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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) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 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.

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007

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John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Label: RCA/BMG Japan | # BVCJ-37562 | Time: 00:46:04
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Guitar Jazz, Pop/Rock

Beatles fans love to explain that the key to the successful partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was their contrasting songwriting personalities – Lennon was the tongue in cheek sardonic wit, McCartney the earnest balladeer. On John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles, a sharply conceived tribute which sets the duo's classics in a jazz trio with big-band arrangements, the singer/guitarist hits the mark more often when he's taking on the Lennon persona. He approaches "Cant' Buy Me Love," "When I'm 64," and "Get Back" with a playful wink, jumping off his speedy melody lines and the rising brass sections for extended improvisational tradeoffs with pianist Ray Kennedy, and adding colorful touches like scatting and even ad libbing his own lyrical verses based on the originals.

Jim Hall - Live in Tokyo - Complete Version (1976) [Japanese Edition 1991]

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Jim Hall - Live in Tokyo - Complete Version (1976) [Japanese Edition 1991]

Jim Hall - Live in Tokyo - Complete Version (1976) [Japanese Edition 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 278 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 123 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: King Record (KICJ 62)

One of a pair of recordings made during a tour of Japan for Paddlewheel (a subsidiary of King), the Jim Hall Trio, with bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke, is in top form during this 1976 concert. The opener, Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce," is an introspective interpretation, though played with plenty of fire, while "Twister," a duo performance credited to both Hall and Clarke, may very well be an improvisation. A quiet piece like the excerpt from Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjeuz" is tailor-made for Hall's often subtle, rather understated approach to his instrument. First-rate versions of "Chelsea Bridge" and "St. Thomas" round out this highly recommended live set.

Guitars Unlimited - Extraordinaire (1995)

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Guitars Unlimited - Extraordinaire (1995)

Guitars Unlimited - Extraordinaire (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 208 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 26 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Musik Musik (MM 18)

This guitar duo, which performs frequently on the European jazz scene, involves a pair of Sweden's best jazz guitarists. Ulf Wakenius can claim ownership of a prestigious throne in the international jazz guitar kingdom. Since 1997, he has been guitarist in the Oscar Peterson Quartet, which at least suggests a passing knowledge of every chord substitution known to mankind. He follows in the footsteps of such legends as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. The other member of the Swedish Guitars Unlimited is Peter Almqvist, and while he can't boast of gigging with Oscar Peterson, he has recorded with pianist Horace Parlan which actually is preferable to many jazz fans. The group has performed for several decades, building from the initial sensational fan base that was created when the guitarists first combined forces in 1980 in their picturesque hometown on the Gota river…

Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)

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Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)

Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 306 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Jazz Inspiration (DSRD 31081)

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky's first album for the Jazz Inspiration label, and his first recording as a leader in 11 years, finds him in a much different state of development than on his prior Pablo release. Gone are the blues-influenced phrases, and the direct resemblance to fellow Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert (although Bickert's presence is still evident in the advanced chordal playing of Lofsky's music). What remains is a very aggressive, harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated player whose unique guitar style bears a striking resemblance to Bill Evans. The Evans influence is everywhere on this recording, from the choice of material ("All of You," "My Foolish Heart," "Solar," and "Quiet Now" were all part of Evans' repetoire), to the tracks which feature Lofsky overdubbing multiple guitars, a procedure Evans employed on several records…

George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)

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George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)

George Benson - Livin' Inside Your Love (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 388 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: Warner Bros. | # 3277-2 | 01:06:49

The success of Weekend in L.A. no doubt prompted producer Tommy LiPuma and Warner Bros. to give George Benson another double album (now on one CD) – and this, like its three Warner predecessors, also went Top Ten. It is also, alas, slicker, more romantic in mood, and more bound by perceptions of formula than the others, fussed over in three different studios in earnest search of another hit single (the dance-tempo cover of L.T.D.'s "Love Ballad"). Most of the touring band, including Ronnie Foster, Ralph MacDonald and Phil Upchurch, is back, and Claus Ogerman's soft symphonic touch provides most of the backdrops, with Mike Mainieri supplying the orchestra on three tracks. Even at this point, the great guitarist is still given much room to burn – the balance between instrumentals and vocals remains close – and Benson comes up with some tasty stuff when the rhythm section pushes him on "Nassau Day" and "You're Never Too Far from Me." Ultimately there is just enough jazz content amid the velvet soul to keep guitar buffs interested.

Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]

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Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]

Kenny Burrell - When Lights Are Low (1979) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 175 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 95 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4083)

This session is so relaxed and tasteful as to be rather dull. Guitarist Kenny Burrell (featured on five standards and a pair of basic originals in a trio with bassist Larry Gales and drummer Carl Burnette) seems so intent on every note being appropriate that the results are overly safe and predictable.

Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995)

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Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995)

Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno - Concord Jazz Guitar Collective (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 324 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4672)

The Concord Jazz Guitar Collective was a 1995 project that united Howard Alden with fellow guitarists and Concord artists Jimmy Bruno and Frank Vignola. For Concord, a three-guitar date was hardly unprecedented; back in 1974, the label had brought Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis together as the Great Guitars. Despite the fact that they all play the same instrument, Alden, Bruno, and Vignola prove compatible on this outing, which also employs Jim Hughart on upright bass and Colin Bailey on drums. Although Bruno tends to be more aggressive and forceful than Alden, he can be quite lyrical when he wants to; and while Alden isn't as hard a player as Bruno, he definitely swings. The two have a strong rapport on uptempo numbers like Charlie Parker's "Ornithology," Sam Jones' "Bittersweet," and Benny Goodman's "Seven Come Eleven," as well as on more relaxed performances like Django Reinhardt's "Song D'Autumne"…

V.A. - Jazz Guitar: From the Famous Savoy Jazz Archives [3CD Box Set] (2005)

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V.A. - Jazz Guitar: From the Famous Savoy Jazz Archives [3CD Box Set] (2005)

V.A. - Jazz Guitar: From the Famous Savoy Jazz Archives [3CD Box Set] (2005)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 870 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 398 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Brilliant Jazz (7060)

Founded in 1942 by Herman Lubinsky, Savoy grew to become one of the great reputable jazz and blues labels. Reaching its zenith in the bebop ear, Savoy became renowned for its great recordings of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, The Ravens, George Shearing, Art Pepper and countless other famous names of Fifties Jazz. This compilation of Great Trumpets is drawn entirely from the famous Savoy Jazz Catalogue and is the first time that a compilation of this depth has been made available. Good jazz guitar recordings are rare birds and this compilation of standards from some of the "raves" and less popularly acclaimed guitar players of the last fifty years makes for welcome and relaxed listening.
Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Charlie Byrd, Grant Green and others.

Howard Alden & George Van Eps - Seven and Seven (1993)

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Howard Alden & George Van Eps - Seven and Seven (1993)

Howard Alden & George Van Eps - Seven and Seven (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 201 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 132 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4584)

This is the third of four studio dates featuring guitarists George Van Eps and Howard Alden together, except that they are both on seven-string instruments and without a rhythm section this time around. Alden's step up to the more versatile instrument enables him to use a bassline when needed while also enabling him to achieve chord voicings that weren't possible on a six-string instrument. Like their earlier collaborations, this CD concentrates on well-hewn standards that have great melodies which provide inspiration for lyrical improvisations, ranging from a relatively easygoing "Ja-Da" to a shimmering "Skylark." Van Eps goes it alone on his newly written "Salute to Basie" and a very soft "Last Night When We Were Young." Fans of jazz guitar should snap up this gem, along with all other dates by George Van Eps and Howard Alden (whether they're together or featured individually).

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

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George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016

George Benson - Goodies (1968) Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Reissue 2016
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 90 Mb | Scans ~ 77 Mb
Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Soul | Label: Verve | # UCCV-9614 | Time: 00:39:04

Goodies is the sixth album by jazz guitarist George Benson recorded in 1968 and released on the Verve label.

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at Charlie's Georgetown (1983) [Reissue 1994]

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Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at Charlie's Georgetown (1983) [Reissue 1994]

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at Charlie's Georgetown (1983) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 254 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 115 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4209)

The Great Guitars' fifth and final recording with their original three guitarists (Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel) is another excellent effort, although a bit lazier than their previous records. Bassist Joe Byrd and drummer Chuck Redd contribute tasteful support. Other than "Get Happy," most of the selections (which include "Where or When," "Opus One," "Old Folks" and even a soulful "When the Saints Go Marching In") are taken at slow to medium tempos, but the interplay between the guitarists is always impressive and swinging.

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery (1980) [Reissue 1992]

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Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery (1980) [Reissue 1992]

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars at the Winery (1980) [Reissue 1992]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 201 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 104 MB | Covers - 17 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4131)

This exciting live session is pretty definitive of the Great Guitars. With fine support offered by bassist Joe Byrd and drummer Jimmie Smith, guitarists Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis romp on such swinging numbers as "Broadway," "Air Mail Special" and "Straighten Up and Fly Right." As usual, Byrd, with his grounding in classical guitar, is the most distinctive, while Kessel and Ellis constantly pay tribute to Charlie Christian. This combination worked quite well, and each of the Great Guitars' five recordings are easily recommended to fans of bop guitar.

The Barney Kessel Trio - Jellybeans (1981) [Reissue 1996]

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The Barney Kessel Trio - Jellybeans (1981) [Reissue 1996]

The Barney Kessel Trio - Jellybeans (1981) [Reissue 1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 190 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 93 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4164)

On this fairly typical trio set, guitarist Barney Kessel is joined by bassist Bob Maize and drummer Jimmie Smith. "Stella by Starlight," "St. Thomas" and "Shiny Stockings" generate some heat; there are three Kessel originals and also two veteran ballads. The music swings without giving listeners any real surprises, but Kessel's fans can consider this one of his best Concord recordings.

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars (1975) [Japanese Edition 2002]

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Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars (1975) [Japanese Edition 2002]

Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis - Great Guitars (1975) [Japanese Edition 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 306 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICJ-60913)

Charlie Byrd was teamed up with Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis (along with bassist Joe Byrd and drummer John Rae) for this rather exciting concert. While Ellis and Kessel have three unaccompanied duets, the inclusion of Byrd (thought of as a Brazilian specialist rather than a bopper) is the wild card that makes this set a major success. While Byrd is excellent on his features "Charlie's Blues" and "O Barquinho," it is the three stomps featuring all the guitarists ("Undecided," "Topsy" and "Benny's Bugle") that are most memorable.