Neal Hefti & His Orchestra - Hollywood Song Book Vol. 2 (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 29:05 | Size: 65.81 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. On The Atchison Topeka And Santa Fe
02. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
03. Buttons And Bows
04. Baby It's Cold Outside
05. Mona Lisa
06. In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening
07. High Noon (So Not Forsake Me)
08. Secret Love
09. Three Coins In The Fountain
10. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
11. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be WIll Be)
12. All The Way

Yellowjackets - Samurai Samba (1985)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Fusion | Total Time: 39:20 | Size: 90.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps

1. Homecoming (Ferrante) 5:13
2. Deat Beat (Ferrante/Haslip/Lawson/Russo) 5:25
3. Daddy's Gonna Miss You (Ferrante/Haslip/Lawson/Russo) 4:33
4. Sylvania (Ferrante/Haslip/Lawson) 4:14
5. Silverlake (Ferrante) 5:45
6. Lonely Weekend (Ferrante/Curiale/Lawson/Caldwell) 4:20
7. Los Mambos (Ferrante/Russo/da Costa) 4:24
8. Samurai Samba (Ferrante) 5:18

Label – Warner
Recorded at Larrabee Sound Studios, NY

Russell Ferrante – keyboards
Marc Russo - alto sax
Jimmy Haslip – bass
Ricky Lawson - drums/electric drums

Carlos Rios, Michael Landau – guitar
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
Bobby Caldwell, Marilyn Scott, Paulinho Da Costa and Carl Caldwell – vocals
Bobby Caldwell - lead vocal on "Lonely Weekend"
Paulo da Costa Jr. - vocals on "Los Mambos"
Producer – Tommy LiPuma, Yellowjackets

Tubby Hayes & Paul Gonsalves - Change Of Setting (1965)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:25 | Size: 95.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Change of Setting (Hayes) - 4:23
02. Royal Flush (South) - 3:40
03. Child's Fancy (Crombie) - 4:19
04. Min and Madge Blues (Condon) - 4:16
05. Deb's Delight (Crombie) - 5:00
06. Tubby's Theme (aka Soft and Supple) (Hayes) - 5:20
07. Speedy Gonsalves (Condon) - 4:17
08. Don't Fall Off the Bridge (Hayes) - 9:17
Label - Harkit Records
Recorded at Lansdowne Studios, Notting Hill Gate, London on February 15, 1965

Ray Nance - trumpet, violin
Paul Gonsalves - tenor saxophone
Tubby Hayes - tenor saxophone, flute, vibraphone
Ronnie Scott - tenor saxophone, clarinet
Tony Coe - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Jackie Sharpe - baritone saxophone
Terry Shannon - piano
John Lambe - bass
Ronnie Stephenson - drums
ORIGINALLY RELEASED in the summer of 1967, it seemed to have disappeared—that is, until now in this sparkling remastered stereo release (first time on CD). Considered by fans of Hayes and Gonsalves to be one of the hardest-to-find and most sought-after of their recordings. They first joined forces on “Just friends” in a rarity in more ways than one; British jazzmen rarely joined their US counterparts gathering around a microphone, let alone as equals.
This follow-up was financed by London saxophonist Jack Sharpe, this album is a real revelation of just how advanced and unafraid these fine musicians were to push the borders out and demonstrate here, what truly accomplished talents they were!
With his usual flair for explaining what you are about to hear, Tubby biographer and fellow saxophonist Simon Spillett has written an excellent essay to accompany the release.
So, here we are, fifty years later...give your ears a treat!

Ralph Marterie & His Marlboro Men - Music For A Private Eye (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 25:54 | Size: 58.40 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. M Squad (Basie) 2:48
02. Perry Mason (Steiner) 2:59
03. Richard Diamond (Rugolo) 1:38
04. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Wilson) 2:33
05. The Thin Man (Rugolo) 1:46
06. 77 Sunset Street (Livingston-David) 2:40
07. Private Eyeball (Hanson-Marterie) 3:27
08. The D.A.’s Man (Comstock) 1:58
09. Riff Blues (Kahn-Lenard) 3:10
10. Peter Gunn (Mancini) 2:26

RALPH MARTERIE and his Marlboro Men
Orchestra Conducted by Pete Rugolo

Ray Linn, Don Fagerquist, Joe Triscari, Uan Rasey, trumpets;
Frank Rosolino, Bob Fitzpatrick, Tommy Pederson, trombones
George Roberts, bass trombone
Bud Shank, Paul Horn, alto saxes
Bob Cooper, Gus Bivona, tenor saxes
Dale Issenhuth, baritone sax
Jimmy Rowles, piano
Al Viola, guitar
Joe Mondragon, bass
Irv Kluger, drums
Lou Singer, percussion
Arrangements Pete Rugolo

Recorded at United Recording Studio, Hollywood, May 5 (2 sessions), 1959.

Gigi Gryce - Gigi Gryce (1958)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 34:57 | Size: 97.59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.In A Sentimental Mood (3:36)
2.Blues March (3:02)
3.Sea Breeze (2:30)
4.Bangoon (2:46)
5.It Don't Mean A Thing (3:14)
6.Cold Breeze (2:37)
7.Rich And Creamy (3:31)
8.My Ideal (2:49)
9.Baba's Blues (3:00)
10.Little Susan (2:27)
11.Lullaby For Milkman (2:31)
12.Somewhere (2:39)

Personnel: Gigi Gryce - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, piccolo, flute; Hank Jones - piano, celeste; Milt Hinton – bass; Osie Johnson - drums.

Recorded In New York City,1958
Prior to this album, saxophonist Gigi Gryce had never recorded on anything but his celebrated alto. We wanted to get on tape sounds and styles that have never been associated with him, said producer Jack Lazare. So, for the first time, Gryce recorded on flute, clarinet, tenor and baritone sax- in addition to alto, playing several of these instruments in the same tune through multiple tracking. Gryce also provided his group with provocative arrangements of some well known jazz standards and some originals. The rhythm section offers strong support, with pianist Hank Jones contributing not only as pianist and composer, but also in doing much to make this challenging musical venture a successful one.


Junior Walker - Back Street Boogie (1979)

Genre: Funk / Soul | Total Time: 33:27 | Size: 73.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Side A
A1. Back Street Boogie 7:16
A2. Girl I Wanna Marry You 3:34
A3. Wishing On A Star 5:58

Side B
B1. Hole In The Wall 5:20
B2. Don't Let Me Go Astray 3:54
B3. Tiger In My Tank 5:02
B4. Sax Attack 3:40

Label - Warner Bros. Records

Junior Walker - Saxophone, Lead Vocals
Chris Powell, Kenny Scott, LaMorris Payne - Horns (Nytro Horn Section)
Earnest Reed, Jr., Isy Martin, Wha Wha Watson, Trey Stone - Guitar
Victor Nix, Walter Downing - Keyboards
Mark Kenoly - Bass
Jimi Valdez - Drums
Terral Santiel - Electronic Drums (Syndrums)
Eddie "Bongo" Brown - Congas
D. Anderson, J. Williams, R. Runnells - Backing Vocals

Junior Walker - Back Street Boogie (1979) 

Young Power - Young Power (1986)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 38:17 | Size: 89.20 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. First Not Last (K. Popek)
A2. B.E.D (K. Popek)
A3. Dziadki Bez Orzechów (K. Zawadzki)
Side B
B1. Człowiek, Którego Nie Ma (A. Korecki)
B2. One By One (K. Popek)
B3. Jahu (A. Korecki)
B4. Last Not First (K. Popek)

Baritone Saxophone – Waldemar Leczkowski
Bass Guitar, Bass – Marcin Pospieszalski
Drums – Andrzej Ryszka
Flute, Leader – Krzysztof Popek
Guitar, Soloist – Andrzej Urny (tracks: B3), Grzegorz Kapołka (tracks: B1)
Keyboards – Zbigniew Jakubek
Percussion – Krzysztof Zawadzki
Piano, Keyboards – Wojciech Niedziela
Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Alek Korecki*
Tenor Saxophone – Adam Wendt, Włodzimierz Kiniorski
Trombone – Bronisław Duży, Grzegorz Nagórski
Trumpet – Antoni Gralak, Piotr Wojtasik, Robert Jakubiec, Robert Majewski
Violin, Soloist – Henryk Gembalski (tracks: A3)

Recorded at Polish Radio Poznan Studio,September 1986.
Released: 1987
Series: Polish Jazz – Vol. 72
Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza.

Stan Kenton - Artistry in Paris (The Legendary Concert At the Alhambra Theatre, September 18 1953) (1953)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:27:28 | Size: 193.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. Theme - Artistry In Rhythm
02. Young Blood
03. Stan Says "Hello"
04. Collaboration
05. Love For Sale
06. Walking Shoes
07. Opus In Pastels
08. Zoot
09. 23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West
10. Solitaire
11. Intermission Riff
12. Lover Man
13. In Lighter Vein
14. Lover
15. The Peanut Vendor
16. Portrait Of A Count
17. Round Robin
18. Eager Beaver
19. Frank Speaking
20. Taboo
21. Introduction Of Band Members
22. Taking A Chance On Love
23. I'll Remember April
24. Great Scott
25. Willow Weep For Me
26. How High The Moon
27. Concerto To End All Concertos
28. Kenton Says "Goodnight"

Alto Saxophone – Dave Schildkraut, Lee Konitz
Arranged By – Bill Holman (tracks: 08, 13), Bill Russo (tracks: 09, 10, 12, 16, 19), Gerry Mulligan (tracks: 02, 06), Johnny Richards (tracks: 06, 08), Neal Hefti (tracks: 26), Pete Rugolo (tracks: 04, 05, 14, 23 to 25), Shorty Rogers (tracks: 17), Stan Kenton (tracks: 01, 07, 18, 27)
Baritone Saxophone – Tony Ferina
Bass – Don Bagley
Bass Trombone – Bill Smiley (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28)
Drums – Stan Levey
Guitar – Barry Galbraith
Piano – Stan Kenton
Tenor Saxophone – Bill Holman, Zoot Sims
Trombone – Bill Russo (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28), Bob Burgess (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28), Frank Rosolino (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28), Keith Moon (2) (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28)
Trumpet – Buddy Childers (tracks:01 to 06, 08 to 28), Conte Candoli (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28), Don Dennis (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28), Don Smith (6) (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28), Ziggy Minichiello* (tracks: 01 to 06, 08 to 28)

Recording Date September 18, 1953.

Stan Kenton - Artistry in Paris (The Legendary Concert At the Alhambra Theatre, September 18 1953) (1953) 

Lionel Hampton - Hamp's Blues (1974)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:37 | Size: 150.91 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Air Mail Special
02. E.G.
03. Psychedelic Sally
04. Raunchy Rita
05. Fum
06. Ham Hock Blues
07. Ring Them Bells
08. Lions Den
09. Here's That Rainy Day
10. Killer Joe

Bass – Anthony Jackson, Bob Cranshaw, George Duvivier
Drums – Buddy Rich
Guitar – Jack Wilkins
Piano – Kenny Barron, Teddy Wilson
Producer – Sonny Lester
Soprano Saxophone – Joe Romano
Tenor Saxophone – Sal Nistico, Zoot Sims
Vibraphone – Lionel Hampton
Vocals – Lionel Hampton

Label: LaserLight Digital

John Lewis - Grand Encounter: 2 Degrees East-3 Degrees West (1956)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:08 | Size: 82.54 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Love Me Or Leave Me
2.I Can't Get Started
3.Easy Living
4.Two Degrees East,Three Degrees West
6.Almost Like Being In Love
Personnel: John Lewis – piano; Bill Perkins - tenor saxophone; Jim Hall – guitar; Percy Heath – bass; Chico Hamilton - drums.
Also reissued as 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West and occasionally listed under tenor saxophonist Bill Perkins' name, this classic session is the ultimate in cool jazz. Perkins' mellow tone matches quite well with the quiet but inwardly passionate playing of pianist John Lewis, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Percy Heath, and drummer Chico Hamilton. Lewis is featured with the rhythm section on "I Can't Get Started," Hall is added for "Skylark," and the full group plays three standards plus Lewis' memorable (and atmospheric) "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West."

Jimmy Smith - Swings Along With Stranger In Paradise (1966)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 28:46 | Size: 64:59 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. Stranger In Paradise
A2. Jimmy's Jam
A3. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
A4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
A5. I Had The Craziest Dream
Side B
B1. Tell Me (Vocal)
B2. I Hear A Rhapsody (Vocal)
B3. Jeepers Creepers
B4. Jimmy's Swing
B5. Misery (Vocal)

Label: Pickwick/33 Records.

Jack Fina And His Orchestra - Concerto For Dreams (1955)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 31:18 | Size: 72.58 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. I Look At Heaven (Grieg's Piano Concerto In A Minor)
2. Tonight We Love (Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto In B-Flat Minor)
3. Now And Forever (Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony)
4. On The Isle Of May (Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony)
5. Intermezzo
6. The Lamp Is Low (Ravel's Pavane)

Side 2
1. Meditation (From "Thais")
2. My Reverie (From Debussy's "Reverie")
3. Hungarian Rhapsody (Liszt)
4. Dream Sonata
5. Stella By Starlight
6. Rhapsody In Blue
Jack Fina (August 13, 1913 – May 14, 1970) American jazz pianist, composer and bandleader.

Gil Mellé Quartet - Primitive Modern/Quadrama (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:08:04 | Size: 167.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Dominica (5:53)
2.Ironworks (3:55)
3.Ballet Time (6:44)
4.Adventure Swing (5:59)
5.Dedicatory Piece To The Geophysical Year Of 1957 (4:41)
6.Mark One (4:47)
7.Full House (5:15)
8.Quadrama (3:35)
9.In A Sentimental Mood (4:45)
10.Walter Ego (3:20)
11.Rush Hour In Hong Kong (6:49)
12.Jacqueline (5:16)
13.It Don't Mean A Thing(If It Ain't Got That Swing) (6:15)

This two-fer is an odd mix of jazz arrangements and pseudo-classical third-stream compositions, with the presence of musicians like Shadow Wilson, not usually found in such settings. It is ultimately a mixed message, for Melle fans only.

# 1-6:
Gil Melle-baritone sax
Joe Cinderella-guitar
Billy Phillips-bass
Ed Thigpen-drums

Recorded June 1 & April 20,1956

# 7-13:
Gil Melle-baritone sax
Joe Cinderella-guitar
George Duvivier-bass
Shadow Wilson-drums

Recorded April 26,1957

Gene Ammons - A Stranger In Town (1954-70)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:07:44 | Size: 154.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Song Is You
02. Light'n Up
03. Short Stop
04. They Say You're Laughing At Me
05. Salome's Tune
06. Blue Coolade
07. A Stranger In Town
08. Scam
09. Count Your Blessings
10. Cara Mia
11. Night Lights
12. Calypso Blues
13. Nature Boy

Alto Saxophone – Oliver Nelson;Baritone Saxophone – Gene Easton, Robert Ashton; Bass – George Duvivier, Wendell Marshall; Congas – Henry Pucho Brown, Ray Barretto; Drums – Billy English, Ed Thigpen, George Brown, Rudy Collins, Walter Perkins; Piano – John Houston, Mal Waldron, Patti Brown, Richard Wyands, Wynton Kelly; Tenor Saxophone – Gene Ammons, George Barrow, Red Holloway; Trombone – Henderson Chambers; Trumpet – Clark Terry, Hobart Dotson, Nate Woodward.

Recording Date November 26, 1954 - February 2, 1970
More so than other independent jazz labels such as Blue Note and Riverside, the powers to be at Prestige seemed to take great liberties in producing albums that would often contain cuts from multiple sessions, a discographical nightmare at its most basic. But even more troubling, this often made for a lack of coherence that could be disconcerting at times. What then made all of this worse was that the practice was often used with some of the label’s most important and visible artists.

The forgoing will hopefully put into perspective the circumstances surrounding the strange mélange that makes up the Gene Ammons compilation A Stranger In Town. Taken from no less than five recording sessions that span from 1954 to 1970, the 13 tracks assembled here originally appeared on the albums Velvet Soul, Sock!, and Night Lights. That’s the easy part; and then it gets confusing as you try to keep up with the rotating cast of characters on hand. A boisterous “The Song Is You” gets us started with some great small group charts provided by Oliver Nelson, only to give way to a spate of quartet performances that while solid are not particularly all that revelatory. The closing three tracks, particularly a tasty “Calypso Blues,” are the cream of the crop as Ammons' blustery attack gets bluesy support from the ubiquitous Wynton Kelly.

Don Elliott And His Orchestra With Irma Curry - Love Is A Necessary Evil (1962)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 31:50 | Size: 72.75 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Side 1
1. Love Is a Necessary Evil (Segal-Fisher) 2:05
2. A Stranger in the City (Segal-Danzig) 2:28
3. Forget About the Boy (Segal-Russell) 2:33
4. Too Much Too Soon (Segal-Fisher) 1:58
5. When Sunny Gets Blue (Segal-Fisher) 2:47
6. Goin Back to Joes (Segal-Fisher) 3:26

Side 2
1. Forgetful (Segal-Handy) 2:44
2. Cant Help It (Segal-Fisher) 2:16
3. No Spring This Year (Segal-Russell) 2:38
4. Aint Nobody Home (Segal-Fisher) 1:50
5. No One Came to My Party (Segal-Russell) 2:38
6. Leavin Town (Segal-Handy) 2:59
7. Love Is a Necessary Evil [Reprise] (Segal-Fisher) 1:16

Recorded in New York City, January, 1962

Alto Saxophone – Hal McKusick
Bass – Bill Crow
Drums – Joe Jones
Guitar – Barry Galbraith, Chuck Wayne
Mellophone, Vibraphone – Don Elliott
Producer – John Hammond
Tenor Saxophone – Al Cohn
Vocals - Irma Curry

Irma Curry was an aspiring blues and jazz singer from Baltimore who landed the vocalist spot with Lionel Hampton and his orchestra in 1950. She soon revealed herself as an impressive singer, with a vocal personality that was her ownThe Little Mite with the Big Voice.

On her 1962 album Love Is a Necessary Evil, she was accompanied by a very swinging band assembled by Don Elliott to play Al Cohns freshly conceived arrangements, which form an excellent frame for her voice. All the lyrics are by Jack Segal, who wrote them in collaboration with four composers, among them George Handy, who contributed with Forgetful and Leavin Town.

Don Elliott And His Orchestra With Irma Curry - Love Is A Necessary Evil (1962) 

Dexter Gordon - Gettin' Around (1965)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:45 | Size: 134.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Manha De Carnaval
2. Who Can I Turn To
3. Heartaches
4. Shiny Stockings
5. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
6. Le Coiffeur
7. Very Saxily Yours
8. Flick Of A Trick
Bass – Bob Cranshaw; Drums – Billy Higgins; Piano – Barry Harris; Tenor Saxophone – Dexter Gordon; Vibraphone [Vibes] – Bobby Hutcherson.

Recording Date May 28, 1965 & May 2, 1965
Dexter Gordon's mid-'60s period living in Europe also meant coming back to the U.S. for the occasional recording session. His teaming with Bobby Hutcherson was intriguing in that the vibraphonist was marking his territory as a maverick and challenging improviser. Here the two principals prove compatible in that they have a shared sense of how to create sheer beauty in a post-bop world. Add the brilliant Barry Harris to this mix, and that world is fortunate enough to hear these grand masters at their creative peak, stoked by equally extraordinary sidemen like bassist Bob Cranshaw and drummer Billy Higgins, all on loan from Lee Morgan's hitmaking combo. The subtle manner in which Gordon plays melodies or caresses the most recognizable standard has always superseded his ability to ramble through rough-and-tumble bebop. It's hard to resist how Gordon massages the light and sweet bossa nova "Manha de Carnaval" hand in hand with Hutcherson, the heartfelt way "Who Can I Turn To?" or "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" is turned into a personalized statement, or how the co-leaders take Frank Foster's Count Basie staple, "Shiny Stockings," beyond a classic and into immortal territory. Where Gordon and Hutcherson's true strength lies is in their ability to listen and balance their sound into a unified whole beyond any other tenor sax-vibraphone combination you might care to name, unless it's Hutch's partnership in the ensuing years with Harold Land. Picking up on a Sonny Rollins idea, "Heartaches" is a loping cowboy-type swinger with some lustrous comping from Hutcherson and Harris, while the light, cat-prancing "Le Coiffeur" is the highlight among highlights, a stealth calypso with Gordon's deftly rendered staccato notation. One has to listen closer to the pianist on this date, as he buoys the others without demanding equal space, but he is just as reverberant. While this is not Gordon's ultimate hard bop date, it is reflective of his cooling out in Europe, adopting a tonal emphasis more under the surface than in your face. It's not essential, but quite enjoyable, and does mark a turning point in his illustrious career. [The CD version contains two bonus tracks, including the Onzy Matthews composition "Very Saxily Yours" with a melody very similar to "Shiny Stockings," Hutcherson alone during a second chorus, and a classy quarter-to-eighth note solo by Gordon. Ben Tucker's "Flick of a Trick" is added on, an 11-minute groove blues that lets Harris cut loose, digging in after-hours style.]

Count Basie - Why Not (1958)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 58:56 | Size: 133.00 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Moten swing
02. Why not
03. In a mellow tone
04. Basie boogie
05. The deacon
06. Corner pocket
07. Bubbles
08. How right the moon
09. Blues backstage
10. Plymouth rock
11. Shiny stockings
12. The kid from Red Bank

Wendell Culley — trumpet
Snooky Young — trumpet
Thad Jones — trumpet
Joe Newman — trumpet
Henry Coker — trombone
Al Grey — trombone
Benny Powell — trombone
Marshal Royal — reeds
Frank Wess — reeds
Billy Mitchell - reeds
Frank Foster — reeds
Charles Fowlkes — reeds
Count Basie — piano
Eddie Jones — bass
Freddie Green — guitar
Sonny Payne — drums

Track 01 recorded in unknown club in USA, 1955 (?).
Other tracks recorded live in Switzerland and England, November 195?


Ted Heath And His Music - Big Band Blues (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:06 | Size: 87.79 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. St. Louis Blues
Written-By – W. C. Handy 4:45
2. Memphis Blues
Written-By – W. C. Handy 2:50
3. Blues In The Night
Written-By – Arlen, Mercer 2:25
4. Limehouse Blues
Written-By – Furber, Braham 2:30
5. Basin Street Blues
Written-By – Williams 3:00
6. Jazz Me Blues
Written-By – Delaney 2:15

Side 2
1. St. James Infirmary
Written-By – Primrose 3:10
2. Tin Roof Blues
Written-By – Ben Pollack, Brunies, Roppolo, Stitzel, Mares, Melrose 2:30
3. It's The Bluest Kind Of Blues My Baby Sings
Written-By – Rheinhardt, Phillips, Williams 4:00
4. Honky Tonk Train Blues
Written-By – Lewis 3:10
5. A Blues Serenade
Written-By – Signorelli, Lytell, Parrish, Grande 2:55
6. Royal Garden Blues
Written-By – C. Williams, S. Williams 3:00

Clarinet – Henry MacKenzie
Piano – Stan Tracey
Soprano Saxophone – Ronnie Chamberlain
Tenor Saxophone – Bob Efford
Trombone – Don Lusher, Keith Christie
Trumpet – Eddie Blair

T-Bone Walker - Feelin' The Blues (1968-69)

Genre: Blues | Total Time: 58:09 | Size: 144.84 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. I hate to see you go 3:41
2. Ain't that cold baby 6:33
3. Someone is going to mistreat me 3:26
4. Leavin' you behind 4:15
5. Feeling the blues 6:11
6. I want a little girl 5:06
7. Late blues 5:55
8. Gee baby ain't I good to you 4:30
9. Kansas city 3:46
10. Confessin' the blues 3:55
11. Hands off 3:20
12. Wee baby blues 3:20
13. Please send me someone to love 4:11

Tr. 1-8:
T-Bone Walker, vocal, guitar
Hal Singer, tenor sax
Georges Arvanitas, piano, organ
Jacky Samson, bass
S.P. Leary, drums
Recorded November 13, 1968, in Paris, France

Tr. 9-11:
Jay McShann, piano, vocal
T-Bone Walker, guitar
Roland Lobligeois, bass
Paul Gunther, drums
Recorded March 28, 1969, in Paris, France

Tr. 12, 13:
Eddie Vinson, vocal, alto sax
Hal Singer, tenor sax
Jay McShann, piano
T-Bone Walker, guitar
Roland Lobligeois, bass
Paul Gunther, drums
Recorded March 28, 1969, in Paris, France
Walker recorded this CD in France for the label Black & Blue. TiBone was one of the first bluesmen to conquer Europe (France in this case).

On the original vinyl there were only 8 songs in the composition: Walker - guitar, vocals; Hal Singer - Sax; Georges Arvanitas - piano, organ; Jackie Samson is a double bass; Es Pi Leary - drums. As you can see, the composition is very archaic and jazz. TiBoon was always almost a jazzman, just his knowledge and filing of root music helped him to be and remain a cult bluesman.

On the new French edition of CD added as many as 5 songs! 9 and 10, along with Jay McShann on vocals and pianos (another ancient founder of jazz and blues). 11-13 with Eddie Vinson on vocals and alto saxophone; This is again almost a salon jazz-blues, but everything is very edible.

What can I say about the main eight tracks ... TiBone plays the guitar less than he did in the 50's, but he sings just great! It is a pity that there is no bass guitar; In 1969 this blues sounds very archaic and boring (in some places). The matter is that "inveterate" jazzmen play with it, and they do not always play blues in the way that leaders and listeners would like. In the fourth track there is an attempt to play funky, but all this sounds very insecure, - it is immediately evident that these jazzmen did not pass the school of groove and soul jazz of the 60's.

In general, the album is very good and musical. The vocals and guitar of TyBoon ​​are on top, and everything else is just OK; This is enough sometimes.

Red Garland - Red Garland Revisited! (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:18 | Size: 114.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Billy Boy (6:20)
2.Everybody's Somebody's Fool (7:57)
3.Four (5:17)
4.You Keep Coming Back Like A Song (5:35)
5.Hey Now (3:45)
6.(I'm Afraid)The Masquerade Is Over (8:45)
7.Walkin' (7:08)
8.It Could Happen To You (5:44)

Red Garland-piano
Kenny Burrell-guitar(on 3,7 only)
Paul Chambers-bass
Albert Heath-drums

Recording Date May 24, 1957
For pianist Red Garland's fourth recording as a leader, he's teamed up with bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Art Taylor, and (on "Four" and "Walkin'") guest guitarist Kenny Burrell. Garland plays in his distinctive style consistently throughout Red Garland Revisited!. Highlights include "Billy Boy" (which was adapted from Ahmad Jamal's rendition), "I'm Afraid the Masquerade Is Over," "It Could Happen to You," and two Burrell tracks. Predictably excellent music; Garland recorded more than 20 additional albums within the next five years.

Mal Waldron Quintet - Mal-1 (1956)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:05 | Size: 96.24 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.Stablemates (4:51)
2.Yesterdays (7:47)
3.Transfiguration (7:17)
4.Bud Study (5:48)
5.Dee's Dilemma (6:58)
6.Shome (5:07)

Personnel: Mal Waldron (piano); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Idrees Sulieman (trumpet); Julian Euell (bass); Arthur Edgehill (drums).

Recorded In Hackensack,NJ.November 9,1956
Mal Waldron's recording debut as a leader presents the pianist with his many gifts already well developed. For the 1956 quartet date, he takes charge to strike a balance between the sound of a blowing session and the refinement of a more polished date. The spontaneity is there, but the set also benefits from Waldron's thoughtful charts. At this stage of his development, Waldron was a distinctive bop pianist whose occasional sputtering, knotty phrasing revealed the acknowledged influence of Thelonious Monk, as well as similarities with contemporaries Al Haig and Bud Powell. For this set, though, the focus is not on Waldron's playing, but on his ability to lead from the piano bench. The horn players top-flight boppers Idrees Sulieman on trumpet and Gigi Gryce on alto sax contribute hot solos played with class and authority, and disciplined ensemble work supports the overall structure of Waldron's charts. Some of the arrangements seem written with a larger ensemble in mind, but they also work in the quartet setting, with Waldron's effective use of staggered horn entries, dynamics, interesting harmonies, and occasional countermelodies adding color and variety to the performances.

The tracks comprise a bright, focused performance of Benny Golson's "Stablemates," a sparse, bluesy take of the standard "Yesterdays," a pair of good Waldron originals and one from Sulieman, along with Lee Sears' "Transfiguration." Bassist Julian Euell and drummer Arthur Edgehill supply a strong and reliable bop pulse.

Harry Carney - The Duke's Men (1960)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:47 | Size: 76.51 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Tree Of Hope (Graham) 4:52
02. Blues For Blokes (Graham) 3:42
03. Baby Blue (Tracey) 4:04
04. Jeepers Creepers (Warren) 4:52
05. Rock Me Gently (Graham) 4:56
06. Hand Me Down Love (Duke Ellington, Karl Sigman) 4:58
07. Mabulala (Graham) 3:20
08. Five O'Clock Drag (Duke Ellington) 3:48

Acoustic Bass – Aaron Bell
Baritone Saxophone – Harry Carney
Drums – Sam Woodyard
Piano – Rollins Griffith
Tenor Saxophone – Paul Gonsalves
Trombone – Booty Wood
Trumpet – Andre Merenguito Forda (tracks: Track 02, 03, 06, 08), Ed Mullens (tracks: Track 01, 04, 05, 07), Ray Nance, Willie Cook (tracks: All tracks)

Recorded in New York 16-17 September 1960.

Guy Lafitte - Joue Charles Trenet (1977-84)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:14 | Size: 127.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Texte de Michel Laverdure
2. Le soleil a des rayons de pluie (C. Trenet)
3. Que reste-t-il de nos amours (C. Trenet)
4. France dimanche (C. Trenet)
5. Narbonne, mon amie (C. Trenet)
6. Texte de Roger Dumont
7. Il y avait des arbres (C. Trenet)
8. Printemps a Rio (C. Trenet)
9. Source bleue (C. Trenet)
10. Bonsoir jolie madame (C. Trenet)
11. Que reste-t-il de nos amours (C. Trenet)
12. Teemoo (G. Lafitte)
13. Syracuse (H. Salvador/B. Dimey)
14. Bonsoir jolie madame (C. Trenet)
Label - Black & Blue

Recorded on March 5, 1984 at Codorcet studio by Francois Porterie (1 to 10):
Guy Lafitte - tenor sax
Marc Hemmeler - piano
Jack Sewing - bass
Philippe Combelle - drums

Recorded on June 30, 1977 at DECCA studio, Paris (11 to 13):
Milt Buckner - organ
Sam Woodyard - drums

Recorded on March 29, 1978 at Barclay studio by Gerhard Leher (14):
Hank Jones - piano
George Duvivier - bass
J.-C. Heard - drums

Bengt Hallberg - Piano (1965)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:47 | Size: 94.22 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Waltz-A-Nova
02. Turning Around
03. Truddelutt
04. Till Osterland
05. Schoolways
06. T'Was Something
07. Yutt'N Yotta
08. Lazy Bouncer
09. Liksom En Herdinna

Bass – Lars Petterson
Drums – Sture Kallin
Piano – Bengt Hallberg


Werner Muller Und Sein Orchester - Original Glenn Miller Sound (1986)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:32 | Size: 93.61 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. Moonlight-Serenade
A2. A String Of Pearls
A3. American Patrol
A4. St. Louis Blues-March
A5. Tuxedo Junction
A6. Johnson Rag
Side B
B1. In The Mood
B2. Pennsylvania 6-5-000
B3. Flying Home
B4. I Know You (And So Do You)
B5. Litttle Brown Jug
B6. Chattanooga Choo Choo
Label - Extra Records & Tapes (Germany)
Werner Müller (German Werner Müller, current name Heinz Buchholz, August 8, 1920 - December 28, 1998, Cologne) - German musician, composer, head of the variety orchestra.
His signature sound was richly arranged compositions-suites with an abundance of strings (he himself was a professional violinist). The repertoire of his orchestra was varied: from Hawaiian music, Strauss waltzes to reworking songs of rock bands.

Paul Bley Trio - The Nearness Of You (1988)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:56 | Size: 145.95 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. This Can't Be Love
2. The Nearness of You
3. What a Difference a Day Makes
4. These Foolish Things
5. Blues in the Closet
6. Lullaby of Birdland
7. We'll be Together Again
8. Take the A-Train
Label – Steeple Chase
Recorded November 21, 1988

Paul Bley - piano
Ron McClure - bass
Billy Hart – drums
Recorded in 1989 and issued simultaneously on LP and CD, the digital version features two extra cuts and thus weighs in at about 16 minutes longer than the vinyl. The first question is why an artist of Bley's restlessness and vision would record a batch of tunes like these old nuggets in the first place. Bley's trio on this date is an estimable one: Drummer Billy Hart and bassist Ron McClure join the pianist for eight standards that range from the title track by Hoagy Carmichael to Oscar Pettiford's Blues in the Closet to George Shearing's Lullaby of Birdland. Bley has an interesting way of approaching standards, which is why this hard bop rhythm section is key to the performances here.

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Of Ethiopia (1972)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 56:48 | Size: 119.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Mulatu (Stereo Master)
02. Mascaram Setaba (Stereo Master)
03. Dewel (Stereo Master)
04. Kulunmanqueleshi (Stereo Master)
05. Kasalefkut-hulu (Stereo Master)
06. Munaye (Stereo Master)
07. Chifara (Stereo Master)
08. Mulatu (Mono Master)
09. Mascaram Setaba (Mono Master)
10. Dewel (Mono Master)
11. Kulunmanqueleshi (Mono Master)
12. Kasalefkut-hulu (Mono Master)
13. Munaye (Mono Master)
14. Chifara (Mono Master)

Label: Strut
Released: Apr 2017

Strut present the first official reissue of a landmark album in the field of African music, Mulatu Astatke’s ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ from 1972. Recorded in New York, the album arrived at a time when Astatke had begun to master the delicate fusion of styles needed to create Ethio jazz.

Jaye P. Morgan - With Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra (1955)

Genre: Jazz, Vocal | Total Time: 33:07 | Size: 60.53 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. You're Driving Me Crazy
02. Let There Be Love
03. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
04. Will You Still Be Mine
05. It All Depends On You
06. You're My Thrill
07. Pagan Love Song
08. Till We Meet Again
09. You Turned The Tables On Me
10. I Fall In Love With You Every Day
11. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
12. Can't We Be Friends
Label – RCA records

Jaye P. Morgan - vocals
Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra

Jack Elliott - Are You Lonesome Tonight? and The Wonderful Melodies Of The Sixties (1961)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 30:10 | Size: 71.80 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
2. Wonderland By Night
3. Mack The Knife
4. It's Now Or Never
5. The Theme From A Summer Place
6. My Little Corner Of The World

Side 2
1. Calcutta
2. Main Theme From Exodus
3. Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea)
4. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
5. Greenfields
6. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home

Jack Elliott, piano, conductor
Jack Elliott (August 6, 1927 – August 18, 2001) was an American television and film composer, conductor, music arranger, and television producer.

Herbie Nichols - Herbie Nichols Trio (1955-56)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:17 | Size: 101.99 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Gig
02. House Party Starting
03. Chit-Chatting
04. The Lady Sings the Blues
05. Terpsichore
06. Spinning Song
07. Query
08. Wildflower
09. Hangover Triangle
10. Mine

Personnel: Piano, – Herbie Nichols; Bass – Al McKibbon, Teddy Kotick; Drums – Max Roach.

Recording Date July 29, 1955 - April 19, 1956
One of jazz's most tragically overlooked geniuses, Herbie Nichols was a highly original piano stylist and a composer of tremendous imagination and eclecticism. He wasn't known widely enough to exert much influence in either department, but his music eventually attracted a rabid cult following, though not quite the wide exposure it deserved. Nichols was born January 3, 1919, in New York and began playing piano at age nine, later studying at C.C.N.Y. After serving in World War II, Nichols played with a number of different groups and was in on the ground floor of the bebop scene. However, to pay the bills he later focused on Dixieland ensembles; his own music a blend of Dixieland, swing, West Indian folk, Monk-like angularity, European classical harmonies via Satie and Bartók, and unorthodox structures was simply too unclassifiable and complex to make much sense to jazz audiences of the time. Mary Lou Williams was the first to record a Nichols composition "Stennell," retitled "pus Z," in 1951; yet aside from the song he wrote for Billie Holiday, "Lady Sings the Blues," none of Nichols' work got enough attention to really catch on. He signed with Blue Note and recorded three brilliant piano trio albums from 1955-1956, adding another one for Bethlehem in late 1957. Nichols languished in obscurity after those sessions, though; sadly, just when he was beginning to find a following among several of the new thing's adventurous, up-and-coming stars, he was stricken with leukemia and died on April 12, 1963. In the years that followed, Nichols became a favorite composer in avant-garde circles, with tributes to his sorely neglected legacy coming from artists like Misha Mengelberg and Roswell Rudd. He also inspired a repertory group, called the Herbie Nichols Project, and most of his recordings were reissued on CD.

Globe Unity - Improvisations (1977)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 46:30 | Size: 109.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. A1 Improvisation 1
2. A2 Improvisation 2
3. A3 Improvisation 3
4. B Improvisation 4

Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Peter Brötzmann
Bass – Buschi Niebergall
Bass Clarinet – Michel Pilz
Bass, Tuba – Peter Kowald
Cello – Tristan Honsinger
Drums – Paul Lovens
Guitar – Derek Bailey
Music By – Globe Unity
Piano – Alexander von Schlippenbach
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Evan Parker
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Gerd Dudek
Trombone – Albert Mangelsdorff, Günter Christmann, Paul Rutherford (2)
Trumpet – Kenny Wheeler, Manfred Schoof
Producer – Thomas Stöwsand

Recorded September 1977, Tonstudio, Bauer/Ludwigsburg

Elis Regina - In London (1969)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 31:56 | Size: 74.37 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Corrida de Jangada
2. A Time for Love
3. Se Você Pensa
4. Giro
5. A Volta
6. Zazueira
7. Upa Neguinho
8. Watch What Happens
9. Wave
10. How Insensitive
11. Você
12. O Barquinho

Recorded May 6 & 8, 1969 at Philips Studio in Stanhope House, London.

Album originally released on Philips Records in 1969.

This edition: ℗ & © Soul Jazz Records 2012.

Chet Baker Trio - This Is Always (1979)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:54 | Size: 109.45 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.How Deep Is The Ocean (11:17)
2.House Of Jade (7:43)
3.Love For Sale (10:31)
4.This Is Always (9:15)
5.Way To Go Out (10:03)

Bass – Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen; Guitar – Doug Raney; Trumpet, Vocals – Chet Baker.

Recorded live at Montmartre, Copenhagen, October 4, 1979.

Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic looks and singing. But his career was marred by drug addiction.

Baker's father, Chesney Henry Baker,Sr., was a guitarist who was forced to turn to other work during the Depression; his mother, Vera (Moser) Baker, worked in a perfumery. The family moved from Oklahoma to Glendale, CA, in 1940. As a child, Baker sang at amateur competitions and in a church choir. Before his adolescence, his father brought home a trombone for him, then replaced it with a trumpet when the larger instrument proved too much for him. He had his first formal training in music in junior high and later at Glendale High School, but would play largely by ear for the rest of his life. In 1946, when he was only 16 years old, he dropped out of high school and his parents signed papers allowing him to enlist in the army; he was sent to Berlin, Germany, where he played in the 298th Army Band. After his discharge in 1948, he enrolled at El Camino College in Los Angeles, where he studied theory and harmony while playing in jazz clubs, but he quit college in the middle of his second year. He re-enlisted in the army in 1950 and became a member of the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco. But he also began sitting in at clubs in the city and he finally obtained a second discharge to become a professional jazz musician.

Arthur Lyman ‎- Corps Et Ame (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:00 | Size: 97.32 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. Leis Of Jazz (Paul Conrad)
A2. Trigger Fantasy (Herb Alpert)
A3. The Lady Is A Tramp ( Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
A4. Body And Soul (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
A5. Gypsy In My Soul (Clay Boland, Moe Jaffe)
A6. Lullaby Of The Leaves (Bernice Petkere, Joe Young)
Side B
B1. On The Street Where You Live (Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe)
B2. My Funny Valentine (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
B3. The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields)
B4. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis, Nancy Hamilton)
B5. Lullaby Of Birdland (George Shearing, George David Weiss)
B6. Aloha Oe (Queen Lydia Lili'uokalani, public domain)

Arthur Lyman - vibraphone, marimba
Alan Soares - piano
John Kramer - bass
Harold Chang - drums
John Kramer - percussion
Ethel Azama - voice

Recorded at Aluminium Dome in Hawaiian Village Hotel.

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now (1967-68)

Genre: Funk / Soul / Gospel | Total Time: 29:24 | Size: 67.34 MB | MP3 320 kbps
02.I Say A Little Prayer-3:30
03.See Saw-2:42
04.Night Time Is The Right Time-4:44
05.You Send Me-2:25
06.You're A Sweet Sweet Man-2:14
07.I Take What I Want-2:30
08.Hello Sunshine-3:00
09.A Change-2:23
10.I Can't See Myself Leaving You-3:00
Label: Atlantic
Country: US

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Arrives (1967)

Genre: Jazz / Soul / Blues | Total Time: 36:23 | Size: 91.31 MB | MP3 320 kbps
02.You Are My Sunshine-4:18
03.Never Let Me Go-2:50
04.96 Tears-2:12
05.Prove It-2:58
06.Night Life-3:10
07.That's Life-4:25
08.I Wonder-4:21
09.Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)-2:31
10.Going Down Slow-4:27
11.Baby, I Love You-2:39
Year Of Release: 1967 (LP), 1993 (CD)
Label: Atlantic
Country: US


Tom Browne - Magic (1981)

Genre: Jazz / Funk / Soul | Total Time: 40:25 | Size: 94.03 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Let's Dance
2. Magic
3. I Know
4. Midnight Interlude
5. God Bless The Child
6. Night Wind
7. Thighs High (Grip Your Hips And Move)
8. Making Plans

Drums – Gregg Barrett
Drums – Buddy Williams
Drums – Howard Grate
Electric Bass, Arranged By, Backing Vocals – Sekou Bunch
Electric Bass – Marcus Miller
Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Kevin Cummings
Electric Guitar – Bobby Broom
Electric Guitar, Arranged By – Grisha Dimant
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Jeff Mironov
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Clavinet, Vocals – Cliff Branch, Jr
Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Arp String Ensemble], Arranged By – Dennis Bell
Piano [Acoustic] – Terry Burris
Piano, Synthesizer [Obx], Clavinet, Timpani – Dave Grusin
Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Bernard Wright
Horns – Bob Franceschani, James Stowe, Tom Browne
Vocals – Toni Smith, Pat Windham, Babi Floyd, Frank Floyd, Sekou Bunch, Toni Smith
Percussion – Crusher Bennett, Larry Rosen
Tenor Saxophone – Robert Franceschani
Trumpet, Arranged By – Tom Browne

Producer – David Grusin, Larry Rosen

Recorded At – A&R Studios

Sonny Stitt & Zoot Sims - Inter-Action (1965)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:31 | Size: 81.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. My Blue Heaven 7:58
A2. The Saber 2:59
A3. Katea 6:35
Side B
B1. Fools Rush In 5:35
B2. Look Down That Lonesome Road 7:20
B3. I Want To Go Home 4:25
Label – Cadet (LPS 7600)
Recorded - January 25, 1965 Ter Mar Recording Studios,
Chicago, IL

Zoot Sims – tenor sax
Sonny Stitt – alto, tenor sax
John Young - piano
Sam Kidd - bass
Phil Thomas - drums
The Sims-Stitt collaboration is of particular interest as are Sims's rare alto solos on his own date. Worth searching for.

Paul Humphrey - Me And My Drums (1979)

Genre: Jazz / Jazz Funk | Total Time: 36:33 | Size: 84.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Me & My Drums
Written-By – Paul Humphrey 4:10
2. One Out Of Six
Written-By – Anthony L. Drake 6:34
3. Chu Chu
Written-By – Anthony L. Drake 5:10
4. Scream & Shout
Written-By – Anthony L. Drake 3:36

Side 2
1. My Mind Is Free
Written-By – Paul Humphrey 5:16
2. Uncle Nate's Dream Snore
Written-By – Anthony L. Drake 7:12
3. Here To Stay
Written-By – Anthony L. Drake 4:09

Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer [Elka, Arp], Tambourine, Piano, Piano [Wurlitzer], Engineer, Mixed By – Anthony (Tony) Drake
Producer, Drums, Percussion, Clarinet, Synthesizer [Elka, Arp], Bells, Engineer, Mixed By – Paul Humphrey
Paul Nelson Humphrey (born October 12, 1935, Detroit, Michigan, United States) is an American jazz and funk/R&B drummer.

He worked as a session drummer in the 1960s for jazz artists such as Wes Montgomery, Les McCann, Kai Winding, Jimmy Smith, Charles Mingus, Lee Konitz, Blue Mitchell and Gene Ammons.[1]

As a bandleader, he recorded under the name Paul Humphrey and the Cool Aid Chemists, with keyboardist Clarence MacDonald, guitarist David T. Walker, and bassist Bill Upchurch. In 1971, this ensemble had two hits, "Cool Aid" (US #29, US R&B Singles #14)[2][3] and "Funky L.A." (US R&B Singles #45).[3] He also recorded an album as head of the Paul Humphrey Sextet in 1981.

Humphrey was one of the drummers on Marvin Gaye's album Let's Get It On.[4]

He also recorded with Steely Dan,[5] Frank Zappa, Jerry Garcia, Jimmy Smith, The Four Tops, Al Kooper, Jackie DeShannon, Natalie Cole, Albert King, Quincy Jones, Dusty Springfield, Jean-Luc Ponty, Michael Franks, Maria Muldaur, Marc Bolan and others.[6]

Humphrey also was the featured drummer for both the Lawrence Welk orchestra and television show from 1976 to 1982. He and his wife Joan are the parents of two children, Pier and Damien, who appeared with their father on the Welk show's annual Christmas episode.

Jimmy McGriff - A Thing To Come By (1969)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 35:39 | Size: 77.64 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1.A Thing To Come By (3:55)
2.Charlotte (4:30)
3.Down Home On The Moon (10:02)
4.Oh Happy Day (3:13)
5.Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (5:20)
6.Up There, Down Here (3:00)
7.A Thing To Come By (Part 2) (4:47)

Personnel: Jimmy McGriff - piano, organ; Blue Mitchell – trumpet; Fats Theus - tenor saxophone; Larry Frazier - guitar

Recorded In New York,June 17-18,1969
One of the all-time giants of the Hammond B-3, Jimmy McGriff sometimes gets lost amid all the great soul-jazz organists from his hometown of Philadelphia. He was almost certainly the bluesiest of the major soul-jazz pioneers, and indeed, he often insisted that he was more of a blues musician than a jazz artist; nonetheless, he remained eclectic enough to blur the lines of classification. His sound deep, down-to-earth grooves drenched in blues and gospel feeling -- made him quite popular with R&B audiences, even more so than some of his peers; what was more, he was able to condense those charms into concise, funky, jukebox-ready singles that often did surprisingly well on the R&B charts. His rearrangement of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" was a Top Five R&B hit in 1962, and further hits like "All About My Girl," "Kiko," and "The Worm" followed over the course of the '60s. McGriff spent much of the '70s trying to keep pace with the fusion movement, switching to various electric keyboards and adopting an increasingly smooth, polished style. As the '80s dawned, McGriff gave up trying to sound contemporary and returned to his classic organ-trio sound; as luck would have it, vintage soul-jazz soon came back into vogue with a devoted cult of fans and critics, and McGriff was able to recover his creative vitality and take his place as one of the genre's elder statesmen.

James Harrell McGriff, Jr. was born April 3, 1936, in Philadelphia. His mother and father both played the piano, and he counted saxophonist Benny Golson and soul singer Harold Melvin among his cousins. First getting involved in music through his family's church, he received his first instrument, a drum set, at age eight; by his teen years, he had taken up acoustic bass and alto sax, and also learned vibes, piano, and drums by the time he finished high school. Bass remained his primary instrument for a while, although he was inspired to try his hand at the Hammond organ after seeing Richard "Groove" Holmes at a club in Camden, NJ. However, McGriff was drafted into the military after high school, and served in the Korean War as a military policeman. Upon returning to the United States, he decided to make law enforcement a career, and after completing the necessary training, he worked on the Philadelphia police force for two and a half years. Still, he never lost interest in music, and around 1955 he augmented his day job by working as a bass player behind vocalists like Carmen McRae and, most frequently, Big Maybelle, who had a regular gig at the local Pep's Showboat club. With the Hammond organ rising in popularity around Philadelphia, jobs for bass players were scarce, and McGriff contacted Groove Holmes about learning the organ, this time in earnest. He bought his own Hammond B-3 in 1956, and spent the next six months practicing as hard as he could, either at Holmes' house or at Archie Shepp's house (where he stored the instrument). Skipping more and more work time to play gigs, he finally quit the police force, and enrolled at the local Combe College to study music. He later moved on to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York, and also studied privately with Milt Buckner, Jimmy Smith, and Sonny Gatewood. McGriff's first recording was the single "Foxy Due," cut for the small White Marsh label in 1958; it featured a young saxophonist named Charles Earland, who subsequently learned the organ from McGriff and, like his mentor, went on to become one of the instrument's quintessential performers. McGriff was performing in a small club in Trenton, NJ in 1962 when a talent scout from the small Jell label heard him and offered him a chance to record. McGriff's instrumental soul-jazz rearrangement of Ray Charles' classic "I've Got a Woman" was released as a single, and sold well enough for Juggy Murray's New York-based Sue label to pick it up for wider release. With better distribution and promotion behind it, "I've Got a Woman" hit the national charts and became a bona fide hit, climbing into the Top Five on the R&B charts and the Top 20 over on the pop side. Sue issued McGriff's debut album, naturally also titled I've Got a Woman, in 1963; it too was a hit, nearly making the pop Top 20, and it spun off two more charting singles in the McGriff originals "All About My Girl" (number 12 R&B, Top 50 pop) and "M.G. Blues." Sue released several more McGriff albums over the next two years, including the live At the Apollo, Jimmy McGriff at the Organ (which produced the chart single "Kiko"), the holiday hit Christmas With McGriff (actually his highest-charting album at number 15 pop), the charting Topkapi (a collection of soundtrack themes with orchestral backing), and another chart hit, Blues for Mister Jimmy, which proved to be his last on Sue.

In 1966, McGriff moved over to the Solid State label, where he hooked up with producer Sonny Lester, who would helm most of his records through the '70s. He debuted with Jimmy McGriff and the Big Band, which found him fronting an all-star swing orchestra featuring many Count Basie alumni (it was later reissued as A Tribute to Count Basie). McGriff recorded prolifically for Solid State over the remainder of the decade, including albums like A Bag Full of Soul (1966), A Bag Full of Blues (1967), and I've Got a New Woman (1968; mostly a look back at his Sue material). Most notably, though, McGriff scored another hit single with "The Worm," which made the R&B Top 30 and sent the LP of the same name rocketing into the R&B Top Ten in early 1969. In addition to his Solid State recordings, McGriff cut several albums for Blue Note over 1969-1971, most notably Electric Funk, an early foray into jazz-funk fusion that teamed him with arranger/electric pianist Horace Ott; a similar outing that featured pop/rock and R&B covers, Soul Sugar, was released on Capitol during the same period. Additionally, McGriff toured as part of Buddy Rich's band during the late '60s, and again from 1971-1972. McGriff made Groove Merchant his primary label in 1971, and although he briefly quit the business in 1972 to start a horse farm in Connecticut, the lure of music proved too powerful to overcome. Early in the decade, he alternated between funky electric outings (usually with covers of contemporary rock and R&B hits) and more traditional, small-group organ-jazz settings.

Notable albums included 1973's Giants of the Organ Come Together, a summit with mentor and longtime friend Groove Holmes; a duo album with bluesman Junior Parker; 1976's Mean Machine, a slicker jazz-funk LP that returned him to the R&B album chart's Top 50; and the 1977 follow-up Red Beans, which also sold respectably. After 1977's Tailgunner (on LRC), McGriff's recorded output tailed off over the next few years. He resurfaced on the Milestone label in 1983, debuting with Countdown, a return to his classic, bluesy soul-jazz style that started to bring him back into the jazz spotlight. A series of strong albums followed during the '80s, including 1984's Skywalk, 1985's State of the Art, 1986's acclaimed The Starting Five, and 1988's Blue to the 'Bone (a near-Top Ten hit on the jazz LP charts); he also recorded a one-off session for Headfirst in 1990, You Ought to Think About Me, that made the jazz Top Ten. Additionally, McGriff co-led a group with saxophonist Hank Crawford during the late '80s, which released several albums, including 1990's popular On the Blue Side (number three on the jazz charts). He also returned to his roots in the church by playing on gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins' 1990 live album. McGriff and Crawford moved over to Telarc for a pair of albums over 1994-1995, Right Turn on Blue and Blues Groove. As soul-jazz returned to cult popularity in both America and the U.K., McGriff found himself playing higher-profile gigs and venues on both sides of the Atlantic. He returned to Milestone and resumed his solo career in 1996 with The Dream Team, which featured saxman David "Fathead" Newman and drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, both of whom would become familiar faces on McGriff recordings in the years to come. Follow-ups included solid records like 1998's Straight Up, 2000's McGriff's House Party, 2001's Feelin' It, and 2002's McGriff Avenue, which looked back on some of his '60s hits.

Jack McDuff - The Prestige Years (1960-65)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:18:34 | Size: 178.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. The Honeydripper
2. Brother Jack
3. Sanctified Waltz
4. Yeah, Baby
5. Mellow Gravy
6. He's A Real Gone Guy
7. Candy
8. Tough 'Duff
9. Grease Monkey
10. Jive Samba
11. Organ Grinder's Swing
12. Screamin'
13. Hot Barbeque
14. Opus De Funk

Alto Saxophone – Leo Wright; Bass – Wendell Marshall; Drums – Bill Elliot, Joe Dukes; Guitar – Bill Jennings, Eddie Diehl, George Benson, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell; Organ – Brother Jack McDuff; Tenor Saxophone – Gene Ammons, Harold Vick, Jimmy Forrest, Red Holloway; Vibraphone – Lem Winchester.

The history of jazz is full of great musicians who died tragically young; Clifford Brown, Bix Beiderbecke, Eric Dolphy, Fats Navarro, Charlie Christian, Booker Little, and the seminal Charlie Parker were among the many legendary improvisers who died in their twenties or thirties. But when Jack McDuff passed away on January 23, 2001, at the age of 74, his fans could take some comfort in knowing that he had lived a long and productive life. The soul-jazz/hard bop organist left behind a huge catalog, which is why best-of releases like The Prestige Years and The Best of the Concord Years are sorely needed. While the latter is devoted to McDuff's Concord Jazz recordings of the '90s and early 2000s, this 79-minute CD focuses on his Prestige output of 1960-1965. Although McDuff only spent a fraction of his career at Prestige and was still keeping busy 35 years after leaving the label, Prestige was the company that put him on the map as a recording artist -- and most soul-jazz enthusiasts would agree that he recorded some of his most essential work there. The Prestige Years bears that out; "Rock Candy," "Yeah, Baby," and McDuff's 1960 version of Joe Liggins' "The Honeydripper" are required listening for anyone with even a casual interest in gritty, down-home organ combos. The list of musicians who join McDuff on these recordings reads like a who's who of '60s soul-jazz; Gene Ammons, George Benson, Red Holloway, Jimmy Forrest, and Grant Green are among the major names appearing in the credits. The Prestige Years is far from the last word on McDuff's long recording career -- for that matter, it's far from the last word on his Prestige output. But if one is seeking an introductory overview of McDuff's five years at that label, The Prestige Years wouldn't be a bad investment at all.

Houston Person - Wild Flower (1978)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 33:53 | Size: 74.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Preachin' and Teachin’ (Sonny Phillips) 7:40
2. Dameron (Tadd Dameron) 7:30
3. Wildflower (Doug Edwards, Dave Richardson) 6:50
4. Ain't Misbehavin' (Fats Waller, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf) 6:00
5. My Romance (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rogers) 5:30
Label - Muse Records
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood, September 12, 1977

Houston Person - Tenor Sax
Bill Hardman - Trumpet
Sonny Phillips - Organ
Jimmy Ponder - Guitar
Idris Muhammad - Drums
Larry Killian - Congas & Percussion
Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars noting that "Person never received much publicity but has been near the top of his field since the late '60s. His basic, swinging approach has resulted in a consistent string of rewarding and accessible albums.