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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
Time:41:11
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
Time:57:45
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. ~ justin-time.com
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
Time:57.06
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
1956: Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1956: Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
Artist: Sonny Rollins
Album: Saxophone Colossus
Label: DCC Compact Classic
Year: 1956
Format: mp3@320kbps
Time: 40:05
Size: 101 Mb
AMG Rating: 1956: Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus
1956: Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

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Sonny Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest all-around set. Joined by pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Max Roach, Rollins debuts and performs the definitive version of "St. Thomas," tears into the chord changes of "Mack the Knife" (here called "Moritat"), introduces "Strode Rode," is lyrical on "You Don't Know What Love Is," and constructs a solo on "Blue Seven" that practically defines his style. Essential music that, as with all of Rollins' Prestige recordings, has also been reissued as part of a huge "complete" box set; listeners with a tight budget are advised to pick up this single disc and be amazed.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1957: Tommy Flanagan/John Coltrane/Kenny Burrell - The Cats Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1957: Tommy Flanagan/John Coltrane/Kenny Burrell  - The Cats
Artists: Tommy Flanagan / John Coltrane / Kenny Burrell
Album: The Cats
Label: Original Jazz Classics
Year: 1957
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 42:14
Size: 103 Mb
AMG Rating: 1957: Tommy Flanagan/John Coltrane/Kenny Burrell  - The Cats

1957: Tommy Flanagan/John Coltrane/Kenny Burrell  - The Cats
In 1957, the greatest year for recorded music including modern jazz, Detroit was a hot spot, a centerpiece to many hometown heroes as well as short-term residents like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. It was here that Trane connected with pianist Tommy Flanagan, subsequently headed for the East Coast, and recorded this seminal hard bop album. In tow were fellow Detroiters -- drummer Louis Hayes, bassist Doug Watkins, and guitarist Kenny Burrell, with the fine trumpeter from modern big bands Idrees Sulieman as the sixth wheel. From the opening number, the classic "Minor Mishap," you realize something special is happening. Flanagan is energized, playing bright and joyous melody lines, comping and soloing like the blossoming artist he was. Coltrane is effervescent and inspired, hot off the presses from the Miles Davis Quintet and searching for more expressionism. The other hard bop originals, "Eclypso" and "Solacium," easily burn with a cool flame not readily associated with East Coast jazz. Flanagan himself is the catalyst more than the horns -- dig his soaring, animated solo on "Eclypso" as he quotes "Jeepers Creepers." The near 12-minute blues "Tommy's Tune" is the perfect vehicle for Burrell, a prelude for his classics of the same period "All Day Long" and "All Night Long." The lone trio session, on the standard "How Long Has This Been Going On?," is regarded as quintessential Flanagan, and quite indicative of the Midwestern Motor City flavor Flanagan and his many peers brought into the mainstream jazz of the day and beyond. One yearns for alternate takes of this session. The Cats is a prelude to much more music from all of these masters that would come within a very short time period thereafter, and cannot come more highly recommended. It's a must-buy for the ages.
~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide.
1990: Michel Sardaby - Night Blossom Hard-bop, Post-bop
1990: Michel Sardaby - Night Blossom
Artist: Michel Sardaby
Album: Night Blossom
Label: DIW
Year: 1990; release: 2002
Quality: Bitrate: my cd >mp3-320
Size: 136 mb (with full scans)
Total Time: 56:09


A rare and delightful surprise a beautiful and in-the-groove trio album by a rarely recorded French pianist. This album swings in a lovely and relaxed fashion from start to finish with the leader's diverse originals and interpretations of standards: For All We Know, Falling In Love With Love by Rodgers And Hart, and Duke Ellington's Single Petal Of A Rose.
1998: Vincent Nilsson Quartet - Jazz Trombone Spirituals Hard-bop, Post-bop
1998: Vincent Nilsson Quartet - Jazz Trombone Spirituals
Artist: Vincent Nilsson Quartet
Album: Jazz Trombone Spirituals
Label: Storyville
Year: 1998
Release: 2000
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 58:06
Size: 133.27 MB

Spirituals have long been a favorite of jazz musicians, but rarely have trombonists led the charge. Swedish trombonist Vincent Nilsson gets down 'n dirty for almost a dozen traditional favorites, including "Little David Play on Your Harp," "Down by the Riverside," and "Go Down Moses." In addition to modern jazz technique, Nilsson uses mutes and multi-phonics to add color. And, just when you might wonder what anyone could do differently to "When the Saints Go Marching In," he takes it as at a dirge-like pace that somehow transforms it with great effect. Nilsson should dispel any doubters who still do not believe that it was those 'bones that blew down the walls of Jericho. The fine rhythm section, which includes drummer Ed Thigpen and bassist Mads Vinding, tends to be a bit staid, but the artist makes it up with his enthusiastic, upbeat demeanor. Comparisons are bound to be made to somewhat similar efforts by Gene Ammons and Vic Dickenson, and he acquits himself well. The trombonist brings a suave, modern touch with flourishes indigenous to his instrument. This recording should reach an appreciative crossover audience of trombone enthusiasts and gospel music lovers.
~ Steve Loewy, All Music Guide
1991: Ricky Ford - Hot Brass Hard-bop, Post-bop

1991: Ricky Ford - Hot Brass
Artist: Ricky Ford
Album: Hot Brass
Label: Candid
Year: 1991; release: 1995
Quality: Bitrate:my rip > mp3-320
Size: 134 mb ( with full scans)
Total Time: 57:58
AMG Rating: 1991: Ricky Ford - Hot Brass

Nice session matching tenor saxophone standout Ricky Ford with crew of fiery trumpet and trombone players, plus bassist Christian McBride, drummer Carl Allen, and percussionist Danilo Perez. Ford was a young lion back in the '70s, when there was no hype. He's now an experienced, skilled veteran, and teams superbly with trumpeters Lew Soloff and Claudio Roditi and trombonist Steve Turre. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
1963: Billy Mitchell - A Little Juicy Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1963: Billy Mitchell - A Little Juicy
Artist: Billy Mitchell
Album: A Little Juicy
Label: Smash Records
Year: 1963
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 93,3 mb
Total time: 35:55

Billy Mitchell, a seldom-known tenor saxophonist, worked in such bands as Milt Buckner, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. His tenor sound is so bold and hard-swinging, which surely will entertain us Modern Jazz listeners. On this album, Billy Mitchell is accompanied with Thad Jones on trumpet. Backed up with Thad's charming but refreshing trumpet, Billy Mitchell fully enjoys this nice session - blows and swings so bold just as how we Jazz fans expect to listen to. Unfortunately, Kenny Burrell, another famous star, is not so spotlighted on this album as we expect (probably because Richard Wyand's left hand comping and Kenny's guitar interfare each other).
2006: Freddie Redd - (Music From) The Connection Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
2006: Freddie Redd - (Music From) The Connection
Artist: Freddie Redd
Album: (Music From) The Connection [Soundtrack]
Label: Iris Music Group
Year:1960 ; release: 2006
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320kbps
Size:68 MB

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Curtis Mayfield is often remembered for penning the popular theme "Freddie's Dead." The irony of this title echoes sentiments of out-of-the-loop jazzers who thought iconic Blue Note pianist Freddie Redd made the passage. Redd, the lyrical comrade of Horace Silver and disciple of Bud Powell, is still very much alive and well, performing more regularly in Los Angeles.
The Music from The Connection reflects the turmoil, redemption, and salvation of its characters. The Connection was actually a 1959 play, and the members of the bandRedd, Jackie McLean (alto saxophone), Michael Mattos (bass), and Larry Ritchie (drums)were cast in it as themselves. Redd astutely suggested that band members play themselves so as to increase their notoriety and recognition.
This disc is valuable not only for its significance as the original score to its namesake play, but also for Redd's ability to musically capture a turbulent social climate. The sensibility and musical articulation are outstanding. And once again, Redd demonstrates his own voice along with giants he's influenced and vice versa. One of the most talented pianists of the hard bop era, Redd is still very much alive and his music always will be.

~ Eddie Becton, allallaboutjazz.com
1997: Cindy Blackman - In the Now Hard-bop, Post-bop
1997: Cindy Blackman - In the Now
Artist: Cindy Blackman
Album: In the Now
Label: Highnote Records, Inc. / High Note
Year: November 18, 1997 ; Release: May 19, 1998
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 Kbps
Time: 01:03:23
Size: 134 MB

Cindy Blackman has proved herself as an accomplished percussionist who doesn't overdo it, but there's something missing from this outing. Although she has tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (who also doubles on soprano sax), pianist Jacky Terrasson (who switches to the bland Fender Rhodes electric piano on several songs), and bassist Ron Carter on hand (and none of them plays badly), most of her compositions, which make up the bulk of the CD, just don't hold one's interest. Once clear exception is the lively post-bop "Happy House." A treatment of rocker Lenny Kravitz' "Let Love Rule" adds a bit of variety, though little else. Instead, check out Blackman's earlier efforts for High Note and the now-defunct Muse.
~ Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
1954/1960: Duke Jordan & Bud Powell - New York & Paris Music » Jazz » BeBop » Hard-bop
1954/1960: Duke Jordan & Bud Powell - New York & Paris
Artists: Duke Jordan & Bud Powell
Album: New York & Paris
Label: Vogue/BMG
Years: 1954/1960; release: 1997
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 158 mb
Total time: 66:01
AMG Rating: 1954/1960: Duke Jordan & Bud Powell - New York & Paris

This highly enjoyable 1997 CD has some classic bebop from pianist Duke Jordan, who is joined by bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Lee Abrams during his first recording session as a leader. Jordan, who seven years earlier had been Charlie Parker's pianist in one of Bird's finest groups, reprises his famous introduction to "Embraceable You," introduces his most famous composition ("Jordu"), and swings his way through a variety of standards and two other originals ("Scotch Blues" and "Wait and See") that are worth reviving. The three alternate takes had been previously unreleased. This CD also has the four songs recorded during a session a 1960 in Paris by Bud Powell in a trio with bassist Pierre Michelot and drummer Kenny Clarke. The troubled pianist was fortunately having a good day, and is heard in near-prime form on such numbers as "John's Abbey" and "Crossin' the Channel." Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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