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Jens Sondergaard Quartet & Bob Rockwell - More Golson (2012)

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Jens Sondergaard Quartet & Bob Rockwell - More Golson (2012)

Jens Søndergaard Quartet & Bob Rockwell - More Golson (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 401 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Stunt | # STUCD 12042 | Time: 01:02:56

82-year old tenor saxophonist Benny Golson has been an active musician all his life, but he has also written numerous jazz classics of the kind you can hum, sing or whistle after hearing them only a couple of times. And one can return to them after 10 – 20 – 30 years only to discover that they sound as fresh and catchy as ever. But what is it in Golson’s music that attracts Jens Søndergaard and Bob Rockwell? Jens explains: “I’ve played with Benny on many occasions over the past 20 years, and I always enjoyed his tunes for their enduring melodic substance. Some years ago I wrote arrangements of some of his tunes for alto, tenor and rhythm section, and it seemed natural to call Bob. We’ve tried to give the compositions a twist. For instance, Along Came Betty turned into a Bossa Nova, Uptown Afterburn went funky, we changed the time signature of Killer Joe to a suggestive 6/4, and Blues March is more Mingus than the usual classic Blakey version”. The two horns sound good together.

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) Remastered Reissue 1995 [Re-Up]

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John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) Remastered Reissue 1995 [Re-Up]

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) Remastered 1995
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 203 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 75 Mb
Label: Impulse! | # IMP 11552 | Time: 00:33:04 | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Modal, Post-Bop

One of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing, that at once compiled all of the innovations from his past, spoke to the current of deep spirituality that liberated him from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and glimpsed at the future innovations of his final two and a half years. Recorded over two days in December 1964, Trane's classic quartet–Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison– stepped into the studio and created one of the most the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship. From the undulatory (and classic) bassline at the intro to the last breathy notes, Trane is at the peak of his logical and emotionally varied soloing, while the rest of the group is completely atttuned to his spiritual vibe.

David Sanborn - Songs From The Night Before (1996)

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David Sanborn - Songs From The Night Before (1996)

David Sanborn - Songs From The Night Before (1996)
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 39:45 | 321,39 Mb
Label: Elektra (USA) | Cat.# 61950-2 | Released: 1996-09-24

David Sanborn's distinctive alto is all over this set, caressing the melodies and playing short soulful solos in typical fashion. Joined by an electronic quartet that features prominent work by Ricky Peterson on keyboards (including bass and drum programming), plus a horn section, Sanborn gives humanity and honest feeling to what could have been an anonymous effort. In addition to the many originals, the influential altoist plays tasteful versions of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" and Eddie Harris' catchy "Listen Here."

Art Pepper - Art Pepper Today (1979) [Re-Up]

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Art Pepper - Art Pepper Today (1979) [Re-Up]

Art Pepper - Art Pepper Today (1979)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:44:17
Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Galaxy/Original Jazz Classics | # OJCCD-474-2 (GXY-5119)

Altoist Art Pepper, in the midst of a successful comeback, recorded this excellent set (also included in full in his massive Galaxy box set) for Galaxy. With pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Roy Haynes, Pepper performs a definitive version of his intense ballad "Patricia"; other highlights include "Miss Who," "Lover Come Back to Me" and "Chris' Blues." The CD reissue also has a second alternate version of "These Foolish Things".

Hank Crawford - Midnight Ramble (1983)

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Hank Crawford - Midnight Ramble (1983)

Hank Crawford - Midnight Ramble (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 233 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 116 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Milestone | # 0025218911221 | 00:39:30

Midnight Ramble, released in 1983 on Milestone, was saxophonist Hank Crawford's return to recording after a four-year break following his departure from Kudu. It was the beginning of a decades-long relationship with the prestigious jazz label. Crawford, a veteran of Ray Charles, had long been associated with soul-jazz groove-oriented music. On this date, he delivers a solid, straight-ahead session with some notable surprises. The first is that he plays not only his trademark alto saxophone, but also electric piano. Next is his rhythm section: Dr. John on piano and organ, Charles "Flip" Greene on bass, guitarist Calvin Newborn (brother of Phineas), and stone-cold soul-jazz drummer Bernard Purdie. But that isn't all. Crawford also includes five other horns: two trumpets, trombone, bass saxophone, and David "Fathead" Newman on tenor. Needless to say, Crawford's idea of "straight-ahead" still contains plenty, plenty soul. The program is solid, top to bottom; it's amiable, relaxed, and deeply rooted in the blues.

Hank Crawford - After Dark (1998)

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Hank Crawford - After Dark (1998)

Hank Crawford - After Dark (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Label: Milestone/Universal | # 0025218927925 | Time: 01:02:40
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz

Recorded when he was 63, After Dark finds Hank Crawford excelling by sticking to what he does so well: uncomplicated, blues-drenched, gospel-minded soul-jazz. Warmth and accessibility continued to define the veteran alto saxophonist, who sounds like he's still very much in his prime on everything from "Amazing Grace" to W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" and the standard "T'aint Nobody's Business If I Do." Crawford reminds us how appealing and sentimental a ballad player can be on "That's All," and he demonstrates that Ruby & The Romantics' early-1960s soul-pop gem "Our Day Will Come" can work quite well in a jazz setting. The saxman's noteworthy support includes producer Bob Porter (who, true to form, is smart enough to step aside and let Crawford do his thing), guitarist Melvin Sparks and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie. It's been said that Crawford is jazz's equivalent of a charismatic soul singer like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye or his former employer Ray Charles, and After Dark makes it very hard to disagree with that assertion.

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 3 (1995)

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Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 3 (1995)

Billy Harper Quintet - Live On Tour In The Far East, Vol. 3 (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 415 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb
Label: SteepleChase | # SCCD 31366 | Time: 01:16:14 | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz

The third and final stop on the Billy Harper Quintet's Far Eastern recording road show brings them to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and…well, maybe this one is the best single disc of the three. It's got the best sound, bright and well-balanced, and fans of extended jazz blowing will appreciate hearing three pieces (the shortest clocks in at just under 21 minutes) on a night when the musicians are really on and totally in synch with one another.

Stanley Turrentine - Wonderland: Stanley Turrentine Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder (1987)

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Stanley Turrentine - Wonderland: Stanley Turrentine Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder (1987)

Stanley Turrentine - Wonderland: Stanley Turrentine Plays The Music Of Stevie Wonder (1987)
Jazz, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Hard Bop | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (TIF) | 39:33 | 377,61 Mb
Label: Blue Note (USA) | Cat.# CDP 7 46762 2 | Released: 1987

"Wonderland" is an album by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, his second recorded for the Blue Note label following his return to the label in 1984, featuring four performances of tunes associated with Stevie Wonder by Turrentine with Don Grusin, Ronnie Foster, Mike Miller, Abe Laboriel, Harvey Mason, and Paulinho Da Costa with guest appearances by Wonder and Eddie del Barrio.

Dexter Gordon, Al Cohn - True Blue (1976) Reissue 1994

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Dexter Gordon, Al Cohn - True Blue (1976) Reissue 1994

Dexter Gordon, Al Cohn - True Blue (1976) Reissue 1994
with Blue Mitchell, Sam Noto, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Xanadu | # XCD 1221 | Time: 00:38:16

True Blue is led in title under the auspices of Dexter Gordon as a welcome home party conducted by Don Schlitten for the expatriate tenor saxophonist in 1976. Essentially a jam session, this very talented septet features a two tenor-two trumpet front line, utilized to emphasize the soloing strength of the horns, not necessarily in joyous shouts or big-band like unison outbursts. The real star here is Barry Harris, and if you listen closely to his comping behind the soloist or his many colorful chords and single-line runs, you realize how brilliant he continued to be in his prime during this beyond-bebop time frame. The distinctly different, legato flavored sound of Al Cohn contrasts nicely to the broader range and richer tones of Gordon, while Blue Mitchell's warm West Coast trumpet phrasings also run aside but a little behind the animated and clipped brassy sounds of Sam Noto, a player deserving much wider recognition, and playing to the hilt on this recording. The session kicks off with the classic superimposed melodies of "Lady Bird" and "Half Nelson," with melodies split between the trumpet and tenor tandems.

Jackie McLean - Lights Out! (1956) [Analogue Productions' Prestige Mono Series, Remastered 2013] Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

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Jackie McLean - Lights Out! (1956) [Analogue Productions' Prestige Mono Series, Remastered 2013] Audio CD Layer [Re-Up]

Jackie McLean - Lights Out! (1956) [Remastered 2013]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 243 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 123 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions | # CPRJ 7035 SA | 00:46:10

A perpetual favorite among Jackie McLean’s earlier recordings, Lights Out finds the hard-swinging young alto saxophonist in 1956 still very much under the wing of Charlie Parker, who had died less than a year earlier. Yet McLean was beginning to find ways out of the seductive artistic security of Bird imitations. For one thing, he was experimenting with tonal variations. For another, he was working with Charles Mingus, and Mingus’s genius as a leader included forcing musicians to look deeply into their most cherished stylistic practices. The McLean of Lights Out is the hot young bebopper with a slightly acid edge to his sound and a solid blues foundation under everything he played. McLean and trumpeter Donald Byrd occasionally engage in the "pecking" technique of mutual improvisation they developed as members of the George Wallington Quintet. Hybrid Mono SACD for sale individually and as part of Analogue Productions’ Prestige Mono Series. Mini "old style" gatefold jacket packaging.

Dexter Gordon - Sophisticated Giant (1977)

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Dexter Gordon - Sophisticated Giant (1977)

Dexter Gordon - Sophisticated Giant (1977)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Columbia | # COL 471874 | Time: 00:46:00

This excellent Columbia album was recorded less than a year after Dexter Gordon's well-publicized tour of the United States following a dozen years spent living in Europe. With assistance from such other major players as trumpeters Woody Shaw and Benny Bailey, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson sounds in superlative form on Woody Shaw's "The Moontrane," four standards, and his own "Fried Bananas." In addition to the original program (which features Dexter with an all-star tentet), the 1997 CD reissue adds two 1979 features for vocalese singer Eddie Jefferson ("Diggin' It" and "It's Only a Paper Moon") that were originally released on Gordon's Great Encounters; trumpeter Shaw and trombonist Curtis Fuller co-star with Gordon. An excellent acquisition.

James Moody - The Chronological James Moody 1951-1954 (2006) [Classics 1410]

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James Moody - The Chronological James Moody 1951-1954 (2006) [Classics 1410]

James Moody - The Chronological James Moody 1951-1954 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Classics | # 1410 | Time: 01:10:53

Back in New York after three years spent gigging and recording in Europe, a mature and rejuvenated James Moody resumed the endless North American scuffle to get by as a contemporary jazz musician. Volume five in the Classics James Moody chronology presents 16 rare Mercury recordings made between October 1951 and June 1953, followed by eight Prestige titles from January and April, 1954. The first four tracks feature baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne; high points include the rowdy, bristling "Moody's Home" and "Wiggle Waggle," an R&B rocker that sounds like something right up out of the King record catalog. Beginning with the material recorded on May 21, 1952, Moody is heard leading a group largely composed of players who, like him, had worked in Dizzy Gillespie's big band. Two of these individuals – trumpeter Dave Burns and baritone saxophonist Numa "Pee Wee" Moore – show up regularly in the front line of Moody's excellent recording ensembles between 1952 and 1955.

Cory Weeds - Condition Blue: The Music of Jackie McLean (2015)

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Cory Weeds - Condition Blue: The Music of Jackie McLean (2015)

Cory Weeds - Condition Blue: The Music of Jackie McLean (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 409 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | Label: Cellar Live | # CL111214 | 01:01:12

Jackie McLean was a hard-bop alto saxophonist with a fiery tight tone, who recorded extensively in the ‘50s and ‘60s mainly with Blue Note Records. Although his forays with an organ was confined to two albums with Jimmy Smith Open House and Plain Talk, Cory Weeds’ decision to use an organ on this session does not stray off the mark. Condition Blue accomplishes the band’s intention, to acknowledge a saxophonist who had an exploratory vision. In a set list of either McLean originals, or compositions associated with him, this tight-knit band delivers the goods in firm, yet flexible style. The key players in this session in addition, to the cooly effective altoist Weeds, are Mike LeDonne, a B-3 player of energetic disposition, and creative guitarist Peter Bernstein. Also along is drummer Joe Farnsworth who is a propulsive player.

Art Pepper & Duke Jordan - In Copenhagen 1981 (1981) 2 CDs, Reissue 1996 [Re-Up]

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Art Pepper & Duke Jordan - In Copenhagen 1981 (1981) 2 CDs, Reissue 1996 [Re-Up]

Art Pepper & Duke Jordan - In Copenhagen 1981 (1981) 2 CDs, Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 745 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 344 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Cool, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Galaxy/Ace/ZYX | # 2GCD-8201-2 | Time: 02:25:23

This was the first and last time Pepper worked with Jordan, and came about as a result of Pepper's usual pianist, George Cables, being unable to make the dates at Club Montmartre in Copenhagen. To Pepper's dismay, Danmarks Radio decided to record the first gig of the Montmartre series. Pepper need not have worried – the show was a rousing success, with the band tackling a set of standards (and a couple of Pepper originals) with such verve and determination that relatively simple tunes turned into astounding solo workouts (there are several drum and bass solos to be heard on this record), the amazing highlight of which is a shot at "Besame Mucho" that rounds out to twenty-two minutes. Art Pepper was in the process of dying at the time this recording was made, but there's no lack of energy, no loss of vitality. A two-CD live jazz set that's well worth having and should not be overlooked.

Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb - Reunion (2010)

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Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb - Reunion (2010)

Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb - Reunion (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 412 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans ~ 52 Mb
Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone Jazz | Label: Origin | # 82569 | Time: 01:04:04

Hadley Caliman recorded a few albums in the 1970s, then didn't record as a leader for several decades until after retiring from his teaching job, then came a series of CDs issued by Origin, of which this is the third. This reunion with fellow tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb marks their first opportunity to play together since the mid-'60s, aside from one brief meeting in the 40-plus-year stretch leading up to this record date. Many two-tenor sax sessions end up being battles, but the two veterans are old friends who aren't trying to top one another and instead focus on inspiring each other's playing. The potent rhythm section includes pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Chuck Deardorf, and drummer John Bishop, all seasoned players who provide excellent support throughout the date. There's plenty of fire in the rousing workout of "Love for Sale." The very deliberate setting of "I Thought About You" features some of Caliman's most powerful solo work, while the two tenor men have a ball in the loping treatment of Freddie Hubbard's timeless jazz waltz "Up Jumped Spring." The bulk of the CD features strong original compositions. Caliman contributed the vibrant "Comencia," blending a slight Afro-Cuban flavor in a brisk bop vehicle, as well as the hypnotic "Gala," which proves to be the most dramatic performance of the session.