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1968: Shirley Scott & Clark Terry - Soul Duo Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1968: Shirley Scott & Clark Terry - Soul Duo
Artist: Shirley Scott & Clark Terry
Album: Soul Duo
Label: Impulse! Records
Year: 1966 Released: 1968
Format: bitrate: mp3@320kbps (LP-rip)
Time: 37:36
Size: 85,3 Mb
AMG rating: ****

This is one of organist Shirley Scott's lesser-known Impulse LPs (not yet reissued on CD), a quartet outing with flugelhornist Clark Terry, drummer Mickey Roker and either George Duvivier or Bob Cranshaw on bass. Together they perform four Scott originals, a pair of C.T.'s compositions, the swinging "Until I Met You" and the standard "Heat Wave." Although not playing with the force that Stanley Turrentine exhibited when jamming with the organist, Clark Terry adds humor and a wistfulness to the date that easily compensates. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
1961: Art Farme - Perception Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1961: Art Farme - Perception
Artist: Art Farmer
Album: Perception
Year: 1961; release: 1964
Label: Argo
Format: mp3, 320 Kbps (LP-rip)
Total Time: 33:57
Total Size: 66.74 Mb
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This 1964 release of a 1961 date with pianist Harold Mabern, drummer Ron McCurdy, and bassist Tommy Williams is a breezy affair, a stark contrast to the hard bop that was still pervasive at that time. Farmer had fully developed his sensual and lyrical style by this time, and was making records with Benny Golson when he led this date. The set features two fine originals, which are notable because Farmer didn't compose much: the elegant and spring-like "Punsu" and "Kayin," a breezy West Coast affair. Farmer had given up the trumpet completely by this time and concentrated all of his efforts on the flügelhorn. Its large, warm tone and rounded sound fit perfectly with Farmer's penchant for the exploration of melodic modes within a given tune. On "Lullaby of the Leaves," Farmer's lead into the melody prefigures his solo by moving both off key and off beat to shape a large conical center in the tune. On Ray Bryant's "Tonk," Farmer swings out of the blues and into a shimmering solo all around a triplet figure in B flat. Mabern does far more than comp his way through the changes here, extending his chord voicings to let Farmer fall inside the cracks and nest. This is a gorgeous record, full of light and airiness; it showcases the depth rather than the breadth of Farmer's contribution. ~ Thom Jurek., All Music Guide
1993: Billy Taylor - It's A Matter Of Pride Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1993: Billy Taylor - It's A Matter Of Pride
Artist: Billy Taylor
Album: It's A Matter Of Pride
Label: GRP Records
Year: 1993
Format: bitrate: mp3@320kbps
Time: 59:57
Size: 140Mb
AMG rating: ****/*

This is a particularly well-constructed session by pianist Billy Taylor who is featured in a combo with bassist Christian McBride, drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith, the congas of Ray Mantilla and, on three songs, tenor-saxophonist Stanley Turrentine; Grady Tate also contributes two warm ballad vocals. All nine songs were composed by Taylor (including three pieces taken from a more extended work in tribute to Martin Luther King) and the results are melodic, boppish and swinging.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
1961: The Bill Hardman Quintet - Saying Something Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1961: The Bill Hardman Quintet - Saying Something
Artist: The Bill Hardman Quintet
Album: Saying Something
Year: 1961
Label: Savoy Jazz
Format: mp3, 320 Kbps
Total Time: 47:52
Total Size: 96,80 Mb

One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Bill Hardman an excellent talent who's probably known best for his late 50s work with Art Blakey in the Jazz Messengers! The group's a strong batch of hard-edged soulful players a quintet that includes Ronnie Matthews on piano, Sonny Red on alto, Doug Watkins on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums and the overall groove is hard bop, with a lyrical touch, in the best classic Blue Note mode! Titles include "Jo B", "Assunta", "Buckeye Blues", and "With Malice Towards None". 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1977: Frank Butler - The Stepper Hard-bop, Post-bop
 1977: Frank Butler - The Stepper
Artist: Frank Butler
Album: The Stepper
Label: Xanadu Records
Year: 1977
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 116 mb
Total time: 45:01

Frank Butler's first record date as a leader came about a few years following a self-imposed sabbatical to tack care of his battle with drug addiction. Known especially for his work in the Curtis Counce Group and a brief tour with Miles Davis, the drummer is in top form on this quartet date with pianist Dolo Coker, tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose and bassist Monty Budwig. He never loses the listener's attention during his two long drum solos, which are the focal points of the nearly twenty minute "The Stepper" and "Urbane," both composed by Coker. Montrose and Coker share the spotlight in the one standard on the date, "Easy Living." Budwig's introduction to Charlie Parker's "Au Privave," as well as his great comping in support of Coker's solo, is a refreshing switch from the obvious focus on the saxophone, which is omitted entirely from this track. One of only two sessions which Butler recorded as a leader and out of print since the demise of Xanadu, this LP should be snapped up without delay by bop fans. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1989: Freddie Hubbard ‎ Topsy - Standard Book Hard-bop, Post-bop
1989: Freddie Hubbard ‎ Topsy - Standard Book
Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Album: Topsy - Standard Book
Label: Alfa Jazz
Year: 1989; release: 1990
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 164 mb
Total time: 63:20

It was the producer's idea that Freddie Hubbard play all of the nine standards on this CD with a mute in his trumpet. Hubbard was not happy with the restriction, but does his best on the quartet/quintet session with pianist Benny Green, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Carl Allen and, on three numbers, altoist Kenny Garrett. While it is interesting to hear Freddie Hubbard tackle such material as "Topsy," "As Time Goes By," "Cherokee" and "Love Me or Leave Me," the music is often more mellow than one might hope, even when uptempo. It's a pleasing but not essential release from the Japanese label Alfa/Compose.
~ Scott Yanow, All Muisic Guide
1958-1961:Tina Brooks - The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of The Tina Brooks Quintets Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1958-1961:Tina Brooks - The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of The Tina Brooks Quintets
Artist: Tina Brooks
Album: The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of The Tina Brooks Quintets (4LP)
Label: Mosaic Records
Years: 1958-1961, Released:1985
Format: bitrate: mp3@320kbps (LP rip)
AMG rating: ****/*
Time: 157:05
Size: LP1&2:180Mb, LP3&4:180Mb, Scans:86,7Mb

Tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks, although he lived until turning 42 in 1974, made his last recordings in 1961 and was soon forgotten. Brooks, who recorded with Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Freddie Hubbard, Freddie Redd, Jackie McLean, and Howard McGhee during 1958-1961, was a fine player whose smooth tone sometimes stood out from the crowd. Mosaic's four-LP set has all four of Brooks' Blue Note albums as a leader, two of which had not previously been released while one had initially come out in Japan years after his death; only True Blue was released during his lifetime. Brooks holds his own with his impressive sidemen (trumpeters Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Blue Mitchell, and Johnny Coles; pianists Sonny Clark, Duke Jordan, and Kenny Drew; bassists Doug Watkins, Sam Jones, Paul Chambers, and Wilbur Ware; drummers Art Blakey, Art Taylor, and Philly Joe Jones; and (on one cut) altoist Jackie McLean). It is ironic that all of those players are better known than Brooks and that Tina is more famous now (thanks to the release of this definitive box set) than he ever was when he was alive. Although now out of print, the music on this release is essential for hard bop collectors. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
1971: The JPJ Quartet Montreux 71 Hard-bop, Post-bop
1971: The JPJ Quartet  Montreux 71
Artist: The JPJ Quartet
Album: Montreux 71
Label: Master Jazz Records
Year: 1971
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 105 mb
Total time: 42:41

This compilation marks one of the few recordings by this cooperative quartet, which featured saxophonist Budd Johnson, the Welsh pianist Dill Jones, bassist Bill Pemberton and drummer Oliver Jackson. Johnson's full throttle tenor carries his swinging original "Tag Along," then he switches to soprano for a surprising take of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head," during which Jones simulates the trickle of the rainfall! Johnson sits out "Honeysuckle Rose," which showcases Jones in a fierce battle with a piano rapidly losing its tuning. The second half is devoted to a 1971 appearance at the Montreux Festival, mixing choice versions of standards and several enjoyable works by the group. Not enough recordings are available by either Johnson or Jones, so grab this release before it disappears from sight. ~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1993: Herb Geller - The Herb Geller Quartet Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1993: Herb Geller - The Herb Geller Quartet
Artist: Herb Geller
Album: The Herb Geller Quartet
Year: 1993; release: 1994
Label: VSOP
Format: mp3, 320 Kbps
Total Time: 60:10
Total Size: 127,90 Mb
AMG rating: ****/*

This quartet outing with pianist Tom Ranier, bassist John Leitham, and drummer Louis Bellson is one of altoist Herb Geller's finest recordings. Geller, whose long period in Europe has resulted in him being somewhat forgotten in the U.S., has actually improved through the years and was even stronger in the mid-'90s than he had been in the mid-'50s. For this date he contributes five originals (including a tribute to Lenny Bruce, "Stand-Up Comic," during which Geller sings) and performs six mostly lesser-known standards, highlighted by "The Peacocks," which has its composer, Jimmy Rowles, sitting in on piano. This CD is easily recommended to bop collectors, for it finds Herb Geller at the peak of his powers. ~ Scott Yanow., All Music Guide
1983: Pepper Adams - Conjuration-Fat Tuesday's Session Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1983: Pepper Adams - Conjuration-Fat Tuesday's Session
Artist: Pepper Adams
Album: Conjuration-Fat Tuesday's Session
Label: Reservoir Records
Year: 1983; release: 1990
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 158 mb
Total time: 69:12
AMG raiting: ****/*

The great baritonist Pepper Adams is teamed up with the adventurous trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and veteran pianist Hank Jones for this live quintet date. Wheeler, although often associated with the avant-garde, has never had any difficulty playing changes and his strong style clearly inspired Adams. Together they perform three of the baritonist's originals, Thad Jones "Tis," Wheeler's "Old Ballad," and the standard "Alone Together." ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1999: Joe La Barbera - The Joe La Barbera Quintet LIVE! Hard-bop, Post-bop

1999: Joe La Barbera - The Joe La Barbera Quintet LIVE!
Artist: Joe La Barbera
Album: The Joe La Barbera Quintet LIVE!
Year: 1999; release: 2001
Label: Jazz Compass
Format: mp3, 320 Kbps
Total Time: 70:00
Total Size: 122,20 Mb

Joe La Barbera is best-known for being part of Bill Evans' last trio (1978-1980) along with bassist Marc Johnson but he has remained greatly in-demand up to the present time. The younger brother of tenor saxophonist Pat La Barbera and arranger-trumpeter John La Barbera, Joe was originally taught drums by his father Joseph La Barbera before studying with Alan Dawson during his period at Berklee (1966-1968). La Barbera toured with singer Frankie Randall, spent two years in the Army, toured with Woody Herman's Big Band and then was with Chuck Mangione's very popular band (1973-1977). After a period freelancing in New York, La Barbera toured the world with Bill Evans, making many recordings as part of one of the pianist's finest groups. The drummer's tasteful and stimulating playing inspired both Evans and Johnson. After the pianist's death, La Barbera toured with Tony Bennett and then settled in Los Angeles. During the '80s and 90s, he worked steadily in a countless number of situations, becoming a fixture in Los Angeles area clubs and occasionally leading his own quintet. Joe La Barbera has appeared on scores of recordings where his subtle yet swinging style uplifts every session. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1987: Nathan Davis - London By Night Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1987: Nathan Davis - London By Night
Artist: Nathan Davis
Album: London By Night (aper sleeve edition)
Label: Think! Records / DIW
Year: 1987; release: 2009
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 100+97,2 mb
Total time: 59:54

Overlooked genius from reedman Nathan Davis – a later session that's a bit more straight ahead than some of his 70s work, and a date that really gets back to some of the best soulful energy of his records from the 60s! Davis is recorded here in very sympathetic company – players who share some of the best energies he picked up on the expatriate scene during his famous time overseas – Dusky Goykovich on trumpet, Kenny Drew on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Al Leavitt on drums! There's an easygoing soul jazz groove to the whole set, with a slight touch of modernism – and in addition to tenor, Davis also plays some wonderful soprano sax – handling the horn with stretched-out soulfulness that makes him one of the undisputed masters of the instrument. Titles include "Noite Em Leblon", "Rio De Janeiro", "Dr Bu", "London By Night", "Shades", "Lament", and "If I Fell". 1996-2015, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1978: Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones - Our Delights Hard-bop, Post-bop

1978: Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones - Our Delights
Artists - Tommy Flanagan & Hank Jones
Album - Our Delights
Label - OJC/Fantasy
Year - 1978, release - 1996
Quality - MP3@320 kbps
Size - 96 mb
Total time - 48:57
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Piano duets have the potential danger of getting overcrowded and a bit incoherent, but neither happens on this rather delightful set. Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, two of the four great jazz pianists (along with Barry Harris and Roland Hanna) to emerge from Detroit in the '40s and '50s, have similar styles and their mutual respect is obvious. Their renditions of seven superior bop standards (including "Jordu," "Confirmation" and Thad Jones' "A Child Is Born") plus an alternate take of "Robbins Nest" on this CD reissue are tasteful, consistently swinging and inventive within the tradition. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1957: Sonny Rollins - The Sound Of Sonny Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

1957: Sonny Rollins - The Sound Of Sonny
Artist: Sonny Rollins
Album: The Sound Of Sonny
Year: 1957
Label: Riverside/OJC
Time: 32:37
Format: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 101 mb
AMG Rating: ****/*
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THE SOUND OF SONNY shows everything that makes Sonny Rollins one of the titans of the tenor saxophone. He has a tone which can evoke heart-rending passions with a smoothness just this side of Ben Webster. Add to that the man's warm and playful sense of humor, and you've got a sax that's every bit a full and well-rounded emotional being. Without ever cheapening humor into novelty, it's a staple of his persona. This time out he finds the wacky joy in playing "Toot, Toot, Tootsie" as if it's some kind of after hours national anthem (this is, after all the same man who recorded "I'm An Old Cowhand" on his WAY OUT WEST album). The session boasts a superlative rhythm section of Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers or Percy Heath on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums--all stellar players of the post-bop era. ~
1994: Nat Adderley - Autumn Leaves: Live At Sweet Basil Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1994: Nat Adderley - Autumn Leaves: Live At Sweet Basil
Artist: Nat Adderley
Album: Autumn Leaves: Live At Sweet Basil
Label: Evidence
Year: 1994
Format, bitrate: mp3@320kbps
Time: 58:03
Size: 128 Mb
AMG raiting: ****/*

Cornetist Nat Adderley is in excellent form on his live sextet set but he is somewhat overshadowed by his two altoists: Vincent Herring and especially the explosive Sonny Fortune. With pianist Rob Bargad, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Jimmy Cobb offering stimulating support, Adderley and his men perform a pair of lengthy standards (a 15-minute "Yesterdays" and an over 20-minute "Autumn Leaves") plus Jimmy Heath's "Big P." and Fortune's "For Duke and Cannon." The long solos are consistently inventive and colorful, making this an easily recommended Nat Adderley CD. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
1960: The J.J.Johnson Sextet - J.J. Inc Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop

1960: The J.J.Johnson Sextet - J.J. Inc
Artists: J.J.Johnson
Album: J.J. Inc
Label: Columbia
Year: 1960
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 Kbps
Time: 60:36
Size: 161 MB
AMG Rating: ****/*
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Trombonist J.J. Johnson's 1960 sextet is featured on this Columbia CD. Most notable among the sidemen is a rather young trumpeter named Freddie Hubbard on one of his first sessions; also helping out are tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Arthur Harper and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. Seven of the compositions (which are joined by Dizzy Gillespie's "Blue 'N' Boogie") are Johnson's and, although none caught on, "Mohawk," "In Walked Horace" and "Fatback" (which is heard in two versions) are all fairly memorable. The six songs on the original LP are joined by three others from the same dates, two of which were released slightly earlier for the first time on a Johnson Mosaic box set that includes all of this music. A fine straight-ahead set. ~ Scott Yanow. All Music Guide
1968: Cannonball Adderley - Accent on Africa Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1968: Cannonball Adderley -  Accent on Africa
Artist: Cannonball Adderley
Album: Accent on Africa
Label: Capitol
Year: 1968
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 31.17
Size: 73.4mb

Though labeled as a Cannonball Adderley Quintet session, this is actually a workout with a percussion section loaded with African drums, a big band, and in spots, voices -- all unidentified. Nevertheless, this is one of the best and most overlooked of the Cannonball Adderley Capitols, a rumbling session that bursts with the joy of working in an unfamiliar yet vital rhythmic context. Cannonball turns in one of his swinging-est solos through a Varitone electronic attachment on Caiphus Semenya's "Gumba Gumba" and "Marabi" is a real hip-jiggler; you can't sit still through it. Other highlights include Cannon preaching blue smoke in his own Afro-Cuban-blues-flavored "Hamba Nami," a dignified trip through Wes Montgomery's "Up and At It," and Nat Adderley's commanding work on cornet at all times.
~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
1966: Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1966: Wayne Shorter - Adam's Apple
Artist: Wayne Shorter
Album: Adam's Apple
Year: 1966; release: 2003
Label: Blue Note
Format: mp3 320 Kbps
Total Time: 48:00
Total Size: 108,50 Mb
AMG Raiting: *****

With the possible exception of its song, "Footprints," which would become a jazz standard, Adam's Apple received quite a bit less attention upon its release than some of the preceding albums in Wayne Shorter's catalog. That is a shame because it really does rank with the best of his output from this incredibly fertile period. From the first moments when Shorter's sax soars out in the eponymous opening track, with its warmth and roundness and power, it is hard not to like this album. It might not be turning as sharp of a corner stylistically as some of his earlier works, like Speak No Evil, but its impact is only dulled by the fact that Shorter has already arrived at the peak of his powers. Taken in isolation, this is one of the great works of mid-'60s jazz, but when Shorter has already achieved a unique performance style, compositional excellence, and a perfectly balanced relationship with his sidemen, it is hard to be impressed by the fact that he manages to continue to do these things album after album. But Shorter does shine here, while allowing strong players like Herbie Hancock to also have their place in the sun. Especially hypnotic are two very different songs, the ballad "Teru" and Shorter's tribute to John Coltrane, "Chief Crazy Horse," both of which also allow Hancock a chance to show what he could do. ~ Stacia Proefrock, All Music Guide
1961 / 1963: Wes Montgomery - Complete Live At Jorgies Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1961 / 1963: Wes Montgomery - Complete Live At Jorgies
Artist: Wes Montgomery
Album: Complete Live At Jorgies
Years: 1961 / 1963; release: 2001
Label: Definitive Records
Format: mp3, 320, Kbps
Total Time: 60:04
Total Size: 146,16 Mb

It's really too bad that the Definitive label did such a shoddy job of editing Complete Live at Jorgies. For starters, with no explanation this fine 1961 gig featuring Wes Montgomery with the Montgomery Brothers (and Billy Hart on drums) is split into two parts so the label can insert a 1963 studio date with Billy Taylor, Grady Tate, and Ben Tucker. Eric Mills' equally crummy liner notes tell you that this was done but offers no reason why. While all the music here is very fine indeed, the split is inexcusable because jazz gigs depend on momentum to come across, especially on a recording. That beautiful versions of "All of You" and "Summertime" are separated from a pair of set closers like "Starlight" and "'Round Midnight" is unthinkable. While the inserted session from 1963 has its own charms -- most notably "There Will Never Be Another You," with Montgomery's subtleties being engaged wholesale by Taylor's remarkable right-hand work and Tate's soulful drumming -- it nonetheless pales in comparison to the taut intensity of the live show that precedes it and proceeds from it.
~ Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
1959: Art Blakey - Au Club Saint-Germain Vol.1-3 Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1959: Art Blakey - Au Club Saint-Germain Vol.1-3
Artist: Art Blakey
Album: Au Club Saint-Germain Vol.1-3
Label: Sony Music
Year: 1959 Released 2002
Format: bitrate: mp3@320kbps
Time: CD1 45:06,CD2 42:49,CD3 39:13
Size: CD1 126mb,CD2 120mb,CD3 112mb
AMG rating: ****

This three-LP box set from French RCA (part of which was reissued on the CD Paris 1958 and in full on two CD's in Japan) features the 1958 Jazz Messengers live in Paris stretching out on 11 songs. Trumpeter Lee Morgan, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson and pianist Bobby Timmons formed a potent team, backed up by bassist Jymie Merritt and the powerful drumming of leader Art Blakey. This hard-to-find set gives one a definitive look at the influential band.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
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