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Nomade Orquestra - Entre Mundos (2017)

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Nomade Orquestra - Entre Mundos (2017)

Nomade Orquestra - EntreMundos (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 332 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:48:30
Contemporary Jazz, World Fusion, Modern Big Band | Label: Far Out | # FARO198CD

Continuing their globalising musical quest into 2017, Nomade Orquestra return with their second album EntreMundos set for heavyweight vinyl, CD and digital release on 23rd June 2017. Recorded at Red Bull Studios, Sao Paulo, EntreMundos is like a cosmic musical playground where Ethio-jazz, Indian classical and Oriental sounds dance around Afro-Brazilian roots rhythms and Northern hemisphere jazz, funk, soul, library music and hip-hop influences. The sheer vastness of the album is astounding, Nomade Orquestra have quite literally conquered the world in sound.

Cab Calloway and His Orchestra - Get with Cab! [Recorded 1944-1950] (1993)

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Cab Calloway and His Orchestra - Get with Cab! [Recorded 1944-1950] (1993)

Cab Calloway and His Orchestra - Get with Cab! [Recorded 1944-1950] (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 211 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers (7 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: ITM-Media (WW 2403)

Flamboyant swing bandleader and gifted scat singer who featured great musicianship in his orchestras and long personified 1930s Harlem style. One of the great entertainers, Cab Calloway was a household name by 1932, and never really declined in fame. A talented jazz singer and a superior scatter, Calloway's gyrations and showmanship on-stage at the Cotton Club sometimes overshadowed the quality of his always excellent bands.

The Carla Bley Band - Musique Mecanique (1978) {Watt}

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The Carla Bley Band - Musique Mecanique (1978) {Watt}

The Carla Bley Band - Musique Mecanique (1978) {Watt}
EAC 1.3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 218MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 122MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Post-Bop, Experimental Big Band

Carla Bley's tentet performs some of her most colorful themes on this often-humorous and generally stimulating set. "Jesus Maria and Other Spanish Strains" and the three-part "Musique Mecanique" are particularly memorable. This is the perfect setting for Bley's music, with such musicians as trumpeter Michael Mantler, Gary Windo on tenor and bass clarinet, trombonist Roswell Rudd and Bob Stewart on tuba making their presence felt.

Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - 1945-1946 (2003)

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Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - 1945-1946 (2003)

Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - 1945-1946 (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 204 MB | Covers (15 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1330)

Here lie the last of the Victor recordings by Artie Shaw and his orchestra, dating from July and November of 1945. The first nine titles are charming big band dance numbers. A lot of that charm comes straight up from Dodo Marmarosa's piano and Barney Kessel's guitar, through the trumpet of Roy Eldridge and out of Artie Shaw's elegant clarinet. Those are four good reasons to check these records out, up close. Anybody who loves Dodo Marmarosa needs to hear these recordings in order to be able to appreciate how this young man interacted with a big band. Fortunately, there are only a few vocals by syrupy singer Halsey Stevens…

New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)

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New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)

New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:07
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Harmony, Standarts, Swing | Label: MCG Jazz | # MCGJ1031

With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet – for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album (and their first as an ensemble in seven years), but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new (and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer), and the lyrics that group members added to John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" work very nicely. Not everyone will agree that the world needed a vocal jazz version of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic," but the New York Voices' version is really lots of fun and is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to more than one baby-boomer eye. Apart from a couple of saccharine moments on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," A Day Like This is a pleasure from start to finish. Recommended.

Tony Hadley - Passing Strangers (2006) [Re-Up]

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Tony Hadley - Passing Strangers (2006) [Re-Up]

Tony Hadley (ex-Spandau Ballet) - Passing Strangers (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 414 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 148 Mb | Scans ~ 71 Mb
Vocal Jazz, Swing, Traditional Pop | Label: Slipstream/Curb | # CURCD220 | 01:04:55

Third studio album from the ex-Spandau Ballet singer. Here Hadley loses the 80's synth pop sound and dives head first into swing where his powerful voice sounds as good as ever. A project close to his heart that he's been working on for some time and hopes that his choice of songs, and vocal and musical arrangements, will challenge the normal format of current swing and delight not only his existing fans, but also some new ones.

Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) {1987, Remastered} Repost / New Rip

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Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) {1987, Remastered} Repost / New Rip

Duke Ellington & Count Basie - First Time! The Count Meets The Duke (1961) {1987, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 258 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 122 Mb
Full Scans | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Big Band, Swing | Columbia #CK 40586

A battle of the bands? Not quite – more like a mutual admiration society, with the orchestras of both jazz titans playing together. (The Duke is heard on the right side of your stereo/headphones, the Count on the left.) Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. There's no clutter, each band is focused, and they sound great together. This is not the thoughtful, reflective composer side of Ellington (listeners should check out Far East Suite or Black, Brown & Beige for that). The Duke and his band accentuate their swinging dance band side, while Basie and company have never sounded as suave and exotic as when playing Billy Strayhorn arrangements. Everyone has a good time, and that joy infuses this album from start to finish.

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books (1993) [Re-Up]

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Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books (1993) [Re-Up]

Ella Fitzgerald - The Best Of The Song Books (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 321 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 143 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb | 01:02:43
Vocal Jazz, Standarts, Swing, Vocal Pop | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 519 804-2

Simply a grand and eloquent performance put together by Verve records highlighting the best years of Ella Fitzgerald – that sassy, charming legendary singer in jazz. The Best of the Songbooks features a captivating lineup of some of jazz's greatest composers and arrangers. It is here that Fitzgerald records and sings songs of Cole Porter, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, George & Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer.

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Bill Evans - Beauty & The Beast (2016)

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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Bill Evans - Beauty & The Beast (2016)

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra & Bill Evans - Beauty & The Beast (2016)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 303.88 Mb | 52:15 | Cover
Jazz Big Band, Third Stream | Country: UK | Label: Spartacus

Tommy Smith wrote the epic suite Beauty and the Beast specifically for the American saxophonist and ex Miles-Davis sideman Bill Evans, and this recording with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra fully captures the power, passion and majesty of breath-taking orchestral jazz.

Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and The Sweet Baby Blues Band - Blues and the Boogie Masters (1993)

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Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham and The Sweet Baby Blues Band - Blues and the Boogie Masters (1993)

Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham - Blues and the Boogie Masters (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 370 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Jazz-Blues, Piano Jazz, Swing | Label: Concord Jazz | # CCD-4579 | 01:02:52

The Kansas City swing blues of the Sweet Baby Blues Band is very difficult not to enjoy. Jeannie Cheatham's exuberant vocals (propelled by her forcefully swinging piano) inspire the many soloists on the blues-oriented material, and there is plenty of variety in tempo and feeling to keep this set continually interesting. Among the main soloists are ageless trumpeter Snooky Young, tenorman Rickey Woodard (making his debut on clarinet on two cuts), and guest altoist Hank Crawford, who sits in on four songs.

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - Sweet Sister Suite by Kenny Wheeler (2018)

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Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - Sweet Sister Suite by Kenny Wheeler (2018)

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - Sweet Sister Suite by Kenny Wheeler (2018)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 308.23 Mb | 56:33 | Cover
Jazz Big Band, Third Stream, Hard Bop | Country: UK | Label: Spartacus

"Sweet Sister Sweet", commissioned by Tommy Smith in 1995, was written by the late trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler over a two-year period and completed in 1997. It was premiered in performance by the SNJO in 1998 and it remains a wonderful example of his signature style. This performance features trumpeter Laura Jurd and vocalist Irini Arabatzi.

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

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VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)

VA - Compact Jazz: Best of the Jazz Vocalists (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 390 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 196 Mb | Scans included
Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: Verve/Polygram | # 845 466-2 | Time: 01:08:27

From a label with no shortage of first-rate jazz material come this very attractive vocal sampler. Staying true to the Compact Jazz ethos, Best of the Jazz Vocalists favors quality over hits and comes with a budget price tag. The majority of songs are from the label's prime '50s and '60s run, including a cloud-bound "Summertime" by Helen Merrill and one of the all-time great versions of "If You Could See Me Now," compliments of Billy Eckstine. Continuing with this balancing act between the sexes, the collection also includes fine work by Bill Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Abbey Lincoln, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn, and Anita O'Day; latter-day entries include Lincoln's "I've Got Thunder and It Rings" from her 1990 Verve debut and Horn's "I Got Lost in His Arms" from 1988's Close Enough for Love. Nicely wrapped up with Nina Simone's Afro-percussion clarion call "Come Ye," this Verve roundup works as the perfect primer for more adventurous trips through the label's fertile stores of essential jazz.

Milt Hinton - Old Man Time (1990) 2CDs

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Milt Hinton - Old Man Time (1990) 2CDs

Milt Hinton - Old Man Time (1990) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 734 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 342 Mb | Scans ~ 53 Mb
Classic Jazz, Swing | Label: Chiaroscuro | # CR(D) 310 | Time: 02:29:40

This double-CD set gave bassist Milt Hinton an opportunity to engage in reunions with many of his old friends from the 1930s. The seven sessions were compiled during a 12-month period and the results are often delightful. The opening "Old Man Time" is sung by Hinton himself, and it is both insightful and humorous. The other highlights include Joe Williams singing "Four or Five Times" (which features some very rare Flip Phillips clarinet), three bass guitar duets with Danny Barker, appearances by Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Al Grey, Ralph Sutton, and the formation of a group called "The Survivors" that has guitarist Al Casey at age 75 being the youngest member; the latter band also includes 85-year-old trumpeter Doc Cheatham, Eddie Barefield, Buddy Tate and even Cab Calloway. A lot of storytelling takes place during the songs and, in addition to the 92½ minutes of music, there are two "Jazzspeaks." The 13-minute one features Hinton, Calloway, Cheatham and Barefield reminiscing about their experiences in the early days, while a marvelous 45-minute monologue by the bassist covers most of his long and productive life and is consistently fascinating. Highly recommended.

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 | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included
Swing, Bop, Guitar Jazz | Label: Definitive | # DRCD11122 | 01:16:11

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.

D-Town Brass - Golden Belt (2013)

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D-Town Brass - Golden Belt (2013)

D-Town Brass - Golden Belt (2013)
WEB FLAC (tracks) ~ 240.14 Mb | 39:41 | Cover
Jazz Big Band, Jazz Brass | Country: USA | Label: D-Town Brass

D-Town Brass is a 15 person psychedelic-jungle-jazz-funk-orchestra from Durham, NC. Our music blends the familiar with the avant-garde with a rhythmic punch that cannot be matched by any band ever in the history of the multiverse. We have had 13 platinum records on planet Zebulon, and have won the interplanetary talent-search show “Show us your Genius or Be Destroyed by Evaporator Ray” every year since 1997. Our music is composed by a shadowy conspiracy of Spiritually Illuminated Beings who cannot be described with words and is transmitted through the Sub-Quantum Psychic Continuum to the brains of the human meat puppets that actually show up to the gig/rehearsal/recording session. Listening to D-Town Brass music is a soul-expanding experience, but can be dangerous, as it usually attracts, well, let’s just call them entities, for lack of a better term, that want into our dimension, but may not have proper, shall we say, manners when it comes to what (or who) they eat. Keep that third eye open and turn up the volume.