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VA - The Best Small Jazz Bands 1936-1955 (2007) 2CDs

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VA - The Best Small Jazz Bands 1936-1955 (2007) 2CDs

VA - The Best Small Jazz Bands 1936-1955 (2007) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 276 Mb | Scans ~ 113 Mb
Label: Frémeaux & Associés | # FA5194 | Time: 02:00:41
Classic Jazz, Early Jazz, Swing, Bop, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues

During its classic period, jazz saw the emergence of numerous regular small formations which successfully encouraged improvisation, enabling their best soloists a freedom of expression without any of the constraints of a big band. Jacques Morgantini allows us to discover this decisive period in the evolution of Jazz with this 36 tracks CD set featuring a 32 pages booklet.

Johnny Hodges Quintet with Lalo Schifrin - Buenos Aires Blues & The Eleventh Hour (2009) 2 LP on 1 CD

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Johnny Hodges Quintet with Lalo Schifrin - Buenos Aires Blues & The Eleventh Hour (2009) 2 LP on 1 CD

Johnny Hodges Quintet with Lalo Schifrin - Buenos Aires Blues & The Eleventh Hour (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 366 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz, Swing | Label: Lone Hill Jazz | # LHJ10373 | Time: 01:07:17

This release presents two albums by Johnny Hodges, recorded outside of the Ellington setting and both appearing here on CD for the first time ever. The first, which was originally released as PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDINGS, is in quintet format and marks Hodges only recorded encounter ever with Argentinean pianist and composer Lalo Schifrin, who contributes two compositions. While the second album, THE ELEVENTH HOUR, showcases the saxophonist soloing on standard tunes with a big band of winds & strings, conducted & arranged by Oliver Nelson.

VA - Esquire's All-American Hot Jazz Sessions (1988) [Re-Up]

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VA - Esquire's All-American Hot Jazz Sessions (1988) [Re-Up]

VA - Esquire's All-American Hot Jazz Sessions (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 234 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Classic Jazz, Swing | Label: Bluebird/RCA/BMG | # 6757-2-RB | Time: 01:07:07

This exciting CD has 20 diverse performances that were originally produced by Leonard Feather for the Victor label during 1946-47. The first eight selections feature various versions of Esquire's All-American Award Winners and have some unique combinations of musicians. "Long Long Journey" was the first record to match together Duke Ellington (who verbally introduces the song) and Louis Armstrong, and on "Snafu" Armstrong takes a surprisingly modern solo that hints at bebop. Trumpeter Charlie Shavers creates a remarkable improvisation on "The One That Got Away," ltoist Johnny Hodges plays beautifully on "Gone with the Wind" and other key players include tenor saxophonist Don Byas, trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist J.J. Johnson and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. In addition, there are selections featuring trombonist Jack Teagarden, the 52nd Street All-Stars (with Shavers, Hawkins and tenorman Allan Eager), the tenor of Lucky Thompson, trumpeter Neal Hefti, altoist Benny Carter, singer Mildred Bailey and solo piano records by Art Tatum and Erroll Garner. The mid-to-late '40s were a particularly rich period for jazz and this highly recommended CD is filled with gems.

Johnny Hodges - Castle Rock (1955/2020)

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Johnny Hodges - Castle Rock (1955/2020)

Johnny Hodges - Castle Rock (1955/2020)
WEB FLAC (Tracks) - 143 MB | Cover | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 86 MB | 00:36:36
Jazz | Label: Verve Reissues

Johnny Hodges surprised the jazz world by leaving Duke Ellington's band to go out on his own as a leader in 1951, and the early Castle Rock LP was one of his biggest successes, powered by the appeal of the very rhythmic blues title track (written by tenor saxophonist Al Sears, another Ellington veteran). Billy Strayhorn and trumpeter Emmett Berry are on hand on a few tracks. In spite of the presence of other Ellington alumni, including Lawrence Brown, trumpeter Nelson Williams, and drummer Sonny Greer, the pieces previously recorded by Hodges while he was still with Ellington just don't have the same impact with the smaller groups heard on these dates. Hodges was evidently trying to make somewhat of a break from his established sound with this recording, though the results are mixed. It's still worth acquiring, though there are a number of better recordings available under Hodges' name.