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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra (2006)

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra (2006)

The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included | 01:00:31
Post-Bop, Modal Music, Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Cryptogramophone | # CG 129

Here is an interesting and not paradoxical combination: Bennie Maupin on Cryptogramophone. Maupin hasn't been heard from as a leader since 1998 on his fine, funky, Driving While Black. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy; he's played on records by Chick Corea, the Headhunters, George Cables, Victor Bailey, David Arnay, Mike Clark, and others. He was also part of DJ and producer Carl Craig's revolutionary Detroit Experiment. Penumbra is all his, however, and aside from Jewel in the Lotus, it may be the finest outing in his catalog as a leader. Maupin plays his usual array of instruments – tenor, soprano, flute, bass clarinet, and piano. He is joined by the excellent bassist Darek Oleszkiewicz (also known as "Oles"), drummer Michael Stephans, and Darryl "Munyungo" Jackson on percussion. Rhythm is the key here, as all of these 14 compositions are rhythmically propelled. Maupin's compositional frame has been informed by all of his teachers, most notably John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Yusef Lateef. Modal motifs can be heard in most pieces, and Maupin's playing around and through the rhythm makes for infectious and quietly dramatic listening. Restraint is a key element of all the tracks on this set. Tunes don't "swing" per se, but they are excellent examples of the deep interplay of the ensemble.

The John Scofield Quartet - What We Do (1993) (Re-up)

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The John Scofield Quartet - What We Do (1993) (Re-up)

The John Scofield Quartet - What We Do (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 385 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 148 MB | Covers - 8 MB
Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (0777 7 99586 2 7)

Guitarist John Scofield contributed all nine originals on this album and teams up with up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Bill Stewart for a set of consistently stimulating music. The interesting blend between Scofield and Lovano, the consistently inventive solos, and the unpredictable material - which falls loosely into the post-bop area but is really unclassifiable - make this a CD worth listening to several times.

Robert Hurst - Bob: A Palindrome (2013)

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Robert Hurst - Bob: A Palindrome (2013)

Robert Hurst - Bob: A Palindrome (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 498 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz | Label: Bebob | # 820467-11142-8 | Time: 01:08:42

Robert "Bob" Hurst's 2013 album Bob: A Palindrome follows up the bassist's 2010 studio album Bob Ya Head. Recorded in 2001, the album's release was delayed by 9/11, as well as Hurst's own busy career as a highly sought-after sideman and professor of music at the University of Michigan. Joining Hurst here are such longtime associates as saxophonist Branford Marsalis, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, flutist and bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin, pianist Robert Glasper, and percussionist Adam Rudolph. With all the songs composed and arranged by Hurst, including the epic mid-album Duke Ellington-style three-part "Middle Passage Suite," Bob: A Palindrome is a superb showcase for Hurst's improvisational skill, songwriting ability, and talent for assembling an all-star band. This is urbane, highly creative, and straight-ahead modern jazz at its finest.

Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton - Bags' Bag (1980) [Reissue 1997]

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Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Cedar Walton - Bags' Bag (1980) [Reissue 1997]

Milt Jackson - Bags' Bag (1980) [Reissue 1997]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 233 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 100 MB | Covers - 5 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: OJC/Pablo/Fantasy (00025218693523)

Vibraphonist Milt Jackson teams up with pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ray Brown and (on six of the eight songs) either Billy Higgins or Frank Severino on drums. Together they play group originals and (on the two drumless pieces) a pair of standards. Although the material was largely new, the swinging style is timeless and Milt Jackson typically sounds in top form; has he ever made an indifferent recording?

The John Scofield Quartet - Meant To Be (1991) (Re-up)

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The John Scofield Quartet - Meant To Be (1991) (Re-up)

The John Scofield Quartet - Meant To Be (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 415 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 163 MB | Covers - 123 MB
Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7 95479 2)

Meant to Be features guitarist John Scofield's 1990 pianoless quartet on 11 of his compositions. During the best selections (such as "Big Fan" and "Mr. Coleman to You") one can hear the influence of not just the original Ornette Coleman Quartet but the Keith Jarrett/Dewey Redman Quintet. Joe Lovano's increasingly original tenor sound (mixing together John Coltrane, Dewey Redman, and even Eddie Harris on this set) works well with Scofield and the tight but loose rhythm section (bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Bill Stewart). "Eisenhower" (a slightly tongue-in-cheek, boppish romp) and "Some Nerve" (which uses New Orleans parade rhythms) are also memorable performances. The colorful and enjoyable set is modern mainstream music of the 1990s, stretching ahead while holding on to the roots of hard bop, funk, and fusion.

Greg Osby - Man-Talk For Moderns Vol. X (1991)

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Greg Osby - Man-Talk For Moderns Vol. X (1991)

Greg Osby - Man-Talk For Moderns Vol. X (1991)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 329 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 127 MB | Covers - 42 MB
Genre: Jazz-Funk, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7 95414 2)

There are several problems with this lightweight release. Greg Osby chose to mostly feature his anonymous-sounding soprano instead of his much more distinctive alto. The rhythms on the funky grooves are so predictable and insipid that they could have been played by the sidemen in their sleep and none of the originals are the least bit memorable. Altoist Steve Coleman drops by on "Balaka" to heat things up a little, but, considering how mundane much of this dance music is, Osby sure seems to take it awful seriously.

Eldar Djangirov - Live At The Blue Note (2006)

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Eldar Djangirov - Live At The Blue Note (2006)

Eldar - Live At The Blue Note (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 384 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 179 MB | Covers - 4 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Piano Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Sony Classical (82878-74745-2)

Piano phenom Eldar Djangirov has most certainly heard it all before: his similarities to Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, his astounding speed, the way he's able to move his way through some of jazz's most intricate numbers, that he's played with some of the genre's biggest names, at some of the most important venues; that all of this has been accomplished before his 20th birthday. And the amazing thing about this is that all of these statements are completely true. Eldar is an exceptionally gifted pianist, regardless of age, very skilled at improvising upon a theme without completely obliterating it, alluding to it constantly while still adding his own distinct voice. All of this is portrayed very well on Eldar Live at the Blue Note…

John Scofield - Time On My Hands (1990) (Re-up)

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John Scofield - Time On My Hands (1990) (Re-up)

John Scofield - Time On My Hands (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 377 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 149 MB | Covers - 120 MB
Genre: Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7 92894 2)

John Scofield has turned the corner from journeyman jazz guitarist to become one of the most inventive and witty players on the contemporary scene. This date, his first for the Blue Note label, builds on a discography following several recordings for the Gramavision label, and also progresses this contemporary jazz music into an individualism that can only bode well for his future efforts. Teamed with the rising-star saxophonist Joe Lovano and the bulletproof rhythm team of bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Jack DeJohnette, Scofield is emerging as a player of distinction on the electric guitar, and a composer whose mirthful ideas add spark and vigor to his newfound musical setting…

Klaus Doldinger - Shakin' The Blues [Recorded 1963-1967] (2008) (Re-up)

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Klaus Doldinger - Shakin' The Blues [Recorded 1963-1967] (2008) (Re-up)

Klaus Doldinger - Shakin' The Blues [Recorded 1963-1967] (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 433 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 166 MB | Covers - 3 MB
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Soul Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Universal Music (06025 1766254)

Klaus Doldinger, best-known for leading the excellent fusion group Passport in the 1970s and '80s, has had a diverse and episodic career. He started out studying piano in 1947 and clarinet five years later, playing in Dixieland bands in the 1950s. By 1961, he had become a modern tenor saxophonist, working with such top visiting and expatriate Americans as Don Ellis, Johnny Griffin, Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, Donald Byrd, and Kenny Clarke, recording as a leader for Philips, World Pacific, and Liberty. However, in 1970, he initiated a long series of fusion-oriented sessions for Atlantic that featured his tenor, soprano, flute, and occasional keyboards with an electric rhythm section…

Charnett Moffett - For The Love Of Peace (2004)

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Charnett Moffett - For The Love Of Peace (2004)

Charnett Moffett - For The Love Of Peace (2004)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 327 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 160 Mb
Full Scans | 00:52:52 | RAR 5% Recovery
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop | Piadrum Records #0401

Although Charnett Moffett has considerable potential as a musician and a composer, he hasn't always lived up to it. The acoustic/electric bassist has recorded some excellent albums (including Planet Home and Still Life, both on Evidence), but he has come out with some weak, forgettable ones as well; Beauty Within is arguably the worst offender. Moffett can be great as a post-bop, fusion, or avant-garde player, although some of his contributions to smooth jazz in the late '80s and early '90s were downright embarrassing. For the Love of Peace, thankfully, is among his more noteworthy efforts. Most of this 2003 date falls into the acoustic post-bop category, and Moffett (who wrote all of the material himself) brings a highly spiritual outlook to this project.

Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano (1963) [MFSL, MFCD 783]

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Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano (1963) [MFSL, MFCD 783]

Charles Mingus - Mingus Plays Piano (1963)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1990 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, MFCD 783 | ~ 242 or 130 Mb | Scans
Jazz, Post Bop

This album is unique in Mingus' enormous catalog. As the title indicates, the famous bassist takes to the ivories solo to give life to his dazzling improvisational art. At first it seems odd to hear Mingus without one of his trademark interactive and exploratory ensembles. But the sensibility that he brings to this collection of piano pieces bears all the signs of the composer's genius…

Ethan Iverson - Every Note Is True (2022)

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Ethan Iverson - Every Note Is True (2022)

Ethan Iverson - Every Note Is True (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 233 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 99 Mb | 00:43:00
Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Blue Note Records

Pianist and composer Ethan Iverson has long celebrated both the rich tradition and continuous evolution of jazz. So, it’s fitting that he would eventually take his place on the roster of Blue Note Records, which has provided a home for innovation rooted in the music’s foundations throughout its eight-decade history. Iverson makes his Blue Note debut with the remarkable Every Note Is True, an engaging and evocative date featuring a masterful new trio with bassist Larry Grenadier and legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette. The album is an opportunity for the pianist to look back at and expand upon his own musical history as he revisits the pop / rock influenced jazz style of The Bad Plus, the influential trio that Iverson co-founded in 2000.

Michele Guaglio - Lots Of Time (2019)

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Michele Guaglio - Lots Of Time (2019)

Michele Guaglio - Lots Of Time (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) + Cue + m3u + Log ~ 345 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 204 Mb
Full Scans | 00:52:03 | RAR 5% Recovery
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop | Abeat Records #ABJZ 566

"Lots of time" marks the debut with Michel Guaglio's Abeat, and is the result of a long work on the study of composition and improvisation, "Lots of time", is an emblematic title because the work is born precisely after "a long time", because the research was long before being ready to make it, be-cause it tells so much time. To do this Guaglio has chosen partners that represent the excellence of the jazz national scene; musicians capable, endowed with great human and musical sensibility, with a lot of experience. The result is a work that in addition to a remarkable compositional sign sees high expressive finesse and interplay, as well as a valuable stylistic modernity.

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.