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1973: Don Cherry & Jazz Composer's Orchestra-Relativity Suite Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz » Freejazz
1973: Don Cherry & Jazz Composer's Orchestra-Relativity Suite
Artist: Don Cherry & Jazz Composer's Orchestra
Album: Relativity Suite
Label: JCOA
Year: 1973
Format, bitrate: mp3; 192 kbps (LP-rip)
Time: 33:22
Size: 60 MB

Don Cherry appeared on the first two releases by JCOA, albums under the leadership of label founders Carla Bley and Michael Mantler, so their decision to commission him for the third album seemed a wise move, as indeed it was. Using many of the same musicians who contributed to those records and were then established as the loose collective called the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Cherry molded into a suite a string of the pieces he'd been composing and performing in the previous few years. Under the tutelage of Pandit Pran Nath, Cherry had been studying and increasingly using Indian karnatic singing in his recordings and concerts; he begins this album with a similarly derived chant. As the energy heats up, the orchestra launches into the captivating "Mali Doussn'gouni," featuring a raging tenor solo by Frank Lowe and delightful vocal acrobatics by Cherry. When it slowly dissolves into his achingly beautiful "Desireless," the first half of the album comes to an extremely satisfying conclusion. The remainder of the session is somewhat more of a mixed bag, succeeding off and on. Highlights include Selene Fung's lovely work on the ching, a Chinese koto-like instrument, and Ed Blackwell's exuberant New Orleans marching patterns on the concluding number. While not as breathtaking or cohesive as his Eternal Rhythm, Relativity Suite almost matches that release in its first half and contains many a worthwhile joy. Recommended. ~ Brian Olewnick, All Music Guide
2009: Neal Smith Quintet - Live at Smalls Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop

2009: Neal Smith Quintet - Live at Smalls
Artist: Neal SmithQuintet
Album: Live at Smalls
Label: Smallslive
Year: 2009; release:2010
Format, bitrate: mp3 320 kbps
Size: 157 Mb
Total time:

This album features some of the best musicians in the world of Jazz. Neal Smith, a New York drummer in his mid-30s who leads this fine group at Smalls (NYC) to record four sets of music over two nights for this live album. At the core of the band is the trio of Mr. Smith on drums, Dezron Douglas on bass and Mulgrew Miller, a wise elder, on piano. And then there are satellite elements, rotating in and out of the sets: the saxophonists Steve Wilson and Eric Alexander and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Mr. Smith, calling the tunes, plays no-nonsense post-bop rhythm, the hard center of jazz since the late 1950s. And he barely called attention to himself.
Mr. Miller, usually performs as a bandleader, is a peaceable kingdom: unpretentious Southern serenity, hovering around the middle of the keyboard. Between Mr. Whitfields effortful, gestural guitar improvisations, which reliably wound up in chords and octaves, and Mr. Alexanders period-perfect early-1960s solos are furious.
Douglas and Mr. Smith keep the swing strong and clear: staying constant on the ride cymbal in the manner of older drummers like Louis Hayes, working little variations on laid-back snare-drum fills. He isn't pushing an agenda about conserving an art form there is no preciousness or anxiety in the music but this recording makes you feel that jazz as a traditional language is safe and sound.
1936-1939: Stuff Smith 1936-1939 Swing, Mainstream
1936-1939: Stuff Smith 1936-1939
Artist: Stuff Smith
Album: Stuff Smith 1936-1939
Label: Classics
Years: 1936-1939, release: 1993
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 161 mb
Total time: 73:40
AMG Rating: 1936-1939: Stuff Smith 1936-1939
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This delightful CD has the first 24 titles ever led by violinist Stuff Smith, virtually all of Smith's prewar recordings and the complete output of the violinist's Onyx Club Boys (other than four songs from 1940). With trumpeter Jonah Jones and occasional drummer Cozy Cole the stars of the supporting cast, this was one of the top swing combos of the era. Smith's hard-swinging violin, his enthusiastic vocals, and his interplay with Jones made this a particularly hot unit. In addition to the hit "I'se A-Muggin'," highlights of the disc include "I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music," "After You've Gone," "You'se a Viper," "Old Joe's Hittin' the Jug," "Twilight in Turkey," and the classic "Here Comes the Man With the Jive." Highly recommended.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2010: Aldo Romano - Origine Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2010: Aldo Romano - OrigineArtist: Aldo Romano
Album: Origine
Label: Dreyfus Jazz
Year: 2010
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kb/s
Time: 56:44
Size: 120MB
AMG Rating: 2010: Aldo Romano - Origine


Drummer/composers are a relatively rare breed in jazz, but Aldo Romano is one of the most gifted on the scene. With a baker's dozen musicians (including himself) and thoughtful arrangements by Lionel Belmondo, Romano creates a powerful sound with reeds, brass, and rhythm section, often emphasizing the ensemble more so than than soloists, starting with the lovely bittersweet "Silenzio," which sounds like it could have been written for a film soundtrack. Trumpeter Stefane Belmondo and pianist Eric Legnini are showcased in the driving bossa nova "Pasolini." The elegant, lyrical waltz "For Michel" and the graceful "Touch of a Woman" (the latter with Belmondo on flgelhorn) are also obvious highlights. Romano plays guitar, sings, and co-composed an Italian lyric with Yves Simon for his upbeat "Jazz Messengers." This is yet another rewarding date by Aldo Romano.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1966: Chet Baker And The Carmel Strings - Into My Life Music » Jazz » BeBop » West Coast Jazz
1966: Chet Baker And The Carmel Strings - Into My Life

Artist:Chet Baker
Album: Into My Life
Label: World Pacific, WP-1858
Year:rec. 1966/ rel.1966
Format:MP3 @ 320 Kb/s (my own vinyl rip)
Time: 34:25
Size: 76,23 Mb


To my friends in JBC! Please enjoy.

This is easy listening "elevator music", and in no way resembles jazz.
If you're expecting a good jazz album here, they won't be met, however, if you dig easy instrumentals with a jazzy touch, this is a great record and it features lively solos by Chet Baker over backing by Harry Betts and the Carmel Strings. The album's got lots of groovy 60s pop stuff including a great reading of "Man & A Woman", plus "All", "Trains & Boats & Planes", "Ballad Of the Sad Young Men", and "Guantanamera".
This LP were issued on Dick Bock's "World Pacific" label, an offshoot of the Pacific Jazz. Have never been issued on CD.
2009: Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian - Live at Birdland Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
2009: Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian - Live at Birdland
Artist: Lee Konitz, Brad Mehldau, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian
Album: Live at Birdland
Label: ECM
Year: 2009, release: 2011
Format: FLAC
Time:71:19
Size: 387 MB

"Boring" feels like such a pejorative description. It's better to call this all-star summit conference of sleepy time jazz players, led by alto saxophonist Lee Konitz and including pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Charlie Haden, in addition to Konitz on drums, "stately," "refined," or "relaxed". The fact that the tunes -- all standards -- are virtually indistinguishable from each other, and go on at least five, and in one case, ten minutes too long in order to make room for just one more lugubrious bowed bass solo from Haden or one more slow-motion Mehldau keyboard interlude, should not be taken as prima facie evidence of the emptiness of this sort of pseudo-event, all too common in New York jazz clubs. After all, the live audience eats it up, as can clearly be heard. But is this album of any value to jazz as a whole? It is not. This is the sound of three men whose reputations rest on work done decades earlier, and one younger man whose reputation is difficult to explain, delicately tiptoeing through six pieces, some of which have been recorded hundreds if not thousands of times already. It is as far as possible from the sound of jazz moving forward, or preserving the creative vitality that is supposedly the heart of the genre. If all you want is to hear four accomplished musicians playing standards, this album provides an hour's worth of that. If you want more from jazz, you're out of luck.
~ Phil Freeman, All Music Guide
1958: Carmen McRae - Birds of a Feather Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1958: Carmen McRae - Birds of a Feather
Artist: Carmen McRae
Album: Birds of a Feather
Label: Verve/Decca
Year: 1958; release: 2004
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 87,7 mb
Total time: 39:17

Yes, there's a concept on the loose here -- all the songs are about birds. Fortunately, there are plenty of good songs on the subject, and it's not so narrow that all the focus hinges on birds themselves. Carmen McRae is supported by a good small group, directed and arranged by Ralph Burns, featuring guitarist Mundell Lowe and many solos for an uncredited "tenorman" (i.e., Ben Webster). Both McRae and Webster do their best on the driving, horn-heavy score for "Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight)." First, Webster follows closely along with trumpeter Irwin "Marky" Markowitz while McRae vocalizes clearly and with some swing, then launches a beautiful solo before McRae returns for the closer. Other highlights include the touching "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and a relaxed, pastoral "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano." ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
1961: The Gil Evans Orchestra - Into The Hot Music, Post-bop, Contemporary Jazz
1961: The Gil Evans Orchestra - Into The Hot
Artist: The Gil Evans Orchestra
Album: Into The Hot
Label: Impulse!
Year: 1961
Format: Flac (LP rip)
Time: 40:59
Size: 249 Mb
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Although this album (reissued on CD) proudly states that it is by the Gil Evans Orchestra and has Evans' picture on the cover, the arranger actually had nothing to do with the music. Three songs have the nucleus of his big band performing numbers composed, arranged, and conducted by John Carisi (who also plays one of the trumpets). Those selections by the composer of "Israel" are disappointingly forgettable. The other three performances are even further away from Evans for they are actually selections by avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor's septet! Taylor's music features trumpeter Ted Curson, trombonist Roswell Rudd, altoist Jimmy Lyons, tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, bassist Henry Grimes, and drummer Sunny Murray and is quite adventurous and exciting, the main reason to acquire this somewhat misleading set.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2006: Chuck Redd - Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All The Time Music » Jazz » BeBop
2006: Chuck Redd - Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All The Time
Artist: Chuck Redd
Album: Chuck Redd Remembers Barney Kessel: Happy All The Time
Label: Arbors Records ARCD 19314
Year: 2006
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 Kbps
Time: 67:44
Size: 144.1 MB

Vibraphonist Chuck Redd came to prominence as part of the Charlie Byrd Trio and made a wonderful contribution to one of Byrd's last albums, Au Courant. Here, Redd pays tribute to Barney Kessel, another great guitarist who came to the forefront in the 1950s. He's joined by two guitarists, Howard Alden and Gene Bertoncini, but neither make their appearance before the fourth cut. Redd's vibraphone, then, takes the place of the guitar on "Laura" and "Cry Me a River," providing a mellow, fluid reference to Kessel's bop-based style. Redd is joined by a number of players, but only bassist Hassan Shakur joins him on every track. Alternately, pianists Monty Alexander and Robert Redd appear on three-quarters of the tracks, and drummer Jeff Hamilton plays on all but two of the selections. The collection really takes off when Alden joins Redd for an upbeat take of "On a Slow Boat to China" for an incendiary workout. The two players are a remarkable match on cuts like Kessel's "Swedish Pastry" and "64 Bars of Wilshire." Bertoncini, on the other hand, provides a much lighter, acoustic touch, reminding one of Redd's old partner, Byrd. Remembers Barney Kessel is a good and enjoyable recording, and folks will want to stick around for the ten-minute take on "Slow Burn" at the very end.
~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide
1961: Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - We'll Be Together Again Music » Jazz » BeBop

1961: Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - We'll Be Together Again
Artists: Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt
Album: We'll Be Together Again
Label: Prestige/OJC
Year: 1961, release: 1992
Format, bitrate:Mp3, 320 Kbps
Time: 40:31
Size: 90 MB
AMG Rating: 1961: Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt - We'll Be Together Again
Total time: 40:31

The title of this exciting meeting between the tenors of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt was rather poignant, because this recording was released in the late '60s, when Ammons was serving a long jail sentence for possession of heroin, and it appeared that he and Stitt might never meet up again. Backed by pianist John Houston, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer George Brown, Ammons and Stitt (who had co-led a regular group a decade before) proved once again to be a perfect team, jamming on a variety of standards, blues, and ballads while also revisiting "New Blues Up and Down." The two tenors always brought out the best in each other, and luckily, they would get back together in the early '70s. This is high-quality bebop.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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