J.J. Johnson Sextet - J.J. Inc. (1961) [Reissue 1997]

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J.J. Johnson Sextet - J.J. Inc. (1961) [Reissue 1997]

J.J. Johnson - J.J. Inc. (1961) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 448 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Columbia/Legacy (CK 62296)

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.

Johnny "Big Moose" Walker - Blue Love (1984) [Reissue 1996]

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Johnny "Big Moose" Walker - Blue Love (1984) [Reissue 1996]

Johnny "Big Moose" Walker - Blue Love (1984) [Reissue 1996]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 214 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Covers - 26 MB
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Piano Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Evidence Music (ECD 26082-2)

Evidence's 1996 reissue of the 1984 Johnny "Big Moose" Walker album Blue Love is adorned with five bonus tracks, all added to the beginning of the album. Fortunately, this does not change the essential character of this sublime, low-key set, since all 11 tracks cut during this session consist of Walker alone at the piano, idiosyncratically playing a wide variety of originals, standards, and Ray Charles tunes. Although this all sounds of a piece - that is, terrific late-night blues - it's not same-y, since Walker keeps shifting his phrasing and playing, not just from song to song but within the songs themselves. As such, it sounds as if he's playing in the same room with you - a wonderful, intimate feeling that makes this a latter-day gem from this fine pianist and singer.

Soft Heap - Soft Heap (1978) [Reissue 2009] (Re-up)

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Soft Heap - Soft Heap (1978) [Reissue 2009] (Re-up)

Soft Heap - Soft Heap (1978) [Reissue 2009]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 239 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 14 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2131)

Digitally remastered edition of the classic 1978 album by the British Prog folksters. These Canterbury stylists featured leading lights of the genre. Comprising former Soft Machine members Hugh Hopper on bass and Elton Dean on saxophone, former Hatfield & the North drummer Pip Pyle, and Gilgamesh keyboard player Alan Gowen, the group recorded this sole album for Charly Records in 1978, drawing stylistically upon each member's musical pedigree producing a record of excellence. Soft Heap is a classic of the Canterbury style and this remastered edition is sure to be a much sought after release by all aficionados of the genre.

Celer - Brittle (2009)

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Celer - Brittle (2009)

Celer - Brittle (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 186 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 175 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Ambient | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Low Point (LP028)

Musically, all of the sounds contained on ‘Brittle’ were created by piano, violin, cello, tingsha bells, harpsichord, and whistle. There are also field recordings from the inside of a room, with the windows open, but containing largely only room noise. The resulting recordings were then structured into 19 different tracks, which were then restructured into one single forming track of 74 minutes. All of the different pieces were merged together, to blur interruption and to allow the possibility of unfocused repetition. The album is arranged to move in a specific way, not simply section by section, but by subtle movements that swell and sway calmly. Instead of creating an environment to sink into, Celer hope that the piece will instead act as a blanket, moving with the listener through gentle sways, shifting tones and small spaces of silence that are as unpredictable as thought.

Billie Holiday - Music For Torching: The Billie Holiday Story Volume 5 [Recorded 1955] (1995) (Re-up)

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Billie Holiday - Music For Torching: The Billie Holiday Story Volume 5 [Recorded 1955] (1995) (Re-up)

Billie Holiday - Music For Torching: The Billie Holiday Story Volume 5 [Recorded 1955] (1995)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 320 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 181 MB | Covers - 122 MB
Genre: Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve (527 455-2)

The overall feeling on this 1955 recording, which was originally titled Velvet Mood, is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windowà? With slow tempo songs outnumbering not-so-slow songs fourteen to four, producer Norman Granz may or may not have had concept album on his mind. Whatever the case, he brought together a brilliant cross-section of cats who evidently put Billie entirely at ease and in the mood - no small feat when one considers her spotty later recordings.
Lady Day's renderings here of "It Had to Be You" and "Isn't This a Lovely Day?" are timeless gems…

Locomotive - We Are Everything You See (1970) [Reissue 2010] (Re-up)

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Locomotive - We Are Everything You See (1970) [Reissue 2010] (Re-up)

Locomotive - We Are Everything You See (1970) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 339 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 147 MB | Covers - 52 MB
Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic/Jazz Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoreric Recordings (ECLEC 2228)

Esoteric Recordings are proud to release the classic album We Are Everything You See by Locomotive. Issued by Parlophone in January 1970, it was the only album by the Birmingham based group fronted by keyboard player Norman Haines and was recorded in 1969. Featuring the psychedelic classic Mr. Armageddon, the album was a marvellous fusion of jazz, psychedelia and early progressive music and was produced by Gus Dudgeon and graced by guest musicians Dick Heckstall Smith, Henry Lowther and Chris Mercer.

V.A. - The Birdlanders, Vol. 1 [Recorded 1954] (2000)

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V.A. - The Birdlanders, Vol. 1 [Recorded 1954] (2000)

V.A. - The Birdlanders, Vol. 1 [Recorded 1954] (2000)
EAC Rip | APE (image+.cue+log) - 194 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 183 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Fantasy (OJCCD-1930-2)

In 1954, Henri Renaud was highly regarded in jazz circles. The French pianist/producer had played with his share of American heavyweights, who ranged from Lester Young to Clifford Brown to Sarah Vaughan. So when Renaud visited New York in 1954 and launched an all-star project that he called the Birdlanders, he had no problem attracting a lot of first-class beboppers. In order to be a Birdlander, one needed to be a regular at Birdland - thus, what you hear on The Birdlanders, Vol. 1 isn't unlike what was being played at Birdland in 1954 (although all of the material was recorded in a New York studio). This 77-minute reissue focuses on two of the Birdlanders' sessions that Renaud produced in 1954. The first took place on January 28, when pianist Duke Jordan formed a trio with bassist Gene Ramey and drummer Lee Abrams…

Deke Leonard - Iceberg (1973) & Kamikaze (1974) [2CD Reissue 1995]

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Deke Leonard - Iceberg (1973) & Kamikaze (1974) [2CD Reissue 1995]

Deke Leonard - Iceberg (1973) & Kamikaze (1974) [2CD Reissue 1995]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 717 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 259 MB | Covers - 27 MB
Genre: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: BGO Records (BGOCD288)

Best known as a member of the legendary Welsh band Man, Deke Leonard also enjoyed a successful solo career in the early 1970s.
Iceberg (1973). Though Deke Leonard had made his reputation playing progressive rock in the Welsh group Man, his first solo album has more of a roots rock feel than anything released by that band. Roots rock played by someone with a taste for odd arrangements, perhaps, but roots rock nevertheless. "Lisa" and "Jesse" both sound like something that the Band might have turned out, country fiddle, organ, and all, though Leonard's distinctive, reedy voice makes it unlikely that anyone is actually going to mistake one for the other…

Wavestar - Moonwind (1987) [Reissue 2003]

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Wavestar - Moonwind (1987) [Reissue 2003]

Wavestar - Moonwind (1987) [Reissue 2003]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 370 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 182 MB | Covers included
Genre: Traditional Electronic, Berlin School | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Groove Unlimited (GR-010)

What can we say? A classic album from John Dyson and Dave Ward-Hunt. The packaging has been completely revamped and has the sort of presence which an album of this calibre deserves. It quite simply contains pure 100% EM of the highest calibre and tackles styles across the spectrum, presenting epic Tangerine Dream style sequencing alongside stunning melodics.

Papa George Lightfoot - Goin' Back To The Natchez Trace (1969) [Reissue 1994]

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Papa George Lightfoot - Goin' Back To The Natchez Trace (1969) [Reissue 1994]

Papa George Lightfoot - Goin' Back To The Natchez Trace (1969) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 333 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 144 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Ace (CDCHD 548)

Until producer Steve LaVere redicovered him in 1969, harp giant Papa Lightfoot was revered for a mere handful of '50s sides. This album for Vault served as his comeback announcement, a gloriously down-in-the-alley affair cut at then-fledgling Malaco studios in Jackson, MS. Six bonus tracks, including three minutes of spoken monologue, have been added to CD reissue, enhancing an already fine album.

Joe Henderson - Page One (1963) [RVG Edition 1999]

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Joe Henderson - Page One (1963) [RVG Edition 1999]

Joe Henderson - Page One (1963) [RVG Edition 1999]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 261 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 99 MB | Covers - 33 MB
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (7243 4 98795 2 2)

The title Page One is fitting for this disc, as it marks the beginning of the first chapter in the long career of tenor man Joe Henderson. And what a beginning it is; no less than Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren, and Pete La Roca join the saxophonist for a stunning set that includes "Blue Bossa" and "Recorda Me," two works that would be forever associated with Henderson. Both are bossa novas that offer a hip alternative to the easy listening Brazilian trend that would become popular with the masses. Henderson and Dorham make an ideal pair on these and other choice cuts like the blistering "Homestretch" and the engaging swinger "Jinrikisha." These both show the already mature compositional prowess that would become Henderson's trademark throughout his legendary career. The final blues number, "Out of the Night," features powerful work by the leader that only hints of things to come in subsequent chapters.

Brainbox - Brainbox (1969) [Reissue 2011] (Re-up)

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Brainbox - Brainbox (1969) [Reissue 2011] (Re-up)

Brainbox - Brainbox (1969) [Reissue 2011]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 478 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 176 MB | Covers - 41 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock, Blues Rock | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC2241)

Formed in the winter of 1968, Brainbox was a legendary dutch rock group that featured star guitarist Jan Akkerman and vocalist Kaz Lux within their ranks. The band's debut album featured such incredible work as Dark Rose, Summertime, Scarborough Fair and the epic 17 minute track Sea Of Delight. Inspired by British acts of the day, Brainbox were equal to the talent of groups such as Taste and Jethro Tull and their debut album secured a world wide release by EMI in 1969. Soon after the album appeared Jan Akkerman departed to join Focus, but Brianbox continued to record a host of classic singles and a second LP with drummer Pierre Van Der Linden also joining Focus. This Esoteric recordings re-mastered edition is the first ever UK CD release of the album and features eleven bonus tracks taken from the band single releases of 1969 and 1970.

Schiller - Concert (Erleben) (2004)

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Schiller - Concert (Erleben) (2004)

Schiller - Concert (Erleben) (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 404 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 156 MB | Covers - 1,08 GB
Genre: Chillout, Downtempo | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Magic Records (986862-0)

Live Erleben is the first live album from German electronical musician, composer and producer Christopher von Deylen under his Schiller alias. As with Sehnsucht Live, the performances on Live Erleben often add a little dramatic flair to their studio-album counterparts, thought the mood remains relaxing. The highlights here tend to feature vocal collaborations, as heard on “Delicately Yours” and “Distance” (both with Kim Sanders), “The Smile” (with Sarah Brightman), and “I’ve Seen It All” (with Maya Saban), and plenty of in-rhythm handclaps from the audience. The album achieved gold status in Germany in 2016.

Khan - Space Shanty (1972) [Reissue 2008] (Re-up)

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Khan - Space Shanty (1972) [Reissue 2008] (Re-up)

Khan - Space Shanty (1972) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 312 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 127 MB | Covers - 21 MB
Genre: Progressive Rock/Canterbury Scene | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Esoteric Recordings (ECLEC 2046)

Best known as the album that first brought the guitar playing talents of guitarist Steve Hillage to public prominence, Khans sole album is a splendid example of a fusion of Canterbury flavoured rock combined with jazz and space-rock influences. Originally released in 1972 by Deram records, it can now clearly be seen as the blue print for Hillage'slater solo success. Hillage has acknowledged that Space Shanty was the dry run for his classic Fish Rising album.

Anathema - A Vision Of A Dying Embrace (Live in Krakow 1996) (2022)

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Anathema - A Vision Of A Dying Embrace (Live in Krakow 1996) (2022)

Anathema - A Vision Of A Dying Embrace (Live in Krakow 1996) (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 299 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 123 MB | Covers - 16 MB
Genre: Death/Doom Metal | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Peaceville Records (CDVILEDX874)

A Vision of A Dying Embrace’contains a night of spellbinding Doom Metal from Anathema’s live show in Krakow, Poland, in 1996. Whilst still reasonably early in the career of the band, and with rhythm guitarist Vincent Cavanagh taking on vocal duties only relatively recently for the sublime The Silent Enigma opus, the set contained a whole selection of now-established classics from Anathema’s first two studio albums and Pentecost III EP, with epics like "A Dying Wish", "Sleepless", and "Mine Is Yours To Drown In" captured in their purest and rawest form in the live setting.