2014 Japan Concord Jazz Selection Series

Herb Ellis & Joe Pass - Seven, Come Eleven (1973) {2014 Japan Concord Jazz Selection Series UCCO-90302}

Herb Ellis & Joe Pass - Seven, Come Eleven (1973) {2014 Japan Concord Jazz Selection Series UCCO-90302}
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© 1973, 2014 Concord / Universal Japan | UCCO-90302
Jazz / Bop / Post Bop / Guitar

The second Concord album was recorded the day after the first with the same lineup: guitarists Herb Ellis and Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna. Pass would sign with Pablo but Ellis would be a fixture on the Concord label throughout the 1970s. If anything, the guitarists' rematch was a bit stronger than their first due to material better suited for jamming including "In a Mellotone," a speedy "Seven Come Eleven," "Perdido" and "Concord Blues." Although Pass would soon be recognized as a giant, Ellis battles him to a draw on this frequently exciting bop-oriented date, which has been reissued on CD.
Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Jake Hanna - Jazz / Concord (1972) {2014 Japan Concord Jazz Selection Series UCCO-90301}

Herb Ellis, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, Jake Hanna - Jazz / Concord (1972) {2014 Japan Concord Jazz Selection Series UCCO-90301}
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© 1972, 2014 Concord / Universal Japan | UCCO-90301
Jazz / Bop / Guitar

The very first release by the Concord label was a quartet set featuring guitarists Herb Ellis and Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jake Hanna. Ellis and Pass (the latter was just beginning to be discovered) always made for a perfectly complementary team, constantly challenging each other. The boppish music (which mixes together standards with "originals" based on the blues and a standard) is quite enjoyable with the more memorable tunes including "Look for the Silver Lining," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Georgia," "Good News Blues," and "Bad News Blues." This was a strong start for what would become the definitive mainstream jazz label.

The Great Guitars - The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1998)  

Posted by DjangoTiger at Dec. 29, 2013
The Great Guitars - The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1998)

The Great Guitars - The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1998)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 13 Tracks | 01:01:42 | 152 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing | Label: Concord Jazz

During 1974-1980, the Great Guitars (Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis with Byrd's rhythm section) recorded five fine albums. The group became less active in the 1980s, and a stroke ended Kessel's career. In 1996, the Great Guitars regrouped, with guests Mundell Lowe and Larry Coryell helping out. This 1998 sampler has selections from five of the six Concord albums. Strangely enough, it jumps around chronologically (the 1996 date is represented by the second, fourth, and eighth selections). Overall, there are plenty of hot selections here, including an Ellis-Kessel duet on "Down Home Blues" and heated renditions of "Lover" and "Air Mail Special." A good introduction to the band, which lived up to its name, although fans of the players will want the complete sessions (all of which are available on CD) instead.
Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass - The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1998)

Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass - The Concord Jazz Heritage Series (1998)
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Genre ~ Bop, Trombone Jazz | Label ~ Concord Jazz Records
Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Child's Dance (1972) {2014 Japan Prestige Masters Collection 1000 Series}

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers - Child's Dance (1972) {2014 Japan Prestige Masters Collection 1000 Series}
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© 1972, 2014 Prestige / Concord / Universal Music Japan | UCCO-90294 / UCCO-9884 (Prestige PR 10047)
Jazz / Hard Bop / Contemporary Jazz / Drums

After several years of few recordings, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers re-emerged with totally new personnel on this Prestige LP. The strongest performance is a quartet feature for the great trumpeter Woody Shaw on "I Can't Get Started," but the other three selections (which include such musicians as George Cables or John Hicks on keyboards, bassist Stanley Clarke and Ramon Morris on reeds) are also worth hearing and sound surprisingly "contemporary" for the time. An interesting set.
Austin Cromer - Sings For Her (1964) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster}

Austin Cromer - Sings For Her (1964) {2014 Japan Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series 24bit Remaster}
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© 1964, 2014 Atlantic / Warner Japan / WEA / Rhino | WPCR-27972 | Jazz Best Collection 1000 Series
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Ballads

Features 24 bit remastering and comes with a mini-description. Austin's one and only album as leader. If you like crooners, then he can croon with best. The only album we've ever seen from vocalist Austin Cromer – a deep-voiced jazz singer with a style that's somewhere in the best space between Billy Eckstine and Arthur Prysock! Cromer's a lot more relaxed and less posturing than either of those bigger names – and he's got a great setting here, with small combo backing from a group that features Hubert Laws on flute, Chick Corea on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Bruno Carr on drums! The set's a jazz one at heart, but has some soulful undercurrents too.
Louis Van Dyke - Louis Van Dyke Plays Lennon-McCartney (1970) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4287}

Louis Van Dyke - Louis Van Dyke Plays Lennon-McCartney (1970) {2014 Japan Jazz Collection 1000 Columbia-RCA Series SICP 4287}
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© 1970, 2014 Columbia / Sony Music Japan | SICP 4287
Jazz / Jazz Arrangement / Instrumental / Organ

Reissue with the latest 2014 DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. I first became aware of Louis Van Dyke on the "Fond Memories of Frank Rosolino" CD and it became apparent that here was a creative mind with impeccable jazz abilities who was able to play into the sound of whatever environment he chose. This recording could be by a very different musician than heard on the Rosolino album as Van Dyke is able to switch hats and maintain the integrity of whichever he is wearing at the time. What we have here is unusual to say the least: 9 songs by the Beatles performed in 1970 on the Flentrop Organ in the Netherlands Reformed Chuch at Loenen a.d. Vecht.

Phil Woods - Flash (1990) {Concord Jazz}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Jan. 13, 2017
Phil Woods - Flash (1990) {Concord Jazz}

Phil Woods - Flash (1990) {Concord Jazz}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 378MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 146MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop

This was one of the great touring and recording bands of the 1980s, Harrell and Woods inspiring each other and the rhythm section inquiring and swinging. Woods didn't need to change anything about his own style, but it blossoms anew in counterpoint with Harrell's lyrical fire, and each album is handsomely programmed and delivered … Flash, the final album with Harrell (who has since been replaced by Hal Crook as the front-line horn), has the edge of some outstanding composing by the trumpeter – "Weaver" and "Rado" are particularly sound vehicles – and Crook's extra tones on a few tracks.
Intrioduction - Intrioduction (1981) {2016 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Intrioduction - Intrioduction (1981) {2016 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1981, 2016 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6425
Jazz / Post Bop / Piano Trio

Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. The group's name is a bit of wordplay, and might make you think they're presenting themselves in a flip sort of way – but their music is rock-solid, and has this well-crafted, rock-solid approach that's mighty nice! Intrioduction have that open, flowing sensibility that the better European piano groups started to pick up towards the end of the 70s – a tradition that really seemed to flower in France during the 80s and 90s, but which also has a great proponent here – as the piano of Harry Happel opens up in these waves of lyrical lines that often have a lot of power, but a gentler sort of heart as well. Daan Gaillard is on bass and Fred Krens plays drums – and both players make themselves known throughout, but sometimes in nicely subtle ways.
Bobby Hutcherson - Head On (1971) {2014 Japan SHM-CD Blue Note 24-192 Remaster TYCJ-81099}

Bobby Hutcherson - Head On (1971) {2014 Japan SHM-CD Blue Note 24-192 Remaster TYCJ-81099}
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© 1971, 2014 Universal Japan / Blue Note | BN 75th The Masterworks | TYCJ-81099
Jazz / Post Bop / Vibraphone

Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and 24 bit remastering. Featuring the work of obscure composer/pianist Todd Cochrane, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's 1971 album Head On is a highly cerebral and atmospheric affair that is somewhat different than his other equally experimental '70s work. Although the album does feature more of the avant-garde jazz that Hutcherson was exploring during this period, Cochrane's material is heavily influenced by contemporary classical music, and accordingly Head On is more of an exercise in reflective, layered jazz than rambunctious freebop – though it does offer some of that, too.