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VA - The Complete H.R.S. Sessions (1999)

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VA - The Complete H.R.S. Sessions (1999)

VA - The Complete H.R.S. Sessions (1999)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 1.07 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 881 MB
6:23:21 | Jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Bop | Label: Mosaic Records

"The Hot Record Society, a New York-based group of jazz recording enthusiasts organized in 1937 by Stephen W. Smith, quickly evolved from a clearinghouse and auction outlet for collectors into a real recording organization. … HRS recorded such outfits as Pee Wee Russell's Rhythmakers (an ad hoc group formed by members of Count Basie's and Eddie Condon's bands), Sidney Bechet and Muggsy Spanier, Rex Stewart's Big Seven, Brick Fleagle's Orchestra, Sandy Williams' Big Eight, Jimmy Jones, J.C. Higginbotham, Joe Thomas, Harry Carney, Buck Clayton, Trummy Young, the Billy Taylor Quartet, Russell Procope, Dicky Wells, Babe Mathews and Joe Thomas, and Billy Kyle. It's all here, 124 tracks encompassing everything from prewar New Orleans jazz to the early bop period of the mid-'40s, and while there are gaps … it's a good account of what happened with jazz over the decade represented here. Some of the selected material is a little odd, owing to choices made based on copyright accessibility (or nonexistence), and there are perhaps too many alternate takes for the novice listener. On the other hand, the sources are excellent, the recording venue was very fine, and the Mosaic people have done their usual excellent remastering job, so that, say, Budd Johnson's tenor sax and Jimmy Jones' piano on "Sunny Side Up" and "Strollin' Easy" sound incredibly clean and close, and Freddie Green's guitar gets one of its better showcases of the era. And the Brick Fleagle sides, starting with the extraordinary "Brick's Boogie," are almost worth the price of admission by themselves, just to hear what this overlooked, prodigiously talented musician had to offer in his prime, 60 years earlier."

VA - Hot Jazz On Blue Note (1996)

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VA - Hot Jazz On Blue Note (1996)

VA - Hot Jazz On Blue Note (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 958 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 634 MB
4:35:08 | Jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Piano Blues, Ragtime | Label: Blue Note

Hot Jazz on Blue Note is a four-disc, 72-song box set that boasts a cross-section of classic traditional jazz and jump blues from the Blue Note vaults. All of the material on the set is from the '40s, when the label was just beginning to establish themselves as a force in jazz. Among the leaders on the set include George Lewis, Sidney Bechet, Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Nicholas, while Charlie Christian, Ray Conniff, Red Norvo and many others are sidemen. Though it's not designed to appeal to purists, several of the tracks on the set have not been released on compact disc before, so hardcore collectors will find much of this set intriguing. However, Hot Jazz on Blue Note is targeted at the novice, who will find this sampler both educational and entertaining.

Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas - Mainstream (1959) [Japanese Edition 2013]

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Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas - Mainstream (1959) [Japanese Edition 2013]

Vic Dickenson & Joe Thomas - Mainstream (1959) [Japanese Edition 2013]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 248 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 90 MB | Covers - 19 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Warner Music Japan (WPCR-27287)

The main fault to this set is simply that there is not enough of it. Trombonist Vic Dickenson, who receives top billing, is just on two of the six selections, for a total of 11 minutes. Dickenson's octet (which also includes trumpeter Buck Clayton, Hal Singer on tenor, clarinetist Herbie Hall, pianist Al Williams, guitarist Danny Barker, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Marquis Foster) is fine, the arrangement on "The Lamp Is Low" is catchy and Clayton takes honors. But one suspects that the Dickenson name was used originally to help sell the music of the other band, which is led by trumpeter Joe Thomas. The lyrical Thomas is joined by the extroverted trumpeter Johnny Letman, trombonist Dicky Wells (who has a few speechlike solos), tenor saxophonist Buddy Tate, clarinetist Buster Bailey, pianist Herbie Nichols, guitarist Everett Barksdale, bassist Bill Pemberton, and drummer Jimmy Crawford…

Louis Armstrong - 1944-1946 (1997)

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Louis Armstrong - 1944-1946 (1997)

Louis Armstrong - 1944-1946 (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 242 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 928)

Here's an example of the Classics Chronological Series serving as a valuable tool for savoring and comprehending a temporal segment of one artist's personal and professional development. Over a span of 27 months, Louis Armstrong waxed 21 sides that appeared on three different record labels, beginning with a set of V-Discs cut at New York's Metropolitan Opera House on January 18, 1944. How interesting and exciting it is to hear Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard, and Jack Teagarden in the company of Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Al Casey, Oscar Pettiford, and Sidney Catlett. The opening track, a five-minute version of Hawkins' "Mop! Mop!," constitutes thrilling proof that two generations of jazz musicians had plenty of stylistic common ground regardless of any imaginary divisions invented and imposed by jazz critics…

VA - Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection (Remastered) (2013)

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VA - Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection (Remastered) (2013)

VA - Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection (Remastered) (2013)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log, full scans) - 1.9 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 939 MB
5:59:45 | Bossa Nova, Dixieland, Latin Jazz, Cool Jazz, Swing, Hard Bop, Gypsy Jazz, Easy Listening | Label: Verve

Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection is a 5-CD collection featuring 100 singles from the Verve catalog - over 20 of which have been out of print for years. Packaged in a stylish, two-part, lift-off box Verve - The Sound Of America includes a 48-page booklet and extensive liner notes. Verve - The Sound Of America - The Singles Collection takes you through the history of one of the most influential jazz labels of all-time with tracks such as Ella Fitzgerald's Top 50 hit 'Mack The Knife' (1960); Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto 's Top 5, GRAMMY® Award winning hit 'The Girl From Ipanema' (1964) Jimmy Smith's Top 100 hit 'The Cat' (1964) and Diana Krall's 'The Look Of Love' (2001). Also featured are jazz renditions of contemporary classics such as Wes Montgomery's version of The Mamas & The Papas' classic hit 'California Dreaming' (1966), Don Sebesky's version of the Beatles 'The Word' (1968) and Willie Bobo's original version of 'Evil Ways' (1968) the song made famous by Santana. The box set will be issued in conjunction with the lavishly illustrated 400-page book, Verve - The Sound of America, published by Thames & Hudson which will release on November 4, 2013. Founded in 1956 by jazz impresario Norman Granz, Verve Records, along with its associated labels, has consistently been the forefront of jazz's development as both an American art form and an influential commercial force for more than half a century.

V.A. - RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [9CD Box Set] (1997)

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V.A. - RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [9CD Box Set] (1997)

V.A. - RCA Victor 80th Anniversary [9CD Box Set] (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 2,75 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 1,3 GB | Covers - 56 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland, Swing, Cool Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Fusion | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: RCA Victor/BMG (09026-68949-2)

This is an attractive eight-CD set (+ Bonus CD), whose discs are also available as eight separate releases, that could have been a great reissue but settled for being merely quite good. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first jazz recording, RCA released a disc apiece covering each of the past eight decades. In listening to the music straight through, one becomes aware of RCA's strengths and weaknesses as a jazz label. Victor was one of the most important jazz labels during the 1920s, '30s and '40s, catching on to bebop a little late (1946) but still documenting many classic recordings. By the 1950s, the label's attention was wandering elsewhere; it missed free jazz almost completely in the '60s, and in the last three decades has only had a few significant artists, mostly Young Lions whose output sounds conservative compared to the earlier masters…

Louis Armstrong - The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966 (2021)

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Louis Armstrong - The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966 (2021)

Louis Armstrong - The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia And RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966 (2021)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 2.2 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1.2 GB
9:05:15 | Jazz, Swing, Vocal, Ballad, Dixieland | Label: Columbia / RCA Victor / Mosaic / Sony Music

7 CDs will take listeners into the studio with Louis Armstrong in a way never previously imaginable
Over three hours of bonus material, including unissued takes, rehearsals and even studio discussions. Since George Avakian relied so much on editing and splicing, his albums contained very few complete, unedited takes.
Superior sound utilizing the original RCA Victor metal parts, and test pressings of the pre-tape material and for the Columbia sessions Mosaic Records had complete access to all the reel-to-reel tapes.

Henry "Red" Allen And His Orchestra - 1933-1935 (1990)

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Henry "Red" Allen And His Orchestra - 1933-1935 (1990)

Henry "Red" Allen And His Orchestra - 1933-1935 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 309 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 159 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 551)

The second of five CDs put out by the European Classics label that document trumpeter Red Allen's 1929-41 recordings has three titles from a session co-led with tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, eight songs from 1934 and a dozen from the following year. Allen takes vocals on most of the tracks and, even if not all of the songs are gems, there are many highlights including "Pardon My Southern Accent," "Rug Cutter Swing," "Believe It, Beloved," "Rosetta" and "Truckin'." The strong supporting cast includes trombonists Dickie Wells and J.C. Higginbotham, clarinetists Buster Bailey and Cecil Scott and, on one date, tenorman Chu Berry.

VA - Klara Presenteert: 100 Jaar Jazz (2017)

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VA - Klara Presenteert: 100 Jaar Jazz (2017)

VA - Klara Presenteert: 100 Jaar Jazz (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 3.8 GB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 1.7 GB
12:28:25 | Jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Big Band, Bop, Post Bop, Cool Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Hard Bop | Label: Klara

“Klara presents 100 Years of Jazz” is a box with ten CDs, compiled by the Flemish radio station Klara, which is also known to many for the Klara Top 100, composed of great pieces of classical music. In addition to the ten CDs, each in its own cardboard sleeve in a cardboard box, you will also find an accompanying booklet including a foreword by Joris Preckler and Chantal Pattyn, both affiliated with (Radio) Klara, my favorite station at work.

Jack Teagarden - Father Of Jazz Trombone [Recorded 1928-1947, 3CD Box Set] (2004)

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Jack Teagarden - Father Of Jazz Trombone [Recorded 1928-1947, 3CD Box Set] (2004)

Jack Teagarden - Father Of Jazz Trombone [Recorded 1928-1947, 3CD Box Set] (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 622 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 552 MB | Covers - 102 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Dixieland, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Avid Entertainment (AMBX 126)

Jack Teagarden made the trombone sexy, and his pliant, lazy tone made the instrument swing like a trumpet. He was also a remarkable singer, with a warm, Texas drawl that gave everything he sang a marvelous intimacy. Such talents did not go unnoticed in the jazz world, and he worked with such notables as Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Eddie Condon and Louis Armstrong, among others, throughout his long career. This three- disc box spans the years 1928 to 1947, and its 72 tracks show an amazingly consistent performer, giving the whole set a cohesiveness that makes it indispensable. Included are Teagarden's near-definitive versions of "Basin Street Blues," "Beale Street Blues," "Blue River," "Jack Armstrong Blues," "St. Louis Blues" and a couple runs at "St. James Infirmary"…

Sidney Bechet - 1923-1936 (1991)

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Sidney Bechet - 1923-1936 (1991)

Sidney Bechet - 1923-1936 (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 241 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 173 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 583)

The first in a series of Classics CDs focusing on the recordings of Sidney Bechet, this disc features the clarinetist/soprano-saxophonist on two early titles with blues singer Rosetta Crawford, his torrid 1932 session with The New Orleans Feetwarmers (which also features trumpeter Tommy Ladnier and is highlighted by "Shag" and "Maple Leaf Rag") and sides from Noble Sissle's somewhat commercial orchestra. Fortunately Sissle was wise enough to give Bechet plenty of solo space on some of his selections, most notably "Polka Dot Rag." Even with a few indifferent vocals, this CD is recommended to those not already owning this music.

Muggsy Spanier - Muggsy Spanier And His Dixieland Band (1951) [Reissue 2007]

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Muggsy Spanier - Muggsy Spanier And His Dixieland Band (1951) [Reissue 2007]

Muggsy Spanier - Muggsy Spanier And His Dixieland Band (1951) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 171 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 82 MB | Covers - 86 MB
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Original Long Play/Membran Music (OLP #40, 224004-203)

This LP is a cut above most of Muggsy Spanier's recordings of the 1950s due to a surprisingly fresh repertoire, which includes such songs as "Dixie Flyer," "Home," "Caution Blues," "Alabama Jubilee" and "Lazy Piano Man." The cornetist/leader is joined by either George Brunies, Henry Graves or Ralph Hutchinson on trombone, clarinetist Darnell Howard, pianist Floyd Bean, bassist Truck Parham and either Sid Catlett, Don Chester or Barrett Deems on drums; Buddy Charles takes the vocal on "Sunday." The concise performances (all but "Sunday" are under three minutes) successfully pack a great deal of heat into a brief space of time.

The Village Stompers - Washington Square (1963) & More Sounds Of Washington Square (1964) [Reissue 1997]

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The Village Stompers - Washington Square (1963) & More Sounds Of Washington Square (1964) [Reissue 1997]

The Village Stompers - Washington Square (1963) & More Sounds Of Washington Square (1964) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 409 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 149 MB | Covers - 36 MB
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Collectables Records (COL-5840)

These are the two most popular LPs by this Dixieland octet, which saw huge success in 1963-1964, including a number two hit single with "Washington Square." The albums stand better together than they did on their own - Washington Square was heavily weighted toward folk-based repertory, as a kind of Dixieland/folk revival crossover that worked well in early 1964. The dozen songs from their follow-up album are more derived from pop and jazz sources (though there is a Dylan tune thrown in). The bonus tracks, bringing the song count up to 26, are "From Russia With Love" and "Fiddler on the Roof," both modest hits that originally appeared on subsequent LPs, thus making this CD a kind of best-of, or at least a one-stop location for the group's most familiar records. The sound is excellent, the annotation is fairly complete, and it's unlikely there will ever be much more out on CD in connection with this group.

Sidney Bechet - 1947-1949 (2000)

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Sidney Bechet - 1947-1949 (2000)

Sidney Bechet - 1947-1949 (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 200 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 181 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Early Jazz, Dixieland, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1112)

The Classics label has treated the Sidney Bechet canon with trademark thoroughness, with superb chronological sets chronicling his entire career. For many fans, however, it's Bechet's immediate postwar output that ranks above all else, and 1947-1949 compiles what is arguably the greatest period in Bechet's recording career. Masterpieces abound, from the devastating "Royal Garden Blues" to the wonderful "Buddy Bolden Stomp." Classics has done a fine job at improving the sonic fidelity, and the liner notes are very informative. A truly wonderful disc that should appeal to longtime fans of Bechet and neophytes alike.

Wilbur DeParis And His New New Orleans Jazz - Marchin' And Swingin' (1956) [Reissue 2005]

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Wilbur DeParis And His New New Orleans Jazz - Marchin' And Swingin' (1956) [Reissue 2005]

Wilbur DeParis And His New New Orleans Jazz - Marchin' And Swingin' (1956) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 186 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 116 MB | Covers - 77 MB
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Original Long Play/Membran Music (OLP #15, 222980-203)

The first recording by trombonist Wilbur DeParis' "New New Orleans Jazz Band" (although it was actually released after their 1955 session) is full of fresh and lively Dixieland. DeParis and his all-stars (cornetist Sidney DeParis, clarinetist Omer Simeon, pianist Don Kirkpatrick, banjoist Eddie Gibbs, bassist Harold Jackson and drummer Freddie Moore) play a wide variety of material which includes the leader's colorful "Martinique," "Under the Double Eagle," Rachmaninoff's "Prelude in C Sharp Minor," a couple of Jelly Roll Morton tunes and "When the Saints Go Marching In"; the second part of the latter is taken at a blistering tempo. The DeParis band was one of the most consistently inventive Dixieland-oriented groups of the 1950s.