Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny (1959/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny [Rudy Van Gelder Remaster] (1959/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 42:16 minutes | 470 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: November 13, 1959 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Quiet Kenny features trumpeter Kenny Dorham playing a well-crafted set of standards and originals that may be some of his best work from his tragically-brief career.

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Jackie McLean – 4, 5 And 6 (1956/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Jackie McLean – 4, 5 And 6 (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:22 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: July 13 (#1-3) & 20 (others), 1956 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

This album of ballads and burners features sax man Jackie McLean in various small-group combinations. He is joined on three numbers by Hank Mobley and on two numbers by Donald Byrd (one of those numbers also including Mobley). The other three cuts are jazz quartets. Thus, the album title refers to the three personnel configurations used over the two recording dates.

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Jack McDuff – The Honeydripper (1961/2014) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Jack McDuff – The Honeydripper (1961/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:33 minutes | 429 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | ©  Prestige Records
Recorded: February 3, 1961 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

The blend of Hammond organ, tenor saxophone, guitar, and drums is one of the signature small-group sounds that have come to be identified with Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studios in the last half-century. That sound is heard here in one of the definitive “organ-tenor” sessions. The Honeydripper, a blues-heavy program of impeccable groove and feeling, marks the moment at which Jack McDuff left his new star and featured sideman status behind and became a certified leading light and star-maker in his own right. McDuff did it with a superlative group featuring the drums of stalwart Ben Dixon, the tenor sax of Ellington alum and rhythm-and-blues pioneer Jimmy Forrest, and (in one of his first New York recordings) the then-unknown guitarist Grant Green. While never a working band, this foursome displayed an instant rapport that remains a model of B-3 synchronicity.

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Hiromi – Spark (2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Hiromi – Spark (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:18 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet |  © Telarc Records

All great human passions whether romantic, creative, inventive, or transformative begin with a single spark. On her tenth album as a leader, Japanese pianist/composer Hiromi traces the path of the flame ignited by that spark as it consumes and inspires. Over the course of nine expressively charged songs, the listener is carried away on an impassioned spiritual journey that might tell the story of a personal discovery, a love affair, or the creation of the music itself. Set for release April 1st, Spark showcases the always thrilling sound of Hiromi’s Trio Project with her most narratively sweeping and emotionally overflowing set of music to date. The pianist finds her own spark in her interaction with her triomates of the last five years, contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Chick Corea, The O’Jays) and drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, David Gilmour, Judas Priest, Toto, Jack Bruce).

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Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba – An Evening With Belafonte-Makeba (1965) [2016_HDTracks 24-96]

Harry Belafonte, Miriam Makeba – An Evening With Belafonte-Makeba (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:34:22 minutes | 720 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: 1965, RCA Victor’s Studio A, New York City

An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba is Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba’s 1965 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Folk Recording. The recording features five songs sung by Belafonte, five by Makeba and two duets with the two vocalists. An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba delves into the political plight South Africans were facing under apartheid.

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Harry Belafonte – Mark Twain and Other Folk Favorites (1954/2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Harry Belafonte – ‘Mark Twain’ and Other Folk Favorites (1954/2016)
FLAC 2.0 Mono (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:33:43 minutes | 368 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: RCA Victor’s Manhattan Center and 24th Street Studios, April 9, 22 & 29 and May 13, 1954

Harry Belafonte’s first album features a solid variety of songs from American folk tradition, learned during his studies of folk music at the Library of Congress in the early 1950s. He had signed with RCA Victor in 1952, recording a series of well-received singles. Belafonte’s new-found love for music of the West Indies can be found in songs such as “Man Piaba” (which he wrote) along with songs from English and Scottish tradition such as “Lord Randall” and “The Drummer & the Cook.” Songs from African-American tradition include the chain gang song “Tol’ My Captain” and the ubiquitous “John Henry.” Mark Twain was a good initial effort, but Belafonte’s repertoire and delivery would get stronger with the next album. ~~ AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell

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Harry Belafonte – Jump Up Calypso (1961/2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Harry Belafonte – Jump Up Calypso (1961/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:41:45 minutes | 910 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: June 3-6, 1961 at Webster Hall, New York, New York

Jump Up Calypso is Harry Belafonte’s second studio album originally released in 1961. The record went on to sell over a million copies and made it to the number 3 spot on Billboard‘s Pop chart.

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Harry Belafonte – An Evening with Belafonte (1957/2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Harry Belafonte – An Evening with Belafonte (1957/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:45:36 minutes | 702 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © RCA/Legacy
Recorded: February 15, 1956 – December 4, 1956 at Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, California

Riding high on the success of the Calypso album, Harry Belafonte went back to doing what he had started out to do: record a variety of folk songs from different cultures around the world. This album exhibited his widest scope of selections yet, including songs from Haiti (“Merci Bon Dieu”), Israel (“Hava Nageela”), and Mexico (“Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma”), the latter a six minute tour de force. Although Belafonte would never score with a single as big as “Day O” again, An Evening With Belafonte did include the West Indian Christmas song “Mary’s Boy Child,” which became a huge seller in Great Britain. It was becoming apparent that Harry Belafonte was not interested in having hit singles, but only to present his albums as miniature lessons in global folk music. ~~AllMusic Review by Cary Ginell

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Gene Harris Quartet – Live in London (2008) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Gene Harris Quartet – Live in London (2008)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:02:31 minutes | 653 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Resonance Records

Live in London is the exhilarating recording of previously unreleased tapes provided by Harris’ widow Janie Harris. The album is the only available album of Harris in action with his British quartet. The musicians rise to the standards set by Harris’ previous works. Many of the tracks have never been recorded by Harris and none have been recorded in a quartet setting.

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Gene Harris Quartet – Another Night in London (2010) [HDTracks 24-44.1]

Gene Harris Quartet – Another Night in London (2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 1:01:09 minutes | 699 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Resonance Records

Another Night in London is the follow-up to Resonance’s bestselling release Live in London. The album marks only the second-ever release by Gene Harris’ European quartet. Another Night in London features unreleased recordings from a 1996 concert at London’s Pizza Express. With incredible sound quality, the release features versions of songs never cut in a quartet setting or recorded by Gene Harris.

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