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Bobby Hutcherson - The Kicker Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Bobby Hutcherson - The KickerArtist: Bobby Hutcherson
Album: The Kicker
Year: 1963
Label: Blue Note
Time: 53:49
Format: MP3 @256kbps + Flac & MP3@320
Size: 102 mb (, w/ 5% WinRar File Recovery)
AMG rating: 4 stars

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Bobby Hutcherson recorded frequently for Blue Note in the 1960s, though this session remained unissued until 1999. The first half features the vibraphonist in a cooking hard bop session with Joe Henderson and Duke Pearson, starting with an energetic take on the normally slow ballad "If Ever I Would Leave You" and a sizzling Hutcherson original, "For Duke P." Guitarist Grant Green is added for the second half, beginning with the first recording of Henderson's "The Kicker," which became well known from it's later rendition on Horace Silver's highly successful release Song for My Father. Because this is part of Blue Note's limited-edition Jazz Connoisseur series, don't delay in picking it up. -- AMG
Brigitte Jazz for Dinner, Vol. 1 Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Brigitte Jazz for Dinner, Vol. 1Artist: Various Artists
Album: Brigitte Jazz for Dinner, Vol. 1 (compilation)
Label: Boutique
Year: 2001
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kb/s
Time: 1:06:36
Size: 153 Mb
Bubu's Rating: Brigitte Jazz for Dinner, Vol. 1

A totally unfit title for a great and inspired compilation of beautiful songs sung by most celebrated jazz singers. The perfect introduction to the casual jazz listener and to everybody who enjoys soft and gentle music. A classy record.
- Bubu Hans

This is an extraordinary album with some excellent jazz standards by some unexpected singers, sit back and enjoy; "At last" by Lou Rawls & Dianne Reeves, "Love is here to stay" Dianna Ross, "Solitary moon" by Shirely Horn is absolute heaven, "your song", "Sunny", "you've got a friend" so many great renditions of wonderful songs and as a real bonus this album is worth buying just for James Brown's version "all the way', Absolute heaven, elysium, paradise...
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Greatest Jazz: Swing Collection Best 20 Music » Jazz » Swing
Greatest Jazz: Swing Collection Best 20
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Greatest Jazz: Swing Collection Best 20
Label: Jasrac (Japan) R-980247
Year: 1998
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kbps (Artwork)
Time: 66:10
Size: 90 + 68.5 Mb

Recommended if you like Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman! This is CDs with Greatest Big Band Theme Hits Collection. Original Recordings Digitally Re-Mastered.
Charlie Byrd - Brazilian Byrd Music » Jazz » Latin
Charlie Byrd - Brazilian ByrdArtist: Charlie Byrd
Album: Brazilian Byrd
Label: Sony
Year: 1964
Format: WMA Lossless
Time: 38:00
Size: 180MB

The arrangements by Tommy Newsom for strings, brass, and woodwinds may be a bit sweet and the 13 performances (which on the CD reissue include a previously unreleased take of "Engano") may be overly concise (often under three minutes), but the resulting music is strangely pleasing. Acoustic guitarist Charlie Byrd always had a strong affinity for Brazilian jazz, and he sticks exclusively to Antonio Carlos Jobim songs (including "S Dano Samba," "Corcovado," "Dindi," and "The Girl from Ipanema") during this tasteful and melodic effort. Truly beautiful music.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra - Live in Molde (2005) Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra - Live in Molde (2005)
Artist: Chick Corea and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
Album: Live in Molde
Year: 2000
Release: 2005
Format: MP3 - 320kbps

Fascinating Combination of Chick & Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Conquers Norway
Not only is Chick Coreas enlivening piano performance with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at the Molde Festival 2000 an electrifying moment in time, the showcase of musical prowess has also become one of the great events in the history of the festival. Erlend Skomsvolls arrangements for Chick and big band bring out new colours in Coreas compositions (Crystal Silence, Armandos Rhumba, Spain, Return to Forever and more) throughout the concert, which is intimately with such crystal clear sound that it feels like you are actually sitting right in the front row.
"Erlend Skomsvoll has made the most creative arrangements of my songs that Ive heard. He din't just do a good job. He added his own imaginative views of my songs with the new combination, sounds and constructions and did a magnificent job."Chick Corea
Saxophone Summit - Seraphic Light Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Saxophone Summit - Seraphic Light
Artist: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Ravi Coltrane
Album: Saxophone Summit: Seraphic Light
Year: 2007
Release: 2008
Label: Telarc
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kbit/s

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Michael Brecker was an original member of Saxophone Summit, a tenor supergroup including Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, plus Phil Markowitz (piano), Cecil McBee (bass) and Billy Hart (drums). Ravi Coltrane (tenor) replaces Brecker on the group's second release, Seraphic Light. Continuing its original mission to celebrate the music of late-period Coltrane, this outing features heavy blowingnot exactly free jazz, but jazz 'free-ly.' The first half features compositions by each member, accessible melodies and arrangements that fully exploit Liebman (soprano sax, flutes) and Lovano's (flute, alto clarinet, autochrome) doubling talents, but the heart of the group comes to the fore on the last three cuts: "Cosmos," the title track and "Expression," all Coltrane covers and templates for excursions into ecstatica and dissonance. Liebman really shines here, rolling out blistering manifestos of soul and ice. Brecker is remembered in "Message to Mike," an upbeat romp penned by brother Randy, featuring group soloing and a party vibea fitting send-off for one of the tenor saxophone's greatest exponents.
Kiyoshi Kitagawa with Kenny Barron & Brian Blade - Prayer (2005) Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Kiyoshi Kitagawa with Kenny Barron & Brian Blade - Prayer (2005)
Artist: Kiyoshi Kitagawa with Kenny Barron & Brian Blade
Album: Prayer
Label: Atelier Sawano
Year: 2005
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kbit/s
Size: 145 MB

Bassist/Composer Kiyoshi Kitagawa is an integral part of todays jazz scene. Soon after moving to NYC from Japan, he joined the Harper Brothers. He then toured and recorded with alto great Kenny Garrett. He has gone on to work with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Jimmy Heath, Andy Bey, Tommy Flanagan, Ben Riley, Victor Lewis, Terell Staford, just name a few. Most recently, Kiyoshi has been touring the world with bands led by these jazz greats:the Kenny Barron Trio, the Jon Faddis Quartet, Ben Riley's Monk Legacy Septet.
Pink Martini - Hey Eugene! (2007) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Pink Martini - Hey Eugene! (2007)Artist: Pink Martini
Album: Hey Eugene!
Year: 2007
Format, bitrate: mp3 320 kb\s, 44,1kHz, Stereo / WMA Lossless
Time: 44:27
Size: 71.3 MB

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Yusef Lateef - 10 Years Hence Hard-bop, Post-bop
Yusef Lateef - 10 Years Hence
Artist: Yusef Lateef
Album: 10 Years Hence
Label: Wounded Bird
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kbit/s
Size: 144 MB


The bottom line is simply this: Ten Years Hence, originally released in 1975 on Atlantic as a double LP, is Yusef Lateef as you've never heard him before -- or since. This set was produced by Joel Dorn and recorded live at San Francisco's legendary Keystone Corner, with some other elements overdubbed later in the studio. The band is stellar: Yusef playing no less than eight instruments, Kenny Barron on piano and cowbell, upright bassist Bob Cunningham (who also plays percussion instruments), Albert "Kumba" Heath on drums and various percussion, and a lone track with Bill Salter on electric bass. The shortest tune here is eight and a half minutes, and it's no less a composition that Barron's classic tune "A Flower"; the rest are all 12 minutes and up -- there are only five tunes for four LP sides! The album kicks off with Cunningham's three-part suite "Samba de Amor." Clocking in at over 22 minutes, it begins as a spiritual percussion orgy with all bandmembers joining in. Lateef uses a shanir to get inside, but also uses it as a percussion instrument. Two minutes in, Cunningham is bowing his bass elegiacally, but the melody is sweet, like a lost, haunted love song. Yusef's flute enters two minutes later and joins him in this slow skeletal song before the percussion section enters again in a joyous route as the second part begins and gives way to the longest section, a proper samba, full of lithe flute blowing, saxophone blowing, kit drums playing insane breaks, and wordless vocals covering the backdrop. This is followed by the tenor burner "Yusef's Mood," which covers soul, jazz, rhythm & blues, and boogie-woogie in its 18 minutes. The band is shouting and chanting a chorus as the audience goes nuts! Think of the audience participation on the Jazz Crusaders live albums times ten. There is a gorgeous reading of Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's standard "But Beautiful," which ranks as one of the best ever committed to tape. The intuition and ease these players have with one another allows them to go out on ledges and keep melodies and time signatures together, yet experiment wildly with harmonics. The overdubbed strings on Barron's tune don't do much for it, frankly, but his piano improvisation around Lateef's flute is stunning. The encore is Lateef's killer "I Be Cold." There is a female backing chorus that was added later, but Lateef raps and plays call and response with his seal horn, while Cunningham's fuzzed-out bowed bass is gutbucket funky and greasy. The flute solo is so deep, so tight, that it demands the overdubbed trumpets and backing vocals to support and accent it. The funky horns and Heath's breaks set fire to the whole damn thang. This is not an album for everybody, but it is easily one of the most underrated sets in Lateef's vast catalog. Thom Jurek, AMG
L.A. Workshop - Norwegian Wood, Vol. 1 Music » Jazz » Fusion
L.A. Workshop - Norwegian Wood, Vol. 1
Artist: L.A. Workshop
Album: Norwegian Wood, Vol. 1
Label: Denon
Year: 1988
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320 Kbps
Time: 54:25
Size: 90,01 MB

L.A. Workshop is a side project for some very prominent musicians, including Steve Lukather of Toto, guitarist Lee Ritenour, Ray Parker Jr., and others. Having once attended a New Year's Eve concert by Beatlejuice, the cover band fronted by Boston's Brad Delp, I feel knowledgable enough to comment.
There's an attempt here to bridge the gap between rock and jazz, but unfortunately one slip, and you're in Lite-FM "dentist office" territory. What saves the album from slipping into Muzak is often Lukather's piercing rock guitar, particularly on "And I Love Her" and "Blackbird". Some of the other tracks, like "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" just didn't have the same bite for me. Also, "Michelle" and "Fool on the Hill" have a distinct Casio-tone keyboard beat to them, but on the positive side "When I'm Sixty-Four" seems to evoke the Hammond sound of Booker T & The MG's.
Nat Adderley - Work Song Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
Nat Adderley - Work Song
Artist: Nat Adderley
Album: Work Song
Label: Riverside/OJC
Year: 1960
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kbit/s
Time: 39:06
Size: 91,5 MB

Nat Adderley - Work Song
Nat Adderley - Work Song


This CD reissue brings back a near-classic by cornetist Nat Adderley. Utilizing a cornet-cello-guitar front line (with Sam Jones and Wes Montgomery) along with a top-notch rhythm section (pianist Bobby Timmons, Percy Heath, or Keter Betts on bass and drummer Louis Hayes), Adderley performs a fine early version of his greatest hit ("Work Song") and helps introduce Cannonball Adderley's "Sack O' Woe." Four songs use a smaller group with Timmons absent on "My Heart Stood Still" (which finds Keter Betts on cello and Jones on bass), "Mean to Me" featuring Nat backed by Montgomery, Betts, and Hayes, and two ballads ("I've Got a Crush on You" and "Violets for Your Furs") interpreted by the Adderley-Montgomery-Jones trio. No matter the setting, Nat Adderley is heard throughout in peak form, playing quite lyrically. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow, AMG
Round Midnight - OST Music » Jazz
Round Midnight - OST
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Round Midnight - Original Soundtrack
Label: Sony Jazz
Year: 1986
Release 2002
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kb/s
Time: 1:04:30
Size: 148 Mb

Soundtrack buffs may know that this score to director Bertrand Tavernier's alluring jazz period piece inexplicably won the 1986 Oscar for best soundtrack instead of Morricone and his rich, enduring music for The Mission. That injustice aside, it remains a worthy collage of vintage jazz standards, new material, and contemporary performers, as filtered through the spirit of the story's main character (an amalgam of Bud Powell and Lester Young) and the '50s Paris jazz scene. It's also a tribute to Round Midnight musical director Herbie Hancock, with his crucial understanding that jazz--and especially bebop--can never stand on tradition, lest it lose its very reason for being. Thus he lets then-newcomer Bobby McFerrin loose on Monk's moody title track, gives vet Chet Baker's horn and voice a warm turn in the spotlight on "Fair Weather," and allows Lonette McKee and star Dexter Gordon to infuse Gershwin's "How Long Has This Been Going On" with some languorous, subtly sexual heat. Other highlights include a romp through Monk's "Rhythm-a-Ning," Hancock's tense, modernist "Berangere's Nightmare," and the spare, enchanting duet with Bobby Hutcherson, "Minuit aux Champs-Elysees." Remarkably, most of the film's music was recorded live on the set, giving it a compelling warmth and immediacy that's increasingly rare. This new edition features expanded liner notes as well as a bonus cut of the title track performed by Dexter Gordon's quintet live at the Village Vanguard in 1967. --Jerry McCulley at
George Benson - Benson Burner Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
George Benson - Benson Burner
Artist: George Benson
Album: Benson Burner
Label: Columbia
Year: 1965
Format Mp3@320 kbs
Size: 220 MB

Some but not all of guitarist George Benson's Columbia records (plus some unreleased songs and other tunes that he recorded under organist Lonnie Smith's name) are included on this out-of-print double-LP. Fitting into the soul-jazz/hard bop idiom, Benson (who at the time was heavily influenced by Wes Montgomery and Charlie Christian, but already had his own approach) is mostly heard in a quartet with organist Smith, baritonist Ronnie Cuber and drummer Jimmy Lovelace, although some selections add horns (including trumpeter Blue Mitchell) and more players in the rhythm section. The majority of the songs are basic originals by Benson or Smith, and the emphasis is on soulful swinging. Fine music. ~ Scott Yanow, AMG
Eberhard Weber - The Following Morning Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
Eberhard Weber - The Following Morning
Artist: Eberhard Weber
Album:The Following Morning
Label: ECM
Year: 1976
Format: Flac
Size:146 MB (No Cue - AudioChecker Log, covers)
Time: 41:07

The absence of a drummer deprives "The Following Morning" of some of the drive and rhythmic shadings of other Weber releases. In some ways this is a more contemplative work, lingering longer upon the tones of the individual instruments. The title track opens with backwards piano and slides into a pensive rumination between the piano and Weber's bass. There is only the tentative presence of orchestral instruments, and the album is quite subtle and slow to unfold. You might not pick up this album as often as some other Weber releases, but it can reward close listening. ~ Paul Collins, All Music Guide
Miki N'Doye - Tuki (2006) Music » Jazz » Fusion
Miki N'Doye - Tuki (2006)
Artist: Miki N'Doye
Album: Tuki
Format: FLAC & mp3 (320k/s)
Size: 339 & 144 MB (full scans)
Year: 2003-2005
Label: ECM (2006)
Total time: 62:33

NDoye composes on the iron-tongued kalimba thumb piano, his hypnotic variations throbbing and buzzing into a vast and numinous sound field across which Per Jorgensenss searing trumpet lines cut a plangent counter-swathe. If NDoyes drumming and verbal extemporisations are often unremarkable in themselves, the sheer severity of the albums sonic conception, with its discordant incursion of John Cage-style prepared piano, creates an entrancing Afro-minimalist feel that you certainly wont be encountering anywhere else. ~ Mark Hudson, Daily Telegraph
Thelonious Monk Trio / Blue Monk Vol.2 2LP/1CD Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Thelonious Monk Trio / Blue Monk Vol.2 2LP/1CD
Artist - Thelonious Monk
Album - Thelonious Monk Trio/Blue Monk Vol.2 2LP/1CD
Label - Ace Recordc / Prestige
Years 1952,1954
Release - 1991
Quality - MP3@320kb/s
Size - 166 mb
Total time - 77:53
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Any Thelonious Monk album that kicks off with a seven-minute version of "Blue Monk" is worth listening to. Backed alternately by bassists Percy Heath and Gary Mapp and drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, Monk unleashes his idiosyncratic piano lines against a spare backdrop. Beautifully rendered, the opening piece is a highlight of the album, oddly combining disharmonic riffs within a melodic and very memorable structure. It's followed, surprisingly, by a rather tepid version of "Just a Gigolo," more lounge than jazz in execution. The set picks up again, however, on "Bemsha Swing" and later with a noisy "Little Rootie Tootie," another fascinating study in dissonance with some great drum work by Blakey. Because the album was pieced together from three different sessions, it's often difficult to identify the supporting players on individual cuts. Nonetheless, the small settings used on all ten pieces feature intricate interplay between bass, drums, and piano. They allow the necessary space for Monk's explorations, which conjure up images of a mathematician working out geometric patters on the keyboard. While mathematical music may sound a bit cold and soulless, pieces like "Monk's Dream" and "Trinkle, Tinkle" evoke a sublime beauty as they build order out of chaos. Intimate, intense, and inspired, Thelonious Monk Trio offers 35 minutes of professional musicians practicing their craft. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide

This CD is a repackaging of several of Thelonious Monk's earliest sessions for Prestige, commencing in November of 1953 and May of the following year, respectively. This era of Monk's recordings is notable as the bridge between his association with Blue Note beginning in 1952 and his most prolific period for Riverside, which began in 1955. "Let's Call This" and the second take of "Think of One" are from the November 1953 date and feature Monk (piano) backed by Sonny Rollins (tenor sax), Julius Watkins (French horn), Percy Heath (bass), and Willie Jones (drums). The remaining tunes present Frank Foster (tenor sax), Ray Copeland (trumpet), Curly Russell (bass), and Art Blakey (drums) from May of 1954. Despite some outstanding improvisation between Rollins and Watkins, neither track from 1953 really gains sufficient headway to be considered primal. That said, they are far from failures. "Let's Call This" has an easy syncopation that seemingly fails to inspire the quintet. "Think of One," however, drives a bit harder and includes a few additional off-kilter accents from Monk as well as a somewhat telepathic sense of timing between the pianist and Rollins. What the first pair of selections may have lacked is considerably recouped on the final pieces. The styles and moods range from the frenetic "Locomotive" and "Hackensack" -- the latter of which is more than just casually reminiscent of "Straight, No Chaser" -- to the sublime and refined cool of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the only cover tune on the disc. Thelonious Monk enthusiasts are best served by the three-CD Complete Prestige Recordings in order to gather these and the other five sessions that Monk participated in during his brief tenure with the label. ~ Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide
The Best Of BOBBY McFERRIN Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
The Best Of BOBBY McFERRIN Artist: Bobby McFerrin
Album: The Best Of Bobby McFerrin, The Blue Note Years
Year: 1985-1990
Release: 1996
Label: Blue Note
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps
Time: 55:02
Size: 127 MB

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The highlights of vocal acrobat Bobby McFerrin's eclectic career are featured on this collection, which includes samples of his work with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chick Corea, the Yellowjackets, Manhattan Transfer, and Jon Hendricks. Among the selections are "Spain," "Blue Bossa," and the cloying hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy."
Jason Ankeny, AMG
Benedikt Jahnel Trio - Modular Concepts Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
Benedikt Jahnel Trio - Modular ConceptsArtist: Benedikt Jahnel Trio
Album: Modular Concepts
Label: Material Records
Year: 2008
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 224 vbr
Time: 48:22
Size: 63:00
Bubu's Rating: ****

After many successful record-releases in Germany wiith groups like Max.bab, Cyminology or Das Kaktus 6tett, Benedikt Jahnel now presents his first trio record: Modular Concepts.
The compositions reflect his impressions of the city of New York where he lved and worked for two years (2005-2007). The record presents long through-composed movements, that explore, develope and combine certain musical modules. These modules provide the core ideas for the songs and improvised sections.
The result is a unique mixture of improvisation (`Old News, `Siachen, `Interlude D), songs (`I Should Have..., `And Lasalle), rhythmical passages (`Recent News, `Interlude C) and lyrical classical pieces (`Riverside).
The band features some of the most interesting and distinguished musicans of the contemporary jazz scene in New York. Both of them are successful bandleaders and sideman, who have proved their brilliance on numerous concerts and records...
Baptiste Trotignon - Share Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
Baptiste Trotignon - ShareArtist: Baptiste Trotignon
Album: Share
Label: Naive
Year: 2008
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kb/s
Time: 58:27
Size: 137 Mb

Recorded in New York, with American sidemen, these 11 numbers are the first that most of us will have heard of Trotignon, although he has released an album a year to growing acclaim in France since his debut in 2000. His piano playing is typically French in that romantic-but-not-quite-sentimental way and his work in the ensemble is a joy. At faster tempos, he generates a cool, uncluttered swing that brings out the best in his two main soloists, saxophonist Mark Turner and trumpeter Tom Harrell, here playing the mellow flugelhorn.
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Acoustic Alchemy - Early Alchemy Music » Jazz » Fusion » Smooth & Lounge
Acoustic Alchemy - Early AlchemyArtist: Acoustic Alchemy
Album: Early Alchemy
Label: GRP Records
Year: 1992
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 192 kb/s
Time: 45:08
Size: 62,4 Mb

Before Nick Webb teamed up with Greg Carmichael, he and Simon James created Acoustic Alchemy. I was living in London when "Casino" came out and remember loving it. These are -- except for the last cut -- early recordings that had never been released in Album form. Like "Casino", "Sarah Victoria" was re-recorded by the Webb/Carmichael partnership. None of the others was. My personal favorites are "Slap it down" and "Les Bercheres." I also like the new recording "Dream of Fair Women." Along with "Reference Point" this is my favorite Acoustic Alchemy CD.
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