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Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) Directed by Bert Stern
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 21 Mar 2022 02:32:57 | Comments : 2

Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960) Directed by Bert Stern
DVDRip | DivX | 544x400 | 23.976 | MP3 128 Kbps | English | 813 MB (3% recov.) | 1:21:32
Genre : documentary / classic jazz

Hailed by critics to be the best jazz film ever, famous photographer's Bert Stern's Jazz on a Summer's Day lives up to its reputation today. Shot in Newport, RI during the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and the America's Cup trials of the same year, initially intended as a full length motion picture, it was downsized to a concert documentary due to lack of funds. We have to thank our good luck for this, as this film broke new ground on how a live music performance should be captured -- it literally wrote the book. Shot in lush color instead of the grim black and white used until then, including scenes in broad daylight, interleaving performances with the sailing races going on simultaneously, it made people look at jazz from an entirely different perspective. This was half a century ago and it really shows. People hit it off very differently back then, as the amazing crowd scenes attest to. With rock 'n roll just around the corner ready to take the popular music scene by storm, these were merrier, more innocent times.
Kenny Drew Trio - Dark Beauty (1974) {2008 SteepleChase Japan Mini-LP 24-96 remaster}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 14 Mar 2022 04:42:31 | Comments : 8

Kenny Drew Trio - Dark Beauty (1974)
EAC (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 347 Mb | 66:23 | Full Artwork
Classic jazz / SteepleChase VACZ-1121 / Limited Edition Japanese Mini-LP 24-96 remastered / Release Date 03/19/2008
SteepleChase Classics - Limited Paper Sleeve Edition


Kenny Drew (1928-1993) was an extraordinary bebop-oriented pianist who recorded with Howard McGhee, Buddy DeFranco, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane (the famous album Blue Train) before moving to Denmark in 1961. While he sacrificed much of the interest of the American jazz audience, he gained a wide following across Europe, and by extension, in Japan. Dark Beauty, recorded in 1974 with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Albert "Tootie" Heath, became a break-out hit that helped advance Drew's acclaim. On this album he displays tremendous pianistic skills, intelligent and advanced harmonic sensibilities and driving sense of swing. Pedersen is featured throughout, and his solos demonstrate awe-inspiring technique and imagination. This CD edition contains three bonus tracks which did not appear in the original LP ("A Felicidade," "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "A Stranger In Paradise").
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Nikos Skalkottas (1904-49) Mayday Spell, Concerto for Double Bass & Orchestra, 3 Greek Dances {BIS 1999}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 26 Feb 2022 22:42:40 | Comments : 3

Nikos Skalkottas - Mayday Spell, Concerto for Double Bass & Orchestra, 3 Greek Dances {BIS 1999}
EAC rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 259 Mb | 61:39 | Full Scans
20th century classical / BIS CD-954


Nikos Skalkottas was a versatile, inventive, and prolific composer. This CD offers a nice sample of his writing. Two of the works (Mayday spell and the three Greek dances) are tonal. They both employ Greek folk music motives, arranged in a neoclassical form, and orchestrated in the unique and magical way of Skalkottas. Christodoulou's interpretation is somewhat technical, yet still captures the magic of Skalkottas writing. The Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra is an atonal piece, and will certainly satisfy more sceptical listeners. Expertly crafted music from an obscure genius deserving wider recognition.
Tete Montoliu - Boston Concert Vol.2 (1980) {SteepleChase 1997}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 23 Feb 2022 14:51:13 | Comments : 5

Tete Montoliu - Boston Concert Vol.2 (1980)
EAC (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 210 Mb | 48:01 | Full Artwork
Contemporary Jazz / SCCD 31153 1997

Second volume of legendary solo piano recording of the blind Catalan pianist Tete Montoliu recorded on March 17, 1980, at the Alfred Morse Auditorium on the Boston University campus in Boston, Massachusetts. The late Montoliu demonstrates what separates the men from the boys as far as jazz piano is concerned. Unmissable.
Tete Montoliu - Boston Concert Vol.1 (1980) {SteepleChase 1997}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 21 Feb 2022 01:16:33 | Comments : 6

Tete Montoliu - Boston Concert Vol.1 (1980)
EAC (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 215 Mb | 48:02 | Full Artwork
Contemporary Jazz / SCCD 31152 1997

First volume of legendary solo piano recording of the blind Catalan pianist Tete Montoliu recorded on March 17, 1980, at the Alfred Morse Auditorium on the Boston University campus in Boston, Massachusetts. The late Montoliu demonstrates what separates the men from the boys as far as jazz piano is concerned. Unmissable.
Gary Burton - Next Generation {2005 Concord Jazz}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 17 Feb 2022 13:36:56 | Comments : 2

Gary Burton - Next Generation {2005 Concord Jazz}
EAC (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 378 Mb (3% recov.) | 62:45 | Full Artwork
Contemporary Jazz / Concord Jazz CCD-2277-2


Gary Burton spent a great deal of his professional life juggling his duo careers as a bandleader and jazz educator. So it came as no surprise to see him form a brand new group of talented up and coming players in 2004, the eighth such new unit by his count. Burton's skill on vibes is a given, but his ability to find four impressive young men able to jump right in and perform at a high level also deserves kudos. The leader first heard guitarist Julian Lage on the 2000 Grammy Awards at the tender age of 12; he was just 16 at the time of these sessions and had already appeared with Burton on the earlier CD Generations. Lage, who shows incredible chops without overdoing it, also contributed the easygoing, infectious strut "Walkin' in Music" and "Clarity," a playful duet with Burton. Vadim Neselovskyi not only is a surprising pianist but a thoughtful composer whose works (including the intricate "Prelude for Vibes" and the tense, rapid fire "Get Up and Go") belie his age. Bassist Luques Curtis, in addition to solidly anchoring the rhythm section with the gifted drummer James Williams, penned the funky Latin "Ques Sez." The leader's liner notes don't specifically credit anyone with the wild arrangement of 20th century composer Samuel Barber's Fuga or the jaunty, somewhat angular rendition of the standard "My Romance" (possibly because they were a group effort), but they also merit high praise. This meeting of a jazz master and four prodigies is well worth acquiring. ~ Ken Dryden
Tete Montoliu Trio - Tête à Tete (1976) {24-96 SteepleChase SCS-1054 LP rip}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 12 Feb 2022 18:59:00 | Comments : 5

Tete Montoliu Trio - Tête à Tete (1976)
LP Rip @ 24bit-96khz | FLAC | 842 MB (3% recov) | 40:18 | Full artwork
Contemporary Jazz / SteepleChase SCS-1054 (US pressing)

Tete Montoliu's fourth LP for SteepleChase is primarily a fun-filled trio date with bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, frequent collaborators with the blind pianist. The influence of Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson is evident in his rollicking take of "What's New?", "We'll be Together Again" follows with some tour de force solo features for the great pianist and finally the 20-minute "Catalan Suite", a medley of five traditional folk songs from Montoliu's homeland, giving ample space to the trio to stretch out; it's a shame one can't hear the words that accompany these joyous melodies. This is essential listening for fans of this late genius of contemporary jazz piano.
Dexter Gordon Quartet (feat. Tete Montoliu) - Bouncin' with Dex (1975) {2008 SteepleChase Japan Mini-LP 24-96 remaster}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 09 Feb 2022 10:25:24 | Comments : 7

Dexter Gordon Quartet (feat. Tete Montoliu) - Bouncin' with Dex (1975)
EAC (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 285 Mb | 46:48 | Full Artwork
Classic jazz / SteepleChase VACZ-1124 / Limited Edition Japanese Mini-LP 24-96 remastered / Release Date 03/19/2008
SteepleChase Classics - Limited Paper Sleeve Edition

It is well known that jazz giant Dexter Gordon spent 15 years in Europe, between 1962 and 1977, mostly in Paris and Copenhagen. In the early 1960s Gordon played often in the famed Jazzhus Montmartre with Catalonian pianist Tete Montoliu and local bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen. In addition, superbly talented drummer Billy Higgins happened to be in town and was available for this legendary recording. Throughout this one day session, this international all-star group was totally inspired. While the main attraction here is clearly Gordon whose tenor sax sounds as good as ever, the fiery solos by Montoliu, the lithe and limber drumming by Higgins and the authentic bass played by Pedersen contribute to elevate their collective performance to a higher plane. There is not a single weak moment in this exciting record. Recorded in Copenhagen on September 14, 1975. Originally released in 1976 by SteepleChase Records. This reissue CD -- special limited paper sleeve edition -- released in Japan by Videoarts Music on March 19, 2008.
Kenny Drew - New Faces, New Sounds (Blue Note 10'' BLP 5023) {1999 Japan Toshiba EMI lim. ed. 24-96 rip}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 02 Feb 2022 19:42:27 | Comments : 7

Kenny Drew - New Faces, New Sounds (Blue Note 10'' BLP 5023)
10'' LP Rip @ 24bit-96khz | FLAC | 283 MB (3% recov) | 27:15 | Full artwork
Classic Jazz, Bebop / Blue Note BLP 5023 (10'', mono) / Toshiba EMI Japan Lim. Ed. 1999 Reissue TOJJ-5023 (mint copy)

Kenny Drew's debut as a leader in the more than able company of Messrs. Curly Russel on bass and Ard Blakey on drums, where we get to hear what a great pianist Drew was from the very beginning and the influence Bud Powell had on him. Other than his "Gloria" and the basic "Drew's Blues," all of the music is standards including "Be My Love," "Yesterdays" and a surprisingly heated rendition of "It Might As Well Be Spring. Sparkling mono sound from this mint 1999 reissue limited edition lovingly pressed by Toshiba EMI Japan in 1999.
The Gadd Gang - The Gadd Gang (CBS/Epic 1986) {24bit-96khz LPrip}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 31 Jan 2022 05:33:39 | Comments : 6

The Gadd Gang - The Gadd Gang (CBS/Epic 1986)
LP Rip @ 24bit-96khz | FLAC | 775 MB (3% recov) | 36:47 | Cover
Soul Jazz / CBS/Epic 40864 / US pressing

Turn every stone in jazz, soul, pop, rock and whatnot since the 70s and chances are that you'll bump into drum wunderkind Steve Gadd. Steve's talent has graced albums of Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Stuff, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Michal Urbaniak, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Richard Tee, Jon Bon Jovi, Bee Gees to name but a few. As Chick Corea said ""Every drummer wants to play like Gadd because he plays perfect ... He has brought orchestral and compositional thinking to the drum kit while at the same time having a great imagination and a great ability to swing" (Duke's Lullaby from this LP proves that in spades). Gadd has collaborated since the 70s with ace session men Cornell Dupree, Richard Tee and Eddie Gomez with the group Staff. Bari sax legend Ronnie Cuber was added to the roster during the 80s and the Gadd Gang was born. This is feel-good music, these seasoned veterans sound like having a heck of a time playing it scoring high marks in the trouser flapping department, great, groovy stuff.
Kenny Drew and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Duo (1973) {2008 SteepleChase Japan Mini-LP 24bit-96khz remaster}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 28 Jan 2022 19:00:11 | Comments : 9

Kenny Drew and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Duo (1973)
EAC (secure mode) | FLAC+CUE+LOG => 182 Mb | 44:27 | Full Artwork
Classic jazz / SteepleChase VACZ-1122 / Limited Edition Japanese Mini-LP 24-96 remastered / Release Date 03/19/2008
SteepleChase Classics - Limited Paper Sleeve Edition

Hugely talented pianist Kenny Drew performed and recorded during the 1950s with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey and Charlie Mingus before moving to Europe in 1961. In 1964 he settled down in Copenhagen as the house pianist of the famous jazz club called Jazzhus Montmartre. Hugely talented bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen was still in his twenties when he recorded this classic album with Drew in 1973, but he was already considered to be the best bassist in Europe. He had become the house bassist at Jazzhus Montmartre in 1964, and had been playing with Drew in that context for almost a decade before the two went into the studio.

The eclectic program consists of Danish traditional melodies ("Once A Saturday Night," "In The Stil Of The Woods"), original compositions by the two, Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Wave" in which Drew plays both acoustic and electric piano. Guitarist Ole Molin joins the duo on "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans." This is a must-own item for fans of Drew and Pedersen. Recorded in Copenhagen on April 2, 1973. Originally released by SteepleChase Records in 1973 on LP and 1988 on CD . This reissue CD -- special limited paper sleeve edition -- released in Japan by Videoarts Music on March 19, 2008.
Teddy Wilson - Piano Moods (1950) {10'' LP Original Philips 50s Pressing 24bit-96khz rip}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 25 Jan 2022 15:05:45 | Comments : 5

Teddy Wilson - Piano Moods (1950)
10" LPRip @ 24bit-96khz | FLAC | 257 MB (3% recov) | 25:06 | Full Artwork
Classic Jazz / Philips Minigroove B07625R / Original 1950s 10" LP pressing made in Holland (mono)

In so many ways, the piano trio is really one of the most perfect combinations in jazz. In the right hands, the impression of a much larger group is possible and various combinations of each instrument allow for freshness and variety. Knowing a good thing when they heard one, the magic of the piano trio was not lost on Columbia Records when they decided to launch a series of “Piano Moods” back in 1948. It was really a combination of ideas and technology, however. First of all, these records would be among the earliest examples of the long-playing 33 1/3-rpm format (contn'd).
The LA4 - Live at Montreux Summer 1979
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 22 Jan 2022 21:41:40 | Comments : 5

The LA4 - Live at Montreux Summer 1979
LPRip 24bit-96khz | FLAC | ~1 GB (3% recov.) | 48:09 | Full Artwork
Classic Jazz / Concord Jazz CJ-100 1979

Altoist/flutist Bud Shank and Brazilian acoustic guitarist Laurindo Almeida first teamed up in the 1950s to create music that predated but strongly hinted at bossa nova. In 1974, they reunited to form the L.A. Four with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Chuck Flores. With Shelly Manne and later Jeff Hamilton replacing Flores on drums, the L.A. Four recorded eight albums for Concord through 1982, breaking up shortly afterward. Their mixture of cool-toned bop, Brazilian-oriented music, and ballads was quite attractive. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

While not of Kind of Blue stature this excellent live recording delivers the goods in spades, these hardened veterans play their hearts out and sonics are top-notch easily transferring the listener to the Montreux Auditorium ~itsartolie
Wes Montgomery - Round About Midnight (1959) {7'' 1960s EP 24bit-96khz }
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 21 Jan 2022 09:30:56 | Comments : 11

Wes Montgomery - Round About Midnight (1959)
EPrip 24-bit-96khz | WAV | 145 MB | Full artwork
Classic Jazz / Riverside 7'' EP REP 3212 (mono) / 1960s French Pressing

Two cuts ('Round about Midnight and Missile Blues) from Wes Montgomery's meteoric entrance into the jazz world with his first LP as a leader (The Wes Montgomery Trio - A Dynamic New Sound) released in 1959 on this rare 7 inch EP from Riverside's Extended Play series. Montgomery is in the company of Melvin Rhyne on B-3 organ and Paul Parker on drums. This 45rpm EP sounds much better than the OJC LP and CD.
Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) { 24bit-96khz rip of Origιinal US mono pressing}
Posted By : itsartolie | Date : 19 Jan 2022 20:29:03 | Comments : 6

Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963) {Original US mono pressing}
LPRip 24bit-96khz (mono) | FLAC | 294 MB | Full Artwork
Classic Jazz / Blue Note BLP 4123

This is easily the most recognizable Blue Note album, and understandably so. The groove is down home, the interplay is exemplary, a perfect companion for those relaxing, late-night sessions. Even the late Stevie Ray Vaughan covered Chitlins con Carne (albeit not very successfully). Here's your chance to taste the real thing the way it was supposed to be heard in its original 1963 monophonic version from my private collection. There's a little surface noise but hey, this is a 47-year old record, enjoy ;-)