Ntjam Rosie – Elle

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For her new album, Ntjam Rosie approaches a more jazz orientated direction compared to her first record “ATOUBA”. This time she found inspiration in artists like George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Syreeta and Miriam Makeba. Artists who operate in the fields of soul, jazz and combine elements of Brazilian and African rhythms. The album breathes a late seventies sound with catchy hooks and fine sing along choruses.

For more info and buy check: www.ntjamrosie.com

Tracklist

01. Morning Glow
02. In Need
03. Space Of You
04. Serre Sa Main
05. Again & Again
06. Elle Part I
07. Roof Over My Heart
08. L’Amour (feat. Esperanzah)
09. In Your Hands
10. Elle Part II
11. Here

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Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius

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With one album, this self-titled first release, bass phenomenon Jaco Pastorius was catapulted into the position of the greatest electric bass player that ever lived. Officially discovered by Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby, Jaco’s revolutionary use of the bass as a solo instrument made him one of the most compelling instrumentalists of the electric era. Indeed, this record marked a turning point in the history of music–from the period before Jaco Pastorius and the period since.

Personnel includes: Jaco Pastorius (bass); Sam Moore, Dave Prater (vocals); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); David Sanborn (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Peter Graves (bass trombone); Peter Gordon (French horn); Hubert Laws (piccolo); Max Pollikoff, Arnold Black (violin); Julian Barber, Al Brown (viola); Kermit Moore, Beverly Lauridsen (cello); Herbie Hancock (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Alex Darqui (Fender Rhodes piano); Homer Mensch (acoustic bass); Narada Michael Walden, Lenny White, Bobby Economou (drums); Othello Molineaux, Leroy Williams (steel drums); Don Alias (bongos, congas, bells, okonko y iya, afuche, percussion).

Tracklist

01. Donna Lee
02. Come On, Come Over
03. Continuum
04. Kuru/Speak Like A child
05. Portrait Of Tracy
06. Opus Pocus
07. Okonkole Y Trompa
08. (Used To Be A) cha-cha
09. Forgotten Love
10. (Used To Be A) Cha-cha (Previously Unreleased) (Alternate Take)
11. 6/4 Jam (Previously Unreleased

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Donald Byrd – Byrd in Flight

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By the time of this fourth Blue Note album by trumpeter Donald Byrd, it became clear that his playing was becoming stronger with the passing of time. This album features separate studio sessions from January and July of 1960 with constants Duke Pearson on piano and drummer Lex Humphries. Bassists Doug Watkins and Reggie Workman split duties six tracks to three, as do tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, making for some interesting sonic combinations, although Byrd is the dominant voice. Several of these selections are penned by Byrd, but it is pianist Pearson who contributes four of the most potent compositions on Byrd in Flight, supplying the wings for these quintet recordings to take off with.

Personnel: Donald Byrd (trumpet); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Duke Pearson (piano); Reggie Workman, Doug Watkins (bass); Lex Humphries (drums).

Tracklist

01. Ghana
02. Little Boy Blue
03. Gate city
04. Lex
05. Bo
06. My Girl Shirl
07. Child’s Play
08. Carol
09. Soulful Kiddy

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Sonny Red – Out Of The Blue

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Sonny Red, a fine altoist inspired by Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, never really made it in jazz, and some of his recordings are rather uninspired. However, that does not hold true for his Blue Note album, which has been reissued on this 1996 CD along with five previously unissued selections. Red, who is joined by pianist Wynton Kelly, either Sam Jones or Paul Chambers on bass, and either Roy Brooks or Jimmy Cobb on drums, never sounded better on records. He performs mostly little-known standards (along with six of his originals) and displays a fair amount of originality and a great deal of potential that was never really fulfilled. Recommended. (allmusic)

Personnel: Sonny Red (alto saxophone); Paul Chambers (bass); Sam Jones (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums); Roy Brooks (drums); Wynton Kelly (piano).

Tracklist

01. Bluesville
02. Stay As Sweet As You Are
03. I’ve Been In Love Before
04. Nadia
05. Blues In The Pocket
06. Alone Too Long
07. The Lope
08. Stairway To The Stars
09. Crystal
10. Lost April
11. You’re Sensational
12. Blues For Kokee
13. You’re Driving Me Crazy

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J.J. Johnson – The Eminent Volume One + Volume Two

For over four decades, until his death on February 4, 2001, J.J. Johnson (Or Jay Jay, as his early recordings had it) was the preeminent voice on trombone. So Fixe was his position at the top of the polls-even during this years of film scoring and his subsequent retirement from performing-it is easy to forget that his stature with the public, and that of his peers among the modernist, was not alwasy so exalted. At the time this recording session took place in 1953, Johnson had responded to the lean time facing his jazz generation by withdrawing from full-time playing in favor of a more scure factory job. When the titles were reissued on 12″ LP two years later, Johnson’s fortunes had reversed, and he was celebrating the first of a string of a poll vicotires taht would spread across the decades. These are some of the perforamnces that helped tunr matters around.

The Eminent Volume One
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Tracklist

01. Capri
02. Lover Man
03. Turnpike
04. Sketch
05. It Could Happen To You
06. Get Happy
07. Capri (Alternate Take)
08. Turnpike (Alternate Take)
09. Get Happy (Alternate Take)

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The Eminent Volume Two
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01. Too Marvelous for Words
02. Jay
03. Old Devil Moon
04. It’s You or No One
05. Time After Time
06. Coffee Pot
07. Pennies from Heaven
08. Viscosity
09. You’re Mine You
10. ”Daylie” Double
11. Groovin’
12. Portrait of Jennie
13. Pennies from Heaven (Alternate Take)
14. Viscosity (Alternate Take)
15. ”Daylie Double” (Alternate Take)

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Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio

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A future landmark album that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. The first full-length album from the GRAMMY-nominated keyboardist’s electric Experiment band—saxist Casey Benjamin, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Chris Dave—Black Radio also features many of Glasper’s famous friends from the spectrum of urban music, seamlessly incorporating appearances from a jaw-dropping roll call of special guests including Erykah Badu, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), KING, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele, Mos Def, Musiq Soulchild, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Stokley Williams (Mint Condition).

for more info and buy check: www.robertglasper.com

Tracklist

01. Lift Off Mic Check (feat. Shafiq Husayn)
02. Afro Blue (feat. Erykah Badu)
03. Cherish The Day (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
04. Always Shine (feat. Lupe Fiasco and Bilal)
05. Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.) (feat. Ledisi)
06. Move Love (feat. KING)
07. Ah Yeah (feat. Musiq Soulchild and Chrisette Michele)
08. Consequence Of Jealousy (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
09. Why Do We Try (feat. Stokley Williams)
10. Black Radio (feat. Mos Def)
11. Letter To Hermoine (feat. Bilal)
12. Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

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This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards “April in Paris,” “Jim,” and “Lullaby of Birdland.” As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Jim,” and “September Song,” displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. Quinichette’s solos are magnificent as well, his feathery tone nearly a perfect match for Vaughan’s voice. Ironically though, neither Brown nor Quinichette or Mann appear on the album’s highlight, “Embraceable You,” which Vaughan performs with close accompaniment from the rhythm section: Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. Vaughan rounds the notes with a smile and even when she’s steeping to reach a few low notes, she never loses the tremendous feeling conveyed by her voice. In whichever incarnation it’s reissued, Sarah Vaughan With Clifford Brown is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded. (allmusic)

Personnel: Sarah Vaughan (vocals); Ernie Wilkins (arranger); Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Herbie Mann (flute); Jimmy Jomes (piano); Joe Benjamin (bass); Roy Haynes (drums).

Tracklist

01. Lullaby Of Birdland
02. September Song
03. I’m Glad There Is You
04. You’re Not The Kind
05. Jim
06. He’s My Guy
07. April In Paris
08. It’s Crazy
09. Embraceable You
10. Lullaby Of Birdland (Alternate Take)

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Chick Corea / Eddie Gomez / Paul Motian – Further Explorations

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The contributions of pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Bill Evans to the language and appreciation of jazz continue to have a profound influence on musicians. Join master pianist Chick Corea as he leads original Evans alumni – bassist Eddie Gomez and the late drummer Paul Motian – on Further Explorations, a two-CD live set of 19 tracks. The spirit of Evans comes alive thanks to the vibrant simpatico shared by these three master musicians.

Produced by Corea, Further Explorations was recorded May 4-17, 2010, live at the Blue Note in New York City. (2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Evans’ original Explorations LP with Motian and bassist Scott LaFaro on the Riverside label.) In preparation, Corea, Gomez and Motian examined the entire Bill Evans discography. Rather than approach the music as a tribute, his material provides more of a template. Each musician also contributes original material. The results are inspired, as this elevated piano trio plays with near-telepathic empathy and a remarkable blend of ingenuity and emotional depth.

Tracklist

CD1
01. Peri’s Scope
03. Gloria’s Step
03. They Say That Falling In Love Is Wonderful
04. Alice in Wonderland
05. Song No.1
06. Diane
07. Off The Cuff
08. Laurie
09. Bill Evans
10. little Rootie Tootie

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01. Hot House
02. Mode VI
03. Another Tango
04. Turn Out The Stars
05. Rhapsody
06. Very Early
07. But Beautiful Part I
08. But Beautiful Part II
09. Puccini’s Walk

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Ahmad Jamal – Blue Moon

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Blue Moon is not just Ahmad Jamal’s latest album, it’s his latest masterpiece, suffused with a feeling reminiscent of his greatest periods with Chess and Impulse! Original compositions of pure majesty, brilliant new interpretations of American legends (the “film noir”, Broadway, the vast open spaces), each of these nine pieces showcases Jamal’s creative reinvention of swing, provides a pretext for some breathtaking melodies and calls on sophisticated syncopations that will leave you gasping.

Accompanied by three impeccable guardians of the tempo, Ahmad Jamal is at the peak of his art. Formerly a highly talented pianist of a type of music known as jazz, he is now the chief apostle of American classical music.

For more info and buy check: www.ahmadjamal.net

Tracklist

01. Autumn Rain
02. Blue Moon
03. Gypsy
04. Invitation
05. I Remember Italy
06. Laura
07. Morning Mist
08. This Is The Life
09. Woody’n You

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Lou Donaldson – The Natural Soul

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The Natural Soul finds Lou Donaldson delving deeply into soul-jazz, recording a set of funky, greasy instrumentals with only a few references to hard bop. Donaldson occasionally sounds a little awkward with the relaxed groove of The Natural Soul, as does trumpeter Tommy Turrentine, but the trio of guitarist Grant Green, organist John Patton, and drummer Ben Dixon keep things cooking. Green and Patton’s solos often burn and are always invigorating, and Lou frequently matches their heights. The original compositions — which form the bulk of the album — aren’t much more than blues and soul vamps, but they provide an excellent foundation for the combo to work hot grooves. And, in the end, that’s what The Natural Soul is about — groove. It maintains the high standards Donaldson established with his first soul-jazz foray, Here ‘Tis, and remains one of his best records in that genre. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Personnel: Lou Donaldson (alto saxophone); Grant Green (guitar); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Big John Patton (organ); Ben Dixon (drums).

Tracklist

01. Funky Mama
02. Love Walked In
03. Spaceman Twist
04. Sow Belly Blues
05. That’s All
06. Nice ‘n Greasy
07. People Will Say We’re In Love

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Tina Brooks – Back To The Tracks

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Back to the Tracks is an album by hard-bop tenor Tina Brooks recorded in 1960 and released posthumously. The tracks first appeared on a Mosaic 12″ LP (MR4-106) entitled The Complete Blue Note Recordings of The Tina Brooks Quintets. The album was originally intended as BLP 4052, but, for some reason, it was shelved at the time. Only on January 27, 1998, Rudy Van Gelder decided to release the session in its entirety on a remastered Blue Note CD (purple cover, Blue Note 21737), then reissued in 2006 (green cover, BST 84052). Both editions are now out-of-print. A song recorded during the session, “David the King”, was rejected since it “never made it to releasable quality”. Said piece, however, made it to Brooks’ final recording for Blue Note, The Waiting Game.

Personnel: Tina Brooks (tenor saxophones); Kenny Drew (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Art Taylor (drums); Blue Mitchell (trumpet); Jackie MCLean (alto saxophone).

Tracklist

01. Back To The Tracks
02. Street Singer
03. The Blues and I
04. For Heaven’s Sake
05. The Ruby And The Pearl

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John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound

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The October 1960 sessions which comprise Coltrane’s Sound present a portrait of the John Coltrane Quartet in its infancy, yet many of the mature elements which were to distinguish the group during its primacy are already in place. Coltrane’s Sound was among the last releases to emerge from his Atlantic sessions, but, in some ways, it’s among the most satisfying.

John Coltrane’s search for the ideal rhythm section coincided with his transition from hard bop to the emerging modal stylings first suggested by Miles Davis on Kind Of Blue. Elvin Jones’ polyrhythmic inventions exploited the tension between triplets and eighth notes, and with his unique cymbal sound and powerful technique, Jones perfected a new rhythmic style of phrasing. Pianist McCoy Tyner offered a rich harmonic palette and a supple lyric dimension. He was able to play convincingly in hard bop and ballad modes, yet he also understood how to reinforce Elvin Jones’ rhythmic ideas and feed the saxophonist droning chordal support that didn’t limit Trane to any conventional chordal cycles. Bassist Steve Davis would soon be supplanted, but he sensed Coltrane’s new rhythmic priorities, and moved comfortably from vamping ostinatos to pulsing swing.

Personnel: John Coltrane (soprano & tenor saxophones); McCoy Tyner (piano); Steve Davis (bass); Elvin Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
02. Central Park West
03. Liberia
04. Body and Soul
05. Equinox
06. Satellite
07. 26-2

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Stanley Turrentine – Joyride

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Stanley Turrentine is the featured artist in this big band session with an all-star orchestra arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson. While Nelson’s charts are funky and easygoing (without providing any solo space for the likes of Phil Woods, Clark Terry, and Jay Jay Johnson), they serve the purpose to inspire the tenor saxophonist. Turrentine is quite soulful on Percy Mayfield’s “River’s Invitation,” and his huge tone carries the day in a waltzing chart of the 1960s hit “A Taste of Honey.” The artist also contributed some originals to the date, including the easygoing “Little Sheri,” which features the unison flutes of Danny Bank and Jerry Dodgion, and “Mattie T,” a gospel-like song that almost seems like a march. ~ Ken Dryden

Personnel: Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Stanley Turrentine; Bob Cranshaw (upright bass); Kenny Burrell (guitar); Herbie Hancock (piano); Grady Tate (drums).

Tracklist

01. River’s Invitation
02. I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone
03. Little Sheri
04. Mattie T.
05. Bayou
06. A Tast Of Honey
07. Gravy Train
08. A Kettle Of Fish

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Lee Morgan – Charisma

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This set was one of trumpeter Lee Morgan’s lesser-known Blue Note recordings but it is quite rewarding. The notable sextet (which also includes altoist Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley on tenor, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Billy Higgins) performs originals by Morgan, Walton and Duke Pearson, including particularly catchy versions of the funky “Hey Chico” and Pearson’s memorable “Sweet Honey Bee” (which should have become a hit). The three horns, all of whom sound quite individual, each have their exciting moments, and the results are quintessential mid-’60s hard bop.

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Jackie McLean (alto sax); Hank Mobley (tenor sax); Cedar Walton (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Tracklist

01. Hey Chico
02. Somethin’ Cute
03. Rainy Night
04. Sweet Honey Bee
05. The Murphy Man
06. The Double Up

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Gretchen Parlato – In a Dream

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Gretchen Parlato’s voice is a thing of wonder. Striking the ideal balance between precision and flexibility, she is never predictable, blurring the lines between singer and instrumentalist as she takes a lyric–and at other times improvised flights of wordless fancy–to places it’s never before been. On In a Dream, her debut album for ObliqSound (released August 25, 2009), Parlato and her intuitive support team reinvent constantly, Parlato impeccably articulating in a voice so ethereal that the listener might very well feel that he or she is “in a dream.”

For more info and buy check: www.obliqsound.com

Tracklist

01. I Can’t Help it
02. Within Me
03. Butterlfy
04. In a Dream
05. Doralice
06. Turning Into Blue
07. E.S.P.
08. Azure
09. On The Other Side
10. Weak

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Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society

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It has not taken Esperanza Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world. Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 Heads Up International debut, Esperanza, and her best-selling 2010 release Chamber Music Society, were well aware that the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon was the real deal, with a unique and style-spanning presence, deeply rooted in jazz yet destined to make her mark far beyond the jazz realm. That judgment was confirmed on February 13, 2011, when Spalding became the first jazz musician to receive the GRAMMY Award for Best New Artist.

Radio Music Society is a companion, rather than a sequel, to Spalding’s previous disc, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Among its many strengths, Radio Music Society is a celebration of the men and women who have helped cultivate Spalding’s talent, as well as those who have nurtured her vision and inspired her along the way. “I’ve had the honor and blessing of working with so many phenomenal jazz musicians over the years,” she says. “As I’ve gotten to know them and their music, I’ve grown to love them as family and colleagues. I wished for an opportunity for us all to interpret songs together, so that they can be heard and received by a larger audience. That music is realized by many of the brilliant musicians who are part of Spalding’s ever-expanding universe. In addition to longtime partners Lovano, keyboard player Leo Genovese and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, the ranks contain jazz legends Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart; guitar heroes Jef Lee Johnson and Lionel Loueke; an array of master vocalists including Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato, Leni Stern and Becca Stevens; hip-hop giant Q-Tip (who performs on and co-produced two tracks); and two Portland-based musicians, Janice Scroggins and Dr. Thara Memory, who provided essential mentorship in Spalding’s youth.

leaked few days ago on the web, i think it’s the final version.

Tracklist

01. Radio Song
02. Cinnamon Tree
03. Crowned & Kissed
04. Land Of The Free
05. Black Gold
06. I Can’t Help It
07. Hold On Me
08. Vague Suspicions
09. Endangered Species
10. Let Her
11. City Of Roses
12. Smile Like That

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The Incredible Jimmy Smith – Crazy! Baby

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Unlike most of the Jimmy Smith recordings from the era, this CD reissue (which adds “If I Should Lose You” and “When Lights Are Low” to the original LP program) features organist Jimmy Smith’s regular group (rather than an all-star band). With guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Donald Bailey completing the trio, Smith is heard in peak form on swinging and soulful versions of such tunes as “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “Sonnymoon for Two,” and “Mack the Knife.” Despite claims and some strong challenges by others, there has never been a jazz organist on the level of Jimmy Smith.

Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Quentin Warren (guitar); Donald Bailey (drums).

Tracklist

01. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
02. Makin’ Whoopee
03. A Night In Tunisia
04. Sonnymoon For Two
05. Mack The Knife
06. What’s New
07. Alfredo
08. If I Should Lose You
09. When Lights Are Low

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Grant Green – Am I Blue

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Personnel: Grant Green (guitar); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Johnny Coles (trumpet); John Patton (organ); Ben Dixon (drums).

Tracklist

01. Am I Blue
02. Take These Chain From My Heart
03. I Wanna Be Loved
04. Sweet Slumber
05. For All We Know

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Hank Mobley – The Turnaround

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Hank Mobley’s later Blue Note sessions took on a much harder edge than his earlier efforts. The saxophonist’s round tone became funkier as he delved deeper into the popular soul-jazz style that had been introduced with Lee Morgan’s hit “The Sidewinder.” The Turnaround is one of Mobley’s best releases of this period, offering many unforgettable solo moments as well as some intense small group workouts.

Personnel: Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd (trumpet); Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock (piano); Butch Warren, Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins, Philly Joe Jones (drums).

Tracklist

01. The Turnaround
02. East Of The Village
03. The Good Life
04. Straight Ahead
05. My Sin
06. Pat ‘N’ Chat

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Duke Pearson – The Right Touch

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Duke Pearson rises to the challenge of writing for an all-star octet (with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, trombonist Garnett Brown, altoist James Spaulding, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, bassist Gene Taylor, drummer Grady Tate, and the leader/pianist), contributing colorful frameworks and consistently challenging compositions. The set is full of diverse melodies (the CD reissue has a previously unissued take of “Los Malos Hombres”) played by a variety of distinctive soloists; many of these songs deserve to be revived. This is one of the finest recordings of Duke Pearson’s career.

Personnel: Duke Pearson (piano); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Garnett Brown (trombone); Jerry Dodgion (alto saxophone, flute); James Spaulding (alto saxophone); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Gene Taylor (bass); Grady Tate (drums).

Tracklist

01. Chili Peppers
02. Make It Good
03. My Love Waits (O Meu Amor Espera)
04. Los Malos Hombres
05. Scrap Iron
06. Rotary
07. Los Malos Hombres (Alternate Take)

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