Jazz

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Greatest Hits (1972) {2016, Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Greatest Hits (1972) {2016, Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Greatest Hits (1972) {2016, Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 673 MB (ISO) + 817 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | Austria | Cat#: AFZ 241 | Genre: Rock, Jazz Fusion

Sometimes, a greatest-hits set is timed perfectly to gather together a group’s most successful and familiar performances just at the point when that group has passed the point of their maximum exposure to the public, but before the public memory has had a chance to fade. That was the case when Columbia Records assembled this compilation for release in early 1972. At that point, Blood, Sweat & Tears had released four albums and scored six Top 40 hits, each of which is heard here. But lead singer David Clayton-Thomas had just quit the group, so that the unit that recorded songs like “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” was not working together anymore.Read More

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 (1970) {2003, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 (1970) {2003, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 (1970) {2003, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 250 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.72 GB (SACD ISO) + 841 GB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL, UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2013 | Genre: Rock, Jazz Fusion

Blood, Sweat & Tears had a hard act to follow in recording their third album. Nevertheless, BS&T constructed a convincing, if not quite as impressive, companion to their previous hit. David Clayton-Thomas remained an enthusiastic blues shouter, and the band still managed to put together lively arrangements, especially on the Top 40 hits “Hi-De-Ho” and “Lucretia Mac Evil.” Elsewhere, they re-created the previous album’s jazzing up of Laura Nyro (“He’s a Runner”) and Traffic (“40,000 Headmen”), although their pretentiousness, on the extended “Symphony/Sympathy for the Devil,”Read More

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1968) {2005, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears (1968) {2005, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1968) {2005, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 406 MB (CD-Layer) + 2.79 GB (SACD ISO) + 1.32 GB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL, UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2009 | Genre: Rock, Jazz Fusion

The difference between Blood, Sweat & Tears and the group’s preceding long-player, Child Is Father to the Man, is the difference between a monumental seller and a record that was “merely” a huge critical success. Arguably, the Blood, Sweat & Tears that made this self-titled second album — consisting of five of the eight original members and four newcomersRead More

Blood, Sweat & Tears – 2 Albums (1968) {2014, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears - 2 Albums (1968) {2014, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blood, Sweat & Tears – 2 Albums (1968) {2014, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Image + Cue+ Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | 2xSACD | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Total Size: 820 MB (CD-Layer) + 6.51 GB (SACD ISO) + 6.01 GB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | Austria | Genre: Rock, Jazz Fusion
 
Child Is Father To The Man (1968) & Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

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The Cal Tjader Quintet ‎- Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (1990) {2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Cal Tjader Quintet ‎- Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (1990) {2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Cal Tjader Quintet ‎- Latin + Jazz = Cal Tjader (1990)
{2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 294 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.80 GB (SACD ISO) + 852 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 004 | Genre: Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz

Vibraphonist Cal Tjader is in typically fine form on this live set from 1968. His quintet at the time featured Armand Perazza on congas and pianist Joe Kloess and his repertoire ranged from Afro-Cuban jazz to occasional straightahead tunes. Six of the eight selections on this date are originals by band members or Gary McFarland. Although Tjader had been playing this style of music for 15 years by this time, he still was quite creative and enthusiastic, and is heard throughout in excellent form.Read More

Sonny Clark Trio – Sonny Clark Trio (1960) {2003, Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Sonny Clark Trio - Sonny Clark Trio (1960) {2003, Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Sonny Clark Trio – Sonny Clark Trio (1960) {2003, Audio Fidelity Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 3.04 GB (ISO) + 1.34 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 006 | Genre: Piano Jazz

This lesser-known Sonny Clark session (his only studio album not made for Blue Note) is sometimes issued under drummer Max Roach’s name, too. They are joined by bassist George Duvivier for a set of generally obscure Clark originals including “Minor Meeting,” “Blues Mambo,” and “My Conception” (which is taken as an unaccompanied piano solo). Although not obvious while listening to his recording, Clark’s life was in decline and this would be his penultimate date as a leader.Read More

Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960) {1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Duke Ellington - Blues In Orbit  (1960) {1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Duke Ellington – Blues In Orbit (1960) {1999, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 258 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.47 GB (SACD ISO) + 738 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc II | USA | Cat#: UDCD 757 | Genre: Jazz

Blues in Orbit lacks the intellectual cache of the suites and concept pieces that loomed large in Ellington’s recordings of this period, but it’s an album worth tracking down, if only to hear the band run through a lighter side of its sound — indeed, it captures the essence of a late-night recording date that was as much a loose jam as a formal studio date, balancing the spontaneity of the former and the technical polish of the latter.Read More

Buddy Rich – The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977) {2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Buddy Rich - The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977) {2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Buddy Rich – The Greatest Drummer That Ever Lived (1977)
{2002, Audio Fidelity Remastered, CD-Layer & Hi-Res SACD Rip}

EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz
Total Size: 249 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.20 GB (SACD ISO) + 583 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 003 | Genre: Big Band, Jazz

Although the title of this reissue is not necessarily accurate (Buddy Rich’s 1966 big band was a stronger unit), this is a high-quality jazz album. Rich surprisingly does not solo much (just on Chick Corea’s “Fiesta”) but the material is strong, the arrangements (by Mike Abene, Frank Perowsky, Tom Boros, Barry Keiner and Barry Mintzer) are colorful, and the soloists are excellent.Read More

Dean Martin – This Time I’m Swingin’! (1960) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Dean Martin - This Time I'm Swingin'! (1960) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Dean Martin – This Time I’m Swingin’! (1960) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.37 GB (ISO) + 656 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2135 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

This Time I’m Swingin’! is an album recorded by Dean Martin for Capitol Records. The sessions yielding this album’s songs were recorded in May 1960. While thirteen tracks were recorded during the three sessions, only twelve of them made it onto the album when it was released October 3, 1960.Read More

Count Basie – Live at The Sands (Before Frank) (1998) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Count Basie - Live at The Sands (Before Frank) (1998) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Count Basie – Live at The Sands (Before Frank) (1998) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.13 GB (ISO) + 0.98 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2113 | Genre: Big Band, Swing, Jazz

Frank Sinatra’s collaborations with Count Basie were among the singer’s better ventures back into jazz in the early 1960s, and led not only to a couple of great studio albums, and one superb live Sinatra album, but also to Basie’s being signed to the Sinatra-founded Reprise label in the mid-’60s. The 53 minutes of music captured on Live at the Sands was recorded during the opening sets from three different shows in late January and early February of 1966, by Basie and his band during the engagement with Sinatra at the Sands Hotel that yielded that live Sinatra album.Read More

Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra - A Swingin' Affair! (1957) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra – A Swingin’ Affair! (1957) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.82 GB (ISO) + 504 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2107 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

In some ways, A Swingin’ Affair! is “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!, Pt. 2,” following the same formula of Sinatra’s hit album of the previous year. Beneath the surface, there are enough variations on A Swingin’ Affair! to make it a distinctive, and equally enjoyable listen. The most noticeable difference between the two records is their basic approach. Where Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! swung hard but managed to stay rather light, A Swingin’ Affair! is a forceful, brassy album — it exudes a self-assured, confident aura. It is a hard, jazzy album. However, the attack is more brash.Read More

Frank Sinatra – Point of No Return (1962) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra - Point of No Return (1962) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra – Point of No Return (1962) {2013, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.58 GB (ISO) + 773 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2112 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

At the time he recorded his final Capitol album, Point of No Return, Frank Sinatra was no longer interested in giving his record label first-rate material, preferring to save that for his new label, Reprise. However, someone persuaded the singer to make the album a special occasion by reuniting with Axel Stordahl, the arranger/conductor who helped Sinatra rise to stardom in the ’40s; he also arranged the vocalist’s first Capitol session, so his presence gave a nice sense of closure to the Capitol era.Read More

Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956) {2014, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers! (1956) {2014, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956) {2014, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
PS3 SACD Rip | ISO @1bit/2.8224MHz, DSD64 | FLAC Tracks @24bit/88.2kHz | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.79 GB (ISO) + 493 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2106 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! is the tenth studio album by American singer Frank Sinatra and his fourth for Capitol Records. It was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956.Read More