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John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007 [Re-Up]

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John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007 [Re-Up]

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
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.

Michael Franks - Dragonfly Summer (1993) [Re-Up]

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Michael Franks - Dragonfly Summer (1993) [Re-Up]

Michael Franks - Dragonfly Summer (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans ~ 85 Mb
Jazz-Pop, Vocal Jazz-Pop, Smooth Jazz | Label: Reprise | # 9 45227-2 | Time: 00:57:42

Michael released "Dragonfly Summer after a three year hiatus. What a wonderful return. The opener "Coming To Life" is an upbeat tune where Michael seems like he's singing about the start of this album itself. All of the songs are winners, I sometimes wonder what the outtakes are like, given the overall quality of the songs here. "Soul Mate" not only turned me on to Jeff Lorber, but also introduced me to Eric Benet, he's singing the harmony vocal. Not only is Michael talented, but the people he surrounds himself with, wow! The title track is fun, "Monk's New Tune" is about as late night jazz as Michael gets. "I Love Lucy" is that "I Love Lucy," the only cover Michael has recorded, save for a couple Christmas songs. The song is transformed from a Cuban lounge style to a romantic Brazilian influenced love song, the orchestration is glorious. "Practice Makes Perfect" is fun, "String Of Pearls" is a beautiful song, moving at a nice tempo featuring accoustic guitar and a woodwind solo.

Iain Matthews & Egbert Derix - In The Now (2012)

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Iain Matthews & Egbert Derix - In The Now (2012)

Iain Matthews & Egbert Derix - In The Now (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 358 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Jazz-Rock | Label: Universal | # 06025 2795595 | 00:58:05

Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention, Southern Comfort and Plainsong fame, returns, after a long absence, with a stunning collection of new songs and stunning jazz arrangements. On paper the pairing of Iain Maatthews and Edbert Derix is a strange one. Egbert Derix is an established jazz composer, from the Netherlands and Iain Matthew's roots, have taken hold in contemporary singer/songwriter circles. However, if we break down these borders, look deeper and think in terms of quality, rather than genres, it's a musical marriage made in heaven. Their second collaborative album focuses around some remarkable new songs. Matthews draws deep upon his recollections of London in the swinging 'sixties – 'When The Floyd Were On The Prow'l and some powerful reflections upon life now – 'Pebbles In The Road' and 'Joy Mining'.

Leo Sidran - L. Sid (2000) [Re-Up]

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Leo Sidran - L. Sid (2000) [Re-Up]

Leo Sidran - L. Sid (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 369 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans ~ 65 Mb | 00:59:37
Vocal Jazz-Pop, Latin, Easy Listening, Lounge, Pop/Rock | Label: Go Jazz | # GO 6041 2

L. Sid is the second solo album by Leo Sidran. It was released on February 15, 2000 on Go Jazz Records. It was the first album by Sidran dually composed in English and Castilian. Leo Sidran is a very talented songwriter and performer that seems to be searching for his niche. The fifteen songs on "L. Sid" incorporate jazz, latin, and pop into some brilliant songs.

Endeevior - Compassion (2021)

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Endeevior - Compassion (2021)

Endeevior - Compassion (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 292.21 Mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps ~ 115.29 Mb | 50:12 | Cover
Vocal Jazz, Jazz Pop | Country: UK | Label: Timezone

Endeevior (mispronounced Endeavour) is a new pop-jazz project by bassist and songwriter Inga Eichler. An eclectic mix of genres underline lyrics that range from mental health over Pokemon to spiritual mythology. Their upcoming album 'Compassion' including the Single 'Walk With You' plus Video are coming out on 15.10.21 on all platforms.

Bob James - Heads (1977) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015

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Bob James - Heads (1977) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015

Bob James - Heads (1977) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 138 Mb | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Fusion | Label: Tappan Zee | # VICJ-61718 | Time: 00:42:38

This CD holds a very special place in the heart of every true Bob James fan. This may be due in no small part to its sentimental value in relation to nostalgia. HEADS has an overtly sexual quality to it, as may be seen through it's titles (and the number five itself). Musically, it has much to offer. The title song features the interesting sound of the Oberheim polyphonic synth's "tinkle bells". The tour-de-force of the CD is his uptempo version of "We're All Alone", featuring pianist Richard Tee. Bob rides the disco wave in on his version of Peter Frampton's "I'm In You". Both this and the original version of "Nightcrawler" feature saxophonist David Sanborn. Grover Washington, Jr. adds his special touch on "You Are So Beautiful". HEADS closes with an adaptation of Baroque composer Henry Purcell's "One Loving Night", something which can only be skillfully done by arrangers such as Bob James and Don Sebesky. With HEADS, you win!

Monkey House - Left (2016)

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Monkey House - Left (2016)

Monkey House - Left (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 382 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 106 Mb
Soft Rock, Jazz-Rock, Jazz-Pop | Label: Alma Records | # ACD52762 | Time: 00:56:07

Monkey House is the creation of singer/songwriter/arranger/producer Don Breithaupt. Left is their fifth album, and the follow-up to their 2012 album, Headquarters. Left features a slew of great players including Jay Graydon, guitar ace Elliott Randall, saxophonist Donnie McCaslin, Kim Mitchell, Drew Zingg and Michael Leonhart. Left is more than a collection of songs, it's a fully formed and compelling work of art Don explains that "I'm rather a traditionalist. I view the making of an album as part of the art form. It is meant to be cohesive, something that musically and sonically sounds like one body of work.

VA - Way We Were In The 1940S (The) (Memorable Melodies of A Dramatic Decade) (2004)

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VA - Way We Were In The 1940S (The) (Memorable Melodies of A Dramatic Decade) (2004)

VA - Way We Were In The 1940S (The) (Memorable Melodies of A Dramatic Decade) (2004)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 206 MB
1:11:33 | Jazz Pop | Label: The Gift of Music

Although my title seems to refer that the 1940's were happy, I meant that those were the days when I grew up hearing the music my parents & grandparents were playing on the old record player. The songs in this album are all sung or played by the original artists. It is a treasure to have if you were born in the 1940's or even the early 1950's. The songs remind me of wonderful memories being with my family on a Sunday afternoon, listening to the songs while my grandfather was in the kitchen making homemade chocolate cake & frosting. Days when we had nothing to worry about but licking that bowl when he was done.I love the 40's music & know if you listen to some of the tracks you will appreciate the music too. Hope you all enjoy as much as I do. - Amazon Review by Lorraine Latimer

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

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VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Vol. 2: Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973 (2007)

VA - Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, Volume 2 (2007)
Groovy Instrumentals From The UK 1965-1973

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 344 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb
Label: Psychic Circle | # PCCD7013 | Time: 00:56:06 | Scans ~ 64 Mb
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Jazz Pop, Lounge, Early R&B

Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond once again invites us to join him in the obscure pleasures of little-known pop, R&B, and jazz instrumental sides of the '60s and '70s with this collection. A number of the selections featured on Return of the Instro-Hipsters are so obscure that even Saloman isn't sure just who is responsible for them (though he offers some educated guesses on the artists behind such names as Sharks, Oliver Bone, and the Masked Phantom), but there are a good share of solid grooves and kicky melodies to be found here from a number of gifted little-knowns. If you went to the movies in the '70s, "Soul Thing" by Tony Newman will sound familiar, while flautist Harold McNair solos over a Dave Brubeck-influenced piano groove on "The Hipster," Jerry Allen demonstrates new uses for game calls on "Fuzzy Duck," Thunder Road's synthesized version of "Peter Gunn" beats Art of Noise's variation on the theme by more than 15 years, "The Brooke Bond Beat" by Cliff Adams may be the most swingin' tea commercial ever, and the Outer Limits serve up some tough, moody rock, appropriately titled "Black Boots".

Steve Oliver - Albums Collection 1999-2016 (10CD + DVD5) [Re-Up]

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Steve Oliver - Albums Collection 1999-2016 (10CD + DVD5) [Re-Up]

Steve Oliver - Albums Collection 1999-2016 (10CD + DVD5)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 3.78 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.41 Gb | Time: 08:41:14
DVD5 | NTSC, 16:9 (720x480) VBR | AC3 5.1 @ 448 Kbps or 2.0 @ 192 Kbps | 01:26:12 | ~ 3.6 Gb
Guitar Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Jazz Pop, Pop/Rock | Scans included

Playing sideman to Rick Braun, Larry Carlton, Gato Barbieri, the Neville Brothers, and many others introduced guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver to smooth jazz fans, but it was with Steve Reid's band that Oliver found a following. It was 1996 when Reid contacted Oliver at the last minute to fill in for a canceled opening act. Oliver hit the stage as a solo act and Reid was impressed with the guitarist's vocalese skills and summery sound. Oliver had come to vocalese not through King Pleasure or Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, but through Bobby McFerrin and Pat Metheny's work with Richard Bona and David Blamires, who sang along with guitar solos. Being a fan of the earthy Metheny sound, Reid hired Oliver after the gig and featured him in his touring band. Reid's Mysteries and Passion in Paradise albums featured Oliver not only as guitarist but songwriter as well. Oliver struck out on his own in 1999 with his debut, First View, released by Night Vision. The album spawned three hit singles on smooth jazz radio and earned the guitarist a Debut Artist of the Year award from Smooth Jazz News.

VA - Smooth 70s (2021) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}

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VA - Smooth 70s (2021) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}

VA - Smooth 70s (2021) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | scans | 618 mb
Genre: pop rock, pop jazz, jazz pop, R&B, soul, folk pop

If the smoothest of music makes you want to cuddle, this collection may motivate you to cuddle even more. Smooth 70s is a 2021 compilation of some of the most pleasant pop music of the 1970's, when pleasantries in music could still be enjoyed. Who made this? X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group.

VA - 70's Pop: Classic Singles (2018) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}

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VA - 70's Pop: Classic Singles (2018) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}

VA - 70's Pop: Classic Singles (2018) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | scan | 268 mb
Genre: pop rock, progressive rock, soul, R&B, jazz pop, folk rock, rock, country, punk rock

There was a time when pop singles could mean anything from country to progressive rock and you could hear all of it on one or two radio stations. 70's Pop: Classic Singles is a 2018 compilation that goes anywhere and everywhere and that makes this a delight. This was released by X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group.

VA - 80s Summer Hits (2021) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}

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VA - 80s Summer Hits (2021) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}

VA - 80s Summer Hits (2021) {X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group}
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | scans | 315 mb
Genre: synth pop, new wave, jazz pop, R&B, soul

80s Summer Hits is a 2021 compilation that will take you back to the decade of splendor and celebrations. Many of these artists you will remember while a few of the songs may have been briefly forgotten but will bring back to how much you loved them. This is an X5 Music Group/Warner Music Group presentation

Bob James - BJ4 (1977) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015 [Re-Up]

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Bob James - BJ4 (1977) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015 [Re-Up]

Bob James - BJ 4 (1977) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans included
Smooth Jazz, Jazz Pop, Fusion | Label: Tappan Zee | # VICJ-61717 | Time: 00:41:11

BJ 4 starts off promising with a flugelhorn solo from the great Art Farmer, but the music soon sinks into pure commercialism. Bob James' keyboards are always prominent, as are the rather mechanical rhythms churned out by bassist Gary King, drummer Steve Gadd, and percussionist Ralph MacDonald. Although there are some catchy moments, the six selections (which all clock in between almost five and almost seven minutes) never seem to travel anywhere. Farmer, flutist Hubert Laws and guitarist Eric Gale have short solos that are primarily used as props and for contrast before James takes back complete control. The occasional strings and woodwinds make the light funk music here seem a bit Muzaky, so this is one to skip.

VA - Upbeat Happy Music (2021) {UMG Recordings}

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VA - Upbeat Happy Music (2021) {UMG Recordings}

VA - Upbeat Happy Music (2021) {UMG Recordings}
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | scans | 313 mb
Genre: modern pop, jazz pop, synth pop, new wave, R&B, soul, hip-hop, rap

If happiness is what you desire, happiness is what you will get in this 37-track compilation released in 2021 called Upbeat Happy Music. Living life with smiles is what you will get here by listening to some of the most friendly boppers of the last 40 years, which also proves it is still being done in the 21st centiry of life. This was put out by UMG Recordings.