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1965: Wes Montgomery / Clark Terry - Straight, No Chaser Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1965: Wes Montgomery / Clark Terry - Straight, No Chaser
Artist: Wes Montgomery / Clark Terry
Album: Straight, No Chaser
Label: Jazz Door
Year: 1965; Release:1992
Format, bitrate: FLAC/Mp3 @320kpbs
Time: 45:53
Size: 334.1 MB/128.47 MB

Unusual pressing of some of the rare 1965 live material cut by Wes – with the usual group that features Harold Mabern on piano, Art Harper on bass, and Jimmy Lovelace on drums – but also with Clark Terry on trumpet! Titles include "Wes Got Rhythm", "Straight No Chaser", "In A Mellotone", and "Just Friends". (Out of print.) 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1979: Billy Harper Quintet - In Europe Hard-bop, Post-bop
1979: Billy Harper Quintet - In Europe
Artist: Billy Harper
Album: In Europe
Label: Soul Note; Catalog#: SN 1001
Released: 1979
Format: FLAC, Vinyl-Rip
Time: 42:11
Size: 154MB + 165MB
AMG rating: 1979: Billy Harper Quintet - In Europe

Billy Harper is a huge exponent of what is termed Spiritual Jazz and here we have one of his albums which demonstrates a clear and powerful example of that style. Harper is an exemplary saxophone player with an extremely full and warm tone, somewhat in the vein of Coltrane, but also in a league of his own and noted for his fierce soloing verging on Free Jazz. This LP was recorded and released on the unique Italian Soul Note label. At that time Billy was in Europe with his quintet and producer Giovanni Bonondrini seized the opportunity to grab some of that repertoire emanating from his 1979 tour. The listener is treated to three tunes all composed by Billy and delivered with amazing energy by Harper as a leader of a phenomenal quintet. It consists of Billy on tenor, Everett Hollins on trumpet, Fred Hersch on piano, Louis "Mbiki" Spears on bass and Horacee Arnold on Drums. The group as a whole seamlessly merges together exuding a deep and rich soulful sound. The first track Priestess is a thriller from start to finish. It starts so serenely with an effortless solo from Fred Herschs soulful piano, building with bass lines from Mbiki Spears and the crashing drums of Horacee Arnold, and then joining together Harper and trumpeter Everett Hollins. The next tune Calvary starts with Spears bass and is more uptempo with rest of the group joining with some great interchanging solos, again just as awesome. The final track Illumination takes up the whole of side B is an epic tune truly showcasing some fantastic duo work between Harper and Arnold with Harper and Hollins holding down the basic melody; the coda is progressively built and gently finished off at the end. Overall this album exposes a brilliant ensemble sound and is an essential LP for any Billy Harper devotee, Enjoy!

The Billy Harper Quintet's In Europe appeared as the first release from the Soul Note label, a co-label of Milan's other avant-garde label, Black Saint, in 1979. In Europe presents Texas-born composer and tenor saxophonist Harper and his quintet, featuring an energetic lineup of musicians including Everett Hollins on trumpet, Fred Hersch on piano, Louie "Mbiki" Spears on bass, and Horace Arnold on drums. Recorded in Milan at Barigozzi studios, In Europe gives a fine glimpse at the power and intensity of Harper's compositions and his tremendous abilities as an improviser. Harper's gorgeous tone is reminiscent of John Coltrane's, an artist whose spiritual and soulful playing Harper builds off of to shape his own organic style. The three compositions presented on In Europe include some of Harper's best work, notably "Priestess," with its infectious gospel progression, and the energized and melodic "Calvary." Highly recommended music for post-bop and free jazz appreciators. ~ by Jeff Schwachter, AMG.
1958: Aaron Bell Trio - After the Party's Over Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1958: Aaron Bell Trio - After the Party's Over
Artist: Aaron Bell Trio
Album: After the Party's Over
Label: RCA Victor
Year: 1958; release: 1999
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 107 mb
Total time: 45:56

An obscure 50s session from bassist Aaron Bell one of the player's few dates as a leader, cut at a time when he was working in Duke Ellington's group of the decade! As with some of Duke's other bassists, Bell's got a strongly pronounced tone one that came through great in big group setting, and which really shines even more here working in a mostly piano trio setting, and coming across with a good sense of bounce and soul. The album features Bell in a few different groups with players who include Hank Jones or Charlie Bateman on piano, Ed Thigpen or Elvin Jones on drums, and a bit of extra trombone from Tyree Glenn. Bell even plays a bit of added tuba on a few tunes using the instrument in a way that's not too different from his bass and titles include "After The Party Blues", "Cool", "Party's Over", "Kumquat", "All The Way", "Love Nest", and a 2-part version of "Satin Doll".
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1981/1982: Freddie Hubbard - Ride Like The Wind Hard-bop, Post-bop
1981/1982: Freddie Hubbard - Ride Like The Wind
Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Album: Ride Like The Wind
Label: Elektra/Musician/WEA Japan
Years: 1981/1982; release: 2013
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 88,1 mb
Total time: 37:17

Recorded in 1982 by Jeffrey Weber and arranger Allyn Ferguson, this live to two-track digital set showcases Freddie Hubbard in the company of two large bands -- one a brass group, the other a string orchestra -- both of which feature the same rhythm section. Ferguson wrote three tunes for the session, including the funky "Hubbard's Cupboard" and "Two Moods for Freddie" (which shifts gears from elegant and nocturnal to finger-popping contemporary electric jazz in the course of a couple of minutes); this pair opens and closes the album. The cover of Joe Zawinul's "Birdland" is reverent but swinging, and Hubbard's lone composition here, "Bridgitte," is a beautiful ballad that showcases the strings and Dan Ferguson's sweetly singing electric guitar and opens up into a midtempo groover. The title track is a cover of Christopher Cross' smash; it and Kenny Loggins' saccharine "This Is It" are less successful even if they are somewhat colorful -- there is only so much one can do to dress up mediocre pop songs. This isn't a great success like Hubbard's CTI albums were, but Ride Like the Wind nonetheless showcases the trumpeter in fine solo form. ~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
1964: The Three Sounds - Three Moods Hard-bop, Post-bop
1964: The Three Sounds - Three Moods
Artist: The Three Sounds
Album: Three Moods
Label: Limelight
Year: 1964
Format: mp3, VBR (LP-rip)
Size: 35.6 MB
Total time: 36:17

When the Three Sounds briefly left Blue Note for Limelight in the mid-'60s, there was a noticeable drop in the quality of their albums. This LP gives no indication from the cover that most tracks have additional strings or brass. The strings tend to overwhelm Gene Harris' piano in rather disappointing takes of "Change Partners," "The Second Time Around," and the normally exciting "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." A rather unimaginative arrangement of the mid-'60s pop hit "What Now My Love" adds six trombonists (who are playing plodding accompanying lines in unison), but the track ends up very predictable, as do the other three songs which add brass. The only memorable tracks recorded during these sessions feature the trio without any additional musicians, a bluesy, very deliberate take of "You've Changed" and the pianist's up-tempo blues "Our Theme." There are many better recordings by the Three Sounds, so this long unavailable LP can be safely bypassed. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1976: Elvin Jones - Summit Meeting Hard-bop, Post-bop
1976: Elvin Jones - Summit Meeting
Artist: Elvin Jones
Album: Summit Meeting
Label: Vanguard Records
Year: 1976
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 88,8 mb
Total time: 40:02

This 1976 session led by Elvin Jones is a lot of fun, especially with the presence of Clark Terry and James Moody; rounding out the band are alto saxophonist Bunky Green, guitarist Roland Prince, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist David Matthews, and percussionist Angel Allende. Terry's matchless flgelhorn is the highlight of his original happy blues "Tee Pee Music." Green, who has devoted much of his career to being a jazz educator, contributed the challenging "Blues for Clark" and also the wild post-bop "Summit Song," the latter featuring a solo that borders on avant-garde. Duke Ellington's "Jones," a swinging blues that the maestro narrated to describe how to be cool as one listened to live jazz, is recast with a funky swagger, with Moody's smoking tenor sax and some fine call and response between the horns and the bass, though Terry steals the show by alternating back and forth between flgelhorn and muted trumpet. This somewhat obscure date is overdue to be reissued on CD.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1964: Budd Johnson - Ya! Ya! Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1964: Budd Johnson - Ya! Ya!
Artist: Budd Johnson
Album: Ya! Ya!
Label: Argo Records (Catalog#: LP 736)
Released: 1964
Format: FLAC, LP-Rip [24-bit/44.1]
Time: 34:47
Size: 198MB + 191MB

One of the most soulful sessions ever cut by tenorist Budd Johnson - recorded with a cool combo that features Al Williams on some smoking Hammond - plus bass and drums. Lots of tracks are originals and titles include the jazz dance groover "Ya Ya" - plus "Exotique", "Tag Along with Me", and "Big Al".
The music we today call JAZZ has many facets, many styles, many young striving blowers and fortunately, quite a large corp of creative unhampered instrumental giants. The featured tenor saxophonist of this album is one of these creative giants. Budd Johnson's career has spanned virtually all of the many styles that have controlled Jazz for one period or another. He has been and is still master of them all. I don't really believe this is the most important Jazz album ever made. Nor do I believe Budd Johnson thinks this. The claim here is that it is the latest recorded example of the continuing creativeness and melodic inventiveness of one of the under-rated saxophone giants of yesterday. TODAY, and undoubtedly, tomorrow. Those who have been championing the talents of Budd Johnson for quite a while are singularly impressed with his current work and are convinced that the greatest part of his career is only now just beginning. It's all right here in the grooves of this album for you to hear and appreciate. Don't disappoint your inner ear.
~ Extracts taken from Liner Notes by Joe Segal.
1963: Bill English - Bill English Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1963: Bill English - Bill English
Artist: Bill English
Album: Bill English
Label: Vanguard VRS-9127
Year: 1963
Format: Flac (24/96) Lp-rip
Time: 37:10
Size: 570 MB

The music on this program does not aim at "Significance" with a capitalized first letter. If it attains this eminence, it will be as has happened many times before in the history of jazz. These were times when musicians played together for the pleasure of free untrammeled music-making, found audiences around that enjoyed what they heard, and were even able to make some sort or living this way. The historians came later. And similarly, the appeal of this record lies solely in what pleasure listeners derive from hearing a group of gifted performers playing with complete integrity, enjoying what they are doing, and oblivious of whether or not they are advancing the "frontiers of jazz" or providing material for impressively analytic program notes.
The musical sensibility heard here is that of the 1950's and 1960's, as may be heard in the wide harmonic range, rhythmic refinement, and the kind of economy of style in which every note counts. But this is net achieved through any conscious aim to do everything different from the way it was done previously. Rather, it comes naturally as a development rising out of the past history and continual process of change in jazz. We see both the root and the flower. This easy give and take between past and present may be felt throughout the program. A welcome product of this approach is the combination of relaxation with singing lyricism, and of free improvisation with a solid and significant structural foundation.
~ S. W. Bennett, from liner notes
1969: Eero Koivistoinen - Odysseus Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1969: Eero Koivistoinen - Odysseus
Artist: Eero Koivistoinen
Album: Odysseus
Label: Otava
Year:; Release:1969
Format,bitrate: mp3@320kbps (Vinyl Rip)
Size:97.22 MB

"The Holy Grail of Finnish jazz!" Originally pressed in a run of 300 back in 1969.

The first-ever album as a leader from Finnish saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen -- an amazing debut that's filled with sharp notes and soaring rhythms! The style here is slightly modern, but also filled with a tremendous sense of soul -- a deeply creative vibe that takes off from the hippest side of Blue Note in the mid 60s, and really moves into it's own kind of space. Most numbers have a strong sort of pulse -- sometimes modal, sometimes more tightly snapping, and almost in a hardbop vein -- providing a perfect platform for the bold solo work from Eero on tenor, soprano, and alto sax -- and Bertil Lovgren on trumpet, whose instrument dances with Eero's on the leads, then blasts off with some beautifully crafted lines of its own! Titles include "For Fun", "Traneology", "Sleeping", "So Nice", "Country Jive", and "Odysseus". ~
1955-1959: Wes Montgomery / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery - The Montgomeryland Sessions Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1955-1959:  Wes Montgomery / Buddy Montgomery / Monk Montgomery - The Montgomeryland Sessions
Artists: Wes Montgomery/Buddy Montgomery/Monk Montgomery
Album: The Montgomeryland Sessions
Label: Gambit
Year:1955-1959; Release:2005
Format, bitrate:mp3@320kbps
Time: 77:44 min; 79:08 min.
Size: Disc 1 - 183.89 MB, Disc 2 - 187.71 MB

Wes Montgomery's admirers have often speculated on what direction his career might have taken had he not died prematurely in 1968. Would he have returned to straight-ahead bop, or would the slick, heavily produced smooth jazz he turned to during the last few years of his life continue to be his primary focus? Would there have been any Montgomery Brothers reunions in the 70s? One can only speculate. But what we can say for certain is that when he was still bop-oriented, the influential guitarist made his mark both as a leader and on sessions he co-led with bassist Monk Montgomery and pianist/vibist Buddy Montgomery. The Montgomery Brothers' pre-60s output is the focus of The Montgomeryland Sessions; spanning 1955-1959, this two-CD set contains the albums The Montgomery Brothers Plus Five Others and Montgomeryland in their entirety. Also included are live performances from the Kismet album (recorded at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles in 1958) and Jon Hendricks' A Good Git-Together (which finds The Montgomery Brothers backing that risk-taking singer at Fugazi Hall in San Francisco in 1959). And collectors will be glad to know that this double-CD contains a rare Montgomery Brothers version of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" from 1955. The Montgomeryland Sessions isn't the last word on Wes Montgomery's recordings with his brothers; for example, this release doesn't get into their Groove Yard session of 1961. But it takes more than a superficial look at their late-50s activities, and even though The Montgomeryland Sessions isn't recommended to casual listeners, it's a release that serious collectors will be glad to have.
~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
1957: Bill Harris - The Bill Harris Memorial Album Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1957: Bill Harris - The Bill Harris Memorial Album
Artist: Bill Harris
Album: The Bill Harris Memorial Album
Label: Xanadu Records
Year: 1957; release: 1983
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 88,6 mb
Total time: 38:51
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Originally recorded for the Mode label and last reissued by Xanadu in 1983, this was trombonist Bill Harris' last record as a leader (although he lived until 1973). A unique stylist with a wit and sound of his own, Harris is heard in top form with a quintet also including vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, pianist Lou Levy, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Stan Levey. Bob Dorough dropped by to help Gibbs and Harris on the scat vocal of "Lemon Drop." All eight of the selections are remakes of songs recorded by Harris with Woody Herman's First and Second Herds, but obviously these quintet versions sound a bit different than the original big-band jams. Among the highlights of the sadly out-of-print LP are "Your Father's Moustache," "Apple Honey" and "Early Autumn," in addition to the jubilant "Lemon Drop." ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1991: Bebop & Beyond ‎ Plays Dizzy Gillespie - Featuring Dizzy Gillespie Hard-bop, Post-bop
1991: Bebop & Beyond ‎ Plays Dizzy Gillespie - Featuring Dizzy Gillespie
Artist: Bebop & Beyond
Album: Plays Dizzy Gillespie - Featuring Dizzy Gillespie
Label: Enja/BlueMoon
Year: 1991
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 146 mb
Total time: 63:08

Bebop & Beyond's third recording was particularly special, because for their performances of six Dizzy Gillespie tunes (plus Ray Brown's "That's Earl, Brother" and leader Mel Martin's "Rhythm Man"), the group has as guest artist on six of the eight numbers -- Gillespie himself. 73 at the time and way past his musical prime, Dizzy does get off a few good solos and takes a touching vocal on "I Waited for You." Martin (switching between soprano, alto, tenor and flute), trumpeter Warren Gale, pianist George Cables, the distinctive and creative guitarist Randy Vincent, bassist Jeff Chambers, drummer Donald Bailey, Vince Lateano on drums and timbales and guest percussionist John Santos are all in fine form on fresh versions of such numbers as "Wheatleigh Hall," "Manteca" and "Diddy-Wa-Diddy."
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1961: Tubby Hayes - The New York Sessions Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1961: Tubby Hayes - The New York Sessions
Artist: Tubby Hayes with Clark Terry
Album: The New York Sessions
Label: Columbia
Year: 1961; release: 1990
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 163 mb
Total time: 74:35
AMG Rating: 1961: Tubby Hayes - The New York Sessions
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Tubby Hayes was a superior tenor saxophonist from England who played in the tradition of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, with just a dash of Johnny Griffin and early John Coltrane. This CD finds Tubby holding his own with a top-notch swinging rhythm section (pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Duvivier, and Dave Bailey) along with guests Clark Terry (on four of the ten selections) and vibraphonist Eddie Costa (on three songs). Whether it be an up-tempo rendition of "Airegin" or a tender "You're My Everything," Tubby Hayes shows that he is an underrated legend. The original six selections are joined by four equally rewarding unreleased performances. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1984: Emily Remler - Catwalk Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1984: Emily Remler - Catwalk
Artist:Emily Remler
Album: Catwalk
Label: Concord Jazz
Year: 1984, release: 1992
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320 kbps
Size: 95.08 MB
AMG rating:1984: Emily Remler - Catwalk

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Guitarist Emily Remler's fourth and Concord recording makes one regret even more her premature death at age 32. While her earlier dates were very much in the bop mainstream, this one (in a quartet with trumpeter John D'Earth, bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Bob Moses) finds her looking ahead and partly finding her own voice on her seven diverse originals. Although she never became an innovator, Remler certainly had a lot to offer the jazz world and this fairly adventurous effort was one of the finest recordings of her short career.
~ Scott Yanow , All Music Guide
2012: Oliver Jones - Just for My Lady Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

2012: Oliver Jones - Just for My Lady
Artist:Oliver Jones
Album: Just for My Lady
Label: Justin Time
Year: 2012 ; Release: 2013
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 192 Kbps
Size: 83 MB
AMG rating 2012: Oliver Jones - Just for My Lady

Recorded during the fall of 2012, Just for my Lady documents the formidable rapport between pianist Oliver Jones and his long-time sidemen, veteran bassist Éric Lagacé and drummer extraordinaire Jim Doxas, a genuine rising star on the Canadian jazz horizon. Whether on hard driving numbers 'Josees Blues' or on melancholy ballads 'Lights of Burgundy' and 'When Summer Comes', the trio displays an astounding synergy that only comes from the profound respect, the sincere affection and the solid trust each member of the group obviously feels for the others. The commanding presence of very special guest Josée Aidans on violin is a welcome addition to the trios unique brand of swinging elegance. With a quality of emotion that recalls Stéphane Grappellis panache particularly on Michel Legrands 'Windmills of Your Mind', Aidans blends into the group as if she's always been a part of it, and still lets us hear a distinctive voice that gently challenges the other musicians to surpass themselves. ~
1957: Wynton Kelly - Cruisin' the Rhythm Sections Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1957: Wynton Kelly - Cruisin' the Rhythm Sections
Artist: Wynton Kelly
Album: Cruisin' the Rhythm Sections
Label: Jazzland
Year: 1957; release: 1961
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip); Flac links from Mr.blbs1
Size: 89,1 mb; 124+122 mb
Totl time: 41:01

This LP, originally released in 1961, features the members one of the THE rhythm sections in the history of jazz. Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums, with Chambers on bass. The music featured here is a showcase for Kelly's lyrical piano, and Wynton is locked in tight with his sidemen throughout all eight selections. "That Old Black Magic", "Lover Man", and Kelly's take on "Stardust" are all highlights. Overall this album is a wonderful straight ahead set of piano trio based hard bop, and is a great introduction to Wynton Kelly as a leader for those who only know him as a sideman. In sessions involving famous musicians Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, ERnie Henry.
2008: Ronnie Cuber Live at Jazzfest Berlin Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

2008: Ronnie Cuber  Live at Jazzfest Berlin
Artist: Ronnie Cuber
Album: Live at Jazzfest Berlin
Label: SteepleChase
Year: 2008; Release:February 2013
Format, bitrate:mp3;VBR
Size: 57.9 MB

Ronnie Cuber's an overlooked monster in jazz a hell of a player, and has been for decades and one of the last few cats who can really handle a baritone sax! Cuber was late in a legacy of baritonists that included Pepper Adams, Sahib Shihab, Cecil Payne, and Lars Gullin a youngster when all those players were getting old, but more than able to swing with the lean energy that made the 50s baritone sax players as important as the giants on tenor! Here, Cuber really demonstrates that legacy strongly picking up the giant horn and handling it with effortless ease producing these beautifully-blown solo lines that are nice and long, and filled with imagination in the company of a combo that features Kenny Drew Jr on piano, Ruben Rodriguez on bass, and Ben Perowsky on drums. The recent date is a great reminder that Cuber can still cook heavily and titles include "Passion Fruit", "Coco B", "Perpetuating The Myth", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", and "Arroz Con Pollo". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1977: Clark Terry - Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Clark Terry Sextet'77 Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1977: Clark Terry - Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Clark Terry Sextet'77
Artist: Clark Terry Sextet
Album: Montreux '77
Label: Eagle Vision
Year: 1977; release: 2005
Format: AVI (DVDrip)
Size: 1.23 GB + 3%
Time: 56:22
AMG Rating: 1977: Clark Terry - Norman Granz Jazz in Montreux: Presents Clark Terry Sextet'77

Clark Terry headlines an all-star septet at this 1977 Montreux concert, one of series of shows that impresario Norman Granz had videotaped but not made commercially available until the 2005 release of this Eagle Vision DVD. Terry, who mostly sticks to flugelhorn, is joined by Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Joe Pass, Niels Pedersen, Bobby Durham, and Ronnie Scott; the presence of such an outstanding assembly clearly inspired the musicians to the top of their respective abilities. Scott is the most surprising soloist, as one doesn't typically rank him among the top echelon of players, but his contributions are noteworthy, though Jackson, Pass, Peterson, and the leader are hardly overshadowed by the tenor saxophonist. After an understated opening blues, furious takes of "Pennies from Heaven" and "Samba de Orfeu" produce plenty of fireworks. Things finally slow down a bit for Terry's richly textured interpretation of "God Bless the Child," while he switches to muted trumpet for a lively take of "Sweethearts on Parade." The set concludes with an explosive romp through the bop favorite "Donna Lee." The production is outstanding, as multiple camera angles are utilized with no wasted shots; the audio is simply superb.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.
2000: Dave Pike - Peligroso Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
2000: Dave Pike - Peligroso
Artist: Dave Pike
Album: Peligroso
Label: CuBop
Year: 2000
Quality: mp3/320 kbps
Size: 178 MB + 3%
Time: 1:06:29
AMG Rating: 2000: Dave Pike - Peligroso

Dave Pike has long been one of jazz's and Latin music's finest vibraphonists although he often gets overlooked. Peligroso, which is dedicated to Cal Tjader and Milt Jackson, was his first Latin jazz project in years. The influence of Tjader in particular is felt throughout the catchy boppish tunes which include eight of Pike's originals. Strong support is given by trumpeter Carl Saunders, trombonist Rich Pullin, Michael Turre on flute and baritone, and a rhythm section with Bobby Matos on timbales and Robertito Melendez on congas. The music is joyful, swinging, and infectious; difficult to resist! ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
1964-1966: J. J. Johnson - The Complete '60s Bigband Recordings (4LP/2CD) Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1964-1966: J. J. Johnson - The Complete '60s Bigband Recordings (4LP/2CD)
Artist: J. J. Johnson
Album: The Complete '60s Bigband Recordings 4LP/2CD
Label: Lonehill Jazz
Years: 1964-1966; release: 2007
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 167 mb; 151 mb
Total time: 73:35; 66:40
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2007 two CD set that contains the complete discography of J.J. Johnson's 1960s Big Band recordings as a leader. These 13 different studio sessions were originally released across four separate albums (all featured here in their entirety): 'Dynamic Sound Of J.J. Johnson' (1964), 'Goodies', 'Broadway Express' (both 1965) and 'The Total J.J. Johnson'. Featuring musical assistance from Art Farmer, Thad Jones, Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell and others.

Goodies captures J.J. Johnson's mid-'60s big band in full gallop. Paired with arrangers Dick Hyman, Slide Hampton and Billy Byers, the music marries the nimble grooves of soul-jazz with the big, bold sensibilities of swing to stunning effect. Mastering adrenaline and atmosphere with equal aplomb, the music shifts effortlessly from powder keg dance melodies to lush, luminous ballads, complete with vocal contributions from Osie Johnson and Marlene Ver Planck. The latter's wordless turn on the stunning "Pense a Moi" is the album's unequivocal highlight. A little-known but rewarding session most easily obtained via the Lonehill label's two-disc The Complete '60s Big Band Recordings set. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
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