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1986: Steps Ahead - Live in Tokyo 1986 Music video

1986: Steps Ahead - Live in Tokyo 1986

Artist: Steps Ahead
Film: Live in Tokyo 30-07-1986
Label: TDK
Year: 1986
Format: DVD
Time: 92 min
Size: 7 x 500 MB + 329.23 MB + 17.84 MB (Cover)

This Steps Ahead concert has both good and bad points. Michael Brecker's virtuosic tenor solos show a great deal of passion and creativity within the genre. Also Mike Maineri's vibes are an attractive part of the ensemble sound, making the R&B-ish unit sound like Spyro Gyra with guts. Unfortunately the rhythm section (which consists of guitarist Mike Stern, bassist Darryl Jones and drummer Steve Smith) is never subtle, the rhythms are bombastic and the electronics (including at one point a drum machine) are excessive. The solos might be fiery but the unimaginative backup makes this potentially super band often sound run of the mill and monotonous. There are much better Steps Ahead concerts to preserve than this one. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guise

1968;1970: Duke Ellington The Privat Collection - Volume Five The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970 Music » Jazz » Big Band
1968;1970: Duke Ellington The Privat Collection - Volume Five The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970
Artist: Duke Ellington
Album: The Privat Collection - Volume Five The Suites, New York 1968 & 1970
Label: Saja/Atlantic
Years: 1968 & 1970, release: 1988
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 153 mb
Total time: 71:16

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One of the most interesting of the ten volumes released in The Private Collection series, this CD contains "The Degas Suite" (music for a soundtrack of an art film that was never produced) and a ballet score titled "The River." Ellington is mostly the lead voice but his star sidemen are heard from on these formerly very rare and somewhat unusual performances. Clearly his genius was strong enough to fill three lifetimes full of new music and this CD contains some melodies that might have been more significant if he had lived long enough to find a place for them.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2010: Eric Watson - Memories of Paris Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
2010: Eric Watson - Memories of ParisArtist: Eric Watson
Album: Memories of Paris
Label: Out Note Records
Year: 2010
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kb/s
Time: 51:06
Size: 106MB

I like jazz that goes beyond jazz . This admittance, which sounds like a manifesto, tells all about Eric Watson. Having graduated from the conservatory after a thoroughly classic training, the pianist never turned his back on his background although he never hesitated to venture into the field of improvisation. Born American, yet French by adoption, he values freedom above all. Refusing borderlines and classifications, Eric Watson has the same admiration for Thelonious Monk as for Charles Ives who, in his eyes, represent the yin and the yang of the iconoclastic American spirit. This independence is characteristic of his (numerous) compositions over three decennia. It appears particularly in his solo pieces, an infallible test to judge a jazzman. He started giving proof of this as early as 1981, then already at the invitation of Jean-Jacques Pussiau, in Bulls Blood (Owl). Child in the Sky (Owl) will follow in 1986 and Sketches of Solitude (Night Bird Music) in 2001. Memories of Paris brings back this live music which Eric Watson champions. Perusing his memories of the metropolis where he first arrived in 1978 was an ideal occasion to give free expression to his lyricism and exuberance. From Pigalle (Rue des Martyrs) to the Palais Royal (Rue de Beaujolais), Montmartre (Rue des trois frres) and Clichy (Cit des Fleurs), Eric Watsons own compositions bring us his” vision of Paris: romantic, lively, rebellious, hectic. In this musical meandering in the form of a suite, the pianist-composer resorts to a variety of arguments: rigor can reach an ascetic note and generosity tends towards ardor. His solitary exercises in front of the 88 keys of his piano encourage reverie and awareness. This is maybe what we call jazz.
~ Album Notes
1956: Dick Johnson Quartet - Music for Swinging Moderns Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

1956: Dick Johnson Quartet - Music for Swinging Moderns
Artist: Dick Johnson Quartet
Album: Music for Swinging Moderns
Label: EmArCy
Year: 1956
Format, bitrate: mp3; 192 kb/s (LP-rip)
Size: 73 mb

Morrow recorded for Mercury Records, and he convinced Mercury to record Johnson in a small group. That session took place in 1956, in Mercurys Chicago studio, with Morrows drummer, Bob McKee, and some studio musicians. Music for Swinging Moderns was released on the Emarcy label in 1957, and found a fan in Leonard Feather, who wrote in his favorable Down Beat review: Johnson is a most interesting anomaly. He is apt to plunge from Parker-like cascades of 16th notes into swing-era orgies of triplets.
1972: Shirley Bassey - And I Love You So Music » Soul
1972: Shirley Bassey - And I Love You SoArtist: Shirley Bassey
Album: And I Love You So
Label: EMI
Year: 1972
Quality: FLAC
Size: 339 MB (w. full scans)

The out of print 1972 CD from Shirley Bassey, And I Love You So, gets two additional bonus tracks on its 2000 re-release, and the more Bassey in the world the better. Her over the top rendition of pianist Jack Dieval's "The Way of Love" keeps the gender intact, as did Kathy Kirby and Cher on their respective hit versions, of a woman singing a song of heartbreak to another woman, only Bassey puts her trademark style on it bringing it into another realm. Chris White includes two lengthy pages of liner notes in the informative eight-page booklet which includes four lovely photos of the queen diva. Perry Como's hit version of the title track, "And I Love You So," a composition from the pen of Don McLean, might've kept this album from getting more exposure, but it is essential Shirley Bassey which her fan base is well aware of. She makes "Bless the Beasts and the Children" exotic while the Tom Evans and Pete Ham timeless classic, "Without You," gets a sort of Eartha Kitt as "Catwoman" reading, Bassey borrowing a bit but never copying. Johnny Harris forgoes the neo-Phil Spector production of Harry Nilsson's hit version to arrange, produce and conduct a special blend to fit Bassey's vocal stylings. The two Noel Rogers produced outtakes from the album sessions. Like many of the artist's releases, this is a real treasure and a true work of art. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide

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1991: Charlie Byrd Trio (with Ken Peplowski) - Bossa Nova Years Music » Jazz » Latin » Bossa Nova

1991: Charlie Byrd Trio (with Ken Peplowski) - Bossa Nova Years
Artists: Charlie Byrd Trio (with Ken Peplowski)
Album: The Bossa Nova Years
Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1991
Format, bitrate: mp3; 320 kb/s
Size: 129 mb
AMG rating 1991: Charlie Byrd Trio (with Ken Peplowski) - Bossa Nova Years

Guitarist Charlie Byrd revisits a variety of bossa nova songs, including nine by Antonio Carlos Jobim on this pleasing and accessible set. What makes this CD stand out from his many similar dates is that Ken Peplowski's clarinet and tenor are well featured, adding variety to the music and a lead voice for Byrd to play off of. Otherwise the music is predictably excellent, with such classics as "One Note Samba," "Corcovado," "Dindi," "O Pato," and "The Girl from Ipanema" receiving very favorable treatment.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2001: Walt Weiskopf - Man Of Many Colors Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
2001: Walt Weiskopf - Man Of Many Colors
Artist: Walt Weiskopf
Album: Man Of Many Colors
Label: Criss Cross.
Year: 2001; release: 2002.
Format, bitrate: mp3,192 kbps.
Time: 51:00.
Size: 70,8 MB
AMG rating 2001: Walt Weiskopf - Man Of Many Colors

Walt Weiskopf follows up the lush nonet sounds of Siren with a streamlined, hard-hitting quartet statement. Joining the ultra-chopsy but lyrical tenor saxophonist in a somewhat rare sideman appearance is pianist Brad Mehldau, with John Patitucci and Clarence Penn in the rhythm section. The leader's "Triangle Dance," in a high-spirited 6/4, kicks off the session; the remaining five originals run the gamut from the up-tempo swing of "NYC" to the contrasting straight-eighth feels of "Petal" and the complex title track, to the flowing bossa of "Together." Weiskopf and Mehldau close the album with a beautiful duet called "When Your Lips Meet Mine" and are both heard to great advantage on the two non-originals, Shwartz & Dietz's "Haunted Heart" and Jule Styne's "People."
~ David R. Adler, All Music Guide
1970: Ernie Wilkins And His Orchestra - Hard Mother Blues Soul-Jazz, Funk-Jazz
1970: Ernie Wilkins And His Orchestra - Hard Mother Blues
Artist: Ernie Wilkins & His Orchestra
Album: Hard Mother Blues
Label: Mainstream
Year: 1970
Format: Flac (LP rip)
Time: 36:35
Size: 235 mb
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I first heard of Ernie Wilkins off a compilation that featured a cover he did of Evil Ways. Hard Mother Blues is the album that song originally came from and is the reason why I bought it from an on-line record store. Ernie Wilkins himself was an arranger with a lot of experience with Jazz heavyweights like Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Dorsey, and dozens of others. Here he constructed a number of interpretations of hit songs along with a few originals within a big band format with some funky results. Evil Ways opens things up with a big horn section as you would expect from a big band, but really, the rhythm laid down by Grady Tate on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass propels the song along. Next up is a pretty swinging rendition of Midnight Hour. Funky Broadway, as one would expect, is pretty funky still under Wilkins guidance. Its also got a horn and drum breakdown in the middle. A Wilkins original, Big Foot Country that ends the first side again comes with the funky rhythm section that is accentuated by a nice horn line again. Wilkins does good again on his Next Years Blues on the B-side that begins with a stabbing beat that will get anyones head moving. Aretha Franklins Respect, Sly Stones Thank You, Wilkins own No Money Blues and Spoonful that starts off with a funk drum break are also very good.
1956: Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael Classic Jazz, Stride, Swing, Mainstream, Vocal Jazz
1956: Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael
Artist: Hoagy Carmichael
Album: Hoagy Sings Carmichael
Label: Pacific Jazz
Year: 1956; release: 2000
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 86,2 mb
Total time: 38:47
AMG Rating: 1956: Hoagy Carmichael - Hoagy Sings Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael's last significant recording is a project whose format should have been repeated in later years. Sticking to vocals, Carmichael performs ten of his compositions including "Georgia on My Mind," "New Orleans," "Skylark," "Baltimore Oriole," "Rockin' Chair," and "Lazy River." What is unusual is that he is accompanied by an 11-piece all-star jazz group and that his voice takes its turn with trumpeters Harry "Sweets" Edison and Don Fagerquist, altoist Art Pepper, and pianist Jimmy Rowles. The match up works quite well, for Hoagy's songs have long been viable devices for jazz improvising. [The CD reissue of this unique set adds a previously unreleased instrumental rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" to the already impressive program.] ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1974: Louie Bellson And His Big Band - 150 MPH Music » Jazz » Big Band » Modern Big Band
1974: Louie Bellson And His Big Band - 150 MPH
Artist: Louie Bellson And His Big Band
Album: 150 MPH
Label: Concord Jazz/Catalogue No: CCD 4036
Year: 1974
Format, bitrate: MP3 320Kbs CBR
Time: 53 minutes
Size: 123 MB | + 3% Recovery

One of the better Louie Bellson big band albums, this set features arrangements by the drummer-leader and Bill Holman. The orchestra boasts such fine soloists as the tenors of Menza and Pete Christlieb, trumpeters Bobby Shew, Conte Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison and Blue Mitchell, trombonist Frank Rosolino and either Nat Pierce or Ross Tompkins on piano. Highpoints include "Time Check," "Inferno," "Back Home" and Holman's reworking of "Hello Young Lovers."
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1962: Jimmy Heath - Triple Threat Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1962: Jimmy Heath - Triple Threat
Artist: Jimmy Heat
Album: Triple Threat
Label: Riverside
Year: 1962, release: 1998
Format, bitrate: mp3/320 kbps
Time: 37:09
Size: 87,7 MB
AMG rating: 1962: Jimmy Heath - Triple Threat

Jimmy Heath has long been at least a triple threat as a musician (tenor, flute and soprano), arranger and composer. On this 1998 CD reissue, Heath sticks to tenor, performing "Make Someone Happy" and "The More I See You' while joined by pianist Cedar Walton and his two brothers, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. The other five numbers consist of four of his originals (best-known is "Gemini") plus a reworking of the ballad "Goodbye." For these selections, the quartet is augmented by young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard (who takes a few fiery solos) and Julius Watkins on French horn. The arrangements of Heath uplift the straightahead music and make each selection seem a bit special.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1960: The Jimmy Heath Orchestra - Really Big! Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1960: The Jimmy Heath Orchestra - Really Big!
Artist: Jimmy Heat
Album: Really Big!
Label: Riverside/OJC
Year: 1960, release: 1992
Format, bitrate: mp3/320 kbps
Time: 36:20
Size: 83,4 MB
AMG Rating: 1960: The Jimmy Heath Orchestra - Really Big!

Jimmy Heath's first chance to lead a fairly large group, an all-star ten-piece, found him well featured both on tenor and as an arranger/composer. With such colorful players as cornetist Nat Adderley, flugelhornist Clark Terry, altoist Cannonball Adderley, and either Cedar Walton or Tommy Flanagan on piano, Heath introduces a few originals (including "Big 'P'" and "A Picture of Heath") and uplifts "Green Dolphin Street," "Dat Dere," and "My Ideal," among others. A well-conceived set.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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