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1934-1935: Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra 1934-1935 Music » Jazz » Swing
1934-1935: Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra 1934-1935
Artist: Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra
Album: Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra 1934-1935
Label: Classics
Years: 1934-1935; release: 1990
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 152 mb
Total time: 70:35
AMG Rating: 1934-1935: Teddy Wilson And His Orchestra 1934-1935

There have been several overlapping reissue programs covering the material in the Classics series, especially the many Teddy Wilson recordings in which the pianist accompanied Billie Holiday. This particular CD has Wilson's first five sessions as a leader. He is heard on four fairly rare piano solos from 1934 (a year before he became a member of the Benny Goodman Trio), six other solos from October 7 and November 22, 1935, and on two band dates that resulted in nine numbers (including seven Billie Holiday vocals); the sidemen include trumpeter Roy Eldridge, tenorman Ben Webster, and (on three songs) clarinetist Benny Goodman. Lady Day's "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" and "I Wished on the Moon" are famous classics. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2009: Tyshawn Sorey - Koan Freejazz, Avantgarde
2009: Tyshawn Sorey - Koan Artist: Tyshawn Sorey
Album: Koan
Label: 482 Music
Year: 2009
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Size: 137 mb
AMG Rating: 2009: Tyshawn Sorey - Koan

Top Ten Jazz albums 2009 - NPR Music
Top Ten Jazz Albums 2009 - Time Out Chicago
Top Ten Jazz Albums 2009 - Destination Out
2009 Jazz Critic's Poll - Village Voice
"Top 13 2009" Michael J. West, Jazzhouse Diaries
"Top 25 2009, plus (Trios)" David R. Adler, Jazzhouse Diaries

Drummer Tyshawn Sorey is a very interesting young player. In only a few years, he's made a substantial impact on the East Coast scene, playing with saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, and Steve Lehman, trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Dave Douglas, pianist Vijay Iyer, and many others. As that list of collaborators and employers should imply, Sorey is a cerebral and introspective player whose work frequently eschews traditional swing for a more fractured, impressionistic approach to rhythm and the role of percussion in jazz. And when he's working as a leader, his work sometimes has almost nothing to do with jazz, as this album proves. Koan is performed using guitar, bass, and drums, and the six pieces, three of which are more than ten minutes each, occupy a space somewhere between Bill Frisell and Morton Feldman, with a few hints of recent recordings by Earth thrown in. The guitar and bass ring out, single notes and gently struck chords hanging in the air like coils of smoke as Sorey uses the drum kit as a third melodic device, only rarely attempting to drive the other two players in one direction or another. The music's slow motion twists and turns occasionally recall European improv, but just as frequently hint at chamber music. This is a very beautiful album that seems to open up a little more each time it's played.
~ Phil Freeman, All Music Guide
2009: Trane Tracks - The Legacy of John Coltrane Music video
2009: Trane Tracks - The Legacy of John ColtraneArtist: John Coltrane
Documentary Film: Trane Tracks - The Legacy of John Coltrane
Label: Efor Films
Year: 2009
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 78 min.
Size: 611 MB


The most complete DVD of John Coltrane ever made - carefully restored, digitally mastered, with full interactive menus.
Containing concert footage of legendary tracks: So What (with Miles Davis), Afro Blue, Alabama, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Naima, Impressions (featuring Eric Dolphy), My Favorite Things (featuring Eric Dolphy); and video clips of Coltrane with: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, The Art Ensemble of Chicago and The Elvin Jones Quartet.
Plus a recent 30-minute interview with McCoy Tyner and revealing interviews with: Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, Benny Bailey, Eddie Marshall, and Bishop Franzo and Wayne King from the African Orthodox Church of Saint John Coltrane!
Comprehensive narration with revealing insight into Coltranes life and music!

~ DVD Notes
1984: The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band '83 - Theatre Post-bop, Modern Big Band
1984: The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band '83 - Theatre
Artist: The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band '83
Album: Theatre
Label: ECM
Year: 1984
Format: Flac
Time: 56:35
Size: 245 MB



George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band. This is a 1983 studio date with 18-piece group. Sheila Jordan singing "No One Can Explain It" is a waterfall of emotion. Lots of Dino Saluzzi on bandoneon, brass heavy. Operatic and soaring.
~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
1973: Barney Kessel - Yesterday Music » Jazz » BeBop » Cool
1973: Barney Kessel - Yesterday
Artist: Barney Kessel
Album: Yesterday
Label: Black Lion
Year: 1973
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320Kbps
Time: 48:22
Size: 110 MB

This CD reissue has guitarist Barney Kessel's performance at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival. Kessel is heard unaccompanied on two ballads (the Beatles' "Yesterday" and his own "In the Garden of Love"), he performs "Laura" in a trio with bassist Kenny Baldock and drummer Johnny Richardson, plays three songs with a quartet also featuring pianist Brian Lemon, uses a quintet on "Bridging the Blues" which also co-stars tenor saxophonist Danny Moss and, for an encore, has a duet with violinist Stephane Grappelli on a delightful version of "Tea for Two." This well-rounded set features Barney Kessel in prime form and is easily recommended to his fans.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1995: Jerry Bergonzi - Vertical Reality Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop
1995: Jerry Bergonzi - Vertical Reality
Artist: Jerry Bergonzi
Album: Vertical Reality
Label: Musidisc / Universal
Year: 1995
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kbps
Time: 54:31
Size: 152mb
AMG rating: 1995: Jerry Bergonzi - Vertical Reality

Noted educator and saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi put together an all-star cast for Vertical Reality, sharing the frontline with guitarist Mike Stern. The title of the album may refer to the nature of Bergonzi's playing and arranging in general; his emphasis is on the vertical, harmonic nature of each tune rather than singable lines and enduring melodies. The presence of Stern (five tracks), as well as the strong supporting cast including Andy LaVerne (piano, four tracks), George Mraz (bass), and Billy Hart (drums), all truly make an impact on this recording. Bergonzi is far subtler and more effective in his approach here, creating accessible post-bop while leaving considerable improvisational space for each of the players. Vertical Reality is split between Bergonzi originals and standards principally arranged by LaVerne. Highlights include a hard-edged, Stern-dominated version of Bergonzi's "Jones" and swinging interpretations of "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Lover Man." This is a recommended Bergonzi release.
~ Brian Bartolini, All Music Guide
2001: Jerseyband - Christmasband Fusion, Jazz-Rock

2001: Jerseyband - Christmasband
Artist: Jerseyband
Album: Christmasband
Year: 2001
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320 kb/s
Time: 41:25
Size: 91 Mb


What would happen if six guys graduated from music school, moved to the country, and proceeded to arrange their favorite holiday hits for 4 horns, synthesizers, and drums? Drawing inspiration from the video game bleeps of their own childhood Christmases, Jerseyband presents a new CD of classically influenced rock for horns. Jerseyband reinterprets favorites such as "We Three Kings" and "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" by incorporating aspects of many musical styles, such as big band jazz, and 80's synth pop. Rather than being ironic or sarcastic in their portrait of December, they instead utilize many different idioms to evoke the humor and joy of the holiday season. The result is a music that is complex, well thought out, and, at times, goofy. Jerseyband's sound has been compared to a variety of artists- from Spike Jones and Frank Zappa to Naked City and Critters' Buggin. ~ cduniverse.com
1971: Oscar Peterson - Swinging Cooperations 2LP/1CD Music » Jazz » Swing

1971: Oscar Peterson - Swinging Cooperations 2LP/1CD
Artist: Oscar Peterson
Album: Swinging Cooperations 2LP/1CD
(Original "Reunion Blues" and "Great Connection")
Label: MPS
Year: 1971, release: 1997
Quality: MP3@320kb/s
Size: 165 mb
Total time: 77:53
REPOST by request

Pianist Oscar Peterson joins up with his old friends, vibraphonist Milt Jackson and bassist Ray Brown, in addition to his drummer of the period, Louis Hayes, for a particularly enjoyable outing. After a throwaway version of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," the all-star quartet performs Jackson's title cut, Benny Carter's ballad "Dream of You," and four standards. Although not up to the excitement of Peterson's best Pablo recordings of the 1970s, this is an enjoyable album.
~ Scott Yanow, Reunion Blues, All Music Guide


This matchup between pianist Oscar Peterson, bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and drummer Louis Hayes directly precedes Peterson's recordings for Pablo. The pianist is in typically brilliant form on the LP, performing six standards (including "Soft Winds" and "On the Trail") along with his own "Wheatland." It is not too surprising that Peterson would want to record frequently with Pedersen in future years.
~ Scott Yanow, Great Connection, All Music Guide
2004: Lee Konitz - Portrait Of An Artist As Saxophonist Music video
2004: Lee Konitz - Portrait Of An Artist As SaxophonistArtist: Lee Konitz
Documentary Film: Portrait Of An Artist As Saxophonist
Label: Efor Films
Year: 1988
Release: 2004
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 78 min.
Size: 638 MB



From 1988, this documentary features six duets by altoist Lee Konitz and pianist Harold Danko (including "Struttin' With Some Barbecue," "Hi Beck," and "Subconscious-Lee"), along with a great deal of talk. Konitz discusses his life and music at a workshop with students and is seen in several different settings. Konitz' wit and intelligence come across well, and one learns a great deal about his personality and attitudes. His fans will find this tape riveting at times.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2005: Sonny Rollins / Ben Webster - Live At Laren / Big Ben In Europe Music video
2005: Sonny Rollins / Ben Webster - Live At Laren / Big Ben In EuropeArtist: Sonny Rollins / Ben Webster
Documentary Film: Live At Laren / Big Ben In Europe
Label: Efor Films
Year: 1973, 1967
Release: 2005
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 67min
Size: 700 MB

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This DVD combines a 1973 appearance by the Sonny Rollins Quartet with Walter Davis Jr., Yoshiaki Masuo, Bob Cranshaw and David Lee (#1-4) with a penetrating portrait of Ben Webster (a film by Johan Van Der Keuken), which captures him rehearsing with Don Byas, reminiscing about Ellington with Hilton Jefferson, visiting a pool hall and a zoo and talking about his life.

"This performance adds up to greatness and, in close ups, Sonny sweats hard-genius only appears effortless" ~ Kevin Lynch, DOWNBEAT

"This film compresses the life and times of the expatriate tenor sax giant… Here is a masterful example of film making that truly penetrates the heart of this big, sad, lonely bachelor" ~ Leonard Feather, LOS ANGELES TIMES
2005 - Natto Quartet - Thousand Oaks Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz » Avantgarde
2005 - Natto Quartet - Thousand Oaks
Artist: Natto Quartet
Album: Thousand Oaks
Label: 482 Music
Release: 2005
Format, FLAC
Time: 43:40
Size: 169 MB

Released two years after Headlands, the group's debut, Thousand Oaks brings proof that Natto Quartet might be in it for the long run, and most certainly has the strength to do so. "East meets West" is not a new concept in music, not even in free improvisation. What sets this album apart, though, is that there is no "East meets West" going on here -- in fact, there is no "East" or "West" at all. Chris Brown's disembodied piano notes and Tim Perkis' subversive electronics sound as exotic or outside of one's own culture as Philip Gelb's shakuhachi and Shoko Hikage's koto. And it seems likely that Japanese listeners would feel the same way. After all, no one in this group plays his or her instrument in a conventional way. Hikage's bowing techniques in "Chawan Mushi" make the koto sound like a Chinese erhu. Gelb bends notes on the bamboo flute in ways that should be impossible. Brown's playing may be the most conventional on this album, as he doesn't use preparations or play directly on the strings a lot, but he engages the koto in complex dialogues and uses an unsettling form of fractured phrasing. Perkis' computer doesn't add a modern touch to the sound palette as much as it expands it from the inside. The album consists of seven tracks recorded in the studio. "Ume" is the longest one at 11 minutes, and is given the task of setting the mood. It is not the group's best effort, but it puts the listener in a receptive frame of mind. The other improvisations are all shorter (between three and nine minutes) and exquisitely started and stopped. "Kinpira" and "Kuri-ae" stand out, mostly because of the range of emotions they set in motion, but each track features a very strong level of ensemble playing. Thousand Oaks is the album of a group that is in complete possession of its art but still holds a few surprises for the future. Come for the unorthodox instrumentation, stay for the level of collective improvisation.
~ François Couture, All Music Guide
1994: Karrin Allyson - Azure-Te Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1994: Karrin Allyson - Azure-Te
Artist: Karrin Allyson
Album: Azure-Te
Label: Concord
Year: 1994; release: 1995
Format, bitrate: FLAC
Time: 01:01:39
Size: 201.00 MB + 137.74 MB (With scans)


Karrin Allyson is one of the best jazz singers to emerge in the 1990s. She is a masterful scatter, as she shows on some of these selections (including "How High the Moon" and "Yardbird Suite"), but she is also quite expressive on ballads (including "Blame It on My Youth" and "Some Other Time"). The strong backup musicians (a variety of top Kansas City players with guest spots for violinist Claude Williams and flgelhornist Mike Metheny) keep the music swinging. Highly recommended.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2011: BB&C - The Veil Freejazz, Avantgarde
2011: BB&C - The Veil Artist: BB&C (Berne, Black & Cline)
Album: The Veil
Label: Cryptogramophone
Year: 2009; release: 2011
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Size: 123 mb
The Guardian Rating: 2011: BB&C - The Veil
AMG Rating: 2011: BB&C - The Veil

This disc documents an hour-long set of collectively improvised music at John Zorn's New York performance space, The Stone. The players are guitarist Nels Cline, saxophonist Tim Berne, and drummer Jim Black; fans of these three, who have worked together in multiple contexts in the past, should know what to expect. The music is all sharp corners and hairpin turns, rhythms that clatter instead of swinging, with Berne's alto piercing through the storm of sound as Cline uses a variety of pedals to create effects ranging from pastoral Americana to rip-roaring, almost metallic skronk. There's a strong element of groove to it all, too, even without a bassist to anchor things. "Rescue Her" is like a cross between Ornette Coleman's harmolodic funk and John Zorn's "Two-Lane Highway," a composition he wrote as a showcase for guitarist Albert Collins. The blues feel continues throughout the disc, even evolving into something like metal on the two-part album closer "Tiny Moment," when Cline's guitar becomes a massive droning roar. This is a fierce, scorching CD that fans of each of these three musicians (and their fan bases have a great deal of overlap) will find highly enjoyable and exciting.
~ Phil Freeman, All Music Guide

If there is a power trio fit to set the bar for a contemporary conjunction of free jazz, experimental funk, guitar improv and sound-painting noise, then this is it. Saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist Nels Cline and drummer Jim Black have all made their reputations as cutting-edge leaders, but this live recording from The Stone in New York is the debut of their collaboration as BB & C. All three players have spiky tendencies, but this set balances edgy abstraction with considerable melodic richness and even tender lyricism in its ambient episodes. The police-siren sax lines and woodpecker clackings of the opening Railroaded seem at first to dictate the agenda, but it opens into a kaleidoscope of changing themes. After the abstract violin-like sounds on Momento, the set becomes contrapuntally energetic and fiercely funky on The Barbarella Syndrome, and nears a kind of dissonant Celtic folk music on Rescue Her. The title track, with its shimmering long guitar peals, has Berne sounding almost Garbarek-like at the end. Alt-rock, jazz and electronica fans will all jump at it.
~ John Fordham, The Guardian
1964: Budd Johnson with Joe Newman - Off The Wall Soul-Jazz, Funk-Jazz
1964: Budd Johnson with Joe Newman - Off The Wall
Artists: Budd Johnson with Joe Newman
Album: Off The Wall
Label: Argo
Year: 1964
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 82,7 mb
Total time: 36:49

A great little album from tenor legend Budd Johnson -- and a record that nicely updates his sound by pairing him with a hip 60s-styled group! The album's got a jaunty feel that's like the best soul jazz sessions on Impulse at the time -- taking Budd's tenor and placing it next to trumpet by Joe Newman, piano by Albert Dailey, bass from Richard Davis, and drums by Grady Tate. Upbeat tracks bounce along in a swinging take on mainstream soul jazz -- and the mellower cuts feature some really wonderful blowing from Budd -- done with a raspy tone that's got a nice earthy quality! Includes the jazz dancer "Off The Wall", the samba-styled "Strange Music", a snapping take on "Baubles Bangles & Beads", and the syncopated groover "Playin' My Hunch". ~ thejazzcooperative.weebly.com
2011: Gerry Mulligan - Jazz America Music video
2011: Gerry Mulligan - Jazz AmericaArtist: Gerry Mulligan
Album: Jazz America
Label: MVD Visual
Year: 1981
Release: 2011
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 60 min
Size: 469 MB

Gerry Mulligan's only recording during 1981 was this video made at Eric's in New York City. There are several unusual aspects about this performance, which will make it of interest to fans of the late baritone saxophonist. First, the program consists of seven originals, even though the package only lists two songs; a shorter version of the video was released separately. Secondly, a new composition is premiered, the loping "'Round About Sundown," which was evidently never recorded on CD or LP by Mulligan. Finally, this video marks his only recording with any of the members of this rhythm section, which consists of pianist Harold Danko, bassist Frank Luther and drummer Billy Hart, all of whom acquit themselves very well. Mulligan, as usual, is in top form. While the video footage is excellent, the soundtrack is rather muddy, possibly in part because of the difficult acoustics within the venue. Highlights include a stirring rendition of "For an Unfinished Woman," the playful "Walk on the Water" (featuring a relatively rare appearance by the leader on soprano sax), his lovely ballad tribute to Billy Strayhorn ("Song for Strayhorn") and the rousing closer, "K-4 Pacific." This video will not be easy to find but it is worth the effort.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
2004: James & Lucky Peterson - If You Can't Fix It Music » Blues » Modern electric blues
2004: James & Lucky Peterson - If You Can't Fix It
Artist: James & Lucky Peterson
Album: If You Can't Fix It
Label: JSP
Year: 2004
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 Kbps
Time: 51:09
Size: 117 MB

A rare new release from the folk and blues reissue specialist label JSP, James & Lucky Peterson's If You Can't Fix It is the first full-length collaboration by the father and son bluesmen. Neither man overshadows the other, as they take turns showcasing their own songs and each man's uniformly fine guitar playing. The best track by far is James' fiery "Cripple Man," one of his most passionate and driven performances in years, on a song that has the potential to become a modern Chicago-style blues standard. Lucky's standout is the epic "Too Young to Die," which evolves into an extended guitar duel between father and son. In a rather unusual turn for traditional electric blues recordings, If You Can't Fix It was released in the nascent SACD (Super Audio CD) format before it was available as a standard compact disc.
~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
2008: Mike Reed's Loose Assembly - The Speed of Change Modern Jazz, Avantgarde
2008: Mike Reed's Loose Assembly - The Speed of Change Artist: Mike Reed's Loose Assembly
Album: The Speed of Change
Label: 482 Music
Year: 2007; release: 2008
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Size: 95 mb
Downbeat Rating: 2008: Mike Reed's Loose Assembly - The Speed of Change

Chicago-based composer, bandleader and percussionist Mike Reed is one of the Windy City's most active young musicians and well-connected music presenters. In addition to leading his own ensembles and working with various collectives, Reed is founder of the Emerging Improvisers Organization, director of the Pitchfork Music Festival and a co-curator of the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Reconvening for their sophomore effort, The Speed of Change features Reed joined by alto saxophonist Greg Ward, cellist Tomeka Reid, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and bassist Josh Abrams—four of Chicago's most impressive young musicians. Adasiewicz's shimmering vibes and Reid's sonorous cello lend an effervescent aura to the session's stately air, while Ward alternates pugnacious intervals with keening lyricism. Flutist Nicole Mitchell makes a guest appearance on the somber miniature "Picking up Greta" and sings dreamy vocalese on an ebullient cover of Max Roach's classic, "Garvey's Ghost."
Abrams' sinewy, rooted bass and the leader's carefree, yet nuanced polyrhythms provide an elastic undercurrent that veers from painterly rubato accents to intricate time signatures. An exceptional percussionist, Reed provides unwavering forward momentum even while engaged in pithy call-and-response with soloists.
The group's previous album offered a variety of stylistic inroads; this session continues along the same diverse path, but with a slightly more cohesive sound. Placid and ethereal, the title track and "Soul Stirrer" unfold at a languid pace—melancholy dirges awash with insectoid textures. The cinematic ambience of "X" spotlights Ward and Adasiewicz in an intimate duet that recalls vibraphonist Gunter Hampel and multi-reedist Marion Brown's sublime duo session, Reeds 'n Vibes (Improvising Artists, 1978).
In addition to the inspired Roach cover, the quintet delivers a stunning version of Ethiopian vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke's "Tezetaye Antchi Lidj," with each tune inspiring the quintet to loftier heights of expression. The lilting post bop of "Exit Strategy" and the turbulent collective study "Ground Swell" generate smoldering heat, with Ward's barbed alto solo on the later excursion surpassing even Oliver Lake in pungency.
A compelling album filled with myriad moods, The Speed of Change is a welcome reminder of the rich variety a capable composer can draw from an unorthodox instrumental line-up.

~ Troy Collins, All About Jazz
2004: Zoot Sims Quartet: In Concert / Shelly Mann Quartet: In Concert Music video
2004: Zoot Sims Quartet: In Concert / Shelly Mann Quartet: In ConcertArtist: Zoot Sims / Shelly Mann
Documentary Film: Zoot Sims Quartet: In Concert / Shelly Mann Quartet: In Concert
Label: Efor Films
Year: 1970
Release: 2004
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 60 min.
Size: 237 & 238 MB

The swinging tenor-saxophonist, joined by pianist Roger Kellaway, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Larry Bunker, is seen at the late lamented Dante's in Los Angeles, 1970. The quartet jams on a cooking 'Zoot's Piece' (based on 'Doxy'), a tender 'My Old Flame' and a medium-tempo 'On the Trail.' Sims is in typically brilliant form, Kellaway is particularly creative on a fast blues piece called 'Motoring Along.' Highly recommended and, in its own way, priceless.
~ Scott Yanow, CODA Magazine


This is an attractive souvenir of Los Angeles yesterday. Hampton Hawes appears to good advantage, where the musical atmosphere is cool. He finds the form that distinguished his contemporary trio albums in 'Stella by Starlight.' Ray Brown steals the opening blues, and Bob Cooper also shines on it with Prez-like statements.
~ Stanley Dance, Jazz Times
1952: Charlie Parker - Super Session Music » Jazz » BeBop
1952: Charlie Parker  - Super Session
Artist: Charlie Parker
Album: Super Session
Label: Past Perfect
Year: 1952; release: 2002
Format, bitrate: Flac
Time: 01:01:32
Size: 272MB

JAM SESSION was compiled from a 1952 jam session which brought together three of history's greatest alto saxophonists; Parker, Johnny Hodges and Benny Carter, as well as Ben Webster and Flip Phillips on tenor sax. Orchestrated by Norman Granz to come as close to an authentic jam session as possible, this is the first of the Jazz at the Philharmonic series. The album includes an original blues tune ("Jam Blues"), a medley of ballads selected by each musician, and a mellow blues tune called "Funky Blues."

The standard "What is This Thing Called Love," stands out particularly for its follow-the-leader style ending, with each musician trading fours. Interestingly, the meeting of these three greats, with their widely varying styles, results not in spectacular and fiercely competitive playing, but rather in a slight muting and sense of reserve from all three.
~ cduniverse.com
1962: Johnny Lytle - Nice And Easy The Souldful Vibes Of Johnny Lytle Hard-bop, Post-bop
1962: Johnny Lytle - Nice And Easy The Souldful Vibes Of Johnny Lytle
Artist: Johnny Lytle
Album: Nice And Easy The Souldful Vibes Of Johnny Lytle
Label: OJC/Jazzland
Year: 1962; release: 1999
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 87,9 mb
Total time: 40:23
AMG Rating: 1962: Johnny Lytle - Nice And Easy The Souldful Vibes Of Johnny Lytle1962: Johnny Lytle - Nice And Easy The Souldful Vibes Of Johnny Lytle
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An aptly named but stylistically unusual set from soul-jazz vibraphonist Johnny Lytle, 1962's Nice and Easy is a mellow and heavily bop-influenced set fairly far removed from his usual blues-tinged funk. In a quintet setting featuring a rhythm section borrowed from Cannonball Adderley, Lytle trades in his usual organ counterpoint for Bobby Timmons' piano, Sam Jones' typically understated bass work, and Louis Hayes' brushed drums, creating a sound not that far removed from Milt Jackson's sessions as a leader. The secret weapon of the session is tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, who takes the majority of the solos (including a surprisingly dissonant and almost free break in the middle of an otherwise restrained take on the standard "But Not for Me"), allowing Lytle to play, well, nice and easy. The results are a welcome change of pace from Lytle's often frenetic and occasionally too-busy style, and the ballad-heavy selection is a nice balance of new tunes and a few familiar standards. Overall, this could well be Johnny Lytle's best set. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide
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