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1961/1962: Chris Connor - Free Spirits (Bonus tracks) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1961/1962: Chris Connor - Free Spirits (Bonus tracks)
Artist: Chris Connor
Album: Free Spirits (4 Bonus tracks)
Label: Atlantic/ WEA Japan
Years: 1961/1962; release: 2013
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 109 mb
Total time: 47:42

Chris Connor's smoky voice made her a natural fit for torch songs, but her flair for improvisation expanded her considerable talents to include upbeat material as well. Free Spirits, an excellent small-group date arranged for her by Al Cohn, features Connor in a range of settings; remember, free spirits don't necessarily mean high spirits. The choices for material also range far and wide. A trio of Ellington evergreens anchor the set, but she also includes material from Peggy Lee, Oscar Brown, Jr., Leiber & Stoller's "Kansas City," and Billie Holiday's nearly untouchable "God Bless the Child." It helps that she gets expressive accompaniment from an all-star lineup -- alto Phil Woods, tenor Oliver Nelson, and a pair of all-time trumpeters (Clark Terry and Joe Newman). Despite the title, the only concept at work here is her ability to captivate a listening audience with a wide-ranging set. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
1962: Tex Beneke - Stardust Music » Jazz » Big Band
1962: Tex Beneke - Stardust
Artist: Tex Beneke
Album: Stardust
Label: RCA Camden Records LP CAL-316
Year: 1962
Format, bitrate: MP3 320 kbps
Time: 40:05
Size: 95.5 MB

After Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 his Army Air Force orchestra continued on with their tour of duty in Europe before returning to America and disbanding. The Miller estate decided that the orchestra should continue and invited tenor sax stylist and vocalist Tex Beneke, who had been a featured attraction and key member of Millers pre-war civilian band, as leader. The newly formed orchestra was a success with a radio series, bookings across the nation and a lucrative recording contract but as the decade progressed Beneke was keen to move on from the Miller sound and get established under his own name so in 1950 Beneke and the Miller estate parted company.By the mid 1950s Beneke was touring less with a regular band, using local musicians wherever he appeared and for the final three selections he is joined by some of New Yorks top session players covering commercial pops of the period.
1958: Ray Anthony - Swing's the Thing Music » Jazz » Big Band
1958: Ray Anthony - Swing's the Thing
Artist: Ray Anthony
Album: Swing's the Thing 2LP/1CD
Label: Aero Space
Year: 1958; release: 1995
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 131 mb
Total time: 58:17

Swing's The Thing album for sale by Ray Anthony was released Jun 23, 1995 on the Aero Space label. SWING'S THE THING was originally releases as two separate albums: Anthony Plays Allen, featuring compositions by pianist/comedian Steve Allen, and Swing.

Aero Space charm from trumpeter Ray Anthony 2 of his classic 50s albums for the label, done in that fluid post-swing approach that made Ray such a favorite with audiences at the time! There's a lightly dancing groove throughout the set one that's got a real focus on the kinds of rhythms that still went down strongly on dancefloors at the time, and which still allow space enough for solo work by Anthony and bandmates that include Conrad Gozzo, Alvin Stoller, Pete Candoli, Frank Lane.
1952-1962: Bebo Valdes - The Best Of Bebo Valdes Latin, Afro-Cuban Jazz
1952-1962: Bebo Valdes - The Best Of Bebo Valdes
Artist: Bebo Valdés
Album: The Best Of Bebo Valdes
Label: Caney - CCD 904
Year: 1952 - 1962
Release: 2004
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: CD1-59:22/CD2-1:02:06
Size: CD1-134.26 MB/CD2-140.48 MB


From Cuba to Mexico, via Haiti, ten golden years of Bebo Valdés (1952-1962). This is the best of the great pianist, orchestra director, arranger of popular Cuban music and legendary figure of Latin jazz.
2009: Rob Stoneback Trio With Bill Watrous - Bare Bones Music » Jazz » BeBop
2009: Rob Stoneback Trio With Bill Watrous - Bare Bones
Artist: Rob Stoneback Trio With Bill Watrous
Album: Bare Bones
Label: Stonequake Recordings
Release: 2009
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 1:09:27
Size: 159.22 MB

This is an album was never planned. My friends and great recording engineer Jim McGee had new some remote recording equipment, so he asked if he could come over and try it out.

Nothing was rehearsed or even talked over. It's more of a trombone jam sassion than anything else. Bill called the tunes and played most of the melodies. Some things come close to a trainwreck, like when I forgot that there is a four-bar tag on "Sentimantal" and called to rtade eight bars apiece. But I think the playing makes up for the looseness. ~ Rob Stoneback
1969: Hank Crawford - Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1969: Hank Crawford - Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul
Artist: Hank Crawford
Album: Mr. Blues Plays Lady Soul
Year: 1969; release: 2014
Label: Atlantic Japan (24bit remastered)
Format: FLAC (cue, log, scans)
Size: 231 MB
Total time: 37:05

The concept for the Lady Soul date from 1969 is perfect for Crawford, who typically plays close to the melody, using his great blues feeling and jazz chops to create interest and excitement. Crawford evokes the spirit of Aretha Franklin's music without resorting to literal re-creation of the originals. Arif Mardin's driving, big-band arrangements are impressive, but it is the rhythm section that makes these tracks. Essentially, it's the Atlantic house band: guitarist Eric Gale, pianist Richard Tee, bassist Chuck Rainey, and drummer Bernard Purdie. They all get ample opportunity to show their stuff, especially on the seven-plus minute master blast of the blues, "Going Down Slow."
~ Jim Todd, All Music Guide
1990: Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited Soul-Jazz, Funk-Jazz
1990: Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited
Artist: Maceo Parker
Album: Roots Revisited
Label: Verve
Year: 1990, release: 1992
Quality: eac-flac, cue, log, artwork
Size: 303 MB
Total time: 50:52
AMG rating 1990: Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited
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Altoist Maceo Parker has spent most of his career in R&B funk bands, most notably those led by James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. This CD gave him a chance to stretch out as a leader, and his soulful horn immediately brings to mind Hank Crawford and (to a lesser extent) Lou Donaldson. With a strong backup group that includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, trombonist Fred Wesley, and Don Pullen on organ, Parker enthusiastically plays over infectious grooves with just one funky departure ("In Time"). Roots Revisited is a throwback to the 1960s soul-jazz style and Maceo Parker gives one the impression that, if called upon, he could hold his own on a bebop date.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1955-1958: Dave Brubeck - Three Classic Albums Plus 2CD Music » Jazz » BeBop » Cool
1955-1958: Dave Brubeck - Three Classic Albums Plus 2CD
Artist: Dave Brubeck
Album: Three Classic Albums Plus (Jazz Red Hot & Cool / Newport 1958 / Jazz Goes To Junior College)
Label: Avid Entertainment / The Orchard
Years: 1955,1957,1958; release: 2009
Format: FLAC and Mp3, 320 kbps. Scans.
Size: FLAC 251+160 + 160 + 144 mb; MP3: 167+151 mb;
Artwork: 21 MB

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AVID Jazz here presents three classic Dave Brubeck albums, including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD.
Jazz Red Hot & Cool, Newport 1958, and Jazz Goes To Junior College plus an extra bonus track from the First Timex All Star Jazz Festival.the classic St. Louis Blues!. We begin with Jazz Red Hot & Cool where the great man is accompanied as ever by Paul Desmond on alto alongside Joe Dodge on drums and Bob Bates on bass. Here we find the fully formed quartet with all the elements of the Brubeck style firmly in place. At Newport 1958 we find Brubeck paying tribute to the legendary composer and bandleader Duke Ellington with a programme of tunes either written by or associated with the Duke. Here once again he is joined by Desmond but with Joe Morello on drums and Joe Benjamin on bass. Finally we hear Brubeck breaking new ground as he takes his jazz improvisations onto the college circuit for the first time accompanied again by Desmond and Morello but with Norman Bates taking over on bass. With Jazz Goes To Junior College Brubeck met the college audience on their own ground where previously they had only been allowed to hear classical concerts. Of course, as we now know, this innovation was a resounding success opening the door to all kinds of music being performed at colleges and universities. We conclude with our bonus track (slipped in on CD1 for timing considerations), St. Louis Blues from The First Timex All-Star Jazz Festival featuring the same line up as on Jazz Red Hot And Cool. All three albums have been digitally re-mastered for probably the finest sound quality ever!
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2009: Svend Asmussen - Makin' Whoopee! ... and Music! Swing, Mainstream

2009: Svend Asmussen - Makin' Whoopee! ... and Music!
Artist: Svend Asmussen
Album: Makin' Whoopee! ... and Music!
Label: Arbors Records CD 19390
Year: 2009
Quality: MP3, 320 Kbps
Time:65:27
Size:158.2MB

Although Svend Asmussen should be considered as one of the titans of jazz violin, he still isn't as widely known as Stuff Smith, Stéphane Grappelli, or Jean-Luc Ponty, likely in part because he hasn't toured as widely as the others, with most of his performing and recording taking place in Europe. But the spry Danish veteran, who recorded these sessions in the weeks prior to his 93rd birthday in the winter of 2009, has been the elder statesman of his instrument since the death of Grappelli. His superb rhythm section consists of pianist/organist/bassist Richard Drexler, guitarist Jacob Fischer (whose name was omitted from the credits on the back cover), and drummer Tony Martin. Many of the pieces are standards that have been in his repertoire for decades, including fun-filled treatments of "Makin' Whoopee" and "There Will Never Be Another You." The joyful "Singin' in the Rain" has Drexler simulating raindrops with a catchy vamp in the upper end of the piano as the leader offers his light-hearted solo, while Asmussen's lyrical setting of "Skylark" is sentimental without being syrupy. There are also timeless jazz pieces like the strutting rendition of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and a brilliant "Nuages" showcasing both Asmussen and Fischer. The violinist penned a pair of originals, highlighted by the soulful "Sermon for Stuff" (a tribute to the great violinist Stuff Smith, with whom he worked on numerous occasions after Smith moved to Denmark), with Drexler's gospel-infused organ and piano backing him. Perhaps this rare opportunity to hear Svend Asmussen on an American release will open a few more recording opportunities during the violinist's golden years. Highly recommended! ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1929-1930: Ben Pollack - Volume 4 - Recorded in New York Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Early jazz
1929-1930: Ben Pollack - Volume 4 - Recorded in New York
Artist: Ben Pollack
Album: Volume 4 - Recorded in New York
Label: Jazz Oracle
Years: 1929-1930; release: 2002
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 163 mb
Total time: 68:04

The fourth volume in Jazz Oracle's Ben Pollack reissue program covers the period right after Benny Goodman and cornetist Jimmy McPartland had departed. They were soon replaced by clarinetist Matty Matlock and trumpeter Charlie Teagarden, but the main star throughout is trombonist/singer Jack Teagarden. This CD has 13 selections recorded by Pollack's Park Central Orchestra and by the same basic group under the names of Gil Rodin and Jack Teagarden, plus ten alternate takes. Because Pollack sought to balance the commercial with the artistic, there are vocalists on every song, including Smith Ballew, Scrappy Lambert, Eddie Gale, and (on three unfortunate examples) Pollack himself. Fortunately, Jack Teagarden gets to sing on five of the numbers, including (under Rodin's name) "Beale Street Blues" and two versions of "If I Could Be With You." (plus three alternate takes). There are enough worthwhile moments (particularly from Teagarden) to make this a worthwhile acquisition for fans of classic jazz, but the Ben Pollack Orchestra rarely lived up to its great potential. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2007: Wycliffe Gordon - BloozBluzeBlues (Vol. One) Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2007: Wycliffe Gordon - BloozBluzeBlues (Vol. One)
Artist: Wycliffe Gordon
Album: BloozBluzeBlues (Vol. One)
Label: BluesBack Records
Year: 2007
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 27:10
Size: 62 MB

Our lives are replete with the accoutrements of modernity. Cell phones, high-speed Internet service, various modes of transportation, educational products promising to jump start our children into the realm of high achievers and a deluge of media dominate our daily lives. We are distracted from thinking and feelingfrom recognizing our humanity; and, indeed, our humaneness. The blues, however, reveals the simple truths of the human condition; unsentimentally and forthrightly asserting the bittersweet essence of human desire.

In Blooz Bluze Blues, internationally acclaimed trombonist and educator Wycliffe Gordon reminds us that we are infinitely more than the information technology and mechanization that threatens us with annihilation. Shouts, hollers, breathless moans and sighs burst forth from Gordons horn proclaiming the victory of the human spirit. Blooz Bluze Blues demonstrates the versatility that is the blues, sonically articulating the dynamism and diversity of human emotion. Warming Up and honoring the past Gordon runs through a variety of exercises creating a stunning array of sounds that prepare his listeners for the diverse interpretations of the blues to come.
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2014: Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
2014: Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights
Artist: Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Album: Piano Nights
Label: PIAS Recordings
Year: 2014
Format: FLAC
Time: 1:01:12
Size: 265 MB

Of the many hard-to-define sub-genres of jazz, "dark jazz" may be the most challenging to classify. Exemplifying the category is Bohren & der Club of Gore's Piano Nights . The German quartet, whose members have a variety of doom metal origins, has morphed their earlier inclinations into a hybrid that has little to suggest the player's roots. Unequal parts of ambient, experimental and modern jazz, it represents the most radical career transition since Charles Lloyd joined the The Beach Boys.

Founded in 1992, Bohren & der Club of Gore have long had a following in Europe, recording eight studio albums beginning with the guitar and bass focused Gore Motel (Epistrophy, 1994). Minimalist-ambient pieces pervaded until the 2000 release Sunset Mission (Wonder, 2000) which saw one of the two original guitaristsReiner Henseleitreplaced by multi-instrumentalist Christoph Clöser. The latter added a decidedly jazzier element to the group dynamic and as a result, his first collaboration is a largely undiscovered masterpiece.

Piano Nights is pastoral and desolate at the same time, seeing beauty through crumbling façades. The music rarely rises above a whisper yet even the silences take on an emphatic air. There is an ambience of mystery and quiet urgency in each of these pieces and the music requires patient listening. It is not until "Ganz Leise Kommt Die Nacht" that Clöser's quietly smoky saxophone seems to speak out of the darkness, elevating the tempo from exceptionally down-tempo to just very slow. Similarly on "Segeln Ohne Wind," the tentative upshift in tempo is reluctant to break into the light.

Though there is a consistency in the tone of these pieces, there are variations that present themselves in subtle ways such as the occasional mournful sax in contrast to the almost-cheerful aspects of the vibraphone or the somber spaghetti western flavor of Komm Zurück Zu Mir. Piano Nights aesthetic sense is part Brian Eno, part early Pink Floyd. Eerie, foreboding and weighty, often simultaneously, Piano Nights is beautifully austere throughout. It is an eccentric and stunning extraction of an erudite outer jazz experience.

~ Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
1979: Oscar Peterson - Digital At Montreux Music » Jazz » BeBop
1979: Oscar Peterson - Digital At Montreux
Artist: Oscar Peterson
Album: Digital At Montreux
Street Date: July 1, 1991
Orig Year: July 16, 1979
Format: Live
Label: Pablo
Studio/Live: Live
Mono/Stereo: Stereo
Format/Bitrate: MP3/320

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1969: Lou Donaldson - Hot Dog Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1969: Lou Donaldson - Hot Dog
Artist: Lou Donaldson
Album: Hot Dog
Label: Blue Note Records (Catalog#: BST 84318) US
Released: 1969
Format: FLAC, LP- Rip
Time: 39:13
Size: 131MB + 129MB

From the title, to the cover, to the gritty grooves way down in the wax - this has got to be one of the funkiest Blue Note albums ever - a real landmark from the legendary Lou Donaldson! The set kicks off with a hard and heavy groove from the very first note - thanks to some super-tight drumming by a young Idris Muhammad - still billed under his birth name of Leo Morris on the sleeve, but already hitting the kit with that snapping post-Popcorn style that would revolutionize funky jazz in years to come! Donaldson's plenty smoking himself on electrified alto sax - played with that great mix of flatness and echo that you'd hear in Eddie Harris' albums of the same time - and the rest of the lineup is equally cooking, with Melvin Sparks on guitar, Charles Earland on organ, and Ed Williams blasting away on funky trumpet! Titles include killer remakes of "It's Your Thing" and "Who's Making Love" - plus Donaldson originals "Hot Dog" and "Turtle Walk" - all nice and long, and with a really raw sound! Dusty Groove, Inc.

A wildly erratic slice of funky soul-jazz in keeping with Lou Donaldson's late-'60s commercial accessibility, Hot Dog isn't a total washout, but it's just as hit-and-miss as many of Donaldson's albums from the era (even if you are a fan of the style). The main sticking points are the contemporary R&B covers that open and close the album. "Who's Making Love" has an out-of-tune group vocal that fails to be charming in its amateurishness, and the funk of "It's Your Thing" sounds leaden and lifeless despite the best efforts of breakbeat legend Leo Morris (later Idris Muhammad) on drums. Take those away and Hot Dog would be a fairly decent effort. Also featuring guitarist Melvin Sparks, organist Charles Earland, and trumpeter Ed Williams, the ensemble really catches fire on "Turtle Walk," a Donaldson original where the groove sounds natural and helps push the soloists. The Donaldson-penned title cut also gets pretty funky, though the underlying vamp is a little insubstantial to stretch out over ten minutes. The Tommy Turrentine ballad "Bonnie" returns Donaldson to the sweet, romantic territory he's mined so well over the years. So Hot Dog does have some worthwhile moments; it's just a pity the overall finished product isn't more consistent -- the cover photo is great. ~ by Steve Huey, AMG.
1967: Booker Ervin - Booker 'n' Brass Hard-bop, Post-bop
1967: Booker Ervin - Booker 'n' Brass
Artist: Booker Ervin
Album: Booker 'n' Brass
Label: Blue Note
Year: 1967, release: 1998
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320 Kbps
Time: 49:07
Size: 112 MB

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To hear Booker Ervin as the leading solo voice on a recording with a larger ensemble is a treat, not only for his fans, but for those interested in modern big-band sounds grown from the bop era that are flavored with urban blues. A trio of different sessions done at Webster Hall in New York City features groups ranging from ten to eleven pieces, with personnel switched up, and no supplemental saxophonists. Freddie Hubbard is the only other soloist besides Ervin, the trombone section features top-rate players Bennie Green, Britt Woodman, and Garnett Brown, and the rhythm section of pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Reggie Johnson, and drummer Lenny McBrowne is as solid as can be. The session is based entirely on themes dedicated to major cities in the U.S.

Three versions of "L.A. After Dark," featuring different solos from Hubbard, are included on the CD version, written by the arranger of the date Teddy Edwards, a quintessential uptown homage to his adopted home. Ervin's "East Dallas Special" - a mix of "Night Train" and "Sister Sadie" - and the short, tuneful Jerry Lieber-Mike Stoller penned hit of Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City," and the energetic 12-bar "St. Louis Blues" all shuffle along, powered by the soulful McBrowne. Four typical standards are included, with Ervin's tart-sweet post-John Coltrane saxophone sound undeniably leading the way. "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" is a slow spare horn chart accented by the booming bass of Johnson, while "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is a polite and heartfelt treatment of this all-time favorite. "Harlem Nocturne" is quite dissimilar from the Joe Harnell hit version of the era, this one approximating tango proportions. Closest to true big-band regalia, "Salt Lake City" depicts a not very jazzy or bluesy city with a sophistication that suggests the best progressive charts of Duke Ellington, and especially Oliver Nelson, with two-note horn shout-outs. While the charts of Edwards and the emphasis on brass instruments holds interest, the overall sounds are only somewhat arresting. Ervin is the straw that stirs this tasteful martini, but he is heard to better effect on his numerous small ensemble recordings, and especially his work with Charles Mingus.
~ Michael G. Nastos , All Music Guide
1957: Kenny Burrell - K.B. Blues Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1957: Kenny Burrell - K.B. Blues
Artist: Kenny Burrell
Album: K.B. Blues
Label: Blue Note
Year: 1957; release: 2004
Format, bitrate:Mp3, 320 Kbps
Time:36:21
Size:82.16 MB

A real hard-burner from Kenny Burrell a set that was recorded for Blue Note in the guitarist's early career, but not issued by the label until the 70s and even then only in Japan! Kenny's got the sharp edge and strong sense of leadership you'll hear on his classic Midnight Blue and the lineup features strong tenor work from Hank Mobley, who seems to underscore the best elements in Burrell's tone plus work from Horace Silver on piano who plays with lots of soulful undercurrents, alongside Doug Watkins on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! The record's got some slightly raspy edges, which may be why Blue Note originally held it back but it's a real treasure for the deeper side of Kenny's tones and titles include "Out For Blood", "Nica's Dream", "KB Blues", and "DB Blues". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1973: Memphis Slim - Very Much Alive And In Montreux Music » Blues
1973: Memphis Slim - Very Much Alive And In Montreux
Artist: Memphis Slim
Album: Very Much Alive And In Montreux
Label: Universal Music France (CD-983 212-4)
Year: 1973
Release: 2006
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 43:05
Size: 98.48 MB
AMG rating: 1973: Memphis Slim - Very Much Alive And In Montreux

This choice chapter in the Memphis Slim story delivers an exciting taste of what a modern electric blues band sounded like in live performance during the early '70s. This reissue includes a bonus track featuring Hammond B-3 organist Deacon Jones and formidable electric guitar wizard Freddie King. (It's quite a package, although even with this extra cut the disc only contains 43 minutes of music.) The year 1973 was particularly exciting as blues, soul, funk, and rock & roll began to blend in ways that had only been hinted at during the 1960s. This cultural explosion was inevitable as music festivals were expanded to include a wide range of styles and genres. The 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, for example, featured One String Sam, Victoria Spivey, Roosevelt Sykes, John Lee Hooker, and Ray Charles on the same weekend as Yusef Lateef, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The 1973 jazz festival held in Montreux, Switzerland, underwent comparable dilation as Odetta, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, and Professor Longhair appeared alongside Miles Davis, Les McCann, Sam Rivers, and Stéphane Grappelli. Memphis Slim fit perfectly into this mind-blowing lineup. Backed by bassist Benny Turner, drummer Charlie Meyers, and guitarist Joe "Jammer" Wright, Slim rises to the occasion, maintaining at all tempos a powerful presence that is still breathtaking. Most amusing is Slim's politically charged "The Watergate Festival," juxtaposing the seemingly disparate topics of a fertile international music festival scene and the corruption scandal that was steadily disembowelling the Nixon White House during the summer of 1973. This track compares nicely with similar Watergate "tributes" composed and/or recorded by Eddie Shaw, Tom T. Hall, Howlin' Wolf, Big Joe Williams, Percy Heath, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Gil Scott-Heron.
~ arwulf arwulf, All Music Guide
2012: Harmonie Ensemble New York - Music for Peter Gunn Music » Jazz » Big Band

2012: Harmonie Ensemble New York - Music for Peter Gunn
Artist: Harmonie Ensemble New York
Album: The Music of Peter Gunn
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Year: 2014
Quality: my rip> mp3-320
Size: 133 mb ( with full scans)
Time: 50:26

GRAMMY-nominated conductor Steven Richman and the Harmonie Ensemble/New York released Music for Peter Gunn, placing their own stamp on the show's trendsetting score written by Henry Mancini. The classic TV detective series, which ran from 1958 to 1961, is probably best remembered today for its music, which was inspired by the West Coast Cool jazz style.
The Emmy-winning score - and its double GRAMMY-awarded album - was performed by an all-star ensemble of some of the West Coast jazz scene's finest musicians. Now, for the first time in more than half a century, the Harmonie Ensemble/New York, joined by ace old-school improvisers Lew Soloff and Lew Tabackin, takes a new look at this iconic music on this new harmonia mundi release.
Music for Peter Gunn follows in the footsteps of Richman's and Harmonie Ensemble/New York's previous bestselling releases Gershwin by Grofé (which landed on the Billboard charts in the top ten) and Ellington/Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suites.
Richman writes, "I grew up watching and listening to that great TV show. Everyone knows the Peter Gunn theme but far fewer seem to know there is about an hour and a half of gorgeous music recycled in various forms throughout the show's three seasons. Even our musicians were in the dark about this. They were happily surprised at the wonderful music, so skillfully written and arranged. We were all thrilled to play it."
The Grammy Award-nominated conductor Steven Richman and Harmonie Ensemble/New York hold a special place in the international music world. The Ensemble is known for its distinctive and widely varied programming of classical music and jazz, and for exciting performances and recordings favored with extraordinary critical acclaim.
Mr. Richman, the group's founder, conductor and music director, delights in uncovering musical rarities. The Ensemble has played or recorded premieres of little or unknown works by Stravinsky, Gershwin, Grofé, Dvorák, Harry Burleigh (Dvorák's assistant), Handel, Shostakovich, Nino Rota, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Copland, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Henry Mancini, as well as the standard chamber and orchestral repertoire.
Harmonie Ensemble/New York has performed many historic and unique concert events in major halls and venues in New York and throughout the United States. Its twelve CDs have received international praise and numerous awards, including a Grammy Award nomination.
~ harmonieensembleny.com
1975: Anita O'Day - My Ship Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1975: Anita O'Day - My Ship
Artist: Anita O'Day
Album: My Ship
Label: Kayo Stereophonics
Year: 1975; release: 2003
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 85,1 mb
Total time: 39:26

For those who have all of her classic chancetaking verve sessions and long for more, this is the next logical choice. In fact Anita O'Day sounds so vibrant and inspired on this set, one would think it was recorded in the same period as her 60's Verve years, and not about 15 years later. O'Day turns standards like Mean To Me, and gives them her own spin with lot's of improvisation, and high musicianship throughout. This might be Anita's finest post Verve set, and it's definately worth acquiring. ~ Amazon.com
1969: Billy Taylor Trio - Billy Taylor Today Swing, Mainstream
1969: Billy Taylor Trio - Billy Taylor Today
Artist: Billy Taylor Trio
Album: Today
Label: MPS/Prestige
Year: 1969
Format, bitrate: mp3/320 (LP-rip)
Time: 43.02
Size: 50.73 mb


Billy Taylor and his 1969 trio (which includes bassist Ben Tucker and drummer Grady Tate) perform four of Taylor's originals, Errol Garner's "La Petite Mambo," Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Brother Where Are You" and two standards on this MPS set which was last available as a Pausa LP. The enjoyable music swings and fits perfectly into the jazz mainstream of the era.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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