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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis: The Complete Anthology (2015) 6 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.5 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 763 Mb | Scans ~ 97 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Standarts | Label: Music Brokers | # MBB7220 | Time: 05:33:19

The voices of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are among the most personal and beautiful that the history of music has given us, transcending eras, genres and languages. In this wonderful 6-CD box we can find the legacy of this immortal duet including all their key tracks and also some rarities that connoisseurs will surely appreciate. With remastered sound and beautiful cover art, The Complete Anthology is the definitive album of Ella & Louis, which should be on every music collection.

VA - Late Night Jazz (2CD, 2018)

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VA - Late Night Jazz (2CD, 2018)

VA - Late Night Jazz (2CD, 2018)
FLAC (tracks) / MP3 320 kbps | 2:25:20 | 520 Mb / 322 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Not Now Music

Late Night Jazz contains the definitive Artists & Jazz. The Best hits from Miles Davis Quintet, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner Trio and many more.

Carmen McRae - You're Lookin' At Me (1984) {1986, Japan 1st Press}

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Carmen McRae - You're Lookin' At Me (1984) {1986, Japan 1st Press}

Carmen McRae - You're Lookin' At Me (1984) {1986, Japan 1st Press}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 204 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 95 Mb
Scans Included | RAR 5% Recovery
Concord Records #CCD-4235 / King Records #K32Y 6065
Vocal Jazz / Standards

Carmen McRae's tribute to Nat King Cole (which predated the late-'80s revival of Cole's music) has its strong and weak points. She wisely adds Cole's former guitarist John Collins to her regular trio and picked some fine material (including "I'm an Errand Girl for Rhythm," "I Can't See for Lookin'" and "Just You, Just Me"). However McRae's phrasing is much different than Cole's and why did she sing "Sweet Lorraine" without changing any of the words? Despite those reservations, this set has enough strong moments to justify its purchase.

Dizzy Gillespie - The Cool World + Dizzy Goes Hollywood (1996) 2LP in 1CD

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Dizzy Gillespie - The Cool World + Dizzy Goes Hollywood (1996) 2LP in 1CD

Dizzy Gillespie - The Cool World + Dizzy Goes Hollywood (1996) 2LP in 1CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 459 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 172 Mb | Scans ~ 102 Mb | 01:15:06
Mainstream Jazz, Bop, Cool, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Soundtracks | Label: Verve | # 531 230-2

This single CD reissues all of the music from two rare Dizzy Gillespie LPs. Dating from 1963-64, the set features the trumpeter's interpretation of the score of the obscure film The Cool World (although these are not the actual performances heard in the movie) plus 11 themes from other films. Gillespie, who is joined by James Moody (on tenor, alto and flute), pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Chris White and drummer Rudy Collins, was in peak form during that era and hopefully all of his other Philips recordings will also be reissued by Verve in the future. Although the liner notes deal only with The Cool World, the other set is actually of greater interest. Gillespie uplifts such tunes as the "Theme from Exodus," "Moon River," "Days of Wine and Roses," "Never on Sunday" and "Walk on the Wild Side," turning them into swinging jazz. The Cool World pieces (all composed by Mal Waldron) are also worth hearing although they are not as memorable overall. This set is a real historical curiosity and, although not essential, it is a release that should please Dizzy Gillespie fans while reminding others of how great a trumpeter he was before his long decline.

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say (1959) Remastered 1994

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The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say (1959) Remastered 1994

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet - What Is There To Say (1959) Remastered 1994
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 304 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 153 Mb | Scans included | 00:41:11
Cool, Bop, West Coast Jazz, Mainstream Jazz | Label: Columbia/Sony/Legacy | # 475699 2

The last of the pianoless quartet albums that Gerry Mulligan recorded in the 1950s is one of the best, featuring the complementary trumpet of Art Farmer, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Dave Bailey along with the baritonist/leader. This recording is a little skimpy on playing time but makes every moment count. Virtually every selection is memorable, with "What Is There to Say," "Just in Time," "Festive Minor," "My Funny Valentine," and "Utter Chaos" being the high points. Highly recommended both to Mulligan collectors and to jazz listeners who are just discovering the great baritonist.

Clifford Jordan - Clifford Jordan In The World (1969) [Japanese Reissue 2006] Re-Up

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Clifford Jordan - Clifford Jordan In The World (1969) [Japanese Reissue 2006] Re-Up

Clifford Jordan - Clifford Jordan In The World (1969) [Japanese Reissue 2006]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 273 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop | Label: P-Vine Records | # PCD-23842 | Time: 00:39:54

Whether at the helm of a record date or as a sideman, Clifford Jordan was known for giving his all. These studio recordings were originally made for Strata East, a label known for its adventurous spirit. The tenor saxophonist leads two separate groups. The sextet selections include trombonist Julian Priester, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassists Wilbur Ware and Richard Davis, drummer Albert Heath, and trumpeter Don Cherry. Jordan's pensive "Vienna" is given an extended workout, with Cherry's somewhat abstract playing fitting in rather well. The second piece, Jordan's "Doug's Prelude," is also a bit brooding, showcasing the leader, Priester, and Kelly.

Nina Simone - Live At Town Hall & The Amazing Nina Simone (2010) 2CDs

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Nina Simone - Live At Town Hall & The Amazing Nina Simone (2010) 2CDs

Nina Simone - 'Live At Town Hall' (1959) + 'The Amazing Nina Simone' (1959) 2CD, 2010
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 465 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 226 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: PLAY 24-7 | # PLAY 2-069 | 01:26:20

The two albums enclosed in At Town Hall/The Amazing Nina Simone bookend the remarkable summer of 1959 in the career of Nina Simone, when she recorded a studio session, The Amazing Nina Simone, in May, and in September appeared At Town Hall in a superlative performance that was recorded and soon issued. Just 26, Simone displayed great assurance, especially on the live date, casting off the cloak of the vocal jazz/standards singer and performing with her own trio featuring her lively piano. The studio date features an orchestra, but it too finds her early on in her recording career stamping her voice on standards "Willow Weep for Me" and "Blue Prelude".

Oscar Aleman - Swing Guitar Masterpieces 1938-1957 (1998) 2CD

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Oscar Aleman - Swing Guitar Masterpieces 1938-1957 (1998) 2CD

Oscar Alemán - Swing Guitar Masterpieces 1938-1957 (1998) 2CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 485 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 343 Mb | Scans included
Guitar Jazz, Swing | Label: Acoustic Disc | # ACD-29 | Time: 02:25:02

Oscar Alemán is one of the great unknown talents in jazz history. A brilliant guitarist who sounded very close to Django Reinhardt at times, Alemán was overshadowed in Europe by Reinhardt in the 1930s and spent much of the rest of his career in his native Argentina, remaining well known only in that country. This 1998 double CD from Dave Grisman's Acoustic Disc label has highlights from Alemán's career, including the eight selections he recorded during his three European sessions of 1938-1939, plus music from 1941-1947 and 1951-1954. Although the settings varied (including a sextet with violinist Svend Asmussen, a nonet, and two unaccompanied guitar solos), Alemán's basic swing style stayed the same, retaining its enthusiasm and creativity and remaining unaffected by bop. Sticking throughout to acoustic guitar and taking an occasional good-time vocal, Alemán is heard in peak form. He deserves to be much better known. A definitive two-fer from a major talent.

VA - April in Paris Romantic Jazz & Easy Classics (2019)

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VA - April in Paris Romantic Jazz & Easy Classics (2019)

VA - April in Paris Romantic Jazz & Easy Classics (2019)
FLAC (tracks) / MP3 320 kbps | 1:45:30 | 237 Mb / 537 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Warner Music Group - X5 Music Group

April in Paris Romantic Jazz & Easy Classics contains the definitive Artists & Jazz. The Best hits from Shirley Bassey, Betty Carter, Frankie Valli and many more.

Accidental Tourists - The Alaska Sessions (2019)

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Accidental Tourists - The Alaska Sessions (2019)

Accidental Tourists - The Alaska Sessions (2019)
FLAC (tracks) | 01:12:24 | 414 Mb
Genre: Classical Jazz / Label: Challenge Records

Markus Burger: "Since I was a child, I have loved the outdoors and fell in love with the vast wilderness of Alaska and Iceland. In 2000 I visited Iceland for the first time and wrote most of the songs for my solo piano release Ultreya, which came out in 2001 on Jazzline Records. It took me until 2002 to go to Alaska and visit Valdez and the Kenai Peninsula. I was blown away by the beauty of Alaska and the uniqueness of the folks that live there. Through my affiliation with Idyllwild’s Jazz Academy director Marshall Hawkins, one of the finest bassists on the Westcoast and a great Jazz Educator, I was fortunate enough to start teaching for a few summers in Homer, Alaska.

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (1959) + Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (1958) + Somethin' Else (1958) [3LP on 2CD, 2010] Re-Up

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Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (1959) + Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud (1958) + Somethin' Else (1958) [3LP on 2CD, 2010] Re-Up

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue '59 + Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud '58 + Somethin' Else '58 [3LP on 2CD]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 606 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 254 Mb | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Hard Bop, Modal jazz | Label: Not Now Music | # NOT2CD335 | Time: 01:51:16

Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence. Why does Kind of Blue possess such a mystique? Perhaps because this music never flaunts its genius. It lures listeners in with the slow, luxurious bassline and gentle piano chords of "So What." From that moment on, the record never really changes pace – each tune has a similar relaxed feel, as the music flows easily. Yet Kind of Blue is more than easy listening. It's the pinnacle of modal jazz – tonality and solos build from the overall key, not chord changes, giving the music a subtly shifting quality. All of this doesn't quite explain why seasoned jazz fans return to this record even after they've memorized every nuance. They return because this is an exceptional band – Miles, Coltrane, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb – one of the greatest in history, playing at the peak of its power.

John Coltrane - My Favourite Things (+ Bags & Trane) (1961) 2CD Remastered Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

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John Coltrane - My Favourite Things (+ Bags & Trane) (1961) 2CD Remastered Reissue 2012 [Re-Up]

John Coltrane - My Favourite Things (+ Bags & Trane) (1961) 2CD Remastered Reissue 2012
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 483 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 177 M | Scans ~ 61 Mb
Hard Bop, Modal Jazz | Label: Not Now Music | # NOT2CD440 | Time: 01:17:24

Although seemingly impossible to comprehend, this landmark jazz date made in 1960 was recorded in less than three days. All the more remarkable is that the same sessions which yielded My Favorite Things would also inform a majority of the albums Coltrane Plays the Blues, Coltrane's Sound, and Coltrane Legacy. It is easy to understand the appeal that these sides continue to hold. The unforced, practically casual soloing styles of the assembled quartet – which includes Coltrane (soprano/tenor sax), McCoy Tyner (piano), Steve Davis (bass), and Elvin Jones (drums) – allow for tastefully executed passages à la the Miles Davis Quintet, a trait Coltrane no doubt honed during his tenure in that band.

Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue

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Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue

Chet Baker - In Milan (1959) Remastered Reissue
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 274 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Label: ZYX music, Original Jazz Classics | # OJC20 370-2 (JLP-18) | Time: 00:42:42
Cool, West Coast Jazz, Trumpet Jazz

During his extended "stay" in Europe circa the late '50s and early '60s, Chet Baker produced half a dozen albums for the Riverside Records subsidiary label Jazzland. On Chet Baker in Milan – the first of his overseas sides – Baker revisits the familiar stomping grounds of West Coast cool, even though he is the only American in the band. The basic quartet includes Chet Baker (trumpet), Renato Sellani (piano), Franco Serri (bass), and Gene Victory (drums). However, on a majority of the cuts, that unit is upgraded to a sextet with sax players Glauco Masetti (alto) and Gianno Basso (tenor). According to Peter Drew's brief liner notes essay, these Italian players were found by a local record label and arrangements were essentially retrofitted to suit Baker.

Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961) CD Release 1988 [Re-Up]

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Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961) CD Release 1988 [Re-Up]

Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Barney Wilen, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan - Paris Jam Session (1961)
Live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, France, December 18, 1959

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 317 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Fontana | # 832 692-2 | Time: 00:42:15

This 1959 concert in Paris by Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers has been sporadically available on various labels, but this reissue in Verve's Jazz in Paris series is the best sounding and best packaged of the lot. Blakey's group of this period (Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Jymie Merritt, and Walter Davis, Jr.) is in great form during an extended workout of Morgan's intense blues "The Midget," and Dizzy Gillespie's timeless "A Night in Tunisia" is kicked off by Blakey's an electrifying solo. But it is the addition of some special guests for the first two numbers that proves to be extra special. Bud Powell, sitting in for Davis, and French saxophonist Barney Wilen, on alto rather than his normal tenor sax, are both added to the band for inspired versions of Powell's "Dance of the Infidels" and "Bouncing with Bud." Morgan's trumpet playing is outstanding throughout the concert. This is one of the essential live dates in Art Blakey's rather extensive discography.

Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (1964) Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

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Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (1964) Reissue 2003 [Re-Up]

Chet Baker - The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 (1964) Reissue 2003
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 265 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb | Scans included
Label: Roulette Jazz/EMI | # 7243 5 81829 2 7 | Time: 00:43:25
West Coast Jazz, Cool, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz

The Most Important Jazz Album of 1964/65 was the first album trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker recorded upon returning to the United States in 1964. Jazz had undergone a radical development post-1963 with artists such as John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter beginning to focus on complex harmonic explorations over pretty melody. Having spent the prior three years in Europe, falling deeper into heroin addiction, Baker found himself a pleasant, if somewhat forgotten, anachronism of the previous decade. Consequently, the icon of '50s cool attempted to reinvigorate his career and showcase his musical growth by enlisting the sensitive piano chops of Hal Galper and old collaborator tenor saxophonist Phil Urso. The new sideman, combined with a heavy dose of Tadd Dameron's compositions, gave Baker a more muscular edge that rubbed nicely with his trademark lyricism updating his sound for the hard bop '60s – a decade that would end, however, with Baker losing his teeth and falling into obscurity.