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1975: Oscar Peterson - Big Six at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 Music » Jazz » Mainstream

1975: Oscar Peterson - Big Six at the Montreux Jazz Festival 1975
Artist: Oscar Peterson
Album: Oscar Peterson Big 6 - At Montreux
Label: OJC/Pablo
Year: 1975, release: 1997
Quality - MP3@320kbs/s
Size: 108,59 mb
Total time: 51:28

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This LP, recorded at the 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival, is a festive jam session that features pianist Oscar Peterson, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, guitarist Joe Pass, Toots Thielemans on harmonica, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Louie Bellson. The principles have plenty of solo space on two blues, the ballad "Here's That Rainy Day," and the standard "Poor Butterfly." Since these players are competitive in addition to being complementary, some sparks fly as the musicians challenge each other.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1995: Roy Hargrove - Family Music » Jazz » BeBop » Post-bop

1995: Roy Hargrove - Family
Artist: Roy Hargrove
Album: Family
Label: Verve
Year: 1995
Format, bitrate: FLAC (separate files) + covers
Time: 1:18:51
Size: 416 Mb in 4 files (7-zip format)
AMG rating 1995: Roy Hargrove - Family

This well-rounded set not only features trumpeter Roy Hargrove with his mid-'90s quintet (tenor saxophonist Ron Blake, pianist Stephen Scott, bassist Rodney Whitaker, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson) but with two other rhythm sections and a few special guests. The first three selections (which includes the uptempo blues "Brian's Bounce") are called "Trilogy" and dedicated to various family members. Hargrove shows off his warm tone on "The Nearness of You" (a ballads with strings album was in the near future), and other highlights include the lyrical "Pas de Trois," a duet by Hargrove and bassist Walter Booker on Larry Willis' "Ethiopia," and a driving version of "Firm Roots." A meeting between Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis on the bop standard "Nostalgia" is disappointingly tame, but otherwise this is a high-quality modern hard bop release. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
2005: Quincy Jones And The Jones Boys Music » Jazz » Big Band

2005: Quincy Jones And The Jones Boys
Artist: Quincy Jones
Album: And The Jones Boys (Compilation)
Label: Going For A Song
Year: 2005
Genre: Big Band, Swing. Bossa Nova
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kbps
Time: 67:23
Size: 148 mb

This Compilation have 14 great jazz peices played by superb jazz soloists. very enjoyable hour+ of mainstream jazz. some played by big band and some by combo. The Jones Boys: Thad Jones, Reunald Jones (trumpet); Quincy Jones (flugelhorn); Jimmy Jones (piano); Eddie Jones (bass); Jo Jones (drums).

2003: Matt Bauder - Weary Already of the Way Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz » Avantgarde
2003: Matt Bauder - Weary Already of the Way
Artist: Matt Bauder
Album: Weary Already of the Way
Label: 482 Music
Year: 2003
Format, bitrate: Flac
Time: 52:37
Size: 251 MB
AMG rating 2003: Matt Bauder - Weary Already of the Way

Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Matt Bauder brought together an impressive lineup for his debut recording, Weary Already of the Way. The sextet includes Todd Margasak and Rob Mazurek on cornets, newcomer Aram Shelton on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jason Roebke on bass, and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. Although it was recorded live, the pieces were largely built in the studio, layering and processing the raw material until it resembled the classic electronic and tape compositions of European composers like Bernard Parmegiani(especially his jazz-tape fusion on Pop'eclectic) as much as the ancient to the future Chicago tradition of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the AACM. The processing is most evident at the beginning of the first piece, although it returns throughout the CD. Even through the gauzy clicking edits and disembodied call-and-response tones of the four nameless pieces on the disc, Bauder's playing is central to the action. His tone is stunning for a relatively young tenor saxophonist, vibrating with hiss and low overtones throughout the album like a less linear Ellery Eskelin. And like Eskelin, although more guarded in his delivery, Bauder has an ear for a good melodic line. At several points there are grand melodic buildups with group arrangements that would make Charlie Mingus proud and Willem Breuker jealous. The rest of the ensemble are no less impressive, with Roebke and Lonberg-Holm locking in for lush, droning chords while Mazurek and Margasak offer up tense staccato signals. Bishop and Shelton serve as anchor between the strings and horns, but with the unusual studio composition techniques involved here and a self-conscious lack of soloing, all the players really do become one, giving way to an almost egoless group sound. Ending with the same pulses that introduce the album, Weary Already of the Way is an impressive debut and while it functions quite well as a whole, if there is any fault to be found here it might be that it tries to tackle too many ideas. Bauder has thrown down quite a heavy gauntlet, one that suggests a plethora of paths that the new leader will hopefully return to explore.
~ Wade Kergan, All Music Guide
1996: Henry Threadgill & Make a Move - Where's Your Cup? Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz » Avantgarde
1996: Henry Threadgill & Make a Move - Where's Your Cup? Artist: Henry Threadgill & Make a Move
Album: Where's Your Cup?
Label: Columbia Records
Year: 1996
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Size: 131 mb
Downbeat Rating: 1996: Henry Threadgill & Make a Move - Where's Your Cup?
AMG Rating: 1996: Henry Threadgill & Make a Move - Where's Your Cup?

Henry Threadgill's Where's Your Cup?, his last recording for Columbia, is the most recent document of the evolution of a band, a sound - a sonic world that is Threadgill's, and which is in constant flux. The members of Threadgill's ensemble here, Make a Move - Tony Cedras on harmonium and accordion, Brandon Ross on guitars, Stomu Takeishi on electric bass, and J. T. Lewis on drums - will each continue to assert themselves in a variety of imaginative musical contexts. On "Laughing Club," Lewis' drum solo leads us into one of Threadgill's compelling themes, with his searing alto sax blazing the way. And the view is expansive - by century's end, Threadgill had delved deeply into South American, African, and Indian traditions.
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Even though Henry Threadgill is often considered "difficult to listen to," most blindfolded listeners would probably find themselves identifying any randomly selected 20-second segment of Where's Your Cup as something a little more mainstream. It wouldn't be unreasonable, for example, to hear Brandon Ross on "The Flew" and ask "Might this be a snot-raunchy John McLaughlin electric guitar solo?" with a good bit of confidence. Someone else may smile smugly and say, "I don't suppose this is from the soundtrack of an especially eerie David Lynch film, perhaps Blue Velvet, or an old episode of Twin Peaks maybe?" when Threadgill's alto sax groove kicks off "100 Year Old Game." Such is the elusiveness of Threadgill's a-bit-of-everything approach to modern jazz, a style-collage sound he achieves here with a lot of help from his band, Make a Move. A majority of the tracks here are over eight minutes long, with a lot of room for soloists to stretch out. Ross can sound like two slabs of grinding sheet metal on one song, and softly strum a flamenco-tinged acoustic guitar behind Threadgill's flute on the next. Alternating between accordion and harmonium, Tony Cedras recalls everything from a Sunday hymn to your local seventh-inning stretch organ grinder. But give the credit of assembling these varied and sundry elements into a consistent product to Threadgill. Where's My Cup has its highly organized moments as well, which possess the same spaced-out mysteriousness as all the clamoring jam-out uproar.
~ John Uhl, All Music Guide
1966: Ramsey Lewis Wade In The Water Music » Soul » Soul-Jazz
1966: Ramsey Lewis  Wade In The Water
Artist: Ramsey Lewis
Album: Wade In The Water
Label: Cadet Records
Year: 1966
Format, bitrate: Mp3@320kbs (LP-rip)
Time: 34:23
Size: 69 Mb
AMG Rating: 1966: Ramsey Lewis  Wade In The Water

With Cleveland Eaton II (bass) and Maurice White (drums) replacing Eldee Young and Red Holt in the trio, Ramsey Lewis alters course just a bit from his handclapping soul-jazz idiom that was so popular at the time. The two new sidemen are relegated more to the background, and some punchy big band charts by Chicago's Richard Evans share the spotlight with Lewis' gospel-blues-drenched piano. Nevertheless, the old swinging fervor is left intact this time, as Lewis and company purvey a set of ten pop hits, with a few others worked in. They even got a large-scale hit (number 19 on the pop charts) out of the old gospel tune "Wade in the Water" (the photo of the tall, pretty model doing so on the cover might have struck some as being sacrilegious). The best cut of the bunch is the hard-swinging, down-home treatment of the Stevie Wonder hit "Up Tight," that got almost as much airplay as the title track. Like The In Crowd, this record evokes its era indelibly. ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
1956: Bing Crosby - Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
1956: Bing Crosby - Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
Artist: Bing Crosby
Album: Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
Label: Verve
Year: 1956; release: 2001
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 60 mb
Total time: 36:32

Fred Astaire did a classic session with Oscar Peterson for Verve (Clef) back in 1952. In 1963, it was Bing Crosby's turn to re-establish his jazz credentials by doing the obligatory date for Norman Granz. In truth, this is a pretty easygoing session, even if then-hotshot arranger Buddy Bregman wrote his usual hard-swinging charts. But with Bing Crosby, could the results be anything but easygoing? Since jazz vocal expert Will Friedwald's first choice for up-to-date Crosby, 1957's BING WITH A BEAT, is so far unissued on CD, this Gold Disc will just have to do.

Though Crosby's voice does show signs of wear and tear--this is 1963, after all--he breezes his way confidently through a choice set of Great American Songbook classics, including four by Rodgers & Hart. Bing also steals a page from his friend Fred's well-thumbed book by jauntily covering "Cheek to Cheek," "They All Laughed," and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." Highlight: an old-timer's expert timing on Jerome Kern's gently soaring "The Song Is You," once made memorable in the new style by a student of Crosby's named Sinatra.

2011: Franco Cerri - Bossa With Strings Music » Jazz » Latin
2011: Franco Cerri - Bossa With Strings
Artist: Franco Cerri
Album: Bossa With Strings
Label: Blueserge
Year: 2011
Format: MP3 320 kbps
Size: 114 MB

Franco Cerri esordisce nel 1945 nell'orchestra di Gorni Kramer, e collabora in seguito col Gotha del jazz mondiale: Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Stephan Grappelli, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday, Barney Kessel, Lee Konitz, Dizzy Gillespie. Questa sua nuova registrazione mostra tutta lʼoriginalità e la vitalità di un musicista curioso e mai banale. Eppure il progetto era rischioso, trattandosi di una rilettura di classici della bossa-nova (soprattutto composizioni di Jobim): da Samba de uma nota so a Estate, da Corcovado a Chega de saudade. Cerri affronta questo repertorio con una formazione inusuale che affianca al suo collaudato combo (Alberto Gurrisi all'Hammond, Salvatore Maiore al contrabbasso ed Enzo Carpentieri alla batteria) il quartetto d'archi italo/nippo/albanese Time Piece. Il CD non corre certamente il rischio del "già sentito" o del lounge-muzak: gli arrangiamenti sono coraggiosi e sofisticati, scritti dallo stesso Cerri insieme a Oscar Del Barba, giovane arrangiatore di ottime frequentazioni accademiche. Il jazz italiano può essere orgoglioso del contributo che Franco Cerri ha dato e continua a dare alla sua nascita e alla sua diffusione; speriamo che i tanti giovani che si affacciano sulla scena imparino la lezione del Maestro: rispettare il pubblico, divertirsi sempre, e amare la musica sopra ogni cosa.~
1991: Bob Mintzer - Art Of The Big Band Music » Jazz » Big Band » Modern Big Band
1991: Bob Mintzer - Art Of The Big Band
Artist: Bob Mintzer
Album: Art Of The Big Band
Label: Dmp/Telarc
Year: 1991
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320kbps
Time: 62:27
Size: 145mb (including scans)

This big-band date by Bob Mintzer from the early '90s utilizes some of the Big Apple's top available musicians of the era, including trumpeters Marvin Stamm and Randy Brecker, saxophonists Scott Robinson and Roger Rosenberg (both of whom double on clarinet), and pianist Phil Markowitz. Mintzer has moved freely between contemporary and mainstream jazz depending on the record date and personnel, but on this DMP release he incorporates a bit from each style. At times that's a problem, because straight-ahead fans will find the smooth jazz-like rhythm section in the standard "Without a Song" rather lame compared to the writing for the brass and reeds. Fortunately, when electric bassist Lincoln Goines is replaced by acoustic bassist Michael Formanek, as in "Christopher Columbus" (where Robinson swings like mad on tenor) and Mintzer's inventive chart of "Easy Living," all is well. The originals are a mixed bag, with the dynamic "Art of the Big Band" and the tricky "Weird Blues" being especially noteworthy.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
2005: Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio - Someday, Sometime Jazz, Vocal Jazz
2005: Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio - Someday, Sometime
Artist: Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio
Album: Someday, Sometime
Year: 2005
Label: Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 256 kbps
Time: 52 min 49 sec
Size: 113.59 mb

They may perform folksy acoustic renditions of Jerry Jeff Walker, they may rock out with a pop cover from Cyndi Lauper...but in the end, the jazz comes out in every tune. The Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio, lead by Jeni's powerful and honest voice, defies easy classification. Capable of delivering Classical and Jazz dichotomies in one breath, breezy folk tunes with a modern twist, and vibrant original pop in another, the Trio is winning the hearts of audiences from coast to coast.

Michel Bedin of the Parisian magazine Jazz Hot calls the group, "a rare elegance...[revealing] a great sensitivity and a beautiful musicality."

The Big Sky Journal remarked that "[after] an evening of this, you're both whipped and exhilarated. You've wiped your eyes, yet your cheeks hurt from all the grinning."
1989: Dizzy Gillespie - A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba (Movie) Music video
1989: Dizzy Gillespie - A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba (Movie)
Artist: Dizzy Gillespie
Movie: A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba
Label: Docurama
Video Codec: MPEG-4 File Format
Year: 1989
Total Time: 01:24:33
Bit rate: 1035 Kbps
Width: 496 pixels
Height: 384 pixels
Language: English
Total Size: 688mb

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Music, and particularly jazz, knows no borders, and this documentary follows the eminent trumpet great Dizzy Gillespie during a musical tour of Cuba, during which he gets to meet with Fidel Castro and has fun with local dancers and musicians. In concert footage, the balloon-cheeked musician plays A Night in Tunisia and Cubana Bop, among other favorites. In interviews, the musician speaks about his past and the musical compositions which have inspired him.
2000: Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra - Basie & Beyond Music » Jazz » Big Band » Modern Big Band
2000: Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra - Basie & Beyond
Artist: Quincy Jones - Sammy Nestico Orchestra
Label: Warner Bros.
Year: 2000
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 141 mb
Total time: 64:11

"Labor of love" is the inevitable phrase to describe this album on which composer/conductor/arrangers Quincy Jones and Sammy Nestico, both of whom wrote for Count Basie and His Orchestra, assemble a top-flight big band to perform some of their vintage charts. Despite the use of the bandleader's name in the title and the pictures of him with the two principals on the front and back of the album, the music is more "beyond" than "Basie." It is true that both Jones and Nestico are steeped in the Basie band's light, rhythmic approach to playing and their music is imbued with that style. But both are better understood as graduates of the Basie school than true adherents, people who have spent the better parts of their careers applying their knowledge of swing to other endeavors, notably film scores. As a result, you will hear music that is more "jazzy" than "jazz." Nevertheless, it is exhilarating to listen to a big band recorded with modern fidelity; the rhythm section especially stands out, and, of course, rhythm was everything in Basie's sound. The wealth of talent meant the album had to be recorded quickly, in a couple of days, but it also seems to have inspired the players to do their best. Basie & Beyond is almost a fantasy project, a major-label release of a high-quality jazz date with practically no chance of significant sales. In that sense, the other inevitable term to describe it is "throwback," but you can't help being glad Jones has the clout to indulge in this kind of thing now and then.
~ William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
2004: Dick Fontaine's Jazz Movies: Ornette Coleman Trio / Sound?? Music video
2004: Dick Fontaine's Jazz Movies: Ornette Coleman Trio / Sound??Artist: Ornette Coleman / Roland Kirk
Documentary Film: Ornette Coleman Trio / Sound??
Director: Dick Fontaine
Label: Efor Films
Year: 1966 / 1967
Release: 2004
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 55 min.
Size: 213 & 187 MB

In this indispensable DVD, two of the most interesting films ever made modern experimental jazz are included. The first one, " Ornette Coleman Trio", presents Ornette Coleman's famous trio during their visit to Paris in 1966 in order to record the soundtrack of a very nutty-looking Belgium film called "Who's Crazy?".
The film was made in three days and offers a portrait of the trio that becomes an "ironic essay in dignity in the face of insanity". Ornette, who in this era was one of the leaders of the Jazz Avant-garde movement, faced the challenge with his two fellow musicians by responding with passionate improvisations to the stimuli that reached him from the screen where the images are projected. A priceless testimony to the innovations which revolutionized the world of jazz in the sixties.
The second film, also directed by Fontaine, is a curious and original musical and cinematographic experiment. Its strange title, "Sound??", clearly indicates the objective of the work, which is merely to take advantage of the ideas of an innovative jazzman (Roland Kirk) in order to permit an Avant-garde contemporary (John Cage) to speculate with silence and with sound as two facets of the same reality.
Kirk appears in the film demonstrating his ability to play three saxophones simultaneously, incorporating at the same time recordings of birdsongs or his giving out whistles to the audience in order that they accompany him "in the key of w, if you please". Parallel to this, Cage talks about his concepts and prepares a piece "musical bicycle" with two of his collaborators at the Seville Theatre of London, introducing Kirk's music in an echo chamber in its search for the sound of silence. Two extraordinary examples of immortal Avant-gardism.

~ DVD Notes
2009: Dennis Gonzalez - Renegade Spirits Post-bop, Avantgarde
2009: Dennis Gonzalez - Renegade Spirits Artist: Dennis Gonzalez
Album: Renegade Spirits
Label: Furthermore Records
Year: 2008; release: 2009
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Size: 167 mb

A really classic-styled set from trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez – a spiritual avant session that recalls our favorites from many years back! There's a bold, earthy sound to the record – an approach that comes from the percussion of Famadou Don Moye, who's also joined by drummer Stefan Gonzalez on most tracks too – playing in the other channel of the record, which really makes for a full, rhythmic sound. On horns, tenorist Tim Green joins Gonzalez's trumpet – blowing with a sound that's free, but equally tied up in the rhythmic cores of the record – giving the whole thing a great sense of depth and soul. Titles include "Skin & Bones", "Evil Elixir", "Flesh & Blood", "Quartege", "Zarabanda", "Triage", and "Renegade Spirits".
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Gongs, bells, shakers, cymbals, pao de chuva (a Brazilian shaker withseashell fragments and pebbles), balafon, agogo bells, congas, udu drum, two drums, bass, sax and cornet. You might expect some Latin American fiesta with these instruments, yet it's not. You get Dennis Gonzlez' Yells At Eels, with his sons Stefan Gonzalez and Aaron Gonzalez, and with Tim Green on sax and no one less than Famoudou Don Moye on percussion. Like on many of Gonzlez' albums, the music free and melancholy at the same time, with subtle themes and lots of space for his fellow musicians. Half the tracks are group improvisations, four are compositions by the leader and the last track is by the Art Ensemble's percussionist. The composed pieces set the scene, set the color for Gonzlez expansive and spiritual musical vision full of soul and warmth, at the same time warming up the band members for the improvisations, that are driven by the many joyful percussion instruments over which the sax and trumpet blow their free-spirited phrases, almost in a minimalist way. I'm sure there are many, many musicians who wish they could compose a piece as compelling as the title track, full of hypnotic rhythms, a beautiful improvised theme by Green, haunting arco bass, and trumpet in counterpoint. But here it is created spontaneously, out of nothing, yet rock solid and extremely eloquent. As said earlier, the great thing about Gonzlez and family, is that they love the music they play, they love how it sounds, what it conveys, the interplay, the fun, the shared feelings, the joint heritage of African music, bop, Latin and free improvisation all mixing together as if it was all meant to be, regardless of what the critics and art intellectuals might think or say. This is music that lives, and breathes, and with a heart that pumps and feels. Deeply so. (4,5 stars out of 5)
~ Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz Blog
2002: Duke Ellington - Memories Of Duke Music video
2002: Duke Ellington - Memories Of DukeArtist: Duke Ellington
Documentary Film: Memories Of Duke
Director: Gary Keys
Label: Music Video Distribution
Year: 2002
Format, bitrate: DVDrip, AVI
Time: 90 min.
Size: 700 MB

Duke Ellington with Russell Procope, Cootie Williams, Paul Gonsalves, Jeff Castleman,
Lawrence Brown, Harold Ashley, Johnny Hodges, Trish Turner, Harry Carney...

This is a particularly interesting film, for trumpeter Cootie Williams and clarinetist Russell Procope are seen in the mid-'70s watching and commenting on lengthy clips from Duke Ellington's 1968 tour of Mexico. There is quite a bit of strong music on this video, with highlights including the medley of "Creole Love Call," "Black and Tan Fantasy," and "The Mooch," the obscure "Mexican Suite," "It Don't Mean a Thing," and "Mood Indigo." This is one of the best Duke Ellington videos currently available.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1957-1958: Art Farmer and Hal McKusick Quintet - Complete Studio Recordings Music » Jazz » BeBop » Cool
1957-1958: Art Farmer and Hal McKusick Quintet - Complete Studio Recordings
Artist: Art Farmer and Hal McKusick Quintet
Album: Complete Studio Recordings
Label: Lone Hill Jazz
Year: 1957-1958; release: 2005
Format, bitrate: MP3@320Kbps
Time: 78:44
Size: 178 MB
AMG rating: 1957-1958: Art Farmer and Hal McKusick Quintet - Complete Studio Recordings

This Lone Hill compilation collects all of the quintet studio recordings made together by Art Farmer and Hal McKusick, covering four different groups, each with a unique rhythm section. Farmer was still playing trumpet, prior to his switch to flugelhorn, while the alto saxophonist also doubles on clarinet and bass clarinet. The bulk of the album features the two men with pianist Eddie Costa, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Gus Johnson, with Al Cohn and Manny Albam contributing most of the arrangements. It is immediately apparent that the co-leaders have a natural ability to complement one another with perfect backing for the other's solos, highlighted by the magical take of "Alone Together." The next session features two originals written and arranged by Jimmy Giuffre, with guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Teddy Kotick, and drummer Osie Johnson providing rhythm. Both of these cool-toned pieces have a touch of mystery and are beautifully interpreted. Giuffre is also the arranger for three pieces featuring Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, and Connie Kay with the leaders, with McKusick's bass clarinet taking solo honors in "It Never Entered My Mind." The last three tracks also include Evans, expanding the group to a sextet with Galbraith, Hinton, and Charlie Persip joining Farmer and McKusick. George Russell is the arranger, with a swaggering yet cool take of Russell's "Stratusphunk" standing out. Recommended.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1954-1968: Mahalia Jackson - Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns Music » Blues » Gospel
1954-1968: Mahalia Jackson - Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns
Artist: Mahalia Jackson
Album: Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns (Box, 2CD)
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Year: 1954-1968; release 1991
Format, bitrate: Mp3/320 kbps
Time: 128:59
Size: 299 MB
AMG Rating: 1954-1968: Mahalia Jackson - Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns

Although it's missing some of her classic performances, the double-disc set Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns is nonetheless an excellent introduction to Mahalia Jackson, arguably the greatest gospel singer of all time. The box set features 36 performances she recorded for Columbia between 1954 and 1969, offering a comprehensive, but by no means exhaustive, introduction to Jackson and her most popular work.
~ Leo Stanley, All Music Guide
1939-1941: Duke Ellington - The Jimmy Blanton Era Swing, Big Band
1939-1941: Duke Ellington - The Jimmy Blanton Era
Artist:Duke Ellington
Album: The Jimmy Blanton Era (Compilation)
Label: Giant Of Jazz
Year: 1939-1941 Release: 1989
Format, bitrate: Mp3. 320kbps
Time: 71:04
Size: 164 Mb

Longtime Ellington collectors should love this LP, for it includes rare radio broadcasts of the Duke Ellington Orchestra during 1940-41 and four selections that find Ellington and bassist Jimmy Blanton making guest appearances with John Scott Trotter's studio orchestra. A perfect LP for those Ellington fanatics who think they have everything.
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2009: Kelly Mittleman - A New Reason Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul
2009: Kelly Mittleman - A New Reason
Artist: Kelly Mittleman
Album: A New Reason
Year: 2009
Format, bitrate: Mp3,256 kbps
Time: 51 min 39 sec
Size: 107.37 mb

Jazz/R&B/Soul Vocalist and new artist of legendary producer Nile Rodgers (Madonna, Maroon 5, David Bowie, Joss Stone)... recently recorded Diana Ross's latest CD...has appeared with Manhattan Transfer, Maynard the Blue Note in NYC and her recent CD is a top seller on Kelly will be heard in the upcoming film, HOLLYWOOD AND WINE, premiering this fall...featuring an all-star cast from the SNL crew and Pamela Anderson and Vivica Fox and David Spade. Kelly can perform in a simple a duo for instance, or with her band of 4-8 players. ~
2005: Whit Dickey - In a Heartbeat Post-bop, Avantgarde
2005: Whit Dickey - In a Heartbeat Artist: Whit Dickey
Album: In a Heartbeat
Label: Clean Feed Records
Year: 2004; release: 2005
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320
Size: 143 mb
AMG Rating: 2005: Whit Dickey - In a Heartbeat

Drummer Whit Dickey's In a Heartbeat is mostly a high-energy set of original free bop. Some of the finest musicians in the idiom are featured, with the interplay between trumpeter Roy Campbell, altoist Rob Brown, and guitarist Joe Morris always being stimulating and fiery. The music is quite free yet purposeful and full of forward momentum. The compositions, despite the colorful titles, are slight, with Carla Bley's "Calls" being the most substantial piece, but it really does not matter. The reason that this outing is a success is that the musicians are quite skilled, listen closely to each other, and make memorable music out of very open originals. In a Heartbeat can be used to heat up a city.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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