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Rick Laird with Joe Henderson, Tom Grant, Ron Steen - Soft Focus (1976) Japanese Remastered 2015 [Re-Up]

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Rick Laird with Joe Henderson, Tom Grant, Ron Steen - Soft Focus (1976) Japanese Remastered 2015 [Re-Up]

Rick Laird - Soft Focus (1976) Japanese Remastered 2015
with Joe Henderson, Tom Grant and Ron Steen

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 136 Mb | Scans included
Fusion, Post-Bop | Label: Timeless/Solid/Ultra-Vybe | # CDSOL-6384 | Time: 00:43:24

An album led by guitarist Rick Laird, but a set that's probably equally noteworthy for the presence of tenorist Joe Henderson on a few tracks – who really shines here in an overlooked late 70s session! The core group is great enough – as Laird has these round, classic jazz guitar tones that slide in with soulful beauty next to the piano and Fender Rhodes of Tom Grant – and when Henderson's not around, Grant's solos are especially great – and really have this lyrical power that grabs us right away, and almost makes us forget the presence of Joe! But then Henderson comes back with that subtle edge of his – similar to his playing on the Mirror Mirror record – a raspy tone that really deepens the whole proceedings. Henderson produced the record, and plays on the tracks "Outer Serge" and "Tranquility".

The Crusaders - Chain Reaction (1975)

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The Crusaders - Chain Reaction (1975)

The Crusaders - Chain Reaction (1975)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, Fusion, Crossover Jazz | Label: MCA | # MCAD-1648 | Time: 00:40:36

One of the tastiest concoctions of the mid-'70s jazz-fusion era, Chain Reaction finds the Crusaders at the top of their form. The compositions are both accessible and memorable, and the playing is uniformly excellent. Guitarist Larry Carlton delivers some of his finest licks and funkified rhythm work. Wayne Henderson shows there is a place in fusion for the trombone. Wilton Felder does double duty, delivering smoking saxophone lines and funky bass riffs. Joe Sample's Fender Rhodes piano provides a solid chordal foundation and great solos. And the stickman, Stix Hooper, keeps the groove solid. The band employs a variety of rhythms and tempos, and gives the members plenty of room to strut their individual and collective stuff. In fact, "collective" may be the key word here, for this is the sound of a band, not just a group of guys thrown together for a recording session. Chain Reaction was one of the albums that helped lure young, rock and soul-oriented listeners over to check out the jazz side, and should not be missed by those interested in the more accessible, funky side of fusion.

Alice Coltrane - Ptah, The El Daoud (1970) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2004

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Alice Coltrane - Ptah, The El Daoud (1970) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2004

Alice Coltrane - Ptah, The El Daoud (1970) Japanese Remastered Reissue 2004
with Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter and Ben Riley

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal, Free Jazz | Impulse!/Universal | # UCCI-9106 | Time: 00:46:11

Sometimes written off as an also-ran to her more famous husband, Alice Coltrane's work of the late '60s and early '70s shows that she was a strong composer and performer in her own right, with a unique ability to impregnate her music with spirituality and gentleness without losing its edges or depth. Ptah, The El Daoud is a truly great album, and listeners who surrender themselves to it emerge on the other side of its 46 minutes transformed. From the purifying catharsis of the first moments of the title track to the last moments of "Mantra," with its disjointed piano dance and passionate ribbons of tenor cast out into the universe, the album resonates with beauty, clarity, and emotion. Coltrane's piano solo on "Turiya and Ramakrishna" is a lush, melancholy, soothing blues, punctuated only by hushed bells and the sandy whisper of Ben Riley's drums and later exchanged for an equally emotive solo by bassist Ron Carter.

VA - Blue Note Jazz Inspiration: Best Of Bar Jazz (2011)

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VA - Blue Note Jazz Inspiration: Best Of Bar Jazz (2011)

VA - Blue Note Jazz Inspiration: Best Of Bar Jazz (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Label: EMI | # 50999 80953 2 1 | Time: 01:05:44
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Cool, Post-Bop, Fusion, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova

Bar jazz is not a term for a musical genre, it is rather a conceptual idea or a special mood. Let Dianne Reeves beguile with her confessional "You Taught My Heart To Sing" or Brazilian super star Eliane Elias with a tantalizing version of "How Insensitive". Relax even more with the warm sound of Miles Davis and the dignified style of Stan Getz. Now, grab a coctail and settle down in a comfortable lounge chair. All set for a perfect hour of bar jazz at its best.

VA - Jazz Me Tonight (2019)

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VA - Jazz Me Tonight (2019)

VA - Jazz Me Tonight (2019)
WEB Rip | FLAC with auCDtect | scans | 645 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 262 mb
Genre: jazz, vocal jazz

Jazz Me Tonight is a 2019 compilation of soothing jazz to get you to the right place. This is a digital release which doesn't have a label attached to it but it's all the original versions by the original artists.

Joe Henderson - Big Band (1996)

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Joe Henderson - Big Band (1996)

Joe Henderson - Big Band (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 374 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 141 MB | Covers - 56 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (533 451-2)

On this 1996 recording, improbably the first to ever feature him leading a big band, the inimitable Joe Henderson assembled nine compositions (seven of which were self-penned) and a topnotch band for a very interesting record. Volumes have been written about Henderson as a soloist but, on Big Band, even the longest-term Henderson fan gets to hear his prodigious skills as a big band arranger for the first time. Influenced by Bill Holman and Bill Russo as much as by classical composers Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartok, his charts are cool and sophisticated. Of course, Henderson's cause is helped by the absolutely unquestioned majesty of the core material, as well as a fine batch of co-soloists, including Chick Corea, Christian McBride, and Freddie Hubbard…

VA - Blue Note Perfect Takes (2004) {Blue Note/EMI}

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VA - Blue Note Perfect Takes (2004) {Blue Note/EMI}

VA - Blue Note Perfect Takes (2004) {Blue Note/EMI}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and LOG | scans | 338 mb
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | RAR | 126 mb
Genre: jazz

Blue Note Perfect Takes is a 2004 compilation honoring the work of engineer Rudy Van Gelder. This was released by Blue Note via EMI.

Joe Henderson - The State Of The Tenor, Volumes 1 & 2 (1986) [Reissue 1994]

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Joe Henderson - The State Of The Tenor, Volumes 1 & 2 (1986) [Reissue 1994]

Joe Henderson - The State Of The Tenor, Volumes 1 & 2 (1986) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 559 MB | Covers (9 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7243 8 28879 2 8)

Blue Note's Doubletime series combines live sessions previously issued on two single albums onto one double CD. One of the first releases was Joe Henderson's brilliant tenor sax recital recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1985. The State of the Tenor, Vols. 1 & 2 features Henderson backed only by bass and drums in a setting that pays homage to his prime stylistic source, Sonny Rollins, while displaying his prime skills in an ideal forum. The 14 selections range from customary standards to Henderson originals, and include compositions by Sam Rivers, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Horace Silver. It is not only a fine trio outing, but a series of performances in which Henderson strips songs to their essence, turning them into his own vision.

Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe (1966) [Reissue 2003]

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Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe (1966) [Reissue 2003]

Joe Henderson - Mode For Joe (1966) [Reissue 2003]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 314 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 126 MB | Covers (9 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 91894 2 0)

Given the recording date of Mode for Joe and the band lineup, it's easy to assume this is a straight-up hard bop album. However, this 1966 Joe Henderson record - featuring trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Joe Chambers - is a great example of modern jazz at its best. It was recorded during a time of sweeping musical changes due to developments in free jazz, soul-jazz, and even early experiments with fusion. It was a time when the bluesy and funky leanings of hard boppers were giving way to more individualized contemporary approaches…

Joe Henderson with Wynton Kelly Trio - Straight, No Chaser [Recorded 1968] (1996) (Repost)

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Joe Henderson with Wynton Kelly Trio - Straight, No Chaser [Recorded 1968] (1996) (Repost)

Joe Henderson with Wynton Kelly Trio - Straight, No Chaser [Recorded 1968] (1996)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 389 MB | Covers - 89 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (531 561-2)

Taken from the same live session that resulted in Verve's Four, this set (which was released for the first time in 1996) matches the great tenor Joe Henderson with the former Miles Davis rhythm section of pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb. Although Henderson had not played with the other musicians before, they blend together quite well and obviously inspired each other. In addition to a variety of standards, the quartet also performs a couple of then-recent songs ("Days of Wine and Roses" and "On a Clear Day [You Can See Forever]"), the ancient "Limehouse Blues," and Miles Davis' "Pfrancing."

Joe Henderson - In Pursuit Of Blackness (1971) & Black Is The Color (1972) [Reissue 1998]

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Joe Henderson - In Pursuit Of Blackness (1971) & Black Is The Color (1972) [Reissue 1998]

Joe Henderson - In Pursuit Of Blackness (1971) & Black Is The Color (1972) [Reissue 1998]
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 482 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 189 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Milestone (MCD-47080-2)

In Pursuit Of Blackness (1971). The first 120 seconds or so of "Mind Over Matter" feature Joe Henderson, Stanley Clarke, and underground luminaries Lenny White (drums) and George Cables (keyboard) engaged in free-form, expressionist, abstract improv and then, in a short contained explosion, Henderson starts blowing his tenor like he's spitting out rounds of bullets from a gun. A torrent solo follows and, just when you think the song won't let up, in comes Curtis Fuller's trombone and then Pete Yellen's flute…

Joe Henderson - Our Thing (1964) [Reissue 2000] (Repost)

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Joe Henderson - Our Thing (1964) [Reissue 2000] (Repost)

Joe Henderson - Our Thing (1964) [Reissue 2000]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 295 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 118 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 5 25647 2 9)

Joe Henderson's second recording as a leader features a very strong supporting cast: trumpeter Kenny Dorham (one of Henderson's earliest supporters), pianist Andrew Hill, bassist Eddie Khan, and drummer Pete La Roca. Together they perform three Dorham and two Henderson originals, advanced music that was open to the influence of the avant-garde while remaining in the hard bop idiom. The up-tempo blues "Teeter Totter" contrasts with the four minor-toned pieces and, even if none of these songs became standards, the playing is consistently brilliant and unpredictable. Even at this relatively early stage, Joe Henderson showed his potential as a great tenorman.

Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles) (1993)

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Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles) (1993)

Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far (Musings for Miles) (1993)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 391 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 171 MB | Covers - 60 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (517 674-2)

Joe Henderson's follow-up to his hugely successful Lush Life disc is another concept album, this time involving ten songs (including many lesser-known ones) associated with Miles Davis. Henderson only actually played with Davis for a few weekends around 1967 but he shows a great deal of understanding for this potentially difficult music. With particularly strong assistance from guitarist John Scofield, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Al Foster, Henderson revives such forgotten songs as "Teo," "Swing Spring" and "Side Car" in addition to coming up with fresh interpretations of "Miles Ahead," "Milestones" and "No Blues." He is to be congratulated for not taking the easy way out and sticking to the simpler material of Davis's earlier years.

Joe Henderson - Porgy & Bess (1997)

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Joe Henderson - Porgy & Bess (1997)

Joe Henderson - Porgy & Bess (1997)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 351 MB | Covers - 154 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (539 048-2)

In general, Joe Henderson's take on Porgy and Bess meets the high standards of his latter-day records for Verve. Working with arranger Bob Belden and a wonderful combo - including guitarist John Scofield, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, trombonist Conrad Herwig and vibraphonist Stefon Harris - Henderson brings Gershwin's music to life with subtle beauty and grace. Furthermore, he demonstrates his uniqueness - Henderson's Porgy and Bess may share the same source as Miles Davis' legendary Porgy and Bess, yet it has an original sound, relying less on orchestration than that classic…