Михаил Жидких & Jazz Classic Trio - Autumnly (2014)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 46:43 | Size: 106.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Awakening (04:35)
02. Come Around To See Me (04:51)
03. Late Summer Bossa (05:48)
04. Autumnal Equinox (00:47)
05. Autumnly (05:29)
06. Waltz Of First Snow (05:30)
07. Notwithstanding The Rain (05:16)
08. You Were The Only (04:18)
09. Walking On Leaves (04:20)
10. Misty Tomorrow (05:55)

Михаил Жидких: саксофон, автор музыки
Андрей Зимовец: фортепиано
Николай Затолочный: контрабас
Егор Крюковских: барабаны
Юлия Усова, Андрей Гусаров: скрипки
Анастасия Горячева: альт
Наталия Назарова: виолончель
Билли Новик: вокал, текст песни
Юлия Михайловская: вокал

Harold McNair - The Fence (1970)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 48:08 | Size: 110.26 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. The Fence (McNair) – 6:28
02. True Love Adventure (Grech) – 5:56
03. Early in the Morning (Trad.) – 12:12
04. Scarborough Fair (Trad.) – 10:53
05. Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon-McCartney) – 12:42

Bass – Danny Thompson, Rick Grech
Drums – Terry Cox
Guitar – Colin Green (2)
Percussion – Tony Carr
Piano – Alan Branscombe, Keith Tippett
Saxophone, Flute – Harold McNair
Producer – Sandy Roberton

Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gillespie - Bird & Diz 1945-1951 (1983)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 52:27 | Size: 119.02 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1 – Salt Peanuts
A2 – Shaw Nuff
A3 – Hot House
A4 – Groovin’ High
A5 – Night In Tunisia
A6 – Salt Peanuts
A7 – Groovin’ High

Side B
B1 – Introduction (Symphony Sid)
B2 – Blue N’ Boogie
B3 – Anthropology
B4 – Round Midnight
B5 – Night In Tunisia
B6 – Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid


Václav Hybš Se Svým Orchestrem - Hudební Hostina Václava Hybše (1980)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 41:21 | Size: 98.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1.Trumpet Blues
Václav Hybš-trubka solo
A2.Varšavský Koncert
Pavel Vetrovtc-klavir solo
A3.Včera (Yesterday)
Milos Petr-lesni roh solo
Felix Slovacek-Sopransaxofon
A5.Tiger Rag
Zdenek Pulec-trombon solo
Side B
B1.Noc Je Stříbrný Flauš (Something Better To Do)
Jiří Korn(Jiri Korn)-Vocals
B2.Vzpomínka Na Zbiroh
Felix Slovacek-Sopransaxofon
B3.Vyznání V Růžích (La Vie En Rose)
Helena Vondráčková(Helena Vondrackova)-Vocals
B4.Směs Českých Hitů
Label: Supraphon ‎– 1113 2586

Jiří Malásek - Romantický Klavír Jiřího Maláska 3 (1980)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 43:07 | Size: 97.72 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1.Balada Pro Adélku / Balade Pour Adeline-3:20
Written-By – Oliver Toussaint, Paul de Senneville
A2.Sonny Boy-4:05
Written-By – Buddy De Sylva
A3.Lavička V Jasmínu / Bench Hidden In Jasmine-4:11
Written-By – Miloslav Ducháč
A4.Purpura / Frankincense-3:17
Written-By – Jiří Šlitr
A5.Líný Pán / This Guy's In Love With You-3:19
Written-By – Burt Bacharach
A6.Píseň O Stromu A Růži / Song Of The Tree And Rose-3:45
Written-By – Jiří Bažant, Jiří Malásek

Side B
B1.Málokdo Ví… / Sambario-3:18
Written-By – Riccardi, Albertelli
B2.Zpívám / One Song-2:57
Written-By – Frank Churchill
B3.Měsíční Řeka / Moon River-3:03
Written-By – Henry Mancini
B4.Až Únavou / Getting Tired-3:42
Written-By – Dalibor Basler
B5.Šaty Z Šátků / Dressed In Bandannas-4:14
Written-By – Lešek Semelka
B6.Valčík Na Rozloučenou / Auld Lang Syne-3:15
Written-By – Richard Burns
Label: Panton ‎– 8113 0134


The George Shearing Quintet With Voices - Night Mist (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 32:14 | Size: 72.43 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
02. Darn That Dream
03. Fly Me To The Moon
04. Long Ago And Far Away
05. Imagination
06. Yours Sincerely
07. Night Mist
08. Where Are You?
09. A Handful Of Stars
10. You're My Girl
11. Cubano Chant

Arranged By – George Shearing, Jud Conlon
Vocals – The Jud Conlon Choir

The Crusaders - Southern Comfort (1974)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:03:57 | Size: 147.97 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Stomp And Buck Dance (Wayne Henderson) (5:48)
02. Greasy Spoon (Stix Hooper) (3:11)
03. Get On The Soul Ship (It's Sailing) (Joe Sample) (3:21)
04. Super-Stuff (Todd Ao) (2:45)
05. Double Bubble (Joe Sample) (2:44)
06. The Well's Gone Dry (Larry Carlton) (4:46)
07. Southern Comfort (Wayne Henderson) (3:07)
08. Time Bomb (Joe Sample) (6:44)
09. When There's Love Around (Stix Hooper) (5:28)
10. Lilies Of The Nile (Wilton Felder) (9:39)
11. Whispering Pines (Howard Hausey, Wayne Henderson) (8:57)
12. A Ballad For Joe (Louis) (Joe Sample) (7:27)

Joe Sample - piano, Fender/Rhodes;
Wilton Felder - tenor saxophone, Fender bass;
Wayne Henderson - trombone;
Larry Carlton - electric guitar;
Stix Hooper - drums.

Label: MCA – MCAD-6016 (US)

Old Timers, Marianna Wróblewska - Meeting (1975)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 38:38 | Size: 87.98 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1.Old Timers-Hear Me Talking-4:08
Written-By – Armstrong
A2.Old Timers-Specjalnie Dla Ciebie-5:20
Written-By – H. Majewski
A3.Old Timers-Making Whoopee-4:48
Written-By – Donaldson
A4.Old Timers-In The Mood-4:40
Written-By – Razaf, Garland

Side B
B1.Marianna Wróblewska-Margie-3:50
Written-By – Davis, Conrad, Robinson
B2.Marianna Wróblewska-Right Now-2:03
Written-By – J. Leslie, McFarland, J. Bailey
B3.Marianna Wróblewska-Georgia On My Mind-3:33
Written-By – Carmichael
B4.Marianna Wróblewska-Mercedes Benz-2:27
Written-By – J. Joplin
B5.Marianna Wróblewska-Blue Holiday-3:45
Written-By – Traditional
B6.Marianna Wróblewska-Old Man River-3:46
Written-By – Kern, Hammerstein

Accompanied By – Henryk Majewski Big Band (tracks: B1 to B6)
Banjo – Henryk Stefański (tracks: A1 to A4)
Bass – W. Zalewski (tracks: B1 to B6), Zbigniew Bondarczuk (tracks: A1 to A4)
Clarinet – Ryszard Lipiec (tracks: A1 to A4)
Drums – Tadeusz Fedorowski (tracks: A1 to A4), T. Fedorowski (tracks: B1 to B6)
Engineer [Operator Dźwięku] – K. Urbańska
Guitar – H. Stefański (tracks: B1 to B6)
Piano – Mieczysław Mazur (tracks: A1 to A4), M. Mazur (tracks: B1 to B6)
Recorded By [Reżyser Nagrania] – R. Milewski
Saxophone – J. Zabiegliński (tracks: B1 to B6), R. Morawski (tracks: B1 to B6), R. Lipiec (tracks: B1 to B6), W. Krupiński (tracks: B1 to B6)
Trombone – B. Markowski (tracks: B1 to B6), M. Wnuk (tracks: B1 to B6), T. Tynecki (tracks: B1 to B6), Zbigniew Konopczyński (tracks: A1 to A4)
Trumpet – B. Grodzicki (tracks: B1 to B6), H. Majewski (tracks: B1 to B6), P. Wodniok (tracks: B1 to B6), Z. Choryło (tracks: B1 to B6)
Trumpet, Leader – Henryk Majewski (tracks: A1 to A4)
Label: Polskie Nagrania Muza ‎– SX 1220
Series: Polish Jazz – Vol. 44

Marty Paich & His Jazz Piano Quartet - Take Me Along (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 36:18 | 81.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Overture - Take Me Along (R.Merrill)
2. Nine O'Clock (R.Merrill)
3. Little Green Snake (R.Merrill)
4. Promise Me A Rose (R.Merrill)
5. But Yours (R.Merrill)
6. Sid, Ol' Kid (R.Merrill)
7. Patience Of A Saint (R.Merrill)
8. Staying Young (R.Merrill)
9. Thinkin' Things (R.Merrill)
10. We're Home (R.Merrill)

Pete Jolly (p), Marty Paich (p), Jimmy Rowles (p), John Williams (p), Jack Sheldon (tp), Vic Feldman (v), Al Hendrickson (g), Joe Mondragon (b), ShellyManne (d), Richard Cornell (d), Stu Williamson (tp), Gene P.Bates (xy)

Recorded in Hollywood, California, 1959


Cecil Taylor - Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 (LP-1972)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 41:37 | Size: 466.92 MB | FLAC
Side A
A - Second Act Of A .... 21:25

Side B         
B - Second Act Of A .... 19:55

Cecil Taylor – piano
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Sam Rivers – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Andrew Cyrille – drums, percussion

Label: Shandar – SR 10011 / 83 507
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on 29 July 1969 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
Photography By – Horace, Philippe Gras
Engineer [Sound] – Claude Jauvert
Producer [Conception] – Georges Perdriaud
Sleeve Notes [Inside] – Daniel Caux
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 10011 A [83507A]
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 10011 B [83507B]

Nuits De La Fondation Maeght is a live album by Cecil Taylor recorded in St. Paul de Vence, Nice, on July 29, 1969. The album was originally released as Nuits de la Fondation Maeght on the French Shandar label, 3LPs-1971 as a box set.
In 1972 the French label Shandar also announced 3 albums individually packaged, Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 1 / Vol. 2 and Vol. 3. Each has a gatefold cover with same photo but different tint. Black labels with disc logo.

This was a truly magical night for the Taylor unit. The interplay between Lyons and Rivers is impeccable, exploring intervallic reaches of tonal ambience and equanimity. The lack of a bassist in this case is a plus, not a minus, as Taylor gets to indulge his rhythmic impulse to the extreme in order to let the two sax players go into arpeggio overdrive in tandem. The polytonality of Rivers is especially important here as he doesn't so much collide with Lyons, who instinctively knew, in 1969, how Taylor articulated his language, he "extends" him linguistically. Rivers brittle tone on tenor and his shrill soprano engage the steady polyrhythmic attack of Lyons whose ostinato are the cues Taylor takes for his own when moving the piano into solo position. And the two horns find the striated expanses of sonic terrain Taylor prepares them for. And Cyrille knows just how to escalate; the result is no less spectacular than John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders on Live in Seattle -- the only real difference is, it's Taylor who does the yelling and shouting when the music gets to the outer limits and can't express what he needs it to. The great Paris concert in its entirety is a Taylor masterpiece.

Cecil Taylor - Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 2 (LP-1972)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 35:00 | Size: 398.36 MB | FLAC
Side A
A - Second Act Of A .... 18:20

Side B         
B - Second Act Of A .... 16:22

Cecil Taylor – piano
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Sam Rivers – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Andrew Cyrille – drums, percussion

Label: Shandar – 83 508
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on 29 July 1969 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
Photography By – Horace, Philippe Gras
Engineer [Sound] – Claude Jauvert
Producer [Conception] – Georges Perdriaud
Sleeve Notes [Inside] – Daniel Caux
Matrix / Runout (Side A): NPO SR 83508A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): NPO SR 83508B

Nuits De La Fondation Maeght, trilogy recordings (for me) is his best work from a particularly enigmatic period. Taylor was playing sprawling immeasurably intense reckless refulgence & asymmetrical avant wizardry with the insane Andrew Cyrille, for me indubitably one of the most fantastic & original drummers ever. Out of the many things that could be said, I would emphasise that Taylor & his unit redefined the elongated-outburst & prolonged-peaking coming with ceaseless surging’s of unparalleled clamour & volatility. Frequently without intervals, extenuation or cessation they would dance an immensely detailed & dynamic squall within the singularity of remorseless & unforgiving outermost, fully-cyclic, hell-for-leather frenzy. A heteronomous hurricane & blitzing blizzard of ebullient fulmination Cyrille was able to maintain physically these momentous requirements but also inflect with a cycle of extensive improvisational embellishment & continually capricious contrasting...

Cecil Taylor - Nuits De La Fondation Maeght Vol. 3 (LP-1972)

Genre: Jazz / Free Jazz | Total Time: 32:59 | Size: 362.05 MB | FLAC
Side A
A - Second Act Of A .... 13:00

Side B         
B - Second Act Of A .... 20:00

Cecil Taylor – piano
Jimmy Lyons – alto saxophone
Sam Rivers – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Andrew Cyrille – drums, percussion

Label: Shandar – 83 509
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: France / Released: 1972
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live on 29 July 1969 at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France.
Photography By– Horace, Philippe Gras
Engineer [Sound] – Claude Jauvert
Producer [Conception] – Georges Perdriaud
Sleeve Notes [Inside] – Daniel Caux
Matrix / Runout (Side A): NPO SR 83509A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): NPO SR 83509B

...Taylor’s closest adjutant saxophonist Jimmy Lyon’s would also duck in & out with sax screel & hysteria. These Olympic stints of decadent comminute went way beyond the threshold, agreeable limitation or somatic restriction that pretty much everybody else was on, with an unapologetic & frankly extremist activity/ideology of severe surplus pandemonium & improvident forceful action whilst exercising immense technical credibility. Many a marvel of withering extravagance was being exercised by other legends during this great era, but this lot did it, to my knowledge, longer & harder without intermission including mostly for each individual musician (consecutive group participation), never slacking & all exploding into one sustained shock-wave of terrific turbulence. these recordings though, do offer the secondary function of a more Avant-Garde slower & emotionally alternate medium occasionally with vocal extracts from Taylor. They are stunning diverse & intricate but also often bizarre. This is another phenomenon of Cecil Taylor & much of his music, lyrics & imagery. It’s dark, I would say at times even quite minatory. Much of the furore from the depths of Free Jazz’s sonic battle field encompassed anger, madness & intensity are as a commodity, but Taylor as with Sunny Murray often depicts & conjures stuff that I would not feel at error calling nasty, dark, or threatening in a direct & mostly unequivocal manner...

...Yes, for me, tones of hazard, tragedy & outright tenebrous madness etc are very apparent (hell, it could be just my misinterpretation, but I feel these elements skulk within his work amongst other sentiments & energies of a far more positive distinction). This is another specialist feature of Taylor & contributes even more to his significant idiosyncrasy. Anyway, as for this mind-blowingly marvellous 3LP set released by Shandar, there is another foreign element/irregularity that kicked shit completely into hyper-space. On these recordings they threw fucking Sam Rivers into the mix! Can you imagine? As if things were not preposterous enough, the absolute madman Rivers was air-dropped into the vortex with his tenor & soprano cannons. The results are just ridiculous & why these recordings are amongst the most precious & heavily rotated in my stash. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, no further foray frenzy was created with Rivers after this tour. Thank the goddess that someone was recording & captured this brain scattering murrain so expertly & issued it in this cult vinyl trilogy...


VA - Billboard Top 30 Hits (1954)

Genre: Jazz / Pop / Vocal | Total Time: 1:22:19 | Size: 186.39 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Kitty Kallen - Little Things Mean A Lot
02. Perry Como - Wanted
03. Rosemary Clooney - Hey There
04. Crew Cuts - Sh-Boom
05. Jo Stafford - Make Love To Me
06. Eddie Fisher - Oh! My Pa-pa
07. Four Knights - I Get So Lonely
08. Four Aces - Three Coins In The Fountain
09. Doris Day - Secret Love
10. Archie Bleyer - Hernando's Hideaway
11. Frank Sinatra - Young At Heart
12. Rosemary Clooney - This Ole House
13. Eddie Fisher - I Need You Now
14. Patti Page - Cross Over The Bridge
15. Gaylords - The Little Shoemaker
16. Dean Martin - That's Amore
17. Frank Weir - The Happy Wanderer
18. Nat King Cole - Answer Me My Love
19. Tony Bennett - Stranger In Paradise
20. Doris Day - If I Give My Heart To You
21. Kay Starr - If You Love Me (Really Love Me)
22. Ralph Marterie - Skokiaan
23. Don Cornell - Hold My Hand
24. Patti Page - Changing Partners
25. Perry Como - Papa Loves Mambo
26. Bill Haley and His Comets - Shake, Rattle And Roll
27. Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches
28. Kitty Kallen - In The Chapel In The Moonlight
29. Four Aces - Stranger In Paradise
30. Tony Martin - Here

Каунт Бейси - 28 золотых мелодий (1982)

Genre: Jazz / Big Band | Total Time: 1:22:34 | Size: 188.74 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. One O'clock Jump
02. Swingin' At The Daisy Chain
03. Texas Shuffle
04. Time Out
05. You Can Depend On Me
06. Panassie Stomp
07. Pennies From Heaven
08. Swingin' The Blues
09. Blue And Sentimental
10. John's Idea
11. Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today
12. Blame It On My Last Affair
13. Cherokee
14. Exactly Like You
15. Jumpin' At The Woodside
16. Honeysuckle Rose
17. Oh, Lady Be Good
18. Shorty George
19. Out The Window
20. Good Morning Blues
21. Hey Lawdy Mama
22. Doggin' Around
23. Topsy
24. Every Tub
25. Blues In The Dark
26. Roseland Shuffle
27. Jive At Five
28. Boogie Woogie

Label: Мелодия
Manufactured under license from Ariola-Eurodisc GmbH, Munich.

Roland Kirk - Talkin' Verve: Roots Of Acid Jazz (1961-67)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 57:53 | Size: 132.78 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01. A Sack Full Of Soul
02. Berkshire Blues
03. Black Diamond
04. Blue Rol
05. Dyna-Soar
06. Get In The Basement
07. Hip Chops
08. Jive Elephant
09. Limbo Boat
10. Narrow Bolero
11. Termini's Corner
12. Peter Gunn Theme
13. Untitled Blues
14. When The Sun Comes Out
15. You Did It, You Did It

Label: Verve Records .
Recording DateAugust 16, 1961 - May 2, 1967.

Malcolm Lockyer - That Old Feeling (1954)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 22:05 | Size: 47.88 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. That Old Feeling
02. Taking A Chance On Love
03. They Can't Take That Away From Me
04. There Was A Time
05. I Only Have Eyes For You
06. I'll Never Smile Again
07. You Turned The Tables On Me
08. Embraceable You
09. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10. Two Sleepy People

Piano – Malcolm Lockyer
Bass – Ralph Collier
Drums – Jock Cummings

Joe Castro - Mood Jazz (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 39:30 | Size: 88.65 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. J.C. Blues
02. Without You
03. Doodlin'
04. Everything I Love
05. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
06. If You Could See Me Now
07. It's You Or No One
08. Angel Eyes
09. Caravan

Track 05:
Joe Castro (piano) Ed Shonk (bass) Philly Joe Jones (drums)
NYC, November 19, 1956.

Track 02, 06, 08, 09:
John Hannan (trumpet) Glenn Prescott (alto saxophone) Joe Castro (piano) Ed Shonk (bass) Gus Johnson (drums) unknown (chorus) Neal Hefti (arranger, conductor) unidentified strings
NYC, January 30, 1957.

Track 01, 03, 04, 07:
same personnel
NYC, February 2, 1957.

Jimmy Forrest - Black Forrest (1959)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 44:49 | Size: 103.52 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Black Forrest
2. Dog It
3. These Foolish Things
4. Sunkenfoal
5. You Go to My Head
6. Black Forrest
7. What's New?
8. But Beautiful
9. All the Gin Is Gone
10. These Foolish Things (Alternate Take)
Jimmy Forrest - tenor sax
Harold Mabern - piano
Grant Green - guitar
Gene Ramey - bass
Elvin Jones - drums
Label – Delmark Records
Recorded at Hall Recording Studio, Chicago, Illinois on December 10 & 12, 1959
Remastered 1999

Ganelin(Ганелин) - Tarasov(Тарасов) - Opus A2 (1983)

Genre: Jazz / Free Improvisation | Total Time: 41:21 | Size: 91.77 MB | MP3 320 kbps

Side A
A.Opus A2 (Part 1) .... 20:43

Side B
B.Opus A2 (Part 2) .... 20:38
Vyacheslav Ganelin - piano, electro organ, accordion, longitudinal flute, basset, contrabass, guitar, percussion
Vladimir Tarasov - drums, percussion, longitudinal flute
Label: Melody - C60 19651 008 (Riga Gramplast Factory)


Felix Slováček A Ladislav Štaidl Se Svým Orchestrem - 4 (1978)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:33 | Size: 96.82 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1.Protože Tě Mám Rád (Beacause I Love You Girl)
Arranged By – J. Dřevikovský
Written-By – G. D. Weiss, H. Peretti, L. Creatore
A2.Variace Na Téma W. C. Handyho St. Louis Blues
Adapted By, Arranged By [Arr. Skladatel] – Jaroslav Dřevikovský
Written-By – W. C. Handy
A3.Radost Až Do Rána
Arranged By, Written-By [Arr. Skladatel] – L. Štaidl
A4.El Cantor (Zpěvák)
Arranged By – J. Svoboda
Written-By – K. Svoboda
A5.Od Svítání Do Soumraku
Arranged By – R. Rokl
Written-By – F. Slováček
A6.Už Se Nevrátíš
Arranged By – J. Svoboda
Written-By – J. Klempíř
Arranged By – V. Kummer
Written-By – F. Lai

Side B
Adapted By [Úprava], Arranged By [Arr.] – L. Pikart
Composed By – Z. Fibich
B2.Motiv Z Labutího Jezera
Adapted By [Úprava], Arranged By [Arr.] – J. Dřevikovský
Composed By – P. I. Čajkovskij
B3.Klarinetový Koncert Es Dur (I. Věta)
Adapted By [Úprava], Arranged By [Arr.] – F. Slováček, R. Rokl
Composed By – F. V. Krommer-Kramář
Adapted By [Úprava], Arranged By [Arr.] – L. Pikart
Written-By – Traditional
B5.Hobojový Koncert D Moll (Adagio)
Adapted By [Úprava], Arranged By [Arr.] – M. Uzelac
Composed By – A. Marcello
B6.Koncert Pro Klarinet A Orchestr, Darmstadtský (III. Věta)
Composed By – K. Stamic
Label: Supraphon ‎– 1 13 2246

Charles Lloyd Quartet - Of Course, Of Course (1964-65)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 55:57 | Size: 128.41 MB | MP3 320 kbps

01 Of Course, Of Course 4:44
02 The Song My Lady Sings 2:27
03 The Best Thing For You Irving Berlin 5:16
04 The Things We Did Last Summer J.Styne/S.Cahn 6:07
05 Apex 3:57
06 One For Joan 5:06
07 Goin' To Memphis 3:36
08 Voice In The Night 6:42
09 Third Floor Richard 6:14
10 East Of The Sun (& West Of The Moon) Brooks Bowman 4:53
11 Island Blues 3:23
12 Sun Dance 3:32

Tenor Sax, Flute (1-10), Composer Charles Lloyd
Guitar Gabor Szabo (1-4,6-12), Robbie Robertson (12)
Bass Ron Carter (1-3,5-10)
Bass Albert Stinson (11,12)
Drums Tony Williams (1-3,5-10), Pete LaRoca(11,12)

Recorded at Columbia Studio A, NYC,
#2,3,4,7,10 on May 8, 1964
#1,5,6,8,9 on March 8, 1965
#11,12 on October 15, 1965

Producer John Simon, George Avakian
Engineer Roy Halee, Stan Tonkel
Reissue Producer Bob Belden, Michael Cuscuna

#1-9 originally issued on Charles Lloyd Quartet - Of Course, Of Course (Columbia CS 9212) in 1966
Bonus tracks 10-12 originally issued on Charles Lloyd - Nirvana (Columbia CS 9609) in 1968

1966 Columbia CL2412, CS 9212
1966 CBS CBS 62347 UK
2007 Mosaic Records MCD-1006 (Mosaic Singles)
Charles Lloyd's second album as a leader teams him with guitarist Gabor Szabo (his old friend from the Chico Hamilton group), bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams. Although Lloyd was still a member of Cannonball Adderley's group, his playing on the set shows that he was clearly ready to become a leader. Seven of the nine diverse compositions are his originals; he takes "The Things We Did Last Summer" as a duet with Szabo and rips through "Apex," a trio number without the guitarist, but it is this cut most certainly reflects Ornette Coleman's influence (whereas Lloyd and everyone else who played tenor were being written about in the shadow of Coltrane). Certainly Coltrane's flurry of notes and deconstruction of chords is evident in places, but here, it is Coleman's unshakable sense of melody and rhyme that is most prevalent, and it sports is a brief but wonderfully woody solo by Carter. Other notable selections include "Goin' to Memphis" and Sammy Kahn's "Things We Did Last Summer" (where, according to Stanley Crouch's new liner notes, the saxophonist directly quotes the melody of Coleman's "Free at 3:00 of..."). Other cuts that really stand out here are the title track and the serious blowing session of "One for Joan," where the twinning and counterpoint interplay between Szabo and Lloyd is almost synchronous. Whether on tenor or flute, Lloyd was quickly coming into his own as an original voice, and this underrated set is a minor classic. [In 2007, Mosiac Records in its Singles series, reissued the recording for the first time on CD. In addition to a beautiful remastering job that is warm and clean, there are three bonus tracks also recorded in 1965 but not released until Lloyd's Nirvana album in 1968. Two of these, "Island Blues," and "Sun Dance" feature Albert Stinson on bass and Pete La Roca on drums in place of Carter and Williams. Another oddity is that in addition to Szabo's guitar playing, the Band's Robbie Robertson makes an appearance on the Caribbean-flavored latter tune. The other bonus cut, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," uses the primary rhythm section, and was recorded for the original session, and left off the final version of the LP.]


Unity / Byron Morris - Blow Thru Your Mind (LP-1974)

Genre: Jazz / Free Improvisation | Total Time: 37:30 | Size: 387.79 MB | FLAC
Side A
A1 - Kitty Bey .... 12:25
A2 - Ether .... 6:20

Side B
B1 - Reunion .... 11:40
B2 - Transcendental Lullaby .... 7:00

Byron Morris – baritone saxophone, alto saxophone
Vince McEwan – trumpet
Mike Kull – piano
Jay Clayton – vocals
Milton Suggs – bass
Abdush Shahid – drums
Tony Waters – percussion, congas, maracas

Label: E.P.I. Records – EPI-02
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Free Improvisation, Modal
Recorded on December 30, 1973, at Minot Sound Studios, White Plains, NY.
Cover [Cover Art] – John Blazeski
Photos By – Gerald Wise
Photography By [Photo Consult] – Peter Hurd
Layout – Betty Morris
Mixed By – Byron Morris, Ron Carran
Producer – Byron Morris, Gerald Wise
Matrix / Runout (Side A): EPI-02-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): EPI-02-B

The music on this LP is excellent. A major departure from the dissonant free jazz that Morris explored on 1969's Unity session, Blow Thru Your Mind contains modal post-bop that is melodic and relatively accessible. This is a very spiritual album; a lot of spirituality goes into the solos of Morris and trumpeter Vincent McEwan, as well as the ethereal vocals of female singer Jay Clayton (who is featured on tracks like "Ether," "Reunion," and "Transcendental Lullaby"). Blow Thru Your Mind is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who is seriously into modal jazz...

Byron Morris and Unity released Blow Through Your Mind originally in the US in 1974.
The LP was recorded a year earlier at Minot Sound Studios in White Plains, New York. This studio was a favorite with many independent Jazz groups at this time -- for instance, many recordings for the independent Strata East Records, co-owned by Stanley Cowell and Charles Tolliver, were made here. Unity was formed with similar values, aims and objectives of many similar groups at the time, as the name suggests. Uniquely, it managed to match the musical and spiritual searching of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Coleman alongside an equally experimental New York art-music dimension that was brought into the group by vocalist Jay Clayton, who has performed with, amongst many others, Steve Reich. With bassist Milton Suggs having played in Sun Ra's Arkestra, and Byron Morris studied with Ornette Coleman and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, it is possible to see the path that makes up 'Kitty Bey', twelve minutes of musical intensity, that sounds like nothing else ever recorded.
Kitty Bey was originally featured on Universal Sounds Of America on Soul Jazz. Originally released on Unity's own EPI label and distributed by hand, this record has remained an underground classic recording for over 25 years?......

Blow Thru Your Mind, which first came out on vinyl in 1974, was EPI's second release. In 2002, Blow Thru Your Mind and Morris' next album, Vibrations, Themes and Serenades, were both reissued on CD by Céleste Music (a Japanese label). But those Céleste reissues weren't the first time that Morris' '70s recordings had been heard on CD; in 1994, Morris combined material from Blow Thru Your Mind and Vibrations.
Unfortunately, all of these re-releases have long ago are out-of-print.

Shamek Farrah - First Impressions (LP-1974)

Genre: Jazz / Soul-Jazz | Total Time: 35:03 | Size: 316.29 MB | FLAC
Side A
A1 - Meterologicly Tuned .... 11:20
A2 - Watch What Happens Now .... 5:43

Shamek Farrah – alto saxophone
Norman Person – trumpet
Kasa Mu-Barak – piano
Milton Suggs – bass
Clay Herndon – drums, percussion

Side B
B1 - Umoja Suite .... 7:26
B2 - First impressions .... 10:30

Shamek Farrah – alto saxophone
Norman Person – trumpet
Sonelius Smith – piano
Milton Suggs – bass
Ron Warwell – drums
Kenny Harper – percussion
Calvert "Bo" Satter-White – conga

Label: Strata-East – SES-7412
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Soul-Jazz, Contemporary, Free Jazz
Recorded and mixed at Sound Ideas Studio, New York City.
Artwork [Graphics] – Jerry Harris
Photography By [Liner Photo] – Richard Hinson
Engineer [Recording] – Geoff Daking, George Klabin
Producer – Shamek Farrah / Janfar Productions
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): SES-7412-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): SES-7412-B

Fantastic piece of free improvised groove jazz. The players are kind of doing there solos together at the same time, but never loose touch to that bassline groove, outstanding, free, but never too free, just really soulful interaction and a mysterious ancient vibe to it.

One of the hardest to find records on Strata East, and one of the best – a darkly-crafted session of pure beauty, one that lives up to all the best promise of the label! The tracks are long, the sound is bold, and the whole thing moves at a pace that none of the bigger jazz labels were matching at the time – the most righteous, most expressive side of jazz in the mid 70s! Alto player Shamek Farrah is at the lead of a unique group that features Norman Person on trumpet, Milton Suggs on bass, and Sonelius Smith on piano – plus lots of additional drums and percussion, especially on side two of the album, which features some really righteous numbers! Titles include the massive bass sample track "First Impressions" – a symphony of dark, descending chord structures – plus "Meterologicly Tuned", "Watch What Happens Now", and "Umoja Suite". Incredible good!

Keno Duke / Contemporaries - Sense Of Values (LP-1974)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 41:42 | Size: 407.28 MB | FLAC
Side A
A1 - Sense Of Values .... 4:48
A2 - Mirage .... 9:25
A3 - Tibiron .... 5:50

Side B
B1 - Too Late, Fall Back Baby .... 7:00
B2 - D.R.T.  .... 8:16
B3 - Bajan-Bajan .... 6:12

Keno Duke – drums, percussion
George Coleman – tenor saxophone
Harold Mabern – piano
Lisle Atkinson – bass
Frank Strozier – flute, alto saxophone

Label: Strata-East – SES-7416
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Modal, Hard Bop
Recorded, mixed and edited at Minot Studios, White Plains, N.Y.
Graphics – Theodore Plair
Painting [Cover] – Roland Bloch
Photography By – Manos Angelakis
Engineer – Ron Carran
Produced by Ja Co Productions
Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched): SES-7416-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched): SES-7416-B

KENO DUKE – Sense of Values (1974) Strata-East-7416.  An amazing modal / spiritual session the great drummer Keno Duke joined by Harold Mabern on piano, George Coleman on tenor sax, Lisle Atkinson on bass and Frank Strozier on alto sax and flute. This is a rare and sought-after release on the great Strata-East Records label.

Sustained rhythmic momentum was never a problem for Keno Duke's jazz quintet, Contemporaries, on this album you will enjoy in selections that were brimming with imagination, color and solo excitement.
Man for man, the group is exceptionally strong. It has two outstanding and contrasting saxophonists—George Coleman, a tenor saxophonist who is a solid, consistent follower of the John Coltrane style, and Frank Strozier, an altoist whose clean, precisely shaped notes and flowing phrases sound like a nineteen-seventies Jimmy Dorsey. Harold Mabern has long been a pianist with a startling manner of overwhelming the piano in his solos and providing unusually strong background for other soloists, here surely complemented by Lisle Atkinson on bass and Mr. Duke on drums.
When their talents were applied to the fresh, provocative lines and harmonies of such pieces as “Mirage”, “Too Late, Fall Back Baby”, "D.R.T." or "Bajan-Bajan", they produced jazz that sparkled with vitality and gave Mr. Mabern and Mr. Strozier stimulating showcases for their solo talents. These performances maintained so high and distinctive a level. This is a beautiful spiritual jazz.

Harold Vick - Don't Look Back (LP-1974)

Genre: Jazz / Contemporary Jazz | Total Time: 36:32 | Size: 336.03 MB | FLAC
Side A
A1 - Don't Look Back .... 6:04
A2 - Melody for Bu .... 7:22
A3 - Senor Zamora .... 5:40

Side B
B1 - Stop and Cop .... 6:38
B2 - Lucille .... 9:20
B3 - Prayer .... 1:05

All compositions by Harold Vick

Harold Vick – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, bass clarinet
Virgil Jones – trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks A1-A3)
Kiane Zawadi – euphonium (tracks A1-A3)
Joe Bonner – electric piano, piano, percussion, tuba
George Davis – guitar, flute (tracks A1-B1)
Sam Jones – bass (tracks A1-B2)
Billy Hart – drums, percussion (tracks A1-B2)
Jimmy Hopps – percussion (track B1)

Label: Strata-East – SES-7431
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1974
Style: Contemporary Jazz, Modal, Hard Bop
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Generation Sound Studio, New York City.
Album Design, Art Supervision – Creative Hands, Inc.
Photography – Jim Dunn
Engineer [Recording] – Eddie Korvin
Mastered By – David Crawford
Mixed By – Tony May
Produced – Harold Vick / Blue Rock Studio, New York City
Matrix / Runout (Side A etched): SES-7431-A
Matrix / Runout (Side B etched): SES-7431-B

"Don't Look Back" is an album led by American saxophonist Harold Vick recorded in 1974 and released on the Strata-East label.

This is one of my favourite Strata-East albums and a complete joy to listen to. There's something unique about Harold Vick's saxaphone sound that made me want to look deeper into his career.
"Don't Look Back" was recorded and released in the wake of Harold Vick's recovery from a heart attack, which may partially explain the passion with which he approaches his playing throughout.

One of the best-ever Strata East sessions! The album's a masterfully conceived session by reed player Harold Vick – best known to the world as the funky tenorist from albums by John Patton and Jack McDuff in the 60s, but emerging here as an incredibly sensitive soul jazz player, capable of turning out some incredibly sophisticated and emotional compositions. Vick produced and wrote all the material on the album, and other players include Joe Bonner, Virgil Jones, and Sam Jones. The record's darn tough to find, and is a treasure all the way through. Titles include "Don't Look Back", "Melody For Bu", "Stop & Cop", "Senor Zamora"  and "Lucille".


Wes Montgomery - Down Here On The Ground (1967-68)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 31:43 | Size: 71.55 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side A
A1. Wind Song
A2. Georgia On My Mind
A3. The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener
A4. Down Here On The Ground
A5. Up And At It
Side B
B1. Goin' On To Detroit
B2. I Say A Little Prayer For You
B3. When I Look In Your Eyes
B4. Know It All (Quem Diz Que Sabe)
B5. Theme From The Fox

Arranged By, Conductor – Don Sebesky (A1 to A3, B5 to B3, B5), Eumir Deodato (A4, B4)
Bass – Ron Carter
Cello – George Ricci
Flute, Oboe – George Marge, Hubert Laws, Romeo Penque
Guitar – Wes Montgomery
Percussion – Bobby Rosengarden, Ray Barretto
Piano – Herbie Hancock
Vibraphone – Mike Mainieri
Viola – Emanuel Vardi
Violin – Gene Orloff, Raoul Poliakin

Recorded December 20, 21, 1967 and January 22, 26, 1968 at Van Gelder Studio.

Label: A&M Records.

The Billy Taylor Septet - Brazilian Beat (1960's)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 29:21 | Size: 66.04 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Bossa Nova In New York (2:22)
02. A Secret (2:51)
03. Don't Every Say We're Through (3:04)
04. Little Butterfly (2:14)
05. Give Me A Reason (2:21)
06. Your Smile (2:30)
07. Patches (2:02)
08. From The Top Of The Hill (2:56)
09. Brazilian Beat (2:31)
10. Toy Bird (1:40)
11. My Love (2:13)
12. What's Happening (2:07)

Sesac Recordings ‎– N 3303/04

Joe Henderson With The Wynton Kelly Trio - Four! (1968)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:42 | Size: 170.66 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Autumn Leaves
2. Four
3. On The Trail
4. Star Dust / Old Folks
5. On Green Dolphin Street
6. The Theme

Personnel: Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone; Wynton Kelly – piano; Paul Chambers – bass; Jimmy Cobb – drums.

Recorded April 21, 1968 at the Left Bank Jazz Society in Baltimore.

Verve Records ‎– 314 523 657-2
This live session from 1968 features the great tenor Joe Henderson (who was then just a few days short of turning 31) playing for the first and possibly only time with the Wynton Kelly Trio. Henderson, pianist Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Jimmy Cobb really stretch out on six standards (including a two-song medley), all of which clock in between 11:47 and 16:05 (except for a three-minute "Theme"). Henderson really pushes the rhythm section (which, although they had not played with the tenor previously, had been together for a decade) and he is certainly inspired by their presence. This is a frequently exciting performance by some of the modern bop greats of the era.

Hilton Ruiz Trio/Quintet - Steppin' Into Beauty (1977)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:22 | Size: 114.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Origin
2. Steppin' into Beauty
3. The Last Profit
4. The Goal
5. Excition

Personnel: Hilton Ruiz (piano); Frank Foster (tenor saxophone); Richard Gene Williams (trumpet); Steve Solder, Roy Brooks (drums); Buster Williams (bass).

Recording Date February 7 & 8, 1977.

SteepleChase SCCD 31158
Jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz was a musician of uncommon versatility, shuttling seamlessly between the complex improvisations of the avant-garde and the relentless rhythms of Afro-Cuban music. Born in New York City on May 29, 1952, Ruiz was a child prodigy who performed at Carnegie Recital Hall at age eight. In addition to classical studies, he explored jazz under the tutelage of the legendary Mary Lou Williams, and at 14 made his recorded debut with the Latin soul outfit Ray Jay and the East Siders. His remarkable improvisational gifts nevertheless cemented Ruiz's decision to pursue a career in jazz, and while still in his teens he backed everyone from Freddie Hubbard to Joe Henderson. Ruiz vaulted to global renown in 1973 when he joined the famously eclectic saxophonist/flutist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, proving his mettle as a gifted interpreter of a repertoire spanning from the blues to the avant-garde via cult-classic LPs including The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color and The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man. After a four-year tenure with Kirk, Ruiz toured Egypt and India with Clark Terry; upon his return to New York, he was a first-call sideman for acts including Betty Carter, Abbey Lincoln, and Chico Freeman, and also founded his own group, continuing a headlining career that began with the 1975 Steeplechase effort Piano Man. Over the span of acclaimed LPs including 1977's Steppin' Into Beauty, 1988's El Camino (The Road) and 1991's A Moment's Notice, Ruiz honed a Latin jazz fusion approach that resulted in collaborations with Tito Puente and Paquito d'Rivera; he also moonlighted in film, contributing to the soundtracks of Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors and Sam Mendes' Oscar-winning American Beauty, and with Richard Bradley authored 1987's three-volume Jazz and How to Play It. During a visit to New Orleans, where he was scheduled to work on a Hurricane Katrina benefit project, Ruiz suffered a fall in front of a French Quarter bar and slipped into a coma. He never regained consciousness, dying just a week after his 54th birthday on June 6, 2006.

Frank Foster - Shiny Stockings (1977-78)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:16 | Size: 143.44 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Joyspring 8:17
2. Chiquito Loco 12:36
3. Simone 9:56
4. Blues Ain't Nothing But a Trip 12:45
5. Shiny Stockings
6. Theme for Ernie 10:02
Label - WNTS
Recorded at Sound Ideas Studios, NY, 11/29/1977-11/28/1978

Frank Foster - soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Leroy Barton - alto saxophone
William Saxton, Charles Williams - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
William Cody, Doug Harris, Bill Cody, Bill Saxton - tenor saxophone
Kenny Rogers - baritone saxophone
Joe Gardner, Robert Rutledge, Robert Ruthledge, Chris Albert, Don McIntosh, Sinclair Acey, Virgil Jones – trumpet
Janice Robinson, Emmet McDonald, Kiane Zawadi, Charles Stephens – trombone
Bill Lowe - bass trombone
Bill Davis, Willie J. Davis – tuba
Ted Dumper, Ted Dunbar – guitar
Mike Tucker – piano
Mary Earl - electric bass
Charlie Persip – drums
Babafume Akunyun, Roger Blank – percussion

Erroll Garner - Swinging Solos (1957)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:00 | Size: 89.56 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Until The Real Thing Comes Along (4:57)
02. My Silent Love (4:38)
03. The Music Goes 'Round And Around (3:31)
04. Stumbling (5:00)
05. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (4:58)
06. You Go To My Head (9:09)
07. One Night Of Love (7:41)

Erroll Garner - piano solo

Duke Ellington - Love Songs (1947-61)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 50:51 | Size: 120.47 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Satin Doll (Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Billy Strayhorn) (2:43)
02. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) (3:04)
03. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) (3:07)
04. Body and Soul (Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) (4:48)
05. Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington) (2:54)
06. Prelude to a Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills) (4:43)
07. The Star-Crossed Lovers (AKA Pretty Girl) (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) (4:00)
08. Corner Pocket (AKA Until I Met You) (Freddie Green, Donald Wolf) (4:53)
09. To You (Thad Jones) (3:53)
10. Take Love Easy (Duke Ellington, John Latouche) (3:01)
11. All of Me (Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons) (2:28)
12. Tenderly (Walter Gross, Jack Lawrence) (5:21)
13. Love You Madly (Duke Ellington) (3:01)
14. Love (My Everything) (Duke Ellington) (2:30)

Duke Ellington - Piano;
Johnny Hodges - Alto Saxophone;
Frank Wess - Flute, Tenor Saxophone;
Charlie Rouse, Paul Gonsalves, Frank Foster - Tenor Saxophone;
Russell Procope - Clarinet, Alto Saxophone;
Harry Carney - Baritone Saxophone;
Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Snooky Young - Trumpet;
Ray Nance - Trumpet, Violin;
Juan Tizol - Trombone;
Freddie Green - Guitar;
Oscar Pettiford - Bass;
Sam Woodyard - Drums.
Rosemary Clooney - Vocals.

Recording November 14, 1947 - July 6, 1961.

Label: Columbia / Legacy – CK 85316

Billy Paul - Ebony Woman (1970)

Genre: Jazz / Soul-Jazz | Total Time: 36:29 | Size: 82.05 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. Ebony Woman
2. Mrs Robinson
3. The Windmills Of Your Mind
4. Everyday People
5. Let's Fall In Love All Over Again
6. Windy
7. Psychedelic Sally
8. Traces
9. Proud Mary

Label: Big Break Records


Patricia Scot - Once Around The Clock (1959)

Genre: Jazz / Pop / Vocal | Total Time: 26:48 | Size: 60.14 MB | MP3 320 kbps
Side 1
1. Just Once Around The Clock 1:52
2. Where Are You 2:20
3. Nothing At All 2:26
4. Why, Baby, Why? 1:45
5. Let's Sit Down And Talk It Over 3:09
6. Speed Of Light 1:30

Side 2
1. You Leave Me Breathless 1:44
2. Do It Again 2:34
3. Wandering Swallow (La Voyageuse) 1:37
4. Mad About The Boy 2:58
5. Get On Board 2:24
6. Out Of This World 1:49

Patricia Scot: vocals
The Creed Taylor Orchestra:
Phil Woods: saxophone; Jerome Richardson: saxophone; Jimmy Cleveland: trombone; Frank Rehak: trombone; Jim Dahl; trombone; Dick Hixson: trombone; Joe Venuto: vibes, bongos: Joe Venuto; Milt Hinton: bass; Al Hall: bass; Don Lamond: drums; Bob Kenyon: arranger; Creed Taylor: orchestra direction.
Patricia Scot (Charlotte Anne Shealy) American vocalist, born 23 October 1931.

This reissue has at least two pleasant surprises: first, the revelation that, before discovering and promoting the gold mine that came to be known as smooth jazz, Creed Taylor was a musician of impeccable taste and discrimination; second, the rediscovery of an original vocalist/pianist who once toiled in piano bars in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor as well as New York City but who, though still active, has fallen from sight— unfortunate for discerning listeners.

It was Taylor who decided to present Patricia Scot as a "stand-up" vocalist. Based on this early-'60s recording, his faith was not misplaced, even if his timing was less than optimal (the sort of rare American Songbook tunes on this recording—some of it classic esoterica—was rapidly being drowned out by popular music of the time). Nevertheless, the tunes and vocal stylings on Once Around the Clock—the title track a little-known Sigmund Romberg-Oscar Hammerstein gem—clearly deserve another hearing.

"Where Are You?" is not the familiar Jimmy McHugh tune that served as the title song for one of Sinatra's distinguished concept albums (from Capitol, 1957): instead, it's a rarely performed song by another American composer/giant, Frank Loesser. Also especially welcome is "You Leave Me Breathless," which had been planted in the consciousness of jazz listeners by tenor-saxophonist John Coltrane on With Red Garland (Prestige, 1957). Here, it's freshened up with a vocal treatment that's brighter than the preceding version, picking up on the occasional double-time feel previously supplied by drummer Art Taylor and bassist Paul Chambers.

Scot's vocal quality is live and vibrant yet widely expressive, ranging from humorous ("Speed of Light") to intense and deeply felt (Noel Coward's "Mad About the Boy"). The vocal register, timbre and vitality are suggestive of a hip Julie Andrews, but the urgency and sincerity recall Billie Holiday.

Comparing George Gershwin's "Do It Again" as performed by Diana Krall on When I Look in Your Eyes (GRP, 1998) with Patricia Scot's version is a study in contrasts. The former is sultry and torchy; the latter is sincere, almost innocent, and without a hint of pose. The reissue is also a reminder that the LP format encouraged artists to be resourceful, omitting needless repeats and pointless instrumental choruses. Like Peggy Lee's definitive recordings from this period, the tracks are half the length of their CD counterparts, yet not a single note is wasted. There's no sense of obligation to produce 80 minutes worth of material simply because the format supports it.

The Creed Taylor Orchestra is equally resourceful, a downsized group of jazz all-stars, featuring a woodwind section of Phil Woods and Jerome Richardson; trombones including Jimmy Cleveland and Frank Rehak; and one of the all-time greats, Don Lamond, on drums. For those familiar with Creed Taylor's recordings in the 1970s, there's little about this session that marks it as a Creed Taylor project. The album is none the worse because of it.

Modern Jazz All Stars - Modern Jazz In Tokyo (1964)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 40:46 | Size: 249.66 MB | FLAC
1. Moanin'
2. Work Song
3. L' Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud
4. Sister Sadie
5. Take Five
6. Round About Midnight
7. Night in Tunisia
8. Blues de Memphis
9. Bag's Groove
10. Softly as in a Morning Sunrisse

Akira Nakano - trumpet
Shigeo Suzuki - alto saxophone
Akira Miyazawa - tenor saxophone
Norio Maeda - pianoarranger
Shoji Yokouchi - guitar
Tatsuro Takimoto - bass
Takeshi Inomata - drums

Soulful Japanese jazz from 1964 under the direction of pianist Norio Maedafeaturing some of great horn players of the time.

Lennie Felix - Let's Put out the Cat (1960)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 42:42 | Size: 96.25 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01. Japanese Sandman (02:01)
02. Two Sleepy People (03:36)
03. Boogie Woogie Lullaby (04:18)
04. Cat Nap (03:13)
05. Darn That Dream (04:05)
06. Blues In The Night (04:27)
07. Sleepy Time Down South (04:16)
08. Moonglow (04:03)
09. Sleepy Time Gal (04:09)
10. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight (02:16)
11. Dream (03:36)
12. I'll See You In My Dreams (02:28)

Lennie Felix - piano
Jack Patton - bass
Lonnie Hastings - drums

1959 Top Rank 35/034 UK

Al Haig - Meets Master Bop Saxes (1949)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:11:15 | Size: 161.46 MB | MP3 320 kbps
01.Light Gray
02.Stoned Wardell Gray
03.Matter and Mind
04.The Toup
05.In a Pinch
06.It's the Talk of the Town
07.Five Star
08.Sugar Hill Bop
11.Easy Living
12.Sweet Lorraine
13.Pardon My Bop
14.As I Live and I Bop
15.Interlude in Bebop
16.Diaper Pin (Pinhead)
17.Skull Buster
18.Ante Room
19.Poop Deck
20.Pennies from Heaven
21.Indian Summer
22.Long Island Sound
24.Crazy Chords

Stan Getz (Sax (Tenor),
Tommy Potter (Bass),
Jimmy Raney (Guitar),
Wardell Gray (Sax (Tenor),
Clyde Lombardi (Drums),
Clyde Lombardi (Guitar),
Charles Perry (Drums),
Al Haig (Piano),
Roy Haynes (Drums),
Terry Swope (Vocals),
Gene Ramey (Bass),
Tiny Kahn (Drums),
Stan Levey (Drums).

Recorded April, 1948 - June 21, 1949