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1966: Bill Evans And Jim Hall - Intermodulation Jazz, Post-bop

1966: Bill Evans And Jim Hall - Intermodulation
Artist: Bill Evans And Jim Hall
Album: Intermodulation
Label: Verve
Year: 1966
Format: mp3@320 kb/s
Size: 74 MB w/scans
Time: 32:12
AMG Rating: 1966: Bill Evans And Jim Hall - Intermodulation

A duet recording between pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall is one that should retain high expectations to match melodic and harmonic intimacies with brilliant spontaneous musicianship. Where this recording delivers that supposition is in the details and intricacy with which Evans and Hall work, guided by simple framings of standard songs made into personal statements that include no small amounts of innovation. Only two standards are included, and begin the program before the duo merges into some original material with some foraging off the beaten path, along with tender notions that should please anyone. If you hear the melody of the opener, "I've Got You Under My Skin," in your head, you'd never believe Evans and Hall could conceive of this reharmonized and essentially improvised take, full of interplay and invention. The classic waltz version of "My Man's Gone Now" is closer to a stock rendition, except that Evans wrings out every bit of somber emotion in a spontaneous manner. Hall's "All Across the City" -- by now a revered standard -- is heard here in an early version with languid, serene, and peaceful tones. Another similarly iconic standard is "Turn Out the Stars," mostly a solo piano work with Evans hinting at quotes of Dave Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way." The most unusual choice is Joe Zawinul's "Angel Face," with a naturally delicate lead from Hall's guitar, while Claus Ogerman's "Jazz Samba" injects a bit of energy into this otherwise easygoing set, with Hall's basslines setting off some bright harmonic reinforcements. At only 32 and a half minutes, it's disappointing there are no bonus tracks and/or additional material for a CD-length reissue, but Intermodulation still remains a precious set of music from these two great modern jazz musicians.
~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
1973: Bobby Hutcherson - Live At Montreux Jazz, BeBop, Cool, Progressive Jazz
1973: Bobby Hutcherson - Live At MontreuxArtist: Bobby Hutcherson
Album: Live At Montreux
Label: Blue Note
Year: 1973
Format: mp3@320 kb/s
Size: 124 MB w/scans
Time: 50:17
AMG Rating: 1973: Bobby Hutcherson - Live At Montreux

Although the music from this concert performance was released in part on recordings previously only available in Japan and Europe, this is the full set from the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival teaming the extraordinary talents of vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson and trumpeter Woody Shaw, both in their prime. Where Hutch was a laid-back person and Shaw a firebrand, their styles somehow mesh beautifully as they split compositional duties and coalesce into a mighty force that expands the sum of their parts on these four lengthy tracks. Lesser-known pianist Hotep Cecil Bernard was on loan from John Handy at this time; drummer Larry Hancock proves quite worthy to be in this esteemed company; and Ray Drummond's bass playing is sharp as a tack and fluid, serving up substantial portions of lightness and darkness when called upon. The Hutcherson compositions "Anton's Bail" and "Farallone" are only available on this CD, and they are true gems, the former a pretty, easy swinger that is unforced, a bit bluesy and angular, conversely hip-heavy and subtly carefree, while the latter is an occasionally quickened waltz that is harmonically loaded, as Shaw attempts to match the vibraphonist's bright tones. The classic tracks penned by Shaw are nothing short of magnificent, as "The Moontrane" -- about as definitive a melody as has been in the trumpeter's repertoire -- sports a perfected short melody that is memorable and hummable. Similarly, the epic "Song of Songs" also utilizes a much thinner sound than his larger ensembles within its heavy modality in 6/8 time, as Shaw plays a progressive counter-harmony instead of the direct melody. Of course, Hutch and Shaw have ample room for solos, and they prove why they are the best in the business at inventing improvisations based on these viable themes. Ten years after these recordings, Shaw and Hutcherson would reunite for the trumpeter's Elektra Musician dates Night Music and Master of the Art. This excellent performance provides a perfect prelude to those equally potent sessions, and all come highly recommended.
~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
1936: Benny Carter And His Orchestra - Benny Carter 1936 Swing, Mainstream
1936: Benny Carter And His Orchestra - Benny Carter 1936
Artist: Benny Carter
Album: Benny Carter 1936
Label: Classics
Year: 1936, release 1990
Quality: MP3@320kbps
Size: 144 mb
Total time: 68:59
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The third volume in Classics complete chronological reissue of Benny Carter's recordings of the 1930s covers a four-month period during Carter's long period in Europe. Many of these recordings (cut in London, Copenhagen and Stockholm) were formerly quite rare. Carter (on alto, clarinet, tenor, trumpet and even piano and two vocals) is typically flawless, sophisticated and swinging, whether jamming with a quartet behind singer Elizabeth Welch, matching talents with trumpeter Tommy McQuater in a quintet, heading an English orchestra or guesting with an obscure Danish big band. All of the CDs in this very worthy series are highly recommended.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1953: Clifford Brown - The Complete Paris Sessions, Vol 3 BeBop, Hard-bop
1953: Clifford Brown - The Complete Paris Sessions, Vol 3
Artist: Clifford Brown
Album: The Complete Paris Sessions, Vol. 3
Label: BMG France
Year: 1953; rerelease: 1997
Format, bitrate:
Time: 63.83
Size: 155.7 MB
AMG rating: 1953: Clifford Brown - The Complete Paris Sessions, Vol 3

The third and final volume opens with a Gryce octet. ..Then the octet becomes a nonet with Anthony Ortega and William Boucaya(Quincy Jones replaces Henri Renaud and Jimmy Gourley is out)...Throughout this collection, Clifford Brown has so far shared honors with Gigi Gryce, but for the final session Brownie is at last out there on his own, tastefully backed by Henri Renaud, Pierre Michelot and Benny Bennet...What a fitting climax to a historic series of recordings.
~ Don Waterhouse
1962: Bill Doggett & His Combo - Oops! Rhythm-n-Blues, Soul
1962: Bill Doggett & His Combo - Oops!
Artist: Bill Doggett
Album: Oops! The Swinging Sound Of Bill Doggett And His Combo
Label: Colambia
Year: 1962
Format: Flac
Size: 201 Mb

With his instrumental hit "Honky Tonk" in February 1956, Bill Doggett (born William Ballard Doggett) created one of rock's greatest instrumental tracks. Although it generated scores of offers to perform in rock & roll clubs throughout the United States, Doggett remained tied to the jazz and organ-based R&B that he had performed since the 1930s. Continuing to record for the Cincinnati-based King label until 1960, he went on to record for Warner Brothers, Columbia, ABC-Paramount and Sue. His last session came as a member and producer of an all-star jazz/R&B group, Bluesiana Hurricane in 1995.
2005: Lizz Wright - Dreaming Wide Awake Vocal Jazz, Soul
2005: Lizz Wright - Dreaming Wide Awake
Artist: Lizz Wright
Album: Dreaming Wide Awake
Label: Verve
Year: 2005
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 Kbps
Time: 49:33
Size: 113.79 MB
AMG rating: 2005: Lizz Wright - Dreaming Wide Awake

The smoky, sizzlingly soulful rural Georgian created an immediate and well-deserved critical firestorm with her 2003 debut Salt; the L.A. Times wasn't overstating it when they said, "She walked onstage at the Hollywood Bowl a virtual unknown...Fifteen minutes later, she walked off a star." Like her more (so far, but maybe not for long) renowned labelmate Diana Krall, Lizz Wright is a brilliant interpreter who can cover rock classics (Neil Young's "Old Man," the Youngbloods' "Get Together") as if they were fresh new generational statements, and even give an emotional urgency to fluffy classics like "A Taste of Honey" (done all swampy here). She even works wonders with her transcendent twist on Ella Jenkins' "Wake Up Little Sparrow," turning the tune into a meditation on the bluesy realities of love. But she is also an inspired songwriter in her own "wright," creating the resonating and heartrending, Norah Jones-like "Hit the Ground," with Jones' writer Jesse Harris, and other instantly seductive tracks like a soaring "Trouble" (the first song she ever wrote on guitar) and hauntingly dark title tune. These latter two, easily on par with the original material, shouldn't be so deep in the mix, and Wright should definitely include more originals as time goes on. Clearly aware that he has a future legend with a one in a million voice on his hands -- and that anything getting in the way of that intimate emotional connection would be criminal -- producer Craig Street provides only the sparsest and down-home of productions.
~ Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide
1986: Astor Piazzolla - Tango: Zero Hour Music » Jazz » Latin
1986: Astor Piazzolla - Tango: Zero Hour
Artist: Astor Piazzolla
Album: Tango: Zero Hour
Label: American Clave
Year: 1986, release: 1992
Format: MP3@320
Size: 106 MB
Time: 45:54
AMG Rating: 1986: Astor Piazzolla - Tango: Zero Hour 1986: Astor Piazzolla - Tango: Zero Hour

Considered by Piazzolla to be his best work, 1986's Tango Zero Hour was the culmination of a career that began in Argentina in the 1930s. Piazzolla started out auspiciously enough working with one of the brightest lights of the classic tango era, singer Carlos Gardél. After Gardél's tragic death in 1935 (by turning down an offer to tour with the singer at the age of 13, Piazzolla amazingly avoided the plane crash that killed Gardél), Piazzolla went on to perfect his bandoneón playing in various tango bands during the '40s and '50s, eventually studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Like she did with so many other great talents like Aaron Copeland and Quincy Jones, Boulanger encouraged Piazzolla to find a new way of playing his county's music. Piazzolla began experimenting and soon enough perfected what is now known as "nuevo tango." Moving tango music into the more serious area of high-art composition, Piazzolla added eccentric and, at times, avant-garde touches to the traditional format; he gained the appreciation of adventurous music lovers worldwide while alienating tango purists back home. Tango Zero Hour is the fruition of his groundbreaking work and one of the most amazing albums released during the latter years of the 20th century. Joined by his Quinteto Tango Nuevo featuring violin, piano, guitar, and bass, Piazzolla offers up seven original tango gems that take in the noirish, "Zero Hour" world found between midnight and dawn. Essential for all music lovers.
~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide
1947-1951: Flip Phillips - Complete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes Music » Jazz » Mainstream
1947-1951: Flip Phillips - Complete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes
Artist: Flip Phillips
Album: Complete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes
Label: Definitive Records
Years: 1947 - 1951 release - 2001
Quality: MP3@320kb/s
Size: 118; 120 mb
Total tme: CD1 - 55:59, CD2 - 56:54

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This Definitive gathers the complete studio recordings waxed by Flip Phillips for Norman Granz's Verve label during 1947 - 1951. At a time when Phillips had already become a star of the JATP revue, these recordings shawcase him in an entirely different environmet, playing in small group settings frequently displaying his little-publicized talent for the ballads and midtempos.
Aided by top-rank performers as trumpeter Howard McGhee, trombonists Kai Winding or Bennie Green, pianist Hank Jones, bassist Ray Brown and drummers Shelly Manne, Max Roach or Jo Jones, Flip sounded better than ever in these crucial studio dates.

~ Antonio Padilla, from liner notes
2011: Bela Fleck the Flecktones - Rocket Science Music » Jazz » Fusion
2011: Bela Fleck the Flecktones - Rocket ScienceArtist: Bela Fleck the Flecktones
Album: Rocket Science
Label: Entertainment One Music
Year: 2011
Format, bitrate: MP3, 230 VBR
Time: 61.09
Size: 107 MB

Even though there hasnt been much of a member shake-up since the bands inception in 1988, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones are getting ready to release a brand new record featuring their classic lineup. The departure of pianist/harmonica player (and founding member) Howard Levy in 1992 left the band as a trio for years before bringing in saxophonist Jeff Coffin in 1998. After the passing of Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore in 2008, Coffin took a hiatus from the band to help out the DMB camp, igniting the spark that brought Levy back to the fold in 2009. Now, with the original lineup in place, the jazz fusion quartets upcoming album, Rocket Science, will be the first studio effort in 20 years that sees the incarnation of Fleck, Levy, and brothers Victor and Roy Future Man Wooten holding it down with their eclectic signature sound. Megan Caffery
1939 - 1947:Various Artists - Chart-Toppers Of The Forties Music » Old Gramophone
1939 - 1947:Various Artists -  Chart-Toppers Of The Forties
Artists: VA
Album: Chart-Toppers Of The Forties
Label: United States of Distribution
Years: 1939 - 1947; release: 2010
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 149 mb
Total time: 75:28

This must be the only album that can advertise itself as containing all recordings that spent at least eight weeks each at number one in the charts, if only because records tended to stay at the top of the charts longer in the 1940s than they did subsequently. But British archival label ASV/Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Forties really does live up to its name, containing the biggest hits of 1940-1947. And what happened to 1948 and 1949? Well, albums like this exist because European copyright law extends only 50 years for recordings, allowing labels like ASV/Living Era to remaster old 78s from major labels like Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor and create collections like this without licensing and paying royalties. But they would have to have waited a little longer to get the last two years of the decade in. They do have to pay song publishing royalties, but differences in the law in Europe make it more economical to have 25 tracks on a disc than it is in the U.S. All of this must be seen as an end-run around American law, however, since this compilation, which consists entirely of American artists and is keyed to the American charts, is clearly intended for the American market, where it is readily available, even though those major labels claim copyright on this material at home. But then, why should an American fan complain when such a collection would be nearly impossible to assemble stateside? (Note that the recording of "I'll Never Smile Again" credited to Frank Sinatra is the hit version by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Sinatra and the Pied Pipers on vocals, and that "Sentimental Journey," credited to Doris Day, is the hit version by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Day on vocals.)
~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
2004: Akiko Tsuruga - Harlem Dreams Soul-Jazz, Funk-Jazz
2004: Akiko Tsuruga - Harlem Dreams
Artist: Akiko Tsuruga
Album: Harlem Dreams
Label: M&I Company
Year: 2004
Format, bitrate: MP3, 256
Time: 61:04
Size: 127.32 MB

Her debut CD, ”Harlem Dreams” featuring Grady Tate and Frank Wess was released in Japan from M&I Company in May 2004. CD sales was very successful and she led a ”home coming” tour featured Grady Tate and Satoshi Inoue in the summer of 2004. She returned to Japan in the following year, September 2005, with Eric Johnson and Fukushi Tainaka. This tour wasnt just her another successful tour. It brought an endorsement deal with Hammond Suzuki and she became an official Hammond XK-3 endorser. She also had an opportunity to write a jazz organ instructional book and published by Berklee Press, titled ”Hammond Organ Complete,” and it was translated from English to Japanese and published in Japan as well. ~ CD Baby
1965: Ruben Barbieri - Radio Auditions & El Perseguidor Music » Jazz
1965: Ruben Barbieri - Radio Auditions & El Perseguidor
Artist: Ruben Barbieri
Album: Radio Auditions & El Perseguidor
Label: Discos Melopea
Year: 1965
Format: MP3 @ 96 kbps
Time: 1:08:13
Size: 44 MB.

Recordings made the days 4, 11 and 18 August 1965 on radio shows.
(Not great audio quality, but it´s an absolute rarity!)

Rubén Barbieri (December 12, 1928 Buenos Aires, March 17, 2006.) was his minor brother's (the saxophonist Leandro Gato Barbieri) first teacher in music.... ~ lamusicadesantafe
1974: Dizzy Gillespie & Trio Mocoto - Dizzy Gillespie no Brasil com Trio Mocoto Afro-Cuban Jazz, Brazilian Jazz
1974: Dizzy Gillespie & Trio Mocoto - Dizzy Gillespie no Brasil com Trio Mocoto
Artists: Dizzy Gillespie & Trio Mocoto
Album: Dizzy Gillespie No Brasil com Trio Mocoto
Label: Biscoito Fino
Year: 1974; release: 2010
Format, bitrate: MP3, CBR 320
Time: 39:30
Size: 90 Mb

A very unusual pairing – the jazzy genius of Dizzy Gillespie, and the funky samba grooves of Trio Mocoto – recorded live in this very special concert from 1974! Dizzy's well-known to most folks, and is playing here in that sweet funky style he brought to his best 70s records – a mix of Latin and laidback soul jazz, similar to his best Perception and Pablo sessions – which makes for a great complement to the soulful Brazilian grooves of Trio Mocoto! The trio are best remembered for their work with Jorge Ben – and while they aren't exactly in the same space here, the addition of their percussion to Dizzy's quartet is mighty nice. Mary Stallings sings on one track – "Evil Gal Blues" – and other titles include "Rocking With Mocoto", "The Truth", "Samba", "Dizzy's Shout/Brazilian Improvisation", and "Behind The Moonbeam". ~ Dusty Groove America, Inc
1997: Janes Zollar - Soaring With Bird Music » Jazz » Mainstream
1997: Janes Zollar - Soaring With Bird
Artist: Janes Zollar
Album: Soaring With Bird
Year: 1997
Format: mp4
Size: 72,36 mb

Apart from Andy Martin's low-down New Orleans trombone sound on "Parker's Mood" and the rarely recorded "Si Si," there aren't many surprises on this album -- it's just a consistently well played and thoughtfully arranged set of Charlie Parker standards by a small ensemble led by trumpeter James Zollar. All the favorites are here: "Donna Lee" (taken at a breakneck tempo that must have left Martin with a shredded lip and a sore right arm), the delightful "Moose the Mooch," "Dewey Square," "Steeplechase," etc. The three non-Parker compositions are tunes somewhat associated with him: "The Song Is You," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," and "If I Should Lose You." Zollar shows himself to be both a capable bandleader and a trumpeter of both great energy and rare sensitivity; his mute work on "Parker's Mood" and "Donna Lee" is especially nice. ~ Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
1998: Robert Dick & Soldier String Quartet - Jazz Standards on Mars Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
1998: Robert Dick & Soldier String Quartet - Jazz Standards on MarsArtist: Robert Dick & Soldier String Quartet
Album: Jazz Standards on Mars
Label: Enja
Year: 1998
Format, bitrate: MP3, CBR 320
Time: 50:12
Size: 118 Mb

Flutist Robert Dick decided to do a CD with several of the spacier jazz standards, and with the Soldier String Quartet, he succeeds in bringing life to John Coltrane's "India" and Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun," among others. His highly expressive playing harks back to Eric Dolphy, and though this disc might not be a good choice for purists, the playing is highly enjoyable.
~ John Bush, All Music Guide
1952: Wilbur DeParis And His "New" New Orleans Jazz - Marchin' and Swingin' Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Dixieland
1952: Wilbur DeParis And His "New" New Orleans Jazz - Marchin' and Swingin'
Artist: Wilbur DeParis And His "New" New Orleans Jazz
Album: Marchin' and Swingin'
Label: Atlantic
Year:1952, release - 1956
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 104 mb
Total time: 49:36
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The first recording by trombonist Wilbur DeParis' "New New Orleans Jazz Band" (although it was actually released after their 1955 session) is full of fresh and lively Dixieland. Deparis and his all-stars (cornetist Sidney Deparis, clarinetist Omer Simeon, pianist Don Kirkpatrick, banjoist Eddie Gibbs, bassist Harold Jackson and drummer Freddie Moore) play a wide variety of material which includes the leader's colorful "Martinique," "Under the Double Eagle," Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor," a couple of Jelly Roll Morton tunes and "When the Saints Go Marching In"; the second part of the latter is taken at a blistering tempo. The Deparis band was one of the most consistently inventive Dixieland-oriented groups of the 1950s, so it is very unfortunate that its valuable Atlantic LPs are all long out-of-print. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1989: McCoy Tyner Trio - Live at Sweet Basil Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1989: McCoy Tyner Trio - Live at Sweet BasilArtist: McCoy Tyner Trio
Album: Live at Sweet Basil
Label: King / Evidence
Year: 1989
Format, bitrate: MP3@320 kbps
Time: 0.44:46 + 0.47:27
Size: 102 + 108 MB
AMG Rating: 1989: McCoy Tyner Trio - Live at Sweet Basil

This double CD finds the great pianist McCoy Tyner stretching out with bassist Avery Sharpe and drummer Aaron Scott on five standards, a pair of songs apiece by John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk, and two of his own originals. Tyner has continued to grow in density and power through the years and by this time possessed a technique nearly on the level of an Art Tatum; his version of "Yesterdays," although different, somehow recalls Tatum. With other highpoints including "Monk's Dream," "Don't Blame Me" and "Just in Time," this two-fer gives one a definitive look at McCoy Tyner in the late '80s. ~ Scott Yanow

2010: Jef Neve & Pascal Schumacher - Face To Face Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
2010: Jef Neve & Pascal Schumacher - Face To FaceArtist: Jef Neve & Pascal Schumacher
Album: Face To Face
Label: Enja
Year: 2010
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kb/s
Time: 44'40
Size: 93MB

The Pascal Schumacher-Jef Neve duo was nominated for the 2010 Rising Stars concert series presented at the largest concert halls in Europe. This means two things: Todays concert halls and their diverse audiences have an appreciation that by far exceeds the mere orchestral. And the jazz performed by Pascal Schumacher and Jef Neve is far removed from the old, formulaic cliché that has been taken for granted over the last few decades as the basis for jam sessions. Their music is not museum music, does not lean on nostalgic jazz formulas, but instead invites the audience to listen to the diverse music of today through the ears of talented improvisationalists.
Actually, what we do is not jazz at all, says Pascal Schmacher. Chamber music, performance music for dance and theater, a multimedia project like the CTRL variations that had its world premiere in 2009 these are all part of Schumachers vision as composer, interpreter and improviser. Schumacher cites as influences on his work the innovative European jazz of e.s.t., the minimalist compositions of John Adams, the eclectic concerts of New York-based Bang On A Can as well as such pop/rock/electro acts as Radiohead and Coldplay. And after listening to the current CD, one might add Keith Jarrett, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, and Johann Sebastian Bach among many others. Speaking of Bach: Jef Neve has in his piano repertoire the Goldberg Variations as well as Schumanns Dichterliebe; his First Piano Concert had its world premiere in 2009; and yet he hosts a weekly jazz program on National Belgian Radio VRT-Klara; and his Jef Neve Trio is considered as a great a jazz phenomenon as the Pascal Schumacher Quartet (Here We Gong, ENJ-9537).
So what is the result of the collaboration between these two boundary-pushing musicians: pop-infused contemporary music or classic-infused jazz? Undoubtedly both at the same time and still more noting also that the genre of film music should be mentioned in relation to both musicians. For instance, Jef Neve was invited to the World Soundtrack Awards for his work in 2007 with the Belgian director Felix van Groeningen. Film music is definitely cooler to write than other music, says Pascal Schumacher and maybe it is possible to hear a bit of that on this CD. Sudden cuts and scene changes combined with a long, peaceful flow of colors, pictures and moods that sometimes take surprising turns, opening avenues of free association.

~ Matthias Naske, Liner Notes
1973: Turk Murphy - Turk Murphy's Frisco Jazz Band Live! Music » Jazz » Traditional Jazz » Dixieland
1973: Turk Murphy  - Turk Murphy's Frisco Jazz Band Live!
Artist: Turk Murphy
Album: Turk Murphy's Frisco Jazz Band Live!
Label: MPS
Year: 1973
Quality: MP3 320 Kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 114,22 Mb
Total Time: 34:93

Trombonist Turk Murphy's Frisco Jazz Band was having an upsurge of popularity in the early '70s. This version of the band (featuring cornetist Leon Oakley, clarinetist Bob Helm and pianist Pete Clute) was well documented and a particularly strong ensemble group. Their album, recorded in Europe at the 1973 Heidelberg Jazz Festival, will be hard to find, but contains some fine performances. The 11 songs range from a few famous tunes (including "Dr. Jazz," "St. James Infirmary" and "Panama") and tunes from the books of King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton to "Big Bear Stomp" and "50 Miles of Elbowroom."
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1993: Taj Mahal - World Music Music » Blues
1993: Taj Mahal - World MusicArtist: Taj Mahal (aka Henry Saint Clair Fredericks)
Album: World Music
Label: Sony/Columbia (Dig. remastered)
Year: 1993
Quality: Easy CDDA flac files, artwork
Size: 334 MB
Runtime: 54:43

Taj Mahal emerged on the msuic scene at the tail end of the '60s as one of the new breed of bluesman, garnering critical accolades and the admiration of fellow musicians (like the Rolling Stones who featured him in their TV special "Rock n Roll Circus"). His first four albums ("Taj Mahal," "Natch'l Blues," "Real Thing," & "Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home") are all straight ahead blues and are currently in print. Mahal then began to incorporate other African -influenced music forms into his blues, starting with reggae on "Mo' Roots" (which, also, is still in print). Other styles like Calypso, African, and Salsa crept into the mix on a series of fine records from the '70s which are now, regrettably, ALL out print. This CD, "World Music" offers a compilation of some of the best tracks from those albums, as well as the aforementioned "Mo' Roots." When you hear how great the mix of styles comes off, you will scratch your head and wonder why the rest of this great music isn't available. It's lovely and soulful and totally unique. The albums these cuts are culled from are, primarily, "Music Keeps Me Together," "Mo' Roots," and "Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff." Two other fine Taj world music titles, "Music Fuh Ya (Musica Para Tu)" and "Evolution (the Most Recent)" are available as imports. The other titles, "Satisfied and Tickled Too," "Happy Just To Be Like I Am," and "Ooh So Good 'n' Blues" are still out of print. As it does not look like they will be readily available here in the States any time soon, this collection is about the best you will find of one of a great American musician's most fertile period. - from

Journey with Taj to the roots of his ancestors via the Caribbean, West Indies, and Africa. Each song weaves a story painted with Tajs Pan-African rhythms, style and charm; like soothing island breezes full of warm memories. Included liner notes featuring an explanation of each song by Taj. Digitally remastered. - from Taj's website
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