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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.

Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson and Jay McShann - Jumpin' the Blues (2003) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions]

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Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson and Jay McShann - Jumpin' the Blues (2003) [The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions]

Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson and Jay McShann - Jumpin' the Blues (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 381 Mb | Scans ~ 80 Mb
Blues, Jazz | Label: Black & Blue | # BB 959.2 | Time: 01:02:32

As part of The Definitive Black & Blue Sessions series, alto saxophonist Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson is spotlighted on 14 digitally remastered tracks, recorded at Cargo Studio in Paris on March 9, 1969. This straight-ahead session pairs Cleanhead with pianist Jay McShann, Gene Ramey on bass, and McShann's drummer at the time, Paul Gunther. While this disc doesn't contain any unreleased tracks, it does feature several first-rate renditions of Vinson's signature tunes, including "Mr. Cleanhead Blues," "Kidney Stew," and "Juice Head Baby".

Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)

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Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)

Robben Ford - Keep On Running (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Scans included
Label: Concord Records | # CCD-2187-2 | Time: 00:49:07
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Jazz-Blues, Blues-Rock

On his second album for the Concord Jazz label, guitarist Robben Ford stays pretty much to the formula of Blue Moon from 2001. He concentrates on playing, singing, and covering great songs (and even writes a few) with interesting arrangements, inspired solos, and crisp, clean production that lets the song shine through the players. Much has been made of Ford's eclecticism and that is reflected in his choice of material here, though he never strays from the blues or R&B into jazz or fusion. Ford's selection of session players reflects his divergent interests as well: Edgar Winter appears on saxophone, while John Mayall and Ivan Neville guest along with horn bosses Bob Malach and Dan Fornero and Ford's road band. Opening the set with the title track, written by soul man Jackie Edwards, Ford lays out his formula immediately: a tight horn chart for tenor and baritone saxes, as well as trumpet; a crystal clear, expressive vocal delivery; and Ford's signature stinging guitar in the solo break lifts proceedings off on the up tip.

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.

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band (1995)

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Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band (1995)

Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band - Melvin Taylor & The Slack Band (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb
Label: Evidence | # ECD 26073-2 | Time: 00:51:16 | Scans included
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Jazz-Blues

The U.S. release of Melvin Taylor's two early-'80s LPs by Evidence a decade later was a shock introduction to a blues guitarist who seemingly blazed out of nowhere – outside of Rosa's Lounge in Chicago, that is. "Blazed" is the right word, too, because Taylor is a total maximalist who unleashes torrents of notes to fill up every space. But he's so convincing a player that the concept of "blues guitar hero" might get a good name again, even with fans dead-tired of excess who never thought they'd think things like, "Man, can Melvin Taylor play the ever-loving (add the expletive superlative of your choice) out of the guitar" again. Taylor's first real-time release, Melvin Taylor & the Slack Band, is a pretty straightforward affair – basic trio with minimal overdubs, servicable vocals in an Albert King mode, and a mix of originals and very classic covers. The opening "Texas Flood" lets him rip on a slow blues, constantly changing up his playing with wah-wah blitzes as the real ace in his sonic hole.

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".

Jimmy Smith - Plays The Hits: Great Songs, Great Performances (2010)

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Jimmy Smith - Plays The Hits: Great Songs, Great Performances (2010)

Jimmy Smith - Plays The Hits: Great Songs, Great Performances (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 263 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:41:46
Soul Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Blues | Label: Verve | # 2742931

Verve's Great Songs/Great Performances series is yet another attempt in a seemingly never-ending stream of them to repackage – and hopefully resell – their vast catalog of jazz and blues. They're super cheap in both cost and presentation, but the music is almost always stellar. Jimmy Smith's Plays the Hits volume is no exception. These eight selection are covers of tunes by the Rolling Stones ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), Fats Domino ("Blueberry Hill"), Don Covay ("Chain of Fools") James Brown ("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"), Otis Redding ("Respect"), Al Green ("Let's Stay Together"), and others. It's a groove lover's cheap dream. Dana Smart's track selection here is terrific, and whether the producer is Creed Taylor, Esmond Edwards, or Eric Miller, whether it was a small-band jam or an orchestral session arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson, the result is the same – funky soul-jazz that was a couple steps away from the Blue Note hard bop and early soul-jazz sound, toward something Smith heard in rock and soul music and big-band charts of '60s pop tunes.

Legends Of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers (2001) DVD5

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Legends Of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers (2001) DVD5

Legends Of New Orleans: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers (2001)
from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2000

DVD5 | PAL | 4:3 (720x576) VBR | AC3, 6ch, 448 kbps / 2ch, 224 kbps | ~ 3.6 Gb
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans Blues, Jazz-Blues | Time: 00:57:17

Legends of New Orleans showcases three of the city's most celebrated musicians: Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, and the Neville Brothers. These musicians came of age during the heyday of R&B when the New Orleans sound dominated the national R&B charts. These performances are from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2000, the world's largest music and cultural event with over a half million people from around the world attending. Includes a special appearance by Bonnie Raitt.

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.

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".

Danny Gatton - Funhouse (1988) Reissue 2004

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Danny Gatton - Funhouse (1988) Reissue 2004

Danny Gatton - Funhouse (1988) Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 417 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Jazz-Blues | Label: Flying Deuces Music | # 3471 | Time: 01:02:55

Danny Gatton was truly the guitarist's guitarist. Hailed by Guitar Player as the "World's Greatest Unknown Guitar Player" he was cherished by the likes of Les Paul, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Joe Pass, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Albert Lee and countless other guitar luminaries. Until his tragic and untimely death in 1994 he was every guitar players best resource for a treasure of "hot licks". Never one to tour he remains an underground treasure for those "in the know". If you play the guitar, you owe it to yourself to check out this great instrumental genius. This is a scorching live set from June 10th and 11th,1988 at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. This set features the legendary pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, who also collaborated with Gatton on Redneck Jazz Explosion, (to be reissued late summer 04’). This is also the only Gatton release to feature Danny’s jazz unit known as “The Funhouse”.

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

Billie Holiday - Perfect Complete Collection (1993) 12 CDs, Japanese Limited Edition Box Set [Re-Up]

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Billie Holiday - Perfect Complete Collection (1993) 12 CDs, Japanese Limited Edition Box Set [Re-Up]

Billie Holiday - Perfect Complete Collection (1993)
12 CDs, Japanese Limited Edition Box Set
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.87 Gb | MP3 (CBR320) ~ 1.67 Gb | Scans ~ 425 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standards | Label: Sound Hills | # SSCD8005/16 | Time: 12:24:19

This luxury bounded box (13x13x2″) contain 12 CD for a total of 236 tracks, almost all the live tracks recorded by Billie Holiday along her career. It’s an essential item for those who want to explore this side of her discography. It contains almost all the tracks mentioned below in this live discography.

Jimmy Rushing - Everyday I Have The Blues (1999)

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Jimmy Rushing - Everyday I Have The Blues (1999)

Jimmy Rushing - Everyday I Have The Blues (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 464 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 195 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Blues | Label: Impulse! | # 547 967-2 | Time: 01:08:52

It may have been relatively late in Jimmy Rushing's career when he recorded two albums for ABC/BluesWay (Every Day I Have the Blues and Livin' the Blues, both of which are reissued in full on this single CD), but he was still in prime singing voice. Joined by such friends as trombonist Dickie Wells, trumpeter Clark Terry, and tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, Rushing shows that he was still relevant on such blues-based songs as "Berkeley Campus Blues," "Blues in the Dark," "I Left My Baby," "Sent for You Yesterday," and "We Remember Prez." Even with Oliver Nelson's arrangements on the first half and an electric rhythm section on the second, both Rushing and the musicians play off each other well, resulting in a swinging set.