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1973: Don Sebesky - Giant Box Music » Jazz » BeBop » Third Stream
1973: Don Sebesky - Giant BoxArtist: Don Sebesky
Album:Giant Box
Year:1973
Label:CTI
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 Kb/s
Size: 148,6 MB
Time:59:15 min.
AMG rating: 1973: Don Sebesky - Giant Box
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This may have been Creed Taylor's most ambitious single project. As the cash was flowing in the wake of Deodato's massive "2001" hit, Taylor rounded up almost every headliner on CTI's roster, had house-arranger Don Sebesky write big-thinking charts for them, and gave Sebesky top billing and two LPs of space. Two decades later, the lineup reads almost like a gathering of the gods -- Freddie Hubbard, Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Paul Desmond, Joe Farrell, Grover Washington, Jr., Milt Jackson, George Benson, Bob James, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Cobham, Airto Moreira, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, all on one album. Thankfully the musicmaking lives up to the billing. Everything that gave CTI its distinctive sound and identity is here -- the classical adaptations (Stravinsky's Firebird is merged shotgun-style with John McLaughlin's "Birds of Fire"), elaborate orchestrations and structuring, pop-tune covers, plenty of room for the star soloists to stretch out in a combo format. The stars all come out to shine; Desmond sounds especially inspired in a shimmering "Song to a Seagull" and Hubbard and Washington burn furiously on the appropriately-titled "Free as a Bird." And Sebesky was given a flyer to experiment; hence the wild extended swarms of freeform strings on "Firebird" and Laws' fancy Echoplexed winds on "Fly." The two original LPs were gathered in a classical-style box, complete with a booklet of photos and an interview with Sebesky, but the austere CBS CD reissue condenses everything onto a generic single disc. However less ostentatious, Giant Box still ranks as a sensational coup and a reminder of how potent CTI was at its peak.
~ Richard S.Ginell, All Music Guide
Chaka Khan - Echoes Of An Era Vocal Jazz, Post-bop, Mainstream
Chaka Khan - Echoes Of An EraArtist: Chaka Khan
Album: Echoes of an Era
Year: 1982
Label: Elektra
Format, bitrate: MP3, 192 Kb/s
Size: 77 MB
Time: 56:09
AMG: 4 stars

In 1982, soul goddess Chaka Khan did the unexpected when she recorded this excellent, straight-ahead jazz LP. Regrettably, the album was released under the name Echoes of an Era instead of under Khan's own name -- so it wasn't nearly the big seller it probably would have been if Elektra had fully exploited Khan's connection with the project. But while Echoes of an Era was the victim of questionable marketing, it was a creative triumph.
Joined by Joe Henderson on tenor sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and flugelhorn, Chick Corea on acoustic piano, Stanley Clarke on upright bass, and Lenny White on drums, Khan demonstrates that she is quite capable of handling hard bop and straight-ahead jazz. Corea, Clarke, and White had all been members of the fusion powerhouse of the '70s Return to Forever, but make no mistake -- Echoes of an Era is very much an acoustic bop date. With White producing and Corea handling the arrangements, the singer swings aggressively and really soars on Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You" and Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train," as well as on "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "All of Me," and "I Loves You Porgy." In fact, Khan's jazz singing is so strong that one cannot help but wonder what would have happened if jazz had been her dominant direction instead of R&B.

Alex Henderson
Riccardo Muti & Philadelphia Orchestra - Pictures at an Exhibition, Firebird Music » Classical music
Riccardo Muti & Philadelphia Orchestra - Pictures at an Exhibition, FirebirdArtist: The Philadelphia Orchestra (cond.Riccardo Muti)
Album: Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition/Stravinsky - Firebird
Label: EMI
Year: 1985
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 KB/s
Size: 117 MB
Time: 51:02

The current Gramophone Compact Disc Guide and Catalogue lists four versions of the Mussorgsky and four of the complete Firebird. One of the latter, Sir Colin Davis and the Concertgebouw Orchestra (Philips 400 074-2PH, 3/83), is like the present issue a digital transfer of an analogue recording and very impressive indeed: in fact it has greater detail and a richer ambience than this EMI. However, so far as performances are concerned, this newcomer can hold its own with most rival CD Pictures and so far as The Firebird is concerned, there is currently no alternative listing of the 1919 suite.
Muti gets excellent playing from the Philadelphia Orchestra and though their response is admirably disciplined, it is never so drilled and hard-driven as some of the later records Muti has made in Philadelphia. Indeed, there is delicacy and poetry in the Dance of the Princesses and the Berceuse in Firebird, and the colours of this score are heard in full splendour. Putting the CD and LP versions side by side, there is no doubt that the new format offers the greater range and firmness.
In any event this is a welcome issue, which can be recommended even to those readers who have not always responded to recent records from this conductor.

' Gramophone 4/1985, Robert Layton
Dave Grusin - Night-lines Music » Jazz » Fusion
Dave Grusin - Night-linesArtist: Dave Grusin
Album: Night-Lines
Year: 1983
Label: GRP
Time: 44:17
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps
Size: 92 MB


This is what happens when you allow an imaginative musical mind to wander alone at will in a room full of the latest technical gadgetry.
Although other artists leant their talents to this album, in truth it represents very much a one-man affair, the result of inventive application of music technology and a merry approach to some tunes of his own as well as others.
The sense of fun which Dave Grusin brings to most of his upbeat work is here in abundance, enlisting everything from high-tech electronics to literally (not figuratively!) pots and pans to create an album full of wizardry and surprises.
There can be no question that he is in the musical environment he likes best when working in studio with fellow performers of rarefied talent. So, that makes it all the more fascinating that Dave Grusin regards the ”Night-Lines” project - such a wide departure from these collaboration-oriented sessions - to be one of the most enjoyable he's worked on...
Grusin & Schuur & Ritenour - GRP Live In Session Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Grusin & Schuur & Ritenour - GRP Live In SessionArtists: Dave Grusin,Diane Schuur,Lee Ritenour
Album: GRP Live in Session
Year: 1988
Format: MP3@320 + flac
Size: 100 MB + 236 MB




An all-star batch of jazz musicians, fresh off the road from a world tour, were filmed live before an audience at the record Plant Studios in Los Angeles. Includes performances from Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Dave Valentin, Diane Schuur, Ivan Lins, Larry Williams, Carlos Vega and Abraham Laboriel.
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Diane Schuur - Schuur Thing Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Diane Schuur - Schuur ThingArtist: Diane Schuur
Album: Schuur Thing
Year: 1985
Label: GRP
Time: 40:21
Size: 92.6 MB
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps
AMG Rating: Diane Schuur - Schuur Thing

"Excellent tenor sax from Stan Getz; some nice leads."
Ron Wynn, AMG

That's all?For a 4 stars album?This may mean one thing:the project is not flawless but so many efforts were implanted in it we can't just walk on by. The songwriters,musicians and the two vocalists did a great job however some of the songs has a great miss of one important element:passion. Some of them sounds like a demo. As if the soundmixer or the arranger - or i don't know who'sresponsible for this - were spared his energy(rather money and time?)through the developing process."Love you back" is very heavy and slow. What happend to the rhythm section?And this rhythm question comes up by other songs too. The cd seems a bit sleepy. In spite of my scandalizing this album is one of my favo and deserved the 4 stars of 5.We can hear lovely,gentle,smooth music with two really flawless performances"It don't mean a thing" and "Sure thing".And i'm deadly schuur you all find more classy song on it ;)
Grusin & Schuur & Ritenour & Corea - GRP Super Live In Concert Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Fusion
Grusin & Schuur & Ritenour & Corea - GRP Super Live In ConcertArtist: Dave Grusin,Diane Schuur,Lee Ritenour,Chick Corea Elektric Band
Album: GRP Super Live in concert
Year: 1988
Label: GRP
Format: MP3 320 cbr + flac
Size: 250 MB + 629 MB

This is a 2 CD set of a concert from Japan in 1987. The first CD is the allstar band (minus Chick Corea) and is 49 minutes long. Most of the tracks are 4 to 5 minutes long, except for the last which is 8 minutes. The second CD is Chic Corea's Elektric band, is 59 minutes. The sound quality of this concert is excellent (as you would expect from GRP). All the Grusin classics like 'AM attitude' and some with Tom Scott are all performed in a rocky/funky way with Ritnour adding to that feel with his trademark sound. If you like easy jazz or Corea's Elektric Band, then this CD is a serious find.
Quincy Jones - Classics, Vol.3 Music » Jazz » Fusion
Quincy Jones - Classics, Vol.3Artist: The Quincy Jones Big Band
Album: Classics, Vol.3
Label: A&M Records
Year: 1986
Total Time: 71:59
Format: Flac + MP3@320
Size: 413 MB

This collection was released during the time of A&M's 25th anniversary. Also at the time CD technology was still a new thing. That might explain the near-scientific title. Two of Jones' more quirky arrangements, "Gula Matari" and the "Sanford and Son Theme," show up here. In a surprise move, Jones' graceful and apt cover of Stevie Wonder's "You've Got It Bad Girl" makes this compilation. While Jones' vocals can be best described as thin, his lack of vocal gifts also play well in the mix on the cover of "What's Going On." Not surprisingly Classics, Vol. 3 has a lot from Jones' last A&M effort, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning The Dude. The best tracks from that effort, "Razzamatazz" and "Betcha' Wouldn't Hurt Me," feature vocals from his finest female vocalist, Patti Austin. The never-a-hit and flat-out bad "Things Could Be Worse for Me" is the only thing that doesn't belong here. This set wasn't meant to be an essential overview and it does miss tracks like "Manteca," "Theme From the Anderson Tapes," and the phenomenal "Tell Me Bedtime Story." While Classics, Vol. 3 does indulge in quite a few bogus edits, too, this does balance 12 years of hits extremely well.
Jason Elias, AMG
Take 6 - I Will Always Love You Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Take 6 - I Will Always Love You Artist: Take 6
Album: I Will Always Love You
Year: 1995
Label: Reprise
Time: 11:19
Format: FLAC + MP3 320kb/s CBR
Size: 74,6 MB & 25,9 MB
The Manhattan Transfer - Bodies & Souls (1983) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
The Manhattan Transfer - Bodies & Souls (1983)Artists: The Manhattan Transfer
Album: Bodies and Souls
Label: Atlantic Records
Year: 1983
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps CBR + FLAC
Size: 90MB + 242,9 MB
Total time: 53:03 min.

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For Bodies and Souls, the Manhattan Transfer almost completely abandons its roots in favor of a slick, pop/R&B direction on one side of the LP version while trying a few more interesting experiments with textures and styles on the other (the CD, of course, doesn't make such a sharp divide). Side one (entitled "Bodies") is relentless in its search for another Top Ten hit, enlisting the help of Rod Temperton -- then riding high on his red-hot association with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones -- on two tracks, and Stevie Wonder's harmonica on Temperton's slick R&B/disco "Spice of Life." Meanwhile, side two (aka "Souls") pokes around the electronic world before falling back upon another ebullient collaboration with Jon Hendricks on Fletcher Henderson's "Down South Camp Meeting." Manhattan Transfer is so good at vocalese that you wonder why they bothered to chase hits in the manufactured, anonymous pop language of 1983. ~ Review by Richard S. Ginell, AMG

'83 release that saw Manhattan Transfer at their popular peak, doing some jazz-influenced harmonizing, but more mood music and light pop. They sing with energy and style here, but had moved away from the strict jazz formalism of their early material. ~ Ron Wynn, AMG
Al Jarreau:Jarreau (1983) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Al Jarreau:Jarreau (1983)
Artist: Al Jarreau
Album: Jarreau
Genre: Vocal Jazz,R&B,Rock
Released:1983
Label:Warner Bros.
Format:MP3 320 kb/s
Time:38:31 min.
Size:appr.81 MB

Having broken through into the pop Top Ten albums with producer Jay Graydon and Breakin' Away, Jarreau had found his commercial groove, and it was potent enough to sustain him at least through the eponymously titled follow-up album. Again, strong, often self-co-composed material and catchy, radio-friendly arrangements with lots of synthesizers would be the strong suit of this album, front-loaded by two large-scale R&B hits, the cheery "Mornin'" and footstomping "Boogie Down," that would be part of his concert repertoire forever more ("Save Me" is also in their league). The backing comes from a coterie of L.A. pros who kick in more energy than what one would normally expect; it must be the material that fired 'em up. In other words, this is a really good R&B album, almost a great one, with the one caveat being that Jarreau's unique vocal abilities aren't remotely challenged; this could have been conceivably cut by almost any skilled R&B singer. ~ Richard S. Ginell AMG
The Manhattan Transfer - Brasil Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
The Manhattan Transfer - BrasilArtists: The Manhattan Transfer
Album: Brasil
Label: Atlantic
Year: 1987
Genre: Jazz Vocal
Format, bitrate: MP3, 320 kbps CBR
Time: 42:48
Size: 94 MB

Tim Hauser likes to say that the Manhattan Transfer gets bored easily; hence the exploratory bent that has made them the most interesting vocal group in jazz (and maybe pop, too). Taking advantage of the then-cresting second Brazilian wave in North America while still going their own way musically, Brasil is the Transfer's most daring and perhaps most emotionally moving album to date, an original fusion of the Transfer's vigorous vocal blend, Brazilian harmonic warmth, the textures of American synthesized pop/jazz and the rhythms of both nations. They rely mostly upon five songs from one of Brazil's finest post-bossa nova writers, Djavan, with two more from Ivan Lins and one apiece from Gilberto Gil and Milton Nascimento (the Transfer has impeccable taste in Brazilian writers), while going to all kinds of folk for English lyrics. The oddly percolating "Soul Food to Go" with Dada lyrics by, of all people, the notorious Doug Fieger of the Knack, makes a fine energetic prelude to an album that also frets about Big Brother, the suppression of freedom, and the destruction of the Amazon rain forest. Clearly the Transfer had been listening hard not only to the sound but also the fury of Brazil's composers; their causes become the Transfer's as well. Djavan's lovely "Capim" has the dual advantage of having both the composer on vocals and a distinguished visitor from the first Brazilian wave, Stan Getz, blowing urbane obligatos. The last cut, "Notes from the Underground," an angry cry of solidarity with a haunting Lins tune and bumping instrumental lines from the Brazilian group Uakti, aches in the memory for hours. Alas, the elusive Brasil baffled many of the Transfer's fans and started a long commercial slide for the group. Yet it belongs among their greatest achievements, right alongside Extensions and Vocalese. ~ Richard S. Ginell AMG
Jaco Pastorius in New York (1985) Music » Jazz » Modern Jazz
Jaco Pastorius in New York (1985)Artist: Jaco Pastorius
Album: Jaco Pastorius in New York
Label: Gema
Year: 1985
Format, bitrate: MP3,320 kbps CBR
Total time: 1 h: 47 min

His New York live performances in an intimate club setting bring Jaco together with Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard and others in an intense and exciting musical dialogue. As always, Jaco's roots are everpresent; reggae, jazz, R&B and rock combine to create what Jaco himself aptly termed "Punk Jazz". Pastorius in N.Y. finds Jaco, Kenwood and Hiram joined by friends Delmar Brown, Alex Foster, Michael Gerber, Jerry Gonzales and Butch Thomas for a collective run at some wildly diverse material. Delmar's beautiful PROMISE LAND and Jaco classics CONTINUUM and TEEN TOWN draw inspired performances and Delmar, Michael and Jaco all take a chance at the microphone.
Manhattan Transfer - Extensions (1979) Music » Jazz » Vocal Jazz
Manhattan Transfer - Extensions (1979)
Artists: Manhattan Transfer
Album: Extensions
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Year: 1979
Genre: Jazz Vocal
Format, bitrate: MP3,320 kbps
Time: 59 min.
Size: 85.4 MB

This audiophile CD reissue brings back one of the Manhattan Transfer's more popular sets. Their hit version of "Birdland" opens the program, and among the other tunes are "Twilight Tone" and "Trickle Trickle." From the jazz standpoint, the most significant numbers are the catchy "Birdland," "Wacky Dust," Spyro Gyra's "Shaker Song" and "Body and Soul." Although not exclusively in the idiom, this release has enough high points so as to be easily recommended to jazz collectors. ~ Review by Scott Yanow, AMG.
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