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Illinois Jacquet - Banned In Boston Music » Jazz » Mainstream
Illinois Jacquet - Banned In Boston
Artist - Illinois Jacquet
Album - Banned In Boston
Label - CBS
Year - 1962, release - 1989
Quality - MP3/320kb/s
Size - 75,1mb
Total time - 35:13

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This album (whose artsy liner notes can barely be read) is a disappointment. One would think that teaming together tenor-saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and trumpeter Roy Eldridge, two combative and excitable soloists, would be ideal but few sparks occur. The material is dull, the arrangements (for the seven-to-nine piece groups) are run-of-the-mill and the performances are overly concise. Nothing happens.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Although I'm referring to the AMG's review, I absolutely disagree with it. I consider this album to deserve a much higher rating!~ lex
Bill Frisell - Rambler Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Bill Frisell - RamblerArtist: Bill Frisell
Album: Rambler
Label: ECM
Year: 1984
Time: 45:22
Format: FLAC
Size: (95.78 x 2)+76.4MB (with covers)
AMG Rating: Bill Frisell - Rambler

This relatively early set from Bill Frisell is a fine showcase for the utterly unique guitarist. Frisell has the ability to play nearly any extroverted style of music and his humor (check out the date's "Music I Heard") is rarely far below the surface. This particular quintet (with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, tuba player Bob Stewart, electric bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Paul Motian) is not exactly short of original personalities and their outing (featuring seven Frisell compositions) is one of the most lively of all the ones in the ECM catalog.
~ Scott Yanow, AMG
Wynton Marsalis - Jump Start And Jazz Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Wynton Marsalis - Jump Start And Jazz Artist: Wynton Marsalis & the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Album: Jump Start And Jazz
Label: Columbia, (ru)
Year: 1996
Format, bitrate: mp3, 160 kbps
Time: 68:03
Size: 74 mb

These ballets, each lasting a few minutes over half an hour, are mostly written-out compositions with jazz rhythm sections and jazz inflections from the players. As in much of Marsalis' writing in the '90s, he reaches back to several pre-bop classic jazz styles to form a synthesis of his own, with the wailing mark of Ellington ever-present in the voicings and harmonies. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements is a tightly arranged series of episodes that stalk across the jazz landscape from ragtime to dissonance, sometimes so tightly that it begins to resemble cartoon music. One of the more striking sections is "Trail of Tears," which has subtly smeared harmonies and horse-laughing from the muted brasses, and "Express Crossing" is right in the mold of Ellington's "Daybreak Express," with a nice breakneck muted solo for Marsalis. Though burdened with a typically pompous title, Jump Start The Mastery of Melancholy is actually the less pretentious ballet of the two, a suite of ten brief, disconnected big-band pieces in different idioms where the jazz elements come through with more freedom for the rhythm section and the soloists. This work hits its stride only toward the close with "Bebop" for small group (where Marsalis burns as he did in his extreme youth) and Harry "sweets" Edison's delicious cameo on "Jump." Heavily staffed by members of Marsalis' late septet, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra plays both works in precise, crisp fashion, with Marsalis conducting Jump Start and playing lead and section trumpet in both ballets.
~ Richard S. Ginell
Roy Hargrove - The RH Factor: Hard Groove Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
Roy Hargrove - The RH Factor: Hard GrooveArtist: Roy Hargroove & The RH Factor
Album: Hard Groove
Label: Verve
Year: 2003
Time: 1:12:23
Format: FLAC
Size: (110 x 3)+109MB (with covers)

A new musical vision for ace jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove has manifested itself in the form of Hard Groove. This neo-soul/jazz project showcases Erykah Badu, Common, D'Angelo, Marc Cary, and jam band icon saxophonist Karl Denson on a 14-track set that is laden with funk, groove, freestyle rap poetry, and sultry hip-hop/R&B mood swings. Hargrove's interesting horn and keyboard improvisations stem from extensive knowledge of each musician's work and, perhaps even more importantly, from close personal friendships developed as an underground club jam session warrior in N.Y.C. He also plays flgelhorn and percussion, and adds background vocals on several compositions. Opening with "Hardgroove," the set eases into a groove that is skillfully combined with Hargrove's meticulous riffs and segues into the band's free interpretation of an all-out jam session. "Common Free Style" is just that, a free rap session crammed with intimate details. This team-up works, and Common's prose style is exemplary in his choice of words and inspiring atmosphere. As one of the ladies who sings with the band, Grammy-winning Erykah Badu presents a valuable addition to the literature of hip-hop and jazz on several levels. On "Poetry," her rap is an entertaining and unpretentious chronicle of knowing the way to go in life, recounted with honesty and sincerity. Overall, Roy Hargrove has evolved as a hipper version of himself and given his listeners an entirely new musical direction than that heard on his Grammy-winning release Habana or his sensuous ballad recording Moment to Moment. Hard Groove is simply an exploration of his multidimensional musical attributes and his belated recognition of years of "open-eared moonlighting." In any case, the ultra-hip trumpeter manages not to alienate his die-hard jazz fans by intersecting with many of the icons of hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul. Highly recommended.
~ Paula Edelstein, AMG
Roy Eldridge - Live at the Three Deuces Club 1937 Music » Jazz » Swing
Roy Eldridge - Live at the Three Deuces Club 1937
Artist - Roy Eldridge
Album - Live at the Three Deuces Club 1937
Label - Jazz Archives
Year - 1937, release - 1996
Quality - MP3@320 kbps
Size - 79,9 mb
Total time - 35:23

Trumpeter Roy Eldridge's octet, which recorded six songs in Jan. 1937, is heard on this LP stretching out during a couple of radio broadcasts from later that year. Actually, despite the fine playing of altoists Joe Eldridge and Scoops Carey, tenor Dave Young and the four-piece rhythm section, the focus is generally on the exciting trumpeter/leader. The recording quality is erratic but the performances are often quite heated with Eldridge showing what he learned from listening to Louis Armstrong, most notably how to build a solo gradually up to a high note. Highlights include "Little Jazz," "Basin Street Blues," "Heckler's Hop" and "Chinatown, My Chinatown."
~ Scott Yanow, AMG
J.S.Bach - Lute Works by Hopkinson Smith Music, Classical music
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J.S.Bach - Lute Works by Hopkinson Smith Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist: Hopkinson Smith
Album: L'oeuvre de Luth (2 CD)
Label: Astree
Year: 2002
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320 kbps
Time: 51 min, 54 sec + 49 min, 12 sec.
Size: 125 + 118 mb.

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Wynton Marsalis - Hot House Flower Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Wynton Marsalis - Hot House FlowerArtist: Wynton Marsalis
Album: Hot House Flower
Label: Columbia
Year: 1984
Release: 1990
Format, bitrate: mp3, 160 kbps
Time: 41 min
Size: 50 mb

Wynton Marsalis, very much in his Miles Davis period, plays quite melodically throughout this ballad-dominated outing with strings. Branford Marsalis (on tenor and soprano), flutist Kent Jordan, pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jeff Watts are strong assets but it is Wynton's subtle creativity on such songs as "Stardust," "When You Wish Upon a Star," Duke Ellington's "Melancholia," and "I'm Confessin'" that makes this recording special. The arrangements by Robert Freedman generally keep the strings from sounding too sticky and Wynton's tone is consistently beautiful.
~ Scott Yanow, AMG
Chick Corea - Delphi 2 & 3 Music » Jazz » Latin
Chick Corea - Delphi 2 & 3Artist: Chick Corea
Album: Delphi 2 & 3 (2LP)
Label: Polydor
Year: 1980
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 192 kb/s (vinyl rip)
Time: 1:43:29
Size: 140 Mb

Recoded at Delphian Foundation, Sheridan, OR, on October 26 & 27, 1978 the sequel to Delpi I is an even more rare album, nut issued on CD yet, which travels in the same land of introspection. This wonderful sounds of Chick's piano solo are highly recommended to all Corea's fans
Amy Winehouse - I Told You I Was Trouble: Live From London Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul-Jazz
Amy Winehouse - I Told You I Was Trouble: Live From LondonArtist: Amy Winehouse
Album: I Told You I Was Trouble: Live From London (2007)
Label: Universal Records
Year: 2007
Format, bitrate: mp3, VBR ~210 kbps
Time: 66:16 min
Size: 95 mb

Amy Jade Winehouse (born 14 September 1983) is an English singer and songwriter, known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, jazz, rock & roll, and ska.Winehouse is best known for her soulful, powerful contralto vocals.
Winehouse's 2003 debut album Frank was commercially and critically successful in her native Britain. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album Back to Black led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British singer to win five Grammys, including three of the "Big Four": Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She has won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for "Stronger Than Me", one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for "Rehab", and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Love Is a Losing Game", among other prestigious distinctions.
Winehouse has received media attention apart from her singing. Her distinctive style has been the muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. The singer's problems with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as self-destructive behaviour, have become regular tabloid news since 2007. She and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, have been plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time and a subsequent pending divorce. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her life and her career
The Gil Evans Orchestra – Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix Music » Jazz » BeBop » Third Stream
The Gil Evans Orchestra – Plays The Music Of Jimi HendrixArtist: The Gil Evans Orchestra
Album: Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix
Label: Bluebird
Year: 1974
Time: 1:03:16
Format: FLAC
Size: (95.78 x 4)+34.83MB (with covers)
AMG Rating: The Gil Evans Orchestra – Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix

This CD reissue (which adds additional material to the original LP program) is much more successful than one might have expected. Jimi Hendrix was scheduled to record with Gil Evans' orchestra, but died before the session could take place. A few years later, Evans explored ten of Hendrix's compositions with his unique 19-piece unit, an orchestra that included two French horns; the tuba of Howard Johnson; three guitars; two basses; two percussionists; and such soloists as altoist David Sanborn, trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Billy Harper on tenor, and guitarists Ryo Kawasaki and John Abercrombie. Evans' arrangements uplift many of Hendrix's more blues-oriented compositions and create a memorable set that is rock-oriented, but retains the improvisation and personality of jazz. [This album was re-released in 2002 on the Bluebird label with four bonus tracks from the same sessions.]
~ Scott Yanow, AMG
Chick Corea Elektric Band - Live from Elario's Music » Jazz » Fusion
Chick Corea Elektric Band - Live from Elario's Artist: Chick Corea Elektric Band
Album: Live from Elario's
Label: Universal/MCA
Year: 1996
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 256 kb/s vbr
Time: 1:11:15
Size: 91,7 Mb

Experimental sound, first gig - germination of a super band. Recorded in April 19,1985 At Elario's and released in Japan only in 1996 this is a rare find! A must have for jazz-fusion fans! Although played only in trio this is a wonderful and inspirational set. Chick's tricks and experimentations on keyboards are wonderful
Chick Corea & Origin - Live At The Blue Note Music » Jazz » Fusion
Chick Corea & Origin - Live At The Blue Note Artist: Chick Corea & Origin
Album: Live At The Blue Note (compilation)
Label: Stretch
Year: 1998
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 256 kb/s vbr
Time: 1:05:38
Size: 86,5 Mb

Recording live at New York's Blue Note club, Chick Corea unveiled another new group, the challenging Origin acoustic sextet, on this CD, winnowing down some 12 sets into an hour-plus package. With Steve Davis (trombone) and Bob Sheppard and Steve Wilson (flutes and reeds) up front, Corea had a flexible horn choir to write for, and he uses mellow, urbane voicings that recall some of the Herbie Hancock Sextet's early work in the late '60s. The interplay that Avishai Cohen (bass), Adam Cruz (drums), and Corea have with the horns, though, is anything but mellow, and frequently they strike combative sparks against each other. Some of the selections, including "Double Image" (no relation to Joe Zawinul's electric jazz classic) and "Dreamless," have Latin-ish grooves — which are no strangers to Corea's Spanish heart — in spots. Corea's compositions are often fairly uneven — the allegedly Ellington-inspired convolutions of "Molecules" especially try the patience — yet everything here testifies to Corea's still restless, creatively vigorous nature at age 56. For some unknown reason, the Japanese version of the disc is said to contain an extra track, "Sifu," recorded in Corea's home with just the piano trio.
~ Richard S. Ginell, AMG
Diana Krall - Christmas Songs Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Diana Krall - Christmas SongsArtist:Diana Krall (feat. The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orch.)
Album: Christmas Songs
Label: Verve
Year: 2005
Format, bitrate: mp3, VBR ~236 kbps
Time: 44 min 42 sec
Size: 73 mb

Co-produced by Krall, with GRAMMY award winning, Tommy LiPuma, the album features the talents of renowned arranger and bassist John Clayton (Count Basie, Duke Ellington), guitarist Anthony Wilson (Chris Botti, Michael Buble), drummer Jeff Hamilton (Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole) and bassist Bob Hurst (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live). The Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra accompanies Krall for seasonal standards, "Let It Snow," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Jingle Bells."
Legendary composer Johnny Mandel contributes a string arrangement to "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Rounding out the album are previously released versions of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Christmas Time Is Here" with a band that includes guitarist Russell Malone.
This album is the perfect stocking stuffer for the holiday season for you and all your friends!
Billy Childs The Child Within Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
Billy Childs  The Child WithinArtist: Billy Childs
Album: The Child Within
Year: 1996
Label: Shanachie
Format, bitrate: MP3 CBR 320/kbs
Time: 70:35
Size: 163 Mb

One of the most promising of the pianist-composers of the 1990s, Billy Childs is a superb player and an underrated writer. He toured with J.J. Johnson (with whom he made his recording debut), graduated from USC, had an important association with Freddie Hubbard (1978-1984), and led Night Flight (a group with Dianne Reeves). Childs recorded four albums as a leader for Windham Hill Jazz (starting in 1988) and one for Stretch; started writing commissioned works in 1992 (including a 1994 concerto for the Monterey Jazz Festival); and has worked with Allan Holdsworth, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Hutcherson, and Branford Marsalis, among others, in addition to leading his own regular quartet.
~ Scott Yanow, AMG
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