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Stan Getz with Michel Legrand & His Orchestra - Communications '72 (1972) [Reissue 2007]

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Stan Getz with Michel Legrand & His Orchestra - Communications '72 (1972) [Reissue 2007]

Stan Getz with Michel Legrand & His Orchestra - Communications '72 (1972) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 260 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 105 MB | Covers - 24 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music France (984 635-7)

Featuring compositions and arrangements by film composer and jazz buff Michel Legrand, Stan Getz's Communications '72 is one in a long line of strings-and-voices albums the tenor saxophonist recorded. Starting with a Gunther Schuller-arranged session from 1955, Getz produced some impressive work in this context, with the incredible Eddie Sauter collaboration Focus standing out in particular. And even in the midst of some not-so-incredible backing on a few sets, Getz always comes up with impeccable solo statements. For his part, Legrand strikes an expert balance here among jazz combo, strings, and chorus, but the frenetic Swingle Singers-style choral parts don't always come off. While overpowering Getz on the otherwise lovely "Redemption," the vocal interjections sound too overarching in their mix of avant-garde and straightforward phrasing on "Outhouse Blues" and "Bonjour Tristesse"…

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - The Minimalism of Erik Satie (1989)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 275 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: Hat Hut | # hat ART CD 6024 | 01:15:11

Mathias Rüegg's Vienna Art Orchestra had always been an eclectic bunch, working in the odd jazz or classical cover into its repertoire with some regularity, but for this release, the ensemble went whole hog, leaping into the oeuvre of that grandfather of minimalism, Erik Satie. Originally issued as a two-LP set, every track (save one evocative Gil Evans-y piece by Rüegg) is a Satie composition rearranged, often brilliantly, and generally highlighting two or three individual VAO members. This reductionist technique serves the band well, as it has often had a tendency toward weighty ponderousness. Here, the arrangements are light and linear, affording a supple but transparent platform for the soloists, who are clearly encouraged to venture out into jazzy territory.

Brussels Jazz Orchestra - Two Places (2021)

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Brussels Jazz Orchestra - Two Places (2021)

Brussels Jazz Orchestra - Two Places (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 452.99 Mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps ~ 167.01 Mb | 01:12:25 | Cover
Contemporary Jazz, Bop, Hip Hop, Big Band | Country: Belgium | Label: Brussels Jazz Orchestra - BJO001

Two Places takes you on an amazing journey, past the orchestral sound of Brussels Jazz Orchestra, the rhymes of Zediam, the soul of singer Monique Harcum and the mixing, scratching and sampling skills of DJ Grazzhoppa. This production tears down musical pigeonholes and creates new places: Two Places, at once.

Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000) [Re-Up]

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Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000) [Re-Up]

Vienna Art Orchestra - All That Strauss (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 482 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Experimental Big Band, Creative Orchestra | Label: TCB | # 20052 | Time: 01:13:58

From Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin to Mahler and Bartok, European classical music has been a source of inspiration to numerous jazz musicians. The 19th Century compositions of the Strauss family are the subject of All That Strauss, which documents a New Year's 2000 concert by the Vienna Art Orchestra–one of Europe's most adventurous big bands. It is quite appropriate that this Strauss tribute concert was performed in Vienna and that the orchestra has Vienna in its name; for many classical greats have lived in Austria's largest city, including Johann and Eduard Strauss. While the Vienna Art Orchestra's love of the Strauss legacy is obvious, the band doesn't treat its compositions like museum pieces. Instead, time-honored compositions like "Donauwalzer," "Albion Polka," "Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien" and "Lagunen Walzer" are given serious jazz makeovers, and arranger Mathias Rüegg sees to it that the orchestra takes a lot of chances with the material.

Mundell Lowe - Satan in High Heels (1961) [Reissue 2004]

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Mundell Lowe - Satan in High Heels (1961) [Reissue 2004]

Mundell Lowe - Satan in High Heels (1961) [Reissue 2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 182 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 72 MB | Covers - 20 MB
Genre: Cool Jazz, Bop, Big Band, Soundtrack | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Fresh Sound Records (FSR 1626)

Mundell Lowe's score for the exploitation flick Satan in High Heels is an immensely enjoyable collection of exaggeratedly cinematic jazz. Lowe runs through all sorts of styles, from swinging big band to cool jazz, from laid-back hard-bop to driving bop. He pulls it off because his big band is comprised of musicians as skilled as Oliver Nelson, Al Cohn, Phil Woods, Urbie Green, Joe Newman and Clark Terry. They help give the music the extra kick it needs, and Satan in High Heels winds up as a terrific set of humorous and sleazy, but well-played, mainstream jazz.

Count Basie and His Orchestra - 88 Basie Street (1984) [Reissue 1994]

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Count Basie and His Orchestra - 88 Basie Street (1984) [Reissue 1994]

Count Basie and His Orchestra - 88 Basie Street (1984) [Reissue 1994]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 238 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 97 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Pablo Records (00025218680820)

One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar and the tenor of Kenny Hing add variety to a particularly strong set.

Woody Herman and His Big Band - 50th Anniversary Tour (1986)

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Woody Herman and His Big Band - 50th Anniversary Tour (1986)

Woody Herman and His Big Band - 50th Anniversary Tour (1986)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 300 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 114 MB | Covers - 12 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Concord Jazz (CCD-4302)

This set, which is the best of the Woody Herman Orchestra's Concord recordings, celebrates his 50th year as a bandleader, quite an accomplishment. No guest stars are needed for this set, which shows just how strong a big band he still had. With tenor-saxophonist Frank Tiberi gradually taking over leadership duties (today he leads the ghost Woody Herman Orchestra) and trombonist John Fedchock contributing the arrangements, the band was in fine shape even if the leader was aging. Whether it be "It Don't Mean a Thing," John Coltrane's "Central Park West" (a great arrangement) or Don Grolnick's "Pools," every selection is excellent.

Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra - 1937-1938 (1994) (Re-up)

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Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra - 1937-1938 (1994) (Re-up)

Bunny Berigan And His Orchestra - 1937-1938 (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 246 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 165 MB | Covers - 6 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 785)

Having made a name for himself in the bands of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, trumpeter Bunny Berigan set out on his own in 1937. Heading up a big band that included such shifting personnel as drummer Buddy Rich, tenor saxophonist George Auld, trumpeter/arranger Ray Conniff, and pianist Joe Bushkin, Berigan blazed brightly and briefly, until alcoholism and a lack of discipline forced him to break up his band in 1939. This Classics disc features tracks cut before things went south. Covering the years 1937-1938, the 20 sides find Berigan and company in their prime, with sparkling solos coming from Berigan, Auld, Conniff, and Bushkin. While the disc sags a bit with some requisite filler by vocalist Ruth Gaylor, instrumental highlights like "Wacky Dust" (a possible cocaine-reference here?), Ellington's "Azure," and Irving Berlin's "Russian Lullaby" ensure this batch of mostly solid swingers stays fresh.

Artie Shaw feat. Mel Torme & The Mel-Tones - What Is This Thing Called Love (1997) [Recorded 1945-1946] Re-Up

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Artie Shaw feat. Mel Torme & The Mel-Tones - What Is This Thing Called Love (1997) [Recorded 1945-1946] Re-Up

Artie Shaw feat. Mel Torme & The Mel-Tones - What Is This Thing Called Love (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 180 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Big Band, Swing | Label: President Records | # PLCD 557 | Time: 01:14:05

This collection of Artie Shaw big band recordings comes from his brief association with the Musicraft label. Having assembled and broken up several earlier units, this edition, heard in recordings made between 1945 and 1946, is more of an arranger's band than one that features many soloists, other than the leader. During this period of Shaw's career, he was constantly changing the instrumentation of his band and making personnel substitutions. Fellow Musicraft artist Mel Tormé and his group the Mel-Tones are added on some tracks, though this was a studio relationship exclusively and they were not a part of Shaw's organization. The innovative blend of strings, voices and brass in the swinging arrangement of "What Is This Thing Called Love" is the highlight of the vocal selections, along with an updated instrumental version of the clarinetist's earlier hit, "Begin the Beguine." The only reservation about this compilation is that several tracks are abruptly faded or even truncated.

Henry Mancini - The Ultimate Pink Panther (2004)

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Henry Mancini - The Ultimate Pink Panther (2004)

Henry Mancini - The Ultimate Pink Panther (2004)
EAC | FLAC (Tracks) + cue.+log ~ 457 Mb | Mp3, CBR320 kbps ~ 209 Mb | Scans included
Label: RCA / BMG Heritage | # 82876 59882 2 | Time: 01:11:26
Soundtracks, Easy Listening, Instrumental Pop, Jazz

Digitally remastered 2004 compilation of Henry Mancini scores 1964-1993… 24 tracks from 6 movies. First collection to gather the best movie music and themes from the entire Pink Panther franchise on one CD, The CD booklet contains extensive liner notes and rare photos. Digitally remastered from the original master tapes.

Helge Sunde, Ensemble Denada - Finding Nymo (2009) [Re-Up]

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Helge Sunde, Ensemble Denada - Finding Nymo (2009) [Re-Up]

Helge Sunde, Ensemble Denada - Finding Nymo (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 305 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Modern Big Band | Label: ACT | # 9492-2 | Time: 00:53:10

Helge Sunde is a 44-year-old Norwegian trombonist and composer who often works with jazz/classical composer Geir Lysne, sounds as if he checks out Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Carla Bley, and British jazz and TV composer Colin Towns – and who has produced a cracker of a contemporary big-band album with this set. Sunde's Denada ensemble has produced powerful work before, but the balance of moods, melodic variety and arranging ingenuity on Finding Nymo (the sax-playing Nymo brothers Frode and Atle are star soloists) ought to raise his standing outside continental Europe. He throws listeners off the big-band scent with the eerie vocoder whispers at the start, but busy phrase-swapping between the horns, and arrhythmic ensemble riffs with solo-sax wails rising out of them introduce a Django Bates feel. When In Rome is a hooting, swaggering theme with revving engines and street noise, Valse Triste starts like a funeral lament and turns into a demonically waltzing dance, and the title track begins as tentative, sputtery improv, then coalesces into a melody. Guests Olka Konkova (piano) and Marilyn Mazur add flourishes to an already formidable set.

Asleep At The Wheel - Asleep At The Wheel (1974)

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Asleep At The Wheel - Asleep At The Wheel (1974)

Asleep At The Wheel - Asleep At The Wheel (1974)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1990 | Epic, EK 33097 | ~ 230 or 90 Mb | Artwork(jpg) -> 1.93 Mb
Jazz, Folk, World, Country, Swing

Forming in 1969, Asleep at the Wheel was one of the first bands (along with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen) of the long-haired hippie generation to look back to American roots music traditions like Western swing and boogie-woogie, but the world wasn't quite ready when they released their 1973 debut on United Artists. The following year, they switched over to Epic for their self-titled sophomore release, and began to really make a name for themselves…

VA - Jazz Club (Instrumental Jazz Moods and Themes) (2021)

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VA - Jazz Club (Instrumental Jazz Moods and Themes) (2021)

VA - Jazz Club (Instrumental Jazz Moods and Themes) (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 2:55:18 | 1.04 GB / 404 MB
Genre: Jazz / Label: Irma Records

Irma Records Presents Jazz Club (Instrumental Jazz Moods and Themes) album 30 original hits and the original artists genre Jazz, Blues.

Billie Holiday - The Real... Billie Holiday, The Ultimate Collection (2011) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

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Billie Holiday - The Real... Billie Holiday, The Ultimate Collection (2011) 3 CDs [Re-Up]

Billie Holiday - The Real… Billie Holiday, The Ultimate Collection (2011) 3 CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 625 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 540 Mb | Scans included | 03:49:35
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Vocal Pop, Standarts | Label: Columbia/Sony | # 88691900762

UK three CD collection from the influential Jazz vocalist. While her life may have been tragic, her music has remained an integral part of American Jazz history and is constantly discovered by a new generation or rediscovered year after a year. This three CD collection features 78 tracks including 'God Bless the Child', 'Pennies from Heaven', 'Gloomy Sunday' and many others.

Slim Gaillard - 1939-1940 (1993) (Re-up)

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Slim Gaillard - 1939-1940 (1993) (Re-up)

Slim Gaillard - 1939-1940 (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 206 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 143 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Swing, Jive | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 724)

Volume two in the Classics Slim Gaillard chronology presents the Flat Foot Floogee Boys in all their pixilated glory. Well known for his silly and imaginative use of hip scat and cannabis-informed "viper talk," Gaillard was also one of a handful of individuals who pioneered the use of the electrically amplified guitar. This entertaining compilation presents Gaillard in the company of trumpeters Cyril Newman, Al Killian, and Henry Goodwin, lightning alto saxophonist Herman Flintall, Kenneth Hollon on tenor sax, the versatile Garvin Bushell on clarinet, pianist Loumell Morgan, bowing/singing bassist Slam Stewart, and dynamic drummer Herbert Pettaway (also known as "Hubert"). There are no sleepers among these vintage recordings, which were originally issued on the Okeh and Vocalion labels…