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Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312130

11 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

GERRY MULLIGAN, baritone sax BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax JIMMY ROWLES, piano LEROY VINNEGAR, bass MEL LEWIS, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: GERRY MULLIGAN MEETS BEN WEBSTER “This version of ‘Chelsea Bridge’ is the mature masterpiece of a musician who is extending his instrument and his vehicle with a perfection which is the end product of years of experience and consideration. Under present-day recording conditions, it would be a minor miracle if a completely perfect performance should find its way out of a studio onto a disc. This is as close to that miracle as we have any right to expect to come. The rest of the pieces simmer with a seemingly nonchalant, off-hand swing that is the essence of high artistry because it is so fully under control. Both Mulligan and Webster play throughout the disc with an honesty, mutual respect, and lack of surface qualities that can come only from matured artists. This is one of the great records of jazz. (John S. Wilson)

Cannonball Adderley & Miles Davis ” Somethin’ Else “

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312123

12 tracks (with 6 bonus tracks)

JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY, alto sax MILES DAVIS, trumpet HANK JONES, piano SAM JONES, bass ART BLAKEY, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: SOMETHIN' ELSE “There’s really not too much to say about this set. It’s the result of five thoroughly professional jazzmen playing together and making it. The outstanding side to me is “Autumn Leaves”, on which Davis displays his moving lyricism.” (Dom Cerulli, 1958)

John Coltrane – Cannonball Adderley “Quintet in Chicago”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312116

12 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax JULIAN “CANNONBALL” ADDERLEY, alto sax WYNTON KELLY, piano PAUL CHAMBERS, bass JIMMY COBB, drums

DOWN BEAT: QUINTET IN CHICAGO “This album points out the similarities as well as the contrasts between Coltrane and Adderley, especially the influence Coltrane had on Adderley’s playing. But a record with an excellent rating must be more than a handy device for comparison and contrast; it must have lasting musical value, be stimulating and enjoyable. This one has all these qualities.” (Don De Michael)

Clifford Brown & Sonny Rollins “Three Giants! + At Basin Street

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312109

14 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

CLIFFORD BROWN, trumpet SONNY ROLLINS, tenor sax RICHIE POWELL, piano GEORGE MORROW, bass MAX ROACH, drums

DOWN BEAT: Plus Four “This is the Max Roach-Clifford Brown quintet before the bitter accident. Sonny wrote the captivatingly-realized jazz waltz and also the last track, which is, I think, the most image-evoking title of the year. Brownie was moving inexorably toward status as one of the very greatest of jazz hornmen, turning more and more of his irrepressible exuberance in the joy of playing. All this actuality and promise of the quintet is here, with Rollins playing the most sustainedly creative tenor I’ve heard on record by him before.” (Nat Hentoff)

Thelonious Monk Quartet ” Monk’s Dream”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312093

14 tracks (with 6 bonus tracks)

THELONIOUS MONK, piano CHARLIE ROUSE, tenor sax JOHN ORE, bass FRANKIE DUNLOP, drums

ALL MUSIC GUIDE: MONK'S DREAM “Monk's Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight –almost telepathic– dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equaled in any genre.” (Lindsay Planer)

Nina Simone ” At The Village Gate”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312086

14 tracks (with 6 bonus tracks)

NINA SIMONE, vocals & piano AL SHACKMAN, guitar CHRIS WHITE, bass ROB HAMILTON, drums

ALL MUSIC GUIDE REVIEW: AT THE VILLAGE GATE “Nina Simone has the rare ability of really being able to dig into material and bring out unexpected meaning in familiar lyrics. She was always in a category by herself, and is heard here throughout in her early prime.” (Scott Yanow)

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers ” Moanin’ “

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312079

10 tracks (with 4 bonus tracks)

ART BLAKEY, drums LEE MORGAN, trumpet BENNY GOLSON, tenor sax BOBBY TIMMONS, piano JYMIE MERRITT, bass

ALL MUSIC GUIDE: MOANIN' “Moanin' includes some of the greatest music Blakey produced in the studio with arguably his very best band.” (Michael G. Nastos)

Dexter Gordon “Go!” + “A Swingin’ Affair”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312062

12 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

DEXTER GORDON, tenor sax SONNY CLARK, piano BUTCH WARREN, bass BILLY HIGGINS, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: GO! “Gordon’s playing on this release is easily the best I’ve heard him play since his rejuvenation. This album will be one of those that musicians and others more interested in music than in the latest thing will play and treasure in years to come.” (Don DeMicheal)

Ray Charles “Genius + Soul = Jazz” + The Genius of Ray Charles”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312055

22 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

ALL MUSIC GUIDE original review “Some players from Ray Charles' big band are joined by many ringers from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands for the first half of this program, featuring Charles belting out six songs arranged by Quincy Jones. ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ and ‘Deed I Do’ are highlights, and there are solos by tenorman David ‘Fathead’ Newman, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, and (on ‘Two Years of Torture’) tenor Paul Gonsalves. The remaining six numbers are ballads, with Charles backed by a string orchestra arranged by Ralph Burns. Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards.” (Scott Yanow)

Wes Montgomery “The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539312048

10 tracks (with 2 bonus tracks)

WES MONTGOMERY, guitar TOMMY FLANAGAN, piano PERCY HEATH, bass ALBERT “TOOTIE” HEATH, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: THE INCREDIBLE JAZZ GUITAR “If anyone took time to examine the ballots of the 1960 critics’ poll closely, they would have seen that I was one of two who voted for Wes Montgomery as No.1 on the guitar in the established category. This album had a lot to do with my vote. In the many times I have listened to this album, I have not become tired of it. I don’t think I will. To produce easy-listening music with meaning is a high accomplishment. Strongly recommended. Montgomery incredible? I believe him! (Ira Gitler)

Dinah Washington “The Swingin’ Miss ‘D’ “

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311737

23 tracks (with 12 bonus tracks)

DINAH WASHINGTON, QUINCY JONES, among others

ALL MUSIC GUIDE: THE SWINGIN' MISS "D" "Whatever musical genre you assign this LP to, this is an excellent Washington album". (William Ruhlmann)

Nina Simone “Little Girl Blue”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311713

20 tracks (with 6 bonus tracks)

NINA SIMONE, vocals & piano JIMMY BOND, bass ALBERT "TOOTIE" HEATH, drums

ALL MUSIC GUIDE: LITTLE GIRL BLUE "Little Girl Blue, released in 1957, was Nina Simone's first recording, originally issued on the Bethlehem label. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert "Tootle" Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant." (Thom Jurek)

Oscar Peterson “Plays the Cole Porter Songbook”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311706

25 tracks (with 1 bonus tracks)

OSCAR PETERSON, piano, RAY BROWN, bass ED THIGPEN, drums

This edition presents the complete original 1959 album "Oscar Peterson Plays the Cole Porter Songbook" (Verve MGVS6083) by the Oscar Peterson trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen. To that exquisite reading of porter tunes , we have added another tribute LP taped that same year by the same trio : "A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra" (Verve MGVS6071)

Sarah Vaughan “featuring Clifford Brown”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311690

21 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, Herbie Mann , Ernie Wilkins, among others

DOWN BEAT original review: "Excellent Sarah session, one of her best on record. Brownie's prowess already has been widely recognized. First-rate recording." (Nat Hentoff)

Sonny Rollins “Saxophone Colossus”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311683

10 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

SONNY ROLLINS, tenor sax TOMMY FLANAGAN, piano, DOUG WATKINS, bass MAX ROACH, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: "Almost as if in answer to the charge that there is a lack of grace and beauty in the work of the New York hard-swingers comes this album in which Rollins displays humor, gentleness, a delicate feeling for beauty in line, and a puckish sense of humor. I find this entire album excellent on all counts and for all persons concerned (the recorded sound is a gas, by the way)." (Ralph J. Gleason)

Bill Evans “The Village Vanguard Sessions”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311676

12 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

BILL EVANS, piano SCOTT LaFARO, bass PAUL MOTIAN, drums

DOWN BEAT original review "This program was recorded before an audience on a Sunday afternoon and evening at the Village Vanguard in New York, ten days before LaFaro's death. The LP has qualities preserved on no other recording by this trio, and in several of its details this Vanguard set surpasses the earlier recitals." (Martin Williams)

John Coltrane “Ballads”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311669

16 tracks (with 7 bonus tracks)

JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax McCOY TYNER, piano JIMMY GARRISON, bass ELVIN JONES, drums

ALL MUSIC GUIDE review: With "BaIlads" Coltrane looks into the warmer side of things, a path he would take with both Johnny Hartman and with Duke Ellington. Here he lays out for McCoy Tyner mostly, and the results positively shimmer at times. He's not aggressive. Instead he's introspective and at times even predictable, but that is precisely Ballads' draw." (Sam Samuelson)

Billie Holiday “Lady in Satin”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311652

20 tracks (with 8 bonus tracks)

BILLIE HOLIDAY, vocals with RAY ELLIS and His Orchestra

"It hit me finally. It didn't matter whether she sang the right note or the wrong one, because she sang 25,000 wrong notes on that one. She poured her heart out..."Ray Ellis

Stan Getz “Jazz Samba + Big Band Bossa Nova”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311645

17 tracks (with 1 bonus tracks)

STAN GETZ, CHARLIE BYRD, among others

ALL MUSIC GUIDE JAZZ SAMBA review: 'Partly because of its Brazilian collaborators and partly because of 'The Girl From Ipanema', Getz/Gilberto is nearly always acknowledged as the Stan Getz bossa nova LP. But "Jazz Samba" is just as crucial and groundbreaking; after all, it came first, and in fact was the first full-fledged bossa nova album ever recorded by American jazz musicians. And it was just as commercially successful, topping the LP charts and producing its own pop chart hit single in 'Desafinado'. A revelatory classic. Absolutely essential for any jazz collection." (Steve Huey)

Dave Brubeck Quartet “Time Out”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311638

15 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

DAVE BRUBECK, piano PAUL DESMOND, alto sax EUGENE WRIGHT, bass JOE MORELLO, drums

This release presents the original classic album "Time Out" (Columbia CS8192) in its entirety. One of the best selling jazz albums of all time, it included the original versions of two of the group's best known songs: "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk"

Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311624

9 tracks (with 4 bonus tracks)

MILES DAVIS, trumpet JULIAN "CANNONBALL" ADDERLEY, alto sax JOHN COLTRANE, tenor sax BILL EVANS or WYNTON KELLY, piano PAUL CHAMBERS, bass JIMMY COBB, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: "This is a remarkable album. Using very simple but effective devices, Miles has constructed an album of extreme beauty and sensitivity. This is the soul of Miles Davis, and it's a beautiful soul." (Don De Micheal)

Frank Sinatra “Come Dance With Me” + “Come Fly With Me”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311614

27 tracks (with 3 bonus tracks)

FRANK SINATRA with BILLY MAY and his orchestra

ALL MUSIC GUIDE review COME DANCE WITH ME!: "An intoxicating rush of invigorating dance songs." (Stephen Thomas Erlewine) All Music Guide Come Fly with Me review: "There may be greater albums in Sinatra's catalogue, but few are as fun as this one." (Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Tony Bennett & Count Basie “Complete Recordings”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311607

16 tracks (with 2 bonus tracks)

TONNY BENNETT, COUNT BASIE, among others

ALL MUSIC GUIDE review BASIE / BENNETT: "The Roulette half of the two Bennett/Basie sessions is a band singers paradise, with the Basie band caught at a robust and swinging peak and Bennett never sounding happier or looser in front of a microphone." (Richard S. Ginell)

Django Reinhardt “24 Classic Recordings”

1CD - 2 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311591

26 tracks (with 2 bonus tracks)

DJANGO REINHARDT, STHEPANE GRAPPELLI, among others

DOWN BEAT review : "A natural must for guitarists, this excellent set belongs in every well-rounded record collection." (John A. Tynan)

Louis Armstrong “Louis Armstrong meets Oscar Peterson”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311584

18 tracks (with 6 bonus tracks)

LOUIS ARMSTRONG, vocals & trumpet OSCAR PETERSON, piano HERB ELLIS, guitar RAY BROWN, bass LOUIS BELLSON, drums

"Hearing Louis in the unfrilled, ungimmicked setting of the Oscar Peterson rhythm section will be a treat for those who have often seen him in person and wished for fewer encumbrances. Basically Louis needs nobody but Louis —he could stand all alone in the middle of the Sahara, singing selected excerpts from the Tunis telephone directory, and we suspect he could make it fora week without food and water. But if there must be someone else, let it be the man whose team made this session such a happy occasion for all concerned." Leonard Feather

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Arsmtrong “Ella & louis”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311577

16 tracks (with 5 bonus tracks)

ELLA FITZGERALD, vocals, LOUIS ARMSTRONG, trumpet OSCAR PETERSON, piano HERB ELLIS, guitar RAY BROWN, bass BUDDY RICH or LOUIE BELLSON, drums

DOWN BEAT original review: "Ella & Louis is one of the very, very few albums to have been issued in this era of the LP flood that is sure to endure for decades" (Nat Hentoff)

Nat King Cole “The Complete After Midnight Sessions”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311560

22 tracks (with 4 bonus tracks)

NAT KING COLE, piano & vocals JOHN COLLINS, guitar CHARLIE HARRIS, bass, LEE YOUNG, drums, HARRY "SWEETS" EDISON, trumpet, WILLIE SMITH alto sax, among others

ALL MUSIC GUIDE review: "Cole's vocals are impeccable and swinging, while his piano alternates between providing subdued backgrounds and light solos that don't reveal his true potential on the instrument. Willie Smith's smooth alto sax buoys the singer in the brisk take of 'Just You, Just Me'. Harry 'Sweets' Edison's muted trumpet complements the leader in his interpretation of 'Sweet Lorraine'. Composer Juan Tizol's valve trombone and former Cole sideman Jack Costanzo's bongos add just the right touch to the brisk take of 'Caravan'. Stuff Smith's humorous, unusually understated violin is a nice touch in 'When I Grow Too Old to Dream'. It's hard for any Nat King Cole fan to ignore these important sessions." (Ken Dryden)

Chet Baker “The complete Chet Baker Sings sessions”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311553

24 tracks (with 0 bonus tracks)

CHET BAKER, vocal & trumpet, RUSS FREEMAN, piano SHELLY MANNE, drums BUD SHANK, flute, among others

The music on this CD put Chet Baker on the scene not just as a brilliant trumpeter, but also as a talented singer. This album was a revelation at the time and won Baker new fame and a new audience, which was less familiar with jazz than with pop music. The reasons are quite clear: Chet's voice is tender and beautiful, and at the same time his phrasing always swings and surprises

Duke Ellington meets Count Basie “Battle Royal”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311546

17 tracks (with 7 bonus tracks)

The DUKE ELLINGTON Orchestra (heard on the right channel),The COUNT BASIE Orchestra (heard on the left channel)

ALL MUSIC GUIDE (Printed edition, 2002) 'The album was recorded more as a genial get-together than an old-style bathe of the bands, and packaging only awaiting the approval of Basle, the Count balked at the 'Battle Royal' title and jacket design, and his manager, Teddy Reig, supposedly flushed the only copy of the latter down the men's room toilet, thus forcing a reconsideration of the whole concept The result was a hastily designed cover for an obscurely titled album that Columbia was never fully behind in marketing -that it's lingered this long is, thus, even more of a testament lathe power of the music and the good feelings from the sessions". (Bruce Eder)

Cannonbal Adderley “Cannonball’s Bossa Nova”

1CD - 1 album(s)

EAN: 8436539311539

14 tracks (with 6 bonus tracks)

CANNONBAL ADDERLEY, alto sax SERGIO MENDEZ, piano , DURVAL FERREIRA, guitar OCTAVIO BAILLY Jr, bass DOM UM ROMAO, drums, among others

DOWN BEAT review CANNONBALL'S BOSSA NOVA: "Cannonball Adderley, who had to do some agile dodging to avoid being contaminated by the 'soul jazz flood, has moved into bossa nova with equally perceptive discrimination. His set with the Bosse Rio Sextet is one of the most distinguished collections he has turned out and he produces some of the most commanding and gorgeously stated solos he has ever recorded." (John S. Wilson)