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.

Octave Minds - Octave Minds (2014) (Japan Edition) {Beat Records}  Music

Posted by shamanicus at March 13, 2017
Octave Minds - Octave Minds (2014) (Japan Edition) {Beat Records}

Octave Minds - Octave Minds (2014) (Japan Edition)
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Modern Classical, Hip-Hop, Electronic | Label: Beat Records - BRC-441

In Octave Minds, his collaboration with German producer Boys Noize, Chilly Gonzales sounds more comfortable than ever in the same harmony-arranging role he did on Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’. There’s not a smidgen of his hokey rap-style vocal here: instead, glacial piano familiar to fans of his 2010 album ‘Ivory Tower’ and a double dose of playfulness from Boys Noize and guest Chance The Rapper, the latter on the Pharrell-aping ‘Tap Dance’. ‘Initals KK’ borrows harmonies from New Order’s ‘True Faith’, while ‘In Silence’ goes from James Blake throb to loungy piano. Though not without corniness (see ‘Done Deal”s wanky guitar solo) ‘Octave Minds’ is a chilled, cinematic trip powered by Chilly’s piano chords.

Shelly Manne - Perk Up (1976) {Concord Jazz CCD-4021}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 3, 2017
Shelly Manne - Perk Up (1976) {Concord Jazz CCD-4021}

Shelly Manne - Perk Up (1976) {Concord Jazz CCD-4021}
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© 1976, 1995 Concord Jazz | CCD-4021
Jazz / Hard Bop / Post Bop / Drums

This CD reissue brings back one of the oldest recordings ever issued by the Concord label, a set that was already nine years old when it debuted. Drummer Shelly Manne heads a strong quintet comprised of trumpeter Conte Candoli, altoist Frank Strozier (who doubles on flute), pianist Mike Wofford and bassist Monty Budwig. Although the musicians are all associated with the West Coast hard bop tradition, there are plenty of moments during this stimulating set when they make it obvious that they had been listening with some interest to some of the avant-garde players, allowing the new innovations to open up their styles a bit. The fresh material (two standards and a pair of originals apiece by Strozier, Wofford and pianist Jimmy Rowles) inspire the soloists and the music is not at all predictable. Worth investigating.
Brother Jack McDuff - That's the Way I Feel About It (1997) {Concord Jazz CCD-4760-2}

Brother Jack McDuff - That's the Way I Feel About It (1997) {Concord Jazz CCD-4760-2}
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© 1997 Concord Jazz | CCD-4760-2
Jazz / Soul Jazz / Hard Bop / Organ Hammond B-3

At times, McDuff demonstrates how soul-jazz organ stars used to make albums back in their '60s heyday, playing then-current pop hits like "The Age of Aquarius" and the theme from Mission: Impossible (which, thanks to cinema, was a hit all over again in 1996 when this CD was made). We also hear McDuff trying out his vocal cords for the first time on Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry"; actually, he merely talks the lyrics over the rhythm section – and at 70, he's entitled to this charming lark.