Jazz

George Benson – Breezin’ (1976) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

George Benson - Breezin' (1976) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

George Benson – Breezin’ (1976) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 316 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | Austria | Cat#: AFZ5 185 | Genre: Smooth Jazz

All of a sudden, George Benson became a pop superstar with this album, thanks to its least representative track. Most of Breezin’ is a softer-focused variation of Benson’s R&B/jazz-flavored CTI work, his guitar as assured and fluid as ever with Claus Ogerman providing the suave orchestral backdrops and his crack then-working band (including Ronnie Foster on keyboards and sparkplug Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar) pumping up the funk element.Read More

Al Jarreau – The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure (2009)

Al Jarreau - The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure (2009)

Al Jarreau – The Very Best Of: An Excellent Adventure (2009)
EAC Rip | APE Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 461 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Rhino | USA | Cat#: R2 521 468 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, R&B

Vocalist Al Jarreau is one of the most successful singers in history. He has scored hits on Billboard’s Jazz, R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Contemporary Jazz charts. He’s won multiple Grammys and sold millions of records. Rhino has assembled 15 tracks that represent his long career with Warner Brothers and even cross-licensed a couple from Universal’s GRP and Verve imprints.Read More

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}

Ella Fitzgerald – Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings (1995) {4CD Box Set}
XLD Rip | 4xCD | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 732 MB (CDs) + 111 MB (Scans) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: GRP Records | EC | Cat#: GRP 46482 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

The four-CD retrospective The Legendary Decca Recordings represented both an attempt to present the essence of Ella Fitzgerald’s two-decade tenure at Decca Records and to defend that period against the conventional wisdom that not until she moved to Verve Records in the mid-’50s was her talent given full rein.Read More

Louis Armstrong & Friends – What A Wonderful Christmas (1997)

Louis Armstrong & Friends - What A Wonderful Christmas (1997)

Louis Armstrong & Friends – What A Wonderful Christmas (1997)
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 209 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Hip-o Records | USA | Cat#: HIPD-40065 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Xmas

Although this Christmas compilation is credited to “Louis Armstrong & Friends,” it’s really more aptly categorized as a various artists anthology, since Armstrong only has six of the fourteen tracks. The disc is filled out with seasonal offerings by Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, mostly from the 1950s.Read More

Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics (1962) {Reissue 1999}

Bing Crosby - Bing Crosby's Christmas Classics (1962) {Reissue 1999}

Bing Crosby – Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics (1962) {Reissue 1999}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans @300 dpi, PNG, Included
Total Size: 231 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Capitol | USA | Cat#: 72435-21433-2-0 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Xmas

While it does not include Crosby’s biggest hit, the perennial “White Christmas,” this collection of holiday favorites remains a good representation of the singer’s many seasonal recordings. Among the highlights are “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Any fan of Crosby, as well as good Christmas music in general, will want to hunt this down. Read More

Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow (1975) {1994, Sony MasterSound, 24-karat Gold Disc Remastered}

Jeff Beck - Blow By Blow (1975) {1994, Sony MasterSound, 24-karat Gold Disc Remastered}

Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow (1975) {1994, Sony MasterSound, 24-karat Gold Disc Remastered}
XLD Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @300 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 280 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Sony MasterSound | USA | Cat#: EK 64407 | Genre: Jazz Fusion

Blow by Blow typifies Jeff Beck’s wonderfully unpredictable career. Released in 1975, Beck’s fifth effort as a leader and first instrumental album was a marked departure from its more rock-based predecessors. Only composer/keyboardist Max Middleton returned from Beck’s previous lineups. To Beck’s credit, Blow by Blow features a tremendous supporting cast. Middleton’s tasteful use of the Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and analog synthesizers leaves a soulful imprint.Read More

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1962) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (1962) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1962) {2015, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 287 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AFZ 225 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

First issued in the early ’60s, this collection of musical Christmas cheer is packed full of the smoothly sung, sentimental favorites associated as much with Nat King Cole himself as with the season. The singer’s performance of “The Christmas Song” is an unforgettable classic reprised here twice, once in an updated version that includes a contemporary vocal from his daughter, Natalie, and also in Cole’s original 1946 recording.Read More

New York Voices – Let It Snow (2013) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

New York Voices - Let It Snow (2013) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

New York Voices – Let It Snow (2013) {2014, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 431 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, Austria | Cat#: AFZ5 520 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Let It Snow finds New York Voices Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldridge celebrating a host of traditional and sacred holiday classics as well as secular favorites. With the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer and engineer, Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Eagles, Manhattan Transfer, Fleetwood Mac), the quartet has fashioned an album that honors beloved songs, while incorporating sophisticated jazz and swing elementsRead More

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out (1959) {1992, Sony MasterSound, Remastered)

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (1959) {1992, Sony MasterSound, Remastered)

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out (1959) {1992, Sony MasterSound, Remastered)
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 279 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Sony MasterSound, USA | Cat#: CK 52860 | Genre: Jazz

Dave Brubeck’s defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time. It was a risky move — Brubeck’s record company wasn’t keen on releasing such an arty projectRead More

Nat King Cole – Welcome To The Club (1959) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole - Welcome To The Club (1959) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}

Nat King Cole – Welcome To The Club (1959) {2013, Audio Fidelity, Hybrid SACD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans @600 dpi, JPG, Included
Total Size: 310 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity, USA | Cat#: AFZ 153 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

As the 1950s came to a close, Nat King Cole (vocals/piano) continued creating stylish renditions of pop and jazz flavored standards. On Welcome to the Club (1959) the artist teams up with Dave Cavanaugh and the Count Basie combo — minus the maestro himself due to contractual restraints — for one of Cole’s most powerful collections supported by a big band. In fact, it is Cole’s unmistakable ultra-cool intonations that flawlessly reign in the fieryRead More