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Ahmad Jamal – Chicago Revisited – Live At Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase (1993)
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Ahmad Jamal – Chicago Revisited – Live At Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase (1993)
Telarc Jazz Digital Recording | 1993| Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 307Mb+16Mb

Although it had been more than 40 years since his debut recording, pianist Ahmad Jamal's playing was as viable as ever in the 1990s. Teamed up with bassist John Heard and drummer Yoron Israel for this live Telarc CD, Jamal plays a particularly inspired repertoire that includes "All the Things You Are," Clifford Brown's "Daahoud," John Handy's "Dance to the Lady" and "Be My Love" among its nine selections. Jamal's style had developed since his early days, but his basic approach was unchanged while still sounding quite fresh. This date is an excellent example of Ahmad Jamal's unique sound and highly appealing music in the '90s. Details
Lionel Hampton – Vintage Hampton – Rare Recordings With All-Star Guests (1977)
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Lionel Hampton – Vintage Hampton – Rare Recordings With All-Star Guests (1977)
Telarc Telarchive | 1977 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 416Mb+17Mb

During 1977, vibraphonist Lionel Hampton had the opportunity to record full albums with all-star groups headed by Charles Mingus (a nonet also including Woody Shaw and Gerry Mulligan), Mulligan, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich, Teddy Wilson and Earl Hines, among many others. This is another album from these sessions and is highly enjoyable !!! Details
Benny Carter – Live And Well In Japan (1977)
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Benny Carter – Live And Well In Japan (1977)
Pablo-Polydor Japan | 1977 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 326Mb+6Mb

Recorded live at Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan in April 1977, this is a CD I bought for just the one track even though I had previously vowed I would never do it again. This time it was for "Tribute to Louis Armstrong". I struck it lucky as the rest of the album is very good. It's a truly beautiful mix of jazz, swing and blues. Carter plays alto saxophone and trumpet, Budd Johnson plays tenor and soprano saxophones, Cecil Payne plays baritone saxophone, Britt Woodman plays trombone, Cat Anderson and Joe Newman play trumpet, Nat Pierce is on the piano, Mundell Lowe on guitar, George Duvivier on bass and Harold Jones on the drums. I was particularly surprised to learn that the vocals on the third part of the tribute ("When You're Smiling") was in fact sung by trumpeter Cat Anderson. He sounds so much like Satch, I would've sworn it was the great man himself guest performing. The entire album is only 42 mins or so long but I still feel it's great value for the money. It has one of the best examples of audience enthusiasm and participation that I've heard on any live album. Great stuff. Details
Oscar Peterson – Oscar Peterson Jam Montreux ‘77 (1977)
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Oscar Peterson – Oscar Peterson Jam Montreux ‘77 (1977)
OJC Pablo | 1977 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers (400Dpi) | 340Mb+7Mb

Not just another Oscar Peterson album (nothing wrong with that anyway!), this also features Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie on Trumpets and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis on Tenor sax, as well as NHOP on bass and Bobby Durham on drums.
The first track starts at a ferocious pace and never lets up. The story about the title of this first track (Ali and Frazier) is told in the sleeve notes. Count Basie was sitting in the musicians room watching the concert on a TV monitor and noticed how serious the musicians were (you'd have to be serious the speed they are playing the piece at) and said:"Those cats aren't joking, they know what's coming up". At the end of the first number he turned to Norman Granz and said "Just like Ali and Frazier".
Track 3 is a steady rolling version of "Things Ain't What They Used To" which if the tempo is way down on the first number reaches some fantastic crescendo's - noteably Peterson's rolling tremelo at the end of his solo. The crowd are roaring at the end of this number. The album features some of the Giants of Jazz and is well worth getting. Details
Tommy Flanagan – Lady Be Good…For Ella (1994)
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Tommy Flanagan – Lady Be Good…For Ella (1994)
Groovin’ High | 1994 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 403Mb+17Mb

How To Do Piano Trio Right. That could well be the sub-title of this cd. There's a lot of emotion packed in this cd as could be expected from an accompanist of Ella's for 12+ years. How do you like "Lady Be Good", as a ballad or at a fast tempo? Fortunately for all of us, we get both the ballad as an opener and a joyous uptempo closer with enough improvisation that it is evocative of Ella's singing. Flanagan was the master of ballads. Both the intimacy and refinement of his ballad style are exemplified in his treatment of "Isn't It A Pity". The interplay between Flanagan, Washington and Nash is a delight for the ears on the easy swinging "Love You Madly" and the bossa nova styled "Alone Too Long". Flanagan's bop based style is shown on the mid-tempo "How High The Moon". The whole cd is great! Details
Ray Drummond – Camera In A Bag (1990)
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Ray Drummond – Camera In A Bag (1990)
Criss Cross Jazz – Digital Recording | 1990 | Jazz | EAC RIP | FLAC+CUE+LOG+HQ-Covers(400Dpi) | 403Mb+9Mb

One of bassist Ray Drummond's earliest dates as a leader was this delightful quintet session, with David "Fathead" Newman, Kenny Barron, Steve Nelson, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith. Drummond's perfect intonation and matchless time is present in any session in which he takes part, but it is the bassist's strong original compositions and swinging arrangements that particularly catch the listener's ear….. Details
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