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. Continue reading “Art Pepper – Promise Kept: The Complete Artists House Recordings (2019) {WEB, CD-Quality + 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}

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. Continue reading “Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (1997) {CD + DVD-A + 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}

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. Continue reading “The Count Basie Big Band – Basie Swings (2002) {DVD-Audio + Hi-Res}”

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. Continue reading “George Benson – Songs And Stories (2009) {CD + DVD + Hi-Res}”

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. Continue reading “Blue Chamber Quartet – Children’s Songs (2009) {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}

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. Continue reading “Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance – Accident And Insurgency (2007) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}”

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. Continue reading “Rosemary Clooney And Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Blue Rose (1956) {1991, MFSL Remastered}”

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. Continue reading “Sarah Vaughan – A Time In My Life (1971) {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}

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. Continue reading “Sarah Vaughan – The Complete Sarah Vaughan Live In Japan (1973) {1987, MFSL Remastered}”

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. Continue reading “Ana Caram – Rio After Dark (1989) {2002, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip}”

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) {1981, MSFL UHQR Remastered, CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Earl Klugh - Finger Paintings (1977) {1981, MSFL UHQR Remastered, CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) {1981, MSFL UHQR Remastered, CD-Format + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip}
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Format / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 821 MB (Hi-Res) + 294 MB (CD-Format) | 3% RAR Recovery
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Japan JVC Pressed | Cat#: MFQR 1-025 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Half-Speed Mastered

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Erich Kunzel / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Erich Kunzel / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra - Got Swing! (2003) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}

Erich Kunzel / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) {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: 4.37 GB (ISO) + 3.43 GB (FLAC Mch) + 1.22 GB (FLAC Stereo) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Telarc Surround | USA | Cat#: SACD-60592 | Genre: Swing

This is a good, solid pops recording; a disc that’s fun to hear. It’s not necessarily for hardcore jazzheads or swing dancers, but might be just the thing to introduce some of these classic tunes to folks who think they don’t like jazz. Most of these tracks don’t swing hard, but there are a few that even a dedicated dancer would want to try out. Continue reading “Erich Kunzel / Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Got Swing! (2003) {Hi-Res SACD Rip}”