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Duke Ellington - New York Concert [Recorded 1964] (1995)

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Duke Ellington - New York Concert [Recorded 1964] (1995)

Duke Ellington - New York Concert [Recorded 1964] (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 238 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 118 MB | Covers (9 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: MusicMasters Jazz (01612-65122-2)

Duke Ellington was so brilliant as a bandleader, arranger and composer that sometimes his piano playing was taken for granted. He gave few solo concerts in his career, which makes this particular Music Masters disc something special. At a 1964 appearance before the New York chapter of the Duke Ellington Society, the pianist played several trio numbers ("Take the 'A' Train," "Satin Doll," "Caravan," a drum showcase and a "Blues Medley") with his bassist Peck Morrison and drummer Sam Woodyard. There is also a joyous feature for Willie "The Lion" Smith (Duke's biggest influence) on "Carolina Shout," a remake of the Ellington-Billy Strayhorn piano duet "Tonk," and (best of all) four unaccompanied Ellington solos which are generally thoughtful and moody. This set is a must for Duke Ellington collectors.

Woody Herman - At Carnegie Hall, 1946 (1999)

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Woody Herman - At Carnegie Hall, 1946 (1999)

Woody Herman - At Carnegie Hall, 1946 (1999)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 279 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 210 MB | Covers - 171 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (559 833-2)

While this fine double album is great to listen to, its real value is as a historical document. Bringing together the known recordings from a 1946 performance of Woody Herman and the Herd at Carnegie Hall (some of which have never been released, others of which were previously scattered across two albums), this album marks several important moments in the history of Herman's music and jazz in general. At the time of this performance, Carnegie Hall was still the exclusive bastion of classical music - though Herman's band had already played there, this performance still marked one of the first jazz concerts to be performed at the famed New York venue…

Duke Ellington - Swing 1930 to 1938 (1989)

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Duke Ellington - Swing 1930 to 1938 (1989)

Duke Ellington - Swing 1930 to 1938 (1989)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 225 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: BBC Records (BBC CD 686)

Featuring Robert Parker's excellent transfers from original mint-condition 78s, Swing 1930-1938 covers a somewhat overlooked period in Ellington's career. Lodged between his maiden hits from the Cotton Club period and the pinnacle recordings made during the early '40s, Ellington's many fine, depression-era sides include classics like "Sophisticated Lady," "Caravan," and "Prelude to a Kiss." And while this disc does not feature any of those gems (sorry for the buildup), it does contain one of Ellington's biggest hits in Ivie Anderson's singing debut "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," as well minor classics like "Rockin' in Rhythm," "Drop Me Off at Harlem," and "Stepping Into Swing Society." And in addition to the usual surfeit of quality solos by band regulars Johnny Hodges, Joe Nanton, and Harry Carney…

Jimmy Lytell - The Complete Pathé Recordings 1926-28 (2012) {Jazz Oracle BDW8069}

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Jimmy Lytell - The Complete Pathé Recordings 1926-28 (2012) {Jazz Oracle BDW8069}

Jimmy Lytell - The Complete Pathé Recordings 1926-28 (2012) {Jazz Oracle BDW8069}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 229 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 166 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 43 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1926-28, 2012 Pathé / Jazz Oracle | BDW8069
Jazz / Early Jazz / Hot Jazz / Clarinet

The complete solo clarinet recordings of Jimmy Lytell, recorded between 1926 and 1928 for Pathé. Lytell, primarily a studio musician and a mainstay of the Original Memphis Five during the 1920s, is revealed here to be a fine soloist in his own right. This compilation contains all known takes of these recordings, which also feature such luminaries as Eddie Lang, Dick McDonough, Frank Signorelli and Rube Bloom. The fully-illustrated booklet includes notes by collector Phil Melick, and audio restoration is by Karl Machat.

Coleman Hawkins - Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (2012)

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Coleman Hawkins - Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (2012)

Coleman Hawkins - Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 2,09 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1,3 Gb | Digital book & booklet - 239 Mb | 09:37:20
Jazz, Swing | Label: Mosaic Records

Through the 1930s, Coleman Hawkins growth is exponential, especially in his ballad playing. Buttery warm and cozy, he finds notes that always work within the chord and are clearly there for anyone to find. But he's the one who finds them. And what is there to say about his solo on 1939's "Body and Soul" that hasn't already been said? This is the music that has proven so inspirational to generations of tenor saxophonists since; the endless possibility when taste and intelligence take on exceptional material. Our jam-packed set on eight CDs includes 190 tracks, 12 never before released. Included is material from Coleman's earliest days with Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds, his time with Henderson including various pseudonym bands and offshoots that shared personnel, the Mound City Blue Blowers, Benny Goodman's orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Count Basie, co-leader sides with trumpeter Henry Red Allen, Cozy Cole, and a variety of all-star dates for Metronome, Leonard Feather, and Esquire, as well as recordings as a leader of his own dates. Our research has corrected many discrepancies in previous discographies.

Duke Ellington - Compact Jazz: Duke Ellington & Friends [Recorded 1953-1966] (1987)

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Duke Ellington - Compact Jazz: Duke Ellington & Friends [Recorded 1953-1966] (1987)

Duke Ellington - Compact Jazz: Duke Ellington & Friends [Recorded 1953-1966] (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 295 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 141 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve/PolyGram (833 291-2)

Budget sampler featuring Ellington performances with Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hodges, and Al Hibbler, among others, taken from various periods. A good starter set for those who haven't taken the full plunge.

Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport 1956 Complete (1956) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4007~8}

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Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport 1956 Complete (1956) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4007~8}

Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport 1956 Complete (1956) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4007~8}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 700 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 297 Mb
Full Artwork @ 600 dpi (png) -> 312 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1956, 2014 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICP 4007~8
Jazz / Big Band / Swing / Progressive Jazz

Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. One of the first albums to ever issue recordings made at the Newport Jazz Festival – quite a big hit, and the beginning of a real trend in jazz! The set's also some great work by Duke – free to perform in a setting that's not bound by some of the time restrictions of earlier years, which lets him offer up three long tracks with a great deal of sophistication over previous recordings. Due to bad mike placement on stage, the original "live" album was actually a studio re-creation; the actual live performance was never issued-until now. This 2-CD set contains the complete original album and the hour-plus concert. More than 100 minutes of new music, and the whole thing's in stereo for the first time!

Luis Russell & His Orchestra - Saratoga Shout [Recorded 1929-1934] (2007)

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Luis Russell & His Orchestra - Saratoga Shout [Recorded 1929-1934] (2007)

Luis Russell & His Orchestra - Saratoga Shout [Recorded 1929-1934] (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 234 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 195 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sanctuary/Living Era (CD AJA 5658)

In the late 1920s, pianist Luis Russell was one many performers that helped lay the foundation for the Big Band era, yet his career wound down just as Goodman's and Basie's were kicking into high gear. Russell's band featured such New Orleans jazz players as Pops Foster, Albert Nicholas, and Paul Barbarin, along with future Ellington stars Rex Stewart and Barney Bigard. The music - energetic, hot, witty, danceable - was the bridge between the New Orleans and swing styles of jazz. This collection features a generous 24 tracks, and with cuts such as "You Rascal, You," the ribald "It's Tight Like That," and the eerie "New Call of the Freaks," it's a wild party waiting to happen.

Duke Ellington - Jazz Masters 1953-1955 (1997)

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Duke Ellington - Jazz Masters 1953-1955 (1997)

Duke Ellington - Jazz Masters 1953-1955 (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 232 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 194 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: EMI Jazz (7243 8 55146 2 3)

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards. In addition to touring year in and year out, he recorded extensively, resulting in a gigantic body of work that was still being assessed a quarter century after his death.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Happy Birthday, Duke! Vol. 1-5 (1992)

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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Happy Birthday, Duke! Vol. 1-5 (1992)

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra - Happy Birthday, Duke! Vol. 1-5 (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 1,28 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 528 MB | Covers included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: LaserLight Digital (15 783~7)

The liner notes neglect to mention in what year this April 29th birthday performance was recorded, but given the orchestra's lineup and set choices, 1953 or 1954 is likely. Unlike the majority of recently-discovered live tapes, this dance at Portland's McElroy's Ballroom was professionally recorded (by the great engineer Wally Heider) and so the sound is astonishing. This five-CD series is easily the best representation we have of Ellington's early-'50s lineup in an intimate ballroom dance setting.

Benny Carter - The Music Master [4CD Box Set, Recorded 1930-1952] (2004) (Repost)

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Benny Carter - The Music Master [4CD Box Set, Recorded 1930-1952] (2004) (Repost)

Benny Carter - The Music Master [4CD Box Set, Recorded 1930-1952] (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 633 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Proper Records (Properbox 68)

Throughout much of the 20th century, Benny Carter was an accomplished composer, arranger, leader, sideman, and multi-instrumentalist. In 2004 the U.K.'s Proper label served his memory well with Proper Box 68 which carefully examines a 22-year segment from his unusually lengthy career. If a reasonably priced 88-track, four-CD set of swing and early modern mainstream jazz dating from 1930-1952 seems like too much of a good thing, maybe you really need to hear more jazz and not less, for here in the land of its birth we still have a lot of catching up to do in order to better comprehend this important part of our cultural heritage…

Teddy Wilson - A Jazz Hour with Teddy Wilson: Gershwin, Ellington and More [Recorded 1980] (2006)

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Teddy Wilson - A Jazz Hour with Teddy Wilson: Gershwin, Ellington and More [Recorded 1980] (2006)

Teddy Wilson - A Jazz Hour with Teddy Wilson: Gershwin, Ellington and More [Recorded 1980] (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 296 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 142 MB | Covers - 45 MB
Genre: Piano Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Jazz Hour/Intermusic S.A. (JHR 73633)

The last years of pianist Teddy Wilson's career were productive, fruitful, energetic, and active ones. This 14-track 1980 live concert setting showcases Wilson playing standards written by Duke Ellington and the brothers Gershwin, and they give the pianist excellent vehicles to strut his stuff. While in a trio setting with the relatively obscure bassist Layman Jackson and drummer Billy Daniels, Wilson is the centerpiece, playing solo for long stretches before his rhythm mates chime in. Many of the Gershwin features are extended medleys with multiple tunes strung together, Wilson playing fast and strong or delicate and light at the snap of two fingers. The Ellington material is closer to Wilson's true heart and all of it is rendered beautifully. As was his style, you hear quite a few stride inflections, blues, ballads, and some fleet boppish lines. Teddy Wilson was precious, and this recording - one of the best in the Jazz Hour series - shows why.

Duke Ellington - Never-Before-Released Recordings (1965-1972) (1991)

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Duke Ellington - Never-Before-Released Recordings (1965-1972) (1991)

Duke Ellington - Never-Before-Released Recordings (1965-1972) (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 351 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 165 MB | Covers (8 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Limelight/Amerco/Musicmasters (820 835-2)

One of the reasons we have so much Duke Ellington to enjoy on record is that he liked to tape everything - concerts, works in progress, prototypes, and alternate editions. That, plus the quality of his output, has left us with treasures like this - in contrast to MusicMasters' Benny Goodman archival releases, which are generally inferior to his official releases, the label's Ellington vault releases are essential and delightful. Anyone who has taken in Paul Gonsalves' extended solo from the 1956 Ellington Newport performance may want to own this disc, just for the equivalent Jimmy Hamilton tenor sax showcase on "The Old Circus Train" - Hamilton's clarinet gets center stage on "Girdle Hurdle"…

Benny Goodman - B.G. in Hi-Fi (1954) [Reissue 1989]

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Benny Goodman - B.G. in Hi-Fi (1954) [Reissue 1989]

Benny Goodman - B.G. in Hi-Fi (1954) [Reissue 1989]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 179 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 155 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Capitol Jazz (CDP 7 92864 2)

On this all-around excellent CD, Benny Goodman performs a dozen selections (mostly Fletcher Henderson arrangements) with a big band filled with sympathetic players in 1954 and eight other numbers with a pair of smaller units that also feature pianist Mel Powell and either Charlie Shavers or Ruby Braff on trumpets. Although the big-band era had been gone for almost a decade, Benny Goodman (then 46) plays these swing classics with enthusiasm and creativity and shows that there was never any reason for anyone to write him off as "behind the times."

Lee Wiley - As Time Goes By (1991)

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Lee Wiley - As Time Goes By (1991)

Lee Wiley - As Time Goes By (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 279 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 194 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop | Label: Bluebird/RCA/BMG | # ND83138 | Time: 01:04:16

Shortly before she slipped completely into obscurity, singer Lee Wiley recorded two albums for Victor. This Bluebird CD has ten of the 12 songs from West of the Moon, nine of the 12 originally on A Touch of the Blues, and a rendition of "Stars Fell on Alabama" taken from a sampler album. Wiley, only 41 at the time of these last recordings, was essentially through with her career despite still being in prime form. Other than "Stars," Wiley is backed by big bands led by either arranger Ralph Burns or trumpeter Billy Butterfield and mostly performs swing standards, including "You're a Sweetheart," "Can't Get out of This Mood," "Ace in the Hole," "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea," and her signature song, "A Hundred Years From Today." An excellent introduction to the work of this unusual and greatly underrated singer.