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Stéphane Grappelli - The Nearness Of You (1955) [Reissue 2008]

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Stéphane Grappelli - The Nearness Of You (1955) [Reissue 2008]

Stephane Grappelli - The Nearness Of You (1955) [Reissue 2008]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 183 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 77 MB | Covers - 25 MB
Genre: Gypsy Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music France (530 535-3)

"The man who was Django’s prestigious partner in the first, immortal Quintette du H.C.F. has made an appearance (on wax) for Barclay with a series of recordings in which you can rediscover his pretty sound and abundant, easy ideas; in a word, his style which, though with less of a bite than before, has lost none of its grace." Those were the first lines of the review that a certain Michel Delaroche (in fact Boris Vian) wrote for the November 1955 issue of Jazz Hot; the subject was this album, the first that Stéphane Grappelli ("Grappelly" at the time) had made on violin under his own name since he'd left England.
The violinist had celebrated his definitive return to France at the Club Saint-Germain on the night of April 25th 1954; he would appear there on and off for the next seven years…

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.

Roy Brooks - Understanding (Live) (2021)

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Roy Brooks - Understanding (Live) (2021)

Roy Brooks - Understanding (Live) (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 2:03:33 | 815 / 285 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Cellar Live

All Proceeds from the Release Benefit the Non-Profit Detroit Sound Conservancy Understanding, a blazing 1970 concert recording featuring the Detroit born master percussionist Roy Brooks leading a gifted quintet through its spirited paces at Baltimore’s Famous Ballroom, will be released by Reel to Real Recordings in July. Comprising more than two hours of expansive performances averaging 20 minutes in length, the potent date was recorded by Left Bank Jazz Society and stars trumpeter Woody Shaw, tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett, pianist Harold Mabern, and bassist Cecil McBee. It will initially be issued on June 12 as a three-LP set mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed on 180-gram platters at Standard Vinyl in Toronto. The set will be released as a two-CD set and digitally on June 18. All proceeds from the release – produced with the cooperation of McBee and Garnett and the estates of Brooks, Mabern, and Shaw – will go directly to the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a non-profit organization founded in 2012 and devoted to the preservation, education, conservation, and placekeeping of the Motor City’s musical heritage.

Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday For Lovers (Deluxe Edition) (2021)

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Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday For Lovers (Deluxe Edition) (2021)

Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday For Lovers (Deluxe Edition) (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 1:39:49 | 225 / 419 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: UMG

The first popular jazz singer to move audiences with the intense, personal feeling of classic blues, Billie Holiday changed the art of American pop vocals forever. More than a half-century after her death, it's difficult to believe that prior to her emergence, jazz and pop singers were tied to the Tin Pan Alley tradition and rarely personalized their songs; only blues singers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey actually gave the impression they had lived through what they were singing. Billie Holiday's highly stylized reading of this blues tradition revolutionized traditional pop, ripping the decades-long tradition of song plugging in two by refusing to compromise her artistry for either the song or the band. She made clear her debts to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong (in her autobiography she admitted, "I always wanted Bessie's big sound and Pops' feeling"), but in truth her style was virtually her own, quite a shock in an age of interchangeable crooners and band singers.

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.

VA - Greatest Ever Soul & Disco (4CD, 2021)

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VA - Greatest Ever Soul & Disco (4CD, 2021)

VA - Greatest Ever Soul & Disco (4CD, 2021)
MP3 320 kbps | 06:01:13 | 841 Mb
Genre: Disco, Reggae, RnB, Pop, Blues, Rock / Label: Union Square Music

Union Square Music Presents Greatest Ever Soul & Disco album original hits and the original artists genre Disco, Reggae, RnB, Pop, Blues, Rock.

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.

Catherine Russell - Inside This Heart Of Mine (2010)

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Catherine Russell - Inside This Heart Of Mine (2010)

Catherine Russell - Inside This Heart Of Mine (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 257 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans ~ 107 Mb
Vocal Jazz | Label: World Village | # 468092 | Time: 00:47:23

Vocalist Catherine Russell's third album for World Village is a wonder, pure and simple. On this collection of 13 songs, titled Inside This Heart of Mine, the thread that ties it all together, is the special place these songs hold inside the heart of the singer. Let's describe that heart. It's warm and effusive, bluesy and erudite, bold yet vulnerable, passionate yet ethereal. Starting to get the drift? If not, then listen to Catherine's masterful reading of 'Troubled Waters,' a seldom heard tune scored by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, performed here as a sultry meditation, reaching deep into the cockles of one's being. This decades spanning collection, originally performed by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Maxine Sullivan, Howlin' Wolf, Wynonie Harris, Fats Waller, and Catherine's father, Luis Russell, draws from Vaudeville wit, Tin Pan Alley tune craft, New Orleans swagger, Swing Era sock, the European Cafe, Jump Blues jive, modal Delta Blues, and Django-esque swing, with an immediacy and a timeless quality that's refreshingly oblivious to current 'trends.' Catherine's third album represents a deepening of a well-established, tried and true, approach.

Hilary Geddes Quartet - Parkside (2021)

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Hilary Geddes Quartet - Parkside (2021)

Hilary Geddes Quartet - Parkside (2021)
FLAC tracks / MP3 320 kbps | 49:13 | 111 / 206 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: ABC Jazz

Originally from Griffith, NSW, the guitarist and composer now based in Sydney has become a key member on the Australian scene after receiving the Jann Rutherford memorial award back in 2019.That year, we welcomed her quartet of Matt Harris on piano, Max Alduca on bass and Alexander Inman-Hislop on drums into the studio to record the band's debut record Parkside.

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.

Aretha Franklin - Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly 1972 (2021)

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Aretha Franklin - Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly 1972 (2021)

Aretha Franklin - Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly 1972 (2021)
FLAC tracks | 56:35 | 319 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Rhino Atlantic

Quelle que soit la façon dont on aborde l’équation, l’association des mots « voix » et « soul music » donne toujours le même résultat : Aretha ! Tout au long de sa carrière qui débuta tôt, celle que l’on surnomme Lady Soul malaxera de sa voix unique le gospel, le funk, le rhythm’n’blues, le jazz et la soul, comme nulle autre. Une voix qui a grandi aux côtés de celles de ses sœurs à l'église de Détroit dans la chorale de son père pasteur. Le légendaire John H. Hammond qui découvre la toute jeune Aretha Franklin la signe chez Columbia au début des années 1960, désireux d’en faire une chanteuse de jazz.

Claude Bolling Sextet - Jazzgang Amadeus Mozart (1965) Reissue 2007

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Claude Bolling Sextet - Jazzgang Amadeus Mozart (1965) Reissue 2007

Claude Bolling Sextet - Jazzgang Amadeus Mozart (1965)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 189 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Jazz & Classical | Label: Philips | # 983 781-2 | Time: 00:29:08

The reissue of keyboardist Claude Bolling's recordings of the 1960s may prompt a positive reevaluation of his contributions. Bolling has been known, at least outside France, mostly for the flute-and-piano works he composed for Jean-Pierre Rampal; his recordings with Rampal hit a certain popular groove and stuck with the formula. They were undeniably appealing in a simple way, but they became fatally overexposed. Bolling's earlier recordings reveal more imagination in his treatment of the relationship between jazz and classical music. Take for example this 1965 album, recorded in Paris. It's one of the few successful jazz treatments of Mozart, who is notoriously resistant to jazz treatment. The difficulty comes as a result of Mozart's reliance on harmonic rhythm, or the speed of the rate of change of the harmonies in the music. This feature seems impossible to capture in jazz, which heavily relies on regular chord changes, but Bolling's solutions here, making use of a classic jazz sextet, are brilliantly imaginative.

Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Song Books (1959) [1978, 4LP Box Set]

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Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Song Books (1959) [1978, 4LP Box Set]

Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Song Books (1959)
Vinyl Rip | 16/44.1 | Flac(Image + Cue) > 860 Mb | Artwork(jpg) > 18 Mb
or MP3 CBR 320Kbps > 424 Mb
Verve Records, 80-5571 | Swing, Jazz, Vocal

During the late '50s, Ella Fitzgerald continued her Song Book records with Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book, releasing a series of albums featuring 59 songs written by George and Ira Gershwin…