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Cedar Walton - Among Friends (1990)

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Cedar Walton - Among Friends (1990)

Cedar Walton - Among Friends (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 364 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Label: Bellaphon | # TRCD 129 | Time: 01:01:18

The music on Among Friends was actually performed at San Francisco's Keystone Korner during a recorded engagement by the Bobby Hutcherson sextet. Pianist Cedar Walton opened each set with a few numbers and he was playing so well that in 1990 Evidence decided to release his material as a separate CD. Walton performs three songs ("Ruby My Dear," "My Old Flame" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face") solo, interprets four other pieces (three standards plus his own "Midnight Waltz"), in a trio with bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Higgins, and Hutcherson himself makes the group a quartet on "My Foolish Heart." Excellent hard bop-based music from the talented pianist.

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (with Thelonious Monk) (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1958/2022)

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Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (with Thelonious Monk) (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1958/2022)

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (with Thelonious Monk) (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1958/2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 311 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 198 MB
1:25:47 | Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | Label: Rhino

Most of the titles on this album are derived from Thelonious Monk's vast catalog of bop standards. Both co-leaders are at the peak of their respective prowess with insightful interpretations of nearly half a dozen inspired performances from this incarnation of the Blakey-led Jazz Messengers. This combo features Art Blakey (drums), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Bill Hardman (trumpet), and Spanky Debrest (bass). Immediately, Hardman ups the ante with a piledriving lead during "Evidence" that underscores the heavy-hitting nature of this particular jazz confab.

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1961/2022)

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John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1961/2022)

John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (Remastered Deluxe Edition) (1961/2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 427 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 190 MB
1:21:35 | Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal | Label: Rhino

Released in 1961, My Favorite Things made John Coltrane a star with box-office pull previously reserved for the likes of Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis. The dazzling quartet treatment of the Richard Rodgers hit song features Coltrane on soprano saxophone for the first time on record and became an instant hit single in its own right. The album also became a major commercial success, receiving the Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1998 and attaining gold record status in 2018. The recently uncovered mono version of this album once believed to be lost forever is included in this deluxe package along with the stereo version, both having been mastered from the original tapes.

Charles Mingus - Mingus At The Bohemia (1956) [Reissue 1990] (Re-up)

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Charles Mingus - Mingus At The Bohemia (1956) [Reissue 1990] (Re-up)

Charles Mingus - Mingus At The Bohemia (1956) [Reissue 1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 293 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Debut Records/Fantasy (00025218604529)

A live performance at the Club Bohemia in New York, this is the first Mingus recording to feature mostly his own compositions. Some are his future standards. Here are his first attempts at future techniques such as combining two songs into one. His bass playing really stands out.

Charles Fambrough - Upright Citizen (1997)

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Charles Fambrough - Upright Citizen (1997)

Charles Fambrough - Upright Citizen (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 320 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Jazz-Funk | Label: Random Chance | # RCD-7 | Time: 00:49:20

The heart of a jazz fan beats like Fambrough's bass, driving the lifeblood of warm sounds through the speakers and into the brain. Some bassists, in their own sessions, favor percussive and percolating arrangements that place the instrument in the role of soloist. Charles Fambrough actually seems to downplay the bass on Upright Citizen, ceding the spotlight to guests like Grover Washington, Jr. and Joe Ford. Fambrough's domain here is the rhythm section, adding programmed drums to his basslines in order to get the right foundation in place. As the captain of this ship, Fambrough ensures a smooth ride, absorbing the shock in Alex Bugnon's potentially bumpy "In Stride" and making sure a track like "D's Song" has the right amount of snap to it.

Eddie Higgins - Haunted Heart (1997)

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Eddie Higgins - Haunted Heart (1997)

Eddie Higgins - Haunted Heart (1997)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2000 | Venus, TKCV-35512 | Japan | ~ 294 or 119 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 9 Mb
Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop

The lonely cover photo and title of this Japanese import give away most of the story; this is a haunted, introspective album of piano-trio jazz very much indebted to Bill Evans and, to a lesser extent, George Shearing…

Duke Jordan - Blue Duke (1983) Japanese Reissue 2007

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Duke Jordan - Blue Duke (1983) Japanese Reissue 2007

Duke Jordan - Blue Duke (1983) Japanese Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 307 Mb | Scans included
Label: Baystate/BMG Japan | # BVCJ-37556 (82876-87551-2)
Bop, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Time: 00:48:15

Originally cut for the Japanese Baystate label and then later released by French RCA, this trio set by pianist Duke Jordan (with bassist Harry Memmery and drummer James Martin in Holland) differs from his usual recordings in putting an emphasis on blues, although not exclusively. Jordan performs six of his originals (including "No Problem," "Ben Sugar Blues," "Jordu" and "From Duke to Duke") plus "All the Things You Are," "C Jam Blues" and "St. Louis Blues." The classic bebop pianist's consistency holds up on this set (cut when he was 61), making the obscure LP worth searching for.

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

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

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

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.

Pepper Adams - Live at the Room at the Top (2022)

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Pepper Adams - Live at the Room at the Top (2022)

Pepper Adams - Live at the Room at the Top (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 348 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 245 Mb | 01:46:44
Jazz, Hard Bop | Label: Cellar Live

Rare unreleased 1972 concert recording from saxophonist Pepper Adams with the Tommy Banks Trio.

Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956) [DCC, GZS-1044]

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Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956) [DCC, GZS-1044]

Miles Davis - Cookin' with the Miles Davis Quintet (1956)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1993 | DCC, GZS-1044 | ~ 229 or 123 Mb | Scans
Jazz, Cool Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop

Cookin' is the first of four albums derived from the Miles Davis Quintet's fabled extended recording session on October 26, 1956; the concept being that the band would document its vast live-performance catalog in a studio environment, rather than preparing all new tracks for its upcoming long-player…

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

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

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 | 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.

John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)

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John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)

John Hicks, Buster Williams, Louis Hayes - On The Wings Of An Eagle (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 340 Mb | Scans included
Hard Bop, Post-Bop | Label: Chesky | # SACD318 | Time: 01:01:44

John Hicks is heard with his working trio on what is likely his final recording, made two months to the day prior to his unexpected death. With bassist Buster Williams and drummer Louis Hayes, also seasoned veterans and bandleaders themselves, the set list for this well-recorded studio session is a hard bop lover's feast, drawing from both familiar and less frequently heard repertoire. Hicks throws quite a few curves into Gigi Gryce's "Minority" by tossing in a few vamps then getting right to business with improvising rather than bothering to offer a chorus of its theme, with Williams' fleet bassline and Hayes' brushwork powering him in full flight. The leader's sole original is a salute to Cedar Walton, an upbeat piece called "As Birds Fly (Walton's Mountain)" in which the musicians easily scale its heights. The bassist contributed two originals, including the lush, somewhat moody "Strivers Jewels" and the delicate tribute to his then-young niece "Christina." Hayes is an asset throughout the recording, particularly standing out in the powerful interpretation of Dexter Gordon's "Cheesecake".

The Chris Anderson Trio - My Romance (1960) + Inverted Image (1961) 2 LPs On 1 CD, 2012

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The Chris Anderson Trio - My Romance (1960) + Inverted Image (1961) 2 LPs On 1 CD, 2012

The Chris Anderson Trio - My Romance (1960) + Inverted Image (1961) 2 LPs On 1 CD
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 448 Mb | Scans included | Time: 01:18:42
Jazz, Hard Bop | Label: Fresh Sound Records | # FSR-CD 688

Entirely self-taught, unfazed by blindness and brittle bone disease, Chicago born Chris Anderson (1926-2008) remains a legendary figure among jazz pianists and an acknowledged influence on Herbie Hancock, who studied with him in 1960. Hancock was quick to spread the word among musicians. His teacher, he said, had "a whole other facet of tools of expression and harmonies that I hadn’t heard in Bill Evans," adding that "Chris Anderson is a master of harmony and sensitivity." The reverence in which he is held by jazz musicians was not reflected in anything remotely like wider acclaim, but Anderson’s few recordings are much sought-after gems among those in the know. His first two trio albums, for VeeJay and Riverside/Jazzland, both of which are included here, were made in 1960 and ’61 respectively. They show a very individual and provocative harmonic sense, as distinctive as Thelonious Monk’s or Bill Evans’s, a light but firm and elegant swing, and a delicate balance of the cerebral and the emotional. It gave his music tremendous power to touch the heart and appeal to the intellect at the same time. His was a very special talent.

Junior Mance - Nadja (1999)

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Junior Mance - Nadja (1999)

Junior Mance - Nadja (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 372 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 161 MB | Covers - 7 MB
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Enja Records (enja CD 9114-2)

Veteran pianist Junior Mance has worked and recorded with Jazz greats like Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey. He accompanied singers like Dinah Washington and Aretha Franklin. Since the late 1980s he has been an acclaimed member of New Yorks New School and has given piano lessons to rising stars like Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings and Stephen Scott. On "Nadja" Mance shows his gentle lyrical and thoughtful side as well as his blues-drenched and soulful take on bop and hard bop. The Junior Mance Trio delivers classicism the way it’s supposed to be! Clear, unpretentious, prodigiously swinging piano improvisations on standards and originals.

Chet Baker - In New York (1958) [DCC, GZS-1101]

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Chet Baker - In New York (1958) [DCC, GZS-1101]

Chet Baker - In New York (1958)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1996 | DCC, GZS-1101 | ~ 312 or 122 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 46 Mb
Jazz, Hard Bop

Chet Baker's West Coast cool comes to the Big Apple on Chet Baker in New York. The project would be Baker's first – in a four album deal – with the Big Apple-based Riverside Records. The bicoastal artist incorporates his decidedly undernourished sound and laid-back phrasing into the styling of Al Haig (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Paul Chambers (bass), and Philly Joe Jones (drums)…