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1959: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Avec Barney Wilen Les Liaisons Dangereuse Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1959: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Avec Barney Wilen  Les Liaisons Dangereuse
Artists: Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Avec Barney Wilen

Album: Les Liaisons Dangereuse
Label: Fontana
Year: 1969; release: 1960
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 106 mb
Total time: 46:30

An interesting set of music originally recorded as the soundtrack for the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the majority of these tracks feature Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers of mid-1959 with trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenorman Barney Wilen, pianist Boby Timmons and bassist Jymie Merritt joining the explosive drummer/leader. In general, the music manages to stand on its own with the ensemble getting to stretch out a bit on the rare material. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1979: Kenny Burrell - Moon and Stars Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1979: Kenny Burrell -  Moon and Stars
Artist: Kenny Burrell
Album: Moon and Stars
Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1979; Release:1992
Format, bitrate:mp3,320 kb/s
Time: 39.23
Size: 87,9 mb

This is a surprising release from Kenny Burrell, for the veteran guitarist plays half of the selections on acoustic guitar and does a very effective job giving a bossa nova rhythm (a la Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd) to some of the tunes. The CD reissue, which also features bassist John Heard, drummer Roy McCurdy and percussionist Kenneth Nash, is mostly laidback, although the renditions of Billy Strayhorn's "U.M.M.G." and "Stolen Moments" swing. Best are the more lyrical pieces (such as "My Ship" and an unaccompanied "Lost In the Stars"), which allow Burrell to show off his pretty tone. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2004: Phil Woods - Groovin' to Marty Paich Music » Jazz » Big Band » Modern Big Band
2004: Phil Woods - Groovin' to Marty Paich
Artist: Phil Woods
Album: Groovin' to Marty Paich
Label: Jazzed Media
Year: 2004
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 121 mb
Total time: 53:06

At a 2004 West Coast jazz festival presented by producer Ken Poston, altoist Phil Woods was featured performing Marty Paich arrangements with the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra. The re-created charts were originally recorded by Art Pepper in the 1950s, with the majority drawn from the famous Art Pepper + Eleven album. Woods has a different sound and a slightly different style than Pepper, but his playing is certainly complementary and a logical choice for this project. Pianist Christian Jacob directed the 12-piece orchestra and, although his verbal introductions are sometimes a bit awkward, the music works quite well. Woods, who takes a rare clarinet solo on "Anthropology" (which he jokes about), is in top form throughout. Highlights include "Groovin' High," "Walkin' Shoes," "Bernie's Tune," and "Shaw 'Nuff." Fans of West Coast jazz will enjoy this intriguing reinterpretation of Marty Paich's classic charts. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1995: Chuck Owen - Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge Hard-bop, Big Band
1995: Chuck Owen - Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge
Artist: Chuck Owen
Album: Chuck Owen And The Jazz Surge
Label: Sea Breeze
Year: 1995
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 01:07:46
Size: 155.57 MB
AMG rating: ****

. . .it steadily builds momentum . . .(until) the ensemble lets out all the stops to bring the session to a thunderous climax. A superb big band. . . .
~ Jack Bowers, Cadence

Owen manages to balance the finesse of his arrangements with bop outbursts. A smouldering big band date.
~ David Lands, Jazz Journal
2014: Kirk MacDonald - Vista Obscura Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz
2014: Kirk MacDonald - Vista Obscura
Artist: Kirk MacDonald
Album: Vista Obscura
Year: 2014
Label: Add One Creative
Format: mp3 320 Kbps
Total Time: 76:00
Total Size: 133,70 Mb

Kirk MacDonald is a JUNO winning jazz saxophonist from Toronto who composes much of his own material. His latest album, Vista Obscura, is a beautiful uptempo ride of sax-led instrumental jazz with piano (Harold Mabern), bass (Neil Swainson), and drums (André White). Fellow saxophonist Pat LaBarbera appears as a special guest, and you can hear somewhat of a duelling saxophone extravaganza on a few tracks. Robust flavour replete with pep and zeal, this works equally for late night cruises and afternoon jives.
~ thejazzbox
1960: Erskine Hawkins Quintet The Hawk Blows At Midnight Music » Jazz » Swing
1960: Erskine Hawkins Quintet  The Hawk Blows At Midnight
Artist: Erskine Hawkins Quintet
Album: The Hawk Blows At Midnight
Label: Decca
Year: 1960
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 84,6 mb
Total time: 32:01
For My Friends!

An unusual later album from Erskine Hawkins small group material from a quintet! After many years of recording with a big band Hawkins cut his first album here with a small combo. Sharing the frontline with him were Bobby Smith & Leroy Kirkland completed by a tight rhythm section comprising Ernest Hayes Shep Shepherd & Lloyd Trotman.
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1958: Dukes Of Dixieland - Mardi Gras Time With-Vol. 6 Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Dixieland
1958: Dukes Of Dixieland - Mardi Gras Time With-Vol. 6
Artists: Dukes Of Dixieland
Album: Mardi Gras Time With-Vol. 6
Label: Audio Fidelity Stereo LP AFSD-5862
Year: 1958
Format, bitrate: MP3 320KPS
Time: 35:16
Size: 85.3MB

The original Dukes of Dixieland grew out of the Junior Dixieland Band in 1949, which was formed by the Assunto brothers in NewOrleans to compete in a talent hunt contest. Featuring teenagers Frank Assunto on trumpet, Fred Assunto on trombone, Pete Fountain on clarinet, Tommy Balderas on guitar, Willie Perkins on drums, Artie Seelig on piano and Hank Bartels on bass, they changed their name later that year to The Dukes of Dixieland. Throughout their long and rewarding performing career, the original Dukes of Dixieland performed all over the world. Their guest list included such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, Jim Hall and Rich Matteson. Fred Assunto passed away in 1966, and his brother passed in '74 to spell the end of The Dukes of Dixieland. Their legacy lives on through their recordings.
1993: Evan Christopher "Classic Jazz Classics " Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz
1993: Evan Christopher "Classic Jazz Classics "
Artist: Evan Christopher
Album: Plays Classic Jazz Classics
Label: Stick Records
Year: 1993 ; Release:1993
Format, bitrate: MP3 320kbps
Time: 49:00
Size: 57MB

Anchored in the musical vocabulary created by early Creole clarinetists such as Sidney Bechet, Omer Simeon, and Barney Bigard, Evan Christopher has created a highly personal brand of contemporary early-jazz that strives to extend the legacy of this unique clarinet style.
Charismatic and versatile, Christopher was drawn to New Orleans from his native California in 1994 by the rich musical landscape in the birthplace of Jazz. His highly personal style and intimate approach prompted The New York Times to coin it as close-encounter music. Critics especially note his respect for the New Orleans tradition, calling his music: a triumph, joining the present seamlessly to a glorious past.
Besides touring across the U.S., Europe, and Japan with his own groups, Christopher enjoys a prominent career and a featured soloist with groups such as the Grammy-Award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. His numerous recordings include his own Clarinet Road series and projects alongside jazz legends such as Dick Hyman and Bucky Pizzarelli. The second recording by his group, Django a la Creole, Finesse, was the #1 Jazz CD of 2010 in The Times UK.
1954: Stan Levey - Plays The Composition Of Cooper, Holman and Guiffre Cool, West Coast Jazz
1954: Stan Levey - Plays The Composition Of Cooper, Holman and Guiffre
Artist: Stan Levey
Album: Plays The Composition Of Cooper, Holman and Guiffre
Label: Bethelehem
Year: 1954; release: 2014
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 88,4 mb
Total time: 23:20

The first album ever from drummer Stan Levey, but a set that already shows his mighty talents as a leader! Stan wisely chose some great songs to work with here penned by west coast highlights Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, and Bill Holman and taken into a small combo mode that really shakes the tunes free of any of the larger Kenton-esque qualities of the composers. Giuffre is on the record playing baritone in the sextet along with Zoot Sims on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Claude Williamson on piano, and Max Bennett on bass about as great of a Bethlehem lineup as you could hope for at the time. Sims brings in a really rich sense of soul tot he record and titles include "Drum Sticks", "Lightnin' Bug", "Exaktamo", and "Extraversion". 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1971: Dick Wellstood - From Ragtime On Ragtime, Stride
1971: Dick Wellstood - From Ragtime On
Artist: Dick Wellstood
Album: From Ragtime On
Label: Chiaroscuro Records Stereo LP CR-109
Year: 1971
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 43.28
Size: 99.1MB

From Ragtime On, presents the outstanding traditional jazz pianist Dick Wellstood. Coming up during the Bebop scene of the mid forties, he was one of a few young musicians (Bob Wilbur, Ralph Sutton, etc) who focused on earlier styles of jazz, particularly Ragtime and Stride. This album features Wellstood solo, doing a mix of tunes, from Lucky Roberts "Pork and Beans," and Zez Confrey's "Kitten on the Keys," to Fats Waller's "Handful of Keys," and "Keepin' Out of Mischief Now."
1944/1945: Flip Phillips – A Melody From The Sky Swing, Mainstream
1944/1945: Flip Phillips – A Melody From The Sky
Artist: Flip Phillips
Album: A Melody From The Sky
Label: Doctor Jazz Records
Years: 1944/1945; release: 1984
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 88,7 mb
Total time: 42:04
AMG raiting: *****

This LP of a Doctor Jazz LP and features all four of tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips' recording sessions as a leader prior to 1949. At the time, he was a key member of Woody Herman & the First Herd, and these performances have short solos from other Herman sidemen (including trombonist Bill Harris and Neal Hefti on trumpet), although Phillips is the main star. His jumping tenor was already quite distinctive, whether on romps or ballads. "Sweet and Lovely" and "Stompin' at the Savoy" are high points of this definitive early Flip Phillips set.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2002: Paolo Fresu Scores Post-bop, Modern Jazz
2002: Paolo Fresu  Scores
Artist: Paolo Fresu
Album: Scores
Label: C.A.M. Jazz CAMJ 7758-2
Year: 2002; release: 2003
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320 kbps
Time: 01:06:57
Size: 149 mb

Se è vero che la musica di questo CD è nata per accompagnare due film (Il più crudele dei giorni e L'isola), è altrettanto vero che Paolo Fresu non 'subisce' tale condizione, assemblando i brani in maniera tale da dar vita ad un lavoro unitario, dalla forte identità e tale da sintetizzare varie fasi della sua ormai già lunga carriera.
Scores può essere visto come un passo avanti nel percorso di ricerca sonora che due anni fa diede vita al pregevolissimo Heartland, registrato con Diederik Wissels e David Linx. Qui infatti, anche (e soprattutto) grazie alla presenza di Dhafer Youssef, le sonorità si spingono decisamente verso una mediterraneità nella quale si inseriscono alla perfezione gli archi del Quartetto Alborada e la chitarra di Nguyen Le, ben abbinata spesso all'oud di Youssef.
Molto suggestivi anche i brani in quartetto, con il contrabbasso di Furio Di Castri, le percussioni di Federico Sanesi ed il pianoforte dello stesso Wissels, tesi a ricreare quelle dimensioni tipiche dello storico quintetto di Fresu, le cui registrazioni sono in questo disco richiamate più volte, come ad esempio in "Ossi".
Un lavoro riuscitissimo, in cui il leader non disdegna di omaggiare Miles Davis per fraseggio e sonorità, facendolo con grande classe
. ~
1952/1954/1956: Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra - Lonely Street Music » Jazz » Big Band
1952/1954/1956: Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra - Lonely Street
Artist: Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra
Album: Lonely Street
Label: Lone Hill Jazz
Years: 1952/1954/1956; release: 2008
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 171 mb
Total time: 74:22

This release contains the complete Charlie Barnet LP Lonely Street (1956) plus all the LP Dancing Party (1952/54) with the exception of two tracks, available on the companion Barnet volume Big Band 1967 & More (LHJ 10267). All this music appears here on CD for the first time ever.
The TV Guide for the week of October 15th noted that the Charlie Barnet Band would be appearing although Pompton Turnpike would not be among the pieces performed by the orchestra. Barnets appearance of Stars of Jazz on October 15, 1956 was the 17th show in the series. Schweppes Tonic Water was the sponsor for the show that by this time had a waiting list for companies wishing to write a check to sponsor a program. The Barnet band had a best selling album on RCA Victor that had been recorded in 1954 with Billy May arrangements, REDSKIN ROMP. Prior to their appearance on Stars of Jazz the Barnet band had recorded a new album for Verve, LONELY STREET, that would be released later in 1956.
1939 1941: Bea Wain - You Can Depend on Me: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Early jazz
1939  1941: Bea Wain - You Can Depend on Me: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1
Artist: Bea Wain
Album: You Can Depend on Me: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1
Label: Baldwin Street Music
Years: 1939 1941; release: 2001
Quality: MP3@329 kbps
Size: 160 mb
Total time: 73:33

Bea Wain is mostly remembered as Larry Clinton's girl singer, whose "My Reverie" was to become a classic from the big-band era. But she recorded a string of songs with Clinton that made the Top Ten hit list. Tired of the long road trips and the low salary, Wain left Clinton in 1938, signing up with RCA Victor. In the first of a projected multi-volume set, Baldwin Street Music released the entire output of the singer's studio recordings (from July 1939 to May 1941) backed by a studio orchestra with piano and arrangements by Walter Gross. There are also some cuts featuring Wain from the Your Hit Parade radio show. Wain's laid-back, almost casual approach to singing helps makes listening to her so enjoyable. As was the practice of the day, many of the tunes on the play list are from musicals and movies. Among the more notable are "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," "Dancing in the Dark," "Our Love Affair," and "You Made Me Love You" with Johnny Long & His Orchestra. Her "Stormy Weather" came before Lena Horne's more famous recording. Wain was also a pioneer in inserting the verse in the middle of the song after the first chorus, which gave an added fillip to her delivery. With all her talent, one can only wonder what her place in the history of American Popular Song would have been if she had started her career with Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, or Benny Goodman. This fine album honors an exceptional singer from the big-band days and beyond. As always, the label has done a fine job in transferring the material to CD. ~ Dave Nathan, All Music Guide
1956: Annie Ross Annie By Candlelight Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1956: Annie Ross  Annie By Candlelight
Artist: Annie Ross
Album: Annie By Candlelight
Label: Pye Golden Guinea Records
Year: 1956; release: 1958
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 47,6 mb
Total time: 22:47

This recording has gone in and out of print, but the main value is hearing Annie in a far different context than her Lambert, Hendricks and Ross work. Here she shows off her vocal chops on standards and ballads and - to my ears - she is as good at that as she was with her more 'hip' singing (which I also love,)

Listen to the sound samples on this page to get a feel for the music because I can write a thousand words and still not come close to conveying it the same way a thirty second snippet from a track will.

This album was recorded for the Pye and Nixa labels in the UK, Her backing ensemble on this album is the Tony Crombie Quartet, and was recordd in London on August 27 and 28, 1956, with Ross backed by Tony Crombie on piano, Bob Burns on clarinet, Roy Plummer on guitar and Lennie Bush on bass. The clarinet adds a retro feel (for the period) to the music and the absence of drums makes the music more seamless (to my ears).

If this appeals to you I also recommend checking out Sings a Song With Mulligan, which has her paired with two Gerry Mulligan quartets (one featuring Chet Baker) during roughly the same time period.
~ Mike Tarrani,
1977: Various Artists - Jazz Greats Music » Jazz
1977: Various Artists - Jazz Greats
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Jazz Greats
Label: Realistic Stereo LP 50-6010
Year: 1977
Format, bitrate: MP3 320KPS
Time: 47:51
Size: 111.1MB

I Hope you enjoy this selection of originals and jazz standards. All of these selections hit the mark.They are prime examples of the kind of music making that is possible when only artisticconsideration is involved-Hank O'Neal(Liner notes)
1969: Count Basie - Standing Ovation Music » Jazz » Big Band
1969: Count Basie - Standing Ovation
Artist: Count Basie
Album: Standing Ovation
Label: Dot Records
Year: 1969
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 113 mb
Total time: 48:38

One of the great Count Basie albums recorded during his short late life stay on Dot Records a label who really helped him focus his energy and keep up that classic Basie "punch" in his grooves but all without sacrificing the growth the group had gone through over the years! There's plenty of modern colors and tones in the mix here elements from the Basie years with arrangers like Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones, and Billy Byers but the presentation is also strong and straight, with a hell of a lot packed into just a little space that mode that always made the Count such a great leader! Players include Marshal Royal on alto, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Eric Dixon on tenors, Charlie Fowlkes on baritone, Harry Edison and Oscar Brasher on trumpets, and Grover Mitchell on trombone on titles that include "Lil Darlin", "Jive At Five", "Broadway", "Cherry Point", "Every Tub", "Corner Pocket", and "Blue & Sentimental". 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1981: The Spitfire Band - Flies Again Music » Jazz » Big Band
1981: The Spitfire Band - Flies Again
Artist: The Spitfire Band
Album: Flies Again
Label: RCA Records Stereo LP KKL1-0432
Year: 1981
Format, bitrate: MP3 320KPS
Time: 28:31
Size: 69.0MB

The Spitfire Band, a Toronto dance band, formed in 1981 as a studio orchestra by the singer Jackie Rae, with the trumpeter Mickey Erbe as music director and arranger and the trombonist Laurie Bower as vocal arranger. With the success of its first LPs, The Spitfire Band (RCA KKL1-0432) and Flight II (RCA KKL1-0449), it began to perform publicly in 1982, making its debut in StCatharines, Ont, and giving the first of many concerts at Ontario Place.
1956: Dizzy Gillespie Big Band - Complete 1956 South American Tour Recordings Music » Jazz » Big Band
1956: Dizzy Gillespie Big Band - Complete 1956 South American Tour Recordings
Artist: Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
Album: Complete 1956 South American
Tour Recordings
Label: Solar Records
Year: 1956; release: 2015
Style: Afro-Cuban Jazz
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 184mb; 179 mb
Total time: 78:06; 78:42

This release presents all existing live recordings by the legendary mid-fifties Dizzy Gillespie big Band made during their 1956 South American tour. The short-lived group featured such talents as Quincy Jones, Lee Morgan, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Al Grey, Phil Woods, Benny Golson and Wynton Kelly. Also included here are two sambas recorded in Rio de Janeiro by the trumpeter with a Brazilian orchestra, as well as four amazing tracks featuring Diz in Buenos Aires with the tango orchestra of Osvaldo Fresedo.
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