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Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 (1999)

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Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 (1999)

Jim Hall & Bob Brookmeyer - Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1979 (1999)
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 178 Mb | Scans included | 01:10:33
Cool, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz, Trombone Jazz | Label: Challenge | # CHR 70063

Released for the first time on this 1999 Challenge CD, this live set features the unusual duo of guitarist Jim Hall and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, two-thirds of the 1957 Jimmy Giuffre Three. Although there are occasions when one of the musicians accompanies the other one, much of the time Hall and Brookmeyer function as equals, improvising together on a set of standards plus an ad-lib blues called "Sweet Basil." Their ability to improvise while thinking of the whole picture and their knack for spontaneously harmonizing really come in handy during this intriguing and frequently exciting outing. Among the selections reborn in the playing of Hall and Brookmeyer are John Lewis' "Skating in Central Park," "Body and Soul," "Darn That Dream," and "St. Thomas." A successful effort that should not have taken 20 years to release.

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010] Audio CD Layer

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Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) [Analogue Productions, Remastered 2010] Audio CD Layer

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) [Remastered 2010]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 240 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:44:07
Hard Bop, Jazz-Blues, Guitar Jazz | Label: Analogue Productions, Blue Note | # CBNJ 84123 SA

Midnight Blue is a 1963 album by Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga, and is one of Burrell's best-known works for Blue Note. Jazz Improv Magazine lists the album among its top five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "if you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is". In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990) [Re-Up]

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Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990) [Re-Up]

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.

Charlie Christian - Electric (2011) [Recorded 1939-1940] Re-Up

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Charlie Christian - Electric (2011) [Recorded 1939-1940] Re-Up

Charlie Christian - Electric (2011) [Recorded 1939-1940]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 158 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 141 Mb | Scans included
Swing, Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label: Uptown | # UPCD27.63 | Time: 00:56:39

Charlie Christian's career was all too brief, lasting a mere five years. After catching the attention of John Hammond, who recommended him to Benny Goodman, he appeared on fewer than 100 sessions between 1939 and 1941, mostly broadcasts, plus a few privately recorded sessions issued on various labels over the years, in addition to his well-known studio recordings and with Goodman. While the music in this compilation has been previously available, this collection has to much recommend it. First of all, new digital transfers have been made from original acetates from the Jerry Newhouse collection, rather than relying on later generation sources. Frank Driggs' detailed liner notes provide a wealth of historical background and there are also lots of photographs. But the most important factor is the music itself.

John Scofield - Slo Sco: Best Of The Ballads (1990)

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John Scofield - Slo Sco: Best Of The Ballads (1990)

John Scofield - Slo Sco: Best Of The Ballads (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 363 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 166 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz | Label: Gramavision | # R2 79430 | 01:07:02

A collection of Scofield's more reflective and tender music, which still retains the edge of his fertile musical mind. The guitarist selected and sequenced the twelve titles, ensuring that they would provide the most accurate picture of the gentle side of John Scofield.

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007 [Re-Up]

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John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007 [Re-Up]

John Pizzarelli - John Pizzarelli meets The Beatles (1998) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 335 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb | Scans included
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 - Concierto (1975) Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

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Jim Hall - Concierto (1975) Reissue 2001 [Re-Up]

Jim Hall - Concierto (1975) Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 162 Mb | Scans included
Cool, Post-Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label: Epic/Legacy/CTI | # 5060252 | 01:05:58

Guitarist Jim Hall is the sort of musician who displays such technical expertise, imaginative conception, and elegance of line and phrase that almost any recording of his is worth hearing. Still, Concierto ranks among the best albums of his superb catalog. For starters, the personnel here is a jazz lover's dream come true. Paul Desmond (saxophone), Chet Baker (trumpet), Roland Hanna (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Steve Gadd (drums) are on board, creating – along with Hall – one of the highest profile lineups ever put to tape. Yet Concierto is not about star power and showboating. As subtle, nuanced, and considered as any of Hall's output, the ensemble playing here demonstrates great group sensitivity and interplay, giving precedence to mood and atmosphere over powerhouse soloing. Conductor and arranger Don Sebesky evinces a chamber ambience from the sextet on "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To," the smoky "The Answer Is Yes," and the Hall centerpiece "Concierto de Aranjuez".

Richard Bennett - Albums Collection 2004-2013 (4CD) [Re-Up]

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Richard Bennett - Albums Collection 2004-2013 (4CD) [Re-Up]

Richard Bennett - Albums Collection 2004-2013 (4CD)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.1 Gb | Scans ~ 243 Mb | Time: 03:08:05
Instrumental Pop/Rock, Easy Listening, Guitar Jazz, Country

Richard Bennett is an American guitarist, sideman, session musician, and record producer. As a touring sideman, he performed with Neil Diamond for 17 years, and Mark Knopfler since 1994. As a session player, he has worked with artists ranging from Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand to Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill. He has produced Grammy award winning artists like Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Marty Stuart.

Emily Remler - Retrospective, Volume One: Standards (1991)

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Emily Remler - Retrospective, Volume One: Standards (1991)

Emily Remler - Retrospective, Vol. 1: Standards (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 331 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 145 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Hard Bop | Label: Concord Jazz | # CCD-4453 | Time: 01:01:31

This is the first of two CDs issued by Concord Jazz compiling some of the best tracks from Emily Remler's sessions for that label. Cut short at a far too early age by a heart condition while touring in Australia, Remler had all the talent necessary to carve herself a niche in the jazz world as a premier jazz guitar interpreter and performer. Retrospective, Vol. 1 is probably the superior of the two volumes, as it includes, among other gems, an enticing unaccompanied rendition of "Afro Blue." Remler had the ability to be expressively warm with a romantic ballad, as on "In a Sentimental Mood," but she excelled on tunes that allowed her to bring out her hard bop credentials, especially in the company of similarly tough-minded rhythm sections. She displays those credentials on several tracks, such as "Hot House" and "Daahoud," where she is joined by the inestimable Hank Jones on piano and Marvin "Smitty" Smith on drums. "Del Sasser" is the sole representative from that intriguing album she made with trumpet player John D'earth.

Chet Atkins C.G.P. - Sails (1987) [Re-Up]

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Chet Atkins C.G.P. - Sails (1987) [Re-Up]

Chet Atkins C.G.P. - Sails (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 118 Mb
Label: Columbia | # COL 450504 2 | Time: 00:45:05 | Scans included
Guitar Virtuoso, Country-Pop, Guitar Jazz, New Age

Sails is an album by Chet Atkins. It was released in 1987 by Columbia Records. Sails follows in the 1980s' vein of Chet Atkins' releases with a smooth jazz and new age atmosphere.

Charlie Christian - Celestial Express (1999) [Recorded 1939-1941]

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Charlie Christian - Celestial Express (1999) [Recorded 1939-1941]

Charlie Christian - Celestial Express (1999) [Recorded 1939-1941]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 235 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:16:11
Swing, Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label: Definitive | # DRCD11122

Definitive's mini-anthology of classic recordings featuring pioneer electrically amplified guitarist Charlie Christian is an excellent core sample taken from his brief and eventful career. Note that Definitive has also issued what purport to be compilations containing all of Christian's complete live and studio recordings, as well as another more modestly proportioned sampler entitled The Genius of the Electric Guitar. Charlie Christian was like a will-o'-the-wisp, a strikingly creative sideman who appeared at studio sessions and live jams during a span of months only adding up to a couple of years before succumbing to tuberculosis at the age of 25 in 1942. On Definitive's Celestial Express, the guitarist is heard with various groups led by Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman, with Edmond Hall's Celeste Quartet, and with the Kansas City Six (a band including Count Basie and Lester Young) at the second From Spirituals to Swing concert in Carnegie Hall.

John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia - Passion, Grace & Fire (1983) Japanese Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

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John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia - Passion, Grace & Fire (1983) Japanese Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia - Passion, Grace & Fire (1983) Japanese Reissue 1997
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Flamenco, Jazz Fusion, Guitar Virtuoso | Label: Sony Records | # SRCS 9174 | Time: 00:31:55

Two years after they recorded Friday Night in San Francisco, John McLaughlin, Al di Meola and Paco de Lucía reunited for another set of acoustic guitar trios, Passion, Grace and Fire, If this can be considered a guitar "battle" (some of the playing is ferocious and these speed demons do not let up too often), then the result is a three-way tie. This guitar summit lives up to its title.

Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Volume 2 (1958) Japanese Reissue 2000, Remastered by RVG [Re-Up]

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Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Volume 2 (1958) Japanese Reissue 2000, Remastered by RVG [Re-Up]

Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights, Vol. 2 (1958) Japanese Reissue 2000, Remastered by RVG
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 252 Mb | Scans included
Label: Blue Note/Toshiba-EMI Ltd | # TOCJ-9184 | Time: 00:40:12
Genre: Bop, Hard Bop, Guitar Jazz

The second of two CD reissues of a jam session led by guitarist Kenny Burrell features the talented if forgotten trumpeter Louis Smith, both Junior Cook and Tina Brooks on tenors, pianist Bobby Timmons (Duke Jordan was on the first volume), bassist Sam Jones and drummer Art Blakey. The all-star group performs two standards ("Caravan" and the guitarist's feature on "Autumn in New York"), Sam Jones's "Chuckin'" and Burrell's "Rock Salt." This is excellent music that easily fits into the bop mainstream of the period.

George Benson - White Rabbit (1972) [2013, Japanese Blu-Spec CD]

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George Benson - White Rabbit (1972) [2013, Japanese Blu-Spec CD]

George Benson - White Rabbit (1972) [2013, Japanese Blu-Spec CD]
Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Guitar Jazz | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 36:19 | 248,45 Mb
Label: CTI Records/King Records (Japan) | Released: 2013-12-11 (1972)

"White Rabbit" is an album by George Benson. The title track is a cover of the famous Great Society/Jefferson Airplane song by Grace Slick. This album was George Benson's second CTI Records project produced by Creed Taylor and was recorded nine months after "Beyond the Blue Horizon".

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013 [Re-Up]

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George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013 [Re-Up]

George Benson - Good King Bad (1976) Japanese Blu-Spec 2013
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans included
Jazz-Funk, R&B, Guitar Jazz | Label: King Records/CTI | # KICJ 2314 | Time: 00:36:51

The R&B elements get stronger, the sound and mix are more attuned to the dancefloor, yet this brings out the best in George Benson's funky side. Thanks in part to the more rigid beat, Benson pares down his style to its rhythmic essentials, refusing to spray notes all over the place at random, and as a result, the record cooks and dances. His treatment of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," hugely complemented by Joe Farrell's wistfully prancing flute, is a mini-masterpiece in the use of space, of hitting exactly the right stabbing note right in the pocket. Again, Creed Taylor turns to a James Brown alumnus, David Matthews, for arrangements, and he discreetly and wisely stays out of Bad George's way. Buy this one for "Cast Your Fate," but there is plenty more to savor here.