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Lee Morgan - The Rumproller (1965) {1999 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 09 Jan 2022 09:58:39 | Comments : 3

Lee Morgan - The Rumproller (1965) {1999 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 1999 Capitol / Blue Note | 7243 5 21229 2 9 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Trumpet



To follow up on his unexpected boogaloo hit "The Sidewinder," Lee Morgan recorded Andrew Hill's somewhat similar "The Rumproller" but this time the commercial magic was not there. However the trumpeter, tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Ronnie Mathews, bassist Victor Sproles and drummer Billy Higgins all play quite well on the title cut, two of Morgan's songs (the bossa nova "Eclipso" is somewhat memorable), a ballad tribute to Billie Holiday and Wayne Shorter's "Edda." This album is worth picking up but it is not essential.
Jimmy Smith - The Complete Sermon Sessions (ft. Lee Morgan & Tina Brooks) (2009) [2CD]
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 08 Jan 2022 11:14:37 | Comments : 5

Jimmy Smith - The Complete Sermon Sessions (ft. Lee Morgan & Tina Brooks) (2009) [2CD]
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© 2009 Groove Hut Records | GH 66712
Jazz / Hard Bop / Soul Jazz



2009 release from the Jazz great containing Smith's complete classic Sermon sessions, in chronological order, together for the first time ever on a single set. These are his only preserved collaborations with Lee Morgan, the formidable trumpet player whose life came to a tragic end after being shot by his girlfriend at the tender age of 33. Tenor saxophonist Tina Brooks is also featured here. The outstanding reedman would pass away at the age of 42 after a life of drug addiction and self abuse. The great Jimmy Smiths was a Jazz musician whose performances on the Hammond B-3 electric organ helped to popularize this instrument.
George Russell And The Living Time Orchestra - The 80th Birthday Concert (2005) [2CD]
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 07 Jan 2022 16:05:03 | Comments : 2

George Russell And The Living Time Orchestra - The 80th Birthday Concert (2005) [2CD]
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© 2005 Concept Publishing
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Composition



George Russell has been a highly original arranger-composer in creative music for nearly 60 years, writing and performing music that is in its own world, with its own rules, logic, and genius. Although he has made some great recordings along the way, there have also been stretches when he was not that prolifically documented. The 80th Birthday Concert, a two-CD set, stands as one of his finest recordings and sums up much of his career. Conducting his 15-piece Living Time Orchestra, Russell performs new and innovative versions of "Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature" and the multi-part "African Game," which is over 40 minutes long and ends quite wildly. In addition the orchestra performs the briefer "Listen to the Silence," "It's About Time," and a reworking of the Miles Davis trumpet solo from "So What." While many soloists are heard from (most notably trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, tenor saxophonist Andy Sheppard, and trombonist Dave Bargeron), it is the sound of the passionate ensembles, the very original writing, and the spirit of the musicians and the ageless Russell that makes this a highly recommended set.
Herbie Hancock - Hear, O Israel. A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (1968) {2008 Jonny Remaster}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 07 Jan 2022 07:31:43 | Comments : 5

Herbie Hancock - Hear, O Israel. A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (1968) {2008 Jonny Remaster}
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© 2008 Jonny | JBH025CD
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Soul Jazz / Modern Creative



In 1965, encouraged by his rabbi, the 17-year-old Jonathan Klein wrote a selection of jazz themes for a Jewish Sabbath concert. Originally recorded in 1968 by an all-star cast of musicians that included Herbie Hancock, Thad Jones, and Ron Carter, the collection is a unique, free-flowing series of pieces that perfectly complement the accompanying Jewish Sabbath prayers, and provides a rare opportunity to hear these talented musicians performing in a unique setting that's at once creative and intensely devotional.
John Coltrane - Last Performance At Newport (2009)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 06 Jan 2022 09:50:42 | Comments : 10

John Coltrane - Last Performance At Newport (2009)
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© 2009 Free Factory | FF 063
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Free Jazz



2009 release containing John Coltrane's last ever performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, on July 2, 1966. This is the first time that this material is issued on any format! Coltrane performed three extended tunes at the festival, including a version of 'My Favorite Things' that is much freer than ever, a beautiful reading of his ballad 'Welcome' and a powerful version of 'Leo', a song he had taped in the studio six months earlier.
Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960) {2008 Keepnews Collection}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 05 Jan 2022 15:02:25 | Comments : 8

Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960) {2008 Keepnews Collection}
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© 2008 Concord / Riverside | 0888072307902 | 24-bit Remastering
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Guitar



Orrin’s commentary (from his new liner notes): “I began constructing the 1960 definitive presentation of [Wes] Montgomery by recognizing the need to keep things as clear-cut and uncomplicated as possible. There were at least three unique aspects to his performing style: he played with his thumb, never using a pick… and his solos almost invariably included two elements routinely referred to as ‘impossible’—his use of octaves and of pianistic block chords. Self-taught (his first ‘lesson’ had involved heavy listening to Charlie Christian records) and never able to read music notation of any kind, he somehow possessed an unfailing command of the blues and of ballad tempo and was an impressive composer.”
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Bill Evans - Alone (1968) {2005 Verve Originals}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 04 Jan 2022 16:44:17 | Comments : 6

Bill Evans - Alone (1968) {2005 Verve Originals}
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© 2005 UMC / Verve | 0602498840320
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Piano



Jazz pianist Bill Evans's first released solo record almost glows with an absence of self-consciousness and a pure connection between Evans and his music. This sense of unaffected ease, of effortless flow between keys, chords, and tones, won Evans his third Grammy for ALONE. As usual, Evans's repertoire is heavy on American pop songs, taking compositions like "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" to incomparably innovative places with his subtle, probing style. The introspective, nuanced version of "Never Let Me Go" is perhaps the most remarkable number, with the final two CD bonus tracks feeling tacked on; they include alternate takes of "Midnight Mood" and "A Time For Love," and both lack the sense of unity which characterizes the rest of ALONE.
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (1971) [2CD] {Stax}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 04 Jan 2022 06:45:24 | Comments : 11

Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (1971) [2CD] {Stax}
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© 1989 Fantasy / Stax Records | 2SCD-88006-2
Soul / Southern Soul / Funk / Smooth Soul



Black Moses, the original LP cover of which unfolded in the shape of a cross three feet wide and four feet tall, "is a wondrously crafted, intense evocation of the vagaries of love gone bad," in the words of Stax historian Rob Bowman. Hayes used songs popularized by such artists as the Jackson 5, the Carpenters, Toussaint McCall, Little Johnny Taylor, Jerry Butler, the Whispers, Ray Price, and Dionne Warwick, along with his own highly erotic "Good Love," to express the heartbreak he was feeling about the breakup of his own marriage. "Isaac's ability to take other people's material and make it so deeply personal," Bowman observed, "is nothing short of brilliant."
Miles Davis & Thelonious Monk - Miles & Monk At Newport (1991) {Japanese Edition}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 03 Jan 2022 17:38:46 | Comments : 12

Miles Davis & Thelonious Monk - Miles & Monk At Newport (1991) {Japanese Edition}
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© 1991 Sony Music Japan | SRCS 5698
Jazz / Modal Music / Hard Bop



This CD is masterful. A wonderful opportunity for those who already know Miles and Monk to hear more of the kind of sound you love. Two giants at their best in a live recording. If you are unfamiliar with the music of these two greats, this CD is a fantastic introduction to their sound. One word of caution, however, though this is a great CD recording of Miles and Monk together, it is by no means the last word, or note, on the kind of music the artists are, or were, capable of. This CD only demonstrates a tiny facet of the broad repertoires of Miles and Monk.
Keith Jarrett - Paris / London. Testament (2009) [3CD Set]
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 03 Jan 2022 05:53:50 | Comments : 7

Keith Jarrett - Paris / London. Testament (2009) [3CD Set]
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© 2009 ECM Records | ECM 2130~32
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Creative / Piano



This is a specially-packaged, specially-priced three CD set. Improvised, solo music from the great American pianist, recorded at two concerts that took place at the end of last year. In his liner notes, Keith gives a highly personal account of the music s inspirational genesis, which is outstanding, even by his own high standards, with powerful emotions never far from the music s surface. These are recordings to put alongside the very finest in Jarrett s solo idiom. The open format, embracing much music in shorter episodes, follows a pattern similar to that found on Radiance, but there are also flashes of the existential poetic flair which made, for instance, the Sun Bear Concerts such a special musical experience. The release of Testament coincides with the 40th anniversary of the ECM label.
Nina Hagen Band - Unbehagen (1979) {Columbia}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 02 Jan 2022 11:34:49 | Comments : 1

Nina Hagen Band - Unbehagen (1979) {Columbia}
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© 1991 Sony Music / Columbia | COL 468027 2
Rock / Post Punk / Alternative / Indie



This is one great album by the German rock diva, perhaps her best. It is more accessible than the debut, offers greater variety and some truly gripping songs. African Reggae is a powerful tour de force and by the way, a dancefloor classic, Wir Leben Immer Noch (Lene Lovich's Lucky Number) is a perfect pop song, and Wenn ich ein Junge war with its somewhat risque lyrics just about bursts with exuberance. Fall In Love mit Mir is another catchy number, but every track has its own charm. The great melodies and intelligent lyrics with enthusiastic playing by her band ensure the classic status of this album. In my opinion, this is her Opus Magnum. It demonstrates what can be achieved by integrating reggae rhythms into a rock format, while the rock songs remain top of the league. Her vocal gymnastics are less in evident than on the debut album, but her voice is still brilliantly utilised. An excellent, timeless classic!
Lee Morgan - Candy (1958) {2007 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 02 Jan 2022 04:12:22 | Comments : 5

Lee Morgan - Candy (1958) {2007 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 2007 EMI / Blue Note | 0946 3 93176 2 2 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Trumpet



A seminal figure in the golden age of Blue Note records, Lee Morgan was the definition of the '50s post-bop trumpet style and sound. His album CANDY from 1958 is a quintissential document of the easy swing and tight ensemble work that was prominant before the onset of hard-bop and free-jazz of the '60s. Morgan's nimble lines and smooth sound contrast perfectly with drummer Art Taylor's jumping solo spots in the opening title track. The bluesy ballad "Since I Fell For You" is just smokey and subtle enough to melt even the coldest heart. Jimmy Heath's "C.T.A." and Irving Berlin's "Who Do You Love, I Hope" are nice-and-quick workouts that find pianist Sonny Clarke and bassist Doug Watkins in perfect sync with Taylor in support of their agil leader. For Sinatra fans, Morgan's reading of the classic "All The Way" is a beautiful interpretation that would make Old Blue Eyes smile. Overall, this is a golden snapshot of one of the most stylish trumpeters in jazz.
Miles Davis - Live Around The World (1988-91) {2002 Warner Remaster}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 01 Jan 2022 13:43:27 | Comments : 5

Miles Davis - Live Around The World (1988-91) {2002 Warner Remaster}
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© 2002 Warner Bros. | 81227 3612-2
Jazz / Contemporary Jazz / Fusion / Trumpet



From his early years mastering bebop and jazz standards, through his cool, modal, post-bop, electric and funk periods, there was always a strong sense of direction and a singular voice in the middle of the fray. That essence remained through Davis' final years; he still offered beautiful songs, wisely chosen and intelligently arranged. Miles traditionalists will appreciate the first track here, in which he breathes new life into "In A Silent Way." That quickly leads into "Intruder," a blowing vehicle for the venerable and impressive saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Garrett and bassist Richard Patterson proceed to go crazy on the frenetically funky "Wrinkle." Tunes like "New Blues" and "Tutu" reveal the sophistication of the master himself as a composer, as well as his finesse on trumpet. Another standout player here is the insanely expressive Foley, sounding like Jimi Hendrix, only funkier (and on bass).

2002 remastered reissue of 1996 live release featuring material recorded on two tours from 1985-91. Includes Kenny Garrett & Foley & Adam Holzman. The closing track, 'Hannibal', comes from the very last performance of Davis' life.
Lee Morgan - The Cooker (1957) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 01 Jan 2022 04:50:59 | Comments : 4

Lee Morgan - The Cooker (1957) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 2006 EMI / Blue Note | 0946 3 62643 2 5 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Trumpet



Lee Morgan was a tender 19-year-old when he recorded 1957's THE COOKER for Blue Note. While Morgan wouldn't truly hit his stride until a few years after this release, his duties as leader here are mighty impressive, nonetheless. A stellar personnel line-up that includes drummer Philly Joe Jones, bassist Paul Chambers, pianist Bobby Timmons, and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams keeps the musicianship at a remarkably high caliber, and the ensemble's performance on standards like "A Night in Tunisia" and "Just One of Those Things" sizzle, as do their takes on Morgan's two originals. THE COOKER isn't a landmark release, but it is a very solid hard-bop outing that showcases dynamic group chemistry and the formative first steps of Morgan's dazzling trumpet chops.
Lee Morgan - City Lights (1957) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 31 Dec 2021 11:02:08 | Comments : 5

Lee Morgan - City Lights (1957) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 2006 EMI / Blue Note | 0946 3 62676 2 3 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Bop / Trumpet



Lee Morgan was only a tender 19 years of age when he led this 1957 Blue Note date, but his technique surpassed most of the more seasoned trumpeters on the scene. Technically agile and possessed of a bright, clear tone (he clearly belongs to the lineage of Dizzy Gillespie), Morgan shines on CITY LIGHTS, and his sidemen--including saxophonist George Coleman, trombonist Curtis Fuller, and bassist Paul Chambers--are no slouches, either. Strong writing from jazz composer Benny Golson makes this a thoroughly enjoyable hard-bop session. The 2006 reissue boasts beautifully remastered sound.
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