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Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 1 (1992)

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Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 1 (1992)

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 1 (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 154 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: SteepleChase | # SCCD 31311 | 01:05:35

This series of live discs mark the first recordings of what became the regular working quintet of the criminally underrated saxophonist, composer and bandleader Billy Harper. With bassist Louie Spears the new addition to the line-up, three distinct concerts were recorded on Harper's spring, 1991 tour of the Far East and released separately without any duplication of material. Volume One comes from Pusan, Korea on April 27 and while the sound isn't the best – the bass and drums are muted and lack crispness – the extremely high quality of the music and interaction between the players more than compensates.

Stanley Turrentine - Six Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Box Set

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Stanley Turrentine - Six Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Box Set

Stanley Turrentine - Six Classic Albums (2012) 4CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.32 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 545 Mb | Covers ~ 15 Mb | 03:58:33
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Real Gone Jazz | # RGJCD337

This collection provides a great value, especially if you total up the costs of each album separately. There are a few issues of which you should be aware. Sound quality is acceptable, but not spectacular. Audiophiles will hate these discs, but I assure you that they are listenable. More importantly, these are not cheesy 'needle drop' transfers from scratchy LPs. Plus these are from albums recorded in the late 1950s/early 1960s during an era when recording technology was rapidly improving. If you compare these to some of the albums to which I've linked below you will see that the ones in this collection do not have bonus tracks. In all cases you are getting tracks that were released on the original album. The six albums span four discs.

Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (1957)

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Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (1957)

Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (1957)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1993 | Analogue Productions, CAPJG 008 | ~ 251 or 104 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 27 Mb
Jazz, Bop, Soul Jazz, Cool Jazz, Sax

The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist (at least until John Coltrane surpassed him the following year). Joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, Rollins is heard at one of his peaks on such pieces as "I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)," his own "Way out West," "There Is No Greater Love," and "Come, Gone" (a fast stomp based on "After You've Gone")…

Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave (1956) [Analogue Productions Remastered 2014] Re-Up

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Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave (1956) [Analogue Productions Remastered 2014] Re-Up

Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims - Tenor Conclave (1956)
The Prestige Mono Series, Remastered 2014, Audio CD Layer
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Cool, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions | # CPRJ 7074 SA | 00:44:01

These SACD jackets feature printed wraps mounted to chipboard shells, producing an authentic, "old school" look and feel. Some people call these "mini LP" jackets. This unusual meeting of four tenor saxophone players from different "schools" was part of the Prestige Friday afternoon jam session series but far from a typical outing. The giant forebears of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker inform the backgrounds of the performers on this LP — Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and John Coltrane — and other influences such as Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, and the Sonnys (Stitt and Rollins) show up, too, depending on which of the four protagonists you’re talking about.

Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Adderley's Finest Hour (2001) [Compilation, 1955-1962 Recordings]

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Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Adderley's Finest Hour (2001) [Compilation, 1955-1962 Recordings]

Cannonball Adderley - Cannonball Adderley's Finest Hour (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 87 Mb
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Verve | # 314 549 678-2 | 01:04:47

One of the great alto saxophonists, Cannonball Adderley had an exuberant and happy sound that communicated immediately to listeners. His intelligent presentation of his music (often explaining what he and his musicians were going to play) helped make him one of the most popular of all jazzmen.

Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - Motoring Along (1975) Expanded Reissue 2004

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Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - Motoring Along (1975) Expanded Reissue 2004

Al Cohn & Zoot Sims - Motoring Along (1975) Expanded Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 429 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Cool, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Universal | # 0602498148860 | Time: 01:01:21

Al Cohn and Zoot Sims were lifelong friends who were frequent collaborators both in the studios and in clubs. Cohn only led four recording sessions (two for tiny labels) during 1963-74; all featured Sims. For their Sonet date, Al and Zoot are joined by pianist Horace Parlan, bassist Hugo Rasmussen and drummer Sven Erik Norregaard and they perform three standards, two Cohn songs and Jimmy McGriff's "Motoring Along." Zoot plays some effective soprano on "Yardbird Suite." As usual the two saxophonists mutually inspire each other on the cool-toned but frequently-heated bop date.

Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (2012)

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Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (2012)

Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring - Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 406 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included | 01:02:46
Post-Bop, Hard Bop, Straight-Ahead, Saxophone Jazz | Label: HighNote | # HCD 7232

There is a long tradition of "saxophone battles" in jazz with duos such as Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray or Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane performing together in a kind of sporting joust of abilities, a gentleman's contest for who is the better player. On the 2012 concert album Friendly Fire: Live at Smoke, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring join in this tradition with a swinging, passionate set of standards recorded live at the respected N.Y.C. venue. The album is actually a re-pairing of the duo, who first sparred on 2005's Battle: Live at Smoke. This time around they spar over such numbers as Hank Mobley's "Pat 'N' Chat," McCoy Tyner's "Inception," the standard "You've Changed," as well as Herring's own "Timothy," among others. Backing the saxophonists here are pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Carl Allen. This is a lively and exciting session of adventurous and old-school straight-ahead jazz.

Art Pepper - Laurie's Choice (1993) [Re-Up]

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Art Pepper - Laurie's Choice (1993) [Re-Up]

Art Pepper - Laurie's Choice (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 97 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: LaserLight, Delta | # 17 012 | Time: 00:37:25

Although it has come out on a budget label, these four performances (taken from concert appearances in 1978, 1980 and 1981) had never previously been released before. With support from either George Cables or Milcho Leviev on piano, David Williams or Bob Magnusson on bass and drummer Carl Burnett, the great altoist Art Pepper is in excellent form on an emotional "Kobe Blues," an intense version of "Patricia" and hard-swinging renditions of "Allen's Alley" and his own "Straight Life".

Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band - The Candy Men (2016)

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Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band - The Candy Men (2016)

Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band - The Candy Men (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 438 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:06:59
Genre: Mainstream Jazz | Label: Arbors Records | # ARCD 19450

The legendary Four Brothers reed section of Woody Herman's famous "Second Herd" big band of 1947, (Herbie Steward, Zoot Sims, Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff) is reimagined and reinvigorated by jazz icons Harry Allen, Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart and Gary Smulyan on the exciting, swinging and audacious recording of The Candy Men by Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band. Offering a sensational set of twelve bop-infused tunes containing some hard-driving, mid-tempo swing pieces to breathy and bossa-styled ballads, one sampling of this disc is just not enough. The material and the musicianship is so outstanding, that the late, great bandleader Woody Herman himself, would be proud of the way this group of jazz icons, has so elegantly represented the original Brothers section.

Joe Lovano - Viva Caruso (2002)

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Joe Lovano - Viva Caruso (2002)

Joe Lovano - Viva Caruso (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:11
Post-Bop, Modern Creative, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Blue Note | # 7243 5 35986 4

Viva Caruso is easily one of tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano's most ambitious and enjoyable recordings. Much like Terence Blanchard's Jazz in Film or Uri Caine's Urlicht/Primal Light, Viva Caruso finds the reedman adapting orchestral melodies and harmonies to a jazz format. Inspired after reading a biography about Italian tenor and opera legend Enrico Caruso, Lovano spent most of 2000 through 2001 researching Caruso's music and developing this project. There is a progressive, third stream appeal to Viva Caruso, with the various instruments laying down intricate counter-melodies and liquid, pulsating rhythms. For example, "Vesto La Giubba" from Pagliacci is slowed down here into a kind of folk-jazz meditation, not unlike something Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio might do. Likewise, "Campane a Sera" features a pretty flute introduction to a very mid-'50s, Stan Kenton-style arrangement, and Gerald Wilson could very easily have scored "Soltano a Te" with its characteristically West Coast, neo-phonic horn sounds.

Pamela Williams - Elixir (2006)

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Pamela Williams - Elixir (2006)

Pamela Williams - Elixir (2006)
Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Saxophone | EAC Rip | WavPack (WV), Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPG) | 42:12 | 315,90 Mb
Label: Shanachie (USA) | Cat.# SH-5138 | Released: 2006-03-21

While her more publicized blonde counterparts Candy Dulfer and Mindi Abair have probably gotten more thunder from the smooth jazz world and beyond, the Philly bred saxophonist has slowly emerged as a champion of a silky yet grooving, modern yet retro style best dubbed "smooth urban jazz." While Pamela Williams has been a hit from the get-go - her 1996 recording debut Saxtress earned the first of numerous accolades from the R&B world - there's no question her last two Shanachie discs have shown her at her inviting, infectious best. She made a brilliant choice on Elixir to work with keyboardist and fellow saxman David Mann, whose texturing and irresistible Philly soul ambience inspires Williams to work wonders with the punchy first single "Positive Vibe," the sexy and swaying opening track "Forbidden Fruit," and the romantic and inspirational "A Toast to Eternity."

Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)

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Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)

Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 351 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Music Group | # OJC-31276 | Time: 00:59:56

The centennial of Ben Webster's birth occurred in 2009 and producer Nick Phillips mined the vaults of various Concord-owned labels, including Pablo, Riverside, Contemporary, and Prestige/Swingville, to create this compilation featuring the late tenor saxophonist. One of the three giants of his instrument during the 1930s and 1940s (along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young), Webster was still very much at the top of his game when these sessions were recorded. When he took part in the series of small-group dates with Art Tatum, he refused to be intimidated by the pianist's intricate flourishes, simply delivering majestic solos in "My One and Only Love," "All the Things You Are," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." He's very comfortable with old friends Benny Carter and Barney Bigard in an easygoing setting of Carter's "Lula." The two live tracks, "Caravan" and "Georgia on My Mind" taken from At the Renaissance, also find Webster in an inspired mood, supported by a rhythm section including pianist Jimmy Rowles and guitarist Jim Hall.

Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)

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Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)

Stan Getz - Stan Getz in Warsaw (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans included
Cool, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Polskie Nagrania | # PNCD 148 | Time: 00:48:28

Stan Getz was invited to perform a concert with a local rhythm section in Warsaw, Poland, in 1960; he was sufficiently impressed with the trio to join them for a brief studio session afterwards. While this five-song set isn't flawless, as Getz has some problems with repeated reed squeaking in the rendition of "Cherokee," the all-standards program is otherwise very enjoyable, with excellent sound. Getz is in total control with the lush take of "Darn That Dream," as he makes a delayed entrance following pianist Andrzej Trzaskowski, who proves himself to be a thoughtful accompanist and soloist. Bassist Roman Dylag and drummer Andrzej Dabrowski also get high marks. This compilation is rounded out with two tracks from a 1974 concert in Warsaw by a working edition of the Stan Getz Quartet, with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Hart. The tenor saxophonist again gets a little sloppy with atypical reed squeaks in both tracks, which include an extended, exciting workout of Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" and an old favorite, Jobim's "Desafinado." Getz fans will definitely want to acquire this obscure Polish CD.

Ronnie Laws - Every Generation (1980) [2005, Reissue]

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Ronnie Laws - Every Generation (1980) [2005, Reissue]

Ronnie Laws - Every Generation (1980) [2005, Reissue]
R&B, Funk/Soul, Jazz-Funk | EAC Rip | FLAC, Tracks+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 34:52 | 276,93 Mb
Label: Blue Note Records/EMI Records (EU) | Cat.# 7243 4 77547 2 2 | Released: 2005-06-20 (1980)

"Every Generation" is the 5th studio album by American saxophonist Ronnie Laws released in 1980 by United Artists Records. The album reached #4 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000) [Re-Up]

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Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000) [Re-Up]

Scott Hamilton - Ballad Essentials (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 324 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Jazz | # 00013431488521 | Time: 00:58:34

Scott Hamilton's Ballad Essentials collects interpretations of standards like "Skylark", "Body and Soul", "In a Sentimental Mood", "'Round Midnight", and "My Romance". A solid collection from one of mainstream jazz's most consistent tenor sax players.