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Bobby Hackett and His Orchestra - 1938-1940 (1996)

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Bobby Hackett and His Orchestra - 1938-1940 (1996)

Bobby Hackett and His Orchestra - 1938-1940 (1996)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 200 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 143 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 890)

A superb cornetist with faultless taste who started with Glenn Miller and was featured on Jackie Gleason's Easy Listening albums.
Bobby Hackett's mellow tone and melodic style offered a contrast to the brasher Dixieland-oriented trumpeters. Emphasizing his middle-register and lyricism, Hackett was a flexible soloist who actually sounded little like his main inspiration, Louis Armstrong.

Woody Herman and His Orchestra - 1939 (2000)

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Woody Herman and His Orchestra - 1939 (2000)

Woody Herman and His Orchestra - 1939 (2000)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 168 MB | Covers (6 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Vocal Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1128)

Woody Herman had a breakthrough during the period of time covered by Classics' third Herman CD. The Apr. 12, 1939, session yielded "Woodchopper's Ball," Herman's first hit, and it also featured "Dallas Blues," "Blues Downstairs," and "Blues Upstairs." From then on, Herman's first group would be known as "The Band That Plays the Blues." Other highlights of this enjoyable CD include four titles featuring singer Connie Boswell, the Andrews Sisters guesting on "Begin the Beguine," some vocals by Mary Ann McCall, and the tracks "The Sheik of Araby" and "Farewell Blues." Despite the lack of any major soloists (beyond the leader), things were definitely looking up by August 1939 for Herman.

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - Further Definitions (1961/1966) Remastered Reissue 2005

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Benny Carter And His Orchestra - Further Definitions (1961/1966) Remastered Reissue 2005

Benny Carter And His Orchestra - Further Definitions (1961/1966) Remastered Reissue 2005
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 458 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Covers included
Label: Impulse! | # 0602498840153 | Time: 01:11:23
Swing, Big Band, Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone Jazz

Altoist/arranger Benny Carter's classic Further Definitions is a revisiting, instrumentation-wise, to the famous 1937 session that Carter and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins made in France with two top European saxophonists (Andre Ekyan and Alix Combelle) and guitarist Django Reinhardt. The all-star group (which also includes Hawkins, altoist Phil Woods, Charlie Rouse on second tenor, pianist Dick Katz, guitarist John Collins, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Jo Jones) performs a particularly inspired repertoire. Carter's charts, which allow Hawkins to stretch out on "Body and Soul," give everyone a chance to shine. "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Crazy Rhythm" hold their own with the 1937 versions, and "Blue Star" and "Doozy" prove to be two of Carter's finest originals. Although Benny Carter was not actively playing much at the time (this was his only small-group recording during 1963-1975), he is heard in typically prime form. Very highly recommended.

Buddy DeFranco - 1949-1952 (2007)

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Buddy DeFranco - 1949-1952 (2007)

Buddy DeFranco - 1949-1952 (2007)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 199 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 167 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1445)

This issue of Buddy DeFranco's recordings as a leader of both a quintet and an orchestra between 1949 and 1952 is a welcome one. The material on these 24 cuts is standard fare from the swing era, which was way over by 1949, but it proves that DeFranco knew how to lead a big band and swing hard as a soloist in a quintet setting - especially with the company he kept. Some of his crew on these sides include Serge Chaloff, Teddy Charles, Teddy Kotick, Lee Konitz, Max Roach, Jimmy Raney, and Al Cohn, just to name a few. Arrangements for these tunes were done by DeFranco, George Russell, and Manny Albam, which gives the listener a taste of the varied sonic interests of the great clarinetist. The sound on these sides is a tiny bit thin, but that's a minor complaint. The material swings no matter the arrangement or the size of the band. This is an intimate look at an often overlooked jazz great.

Gil Evans - Svengali (1973) {1999 Koch Jazz} **[RE-UP]**

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Gil Evans - Svengali (1973) {1999 Koch Jazz} **[RE-UP]**

Gil Evans - Svengali (1973) {1999 Koch Jazz}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 280mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 105mb
Genre: jazz, big band

Svengali is the 1973 album by Gil Evans, released on Atlantic Records. This reissue was done by Koch Jazz in 1998 and remastered by Gene Paul.

Buddy Rich - Big Swing Face (1967) {Pacific Jazz CDP 7243 8 37989 2 6 rel 1996}

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Buddy Rich - Big Swing Face (1967) {Pacific Jazz CDP 7243 8 37989 2 6 rel 1996}

Buddy Rich - Big Swing Face (1967) {Pacific Jazz CDP 7243 8 37989 2 6 rel 1996}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 487 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 167 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 23 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1967, 1996 Pacific Jazz / Capitol Records | CDP 7243 8 37989 2 6
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Mainstream Jazz / Swing / Drums

This album came out a year after I'd caught Rich with Sinatra, a period when, above all, the great drummer wasn't afraid to swing! Beginning in 1968 Rich, like so many other jazz musicians, practically became paranoid of the walking-bass 4/4 swing pattern that had served everyone from Basie to Charlie Parker to Bill Evans so well. A pulse as fundamental to life as a heart beating or a lung breathing was no longer sufficiently "emphatic" to be heard, or understood, by the '60s generation. Rich tried to "connect" with the Beatles-Stones audience by going to a quasi-rock repertory along with the addition of electric bass. Fortunately, this phase lasted for only several years, and by 1974 Rich was once again validating the swing tradition of Basie, Goodman, Dorsey and his own roots.

Bennie Moten - Band Box Shuffle (1929-1932) (2CD) (2000)

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Bennie Moten - Band Box Shuffle (1929-1932) (2CD) (2000)

Bennie Moten - Band Box Shuffle (1929-1932) (2CD) (2000)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 276.39 Mb + 260.17 Mb + 52.90 + Mb (Scans) | 02:24:52
Big Band, Early Jazz | Label: Hep Records - HEP CD 1070/2

While most of Bennie Moten's music has been released, a single and complete volume of his important Victor recordings is still missing. Now there's Hep's Band Box Shuffle, which takes in Moten's prime 1929-1932 stretch for the company via 47 superbly remastered tracks. And mirroring the sterling transfers engineer John R.T. Davies has supplied, the liner notes, written by jazz photographer and historian Frank Driggs, provide a hugely readable and exhaustive account of the group's history.

Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (1963) {Pacific Jazz PJ77 rel 2012}

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Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (1963) {Pacific Jazz PJ77 rel 2012}

Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (1963) {Pacific Jazz PJ77 rel 2012}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 211 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 74 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 32 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1963, 2012 Pacific Jazz Records / International Phonograph | PJ 77
Jazz / Modern Big Band / West Coast Jazz / Piano / Modern Arrangement

An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s!

Charles Mingus - Charles Mingus and Friends In Concert (1972) {2CD Set, Columbia C2K 64975 rel 1996}

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Charles Mingus - Charles Mingus and Friends In Concert (1972) {2CD Set, Columbia C2K 64975 rel 1996}

Charles Mingus - Charles Mingus and Friends In Concert (1972) {2CD Set, Columbia C2K 64975 rel 1996}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 860 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 319 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 93 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1972, 1996 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music | C2K 64975
Jazz / Post Bop / Modern Big Band / Bass

Most of Charles Mingus's larger-group recordings, particularly in the later part of his career, tended to be unruly and somewhat undisciplined. This two-CD reissue set (which adds five selections to the original two-LP program), which celebrated Mingus's return to jazz after six years of little activity. Such great jazzmen as baritonist Gerry Mulligan, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons, altoist Lee Konitz, pianist Randy Weston, James Moody (heard on flute) and a variety of Mingus regulars had a chance to play with the great bassist; even fellow bassist Milt Hinton and Bill Cosby (taking a humorous scat vocal) join in.

Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra - 1940-1941 (1993)

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Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra - 1940-1941 (1993)

Erskine Hawkins and His Orchestra - 1940-1941 (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 328 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 184 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 701)

Although Erskine Hawkins' Orchestra was at its best on instrumentals, it did record a fair amount of vocal numbers during the swing era. The fourth Classics CD to chronologically reissue the trumpeter/bandleader's recordings has 13 vocals among the 22 selections, including six by the indifferent Jimmy Mitchelle, but there are also a bunch of swinging instrumentals (often arranged by Sammy Lowe), including "Soft Winds," "Riff Time," "Blackout" and "Shipyard Ramble," that feature tenors Julian Dash and Paul Bascomb along with trumpeters Dud Bascomb and Hawkins.

Earl Hines and His Orchestra - 1941 (1992)

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Earl Hines and His Orchestra - 1941 (1992)

Earl Hines and His Orchestra - 1941 (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 268 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 155 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 621)

In 1975, when Bluebird brought out a double-LP reissue of vintage Earl Hines big-band recordings, the producers included a chain of beefy instrumentals from 1941. The Classics Chronological series zeroed in and fleshed out an important part of the picture by compiling all of Hines' 1941 material onto one CD 16 years later. What you get are eight terrific instrumentals interspersed with ten vocal tracks and a pair of fine piano solos. Since the vocal performances were aimed at the general record-buying public, they deviate noticeably from the powerhouse home base of big-band swing infused with intimations of the approaching bebop revolution. Eight instrumentals, then, form the backbone of this volume in the complete recordings of Earl Hines…

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vågan - Happy Endlings (2018)

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Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vågan - Happy Endlings (2018)

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vågan - Happy Endlings (2018)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 415.49 Mb + 65.91 Mb (Scans) | 71:33
Jazz Modern Creative, Jazz Big Band, Free Jazz | Country: Norway | Label: Odin - ODINCD9567

Happy Endlings is TJO’s twentieth album. Artistic director of the project is Ole Morten Vågan, who composed the material, plays bass on the album and who co-produced it with Midtnorsk Jazzsenter. Vågan’s connection with TJO is longstanding – he played on the albums We Are (2005), Wood And Water (2008) and What If? (2009). He is best known for his genre-bending, Frank Zappa-informed quintet, Motif. Happy Endlings is, in a way, Motif’s modernistic but tradition-savvy music dialled up on a bigger canvas – a canvas that resonates with the vast, apocalyptic images of the nineteenth century English Romantic painter John Martin, particularly works such as The Last Man, Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion and The Destruction of the Pharoah’s Host.

Earl Hines and His Orchestra - 1934-1937 (1990)

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Earl Hines and His Orchestra - 1934-1937 (1990)

Earl Hines and His Orchestra - 1934-1937 (1990)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 268 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 180 MB | Covers (10 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 528)

Between his auspicious beginnings with Armstrong, Jimmie Noone, and Erskine Tate during the late '20s and his proto-bebop big band of the '40s, Earl Hines found his '30s stride with these fine recordings. Part of a clutch of Classics discs charting his solo and big-band sides from 1928-1947, this collection finds Hines in the stellar company of such top arrangers as Jimmy Mundy, Quinn Wilson, and Cecil Irwin. While Mundy was the only one to achieve fame beyond the group (with Count Basie), all these chart-makers flourished under Hines' watch. Mundy's work especially stands out: Four of his contributions here - "Fat Babes," "Copenhagen," "Rock and Rye," and "Cavernism" - count as pinnacles of the form, replete with inventive horn parts and streamlined yet driving rhythm tracks…

Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1968) [Reissue 1998]

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Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1968) [Reissue 1998]

Duke Pearson - Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band (1968) [Reissue 1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 477 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 183 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Blue Note (CDP 7243 4 94508 2 0)

Duke Pearson had always displayed a flair for arranging, even on small combo albums, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise that he would attempt his own big band record. What is a surprise is how successful Introducing Duke Pearson's Big Band actually is. Pearson leads 13 other musicians through a selection of nine songs, including four originals, two contemporary jazz tunes by Chick Corea and Joe Sample, and three standards. His originals are continually unpredictable and memorable, and his arrangements, especially of the standards, are provocative and intriguing. While it might not appeal to fans of Pearson's wonderful small-group hard bop sessions, it is unquestionably an experiment that works, and one that confirms his remarkable skills and talents.

Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra - 1942-1944 (1995)

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Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra - 1942-1944 (1995)

Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra - 1942-1944 (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 240 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 175 MB | Covers (11 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS 803)

The Lionel Hampton Big Band made it big during the period covered by this CD. "Flying Home," which Hampton had recorded at least twice earlier with combos, became a sensation thanks to Illinois Jacquet's honking tenor (which largely launched R&B) and the excitement generated by Hampton and his band (including the screaming trumpet section). This disc covers most of the war years, has a few V-discs (including the hit version of "Flying Home" and a two-part remake), and such numbers as "Loose Wig," "Hamp's Boogie-Woogie," "Overtime," and "Tempo's Boogie." Jacquet was actually with Hampton for a relatively brief period of time, but Arnett Cobb proved to be a perfect replacement. Also quite notable in the band is pianist Milt Buckner (whose block chords became influential) and such high-note trumpeters as Ernie Royal, Cat Anderson, and Snooky Young.