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Bud Shank - This Bud's For You (1985) [Reissue 1999]

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Bud Shank - This Bud's For You (1985) [Reissue 1999]

Bud Shank - This Bud's For You (1985) [Reissue 1999]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 225 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 79 MB | Covers - 35 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: 32 Jazz (32164)

Originally known as a cool-toned altoist and occasional flutist, Bud Shank's playing from this recording forward surprised many listeners. There was a forcefulness and a passion to his alto solos (he had given up the flute) that had not been heard that much from him previously. Assisted by pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Al Foster, Shank rips into five bop standards, his own "Cotton Blossom," and Walter Norris' "Space Maker" with plenty of intensity, stretching himself and inspiring his sidemen.

The Frank Wess Septet - Opus De Blues [Recorded 1959] (1991)

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The Frank Wess Septet - Opus De Blues [Recorded 1959] (1991)

The Frank Wess Septet - Opus De Blues [Recorded 1959] (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 200 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 78 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Savoy Jazz (SV-0137)

Previously unreleased until 1991, this 1959 date features Frank Wess leading a septet of players mainly associated with Count Basie, pianist Hank Jones the only one not from some version of the Count's organization.
Unlike some of the other Savoy releases in the Opus De series, this is not chamber jazz, but a relaxed, blowing session. The five blues-based themes are pleasant, easygoing vehicles, familiar ground for any Basie associate. The playing is skillful, although unremarkable. The exceptions, typical for a Wess session, occur when the leader switches to flute, giving listeners a taste of the most interesting aspect of his musicianship: a satisfying blend of fluid grace and breathy impertinence…

Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2015)

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Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2015)

Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 507 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 199 Mb
Full Scans | 01:09:39 | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz | Smoke Sessions Records #SSR-1503

Harold Mabern's second release on Smoke Sessions Records, Afro Blue, is a very special recording featuring guest vocalists Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, and Alexis Cole. The chemistry of these artists with Harold the sound of his piano voicings combined with their voices is extraordinary. Well-known in jazz circles as a consummate accompanist for instrumental soloists, The Mabe also has a special gift for sensitive and supportive playing behind singers. It's something he takes pride in and has been doing since he first hit the stage at Birdland half a century ago with Betty Carter.

Dexter Gordon - Gettin' Around (1966) [Japanese Edition 2006]

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Dexter Gordon - Gettin' Around (1966) [Japanese Edition 2006]

Dexter Gordon - Gettin' Around (1966) [Japanese Edition 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 243 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 11 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Toshiba-EMI (TOCJ-6679)

Dexter Gordon's mid-'60s period living in Europe also meant coming back to the U.S. for the occasional recording session. His teaming with Bobby Hutcherson was intriguing in that the vibraphonist was marking his territory as a maverick and challenging improviser. Here the two principals prove compatible in that they have a shared sense of how to create sheer beauty in a post-bop world. Add the brilliant Barry Harris to this mix, and that world is fortunate enough to hear these grand masters at their creative peak, stoked by equally extraordinary sidemen like bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Billy Higgins, all on loan from Lee Morgan's hitmaking combo. The subtle manner in which Gordon plays melodies or caresses the most recognizable standard has always superseded his ability to ramble through rough-and-tumble bebop…

Harold Mabern Trio - Don't Know Why (2003) [Reissue 2010]

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Harold Mabern Trio - Don't Know Why (2003) [Reissue 2010]

Harold Mabern Trio - Don't Know Why (2003) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 425 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 137 MB | Covers - 38 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Venus Records (VHCD-78140)

It's difficult not to break into a smile when hearing Harold Mabern play piano, as the hard bop stylist has a knack for giving his all as if he were entertaining an audience, even during a studio date. This trio meeting with bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth finds Mabern covering a lot of styles, including a few surprising choices. He takes Peter Brown's disco hit "Dance with Me" into new ground with a brisk arrangement incorporating funk, Latin, and driving post-bop. Jesse Harris' soft ballad "Don't Know Why" was a huge hit for singer/pianist Norah Jones on her platinum-selling CD Come Away with Me, though Mabern infuses it with a brighter tempo and a bit of country flavor, plus just a hint of gospel. For most jazz musicians, it's hard to avoid a modal approach to "My Favorite Things" since John Coltrane reworked it into that setting…

Oscar Peterson - Fly Me To The Moon (2006) {Remastered}

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Oscar Peterson - Fly Me To The Moon (2006) {Remastered}

Oscar Peterson - Fly Me To The Moon (2006) {Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 426 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 210 Mb
Full Scans | 01:10:36 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz | Verve Records / Universal Music #06024 9875796

A pleasant compilation of Oscar Peterson tracks with Ed Thigpen, Louis Hayes, Bobby Durham, and others sitting in, all anchored by Peterson's classic version of "Fly Me to the Moon," originally written by Bart Howard in 1954.

Coleman Hawkins - At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960) [Reissue, Remastered]

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Coleman Hawkins - At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960) [Reissue, Remastered]

Coleman Hawkins - At Ease With Coleman Hawkins (1960) [Reissue, Remastered]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 213 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 99 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Prestige/ZYX Music (OJC20 181-2)

Recorded originally for the Prestige subsidiary Moodsville, Coleman Hawkins (along with the Tommy Flanagan Trio) sticks exclusively to ballads and slower pieces, all played at a low flame. Although it is nice to hear the veteran tenor interpreting "Poor Butterfly" and "I'll Get By," this CD is more successful as pleasant background music than as creative jazz.

Harold Mabern Trio - Falling In Love With Love (2002) [Reissue 2010]

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Harold Mabern Trio - Falling In Love With Love (2002) [Reissue 2010]

Harold Mabern Trio - Falling In Love With Love (2002) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 386 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 133 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Venus Records (VHCD-78126)

Harold Mabern and his piano join together with George Mraz, bass, and Joe Farnsworth, drums, to compile a 10-track CD full of jazz's favorite staples from Harold Arlen, Michael Leonard and many more!

Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992) with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

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Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992) with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

Stan Getz - Quartet & Quintet 1950-1952 (1992)
with Horace Silver, Jimmy Raney, Al Haig, Duke Jordan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 287 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Bop | Label: Giants Of Jazz | # CD 53137 | Time: 01:08:20

In a three-year period, Stan Getz played with bands featuring either pianist Duke Jordan or a young Horace Silver. This is the boppin' Getz on tenor, playing standards fervently. There are two Gigi Gryce originals, the Getz original "Hershey Bar," and Silver's "Penny" among the 24 tracks. This is a decent introduction to the pre-bossa nova player the world would later know.

Quincy Jones - The Classic Albums 1956-1963 (2019)

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Quincy Jones - The Classic Albums 1956-1963 (2019)

Quincy Jones - The Classic Albums 1956-1963 (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 1,46 Gb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 629 Mb | 04:34:25
West Coast Jazz, Cool, Bop, Big Band | Label: Enlightenment

First and foremost, Quincy Jones is a musician, composer and arranger of some of the finest music of the 20th Century, and this 4 CD Set houses his very finest work. Eight original albums released by Jones on Mercury and other labels between 1960 and 1963, on which he was leader or co-leader, remain, certainly for jazz fans, the great man’s finest hour. This set includes these integral albums in their entirety and in pristine re-mastered form, complete with full musician lists and release details, to make for perhaps the best collection yet of Quincy Jones’s jazz recordings which pre-date almost everything this giant of a man remains most famous for.

Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson - We'll Be Together Again (1984) [Reissue 1996]

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Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson - We'll Be Together Again (1984) [Reissue 1996]

Joe Pass & J.J. Johnson - We'll Be Together Again (1984) [Reissue 1996]
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 170 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Mainstream Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Pablo Records (OJCCD-909-2 (2310-911))

Few would argue with the statement that there is not an excess of guitar-trombone duet albums. In fact, in terms of instrumentation, this date may very well be somewhat unique in jazz history. Trombonist J.J. Johnson had already been the pacesetter on his instrument for nearly 40 years at the time, while guitarist Joe Pass proved in the 1970s that he could make his axe fulfill all the roles of an orchestra. Still, the strong success of this inspired outing is a bit of a surprise. While Pass often adds walking lines behind Johnson, the trombonist sometimes plays long tones behind the guitarist's solos. Most exciting are the spots where the two share the lead equally. Other than Bud Powell's "Bud's Blues" and Johnson's "Naked as a Jaybird," the duo sticks to standards. But obviously, these versions sound quite a bit different than usual. Highlights include "Wave," "Limehouse Blues," "Nature Boy," and "When Lights Are Low."

Phil Woods The Little Big Band - Real Life (1991)

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Phil Woods The Little Big Band - Real Life (1991)

Phil Woods The Little Big Band - Real Life (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 399 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 162 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Chesky Records (JD47)

During a major portion of his career, Phil Woods predominately led a quartet or quintet, so the opportunity to work with his Little Big Band gave him a special pleasure, by expanding both the brass and reeds to an octet. His third release to feature the octet includes his working quintet at the time, including trombonist Hal Crook, pianist Jim McNeely, plus his longtime rhythm section, bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin. Guests include Woods' former sideman trumpeter/flugelhornist Tom Harrell, alto and baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, plus alto and tenor saxophonist Nelson Hill. Although the economics of touring with a band this size made it impossible to tour, the musicians dove into the difficult arrangements with plenty of gusto and end up sounding as if they had been playing them in concert for months…

Tommy Flanagan - Super Session (1980) [Reissue 1988]

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Tommy Flanagan - Super Session (1980) [Reissue 1988]

Tommy Flanagan - Super Session (1980) [Reissue 1988]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 219 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 98 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Enja Records (ENJA CD 3059-2)

This CD reissues a session that teams together three "super" players: pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Elvin Jones. On two of Flanagan's better originals ("Minor Perhaps" and "Rachel's Rondo") and four jazz standards (including "Django" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"), the musicians communicate quite well (Flanagan and Jones had played together back in the mid-'50s in Detroit) and often think as one. Fine straight-ahead music.

V.A. - Birds & Monks [Recorded 1978] (1995)

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V.A. - Birds & Monks [Recorded 1978] (1995)

V.A. - Birds & Monks [Recorded 1978] (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 466 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 172 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Galaxy/Fantasy (GCD-95002-2)

Birds & Monks features five tenors: Johnny Griffin, Harold Land, Joe Farrell, John Klemmer, and Joe Henderson - and altoist Art Pepper - playing one song apiece (five tunes by Charlie Parker along with Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight"). Pianist Stanley Cowell provides accompaniment (but sits out on the Henderson cut); either Cecil McBee or John Heard are on bass, and Roy Haynes plays the skins. Each of the saxophonists plays quite well, with John Klemmer's version of "'Round Midnight" being the only ballad. This release is easily recommended for bop fanatics.

Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette - Flute Fraternity (1957) [Reissue 1997]

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Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette - Flute Fraternity (1957) [Reissue 1997]

Herbie Mann & Buddy Collette - Flute Fraternity (1957) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 191 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 76 MB | Covers - 15 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: V.S.O.P. Records (V.S.O.P. #38 CD, Mode 114)

In the 1950s, Herbie Mann frequently shared the spotlight on record dates with other flutists. This V.S.O.P. LP, a reissue of a set originally for Mode and also out for awhile on Premier, matches Mann (who here also plays piccolo, clarinet and tenor) with Buddy Collette (switching between flute, clarinet, tenor and alto) in a quintet with pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Buddy Clark and drummer Mel Lewis. The results are generally pleasing, if somewhat lightweight, with such obscure tunes as "Here's Buddy," Rowles' "Pop Melody," "Here's Pete" and Mann's "Theme from 'Theme From'" alternating with three standards and Chico Hamilton's "Morning After." The most interesting aspect to this lightly swinging music is the constant switching around of the lead voices on their various horns.