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Bunny Brunel & Friends - Bass Ball (2017) {Nikaia Records}

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Bunny Brunel & Friends - Bass Ball (2017) {Nikaia Records}

Bunny Brunel & Friends - Bass Ball (2017) {Nikaia Records}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC Image level 6 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 600dpi | 565MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, Jazz-Funk

Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke make their presence know on all of the songs on Bass Ball. The two virtuosos (Bunny and Stanley) have very distinctive playing and soloing styles, making it easy to guess who's playing what on the album. In the liner notes, "Bass Ball" carefully outlines each bass player's part. However, If you know your bass players, you'll no trouble identifying these iconic players.

Cassandra Wilson - Closer To You: The Pop Side (2009)

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Cassandra Wilson - Closer To You: The Pop Side (2009)

Cassandra Wilson - Closer To You: The Pop Side (2009)
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Contemporary Jazz / Jazz-Pop / Pop Rock / Free Funk / Soul / World Fusion / Standards
Blue Note #50999 6960872 8

When most jazz singers do standards, they come from the "classic" American songbook, the one that includes show tunes and pop songs from a bygone era, one that was powered by names such as Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sammy Kahn, Johnny Mercer, and so many others. That said, Cassandra Wilson is not just any jazz vocalist, and her Blue Note catalog – the label she's been with since 1993 – proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Wilson has explored her deep love of jazz and blues to be sure, covering everyone from Robert Johnson to Miles Davis…

Jonathan Butler - Do You Love Me? (1997)

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Jonathan Butler - Do You Love Me? (1997)

Jonathan Butler - Do You Love Me? (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 352 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 139 Mb | Scans included | 00:52:58
Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Soul, R&B | Label: N2K Encoded | # N2K-10005

On Jonathan Butler's N2K Encoded Music debut, Do You Love Me, he continues his jack-of-two-trades approach, balancing R&B-based vocal tunes with easy, acoustic guitar-based instrumentals. While it's a friendly enough listen, Butler here doesn't display a powerful enough mastery of either format. His guttural, heartfelt vocal style – reminiscent of Jon Secada – can make even the most Lionel Richie-esque lyric seem deeper than it is (even a new song with a title like "The Way You Look Tonight"), but few of the adult-oriented vocal tunes here are as memorable or hooky as his best-known hit, "Sarah Sarah." "Do You Love Me?," for instance, should be a deep, emotional moment, but comes off as a pleasant, easily dismissed conversation. Fortunately, "You Don't Belong to Me" has more lyrical bite, nicely underscored with a percussive guitar line underneath his angry tone. Butler should put more of that pointed energy into his play-it-safe instrumentals, which generally gallop along smoothly without building much steam. The best one can do with this sort of album is like Butler a lot.

Chris Botti - To Love Again: The Duets (2005)

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Chris Botti - To Love Again: The Duets (2005)

Chris Botti - To Love Again: The Duets (2005)
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Mainstream Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Crossover Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Standards
© 2006 Sony BMG Music / Columbia #82876828652

Trumpeter Chris Botti's To Love Again: The Duets picks up where his stellar 2004 release When I Fall in Love leaves off, with more gorgeously lush and heartfelt orchestral jazz via the London Session Orchestra. This time showcasing guest vocalists – as well as a handful of instrumental tracks – Botti takes an even more classicist approach than before and once again brings to mind such iconic jazz albums as Clifford Brown with Strings and Miles Davis' Porgy and Bess. Largely known as a smooth jazz artist with a sweet trumpet tone, it wasn't until When I Fall in Love that Botti dropped the smooth jazz synthesizers and pop-oriented compositions in favor of Gil Evans-style jazz orchestrations and an acoustic backing quartet…

Gato Barbieri - Ruby, Ruby (1977) {Verve Originals 0602517426696}

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Gato Barbieri - Ruby, Ruby (1977) {Verve Originals 0602517426696}

Gato Barbieri - Ruby, Ruby (1977) {Verve Originals 0602517426696}
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© 1977, 2007 Verve | 0602517426696 | Verve Originals Series
Jazz / Latin Jazz / World Fusion / Saxophone

Charming and romantic fit the description of Gato Barbieri and the work he presents here, the album Ruby, Ruby. The production of the record, mastered and engineered handsomely by Herb Alpert, is very lush and beautiful to a lasting degree. Barbieri turns his first song, "Ruby," from an early-on haunting love ballad to an appealing and gripping all-out Latin jam session. This theme happens to find itself playing roles several times over throughout the record. The musicianship explored is captivating and adventurous, taking the listener on a passionate journey to whatever part of the soul he or she wishes to find or dares to pursue.

The Wee Trio - Wee + 3 (2016)

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The Wee Trio - Wee + 3 (2016)

The Wee Trio - Wee + 3 (2016)
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Genre: jazz, R&B, soul

Wee + 3 is a 2016 album by The Wee Trio. Released by Bionic, it is called + 3 because they collaborate with three different musicians on the album, including trupeter Nicholas Payton

Classical Jazz Quartet - Complete Recordings (2004) 2CDs, Reissue 2015

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Classical Jazz Quartet - Complete Recordings (2004) 2CDs, Reissue 2015

Classical Jazz Quartet - Complete Recordings (2004) 2CDs, Reissue 2015
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Neo-Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Classical Crossover | Label: Kind Of Blue/Recording Arts | # 2X645

The names of Johann Sebastian Bach, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff do not necessarily conjure images and sounds of jazz in one's mind, that is until one has listened to recordings by the Classical Jazz Quartet. Although these musicians utilize the same instruments as the Modern Jazz Quartet, they are in no way clones or copycats of that groundbreaking group. They have very much their own sound and style. This is not surprising given the huge talent of the musicians involved; all four are virtuosos on their respective instruments. The themes, although composed in a different time and place, become excellent vehicles for complex, sometimes, bluesy, often swinging and always fresh improvisations in the hands of these musicians. And although one might think of any recording billed as "classical meets jazz" as background music, this music definitely is not. The double CD consists of the group's three previously released recordings, plus one bonus track featuring their interpretation of Handel's Hallelujah.

Various Artists - That's The Way I Feel Now: A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984) {A&M Records CD 6600}

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Various Artists - That's The Way I Feel Now: A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984) {A&M Records CD 6600}

Various Artists - That's The Way I Feel Now: A Tribute To Thelonious Monk (1984) {A&M Records CD 6600}
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© 1984, 1991 A&M Records | CD 6600 | Audio Master Plus Series
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Modern Jazz / Jazz Funk / Prog Rock / Soul / Soft Rock

Two years after the death of pianist-composer Thelonious Monk, this very unusual and quite memorable double-LP tribute was put together. Producer Hal Willner's most successful project, the 23 interpretations of Monk originals all feature a different group of all-star players and stretch beyond jazz. Some of the performances are fairly straightforward while others are quite eccentric; certainly the crazy duet on "Four in One" by altoist Gary Windo and Todd Rundgren (on synthesizers and drum machines) and the version of "Shuffle Boil" featuring John Zorn on game calls (imitating the sound of ducks) are quite unique. There are many colorful moments throughout the project and the roster of musicians is remarkable: Bobby McFerrin with Bob Dorough, Peter Frampton, Joe Jackson, Steve Lacy, Dr. John, Gil Evans, Randy Weston, Roswell Rudd, Eugene Chadbourne and Shockabilly, the Fowler Brothers, NRBQ, Steve Khan, Carla Bley, Barry Harris, Was (Not Was) and many others. There is not a slow moment or uninteresting selection on this highly recommended set.

George Benson - That's Right (1996)

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George Benson - That's Right (1996)

George Benson - That's Right (1996)
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Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul | GRP Records #GRD-9823

George Benson may have changed labels with That's Right, but he didn't change his approach. Like his other '90s albums, That's Right is jazz-inflected quiet-storm soul. It's quietly funky and always grooving, whether he's playing a light uptempo number or a silky ballad. As always, Benson's tone is smooth and supple – it's a pleasure to hear him play, even if the material he has selected doesn't always showcase his ample skills. In fact, the unevenness in material is the very thing that keeps That's Right from being on par with Benson's early '80s contemporary soul records…

Nils Landgren & Esbjorn Svensson - Layers of Light (2001) {ACT Music 9281-2}

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Nils Landgren & Esbjorn Svensson - Layers of Light (2001) {ACT Music 9281-2}

Nils Landgren & Esbjorn Svensson - Layers of Light (2001) {ACT Music 9281-2}
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© 2001 ACT Music | ACT 9281-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Folk Jazz / Trombone / Piano

It was through the influence of Landgren and Svensson’s former teacher Bengt-Arne Wallin, who recorded the landmark album “Old Folklore In Swedish Modern” back in 1962 (ACT 9254-2), that Svensson and Landgren were inspired to make a duo album centered around folk songs. In August 1997 both went into the studio and with only trombone and piano recorded Swedish Folk Modern (ACT 9257-2). Their improvised treatments of the classic songs of the folk culture not only impressed the public; it brought praise from the press.

Gerald Albright - The Very Best Of Gerald Albright (2001)

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Gerald Albright - The Very Best Of Gerald Albright (2001)

Gerald Albright - The Very Best Of Gerald Albright (2001)
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Smooth Jazz, Crossover Jazz, R&B | Label: Atlantic | # 83460-2 | Time: 01:04:44

The first five chronologically sequenced tracks of this compilation mirror the rise of the smooth-jazz radio phenomenon. "So Amazing," "Bermuda Nights," "In the Mood," "My, My, My," and "Anniversary" are all still staples of the format. Released between 1987 and 1990, all (except the second one) are covers of popular R&B tunes, and they still sound fresh. These songs alone make this an excellent collection for smooth-jazz fans. Starting with his fifth album, Live at Birdland West, the exciting tenor saxophonist became a little more adventurous, often completely crossing that broad line that separates smooth jazz from contemporary electric jazz. Two duets–one with Lee Ritenour, "G & Lee," and "Boss of Nova," with Joe Sample–are two examples of his playing that sets Albright apart from most saxophonists who are tagged with the smooth-jazz label. Serious Albright fans may not appreciate the absence of his popular duets with his frequent partner, vocalist Will Downing, but that aside, this is a worthy summation of Albright's successful tenure at Atlantic Records.

Robben Ford & The Blue Line - The Authorized Bootleg (1998) [Repost, New Rip]

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Robben Ford & The Blue Line - The Authorized Bootleg (1998) [Repost, New Rip]

Robben Ford & The Blue Line - The Authorized Bootleg (1998)
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Blues, Jazz Blues, Crossover Jazz | Label: Blue Thumb | # BTR 70132, 057 013-2

This is a keeper from the word "go." Recorded live in 1995 (but not released until 1998) at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, Robben Ford is joined by long-time Blue Line trio members Roscoe Beck on bass and Tom Brechtlein on drums, as well as Bill Boublitz on a baby grand piano. Although nearly all of the songs can be found on other Ford albums (most are from Handful of Blues), one of the things that makes this jazzy recording so special is that Ford is playing only an acoustic guitar. The Ray Charles gem "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" (which you WON'T find elsewhere) is simply beautiful, and on Paul Butterfield's "Lovin' Cup," it's just Ford and his guitar. The brilliance of his playing and the reason behind why so many guitar players put him at the top of their list can be found in Ford's performance on this release, alternating between lead and rhythm. The Authorized Bootleg also has great (albeit laid-back) versions of "When I Leave Here" and "Tired of Talkin'." Highly, highly recommended.

Louis Bellson & Walfredo do Los Reyes - Ecue Ritmos Cubanos (1977) {Pablo OJCCD-632-2 rel 1991}

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Louis Bellson & Walfredo do Los Reyes  - Ecue Ritmos Cubanos (1977) {Pablo OJCCD-632-2 rel 1991}

Louis Bellson & Walfredo do Los Reyes - Ecue Ritmos Cubanos (1977) {Pablo OJCCD-632-2 rel 1991}
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© 1977, 1991 Pablo / Fantasy | OJCCD-632-2
Jazz / Afro-Cuban Jazz / Salsa / Latin Jazz / Percussion / Drums

Fourteen musicians, 46 instruments, and the astonishing rhythmic variety of the Afro-Cuban culture; ingredients for a percussion fiesta. Under the joint leadership of the veteran drummer Louis Bellson and the gifted Cuban percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes, Sr., a cross-section of American and Caribbean musicians explores the expressive possibilities in the complex rhythms developed within the musical traditions of the Nañigo descendants of Carabali tribesmen taken to Cuba from the Congo. The music is rich in texture, variety, and percussive melody. Warning: the compulsion to dance may be irresistible.

Mike Stern - Upside Downside (1986)

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Mike Stern - Upside Downside (1986)

Mike Stern - Upside Downside (1986)
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Jazz Fusion | Atlantic #7567-81656-2

Mike Stern is a six-time Grammy-nominated American jazz guitarist. After playing with Blood, Sweat & Tears, he landed a gig with drummer Billy Cobham, then with trumpeter Miles Davis from 1981 to 1983 and again in 1985. Following that, he launched a solo career, releasing more than a dozen albums. Stern was hailed as the Best Jazz Guitarist of 1993 by Guitar Player magazine. At the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in June 2007, Stern was honored with the Miles Davis Award, which was created to recognize internationally acclaimed jazz artists whose work has contributed significantly to the renewal of the genre…

Bill Evans (Sax) - Petite Blonde (1992) {Lipstick Records}

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Bill Evans (Sax) - Petite Blonde (1992) {Lipstick Records}

Bill Evans (Sax) - Petite Blonde (1992) {Lipstick Records}
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© 1992 Lipstick Records | LIP 89012 2
Jazz / Post Bop

A live recording with cuts from two concerts in Germany, it was recorded live to 24-track and later remixed for an amazing sound quality for a live album. Evans expands on the style of the late Miles Davis and the album is sometimes reminiscent stylistically of We Want Miles, but it has an individual touch due to the contributions from the different bandmembers. It's one of those rare live albums that is really enjoyable even if you were not at one of the shows. This album was voted Best Album of the Month by several large German publications.