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Tiny Grimes - The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1944-1949 (2002) [Blues & Rhythm Series]

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Tiny Grimes - The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1944-1949 (2002) [Blues & Rhythm Series]

Tiny Grimes - The Chronological Tiny Grimes 1944-1949 (2002) [Blues & Rhythm Series]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 166 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included | 01:08:38
Guitar Jazz, Jump Blues, Swing, Boogie-Woogie, Bop | Label: Classics | # 5106

Tiny Grimes was one of the earliest jazz electric guitarists to be influenced by Charlie Christian, and he developed his own swinging style. Early on, he was a drummer and worked as a pianist in Washington. In 1938, he started playing electric guitar, and two years later he was playing in a popular jive group, the Cats and the Fiddle. During 1943-1944, Grimes was part of a classic Art Tatum Trio which also included Slam Stewart. In September 1944, he led his first record date, using Charlie Parker; highlights include the instrumental "Red Cross" and Grimes' vocal on "Romance Without Finance (Is a Nuisance)." He also recorded for Blue Note in 1946, and then put together an R&B-oriented group, "the Rockin' Highlanders," that featured the tenor of Red Prysock during 1948-1952. Although maintaining a fairly low profile, Tiny Grimes was active up until his death, playing in an unchanged swing/bop transitional style and recording as a leader for such labels as Prestige/Swingville, Black & Blue, Muse, and Sonet.

Bill Frisell - Bill Frisell Quartet (1996)

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Bill Frisell - Bill Frisell Quartet (1996)

Bill Frisell - Bill Frisell Quartet (1996)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 285 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 146 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Modern Creative | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Nonesuch (7559-79401-2)

Guitarist Bill Frisell has become well-known for his eccentric and highly versatile style. Able to sound like Jim Hall, a heavy metal player, or a Nashville studio guitarist at a moment's notice, Frisell has created sounds on the guitar that have never been heard before. This CD uses a rather unusual instrumentation, a quartet comprised of Frisell, trumpeter Ron Miles, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and Eyvind Kang, who doubles on violin and tuba. Ten of the 13 Frisell originals on the release were originally written for films (including one for Gary Larson, "Tales from the Far Side," and one for a Buster Keaton movie "Convict 13"), and the resulting music is tightly arranged yet spontaneous, episodic, and sometimes a bit nutty, but also strangely logical…

Jerry Hahn - Time Changes (1995)

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Jerry Hahn - Time Changes (1995)

Jerry Hahn - Time Changes (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 259 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 119 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Enja Records (ENJ-9007 2)

There's a 20-plus-year span between electric guitarist Hahn's Brotherhood recordings and this CD. In between he's gone from hippie to tweed suit while establishing the jazz guitar studies program at Wichita State University, taking residence in Portland and Denver, and doing this date in NYC with all-stars bassist Steve LaSpina, drummer Jeff Hirshfield, either pianists Phil Markowitz or Art Lande, and soprano saxophonist David Liebeman for two selections. Hahn's influence on Pat Metheny, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern, and Bill Frisell is clear. He uses a little delay, echo, and reverb, just enough to enhance his improvisations, and when he's technically concentrating, he can easily be coarsely sparse and sharply staccato, elongated from a chordal standpoint, a bit twangy, and consistently tasteful…

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.

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.

Joscho Stephan - Guitar Heroes (Live) (2022)

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Joscho Stephan - Guitar Heroes (Live) (2022)

Joscho Stephan - Guitar Heroes (Live) (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 390 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 158 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:08:41
Guitar Jazz | Label: MGL Musik Produktion

7 years have passed since the release of my “Guitar Heroes” Album (with Tommy Emmanuel, Biréli Lagrène and Stochelo Rosenberg as guests). I always wanted to bring the concept of mixing gypsy swing classics and original compositions with titles from other musical genres (pop, latin, western swing, etc.) to stage. I have managed to record 4 concerts over the past few years, of which the long-awaited LIVE CD with a selection of the different performances is finally available. In addition to my trio, Biréli Lagrène and Stochelo Rosenberg are on board again. Richard Smith and Olli Soikkeli could be won as additional guests.

John Pizzarelli - Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny) (2021)

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John Pizzarelli - Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny) (2021)

John Pizzarelli - Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny) (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 174 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 133 Mb | 00:57:49
Guitar Jazz | Label: Ghostlight Records

World-renowned jazz guitarist, singer and recent Grammy Award-winning producer John Pizzarelli takes on the songs of Pat Metheny in his new album “Better Days Ahead”. Having loved the recordings of the Pat Metheny Group since his teenage years, Pizzarelli welcomed the challenge of diving deep into Metheny’s cannon of dense, moving material and deconstructing Pat Metheny’s group arrangements on his seven-string guitar. “To say it was flattering to have John address these tunes is an understatement. I had no idea that it was all leading to this excellent solo guitar recording of my tunes” says Methany.

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

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Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 301 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Jazz Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1260 | 00:48:22

This is a not very challenging, but thoroughly charming, summit meeting between a blues guitar master and a jazz guitar legend. Taking four classic swing tunes ("Just Squeeze Me," "Avalon," "Stuffy," and, inevitably, "Flyin' Home"), two Robillard originals, and a jointly composed slow blues, and helped out by bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards, Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis deliver a 48-minute swing guitar master class, Conversations in Swing Guitar. Ellis comes from jazz and Robillard from the blues, so their approaches are just distinct enough to keep things interesting; although both play with a clean, fat jazz tone and no one ever really hauls off and shreds, Robillard tends towards bent notes and funky chordal things while Ellis thinks a bit more in terms of long lines and florid ornamentation. Every so often you might find yourself wishing that the edges were just a bit rougher, but both of these guys are clearly having a great old time, and you will too.

Bill Frisell, Rudy Royston & Thomas Morgan - Valentine (2020)

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Bill Frisell, Rudy Royston & Thomas Morgan - Valentine (2020)

Bill Frisell, Rudy Royston & Thomas Morgan - Valentine (2020)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 371 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 153 Mb | 01:05:33
Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: Blue Note Records

The debut recording of guitarist Bill Frisell's trio with bassist Thomas Morgan & drummer Rudy Royston is a wide-ranging 13 song set that mixes Frisell originals new & old, jazz standards, traditional songs, and covers. Valentine explores the creative freedom of the trio format and the profound musical relationship between these three musicians after years of touring.

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.

Phil Sheeran - Orchid (1998)

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Phil Sheeran - Orchid (1998)

Phil Sheeran - Orchid (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 348 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Label: Passage | # PS60032-32 | Time: 00:49:15
Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Fusion, Guitar Jazz

Phil Sheeran proclaims himself a "fingerstyle guitarist" in the liner notes to Orchid, and he gives those agile digits quite a workout even on the more low-key tunes which reflect his intention to create a mood recording. With Sheeran, there is always more than meets the eye - just as he eases our expectations into complacency with gentle declarations like "In My Heart" (on which he and flutist Brandon Fields tease each other back and forth over a swaying percussion groove), he heads for the tropics or does the B.B. King thing ("She Likes the Blues"), all to explosive effect. "Sacred Ground" combines the island panning of Andy Narell, the Native American bamboo flute musings of Richard Warner and Sheeran's own darker acoustic guitar tones - all over Harvey Mason's slick rhythmic pockets. Then "Jungle" finds Sheeran at a unique crossroads - his guitar is gentle but Eric Marienthal's alto fires up over a mix of live Mason and spunky hip-hop machinery.

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010] Audio CD Layer

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Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010] Audio CD Layer

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) [Remastered 2010]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:44:07
Hard Bop, Jazz-Blues, Guitar Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions, Blue Note | # CBNJ 84123 SA

Midnight Blue is a 1963 album by Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga, and is one of Burrell's best-known works for Blue Note. Jazz Improv Magazine lists the album among its top five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "if you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is". In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)

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Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)

Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 401 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Label: Geffen | # GED 24293, GEFD 24293 | Time: 01:02:53
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz

Here you have three absolutely breathtaking jazz performers locked into a studio for a day or so. From this combination of guitar, standup bass, and acoustic drum kit, you've got nine tracks of sheer jazz joy – three guys just blowing for the hell of it, recorded on the fly. There's a strong sense here that engineer Rob Eaton probably tried to get everybody properly set up and balanced before the session started and just gave up when everybody started playing. It's a delight to hear, because everything has gone into the performance, which is spontaneous and graceful – no going back for the next take here. Pat Metheny's playing is definitely modernistic, highly fluid, almost liquid lightning – no effects boxes here, though (he does play Synclavier on the last track, "Three Flights Up," but it's great anyway). Roy Haynes, likewise, should be heard by anybody wanting to get behind the traps: this man has a sense of humor, and he's a blur of motion. Dave Holland, on bass, is no slouch either, keeping pace with Metheny's guitar lines, and balancing up against Haynes' drums. Together, these guys are incredible.

Gabor Szabo - Gypsy '66 (1966) & Spellbinder (1966) [Reissue 2015]

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Gabor Szabo - Gypsy '66 (1966) & Spellbinder (1966) [Reissue 2015]

Gabor Szabo - Gypsy '66 (1966) & Spellbinder (1966) [Reissue 2015]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 409 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 169 MB | Covers - 32 MB
Genre: Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Latin Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Impulse! (06007 5363961)

Two very groovy records - back to back on a single CD! Gypsy 66 is one of Gabor Szabo's best records - a hip small combo session, featuring backup by Gary McFarland, Sadao Watanabe, Richard Davis, and Willie Rodriguez - an odd kind of lineup, but one that goes well with the offbeat grooves of the set! The overall sound has lots of touches of the McFarland Latinized rhythms of the time - but also stretches out with some of those great snakey guitar solos from Szabo - not nearly as extended or trippy here on other albums of the time, but in a really great way that makes for some tight, hip, mod little tracks!…