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Maria Schneider & SWR Big Band - Live! - Plays The Music Of Maria Schneider & Kurt Weill (2000) {2 CD CK Records - CK00400}

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Maria Schneider & SWR Big Band - Live! - Plays The Music Of Maria Schneider & Kurt Weill (2000) {2 CD CK Records - CK00400}

Maria Schneider & SWR Big Band - Live! - Plays The Music Of Maria Schneider & Kurt Weill (2000) {2 CD CK Records - CK00400}
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© 2000 CK Records | CK00400
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Progressive Jazz

Concerts with Maria Schneider are something special. They are stylistically not only out of the ordinary, they also manage to bring large orchestras to perform artistically at high voltage, with an energy and at a creative level which is otherwise known only in much smaller ensembles. It is not the music alone that drives the participants, but rather the serene seriousness of a band leader who demands a maximum of intensity from her compositions and passes this premise on to their interpretation. It is impossible to conceive of compositions for jazz orchestras more stringently. The instrumentalists know this too, and therefore feel called upon not only to reproduce the charts accurately but to work out all the contained hints, implications, and visions of sound down to the deepest levels. This original recording was made in May 2000 when Schneider appeared alongside the SWR Big Band. And for the SWR Big Band, those days in May 2000 are some of the highlights of their orchestral history.

Helen Forrest - The Complete Helen Forrest With Benny Goodman (3CD) (2001)

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Helen Forrest - The Complete Helen Forrest With Benny Goodman (3CD) (2001)

Helen Forrest - The Complete Helen Forrest With Benny Goodman (3CD) (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 571 Mb | 2:50:21 | Scans included
Big Band, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz | Country: USA | Label: Collector's Choice/Sony - A3 053840

Appearing with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James during the late '30s and early '40s, Helen Forrest became one of the most popular swing era singers – even vocal authority Mel Tormé named her his favorite, male or female. Though her voice wasn't quite as clear as Doris Day's, Forrest was an excellent interpreter, and her sweet vocals proved a solid foil for the Benny Goodman band during 1940 and half of 1941. Collectors' Choice compiled her complete appearances with Goodman on three discs, though they're hardly overloaded at 55 tracks total. The package makes for a lot of great material, including her biggest hits while there, "How High the Moon" and "I Can't Love You Any More (Any More Than I Do)," the latter recorded with top swing guitarist Charlie Christian. Also featured is a previously unreleased track featuring Goodman's own competent vocal (reminiscent of Hoagy Carmichael) on "Jenny."

Barrett Deems - Deemus (1978) {Delmark DD-492 rel 1997} (with Chuck Hedges)

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Barrett Deems - Deemus (1978) {Delmark DD-492 rel 1997} (with Chuck Hedges)

Barrett Deems - Deemus (1978) {Delmark DD-492 rel 1997} (with Chuck Hedges)
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© 1978, 1997 Delmark Records | DD-492
Jazz / Pre-Bop / Swing / Hot Jazz / Drums

Drummer Barrett Deems is listed as the leader of this septet set but the real star is the great swing clarinetist Chuck Hedges. Jamming in a septet also including vibraphonist Don DeMichael (who was better-known as a jazz journalist), Bob Roberts on solo guitar, rhythm guitarist John Defauw, pianist Steve Behr, and bassist Wilson McKindra, Hedges and Deems perform eight vintage swing and Dixieland tunes in spirited fashion. Highlights include "Deed I Do," "Shine," "After You've Gone," and "Get Happy."

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)

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Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - 1928-1929 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 247 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 559)

The main change for the Duke Ellington Orchestra during this period was that the increasingly unreliable Bubber Miley (an alcoholic) was fired by Ellington in January 1929 and quickly replaced by Cootie Williams. Otherwise, the personnel was stable, featuring trombonist Joe Tricky Sam Nanton, altoist Johnny Hodges, and clarinetist Barney Bigard as key soloists along with trumpeters Miley, Arthur Whetsol, and Freddie Jenkins. Most of the selections from this era border on the classic, with highlights including Miley's spot on "Bandanna Babies," "I Must Have That Man," "Harlemania," and a two-part version of "Tiger Rag."

Don Redman and his Orchestra - 1933-1936 (1990)

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Don Redman and his Orchestra - 1933-1936 (1990)

Don Redman and his Orchestra - 1933-1936 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 360 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 178 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 553)

The great arranger Don Redman made Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra in the mid-1920s the first real swing band, but during the swing era itself, Redman was little known to the general public. His big band (heard here on the second of three "complete" Classics CDs) failed to really catch on, although it stayed together throughout the 1930s. After recording a bunch of sessions in 1933, Redman's orchestra only cut two sides in Jan. 1934 and then none until May 1936. There are vocals on 22 of the 25 selections on this CD; of the three instrumentals, this version of "Christopher Columbus" might not be by Redman…

Fats Waller and his Rhythm - Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1 (1934-35) (1995)

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Fats Waller and his Rhythm - Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1 (1934-35) (1995)

Fats Waller and his Rhythm - Breakin' the Ice: The Early Years, Part 1 (1934-35) (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 582 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 308 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Bluebird/RCA (07863/66618-2)

This two-CD set has the first 42 recordings of Fats Waller with his Rhythm. The brilliant stride pianist/vocalist/ composer/personality became very popular due to these 1934-35 recordings which feature either Herman Autrey or Bill Coleman on trumpet, Gene Sedric, Ben Whitted, Mezz Mezzrow or Rudy Powell on reeds, guitarist Al Casey and a rhythm section. All of Waller's Victor recordings have been reissued on CD and this two-fer (which includes such memorable numbers as "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid," "Serenade for a Wealthy Widow," "How Can You Face Me," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Believe It, Beloved," "I Ain't Got Nobody," "Oh Suzannah Dust Off That Old Pianna" and "You've Been Taking Lessons in Love") is a perfect place to start.

King Oliver - Off The Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings (2006) {2CD Off The Record-Archeophone ARCH OTR-MM 6-C2}

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King Oliver - Off The Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings (2006) {2CD Off The Record-Archeophone ARCH OTR-MM 6-C2}

King Oliver - Off The Record: The Complete 1923 Jazz Band Recordings (2006) {2CD Off The Record-Archeophone ARCH OTR-MM 6-C2}
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© 1923, 2006 Off The Record / Archeophone Records | ARCH OTR-MM 6-C2
Jazz / Early Jazz / New Orleans Jazz / Cornet

Because the personnel include Louis Armstrong, Lillian Hardin, and Johnny and Baby Dodds, the 1923 recordings of King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, originally made for the Gennett, OKeh, Columbia, and Paramount labels, have been reissued numerous times as formats have changed and technology has improved. Here, the Canadian label Off the Record (distributed in the U.S. by Archeophone Records) puts 37 tracks on two CDs, having made transfers from the most pristine 78-rpm discs available.

Oliver Nelson & Nobuo Hara - In Tokyo (1970) {Nippon Columbia COCB-54079 rel 2013}

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Oliver Nelson & Nobuo Hara - In Tokyo (1970) {Nippon Columbia COCB-54079 rel 2013}

Oliver Nelson & Nobuo Hara - In Tokyo (1970) {Nippon Columbia COCB-54079 rel 2013}
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© 1970, 2013 Nippon Columbia | COCB-54079
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Post-Bop / Saxophone

Oliver Nelson makes a great appearance here with the Sharps & Flats group of Nobuo Hara – an excellent Japanese ensemble who are clearly inspired by Nelson's soulful arrangements of the 60s! Oliver's the reed soloist on the album, not the leader – and it's great to hear him getting a bit of his own sort of treatment while stretching out as an individual voice – free to remind us that he's also a hell of a soloist when he wants to be, with reed talents that work perfectly with the larger sense of tone from the bigger group! Nelson plays soprano sax wonderfully on a few cuts.

Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra - Together (1945/1971)

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Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra - Together (1945/1971)

Billy Eckstine And His Orchestra - Together (1945/1971)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 265.46 Mb + 19.60 Mb (Scans) | 50:53
Jazz, Swing | Country: USA | Label: Spotlite - SPJCD200

William Clarence Eckstine (July 8, 1914 – March 8, 1993) was an American jazz and pop singer, and a bandleader of the swing era. He was noted for his rich, resonant, almost operatic bass-baritone voice. Eckstine's recording of "I Apologize" (MGM, 1948) was awarded the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999. The New York Times described him as an "influential band leader" whose "suave bass-baritone" and "full-throated, sugary approach to popular songs inspired singers like Joe Williams, Arthur Prysock and Lou Rawls."

Count Basie and his Orchestra - Four Classic Albums (2008) (Repost)

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Count Basie and his Orchestra - Four Classic Albums (2008) (Repost)

Count Basie and his Orchestra - Four Classic Albums (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 853 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 360 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Jazz (AMSC 946)

"April in Paris" (1956), "King of Swing" (1954), "The Atomic Mr. Basie" (1957) and "The Greatest!! Count Basie Plays, Joe Williams Sings Standards" (1956) are presented here on a superbly remastered double CD.
April in Paris (1956). One of the staples in the Count Basie discography, April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon. April in Paris represents the reassembly of the original Count Basie orchestra that define swing in the 1930s and 1940s. The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz. Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive…

Don Redman and his Orchestra - 1931-1933 (1990)

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Don Redman and his Orchestra - 1931-1933 (1990)

Don Redman and his Orchestra - 1931-1933 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 303 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 172 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 543)

The first of three Don Redman Classics CDs consists of his orchestra's earliest sessions. Although Redman's big band never hit it as big as his former employers' (Fletcher Henderson and McKinney's Cotton Pickers), it was an impressive outfit, thanks to the leader's advanced arrangements. Among the key sidemen on these performances are trumpeters Red Allen (who is on the first two sessions) and Sidney DeParis, tenor saxophonist Robert Carroll, and pianist Horace Henderson. Highlights include "Chant of the Weed" (Redman's atmospheric theme song), "I Heard," "How'm I Doin'," and "Hot and Anxious." The main Don Redman CD to get.

Robert Moore - Outta My Soul (2014)

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Robert Moore - Outta My Soul (2014)

Robert Moore - Outta My Soul (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 159 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Reference/Frash! | # FR 712 | 01:07:23

Robert Moore is a jazz vocalist, composer, trumpet and harmonica player based in Portland. He has evolved a sound uniquely his own, mixing his Southern roots, influences of soul and gospel into his own distinct interpretations of bebop and swinging jazz. Produced by Robert and recorded in high-res digital by innovative engineer Bob Stark, the album combines creative arrangements and outstanding performances by many of Portland’s best musicians in a wide variety of settings from two to twelve. Moore started his singing career in a Southern Baptist church, and that early heartfelt gospel truth can still be heard in the soulful delivery of his music. After stints as a public schools music teacher, he began his performance career, settling in Birmingham, Alabama. After 25 years there, he moved his scene to Portland, Oregon, finding a home and a following among the knowing jazz fans of that musically sophisticated city. His music has steadily grown in depth, passion and honesty during his 60 years on the planet. Robert’s well-seasoned, finelyhoned chops on vocals, trumpet, and harmonica are bringing joy to a wider audience than ever.

Vic Damone - Albums Collection 1956-1965 (5CD) 10 Classic Albums on 5CDs, Remastered Reissue 1997-2003

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Vic Damone - Albums Collection 1956-1965 (5CD) 10 Classic Albums on 5CDs, Remastered Reissue 1997-2003

Vic Damone - Albums Collection 1956-1965 (5CD)
10 Classic Albums on 5CDs, Remastered Reissue 1997-2003

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.9 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 848 Mb | Scans includes
Genre: Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Standarts | Time: 05:42:25

R.I.P. Mr. Vic Damone (June 12, 1928 – February 11, 2018)

Vic Damone was an American traditional pop and big band singer, actor, radio and television presenter, and entertainer who is best known for his performances of songs such as "You're Breaking My Heart" (a number one hit), the number four hit "On the Street Where You Live" (from My Fair Lady), and "My Heart Cries for You" (also No. 4).

Lester Young - Blue Lester (The Immortal Lester Young) (Japan Edition) (1992)

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Lester Young - Blue Lester (The Immortal Lester Young) (Japan Edition) (1992)

Lester Young - Blue Lester (The Immortal Lester Young) (Japan Edition) (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 110.52 Mb | 44:49 | Covers
Cool, Swing | Country: USA | Label: Savoy Jazz/Denon/Nippon Columbia - SV-0112

Basically Young's Savoy Master Takes, Blue Lester finds the svelte tenor innovator on a prime mix of sides from 1944 and 1949. As was the trend of most swing soloists by the mid-'40s, Young heads up a few different extended combos here, featuring the likes of pianist Johnny Guarnieri, trumpeter Jesse Drakes, drummer Cozy Cole, and old Basie bandmates Freddie Green and the Count himself. The numbers with Basie are particularly good, especially "I Don't Stand a Ghost of Chance With You" and "Back Home in Indiana." And for the topper, Young is heard in the company of the entire Basie band (Clyde Hart is on piano, though) for the three tracks that close things out. Not a bad place to start your Lester Young collection.

Harry James & His Orchestra - The Chronological Classics: 1942 (2001)

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Harry James & His Orchestra - The Chronological Classics: 1942 (2001)

Harry James & His Orchestra - The Chronological Classics: 1942 (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 166.47 Mb | 76:27 | Scans included
Big Band, Swing | Country: USA | Label: Classics - 1178

This eighth installment in the Classics Harry James chronology assembles all of his Columbia studio recordings made between February 24 and July 22, 1942, beginning with four superb instrumentals. "By the Sleepy Lagoon," a pretty tone poem later parodied by Spike Jones as "Sloppy Lagoon," is followed with the boogie-woogie-based "Trumpet Blues and Cantabile," a slow sweet "Easter Parade," and an eminently danceable version of "Crazy Rhythm." One change that occurred in 1941 was the departure of tenor saxophonist Vido Musso and the arrival of young Gene "Corky" Corcoran.