Jazz

The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Monk’s Dream (1963) {2019, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Thelonious Monk Quartet - Monk's Dream (1963) {2019, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Monk’s Dream (1963) {2019, MFSL Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.76 GB (ISO) + 871 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2207 | Genre: Hard Bop, Piano Jazz

Monk’s Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight — almost telepathic — dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre.Read More

Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959) {2019, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um (1959) {2019, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959) {2019, MFSL Remastered, CD-Layer + Hi-Res SACD Rip}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 289 MB (CD-Layer) + 1.87 GB (SACD ISO) + 947 MB (SACD FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc UHR | USA | Cat#: UDSACD 2208 | Genre: Jazz

Charles Mingus’ debut for Columbia, Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist’s talents and probably the best reference point for beginners. While there’s also a strong case for The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady as his best work overall, it lacks Ah Um’s immediate accessibility and brilliantly sculpted individual tunes. Mingus’ compositions and arrangements were always extremely focused, assimilating individual spontaneity into a firm consistency of mood, and that approach reaches an ultra-tight zenith on Mingus Ah Um.Read More

Tony Bennett – MTV Unplugged (1994) {1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Tony Bennett - MTV Unplugged (1994) {1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Tony Bennett – MTV Unplugged (1994) {1999, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Single Layer SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.54 GB (ISO) + 1.18 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Columbia | EU | Cat#: CS 66214 | Genre: Big Band

Of course, Tony Bennett never was “plugged in,” so the concept here is redundant, but what the hell. It’s been a while since a Tony Bennett live album, and he’s always terrific in concert. Certainly, he is here, singing 22 pop standards, including many of his hits and many other songs he’s made his own. Elvis Costello and k.d. lang drop by, but they’re feeding off Bennett’s energy and star power, not the other way around. The album may be part of a successful marketing plan, but forget that and revel in the singing of a masterful song interpreter still, after 40 years, at the top of his game.Read More

Art Pepper – Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings (2019) {WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res}

Art Pepper - Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings (2019) {WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res}

Art Pepper – Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings (2019) {WEB, CD-Quality + Hi-Res}
WEB Download | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 44.1kHz
Total Size: 2.16 GB (CD-Quality) + 3.90 GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Omnivore Recordings | Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop

Producer Snyder had long wished to record Pepper, and to that end, booked him into a week at the Village Vanguard in New York. But the sax man was under contract to Contemporary Records, whose head Les Koenig opted to record the stint himself. Pepper, however, remained committed to recording for Snyder, the result of which was four albums recorded in 1979 and released in the ensuing years.Read More

Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (1997) {CD + DVD-A + Hi-Res}

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1997) {CD + DVD-A + Hi-Res}

Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (1997) {CD + DVD-A + Hi-Res}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log
DVD-Audio | MPL (5.1 & 2.0 / 24bit / 96kHz) | AC-3 (5.1)
Hi-Res | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 355 MB (CD) + 5.46 GB (DVD-A) + 4.54 GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: World Circuit / Nonesuch | EU / USA | Cat#: WCD050 / 79478-9 | Genre: Jazz, Latin

Buena Vista Social Club is the debut album by the eponymous ensemble of Cuban musicians directed by Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder. It was recorded at Havana’s EGREM studios in March 1996 and released on September 16, 1997, on World Circuit. Despite its success, it remains the only standard studio album exclusively credited to the Buena Vista Social Club.Read More

The Count Basie Big Band – Basie Swings (2002) {DVD-Audio + Hi-Res}

The Count Basie Big Band - Basie Swings (2002) {DVD-Audio + Hi-Res}

The Count Basie Big Band – Basie Swings (2002) {DVD-Audio + Hi-Res}
DVD-Audio | MLP (5.1 / 24bit / 96kHz) | AC-3 (5.1)
Hi-Res | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | Multichannel
Covers Included
Total Size: 3.73 GB (DVD-A) + 3.39. GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Denon | USA | Cat#: SVY 17154 | Genre: Big Band, Swing

This audio DVD features the Count Basie big band performing various songs from his career. While these performances are available elsewhere, collectors may be interested in the remastered sound.Read More

George Benson – Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}

George Benson - Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}

George Benson – Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log
DVD | NTSC 16:9 (720×480) VBR | LPCM (2.0 / 24bit / 96kHz) | DTS (5.1 / 24bit / 96kHz) | AC-3 (5.1)
Hi-Res | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 442 MB (CD) + 5.58 GB (DVD) + 4.76 GB (Hi-Res) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Concord Records | USA / Japan | Cat#: CCD-30364 / UCCO-1085 | Genre: Jazz, R&B

George Benson’s sound is so recognizable that, in its way, it’s quite comforting to hear his voice or his guitar come across on the radio or in a club. His recordings have been polished and extravagant in many cases, but there are those signature elements — his relaxed delivery and silky touch on the strings and his voice, as evocative as a cool breeze floating across a hot summer night. Songs and Stories doesn’t deviate from his formula a great deal, but it doesn’t have to. He’s chosen ten ubiquitous pop tunes from a variety of songwriters (and one by a relatively new kid on the block), and with the help of producers John Burk and Marcus Miller, he puts them across in fine style.Read More

Blue Chamber Quartet – Children’s Songs (2009) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blue Chamber Quartet - Children's Songs (2009) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Blue Chamber Quartet – Children’s Songs (2009) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.46 GB (ISO) + 1.96 GB (FLAC Mch) + 820 MB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Stockfisch Records | Switzerland | Cat#: SFR 357.4067.2 | Genre: Jazz

word of warning: the notes to this CD may detract from the lovely music it contains. German ensemble Blue Chamber Quartet commissioned journalist Cathrin Kahlweit to write a brief essay for each of the work’s 20 movements, first-person vignettes describing the lives of children in 20 countries that seemingly have no discernable relationship to Corea’s gentle, sophisticated miniatures.Read More

Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance – Accident And Insurgency (2007) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance - Accident And Insurgency (2007) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance – Accident And Insurgency (2007) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Scans Included
Total Size: 3.16 GB (ISO) + 2.66 GB (FLAC Mch) + 998 MB (FLAC Mch) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Linn Records | EU | Cat#: AKD 306 | Genre: Jazz

The Hungarian bassist Arnie Somogyi, a long-time luminary of the British contemporary scene, recently formed an alliance with the US doctor-turned-jazzman Eddie Henderson, this cemented with an appearance ar Ronnie Scott’s and this recording. Much of the music performed here by Somogyi’s Ambulance band emerged during a musical development residency at the Snape Maltings, with Henderson added for a May 2006 tour and for this 2007 recording.Read More

Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}

Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}

Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Photos Only
Total Size: 189 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL | USA | Cat#: MFCD 850 | Genre: Jazz

Rosemary Clooney may have seemed to be a surprising choice to be featured with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, but this collaboration is extremely successful in spite of the fact that Clooney was unable to join the band in the studio due to complications of a very difficult pregnancy. The solution was for the band to record the music (after Billy Strayhorn made the first of several trips to Los Angeles to consult with her). The results are stunning and not in the least bit canned, due to the professionalism of all parties involved and a stellar engineering of the separately recorded tracks. Read More

Sarah Vaughan – A Time In My Life (1971) {1987, MFSL Remastered}

Sarah Vaughan - A Time In My Life (1971) {1987, MFSL Remastered}

Sarah Vaughan – A Time In My Life (1971) {1987, MFSL Remastered}
XLD Rip | FLAC Tracks+ Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 198 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL | USA | Cat#: MFCD 855 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Sarah Vaughan brings an almost chameleon-like presence to this album, which encompasses a decidedly — almost defiantly — contemporary repertory. Her gospel approach to “Imagine” could only have delighted John Lennon at the time, while for “Inner City Blues” she embraces a fiercely soulful jazz approach, the horn accompaniment in particular romping over the tune as much as she does.Read More

Sarah Vaughan – The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan (1973) {1987, MFSL Remastered}

Sarah Vaughan - The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan (1973) {1987, MFSL Remastered}

Sarah Vaughan – The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan (1973) {1987, MFSL Remastered}
XLD Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 569 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL | USA | Cat#: MFCD 2-844 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

This two-CD set contains all of the music that Sarah Vaughan recorded during her Tokyo concert for Mainstream. The 49-year-old singer is heard at the height of her powers, really digging into the standards and making magic out of such numbers as “Poor,” “‘Round Midnight,” “Willow Weep,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Summertime,” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” This two-fer (which finds Sassy accompanied by pianist Carl Schroeder, bassist John Gianelli, and drummer Jimmy Cobb) gives one a definitive look at the brilliant (and sometimes miraculous) singer.Read More

Ana Caram – Rio After Dark (1989) {2002, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Ana Caram - Rio After Dark (1989) {2002, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Ana Caram – Rio After Dark (1989) {2002, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip}
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | Scans Included
Total Size: 3.12 GB (ISO) + 2.04 GB (FLAC Mch) + 1.07 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Chesky Records | USA | Cat#: SACD241 | Genre: Bossanova

In stylistic terms, large portions of Ana Caram’s first U.S. album could easily have been recorded in 1962; it’s as if time had stood perfectly still since “Desafinado” became a hit. Yet this is all for the good for this Antonio Carlos Jobim protegé, who can comfortably give material by the more contemporary writer Djavan, and even Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” the bossa nova treatment.Read More