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Al Di Meola - Twentyfour (2024)

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Al Di Meola - Twentyfour (2024)

Al Di Meola - Twentyfour (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 479 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 189 Mb | 01:22:35
Jazz Fusion, Guitar Virtuoso | Label: earMUSIC

Al Di Meola's "Twentyfour," is a testament to creativity. Conceived during the tumultuous times of the pandemic, what started as a simple acoustic project evolved into something much grander. Al's initial intention to craft a reflective acoustic album on the challenges of the time expanded exponentially as he found himself unable to resist the allure of boundless musical exploration.

George Barnes & Carl Kress - Guitars, Anyone? (1963) & The Second George Barnes Quartet - Swing, Guitar! (1973) [Reissue 2003]

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George Barnes & Carl Kress - Guitars, Anyone? (1963) & The Second George Barnes Quartet - Swing, Guitar! (1973) [Reissue 2003]

George Barnes & Carl Kress - Guitars, Anyone? Why Not Start at the Top? (1963) & The Second George Barnes Quartet - Swing, Guitar! (1973) [Reissue 2003]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 315 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 161 MB | Covers - 24 MB
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Audiophile Records (ACD-87)

George Barnes and Carl Kress often teamed up to play guitar duets from 1962-65, although they made relatively few recordings. "Guitars Anyone?" was their last meeting on record, and it finds the pair in high spirits on a dozen selections. The second part of this CD features Barnes' Second Quartet with Dick Hyman, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, Jo Jones and others.

Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Handful of Blues (1995)

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Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Handful of Blues (1995)

Robben Ford & The Blue Line - Handful of Blues (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 387 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans ~ 41 Mb
Label: Stretch/Blue Thumb/GRP | # BTD-7004 | Time: 00:55:58
Modern Electric Blues, Jazz-Blues

A well-rounded exploration of every shade of blues Ford does so well: Chicago-style ("When I Leave Here"), jump blues ("The Miller's Son"), jazz-blues balladry ("Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"), and Texas shuffle ("Tired of Talkin'"). Ford's buttery lines and burnished tone (and his boyish voice) are captured in all their glory by producer Danny Kortchmar. Solidly anchored by bassist Roscoe Beck and drummer Tom Brechtlein, Ford solos liberally, taking the fast funk of "Think Twice" over the top with a burning series of rapid-fire runs and well-tooled turnarounds. Slowing down for a languid version of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You," Ford plays it raw and soulful, recalling B.B. King. He then turns up the pace on "Strong Will to Live," closing out the album with a signature solo full of fire and drama.

Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)

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Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)

Duke Robillard - A Swingin Session with Duke Robillard (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 119 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Contemporary Blues, Guitar Jazz, Swing | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1331 | 00:51:59

Duke Robillard has always had one foot in the blues world and one in the swing/jazz universe. He loves both styles of music and enjoys not only playing them separately but combining them together. The founder of Roomful of Blues back in 1967, Robillard has led dozens of projects throughout his career, including collaborations with guitarist Herb Ellis, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Jay McShann. On A Swingin Session, he plays with some of his favorite musicians, many of whom originated (like he did) in Rhode Island. While six horn players participate, there are no more than four on any one selection, and some numbers do not have any. The contrasting tenor solos are fun to hear, with Scott Hamilton sounding smooth and mellow on his numbers while Sax Gordon is greasier and much closer to Illinois Jacquet. Present throughout are Bruce Katz (mostly on organ), one of three bassists (usually Marty Ballou), and drummer Mark Teixeira. Robillard takes vocals on half of the selections in his personable way, but it is his guitar solos, which hint at both Charlie Christian and T-Bone Walker, that often take honors.

Pat Metheny Group - First Circle (1984)

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Pat Metheny Group - First Circle (1984)

Pat Metheny Group - First Circle (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Jazz Fusion, Contemporary Jazz | Label: ECM | # 823 342-2 | Time: 00:49:58

First Circle is a Grammy Award winning album by Pat Metheny Group released in 1984. On the album Pat Metheny is joined by Lyle Mays on piano and keyboards, Steve Rodby on bass, drummer Paul Wertico and vocalist and percussionist Pedro Aznar. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1985. Pat Metheny has remarked that this is an important album in the Group's history for a number of reasons, among them being that the Group's core lineup on the album remained unchanged for over 15 years and it was the final Group album released on the ECM record label.

Pat Metheny Group - Speaking Of Now (2002)

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Pat Metheny Group - Speaking Of Now (2002)

Pat Metheny Group - Speaking Of Now (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 436 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 60 Mb
Contemporary Jazz, Fusion | Label: Warner Bros. | # 9362 48025-2 | Time: 01:12:04

Speaking of Now finds guitarist Metheny leading a retooled Pat Metheny Group; in addition to longtime core members, keyboardist Lyle Mays and bassist Steve Rodby, the Group now includes drummer Antonio Sanchez, trumpeter/vocalist Cuong Vu, and Richard Bona, who's best known as a bassist, but who functions primarily as the Group's percussionist/vocalist. The result is an exquisite album that features fresh new musical perspectives while losing none of the Group's familiar wide-ranging, melodic, always accessible sound. Most of the tracks on Speaking of Now were composed by Metheny and his longtime collaborator Mays, although three tracks were composed solely by Metheny. There's a buoyant feel to this album that is not to be confused with lightness. This is complex, intricately detailed music that reveals additional layers with each listening. Metheny seems to delight in discovering the myriad means by which his prodigiously accomplished bandmembers can provide coloration to the compositions, both within the larger group and in solo spotlights.

Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)

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Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)

Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 401 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included
Label: Geffen | # GED 24293, GEFD 24293 | Time: 01:02:53
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz

Here you have three absolutely breathtaking jazz performers locked into a studio for a day or so. From this combination of guitar, standup bass, and acoustic drum kit, you've got nine tracks of sheer jazz joy – three guys just blowing for the hell of it, recorded on the fly. There's a strong sense here that engineer Rob Eaton probably tried to get everybody properly set up and balanced before the session started and just gave up when everybody started playing. It's a delight to hear, because everything has gone into the performance, which is spontaneous and graceful – no going back for the next take here. Pat Metheny's playing is definitely modernistic, highly fluid, almost liquid lightning – no effects boxes here, though (he does play Synclavier on the last track, "Three Flights Up," but it's great anyway). Roy Haynes, likewise, should be heard by anybody wanting to get behind the traps: this man has a sense of humor, and he's a blur of motion. Dave Holland, on bass, is no slouch either, keeping pace with Metheny's guitar lines, and balancing up against Haynes' drums. Together, these guys are incredible.

Laurindo Almeida & Charlie Byrd - Brazilian Soul (1981) [Japanese Edition 2002]

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Laurindo Almeida & Charlie Byrd - Brazilian Soul (1981) [Japanese Edition 2002]

Laurindo Almeida & Charlie Byrd - Brazilian Soul (1981) [Japanese Edition 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 195 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 87 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Jazz, Latin Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Victor (VICJ-60932)

The first of at least four meetings on record between the great Brazilian-styled guitarists Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd, this very logical matchup (in a quartet with bassist Bob Magnusson and percussionist Milt Holland) is quite succesful. The music is tightly arranged with very little improvisation but the beauty of the two guitarist's distinctive tones and the colorful melodies makes this a rewarding set. From "Carioca" and Jobim's "Stone Flower" to several Brazilian classical pieces and even "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," everything works.

Pat Metheny - Secret Story (1992)

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Pat Metheny - Secret Story (1992)

Pat Metheny - Secret Story (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 436 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Label: Geffen | # GED 24468, GEFD 24468 | Time: 01:16:26
Crossover Jazz, World Fusion, Ethnic Jazz, Guitar Jazz

Secret Story is among the more provocative recordings in Pat Metheny's oeuvre. Combining the relaxed groove of the early Pat Metheny Group recordings, it is full of odd sounds, exotic instrumentation, and the participation of members of the London Orchestra conducted by Jeremy Lubbock. Along with regular group members – bassist Steve Rodby, drummer Paul Wertico, percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, pianist-keyboardist Lyle Mays – numerous guests adorn these tracks as well: bassists Charlie Haden and Will Lee, percussionist Armando Marcal, vocalist Mark Ledford, jazz harmonica legend Toots Thielmans, Gil Goldstein, and Pat's brother Mike Metheny. But what's most notable is that none of these players are constants, as this is most certainly a Metheny solo effort: Secret Story is his own song, so to speak. His acoustic and electric guitars are augmented by synthesizers and samplers, and no matter how lush these proceedings get, they are never overwhelmed by production.

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - More Conversations In Swing Guitar (2003)

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Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - More Conversations In Swing Guitar (2003)

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - More Conversations In Swing Guitar (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Jazz Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1292 | 00:41:36

Many improvisers would agree that having the feeling of the blues is a crucial part of jazz expression; however, the jazz and blues worlds don't interact nearly as often as they should. There are jazz musicians who will play Miles Davis' "All Blues" or Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood" on a regular basis but wouldn't know John Lee Hooker from Little Milton; there are blues artists who are much more likely to work with a rock musician than a jazz musician. So it is a rare treat to hear a blues-oriented guitarist and a jazz-oriented guitarist co-leading a session, which is exactly what happens on More Conversations in Swing Guitar. This 2003 release is a sequel to bluesman Duke Robillard and jazzman Herb Ellis' 1999 encounter Conversations in Swing Guitar, and the CD proves that good things can happen when jazz and blues players interact. More Conversations in Swing Guitar is an album of very blues-minded instrumental jazz – it's hardly a carbon copy of Robillard's work with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, but the bluesman has no problem appearing in a jazz-oriented setting.

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

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Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)

Duke Robillard & Herb Ellis - Conversations In Swing Guitar (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 302 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 132 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing, Jazz Blues | Label: Stony Plain | # SPCD 1260 | 00:48:22

This is a not very challenging, but thoroughly charming, summit meeting between a blues guitar master and a jazz guitar legend. Taking four classic swing tunes ("Just Squeeze Me," "Avalon," "Stuffy," and, inevitably, "Flyin' Home"), two Robillard originals, and a jointly composed slow blues, and helped out by bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Marty Richards, Duke Robillard and Herb Ellis deliver a 48-minute swing guitar master class, Conversations in Swing Guitar. Ellis comes from jazz and Robillard from the blues, so their approaches are just distinct enough to keep things interesting; although both play with a clean, fat jazz tone and no one ever really hauls off and shreds, Robillard tends towards bent notes and funky chordal things while Ellis thinks a bit more in terms of long lines and florid ornamentation. Every so often you might find yourself wishing that the edges were just a bit rougher, but both of these guys are clearly having a great old time, and you will too.

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007

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John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans ~ 48 Mb
Label: RCA/BMG Japan | # BVCJ-37562 | Time: 00:46:04
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Guitar Jazz, Pop/Rock

Beatles fans love to explain that the key to the successful partnership of John Lennon and Paul McCartney was their contrasting songwriting personalities – Lennon was the tongue in cheek sardonic wit, McCartney the earnest balladeer. On John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles, a sharply conceived tribute which sets the duo's classics in a jazz trio with big-band arrangements, the singer/guitarist hits the mark more often when he's taking on the Lennon persona. He approaches "Cant' Buy Me Love," "When I'm 64," and "Get Back" with a playful wink, jumping off his speedy melody lines and the rising brass sections for extended improvisational tradeoffs with pianist Ray Kennedy, and adding colorful touches like scatting and even ad libbing his own lyrical verses based on the originals.

Jim Hall - Live in Tokyo - Complete Version (1976) [Japanese Edition 1991]

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Jim Hall - Live in Tokyo - Complete Version (1976) [Japanese Edition 1991]

Jim Hall - Live in Tokyo - Complete Version (1976) [Japanese Edition 1991]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 278 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 123 MB | Covers - 31 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: King Record (KICJ 62)

One of a pair of recordings made during a tour of Japan for Paddlewheel (a subsidiary of King), the Jim Hall Trio, with bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke, is in top form during this 1976 concert. The opener, Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce," is an introspective interpretation, though played with plenty of fire, while "Twister," a duo performance credited to both Hall and Clarke, may very well be an improvisation. A quiet piece like the excerpt from Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjeuz" is tailor-made for Hall's often subtle, rather understated approach to his instrument. First-rate versions of "Chelsea Bridge" and "St. Thomas" round out this highly recommended live set.

Guitars Unlimited - Extraordinaire (1995)

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Guitars Unlimited - Extraordinaire (1995)

Guitars Unlimited - Extraordinaire (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 208 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 125 MB | Covers - 26 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Musik Musik (MM 18)

This guitar duo, which performs frequently on the European jazz scene, involves a pair of Sweden's best jazz guitarists. Ulf Wakenius can claim ownership of a prestigious throne in the international jazz guitar kingdom. Since 1997, he has been guitarist in the Oscar Peterson Quartet, which at least suggests a passing knowledge of every chord substitution known to mankind. He follows in the footsteps of such legends as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. The other member of the Swedish Guitars Unlimited is Peter Almqvist, and while he can't boast of gigging with Oscar Peterson, he has recorded with pianist Horace Parlan which actually is preferable to many jazz fans. The group has performed for several decades, building from the initial sensational fan base that was created when the guitarists first combined forces in 1980 in their picturesque hometown on the Gota river…

Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)

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Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)

Lorne Lofsky - Lorne Lofsky (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 306 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Jazz, Cool Jazz, Guitar Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Jazz Inspiration (DSRD 31081)

Guitarist Lorne Lofsky's first album for the Jazz Inspiration label, and his first recording as a leader in 11 years, finds him in a much different state of development than on his prior Pablo release. Gone are the blues-influenced phrases, and the direct resemblance to fellow Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert (although Bickert's presence is still evident in the advanced chordal playing of Lofsky's music). What remains is a very aggressive, harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated player whose unique guitar style bears a striking resemblance to Bill Evans. The Evans influence is everywhere on this recording, from the choice of material ("All of You," "My Foolish Heart," "Solar," and "Quiet Now" were all part of Evans' repetoire), to the tracks which feature Lofsky overdubbing multiple guitars, a procedure Evans employed on several records…