Donald Byrd – Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd - Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd – Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & 4.0 Quadraphonic
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 2.08 GB (ISO) + 1.78 GB (FLAC MCH) + 829 MB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Vocalion | UK | Cat#: CDSML 8576 | Genre: Jazz, Soul, Funk

Not so much a fusion album as an attempt at mainstream soul and R&B, Street Lady plays like the soundtrack to a forgotten blaxploitation film. Producer/arranger/composer Larry Mizell conceived Street Lady as a concept album to a spirited, independent prostitute, and while the hooker with a heart of gold concept is a little trite, the music uncannily evokes an urban landscape circa the early ’70s. Continue reading “Donald Byrd – Street Lady (1973) [2020, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd - Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & 4.0 Quadraphonic
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 1.99 GB (ISO) + 1.66 GB (FLAC MCH) + 837 MB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Vocalion | UK | Cat#: CDSML 8559 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul

Purists howled with indignation when Donald Byrd released Black Byrd, a full-fledged foray into R&B that erupted into a popular phenomenon. Byrd was branded a sellout and a traitor to his hard bop credentials, especially after Black Byrd became the biggest-selling album in Blue Note history. What the elitists missed, though, was that Black Byrd was the moment when Byrd’s brand of fusion finally stepped out from under the shadow of his chief influence, Miles Davis, and found a distinctive voice of its own. Continue reading “Donald Byrd – Black Byrd (1973) [2019, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Valerie Joyce – The Look Of Love (2007) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Valerie Joyce - The Look Of Love (2007) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Valerie Joyce – The Look Of Love (2007) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz | Stereo & Multichannel
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 3.61 GB (ISO) + 1.85 GB (FLAC MCH) + 0.97 GB (FLAC STEREO) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Chesky Records | US | Cat#: SACD 332 | Genre: Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening

Vocalist Valerie Joyce has been performing as a musician on the Seattle music scene since 1994. Born in Japan to an American father and Japanese mother, she was exposed to classical music through her mother’s piano playing and extensive record collection. After college, she moved to Seattle where she regularly appears with a variety of jazz ensembles. ‘The Look of Love’ is Valerie Joyce’s much-anticipated follow-up to her Chesky debut, featuring elegantly chic original arrangements of classic pieces from Burt Bacharach & Hal David’s extensive catalogue. Continue reading “Valerie Joyce – The Look Of Love (2007) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

War – Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]

War - Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]

War – Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 474 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Avenue | US | Cat#: ASR 10606-2 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Latin Jazz

An often overlooked and underrated part of War’s legacy was their instrumentals, many of which were quite imaginative. War’s members loved jazz, and they expressed that passion not because they had any illusions of trying to compete with Miles Davis or Joe Henderson, but simply for the enjoyment of it. Released as a two-LP set, Platinum Jazz gathered War’s previously released instrumentals (plus one vocal, “Deliver the Word”) with fine results. Continue reading “War – Platinum Jazz (1976) [1995, Remastered]”

The Manhattan Transfer – Live (1978) [|979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

The Manhattan Transfer - Live (1978) [|979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

The Manhattan Transfer – Live (1978) [|979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.26 GB (Hi-Res) + 367 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-022 | Genre: Jazz, Swing
Half-Speed Mastered

This is a particularly interesting release because it features the 1978 version of Manhattan Transfer performing at three different concerts. This is how the ensemble sounded live when Laurel Masse was still in the lineup along with Tim Hauser, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul. The pacesetting vocal group (accompanied by a quintet that includes guitarist Wayne Johnson and Don Roberts on reeds) runs through 18 songs, many of which are quite brief. Continue reading “The Manhattan Transfer – Live (1978) [|979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

Joe Sample – Rainbow Seeker (1978) [1979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Joe Sample - Rainbow Seeker (1978) [1979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Joe Sample – Rainbow Seeker (1978) [1979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 908 MB (Hi-Res) + 244 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-016 | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Half-Speed Mastered

Back in 1978 when this set was recorded, fusion (the mixture of jazz improvisation with rock rhythms) was declining. Keyboardist Joe Sample, best-known for his work with the Crusaders, was in the process of being one of the founders of “contemporary jazz,” an idiom that has since solidified into smooth jazz. Sample emphasized catchy melodies, light funk rhythms, appealing chord changes and a pop sensibility. Continue reading “Joe Sample – Rainbow Seeker (1978) [1979, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Earl Klugh - Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 770 MB (Hi-Res) + 208 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-025 | Genre: Jazz, Funk, Soul
Half-Speed Mastered

This 1977 release was the third studio album by Earl Klugh. The album hit the Billboard 200 at number 84. The guitarist was inspired at the age of 13 during a performance by Chet Atkins on the Perry Como Show. He mae his first recording at age 15 and later played on George Benson’s White Rabbit album. Continue reading “Earl Klugh – Finger Paintings (1977) [1980, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

The Oscar Peterson Trio – We Get Requests (1964) [2010, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

The Oscar Peterson Trio - We Get Requests (1964) [2010, Japan, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

The Oscar Peterson Trio – We Get Requests (1964) [2010, Japan, 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: 1.72 GB (ISO) + 825 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Universal | Japan | Cat#: UCGU-9011 | Genre: Swing, Bop

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Oscar Peterson – Vol. II – Girl Talk (1968) [2011, Japan, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Oscar Peterson - Vol. II - Girl Talk (1968) [2011, Japan, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Oscar Peterson – Vol. II – Girl Talk (1968) [2011, Japan, Reissue, Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Single Layer SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.70 GB (ISO) + 815 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Universal | Japan | Cat#: UCGU-9036 | Genre: Post Bop, Jazz

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Oscar Peterson + Stephane Grappelli + Joe Pass + Mickey Roker + Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Skol (1979) [2004, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Oscar Peterson + Stephane Grappelli + Joe Pass + Mickey Roker + Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Skol (1979) [2004, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Oscar Peterson + Stephane Grappelli + Joe Pass + Mickey Roker + Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Skol (1979)
[2004, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]

SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | No Scans
Total Size: 731 MB (ISO) + 818 MB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Pablo Records | US | Cat#: 2308-232-6 | Genre: Swing

Pianist Oscar Peterson and violinist Stephane Grappelli meet up for this Scandinavian concert. The “backup” crew (guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Niels Pedersen, and drummer Mickey Roker) isn’t too bad either. In addition to a closing blues (which is highlighted by tradeoffs from Peterson and Grappelli), the quintet performs five veteran standards with creativity and swing. Continue reading “Oscar Peterson + Stephane Grappelli + Joe Pass + Mickey Roker + Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Skol (1979) [2004, Remastered, Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson - The Very Tall Band (1999) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]

Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]
SACD Rip | ISO / DSD / 1bit / 2.8224MHz | FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 88.2kHz
Hybrid SACD | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 2.95 GB (ISO) + 1.24 GB (FLAC) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Telar Jazz | Austria | Cat#: CD-83443 | Genre: Contemporary Jazz

This is one of the best post-stroke Oscar Peterson sessions in the catalog, thanks in great part to the distinguished company he keeps (Ray Brown and Milt Jackson) and the stimulating atmosphere of the live setting (New York’s Blue Note club). Right from the first track, “Ja-Da,” you can tell that this is going to be a fun session, as the slippery, swinging, totally interlocked, totally assured way in which these vets react to each other kicks in immediately. Continue reading “Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson – The Very Tall Band (1999) [Hi-Res SACD Rip]”

Frank Sinatra – Greatest Hits, Vol. II (1973) [UK version, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Frank Sinatra - Greatest Hits, Vol. II (1973) [UK version, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

Frank Sinatra – Greatest Hits, Vol. II (1973) [UK version, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 866 MB (Hi-Res) + 252 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Reprise Records | UK | Cat#: RSLP 1032 | Genre: Vocal Jazz

Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 was Sinatra’s second compilation of material released by Reprise Records, which like its predecessor, consisted of singles and songs from movie soundtracks. Vol. 2 picks up where Frank Sinatra’s Greatest Hits leaves off, so all of the tracks date from 1968 to 1970, except for “The September of My Years”, which dates back to 1965. Though the song “My Way” became Sinatra’s signature song, it was not a big hit in the US. Continue reading “Frank Sinatra – Greatest Hits, Vol. II (1973) [UK version, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”

John Klemmer – Touch (1975) [1978, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

John Klemmer - Touch (1975) [1978, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]

John Klemmer – Touch (1975) [1978, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]
Vinyl Rip | Hi-Res / FLAC Tracks / 24bit / 96kHz | CD-Quality / FLAC Tracks / 16bit / 44.1kHz
Full Scans Included
Total Size: 1.01 GB (Hi-Res) + 276 MB (CD-Quality) | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | Pressed In Japan | Cat#: MFSL 1-006 | Genre: Soul-Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Half-Speed Mastered

John Klemmer. The Romanticist, Consummate Artist, Renaissance Man and Innovator. A composer of Emotional Song. He always has a message and is a truly unique, individual and original saxophone player and composer as expressive as the greatest of singers, expressing feelings that cannot be said in words. Continue reading “John Klemmer – Touch (1975) [1978, MFSL Remastered, CD-Quality + Hi-Res Vinyl Rip]”