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Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books: The Ballads (1994)

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Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books: The Ballads (1994)

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books: The Ballads (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans ~ 89 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 521 867-2 | 01:04:27

Though her career stretched from the '30s to the '80s and she's widely considered possibly the greatest female jazz singer or all time, Ella Fitzgerald will probably forever be best known for a mid-'50s collection of albums collectively called the Songbooks, where she devoted entire albums to the works of such composers as Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, and Duke Ellington. THE BEST OF THE SONGBOOKS: THE BALLADS is one of the many compilations based on these recordings, and one of the best. From its beautiful, informative packaging to its gorgeously remastered sound, this 16-track, 64-minute collection treats the material with the respect it deserves. The material, of course, is first-rate, wall-to-wall standards from Johnny Mercer's wistful "Laura" to Ellington's sly "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me." Fitzgerald's performances are equally outstanding, as are the mostly big-band arrangements. This is as good as jazz ballad collections get.

Leon Redbone - Double Time (1977)

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Leon Redbone - Double Time (1977)

Leon Redbone - Double Time (1977)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 157 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 80 Mb
Label: Warner Bros. | # 2971-2 | Time: 00:34:57 | Scans ~ 94 Mb
Blues, Ragtime, Guitar Jazz, Folk Jazz, Standarts

Leon Redbone followed up his debut long-player On the Track (1975) with Double Time (1977), an equally enchanting, if not somewhat eclectic blend, of jazz, folk, blues and pop standards – all in Redbone's undeniably distinct throaty baritone. While the tunes may be familiar, these renderings are steeped in the artist's unique sensibilities. The results are uniformly ingenious and commence with a New Orleans ragtime flavored interpretation of Blind Boy Blake's dirty "Diddy Wa Diddie" blues. Augmenting Redbone's acoustic guitar is an extended cast of session stalwarts and a host of other musical notables – such as Milt Hinton (bass), Jonathan Dorn (tuba), Vic Dickenson (trombone) and Jo Jones (drums). Don McLean (banjo) sits in, supplying his criminally underutilized instrumental versatility on the endearing revamp of Jimmie Rodgers' "Mississippi Delta Blues." The decidedly demented reading of "Sheik of Araby" is nothing short of inspired insanity. Redbone incorporates a Screamin' Jay Hawkins-esque persona belting out a variety of hoots, snorts, howls and hob-gobbles set behind a hot-steppin' fret board flurry à la Django Reinhardt.

VA - Anything Goes: The Cole Porter Songbook - Instrumentals (1992)

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VA - Anything Goes: The Cole Porter Songbook - Instrumentals (1992)

VA - Anything Goes: The Cole Porter Songbook - Instrumentals (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Scans ~ 93 Mb | 01:05:04
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Big Band, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Verve | # 517 168-2

Interpretations of classic Cole Porter standarts by the greatest jazz musicans: Charlie Parker, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Art Tatum, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk, Sonny Stitt, Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Tal Farlow, Oscar Peterson, Jim Hall, Abbey Lincoln, and many other big names.

Diana Krall - All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio) (1996) Japanese Edition [Re-Up]

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Diana Krall - All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio) (1996) Japanese Edition [Re-Up]

Diana Krall - All For You (A Dedication To The Nat King Cole Trio) (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 278 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:16
Vocal Jazz, Standards, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Impulse!, GRP | # UCCV-3026

Pianist/vocalist Diana Krall pays tribute to the Nat King Cole Trio on her Impulse! set. In general, the medium and up-tempo tunes work best, particularly such hot ditties as "I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm," "Frim Fram Sauce," and "Hit That Jive Jack." Krall does not attempt to directly copy Cole much (either pianistically or vocally), although his influence is obviously felt on some of the songs. The slow ballads are actually as reminiscent of Shirley Horn as Cole, particularly the somber "I'm Through With Love" and "If I Had You." Guitarist Russell Malone gets some solo space on many of the songs and joins in on the group vocal of "Hit That Jive Jack," although it is surprising that he had no other opportunities to interact vocally with Krall; a duet could have been delightful. Bassist Paul Keller is fine in support, pianist Benny Green backs Krall's vocal on "If I Had You," and percussionist Steve Kroon is added on one song. Overall, this is a tasteful effort that succeeds.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2012]

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2012]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis Again (1957) [Remastered 2012]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 216 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb | Scans included | 00:44:18
Vocal Jazz, Standarts, Vocal Pop | Label: Analogue Productions, Verve | # CVRJ 4017 SA

Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original master tapes to vinyl and PCM. There isn't much one can say about an album whose title is Ella And Louis Again. The "again" obviously means they've already done one album together and beyond that, what can you say about two people like Ella and Louis? I doubt that there's anyone today who loves music, who doesn't know Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The backing, with the Oscar Peterson Trio and Louis Bellson substituting for Buddy Rich, remains, as in the first album, quiet, discreet, swinging.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963) Remastered Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

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John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963) Remastered Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman (1963) Remastered Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 172 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 84 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Vocal Jazz, Standarts | Label: Impulse! | # 0602498840146 | Time: 00:31:16

John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman, although quite unexpected, works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Coltrane's playing throughout the session is beautiful, sympathetic, and still exploratory; he sticks exclusively to tenor on the date. At only half an hour, one wishes there were twice as much music, but what is here is classic, essential for all jazz collections.

Ralph Sharon Trio - The Magic of George Gershwin (2000)

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Ralph Sharon Trio - The Magic of George Gershwin (2000)

Ralph Sharon Trio - The Magic of George Gershwin (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Classic Jazz, Standarts, Piano Jazz | Label: Avid | # AMSC 712 | Time: 00:55:28

Wonderful CD by legendary pianist, arranger and band leader Ralph Sharon constitute exciting additions to Avid’s Essential Collection series. Born in London in 1926 Ralph Sharon is arguably one of the great unsung heroes of British popular music. Playing with such British greats as Ted Heath, Ronnie Scott and Victor Feldman before leaving for the USA where after becoming an American citizen he went on to become musical director and accompanist to Buddy Rich, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Carmen McCrae, Peggy Lee and most famously Tony Bennett. On these delightful recordings Ralph is joined for the first time in 40 years by old sparring partners Jack Parnell on drums and Lennie Bush on bass to pay tribute to some of the greatest songwriters America has ever produced. All three musicians play as if they had just left off all those years before as they tip their hats to the music of George Gershwin, offering us music of the very highest standard.

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra Sings Cole Porter (2003)

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Frank Sinatra - Sinatra Sings Cole Porter (2003)

Frank Sinatra - Sinatra Sings Cole Porter (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:53:18
Vocal Pop, Standarts, Vocal Jazz | Label: Sony BMG (Russia) | # 88697 02725 2

As the repository of the earliest phase of Frank Sinatra's solo career, 1943-1952, Columbia Records is usually thought to be at a disadvantage against the more accomplished work the singer recorded for Capitol Records and his own Reprise imprint. But in two albums released on the same day in 2003, Sinatra Sings Cole Porter and Sinatra Sings Gershwin, Columbia's Legacy division expands on its studio recordings of Sinatra by borrowing airchecks from the collection of Charles L. Granata, and thereby improves its holdings. Sinatra would not seem at first blush to be the ideal interpreter of Porter, if only because his rough-and-tumble background is always visible beneath his careful intonation, while Porter's lyrics are redolent of wealth and comic condescension. But Sinatra sang "Night and Day" in his first solo session in 1942 and went on to perform Porter throughout his career, often achieving near-definitive readings. The ground on which they met was intellectual rather than social: Porter was at heart a wit, and Sinatra understood the jokes, while emphasizing what emotional content there was, giving it a greater sincerity than the songwriter might have intended. This collection effectively mixes a bunch of studio recordings with previously unreleased radio performances that find Sinatra ranging over many different Porter moods.

Kenny Rankin - Professional Dreamer (1995)

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Kenny Rankin - Professional Dreamer (1995)

Kenny Rankin - Professional Dreamer (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 299 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standarts | Label: Private Music | # 01005-82124-2 | 00:52:03

Kenny Rankin sings like Chet Baker would have if Baker had had a voice. His tone is high (Rankin's speaking voice is actually fairly low) and he has a subtle, cool style. It is a bit of a surprise, but Rankin (whose previous output has been in pop music) is actually a fine jazz singer. He always sticks to the lyrics when performing veteran standards (there is no scatting), but changes many of the notes, even during the melody statements, and he is definitely improvising. Rankin's concept is kind of strange ("At Last" and "The Very Thought of You" are radically changed) but successful and he has a strong and likable voice.

Madeleine Peyroux - Dreamland (1996)

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Madeleine Peyroux - Dreamland (1996)

Madeleine Peyroux - Dreamland (1996)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 219 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Artwork included
Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Blues, Standarts | Label: Atlantic | # 7567-82946-2 | 00:39:39

Madeleine Peyroux made a bit of a stir in 1996 due to her voice sounding remarkably close at times to Billie Holiday's. This wide-ranging set features Peyroux singing swing standards, originals and tunes that hint at country and folk music. Her supporting cast, which changes on each selection, includes a restrained James Carter on tenor and bass clarinet, Marc Ribot on dobro and guitar, trumpeter Marcus Printup, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and violinist Regina Carter, among others. A very interesting release which, despite the derivative nature of Peyroux's voice, is full of surprises. Highlights include "Walkin' After Midnight," "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "La Vie en Rose" and "Muddy Water".

Michael Buble - To Be Loved (2013) Deluxe Edition

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Michael Buble - To Be Loved (2013) Deluxe Edition

Michael Bublé - To Be Loved (2013) Deluxe Edition
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 383 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 92 Mb
Label: Reprise Records | # 9362-49449-3 | Time: 00:56:58
Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing, Standarts, Pop/Rock

Vocalist Michael Bublé's 2013 studio album, To Be Loved, is a slick and classy Bob Rock-produced affair that follows up his hit 2011 holiday album, Christmas, and once again showcases the Canadian crooner's take on swinging pop music. Most longtime Bublé fans will have a sense of what to expect here and, in that sense, should be quite pleased with the album. As with previous Bublé releases, To Be Loved finds the vocalist tackling a handful of American Popular Song standards and some more contemporary pop covers. This time around, Bublé even peppers the album with a few very vintage '60s soul-sounding numbers. To these ends, Bublé kicks things off with a brightly swinging take on "You Make Me Feel So Young," turns in a neo-soul version of the Bee Gees "To Love Somebody," and digs deep into Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' You." Also adding flavor here are a few guest appearances including duets with actress Reese Witherspoon, Bryan Adams, and the Puppini Sisters.

Nina Simone - The 60's, Volume 1: Ne Me Quitte Pas (1989)

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Nina Simone - The 60's, Volume 1: Ne Me Quitte Pas (1989)

Nina Simone - The 60's, Volume 1: Ne Me Quitte Pas (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 376 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 189 Mb
Label: Mercury | # 838 543-2 | Time: 01:09:53 | Scans included
Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz Blues

Nina Simone was one of the most gifted vocalists of her generation, and also one of the most eclectic. Simone was a singer, pianist, and songwriter who bent genres to her will rather than allowing herself to be confined by their boundaries; her work swung back and forth between jazz, blues, soul, classical, R&B, pop, gospel, and world music, with passion, emotional honesty, and a strong grasp of technique as the constants of her musical career.

Emilie-Claire Barlow - The Very Thought Of You (2007) [Japanese Edition]

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Emilie-Claire Barlow - The Very Thought Of You (2007) [Japanese Edition]

Emilie-Claire Barlow - The Very Thought Of You (2007)
EAC | APE | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Standarts | Label: Victor | # VICJ-61527 | Time: 01:00:05

Named after the 1934 Ray Noble-penned standard made famous by Bing Crosby, The Very Thought of You is the sixth studio album from Canadian jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow. Released in 2007, it features silky-smooth renditions of Nat King Cole's "Almost Like Being in Love," Billie Holiday 's "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," and Mama Cass' "Dream a Little Dream of Me" alongside interpretations of hits from various musicals including Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma!, and Pennies from Heaven.

VA - I Get A Kick Out Of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume II (1991)

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VA - I Get A Kick Out Of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume II (1991)

VA - I Get A Kick Out Of You: The Cole Porter Songbook, Volume II (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 277 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 00:56:29
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standarts | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 511 070-2

Terrific versions of classic Cole Porter songs recorded by jazz's greatest vocalists… Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Merrill, Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Horn, Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, Blossom Dearie, Morgana King, and Betty Carter.

Frank Sinatra - Hello Frank: The Anniversary Collection (2015) {12CD Box Set}

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Frank Sinatra - Hello Frank: The Anniversary Collection (2015) {12CD Box Set}

Frank Sinatra - Hello Frank: The Anniversary Collection (2015) {12CD Box Set}
EAC Rip | WavPack (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 2,59 Gb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 1,25 Gb
Scans Included | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Traditional Pop, Standarts | Ermitage #ERM 900

By the end of 2015, exactly December 12, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 years old. An anniversary celebrated around the world for the first six months of 2016 with concerts, exhibitions, initiatives, records. The Hello Frank: The Anniversary Collection contains 12 CDs for a total of 170 songs including the most popular "I´ve got under my skin", "My funny Valentine", "Ol ´my river", "Blue skyes "," Sweet Lorraine "and many more.