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Hej guys I,m looks Bill Chase jazz group. If somebody have this fantastic albums please upload asap! Thanks in advance!
1972: Bill Chase - Ennea Fusion, Jazz-Rock
1972: Bill Chase - Ennea
Artists: Bill Chase
Album: Ennea
Label: Epic
Year: 1972
Format, bitrate: mp3@320kbps
Time: 41:38
Size: 89,15 Mb

Chase's second album appeared with high expectations, from within and without -- and high ambitions as well -- so it's ironic that Ennea fell so far short in critical reception and sales. There had been some personnel changes during the recording, although the group's core sound, anchored by bassist Dennis Johnson, was as solid as ever and right where it needed to be. And lots of virtuoso playing could be heard everywhere. What was lacking was balance -- the rock and jazz elements that seemed so finely tuned together on the first album don't coexist as easily on this album, and the move into more of a progressive rock mode, especially on the songs from the original LP's second side, add a third element that never seems in sync with the more traditional rock elements elsewhere on this album. It's still impressive on a technical level -- a lot of those present could have used their work here to open doors for other gigs -- but it doesn't seem like a coherent whole, so much as getting a long-player out because one was needed. And perhaps that's the fairest comment one can make, that Ennea is a snapshot of a band in transition (and which was soon to break up under financial pressures). The album was seriously over-pressed by Columbia, which had high expectations of matching the group's self-titled debut album; instead, copies languished by the thousands in rack-jobber bargain bins well into the late '70s, which did nothing to enhance its reputation. Ennea still has lots of good moments and some great ones -- greater, at times, that anything on the first album if nowhere near as appealing and concise overall -- and is still worth hearing. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide.
2013 : Ibrahim Maalouf - Illusions Fusion, Jazz-Rock
2013 : Ibrahim Maalouf - Illusions
Artist: Ibrahim Maalouf
Album: Illusions
Year : 2013
Label: Mi'ster
Format, Bitrate: MP3 @320kbps
Time: 00:52:22
Size: 119 mb

Following up on the more modal and acoustic jazz sound of his 2012 release Wind, Lebanese trumpet player and composer Ibrahim Maalouf (b. 1980) returned to the studio with his own live band to record his fifth album Illusions (2013). With the theme of illusion and magic trickery transpiring from the concept album, the musician draws a parallel with the hidden and elusive magic of music.

Characterised this time by a lush jazz-rock sound with a Fender Rhodes, electric guitars and a horn section, most instrumentals on Illusions follow a pop format while drawing on the call and response structure of certain African and Arabic traditions. But unlike a conventional brass section, Ibrahim Maalouf trained three traditional jazz trumpet players to play his trademark quarter-tone trumpet:

" I wanted to try to add a sort of Arabic horn section to the set up [] Thats a dream Ive had for a long time a bit in the tradition of Arabic or African or Gnawa music, all those musical traditions where you create a phrase and you have a group, a chorus responding to and echoing your phrase to give it meaning, to give it more body, more substance. Ibrahim Maalouf Introduction to Illusions

With sometimes strong 1970s funk-rock accents, the band elaborates lively conversations from which emerges the crystal clear, unique and magic voice of Ibrahim Maalouf on the trumpet.
1999: Bill Frisell - The Sweetest Punch Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz
1999: Bill Frisell - The Sweetest Punch
Artist: Bill Frisell
Album: The Sweetest Punch: The Songs of Costello and Bacharach
Label: Decca
Year: 1999
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 01:04:09
Size: 166.26 MB (full scans)

Elvis Costello's collaboration with Burt Bacharach produced the exquisite Painted From Memory, an unabashedly classicist pop album that recalled Bacharach's heyday with Hal David. It was such an individual album, unlike anything in Costello's catalog, that it's a wonder that the same batch of songs could produce another album as equally compelling and unique, which is exactly what Bill Frisell's The Sweetest Punch is. Costello sent Frisell demos of every song on Painted From Memory after they were completed. As Costello and Bacharach worked on their album, Frisell wrote his own arrangements of the songs, assembling a stellar band -- including Don Byron, Brian Blade, Billy Drewes, Curtis Fowlkes, Viktor Krauss, and Ron Miles -- to record an alternate album. Neither group of musicians heard the others work, which meant each record developed its own personality. Indeed, it's fascinating to hear The Sweetest Punch after living with Painted From Memory for a year -- it's like passing through the looking glass. Frisell stays true to his own music and the songs, crafting inspired, subtly challenging arrangements. They're a far cry from the lavish orchestrations of the Costello-Bacharach affair, but Frisell's mild dissonance and elegant flow feels equally luxurious. These versions emphasize the strength of the songs. The musicians on The Sweetest Punch open the songs up, just as numerous jazz artists have with pop standards, discovering new emotional and musical layers to the melodies. And that's the key to the record's success: Not only does it work as a companion piece to Painted From Memory, but it's a wonderful work in its own right that can be appreciated without knowledge of its predecessor.
~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
1962: David Rose And His Orchestra - The Stripper Music » Jazz » Fusion » Jazz-Pop
1962: David Rose And His Orchestra - The Stripper
Artist: David Rose And His Orchestra
Album: The Stripper
Label: MGM Records
Year: 1952
Quality: MP3@320 kbps
Size: 73 mb
Total time: 31:51
Very nice execution of evergreen standards!

David Rose was a renowned songwriter, music composer, arranger, and orchestra leader of America. He is better known for his scores of "The Stripper", "Holiday for Strings" and "Calypso Music". His composition of "Calypso Music" was an instant hit and was given a gold disc.He started his career as part of a dance band. Later, he acted as a pianist, arranger and conductor for the NBC radio. During the World War II, he played the role of a composer and conductor for the U.S. Army where he got recognition for his work of 'Winged Victory', a musical. His meeting with Red Skeleton was a turning point of his career. Skeleton's radio program helped to popularize his song "Holiday for Strings". His remarkable contribution towards music industry includes his creation of theme music for more than twenty television series. For 14 years, he was the music composer of a classic television series 'Bonanza' for which he won several Emmy awards. He released more than 50 albums among which the name of "The Stripper" deserved special mention for his mastery of using jazz music style. This work of Rose featured in several films like 'Slap Shot' and 'The Full Monty'. Television programmes like 'Little Britain" and 'Scrubs' used this musical composition successfully. He recorded his musical composition The Stripper in 1958. The song was released after four years. The song reflects a jazz influence in its composition which will be remembered for its usage of trombone lines.

1992-1996: Joe Zawinul - My People Fusion, Jazz-Rock

1992-1996: Joe Zawinul - My People
Artist: Joe Zawinul
Album: My People
Label: Escapade Music
Year: 1992-1996; Release:1996
Format: FLAC (incl. artwork)
Time: 52:40
Size: 357mb

If one must indulge in categories, My People, featuring the Zawinul Syndicate and a United Nations coterie of guests, probably belongs on the vast world music shelf, the links to so-called jazz now so tenuous as to be nearly, but not quite, invisible. On the percolating "Slivovitz Trail," "Orient Express," "Many Churches," and the Caribbean-tinged cleverly titled "In an Island Way," the music does suggest earlier versions of the Syndicate, and Joe Zawinul's nostalgic evocations of Wayne Shorter on the Korg Pepe reach back even further. Otherwise, Zawinul is looking entirely toward ethnic cultures for musical sustenance. The musical structures are linear, the rhythms full of intricacies welded to Zawinul's love affair with the groove, the synthesizer textures usually sparer than ever. There are vocals in several languages by Zawinul's longtime colleague Salif Keita (for whom Zawinul produced a great album in 1991), Syndicate percussionist Arto Tuncboyaciyan, a throat vocal specialist from South Siberia named Bolot, Thania Sanchez, Zawinul himself, and several others. When translated, the lyrics speak of joy and unity among the cultures, and there isn't any doubt that Zawinul's bubbling music feeds the message of uplift. Hear it; you purists may be jiggling along in spite of yourselves. ~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide

1994: Yossi Levi Featuring Dave Liebman - The House on Lefferts Boulevard Music » Jazz » Fusion
1994: Yossi Levi Featuring Dave Liebman - The House on Lefferts Boulevard

Artists: Yossi Levi Featuring Dave Liebman
Album: The House on Lefferts Boulevard
Label: MCI Records Tel Aviv
Year: 1994 ; Release: 2012
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kbps
Time: 59:00min
Size: 123 mb

Levys skills as a composer are beyond style sound and trend. In the tunes you find colors and imagination of the type which only guitarists who went deeply into solo pieces can playHaaretz.Levy also performs as a solo acoustic guitarist, fusing a fascinating breadth of jazz and baroque-style improvisation. His free movement between genres creates an exciting polyphonic texture and showcases Levy's capabilities as an unlimited creator. He has also produced strong electric playing, as can be heard on his The House on Lefferts Boulevard, featuring legendary jazz saxophonist Dave Liebman.
1974: Bill Chase - Live At Faces Fusion, Jazz-Rock
1974: Bill Chase - Live At Faces
Artist: Bill Chase
Album: Live At Faces
Year: 1974; release: 1994
Quality: AVI (DVDrip)
Size: 1.02 GB
Time: 53:32

The only commercially available video recording of the CHASE band live from 1974 during an album release party for PURE MUSIC. Featuring a guest appearance form Jim Peterik, the band performs the entire PURE MUSIC album as well as a version of Get It On with all of the trumpets taking solos. A Must have for any trumpet fan, Chase fan, etc!

Remarkable footage features the great trumpeter Bill Chase live in concert with the Chase band on February 28, 1974 at the Faces club in Chicago. This video was shot during the album release party for the Pure Music album. This is the only known concert footage of the band which also featured Jay Sollenberger, Joe Morrisey and Jim Oatts on trumpet, Dartanyan Brown on bass, Wally Yohn on keyboards, John Emma on guitar and Walter Clark on drums, with a special appearance by Jim Peterik on guitar and vocals.
1997: Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely feat. Dick Oatts - Sound Bites Post-bop, Modern Big Band, Contemporary Jazz
1997: Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely feat. Dick Oatts - Sound Bites
Artist: Stockholm Jazz Orchestra & Jim McNeely
Album: Sound Bites
Label: Dragon
Year: 1997
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 68;35
Size: 156.53 MB

Possessing sectional skills of the highest order, the players of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra steer their effortless ways through the intricacies of Jim McNeely's challenging charts with such spirit and polish that they put most American college-based orchestras to shame. Most widely remembered for his long tenure in Phil Woods' quartet, pianist McNeely is also an orchestral composer/arranger of merit, as is evidenced throughout this album. Fellow former Thad Jones/Mel Lewis sideman, altoist/sopranist Dick Oatts is featured on most of the tracks, which also showcase some of the better contemporary Swedish jazzmen. McNeely's originals include "Pete's Feet," the multi tempoed "Sound Bites," the long modal "Empty House," and the reggae-rooted "305," but the best moments occur on Oatts' "Yesterdays," "In A Sentimental Mood" and "The Song Is You."
~ Jack Sohmer, JazzTimes
2010: Doron Raphaeli - Horse Of Passion Music » Jazz » Fusion
2010: Doron Raphaeli - Horse Of Passion
Artist: Doron Raphaeli
Album: Horse Of Passion
Label: High Fidelity Records
Year: 2010 ; Release: 2011
Format, bitrate: mp3, 320kbps
Time: 50:52min
Size: 117 mb

A debut show presenting Israeli, African and Ethnic Latin Jazz original materials from a new released album, "Horse of Passion", created in collaboration with pianist Hod Moshonov and bass player Ran Levi. They will be joined on stage with a fine array of musicians who also participated in the production of this album.
1977: Herbie Hancock - V.S.O.P. Post-bop, Fusion, Funk-Jazz
1977: Herbie Hancock - V.S.O.P.
Artist: Herbie Hancock
Album: V.S.O.P.
Label: Legacy / Sony Music Japan
Year: 1977;Release:2013
Format, bitrate: Flac & MP3 @320kbps
Time: 01:26:35
Size: Disc 1 - 233.91 MB;100.39 MB
Size: Disc 2 - 251.72 MB;108.28 MB
AMG Rating: 1977: Herbie Hancock - V.S.O.P.

*2013 Japan Blu-spec 2-CD Edition*

V.S.O.P. is a landmark album in the history of jazz, though not at all in the way it was intended. George Wein organized a Herbie Hancock retrospective concert at the 1977 Newport Jazz Festival in New York where three bands from Hancock's past and present -- the 1965-1968 Miles Davis Quintet with Freddie Hubbard deputizing for the indisposed Miles, the 1969-1973 sextet, and Hancock's then-current jazz-funk outfit -- would share the stage. As things turned out, it was the Miles band reunion that grabbed most of the attention, leading to several tours which in turn inspired a whole generation of young musicians (led by Wynton Marsalis) to turn their backs upon electronics and make bop-grounded acoustic jazz the lingua franca of jazz for the rest of the 20th century. This is not the outcome the forward-looking Hancock would have preferred, but you cannot deny that he, Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams sound marvelously in sync with each other, playing in a free-flowing, post-bop style none of them had touched in years. (Hancock is actually playing a Yamaha electric grand piano, not an acoustic grand -- there's a substantial sonic difference, yet one that went unremarked upon by otherwise-watchful purists at the time). The concert also turned out to be a farewell to the great Hancock Sextet (which has yet to reunite on records); this group actually made the most absorbing, adventurous music of that evening, with trumpeter Eddie Henderson laying a more credible claim to Miles' pithy idiom than Hubbard had earlier. The sextet plays only two numbers: "Toys" and "You'll Know When You Get There." It's a pity there isn't more. The two-LP set concludes with a somewhat disappointing jazz-funk set from a post-Headhunters edition band with Bennie Maupin and Paul Jackson as holdovers. They don't quite raise the temperature, or the complexity level as high as earlier Hancock jazz-funk outfits. The contrast between Hancock's present on this given day and his illustrious past was no doubt used as ammunition by the back-to-bop crowd to proclaim that "fusion" has got to go, which was unfair. The reverberations from this concert continue to this day.
~ Richard S. Ginell, All music Guide
1970: Dreams - Dreams Fusion, Jazz-Rock
1970: Dreams - Dreams
Artist: Dreams
Album: Dreams
Label:Legacy/Sony BMG
Year:1970; Release:1992
Genre:Crossover Jazz,Fusion,Post-Bop,Jazz-Rock
Format, bitrate:Flac & MP3 @320kbps
Size:297 MB;103.34 MB

This is an interesting early album for what would be some fusion notables: Randy and Michael Brecker, Billy Cobham and John Abercrombie. Style style owes quite a bit to early jazz rock pioneers Blood Sweat and Tears, and maybe a bit to Chicago. While the performances are excellent, it's the songs themselves that leave this listener wanting. All the songs were written by either bassist Doug Lubahn or keyboardist/guitarist Jeff Kent. The arrangements are all very loose. I would say too loose. I think some written horn arrangements would have added power to all of the pieces.Still, this album is a pleasant work of vocal based jazz fusion. A treat for fans of the genre. ~

Although Dreams is a legendary pioneer jazz-rock group that included such young players as trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist John Abercrombie, drummer Billy Cobham and the 19-year old tenor Michael Brecker, its music has dated very badly. This CD reissue finds solos being de-emphasized in favor of erratic and often unlistenable vocals. While trombonist Barry Rogers had a feeling for jazz, the remainder of the group (singer Edward Vernon, keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Jeff Kent and bassist-vocalist Doug Lubahn) weighs down the recording with mundane pop sensibilities. Only a spirited "New York" and the 14-minute "Dream Suite" allow the horns a chance to blow a bit and even there the results are quite forgettable and disappointing. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
1978: Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine - Splendid Music » Jazz » Fusion » Contemporary Jazz

1978: Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine - Splendid
Artists: Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine
Album: Splendid
Label: Wounded Bird Records
Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop
Format,bitrate:Flac & Mp3 @320kbps
Size: 240.64 MB;98.69 MB

The companion to Twin House proves to be just as good as the first. This session is a bit more experimental than the first and includes the always reliable Joachim Kühn on piano ("Dues Xango"). Like their first effort, it is not just their remarkable technique that makes this a worthy effort, but also the energetic compositions. Splendid is just as good, if not better, than Twin House, hence, both are recommended.~ Robert Taylor, All Musoc Guide

Acoustic duets between Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine recorded with a style that's much more intimate and personal than some of the previous recordings by either player! Although Coryell first rose to fame at the end of the 60s with his fuzzy approach to jazz fusion, he's clearly mellowed here nicely with age and has a nice sense of space and color, that's only further augmented by Catherine's always-great range of sounds and styles. Joachim Kuhn plays acoustic piano on one track, but all other information is from both players on 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars, plus a bit of work by Catherine on a fretless electric. Titles include "No More Booze", "Deux Xango", "Snowshadows", "One Plus Two Blues", "Father Christmas", "A Quiet Day In Spring", and "The Train & The River". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1966: The Paul Horn Quintet Here's That Rainy Day Music » Jazz » Fusion » Crossover Jazz
1966: The Paul Horn Quintet  Here's That Rainy Day
Artist: The Paul Horn Quintet
Album: Here's That Rainy Day
Label: RCA Victor
Year: 1966; release: 1977
Quality: MP3@320 kbps (LP-rip)
Size: 63,1 mb
Total time: 31:30
Very nice music for a romantic evening!

A sweet and mellow set from flutist Paul Horn with a sad, sleepy, and wonderfully late nite feel! Ralph Carmichael arranged and conducted the set and most of the tracks feature the Ralph Carmichael Singers in the background, singing in a really moody style that adds a nice edge to the tunes. The record's the kind we might have passed up years ago, thinking it a snoozer but we love it's dark tension, and really appreciate some of the additional instrumental touches, like vibes by Lynn Blessing, piano by Mike Lang, and bass by Bill Plummer. Titles include "Girl Talk", "Moment To Moment", "Ecstasy", "Laura", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.
1978: Lenny White - The Adventures of Astral Pirates Fusion, Funk-Jazz
1978: Lenny White - The Adventures of Astral Pirates
Artist: Lenny White
Album: The Adventures of Astral Pirates
Label: Wounded Bird
Year: 1978 Release:2002
Format,bitrate: MP3 @320kbps
Time: 33:24
Size: 96.15 MB
AMG Rating: 1978: Lenny White - The Adventures of Astral Pirates

One of Lenny White's finest, most essential albums, The Adventures of Astral Pirates is a jazz-fusion masterpiece with a futuristic science-fiction theme. Star Wars was number one at the box office when, in 1977, White produced this disc with Al Kooper, and perhaps Elektra was hoping to cash in on the film's popularity. If you open the record's foldout cover, you can read White's tale of sci-fi battles that take place in the fifth millennium A.D. But you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to appreciate the mostly instrumental songs on this imaginative, risk-taking album, which finds White blending a jazz/rock/funk foundation with elements of everything from Middle Eastern music to Asian music. This set isn't the least bit predictable, and it could easily be described as "the sound of surprise" -- critic Whitney Balliett's term for jazz -- even though no one will mistake it for straight-ahead bop any time soon.
~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
1977: Tom Scott - Blow It Out Fusion, Crossover Jazz
1977: Tom Scott - Blow It Out
Artist: Tom Scott
Album: Blow It Out
Label: Ode Records/Sony
Year: 1977; Release: 1995
Format, bitrate: Flac & Mp3, 320 kBit/s
Time: 41:18
Size: 250.6 MB; 100.28 MB

Blow It Out was among Tom Scott's best selling albums of the 1970s, but it was also among his weakest of the decade. The spontaneity and grit that defined his work with the L.A. Express is sorely missing on the album, a session plagued by excessive producing and arranging, bland material and appalling lack of improvisation. Scott's sax is consistently smothered by cliched, Bob James-ish arrangements. Fans of '70s cop shows may want to hear "Gotcha (Theme from 'Starsky & Hutch')," but on the whole, Scott's pop and R&B melodies are as schlocky as they are forgettable. Making a rare and unsuccessful attempt to sing on the R&B/pop number "Down to Your Soul" -- which sounds like fifth-rate Steely Dan -- Scott unveils a voice that's thin at best. Unquestionably, an L.A. Express date like Tom Cat would be a much better investment.
~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
1979: Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra - Montreux Cyclone Modern Big Band, Contemporary Jazz
1979: Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra - Montreux Cyclone
Artist: Bingo Miki & The Inner Galaxy Orchestra
Album: Montreux Cyclone
Label: Three Blind Mice
Year: 1979
Format, bitrate: Mp3, 320 kBit/s (Lp-rip)
Time: 70:12
Size: 161.69 MB

Sometimes it pays to be lucky. After searching in vain for a couple of hardtofind albums from the mid70s by Tokyobased Toshiyuki Miyamas New Herd (see August bigband reviews), I went to the source the affable Tee Fujii, proprietor of Three Blind Mice Records. Of course, he replied, he would be happy to send copies of both albums. And, he added, he would ship a third disc as well Montreux Cyclone by Bingo Miki and the Inner Galaxy Orchestra. Terrific, I thought. Thats exactly what I need; an album of otherworldly music by another Sun Ra clone. How wrong can one be? Wrong enough, in this case, to offer Tee an apology for doubting him, and to inform whoever is reading this that not only is the 25member Inner Galaxy Orchestra unlike Sun Ra or any other body in that firmament, it is an absolutely spectacular straightahead big band in the Basie/Herman/Kenton tradition performing (in concert at Montreux) superlative compositions and arrangements by Miki, Richard Davis, Jon Faddis, Bob Brookmeyer and Don Sebesky (Davis, Faddis and Brookmeyer sit in with the ensemble on their respective charts, while guitarist Joe Beck is showcased on Sebeskys Alcazar). The album opens with Mikis fabulous threepart suite, Montreux Cyclone, which encompasses impressive solos by flugel Hiroshi Abiko on Part 1 (Old Sunshine), drummer Yoshiyuki Nakamura, percussionist Tetsuya Furutani and tenor/flutist Sleepy Matsumato on Part 2 (Cyclone from the East) and pianist Masaru Imada on Part 3 (In the Summer Shadow). Matsumoto, on flute, mirrors closely the singular mannerisms of the legendary Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Track 4, Pitter Pat, is a chopstesting showcase for bassist Davis, while trumpeter Faddis steps front and center (and into the stratosphere) on his sumptuous balladcumblazer, Zylvia. If Faddis is in topnotch form (and make no mistake, he is), valve trombonist Brookmeyer is equally sharp and masterful on The First Love Song (when he plays in the pocket, as he does here, Brookmeyer has few peers). After Becks dazzling voyage on Alcazar, Miki ends the concert with two more of his noteworthy compositions, Mermans Dance (from the suite Back to the Sea) and a magnificent finale that almost succeeds in lowering everything that preceded it to the status of an hors doeuvre an ultramodern Jazz version of Jean Sibelius classic tone poem, Finlandia, enhanced by galvanizing ensemble passages and crisp solos by Nakamura, trumpeter Kenji Yoshida and clarinetist Masao Suzuki. Batten down the hatches; this Cyclone is a monster whose awesome intensity and power can blow you away.
~ Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz
1962: Martin Denny - A Taste of Honey Music » Jazz » Fusion » Smooth & Lounge
1962: Martin Denny - A Taste of Honey
Artist: Martin Denny
Album: A Taste of Honey
Label: Liberty
Year: 1962
Format, bitrate: Mp3 320 kBit/s
Time: 29:48
Size: 68.4 MB

Taking a tip from George Shearing, Martin Denny cruised through most of the '60s with a slew of bossa nova and jazz cocktail albums. Denny's late-'50s exotica records had established him as a name to reckon with in bachelor pad circles, but were only good for a limited stretch. Denny didn't forsake this period completely, though, when he turned to jazz; on this release at least, one hears bits of his earlier South Seas and Hawaiian backdrops in the bongo accompaniment and occasional leftfield percussion accent. Other factors to consider are Cal Tjader and Dave Brubeck, both of whom Denny pays homage to by covering their respective numbers "Black Orchid" and "Take Five." As both Tjader and Shearing did on many recordings, Denny and company raise these cuts and their version of "A Taste of Honey" beyond the confines of kitsch by way of some top-notch ensemble playing. The whole album, for that matter, is well played, but things do go south a bit towards the end as the band slips into background music mode. This is not to say that versions of war horses like "Exodus" and "Claire de Lune" aren't enjoyable, or even tailored made for entertaining guests, but they don't offer much in the way of exotic thrills or rarefied touches. Still, A Taste of Honey should resonate with dedicated Denny fans; and since there has to be at least a few gems on each of the several lounge jazz records Denny released, someone should put together a compilation covering this period as a compliment to Rhino's exotica-era collection.
~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide
1953-1960: The Ames Brothers - Sentimental Me: The Best of The Ames Brothers Music » Jazz » Fusion » Smooth & Lounge
1953-1960: The Ames Brothers - Sentimental Me: The Best of The Ames Brothers
Artist: The Ames Brothers
Album: Sentimental Me: The Best of The Ames Brothers
Label: Varèse Sarabande
Years: 1953-1960; Release: 1995
Genre: Vocal
Format, bitrate: MP3@320kbps
Time: 50:52
Size: 92 MB

Featuring 18 songs recorded while the group was signed to Coral and Decca, Best of the Ames Brothers: Sentimental Me compiles some of their earliest hits, including "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," "Sentimental Me, " and "Rag Mop." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

The Best of the Ames Brothers: Sentimental Me has eighteen wonderful songs from The Ames Brothers. The quality of the sound is rather good and the artwork is very well done. I am somewhat baffled as to why this CD is currently out of print; but maybe with time and some more sales that will change. This may not have every last one of their hits but as a single CD compilation it is very strong.
"Undecided" starts the track set off with a great number--The Ames Brothers harmonize to perfection on this classic pop tune. They swing brightly to make "Undecided" a great starter tune for this CD! The big band style enhances the natural beauty of the number, too. "Cruising Down The River" features The Ames Brothers front and center--and that's quite all right by me! The accordion is great while these guys sing their hearts out; the woodwind instruments also make this number very special. In addition, there's "Sentimental Journey;" this oldie but goodie tune shines when The Ames Brothers deliver it with passion and style!

"Hawaiian War Chant (Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)" has wonderful percussion that helps to mark the beat; and The Ames Brothers never sounded better! I love this tune and I predict that you'll like this, too, if you haven't heard this before. "Rag Mop" is easily a major highlight of this album; The Ames Brothers handle this tune as if they were born to sing songs like this! I really like "Rag Mop" because of its excellent beat and the horn solo really sparkles. "Sentimental Me" also puts The Ames Brothers right in the spotlight--and that's just where they belong! This tune has a great melody and the organ sounds terrific as The Ames Brothers harmonize flawlessly.
"(Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music!" is a tune I associate with Teresa Brewer; but when these men sing it they take this tune and put their own stamp on it with their very fine treatment of this number. The big band style arrangement backs the singers up very well, too. "Auf Wiederseh'n, Sweetheart" has a very sweet string arrangement and The Ames Brothers truly delve into this number to make it a very special number.
In addition, "I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover" sounds new and fresh when The Ames Brothers belt this one out really well! The Ames Brothers do this one up right and I love every minute of it! There's a substantial backup chorus to add to the number--but please make no mistake about it, this number belongs to The Ames Brothers. The CD also ends well with "A Tree In The Meadow." "A Tree In The Meadow" has a wonderful melody.
Overall, The Ames Brothers still stand out as some of the best male vocalists of the last century. I highly recommend this for their fans; and people who enjoy classic pop vocals will enjoy this album, too.

~ Matthew G. Sherwin, Amazon
1978: Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger Music » Jazz » Fusion » Crossover Jazz
1978: Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger
Artist: Jean-Luc Ponty
Album: Cosmic Messenger
Label: Atlantic
Year: 1978; Release:1990
Format,bitrate:Flac & Mp3 @320kbps
Time: 37:45
Size:233.1 MB;91.66 MB

Cosmic Messenger is more elegant, European-flavored jazz-rock from the French virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty, and pretty much in the same mold as his previous Atlantic albums but with gradually tightening control over every parameter of performance. Ponty's analog-delay special effects on the title track are spectacular, and the album is loaded more than ever with revolving electronic arpeggios as Ponty's own involvement with the ARP synthesizer grows. But there is still plenty of his fluid, slippery electric violin soloing to be heard within the tight structures of these pieces, and the tunes themselves are often pretty good. In addition, this fusion express finds its way into the funk on "The Art of Happiness," and there are some tricky rhythmic experiments on some tunes.
~ Richard S. Ginell, All Music Guide
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