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Jimmy Witherspoon - Blues Around The Clock (1964) [Reissue 1995]

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Jimmy Witherspoon - Blues Around The Clock (1964) [Reissue 1995]

Jimmy Witherspoon - Blues Around The Clock (1964) [Reissue 1995]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 156 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 71 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Blues, Jazz Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OBC/Prestige Records (00025218057622)

Veteran singer Jimmy Witherspoon (who bridges the gap between jazz and blues) mostly sticks to the latter on this spirited set. His backup group (organist Paul Griffin, guitarist Lord Westbrook, bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Herbie Lovelle) is fine in support, but the spotlight is almost entirely on Witherspoon throughout these ten concise performances, only one of which exceeds four minutes. Highlights include "No Rollin' Blues," "S.K. Blues" and "Around the Clock." Witherspoon is in fine voice and, even if nothing all that memorable occurs, the music is enjoyable.

Jimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford - Live (1976) Reissue 1993

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Jimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford - Live (1976) Reissue 1993

Jimmy Witherspoon & Robben Ford - Live (1976)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 283 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:43:17
Jazz-Blues, Jump Blues | Label: Avenue Jazz | # R2 71262

This album is a literal encyclopedia, and apprenticeship for the blues guitarist! There is no date listed as to when this was recorded, but Robben shows who he is this night and one can only guess what an illustrious carrer he has awaiting him. He shows the importance of the minor 6th scale, and his Mike Bloomfield influence shows strongly. Jimmy Witherspoon a man who needs no introduction, and is missed sadly today by many, displays his usual, dazzling charm, and stage presence.

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

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Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set

Billie Holiday - Rare Live Recordings 1934-1959 (2007) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 834 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 751 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: ESP Disk | # ESP 4039 | Time: 05:28:24

These rare treasures take you all across Billie's career-from '35, the year she debuted at the Apollo and first charted, to '59, the year she died. The stunning early performances include a 20-year-old Billie with Ellington in '35 and a 1937 radio broadcast from the Savoy Hotel in NY with the Basie Orchestra; you'll also hear rare rehearsal tapes, her Monterey '58 performance, songs on The Eddie Condon Show, The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show, an impromptu recording of Billie and friends singing My Yiddish Mamma, and more with Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and more! Includes 129 tracks: Swing Brother Swing; Fine and Mellow; I'll Get By; Billie's Blues; All of Me; Lover Man; Them There Eyes; You're My Thrill; I Cover the Waterfront; Porgy; Tenderly; God Bless the Child; My Man; Moanin' Low; Ghost of a Chance, and more.

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.

B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan (1999)

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B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan (1999)

B.B. King - Let The Good Times Roll: The Music Of Louis Jordan (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Scans ~ 72 Mb | Time: 01:00:28
Jump Blues, Modern Electric Blues, R&B, Swing | Label: MCA | # 088 112 042-2

Let the Good Times Roll: The Music of Louis Jordan is the thirty seventh studio album by B. B. King, released in 1999. It is a tribute album to Jazz/Jump Blues saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan, and is made up entirely of covers of songs written or performed by Jordan. As well as King, the album features other famous jazz and blues musicians including Dr. John, Earl Palmer and members of Ray Charles' band.

Jimmy McGriff - Blue To The 'Bone (1988)

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Jimmy McGriff - Blue To The 'Bone (1988)

Jimmy McGriff - Blue To The 'Bone (1988)
Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Blues | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (TIF) | 44:33 | 281,48 Mb
Label: Milestone (USA) | Cat.# MCD-9163-2 | Released: 1988

McGriff with Bill Easley on sax, Melvin Sparks on guitar, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Al Grey on trombone. The trombone is not that often found in the small-organ combo format and may not appeal to everyone. Smooth, yet funky.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Sings Louis Jordan (1973)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Sings Louis Jordan (1973)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Sings Louis Jordan (1973)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Label: Black & Blue (The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions) | # BB 936.2 | Time: 00:57:33
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz-Blues, Swing

A fresh sort of setting for Clarence Gatemouth Brown – as the session focuses his bluesy talents on the music of Louis Jordan – a combination that comes across surprisingly well on this early 70s set! The tunes are mostly numbers from the 40s vintage of Jordan's big years of recording – but they're nicely recast here in a smaller combo mode, with more distinct touches of electric blues and jazz – thanks to Brown's work on guitar, the Hammond of Milt Buckner, and tenor of Arnett Cobb! Clarence takes the tunes in an easygoing vocal style that's maybe more his own than Jordan's – which is a great way to change up the tunes – and titles include "Ain't Just Alike A Woman", "Somebody Done Changed The Lock Of My Door", "Salt Pork West Virginia", "It's A Low Down Dirty Shame", and"Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby".

The Chris Cain Band - Cuttin' Loose (1990)

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The Chris Cain Band - Cuttin' Loose (1990)

The Chris Cain Band - Cuttin' Loose (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Jazz-Blues | Label: Blind Pig | # BP-74090 | Time: 00:45:40

This is a wonderful, big-voiced, contemporary West Coast bluesman and superb guitar player. There are several horns in the band, giving it a great, huge sound. Even better things will be coming.

Melvin Sparks - Texas Twister (1973) & '75 (1975) [1995, Reissue]

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Melvin Sparks - Texas Twister (1973) & '75 (1975) [1995, Reissue]

Melvin Sparks - Texas Twister (1973) & '75 (1975) [1995, Reissue]
Soul-Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Blues, Funk | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 66:18 | 442,65 Mb
Label: BGP Records (UK) | Cat.# CDBGPD 092 | Released: 1995 (1973/1975)

Like many soul-jazz musicians, Melvin Sparks moved into funkier directions as the mid-'70s approached, whether out of pressure from marketing trends, a desire to explore that area, or both. Two of his albums from this era, 1973's Texas Twister and 1975's '75, were combined into one disc for this CD reissue.

Billie Holiday - Body and Soul (1957) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

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Billie Holiday - Body and Soul (1957) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2011]

Billie Holiday - Body and Soul (1957) Remastered 2011
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 193 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 99 Mb | Scans included
Label: Analogue Productions/Verve | # CVRJ 8197 SA, B0015629-06
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Blues | Time: 00:40:49

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. Small jazz groups brought out the best in Billie Holiday - especially groups as good as the one heard on this classic 1957 recording. Ben Webster, Harry "Sweets" Edison and the other members of this stellar ensemble were not just gifted soloists but sensitive accompanists as well. Lady Day was rarely more ably supported than she was on this program of sturdy standards, including three gems by the Gershwin brothers -and she rarely sounded more luminous. Originally released in 1957.

Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues ...Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)

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Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues ...Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)

Maria Muldaur - A Woman Alone With The Blues …Remembering Peggy Lee (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Covers included
Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Blues, Swing | Label: Telarc | # CD-83568 | Time: 00:51:43

The always eclectic Maria Muldaur, whose previous albums have paid tribute to Shirley Temple and blues women of the '20s, takes another musical detour in this collection of songs associated with Peggy Lee. In addition to her cool, sexy, relaxed voice, Lee was arguably more talented than other vocalists from her era. As a songwriter she co-penned some of her own material, including the swinging "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" with Duke Ellington, which features the witty double entendres that spice several other songs. Muldaur possesses a similar ability to purr ("Some Cats Know") or sizzle (an opening tour de force of "Fever" and "Black Coffee") without breaking a sweat. So this collection of 12 tracks, backed by a talented yet restrained eight-piece band, is a natural extension of her vocal strengths. The stylish, retro arrangements include vibes and big-band-styled horn charts that sound as authentic as if they were recorded in the '30s. Even though there are some finger-popping swing numbers (a zippy duet with Dan Hicks on Ted Shapiro's "Winter Weather" is especially peppy), a late-night, languid blues-jazz vibe dominates.

Elliott Sharp's Terraplane - Secret Life (2005) with Special Guest Hubert Sumlin

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Elliott Sharp's Terraplane - Secret Life (2005) with Special Guest Hubert Sumlin

Elliott Sharp's Terraplane - Secret Life (2005)
with Special Guest Hubert Sumlin

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 367 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb
Label: Intuition | # INT 3385 2 | Time: 01:03:36 | Scans included
Contemporary Blues, Jazz-Blues, Experimental

Few others besides avant-garde composer/instrumentalist Elliott Sharp could record a collection of blues songs and make them sound like a new genre altogether, a sort of blues/folk/jazz/new age sound with droning keyboards, slinky reverbed vocals, sinuous guitar parts, and angstful horns. The album is by turns haunting, sexy, volatile, and soothing

Phillip (Phil) Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) Japanese SHM-CD, Reissue 2008

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Phillip (Phil) Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) Japanese SHM-CD, Reissue 2008

Phil Upchurch - Darkness, Darkness (1972) [Japanese SHM-CD Reissue 2008]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 496 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Thumb/Universal | # UICY-93418 | Time: 01:06:54
Genre: Fusion, Jazz Funk, Jazz Blues, Jazz Pop

Recorded in 1971, shortly after he departed Cadet where he served as a house sideman-playing on dozens of records and a prefferred guitarist for Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, Phil Upchurch headed for the West Coast and Blue Thumb Records. Produced by Tommy LiPuma, Upchurch's Darkness, Darkness is his quintessential (double) album, full of laid-back funky grooves, elegant, mind-blowing guitar work, elegant string and horn arrangements, and fine Fender Rhodes work from Donny Hathaway with legendary session bassist Chuck Rainey and smooth jazz piano great Joe Sample in the house. Upchurch effortlessly walks the line where jazz, blues, rock, soul, and funk fold into one another, yet he never gives quarter in the process.

Jay McShann - Hootie Blues (2006)

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Jay McShann - Hootie Blues (2006)

Jay McShann - Hootie Blues (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 324 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues, Jazz Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Stony Plain Records (SPCD1315)

If there is just the slightest occasional hesitation in Jay McShann's singing on these tracks, which were recorded live at Toronto's Montreal Bistro on February 2, 2001 for CBC Radio One's Saturday Night Blues show, and if he occasionally doesn't really lock into the groove until the rest of the band (Jim Galloway on saxophones, Rosemary Galloway on bass, and Don Vickery on drums) jumps in, the real miracle is that McShann, at 90-years-old, can do this at all. But do it he does, and he delivers a wonderfully charming set of jazzy blues pieces that brim with an unsaid joy…

Jay McShann - What A Wonderful World (1999)

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Jay McShann - What A Wonderful World (1999)

Jay McShann - What A Wonderful World (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 291 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 113 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Blues, Piano Blues, Jazz Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Groove Note Records (GRV1005-2)

Jay McShann was 83 at the time of this CD, but the pianist-singer sounds very much in prime form and had certainly not lost his enthusiasm. He teams up with some of the better Kansas City musicians active in the late '90s (tenor saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen, guitarist Sonny Kenner, bassist Gerald Spaits, and drummer Todd Strait) on a variety of blues, originals, and swinging tunes, some of which are taken as instrumentals. Even if "What a Wonderful World" did not need to be played yet again, there are plenty of high points throughout this joyous set from McShann & friends.