Artist:
Title: Legends Of Acid Jazz
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Prestige [PRCD-24198-2]
Genre: Soul Jazz
Quality: FLAC (*tracks + .cue,log)
Total Time: 01:16:41
Total Size: 479 mb (+5%rec.)
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Willis “Gator” Jackson’s initial reputation was made as a honking and screaming tenor saxophonist with Cootie Williams’ late-’40s orchestra and on his own R&B-ish recordings. By 1959, Jackson had de-emphasized some of his more extroverted sounds (although they occasionally popped up) and had reemerged as a solid swinger influenced by Gene Ammons and (on ballads) Ben Webster. This CD reissue from 1998 brings back in full two of Jackson’s 1959-60 LPs: Blue Gator and Cookin’ Sherry. Some of the music (which often falls into the soul-jazz genre) is reminiscent of the funky groove music that would become popular in the late ’60s. Jackson sounds fine and is joined throughout by guitarist Bill Jennings, organist Jack McDuff, one of three bassists, one of two drummers, and sometimes Buck Clarke on conga. The accessible music alternates between warm ballads and jump tunes.

Tracks:

01. Blue Gator [09:12]
02. Try A Little Tenderness [05:57]
03. Gator’s Tail [03:39]
04. This Nearly Was Mine [04:31]
05. East Breeze [10:01]
06. She’s Funny That Way [05:10]
07. Mellow Blues [09:01]
08. Sportin’ [04:47]
09. When I Fall In Love [04:02]
10. Cookin’ Sherry [08:14]
11. Where Are You? [05:41]
12. Contrasts [05:47]

Personnel:

Willis “Gator” Jackson (tenor saxophone)
Bill Jennings (guitar)
Jack McDuff (organ)
Alvin Johnson, Bill Elliot (drums)
Buck Clarke (congas)

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Shirley Scott – Legends Of Acid Jazz (1998)

Artist:
Title: Legends Of Acid Jazz
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Prestige [PRCD-24200-2]
Genre: Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Quality: FLAC (*tracks + .cue,log)
Total Time: 01:17:49
Total Size: 488 mb
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A smart combination of two 1961 albums, Hip Soul and Hip Twist, both of which featured Stanley Turrentine on sax. Hip Soul is the smokier and livelier of the pair, especially on “Stanley’s Time” and the Turrentine-composed title track; the material is delivered with a taut intelligence. Hip Twist doesn’t suffer much in comparison, though, and gives Scott a bit more presence, as she introduces several themes with impassioned swirls; unlike Hip Soul, it has a couple of tunes from her own pen.

Tracks:

01. Hip Soul 6:28
02. 411 West 6:29
03. By Myself 5:56
04. Trane’s Blues 4:53
05. Stanley’s Time 4:17
06. Out Of This World 11:15
07. Hip Twist 5:17
08. At Last 5:25
09. Rippin’ An’ Runnin’ 5:19
10. The Very Thought Of You 3:46
11. Violent Blues 6:11
12. That’s All 6:16
13. All Tore Down 5:32

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Sonny Stitt – Don't Call Me Bird! (2007)

Artist:
Title: Don’t Call Me Bird!
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (Tracks)
Total Time: 01:04:07
Total Size: 389 mb (+5%rec.)
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Inevitable comparisons to fellow bop alto saxophonist Charlie Parker always dogged Sonny Stitt, and he was not appreciative of that ultimate assessment. So the title of this recording expresses his disdain for the rivalry and similarity, real or imagined. Fact is, Stitt’s acumen was all his own, busting away from Parker’s influence a good ten years before these 1959 sessions. Taken from the original albums Saxophone Supremacy and Sonny Stitt Swings the Most, he hooks up with a solid gold Hollywood, CA based rhythm team of pianist Lou Levy, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis. The three cannot be more supportive, viable, or musically adept in giving Stitt a launching pad to articulate his original notions. Most of these tunes are standards adapted to the bop format Stitt mastered, and his fluidity in playing melodies on classics “I Cover the Waterfront,” “Just Friends,” and “All of Me” makes you realize what an advanced, expert player he was. Somehow Stitt is able to shade every nuance with brawn, tackle each melody with perfection, and stamp his personal brand in the even most well-worn tune. The empathetic Lou Levy in particular is on his game, listening, supporting, comping, complementing, and driving Stitt to lofty heights, while Vinnegar and Lewis are spot-on with every note. There’s a signature take of “It’s You or No One,” made popular by tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, but it easily could have been Stitt via this version. Two other pieces, “Lonesome Road” and “The Gipsy” demonstrate where Stitt’s soulfulness might eclipse Parker’s, while his atypical ballad treatment of “There Is No Greater Love” has him at his most patient and saintly. There are also five original compositions of the saxophonist, ranging from the upbeat basic bop blues of “Two Bad Days Blues,” the frenetic, hot and heavy “Blue Smile,” to a hip swinging “Jaunty” with an involved melody surrounding basic changes but not a basic improvisation. Also included are the “Yardbird Suite”-like “Blue Sunday,” and “That’s the Way to Be” a lighthearted tune, which purportedly is Stitt’s first recording as a vocalist — and he sounds great in a Babs Gonzales-cum-Nat King Cole style. On the final track, “The Way You Look Tonight,” he plays tenor sax, an instrument he picked up a decade prior in response to the copy cat accusationists, and a horn he would play more (along with baritone on occasion) into the ’60s. This is a precious document for Sonny Stitt, dubbed in the liner notes “a very good listening album.” It is one every fan of his should own, and is highly recommended for others wishing to discover this magical musician.

Tracks:

01. I Cover The Waterfront
02. Lazy Bones
03. Sunday
04. Just Friends
05. All Of Me
06. Two Bad Days Blues
07. It’s You Or No One
08. Blue Smile
09. Lonesome Road
10. The Gipsy
11. That’s The Way To Be
12. There Is No Greater Love
13. Jaunty
14. Blue Sunday
15. The Way You Look Tonight

1-8 on “Saxophone Supremacy” MG V-8377
9-15 on “Sonny Stitt Swings The Most” V6-8380

Personnel:

Sonny Stitt – alto sax, tenor sax (#15), and vocals (#11)
Lou Levy – piano
Leroy Vinnegar – bass
Mel Lewis – drums

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Sonny Stitt – Deuces Wild (1967/2001)

Artist:
Title: Deuces Wild
Year Of Release: 1967/2001
Label: Collectables [COL-CD-6174]
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (Tracks)+CUE, LOG
Total Time: 00:34:02
Total Size: 210 mb (+5%rec.)
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Originally released on Atlantic in 1967, this welcome reissue of an above-average sax/organ date finds Sonny Stitt in a familiar setting with familiar company. The organist is listed as Wilmer Mosby, but one listen makes clear that it’s the great Don Patterson working the B-3 with his customary drive, taste, and imagination. (The pseudonym may have been necessary for contractual reasons.) The core trio is rounded out by drummer Billy James, a longtime collaborator with Patterson and Stitt, who supports with a supple, active style. The performances are concise, blues-based blowing numbers. What they lack in compositional refinement they make up for in energetic execution. The one exception is the flaccid reading of the ballad standard “My Foolish Heart.” Saxophonist Robin Kenyatta’s serpentine facility brings a progressive dimension to the tracks “In the Bag” and “Me ‘n You.” Stitt, in turn, responds with a slightly more outward-bound approach on these two Kenyatta originals, the second of which is, unfortunately, flawed by an abrupt edit near the end of Patterson’s solo. The final track, “Pipin’ the Blues,” includes a jazz rarity…bagpipes. Sounding like an electric organ (Farfisa not Hammond), piper Rufus Harley’s single-note lines fit right in with Stitt’s blues groove. A whole album of soul-jazz bagpipes might wear thin, but as a one-off, Harley’s performance here is more than mere novelty.

Tracks:

01. Deuces Wild (5:26)
02. My Foolish Heart (4:44)
03. Blues Ahead (4:19)
04. Sittin’ In With Stitt (4:02)
05. In The Bag (6:22)
06. Me ‘N’ You (3:20)
07. Pipin’ The Blues (5:50)

Personnel:

Sonny Stitt – as, ts
Robin Kenyatta – as (5), ts (6)
Rufus Harley – ts & bag (7)
Wilmer Mosby – org
Billy James – d

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Gene Ammons – The Happy Blues (1956/1991)

Artist:
Title: The Happy Blues
Year Of Release: 1956/1991
Label: Prestige/Original Jazz Classics | OJCCD-013-2 (P-7039)
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (Image)+CUE, LOG
Total Time: 00:40:28
Total Size: 223 mb (+5%rec.)
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The Happy Blues is one of the great studio jam sessions in history. Tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons is teamed up with trumpeter Art Farmer, altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Addison Farmer, drummer Art Taylor, and the congas of Candido for four lengthy selections. Best is the title track, which has memorable solos and spontaneous but perfectly fitting riffing by the horns behind each others’ solos. The other numbers (“The Great Lie,” “Can’t We Be Friends,” and “Madhouse”) are also quite enjoyable, making this a highly recommended set.

Tracks:

01. The Happy Blues (Farmer) – 12:08
02. The Great Lie (Calloway-Gibson) – 8:42
03. Can’t We Be Friends (James-Swift) – 12:55
04. Madhouse (McLean) – 6:43

Personnel:

Gene Ammons – tenor saxophone
Art Farmer – trumpet
Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
Duke Jordan – piano
Addison Farmer – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Candido – conga

Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ on April 23, 1956.

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VA – Ultimate Rock – The Classics [5CD] (2019)

Artist:
Title: Ultimate Rock – The Classics
Year Of Release: 2019
Label: Union Square Music Ltd
Genre: Pop, Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 06:11:17
Total Size: 2,6 Gb
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Tracklist

CD1

01.Deep Purple – Hush – 00:04:25
02.Nazareth – Hair Of The Dog – 00:03:19
03.The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog – 00:03:07
04.The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll – 00:04:43
05.Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – 00:02:52
06.The Stooges – 1969 – 00:04:04
07.Deep Purple – Black Night – 00:03:25
08.Nazareth – This Flight Tonight – 00:03:22
09.Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London – 00:03:25
10.Uriah Heep – Easy Livin’ – 00:02:34
11.Atomic Rooster – Tomorrow Night – 00:03:56
12.Faces – Stay With Me – 00:04:38
13.Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man – 00:02:58
14.The Hollies – Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) – 00:03:15
15.Juicy Lucy – Who Do You Love – 00:03:00
16.Nazareth – My White Bicycle – 00:03:25
17.Jo Jo Gunne – Run Run Run – 00:02:33
18.Ken Hensley – When Evening Comes – 00:04:36
19.The Sweet – The Ballroom Blitz – 00:04:01
20.The Animals – The House Of The Rising Sun – 00:04:28

Playing Time – 01:12:16

CD2

01.Foreigner – Hot Blooded – 00:03:03
02.Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop – 00:02:12
03.ZZ Top – La Grange – 00:03:49
04.Foghat – Slow Ride – 00:03:57
05.Scorpions – Another Piece Of Meat – 00:03:31
06.Uriah Heep – Free ‘n’ Easy – 00:03:04
07.Nazareth – Love Hurts – 00:03:51
08.Dr. Feelgood – Milk And Alcohol – 00:02:47
09.Foreigner – Feels Like The First Time – 00:03:50
10.Sweet – Blockbuster – 00:03:11
11.Rose Tattoo – Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw – 00:03:19
12.Motorhead – Bomber – 00:03:40
13.Girlschool – Race With The Devil – 00:02:50
14.Angel Witch – Angel Witch – 00:03:22
15.Samson – Riding With Angels – 00:03:37
16.Girlschool – Hit And Run – 00:03:02
17.Dokken – Alone Again – 00:04:18
18.Angel Witch – Loser – 00:02:48
19.Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy – 00:04:18
20.The Climax Blues Band – Couldn’t Get It Right – 00:03:16

Playing Time – 01:07:54

CD3

01.Van Halen – Drop Dead Legs – 00:04:09
02.Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You – 00:04:34
03.Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart – 00:04:23
04.Atomic Rooster – Devil’s Answer – 00:03:23
05.Alannah Myles – Black Velvet – 00:04:39
06.Marillion – Kayleigh – 00:03:59
07.Nazareth – Dream On – 00:03:24
08.Magnum – The Spirit – 00:04:17
09.Toy Dolls – No Particular Place To Go – 00:02:22
10.Twisted Sister – We’re Not Going To Take It – 00:03:33
11.Manowar – Fighting The World – 00:03:46
12.Faith No More – Epic – 00:04:51
13.Helloween – I Want Out – 00:04:39
14.Ratt – Lay It Down – 00:03:19
15.The Georgia Satellites – Keep Your Hands To Yourself – 00:03:22
16.Jane’s Addiction – Mountain Song – 00:04:02
17.Hanoi Rocks – Mental Beat – 00:05:02
18.Gary Moore – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – 00:03:34
19.The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey – 00:03:01
20.The Damned – Lovely Money – 00:05:21

Playing Time – 01:19:50

CD4

01.Whitesnake – Here I Go Again – 00:03:52
02.Billy Idol – Scream – 00:03:52
03.L7 – Pretend We’re Dead – 00:03:53
04.Skid Row – 18 And Life – 00:03:49
05.Thunder – Love Walked In – 00:06:22
06.Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing – 00:03:32
07.Faith No More – Midlife Crisis – 00:04:14
08.Motorhead – Motorhead – 00:02:48
09.Pantera – Walk – 00:05:13
10.Celtic Frost – Into The Crypts Of Rays – 00:03:38
11.Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots – 00:03:30
12.MC5 – Kick Out The Jams – 00:02:49
13.Bruce Dickinson – Starchildren – 00:04:16
14.Raging Speedhorn – The Gush – 00:03:51
15.The Donnas – Take It Off – 00:02:39
16.Thunder – Cosmetic Punk – 00:03:32
17.Fountains Of Wayne – Radiation Vibe – 00:03:39
18.Thunder – Something About You – 00:05:02
19.Fleetwood Mac – Man Of The World – 00:02:59
20.Corrosion Of Conformity – Stare Too Long – 00:04:54

Playing Time – 01:18:35

CD5

01.Nickelback – How You Remind Me – 00:03:42
02.Jet – Are You Gonna Be My Girl – 00:03:34
03.The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love – 00:03:35
04.Black Stone Cherry – Blame It On The Boom Boom – 00:03:07
05.P.O.D. – Alive – 00:03:21
06.Motorhead – Overkill – 00:05:11
07.Slash – Anastasia – 00:06:04
08.Jet – Cold Hard Bitch – 00:04:03
09.Black Stone Cherry – Please Come In – 00:03:53
10.Raging Speedhorn – The Hate Song – 00:01:51
11.Gene Simmons – Carnival Of Souls – 00:03:27
12.Stone Sour – Through Glass – 00:04:40
13.Black Stone Cherry – Me & Mary Jane – 00:04:03
14.Hard-Fi – Hard To Beat – 00:04:12
15.Idlewild – Readers And Writers – 00:02:51
16.The Ordinary Boys – Boys Will Be Boys – 00:02:39
17.Super Furry Animals – Golden Retriever – 00:02:24
18.The Enemy – Saturday – 00:03:13
19.Stray – All In Your Mind – 00:04:00
20.Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Ain’t No Easy Way – 00:02:36

Playing Time – 01:12:36

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Sonny Stitt – Legends Of Acid Jazz (1996) CD Rip

Artist:
Title: Legends Of Acid Jazz
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Prestige[PRCD-24169-2]
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 63:56
Total Size: 426 MB(+3%)
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Tracklist

1 Turn It On 11:08
2 Bar-B-Que Man 7:50
3 Miss Riverside 9:20
4 Cry Me A River 3:50
5 There Are Such Things 3:56
6 Goin’ To D.C. 7:20
7 Aires 5:30
8 Black Vibrations 6:38
9 Calling Card 6:22
10 Where Is Love? 2:20
11 Them Funky Changes 7:50

Sonny Stitt - Legends Of Acid Jazz (1996) CD Rip

personnel :

Drums – Idris Muhammad
Guitar – Melvin Sparks
Organ – Don Patterson (tracks: 7, 9), Leon Spencer
Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Sonny Stitt
Trumpet – Virgil Jones


Richard ''Groove'' Holmes – Legends of Acid Jazz (1997)

Artist:
Title: Legends of Acid Jazz
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Prestige [PRCD 24187-2]
Genre: Soul-Jazz, Jazz-Funk
Quality: FLAC (*tracks + .cue,log)
Total Time: 01:18:39
Total Size: 427 mb
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Other than the fact that it features Richard “Groove” Holmes’ groovin’ organ, the music on this 1997 CD reissue (which contains all of the selections from the LPs The Groover and That Healin’ Feelin’) has little to do with acid jazz, but certainly qualifies as superior soul-jazz. The last in a long string of Prestige recordings that Holmes had initiated in 1965 is a consistently hard-swinging set. The earlier date matches the organist with either George Freeman or Earl Maddox on guitar and drummer Billy Jackson, while the later date has notable playing by Rusty Bryant (on tenor and alto), the highly expressive guitar of Billy Butler, and drummer Herbie Lovelle. More bop-oriented than normal, the reissue includes such numbers as “Speak Low,” “Blue Moon,” “Just Friends,” “On a Clear Day,” and the Johnny Hodges/Al Sears hit “Castle Rock.” Recommended.

Tracks:

01. Speak Low (7:02)
02. Blue Moon (5:05)
03. I’ll Remember April (6:15)
04. The Walrus (8:20)
05. Just Friends (5:35)
06. My Scenery (4:05)
07. That Healin’ Feelin’ (8:43)
08. See See Rider (6:20)
09. Irene Court (4:42)
10. Castle Rock (5:20)
11. Laura (8:15)
12. On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (8:08)

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Gene Ammons – Legends Of Acid Jazz (1997)

Artist:
Title: Legends Of Acid Jazz
Year Of Release: 1997
Label: Prestige[PRCD-24188-2]
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue,log,scans)
Total Time: 74:53
Total Size: 408 MB(+3%)
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Tracklist

1. The Black Cat (5:37)
2. Long Long Time (4:31)
3. Piece To Keep Away Evil Spirits (7:49)
4. Jug Eyes (8:11)
5. Something (3:20)
6. Hi Ruth! (5:09)
7. You Talk That Talk (6:05)
8. Body And Soul (4:21)
9. The People’s Choice (7:02)
10. Katea’s Dance (6:50)
11. The Sun Died (4:43)
12. Out Of It (5:04)
13. I Can’t Stop Loving You (3:12)
14. My Babe (2:59)

Gene Ammons - Legends Of Acid Jazz (1997)

personnel :

Gene Ammons – saxophone
Harold Mabern – electric piano
George Freeman – guitar
Ron Carter – bass
Idris Muhammad – drums
Sonny Stitt – saxophone
Leon Spencer Jr. – organ
Don Patterson – organ
Paul Weedon – guitar
Billy James – drums


Various Artists – Strictly The Best Vol.14 (2009) flac

Artist:
Title: Strictly The Best Vol.14
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: VP Records
Genre: Reggae
Quality: 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 00:54:15
Total Size: 125.6 MB / 330,11 MB
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Tracklist:

[4:08] 01. Beres Hammond – Show It Off
[3:51] 02. Twiggy & Buju Banton – I Want Your Love
[3:53] 03. Sanchez – Can We Talk
[3:41] 04. Wayne Wonder – Saddest Day
[3:44] 05. Shelene – Can You
[4:01] 06. Pam Hall – Missing You Baby
[3:38] 07. Tyrone Taylor – Rainy Sunset
[3:43] 08. Anbelique – One Last Cry
[4:06] 09. Wayne Wonder & Don Youth – Not Giving Up
[4:05] 10. Sanchez – Brown Eye Girl
[3:50] 11. Lukie D – Center Of Attraction
[3:53] 12. Junior Tucker – Move Along
[3:57] 13. Mikal Rose – Stalk Of Sensimilla
[3:46] 14. Beres Hammond – Left Me Crying

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