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VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

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VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 845 466-2 | Time: 01:08:27

From a label with no shortage of first-rate jazz material come this very attractive vocal sampler. Staying true to the Compact Jazz ethos, Best of the Jazz Vocalists favors quality over hits and comes with a budget price tag. The majority of songs are from the label's prime '50s and '60s run, including a cloud-bound "Summertime" by Helen Merrill and one of the all-time great versions of "If You Could See Me Now," compliments of Billy Eckstine. Continuing with this balancing act between the sexes, the collection also includes fine work by Bill Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, and Anita O'Day; latter-day entries include Lincoln's "I've Got Thunder and It Rings" from her 1990 Verve debut and Horn's "I Got Lost in His Arms" from 1988's Close Enough for Love. Nicely wrapped up with Nina Simone's Afro-percussion clarion call "Come Ye," this Verve roundup works as the perfect primer for more adventurous trips through the label's fertile stores of essential jazz.

VA - Jazz Juice #1 (1985) Complied by Gilles Peterson, Expanded Reissue 1994

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VA - Jazz Juice #1 (1985) Complied by Gilles Peterson, Expanded Reissue 1994

VA - Jazz Juice #1 (1985) Complied by Gilles Peterson, Expanded Reissue 1994
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 164 Mb | Scans included
Label: Beechwood Music, Street Sounds | # SOUNDSCD2 | Time: 00:57:45
Bop, Swing, Cool, Mainstream Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Latin Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz

Compiled by the man largely responsible for the 'acid jazz' movement [a tongue in cheek answer to 'acid house'!], Jazz Juice was Gilles Peterson's first series of compilations made when he was still in his early twenties. The selections across these eight volumes were lovingly compiled and came to represent what was to be a resurgence of interest in all things 'cool' in jazz in the eighties, when jazz was brought to the club dancefloors via DJ sets for the first time and lost Afro-Cuban & Latin Jazz, rare grooves and Blue Note releases were keenly revived. Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Sergio Mendes, Jon Hendricks, Marcos Valle, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, and more..

VA - The Soul Of Jazz, Vol. 1 (1995)

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VA - The Soul Of Jazz, Vol. 1 (1995)

Various Artists - The Soul Of Jazz, Volume 1 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Label: Gitanes Jazz Productions/Verve | # 525 558-2 | Time: 01:00:50
Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Latin Jazz, Crossover Jazz

What you see is what you get, an excellent little compilation of the various faces of soul-jazz as presented by the Verve label with their amazing array of artists from Hugh Masekela to Willie Bobo and Herbie Mann on the one hand, and Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Hendricks (in an outstanding reading of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man") the Heath Brothers, and Teddy Edwards on the other. The track list is wonderfully varied, too: there's a smoking version of Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island" by Masekela, a pair by Jimmy Smith, and a big band – a new entry by the acid jazz group the James Taylor Quartet, but they get it deep; and Wynton Kelly goes deep into soul and blues with "Escapade." Anyway you cut it, it comes out great.