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Billy Butler - Night Life (2001)

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Billy Butler - Night Life (2001)

Billy Butler - Night Life (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 412 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Soul-Jazz | Label: Prestige | # PRCD-24260-2 | Time: 01:08:49

Billy Butler is well known to guitarists only, as the co-author of the early R&B funked-up standard "Honky Tonk," with organist Bill Doggett. The two albums featured in this single disc two-fer reissue – Guitar Soul and Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, both released in 1970 – offer a wider view of the man and his music. The opening track on Guitar Soul is a cut worthy of the Meters in its New Orleans-styled second-line funk called "Blow for the Crossing." Nine and a half minutes in length, it's dark, spooky, greasy, and funky as hell. With Seldon Powell on tenor, Sonny Phillips on organ, Specs Powell on drums, and Bob Bushnell on bass, it's a jam du jour. Everybody solos, but Butler and Phillips are the pair that bend the tune all over the place like Gumby on Pokey. With an elongated melodic line played by Powell on the saxophone and punched-up by the drums, there's nothing to keep the body still in its massive groove-o-phonics. But the almighty groove wasn't Butler's only strength. With a saxophonist like Houston Person, he could play the most elegant swing – as in their read of the Rodgers & Hart classic "Dancing on the Ceiling" on the second half of the album, or as a solo guitarist he could play from the Montoya fake book as he does on "Golden Earrings," with a classical guitar.

Sade - Love Deluxe (1992)

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Sade - Love Deluxe (1992)

Sade - Love Deluxe (1992)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Epic EK 53178 | ~ 254 or 108 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 78 Mb
Electronic, Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Downtempo

Sade's fourth album, Love Deluxe, included the hit "No Ordinary Love" and marked a return to the detached cool jazz backing and even icier vocals that made her debut album a sensation. Although Sade's style is more suggestive than hypnotic and her production and arrangements are in an urbane mode rather than a jazz one, she maintained her popularity among the fusion and urban contemporary audiences. This release also includes "Mermaid," "Pearls," and "Feel No Pain."

Simply Red - Picture Book (1985) {1992, Remastered}

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Simply Red - Picture Book (1985) {1992, Remastered}

Simply Red - Picture Book (1985) {1992, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 319 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 137 Mb
Full Scans | 00:44:24 | RAR 5% Recovery
Pop Rock, R&B, Soul-Jazz | EastWest #9031-76993-2

Picture Book is the debut album by British pop group Simply Red, released in October 1985. It contains the #1 single "Holding Back the Years", the band's most successful single, and a cover of The Valentine Brothers' "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)". Three other singles were released from the album: "Come to My Aid", "Jericho", and "Open Up the Red Box". The album includes 'lively' and 'energetic' groove beats and ballad orientated keyboard undertones that help songs such as "Holding Back the Years" to be so effective. Members Tim Kellett and Fritz McIntyre are acclaimed by Hucknall to be the most influential in the album based on the distinctive sound of their playing.

Fausto Papetti - The Very Best Of (1991)

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Fausto Papetti - The Very Best Of (1991)

Fausto Papetti - The Very Best Of (1991)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Arcade, 01 5700.61 | ~ 256 or 118 Mb | Scans Included
Sax Instrumental / Easy Listening

Fausto Papetti was an Italian alto saxophone player. His recordings, sometimes under the pseudonym "Fausto Danieli", are also characterized by album art with sexy women posing half naked. His works have been widely well-known all over the world for the last six decades. He has played the majority of most famous world Hits and pop & jazz songs of 20th century, in 45 years of his career…

Patrice Rushen - Prelusion (1974) + Before The Dawn (1975) [2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 1998] Re-Up

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Patrice Rushen - Prelusion (1974) + Before The Dawn (1975) [2 LP in 1 CD, Remastered 1998] Re-Up

Patrice Rushen - Prelusion (1974) + Before The Dawn (1975) [2 LP in 1 CD, 1998]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz | Label: Prestige | # PRCD-24207-2 | 01:17:20

This 1998 CD reissues keyboardist Patrice Rushen's first two recordings as a leader except for one selection ("Puttered Bopcorn") from the first date that was left out due to lack of space. Twenty at the time of the earlier set, Rushen showed a great deal of potential for the future, potential that (at least in the jazz world) was unfortunately never realized. Rushen is heard on the Prelusion album heading a septet that includes tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson (the most memorable soloist), trumpeter Oscar Brashear, trombonist George Bohanon and Hadley Caliman on reeds; the music is essentially advanced hard bop with touches of fusion. The later date has a similar group (without Henderson) and with guest spots for flutist Hubert Laws and guitarist Lee Ritenour. The R&B-ish vocal by Josie James on "What's the Story" hints at where Rushen would be going in the future: straight to the pop market. So overall this CD, which should have served as a bright beginning for the young keyboardist, is practically the artistic high point of Patrice Rushen's erratic career.

Nancy Wilson - The Best of Nancy Wilson: The Jazz and Blues Sessions (1996)

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Nancy Wilson - The Best of Nancy Wilson: The Jazz and Blues Sessions (1996)

Nancy Wilson - The Best of Nancy Wilson: The Jazz and Blues Sessions (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 268 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:06
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Soul-Jazz | Label: Capitol Jazz | # CDP 7243 8 53921 2 2

Nancy Wilson's not the first name in bluesy jazz (check out Dinah Washington and Joe Williams for that), but she usually can enliven the form with her sophisticated and sultry style. That's made clear on her rendition of "Stormy Monday Blues," where she eschews blues clichés in favor of a husky airiness, at once referencing a lowdown mood and infusing it with a sense of buoyancy. This split is nicely essayed on Capitol's Blues and Jazz Sessions, as half the tracks ooze with Wilson's cocktail blues tone and the other find the jazz-pop chanteuse in a summery and swinging mood. Ranging from the big band blues of "I've Got Your Number" to the lilting bossa nova "Wave," Wilson handles all the varying dynamics and musical settings with aplomb. Featuring cuts from her '60s prime with the likes of Cannonball Adderley, Oliver Nelson, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, and a host of top sidemen, this best-of disc offers a fine, off-the-beaten-path overview of Wilson's Capitol heyday.

Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)

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Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)

Aretha Franklin - The Early Years (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 355 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 150 Mb | Scans included
R&B, Soul, Gospel, Soul-Jazz | Label: Blue Label/SPV | # SPV 305712 CD | 00:56:30

These days she's known as the Queen of Soul, and indeed has been since she came to the fore belting out such well known hits as 'Respect', 'Chain Of Fools' and 'Say A Little Prayer' in the late '60s, scoring no less than ten Top 10 hits over an 18-month period from 1967-68. The rarely heard but strikingly effective recordings on 'The Early Years' come from a period when Franklin was signed to Columbia Records and offer a unique insight into the development of this amazing artist. Unlike SPV's companion piece, 'Aretha Sings The Blues', which as the title implies concentrates on a selection of blues-based recordings, 'The Early Years' is notable for the range of styles, from pop, blues, jazz, gospel and soul, that the young Franklin was able to instil into her music with the air of a seasoned veteran.

The Jazz Crusaders - Freedom Sound (1961) Reissue 2013

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The Jazz Crusaders - Freedom Sound (1961) Reissue 2013

The Jazz Crusaders - Freedom Sound (1961) Reissue 2013
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 176 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 93 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz | Label: Hallmark | # 713822 | Time: 00:33:00

The first album by the Jazz Crusaders (which started an extensive series for Pacific Jazz) introduced the colorful quintet. With trombonist Wayne Henderson and tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder giving the ensembles a unique sound, the group (also featuring regular members pianist Joe Sample and drummer Stix Hooper along with guests Jimmy Bond on bass and guitarist Roy Gaines) managed to strike a balance between creative hard bop and accessible soul-jazz. In addition to their version of "Theme From Exodus" (hoping to jump on the bandwagon created by Eddie Harris' hit rendition), the Jazz Crusaders perform originals by Felder, Henderson, and Sample ("Freedom Sound").

Isaac Hayes - Shaft: Music From The Soundtrack (1971)

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Isaac Hayes - Shaft: Music From The Soundtrack (1971)

Isaac Hayes - Shaft (Music From The Soundtrack) (1971)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 451 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 193 Mb
Label: Stax | # SCD-88002-2 | Time: 01:09:41 | Scans included
Soundtrack, Blaxploitation, Funk, Soul, Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz

Of the many wonderful blaxploitation soundtracks to emerge during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status; therefore, his being chosen to score such a high-profile major-studio film shouldn't seem like a surprise. And with "Theme from Shaft," he delivered an anthem just as ambitious and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously popular hit at the time of its release. Besides this song, though, there aren't too many more radio-targeted moments here. "Soulsville" operates effectively as the sort of downtempo ballad Hayes was most known for, just as the almost 20-minute "Do Your Thing" showcased just how impressive the Bar-Kays had become, stretching the song to unseen limits with their inventive, funky jamming.

Roy Ayers - Africa, Center Of The World (1981) [2014, Japan]

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Roy Ayers - Africa, Center Of The World (1981) [2014, Japan]

Roy Ayers - Africa, Center Of The World (1981) [2014, Japan]
Jazz, Soul, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Jazz-Funk | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 43:01 | 298,92 Mb
Label: Polydor/Universal Classics & Jazz (Japan) | Cat.# UCCU-90030 | Released: 2014-05-21 (1981)

"Africa, Center of the World" is a studio album by American musician Roy Ayers. It was released in 1981 through Polydor Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at Artisian Sound Recording Studio in Hollywood, California and Sigma Sound Studios in New York City. The album is dedicated to Fela Kuti and Bob Marley.

Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (1971) {2010, Reissue}

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Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (1971) {2010, Reissue}

Stanley Turrentine - Sugar (1971)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 389 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 155 Mb
Full Scans | 00:59:17 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Hard Bop | Sony Music / Masterworks Jazz #88697 76826 2

If ever there were a record that both fit perfectly and stood outside the CTI Records' stable sound, it is Sugar by Stanley Turrentine. Recorded in 1970, only three tracks appear on the original album (on the reissue there's a bonus live version of the title track, which nearly outshines the original and is 50 percent longer). Turrentine, a veteran of the soul-jazz scene since the '50s, was accompanied by a who's who of groove players, including guitarist George Benson, Lonnie Liston Smith on electric piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, bassist Ron Carter, organist Butch Cornell, and drummer Billy Kaye, among others.

Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles (2014) 5CD Box Set

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Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles (2014) 5CD Box Set

Ray Charles - The Very Best Of Ray Charles (2014) 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.64 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 718 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb | 05:10:41
Rhythm & Blues, Soul-Jazz, Big Band, Soul, Funk, Gospel | Label: Wagram | # 3299892

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis and Billie Holiday. He was also a superb keyboard player, arranger, and bandleader. The brilliance of his 1950s and '60s work, however, can't obscure the fact that he made few classic tracks after the mid-'60s, though he recorded often and performed until the year before his death.

VA - Diggin' Deeper 3 (1998)

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VA - Diggin' Deeper 3 (1998)

VA - Diggin' Deeper 3 (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +CUE, LOG | 508 MB | Scans
Genre: Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk | Label: Sony Music Media | Catalog Number: 489 259 2

Whatever it is or isn't, acid jazz is full of groove DNA and even when chilled, it makes the feet move. This third installment in the Diggin' Deeper: The Roots of Acid Jazz series, which collects likely funk, jazz, soul, fusion, and disco sides from the deep Columbia/Epic/Sony catalog, includes such gems as Art Blakey's "Cubano Chant" and Lalo Schifrin's "Jaws," a Shaft-meets-Frankenstein hybrid version of the Jaws movie theme. This set moves and grooves from end to end, and even listeners with little interest in the acid jazz movement that surfaced some two decades after most of these tracks were recorded will find a great little alternative dance album lurking here.

Ronnie Foster - Live: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux (1973) Japanese Reissue 2012

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Ronnie Foster - Live: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux (1973) Japanese Reissue 2012

Ronnie Foster - Live: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux (1973) Reissue 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, Soul-Jazz | Label: Blue Note/Toshiba-EMI | # TOCJ-50507 | Time: 00:45:46

Ronnie Foster Live: Cookin' with Blue Note at Montreux is a live album by American jazz organist Ronnie Foster recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973 and released on the Blue Note label.

Roy Ayers - You Might Be Surprised (1985) Expanded Edition, Remastered 2012

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Roy Ayers - You Might Be Surprised (1985) Expanded Edition, Remastered 2012

Roy Ayers - You Might Be Surprised (1985) Expanded Edition, Remastered 2012
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 412 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Label: Funky Town Grooves/Sony | # FTG 282, 88691970822 | Time: 01:09:28
Genre: Soul-Jazz, Funk, R&B

When You Might Be Surprised came out in 1985, Roy Ayers wasn't having as many hits as he had enjoyed in the late '70s. Ayers knew that if he didn't want to be accused of sounding dated, he needed to appeal to the urban contemporary tastes of 1985, so on this album he manages to update his approach without being untrue to himself. The production (some of it by James Mtume, some of it by Ayers himself) is high-tech and hip-hop influenced synthesizers and drum machines are prominent, and there are few horns and no strings. But Ayers still sounds distinctive on material that ranges from the clever single Programmed for Love and the funky Can I See You to the playful title song (a duet with singer Jean Carn).