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Lionel Hampton - The Chronological Lionel Hampton: 1951-1953 (2006) [Classics 1429]

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Lionel Hampton - The Chronological Lionel Hampton: 1951-1953 (2006) [Classics 1429]

Lionel Hampton - The Chronological Lionel Hampton: 1951-1953 (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included | 01:05:29
Swing, Marimba Jazz, Vibraphone Jazz, Jazz-Blues | Label: Classics | # 1429

Here is the 12th volume in the complete chronological recordings of Lionel Hampton as reissued by the Classics label. It opens with Hamp's final five recordings for the MGM label, waxed in Los Angeles on October 17, 1951. This was a 20-piece big band using charts written by Quincy Jones, and the music it made feels much different from what's to be heard in the next leg of Lionel Hampton's odyssey, a Norman Granz-produced quartet session with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Buddy Rich, recorded in New York on September 2, 1953. While the big band sides are exciting and fun, with a hip vocal by Sonny Parker on "Don't Flee the Scene Salty" and a singalong routine led by Hamp on "Oh Rock," the quartet swings cohesively, stretching out for six, seven or nearly eleven minutes, for the LP era had begun and Norman Granz encouraged extended improvisations. The combination of Oscar Peterson and Lionel Hampton, whether cooking together on "Air Mail Special" or savoring the changes of a ballad like "The Nearness of You" made spirits to soar and sparks to fly.

Randy Edelman & VA - Surviving Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)

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Randy Edelman & VA - Surviving Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)

Randy Edelman & VA - Surviving Christmas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 275 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 138 Mb | Scans included | 00:38:06
Soundtrack, Score, Christmas, Vocal Jazz, Pop | Label: Varèse Sarabande | # VSD-6620

Varèse Sarabande presents "Surviving Christmas", music from the film featuring Randy Edelman's score mixed with several songs from the past Holiday seasons…a list of some talented people Chet Atkins, Bing Crosby, Jose Feliciano, Judy Garland, Lou Rawls and Andy Williams.

VA - Crooners At Christmas (1998) {Newsound 2000} **[RE-UP]**

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VA - Crooners At Christmas (1998) {Newsound 2000} **[RE-UP]**

VA - Crooners At Christmas (1998) {Newsound 2000}
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 115 mb
Genre: Christmas, pop jazz, vocal jazz

Crooners At Christmas is a Christmas music compilation released in 1998 by Newsound 2000. The focus here are pop/jazz crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and many others.

Rita Reys - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1986)

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Rita Reys - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1986)

Rita Reys - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (1986)
with Metropole Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Rogier van Otterloo

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 280 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Polydor | # 831 254-2 | 00:43:48

Rita Reys was long ago billed as "Europe's First Lady of Jazz." A legend overseas, Reys was one of the top jazz singers in Europe from the mid-'50s to the turn of the millennium. In 1986, Rita recorded the Christmas album Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas with the Pim Jacobs Trio and the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Rogier van Otterloo.

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

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Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)

Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Gate Swings (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 377 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 171 Mb | Scans included
Label: Verve, Gitanes Blues Productions | # 314 537 617-2 | Time: 00:56:46
Modern Electric Texas Blues, Jump Blues, Jazz-Blues, Swing

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown's tough-minded approach to the blues, country, Cajun, and jazz insures a minimum of nonsense and a maximum of variety, while his virtuosity on the guitar and fiddle insures the highest standards. Nonetheless, Brown's 1997 album is a landmark for the 73-year-old picker who won a Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award. All 13 tunes on Gate Swings find Brown working with his regular road quartet plus a 13-piece horn section, enabling him to prove that Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton have been as important to his music as any bluesman or Creole fiddler. Gate Swings includes tunes by all three of those big-band leaders as well as compositions by Buddy Johnson, Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Brown himself, and they all swing with the massive force that only a big horn section can muster. Brown has leaned in this direction before, but Gate Swings is special, because it features the horn arrangements of Wardell Quezergue, an alumnus of the Dave Bartholomew band who arranged many of the best New Orleans R&B hits in the '60s and '70s.

Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (1985)

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Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (1985)

Ray Charles - The Spirit Of Christmas (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 220 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Artwork included | 00:43:67
Holidays, Christmas Standarts, Vocal Jazz, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Columbia | # CK 40125

Recorded in 1985, The Spirit of Christmas finds Ray Charles performing a variety of holiday favorites with vocal assistance from the Raelettes and an appearance by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. The ten tracks mix standards and originals, including "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and the ballad "That Spirit of Christmas," which was featured in the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. The Spirit of Christmas is perfect background music for any holiday celebration.

The Lost Fingers - Coconut Christmas (2017)

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The Lost Fingers - Coconut Christmas (2017)

The Lost Fingers - Coconut Christmas (2017)
christmas, jazz, world music, swing, pop | 53:00 min | WEB FLAC (tracks) | 349 MB
Label: L-A be

An acoustic trio, the Lost Fingers were based in Quebec City, Canada, and were known for their love of classic gypsy jazz and '80s pop hits. Their shows were a blending of both – seemingly disparate – styles, seeing the band cover hit '80s tunes as well as playing homage to such jazz legends as Django Reinhardt. Their reputation and skill won them a great many fans very quickly, and the group was to be found not too long after forming, playing some of the world's best-known festivals, including a ten-night stand at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The Soulful Strings - Magic Of Christmas (1968) Remastered Reissue 2015

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The Soulful Strings - Magic Of Christmas (1968) Remastered Reissue 2015

The Soulful Strings - Magic Of Christmas (1968) Remastered 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 91 Mb | Scans included | 00:37:22
Easy Listening, Soul-Jazz, Holidays | Label: Real Gone Music | # RGM 0402

The Soulful Strings were without a doubt the hippest project ever to emerge from the 60s with the word Strings in its name. Brainchild of producer/arranger/bassist/songwriter (and genius) Richard Evans, the group was a far cry from the interchangeable outfits that flourished during the beautiful music era; instead, The Soulful Strings were actually composed of members of the Chess/Cadet label house band, including flautist Lennie Druss, guitarist Phil Upchurch, bassist/cellist Cleveland Eaton and harpist Dorothy Ashby, who laid down a tasty electric groove into which Evans stirred lush strings and unusual instrumentation like the kalimba and sitar. The result was a sound that resided at the crossroads of easy listening, jazz, R&B and exotica and, as one might expect from that description, every Soulful Strings release (they made seven albums) is treasured by cratediggers worldwide. This 1968 release was their highest-charting record at #35 on the charts, and appears on CD for the first time anywhere in the world, with liner notes by Gene Sculatti. The soundtrack to many a swingin 60s Christmas party.

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Big Band Holidays (2015) **[RE-UP]**

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Big Band Holidays (2015) **[RE-UP]**

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - Big Band Holidays (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 341 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 139 mb
Genre: jazz, big band

Big Band Holidays is a 2015 CD by The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis. Some of the musicians joining him include Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason, Kenny Rampton, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Paul Nedzela, and many more.

New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)

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New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)

New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included | 01:03:22
Vocal Jazz, Harmony Vocal Group, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Jazz | # CCD-4961-2

You have to admire New York Voices' diversity – this is a jazz vocal group that has embraced everything from modal post-bop and Brazilian jazz to Stevie Wonder pearls. And how many artists have devoted an entire album to jazz interpretations of Paul Simon tunes? Not everything the Voices have recorded is great, but more often than not, their sense of adventure and open-mindedness have served them well. After paying tribute to pop-rocker Simon in 1997, the Voices make big band music the main focus of Sing, Sing, Sing. This time, they are backed by a big band and turn their attention to gems associated with swing icons like Benny Goodman ("Sing, Sing, Sing," "Don't Be That Way"), Duke Ellington ("In A Mellow Tone"), Woody Herman ("Early Autumn"), and Artie Shaw ("Stardust"). Although many of these classics came out of the Swing Era, Sing, Sing, Sing also has its share of post-World War II gems. Ralph Burns' lovely "Early Autumn" is a gem that Herman recorded in 1948, when he was exploring bop with his Second Herd and the Four Brothers. And "Orange Colored Sky," which was a major hit for Nat "King" Cole in 1950, is quite relevant to the CD's big band theme because Cole recorded it with the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)

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Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)

Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass - Big Band Christmas (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 337 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included | 00:59:48
Bop, Swing, Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Concord | # CCD-4844-2

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly heard melody but one first written in 1887, though the music will likely be familiar, even if one doesn't associate it with the well-known lyrics. The lush setting of "The Christmas Song," which likely set Mel Tormé and Bob Wells for life with royalty checks due to its many recordings, showcases the leader's valve trombone and pianist David Restivo. "My Favorite Things," originally written for The Sound of Music, has gradually been transformed into double duty as a Christmas carol; this swinging interpretation works very well. Johnny Mandel, the composer of many memorable melodies, deserves greater recognition for his gorgeous piece "A Christmas Love Song"; this arrangement deserved to help put it on the jazz map. Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass consistently delivered first-rate music throughout their existence, this holiday CD no exception.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Whatchu' Want For Christmas? (1995)

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Whatchu' Want For Christmas? (1995)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Whatchu' Want For Christmas? (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 190 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 95 Mb | Scans included
Swing, Big Band, Holidays, Christmas | Label: Big Bad | # BBR1108 | 00:22:48

A rare find, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's release Whatchu' Want for Christmas gives the listener a peek back @ one of todays original, 'classically fresh' and unique swing bands. This album is a mix of early recordings of their current hits, You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (baby), Go Daddy-O, The Jungle Book favorite, I Wanna be Just Like You and, three Christmas tunes that promise to get you in a swingin' holiday mood. If there is one thing this album lacks it is the presence and "finishing touch" Josh Levy (piano, vocals) and Karl Hunter (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet) provide in the band's current self titled release. Amidst all of the '90's swing' being thrown our way, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy offers an original yet classic swing sound that will leave you Jumpin' Jack… Go-Daddy-O!!

Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca (2002)

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Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca (2002)

Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 386 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans ~ 56 Mb | 01:12:08
Bop, Swing, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Trumpet Jazz | Label: IMC Music | # JHR 73613

This rich collection of late-1940's recordings from the seminal bop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie returns us to the period when modern jazz had firmly broken away from swing, even as, for many jazz fans, it was fulfilling musical promises that swing had long held out. One of the more compelling features of this collection is its focus on ensembles that are larger than the stereotypical small-group bebop lineup. Gillespie liked the big-band style in which he had made his name, and here we find groups of more than twelve pieces handling Gillespie's and other composers' most challenging bop compositions…

Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Berlin, Kern, Porter And Rodgers & Hart (1988) {2011, Reissue}

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Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Berlin, Kern, Porter And Rodgers & Hart (1988) {2011, Reissue}

Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Berlin, Kern, Porter And Rodgers & Hart (1988) {2011, Reissue}
EAC Rip | WV (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 408 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 210 Mb
Scans Included (JPG, 600 dpi) | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Jazz | EMI Hong Kong / Warner Music Hong Kong #5099908468628

These are the main ingredients of a perfectly-made CD for your listening pleasure: mix violins, piano, bass and drums together, combine two terrific violinists, season with the best melodies in the 20s, 30s and 40s from Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. Add the musical talents of Nelson Riddle, Max Harris, Martin Taylor, Eddie Tripp, Alan Clare and the rest of the studio musicians. Now all you have to do is to sit back, relax and savor these stunning melodies coming from your CD player. Listen to it in full-volume and fill your music room with the sheer beauty of these classics. A musical treat!

Harry Connick, Jr. - Your Songs (2009)

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Harry Connick, Jr. - Your Songs (2009)

Harry Connick, Jr. - Your Songs (2009)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 260.91 Mb | 49:49 | Cover
Vocal Jazz, Swing | Country: USA | Label: Columbia

Much like 2001's Songs I Heard and 2004's Only You, 2009's Your Songs finds vocalist/pianist Harry Connick, Jr. coming up with an urbane and passionate set of American popular songs and contemporary pop classics that he both performs and orchestrates. While his previous recordings leaned toward the classicist side – Only You featured songs of the '50s and '60s – Your Songs features a more eclectic mix of standards and pop songs with Connick's own lush orchestration lending an overall aesthetic of languid romanticism.