet Scans ~ 46 Mb | 10:53:44
Oldies, Vocal Pop, Ragtime, Early Jazz, Folk, Pre-War Blues, Country Blues, Gospel | Label: West Hill

An outstanding nine CD collection of rare jazz, blues, country, pop, cowboy, march, ragtime, vaudeville and gospel recordings that form our musical legacy, compiled by jazz historian Allen Lowe. More than10 hours of music in a presentation slipcase with a 127 page booklet containing many photos and a wealth of interesting information about the music. Space here only permits artist and song title listings of the first 4 CD's in the 9 CD set.

Sidney Bechet - 1938-1940 (1991)

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Sidney Bechet - 1938-1940 (1991)

Sidney Bechet - 1938-1940 (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 310 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 167 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 608)

This entry in Classics' chronological reissue of the master takes of Bechet's early recordings finds the soprano great playing with trumpeter Tommy Ladnier and Mezz Mezzrow on the famous "Really the Blues" session, performing a hit version of "Summertime," overshadowing the other members of the all-star Port of Harlem Seven and recording "Indian Summer" and a hot version of "One O'Clock Jump" in a 1940 session for Victor. However, half of this CD is taken up by an odd and surprisingly restrained marathon date with pianist Willie The Lion Smith in which they perform Haitian folk songs.

The Elmer Snowden Quartet - Harlem Banjo! (1960) Remastered 1990

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The Elmer Snowden Quartet - Harlem Banjo! (1960) Remastered 1990

The Elmer Snowden Quartet - Harlem Banjo! (1960) Remastered 1990
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 208 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included
Label: Original Jazz Classics/Riverside | # OJCCD-1756-2 (RLP-9348) | 00:38:16
Early Jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Ragtime, Banjo Jazz, Piano Jazz

Banjoist Elmer Snowden only led two albums in the LP era, and his OJC CD reissue is his best showcase. Snowden, who is joined by pianist Cliff Jackson, bassist Tommy Bryant, and drummer Jimmy Crawford, is the lead voice throughout the dozen standards, all of which date from the 1920s or '30s. Snowden's banjo style is a lost art, and this is his definitive recording.

Dick Wellstood - This Is The One... Dig! (1977) [Reissue 1994]

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Dick Wellstood - This Is The One... Dig! (1977) [Reissue 1994]

Dick Wellstood - This Is The One… Dig! (1977) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 250 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 147 MB | Covers - 17 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Piano Jazz, Stride | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Solo Art Records (SACD-119)

This was the great pianist Dick Wellstood's personal favorite record and one can understand why. The music is very well recorded and Wellstood sounds quite inspired throughout the solo set. For the 1994 CD reissue, the original eight songs are joined by eight additional (and previously unreleased) performances and the quality stays consistently high. Wellstood, who had an open mind toward more modern styles of jazz while keeping his stride piano style undiluted, performs surprising versions of "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" in addition to some swing standards and classics associated with James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Earl Hines. Among the highpoints are "Snowy Morning Blues," "If Dreams Come True," "Rosetta" and a piece based on a classical work ("Paganini's Thing"). This is an essential acquisition for classic jazz collectors.

Big Charlie Thomas & VA - Big Charlie Thomas 1925-1927 (1996)

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Big Charlie Thomas & VA - Big Charlie Thomas 1925-1927 (1996)

Big Charlie Thomas & VA - Big Charlie Thomas 1925-1927 (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Early Jazz, Dixieland | Label: Timeless Records B.V. | # CBC 1-030 Jazz | Time: 01:13:08

Big Charlie Thomas was one of many cornetists who recorded as sideman and accompanist during the 1920s, and have since drifted to the margins of jazz history. Like Ed Allen, he worked in groups that often had something or other to do with pianist and music publisher Clarence Williams. If Thomas' brief recording career is mapped out in discographical relief, the details are sketchy but fascinating. During the years 1925-1926 he is believed to have recorded with vocalists Rosa Henderson, Bessie Brown, Sara Martin, Mandy Lee, and Clarence Williams' wife Eva Taylor. In addition to various backing units, he blew his horn with the Dixie Washboard Band, the OKeh Melody Stars, Thomas Morris & His Seven Hot Babies, Buddy Christian's Jazz Rippers, and of course Clarence Williams' Blue Five. His involvement with this last ensemble places Thomas in the same circle as Morris, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong. So elusive are the recordings of Big Charlie Thomas that were it not for an album of rarities assembled and released during the '90s by the Timeless label, it would be difficult to access his legacy at all.

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 04 (1946-1948)

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Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 04 (1946-1948)

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 04 (1946-1948)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Classics | ~ 363 or 348 Mb | Artwork -> 7.01 Mb
Big Band, Early Jazz, Swing

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life…

VA - The Best Small Jazz Bands 1936-1955 (2007) 2CDs

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VA - The Best Small Jazz Bands 1936-1955 (2007) 2CDs

VA - The Best Small Jazz Bands 1936-1955 (2007) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 276 Mb | Scans ~ 113 Mb
Label: Frémeaux & Associés | # FA5194 | Time: 02:00:41
Classic Jazz, Early Jazz, Swing, Bop, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues

During its classic period, jazz saw the emergence of numerous regular small formations which successfully encouraged improvisation, enabling their best soloists a freedom of expression without any of the constraints of a big band. Jacques Morgantini allows us to discover this decisive period in the evolution of Jazz with this 36 tracks CD set featuring a 32 pages booklet.

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 03 (1924-1937)

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Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 03 (1924-1937)

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 03 (1924-1937)
CD-Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
5CD | Classics | ~ 1225 or 835 Mb | Artwork -> 42 Mb
Big Band, Early Jazz, Swing

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life…

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 02 (1933-1940)

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Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 02 (1933-1940)

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 02 (1933-1940)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
5CD | Classics | ~ 1185 or 790 Mb | Artwork -> 57 Mb
Big Band, Early Jazz, Swing

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life…

Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 01 (1928-1932)

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Duke Ellington - The Chronological Classics Collection part 01 (1928-1932)

Anna Domino - Anna Domino (1986)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Classics | ~ 791 or 514 Mb | Artwork -> 14 Mb
Big Band, Early Jazz, Swing

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 through the rest of his life…

Fats Waller - 1935 Vol. 2 (1994)

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Fats Waller - 1935 Vol. 2 (1994)

Fats Waller - 1935 Vol. 2 (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 159 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Swing, Stride | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 760)

Among his many unfulfilled plans, it was Fats Waller's ambition to tour with a large band, preaching the Gospel as his father had before him. The closest he came to realizing this dream was "There's Gonna Be the Devil to Pay" and "Brother Seek and Ye Shall Find," both recorded during the summer of 1935. These are hot stomps but the inherent religious message is made abundantly clear by the piano player, who belts out Biblical references like "Samson, where lies thy strength?" at the top of his lungs. Fats would have made a good preacher. You get just a glimpse of this potential every time he raises his voice. 1935 was a particularly successful year for this man and his hot little bands. This particular slice of the chronology happens to focus upon a short period of time during which reedman Gene Sedric was replaced by an expressive clarinetist and alto saxophonist named Rudy Powell…

Mezz Mezzrow - 1947 (1999)

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Mezz Mezzrow - 1947 (1999)

Mezz Mezzrow - 1947 (1999)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 165 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1095)

Mezz Mezzrow was a jazz musician better known for writing his exaggerated autobiography Really the Blues in 1946 than for his clarinet playing. This Classics disc highlights the year 1947 when Mezzrow was recording for his own King Jazz label. Even on up-tempo hot numbers, a hazy laid back approach was consistently maintained, which may have had something to do with Mezzrow's fondness for marijuana. However, these are highly enjoyable recordings that feature vocalist Coot Grant on six of the discs 20 tracks along with top New Orleans jazzmen including Sidney Bechet, Pops Foster, and Baby Dodds.

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli With The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France: The Ultimate Collection (2008)

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Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli With The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France: The Ultimate Collection (2008)

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli With The Quintet Of The Hot Club Of France
- The Ultimate Collection (2008) 2 CDs

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 502 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 354 Mb | Scans included
Label: Not Now Music | # NOT2CD251 | Time: 02:22:45
Early Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Guitar Jazz

Guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli hold unique places in the history of jazz music. As the mainstays of the Quintet of The Hot Club Of France, they are the first European musicians to directly influence what was in their heyday a completely American-based genre. The tracks on this compilation have been digitally re-mastered and feature all their biggest tunes.

Bessie Smith - Squeeze Me (2008) 2CDs

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Bessie Smith - Squeeze Me (2008) 2CDs

Bessie Smith - Squeeze Me (2008) 2CDs
André Francis & Jean Schwarz Présentent: Jazz Characters, Vol. 30

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 528 Mb | Scans included
Label: Le Chant du Monde | # 274 1469.70 | Time: 02:35:10
Classic Female Blues, Vaudeville Blues, Early Jazz, Jazz-Blues

The greatest female blues singer of all time, with a passionate voice and thundering delivery. This French compilation includes 48 great recordings, 1923-1933.

Fats Waller - 1935 (1994)

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Fats Waller - 1935 (1994)

Fats Waller - 1935 (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 221 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 156 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Swing, Stride | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 746)

One of several Classics discs chronicling Waller's vast amount of Bluebird combo sides from the '30s and '40s, this roundup of some of the pianist's 1935 offerings includes many fine cuts but doesn't quite rank with the maestro's best work. Featuring Waller's longstanding Fats Waller & His Rhythm band, the 22 numbers may not include any original material, but there is still more than enough in the way of indelible performances. This is especially true for a wonderful "Lulu's Back in Town," the Coots and Gillespie rarity "Whose Honey Are You?," and "Rosetta."