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John Lewis - Orchestra U.S.A. The Debut Recording (1963) {2004 Lonehill Edition} (ft. Eric Dolphy)
Author: ruskaval

John Lewis - Orchestra U.S.A. The Debut Recording (1963) {2004 Lonehill Edition} (ft. Eric Dolphy)
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© 2004 Lone Hill Jazz | LHJ 10117
Jazz / Modern Big Band / Piano

Lewis, the director of the Modern Jazz Quartet until his death in 2001, moved away from improvisation into composition when he formed Orchestra U.S.A. for this 1963 recording. John Lewis formed Orchestra U.S.A. as a vehicle to potentially explore any composed or improvised music, blending elements of jazz and classical music by recruiting some first-rate players from both worlds. The result is one of the more successful third stream recordings. There are two string quartets, plus woodwinds, brass, and a rhythm section present. Collaborating with Gunther Schuller, who conducted the group and did some of the orchestrations, Lewis expanded his work "Three Little Feelings" from its original chart for brass, featuring outstanding solos by alto saxophonist Phil Woods and guitarist Jim Hall.
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Andrew Hill - Grass Roots (ft. Lee Morgan) (1968) {2000 BN Connoisseur CD Series}
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Andrew Hill - Grass Roots (ft. Lee Morgan) (1968) {2000 BN Connoisseur CD Series}
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© 2000 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 5 22672 2 4 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Post Bop / Piano



As the '60s drew to a close, Blue Note spent less time than ever with adventurous music, since it didn't sell as well as soul-jazz or mainstream hard bop. So, it may seem a little strange that the label invited Andrew Hill back to record in 1968, two years after he last cut a session for the label. Hill's work for the label stands among the most challenging cerebral post-bop of the '60s, but there was another side of Hill that wasn't showcased on those records: He also had a knack for groove and melody, as indicated by his composition "The Rumproller," a hard-grooving hard-bop classic made famous by trumpeter Lee Morgan.
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Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio - Gold Is Where You Find It (2008) (ft. Evan Parker) {Intakt}
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Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio - Gold Is Where You Find It (2008) (ft. Evan Parker) {Intakt}
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© 2008 Intakt Records | Intakt CD 143
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Free Jazz



35 years after the first album of the Schlippenbach trio and after numerous releases of live recordings, Schlippenbach-Parker-Lovens now present a studio recording of particular quality and atmosphere. GOLD IS WHERE YOU FIND IT shows that after years of co-operation and intensive common musical experience the Schlippenbach trio has reached its climax.
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Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Roots & Herbs (1961) (ft. Lee Morgan) {Blue Note 1999}
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Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Roots & Herbs (1961) (ft. Lee Morgan) {Blue Note 1999}
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© 1999 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 5 21956 2 6
Jazz / Hard Bop



During the early '60s, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers were the leading practitioners of hard bop and set a new standard for hard-swinging blues-inflected jazz. This rare Blue Note disc from 1961 showcases the composing talents of Wayne Shorter, who was the Messengers' music director throughout his tenure with the group. This is certainly the prime era of the Messengers with Lee Morgan filling out the front line with Shorter and Bobby Timmons or Walter Davis Jr. on piano alongside Blakey and Jymie Merritt in the rhythm section.
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Ernie Henry - Last Chorus (1957) {Riverside-OJC} (ft. Lee Morgan)
Author: ruskaval

Ernie Henry - Last Chorus (1957) {Riverside-OJC} (ft. Lee Morgan)
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© 1998 Riverside / OJC / Fantasy | OJCCD-1906-2
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone

Ernie Henry was one of Riverside's earliest "discoveries." He recorded for the label, as a leader and as a sideman with Thelonious Monk and Kenny Dorham, for little more than a year before his sudden death at the end of 1957. The brilliant and unrealized promise of the young alto saxophonist, which was just beginning to be recognized (he was with Dizzy Gillespie's big band when he died), was dramatically exhibited on this final collection, one side of which is from an unfinished album featuring good friends and colleagues like Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.
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The Harlem Art Ensemble - Live In New York (2007) {Explore} (ft. Dr. Lonnie Smith)
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The Harlem Art Ensemble - Live In New York (2007) {Explore} (ft. Dr. Lonnie Smith)
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Genre: jazz | RAR 5% Rec. | Label: Explore Records / The Cheetah | CAT # EXP0027 | 2007

A hot, swinging soul-jazz date featuring some of the unsung heroes of the genre! Lead by drummer Bruno Carr, a veteran of Herbie Mann’s group (also those of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and David “Fathead” Newman), the Harlem Art Ensemble also features top soul-jazz players Jimmy Ponder (guitar), Dr Lonnie Smith (organ) and Harold Ousley (sax). The players groove and shine on this previously unreleased recording, that features great versions of Miles Davis’ “Four”, and Stevie Wonder’s “All in Love is Fair”.
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Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones (1962) (ft. Herbie Hancock) {1999 BN Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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Freddie Hubbard - Hub-Tones (1962) (ft. Herbie Hancock) {1999 BN Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 1999 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 4 99008 2 0 | 24-bit Remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Trumpet

Freddie Hubbard's HUB-TONES, a consummate Blue Note date from the early '60s, is the trumpeter's most highly acclaimed disc. Hubbard fronts a standard quintet here, with fine support from James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, Reggie Workman, and Clifford Jarvis. The trumpeter's style is more clearly defined than on past efforts with a signature approach that Hubbard would continue throughout the remainder of the hard bop era. Indeed, this particular session signaled Hubbard's arrival as one of the giants of the trumpet and a leader of modern jazz.
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Bobby Hutcherson - Happenings (1966) [ft. Herbie Hancock] {2006 BN Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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Bobby Hutcherson - Happenings (1966) [ft. Herbie Hancock] {2006 BN Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 2006 Blue Note / Capitol | 0946 3 62667 2 5 | 24-bit Remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Vibraphone

HAPPENINGS was vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's fourth Blue Note release as a leader. Where its predecessors DIALOGUE and COMPONENTS were packed with challenging avant-bop, HAPPENINGS instead brings things down a notch. With pianist Herbie Hancock, drummer Joe Chambers, and bassist Bob Cranshaw on board, Hutcherson keeps the tone fairly light, performing his original compositions (the exception is Hancock's "Maiden Voyage") with a mellow, swinging style that emphasizes modal exploration. The performances are all top-notch, and the album still weighs in as one of the best in Hutcherson's fine catalogue.
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John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957) {2003 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster} (ft. Lee Morgan)
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John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957) {2003 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster} (ft. Lee Morgan)
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© 2003 Blue Note / Capitol | 7243 4 95326 2 5 | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Hard Bop / Saxophone / Trumpet



With 1957's BLUE TRAIN, John Coltrane not only firmly established his own voice on the tenor saxophone, but also proved his abilities as a bandleader and composer. The musicians on BLUE TRAIN, hand-picked by Coltrane himself, play superbly, not only as individuals, but also as a cohesive unit--a rare occurence in an era where "all-star" ensembles would come together for one session, then disband just as quickly. Nineteen-year-old trumpeter Lee Morgan spins bop lines in a warm tone, belying his age with his extraordinary playing, while drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Paul Chambers keep BLUE TRAIN running with impressive agility.
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (ft. Lee Morgan) - A Night In Tunisia (1960) {2005 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (ft. Lee Morgan) - A Night In Tunisia (1960) {2005 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 2005 EMI / Blue Note | 7243 8 75261 2 9
Jazz / Hard Bop



Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers met their artistic peak with the powerful A NIGHT IN TUNISIA. This incarnation of the group included Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt with their leader Blakey. As the Messengers entered their most fruitful period for Blue Note, Blakey drove his men relentlessly with powerful grooves, heavy swinging and shouts of encouragement. This session documents the full power of his assertive leadership and the masterful playing of his sidemen, each rising to legendary status under his tutelage.
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