Billy Higgins The Soldier

Billy Higgins - The Soldier (1979) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

Billy Higgins - The Soldier (1979) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 245 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 94 Mb
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© 1979, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6358
Jazz / Hard Bop / Drums

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. A heck of a great little album from drummer Billy Higgins – one of his few standout efforts as a leader, after years and years of impeccable work as a player on some of our favorite records! The set's got a simple, almost innocuous approach – with Higgins leading a quartet that features Cedar Walton on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Monty Waters on alto sax. But from the very first note, the album bristles with energy and excitement – in a mode that recalls the Clifford Jordan recordings that also featured Higgins from the mid 70s – sharing a similar sense of soulful and joyous expression. Waters is really great, with a really biting, honest tone – and singer Roberta Davis joins the group on an excellent reading of Waters' composition "Sugar & Spice". Other tracks include Walton's nice "Midnite Waltz", and great versions of Horace Silver's "Peace" and Sonny Rollins' "Sonnymoon For Two".
Cedar Walton, David Williams, Billy Higgins - The Trio, Volume 3 (1985) [Remastered 1992]

Cedar Walton, David Williams, Billy Higgins - The Trio, Volume 3 (1985) [Remastered 1992]
EAC rip | FLAC+CUE+LOG | Scans | 302 Mb(Incl. Recovery)
Genre ~ Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Label ~ Red Records

Ray Drummond / Hank Jones / Billy Higgins - The Essence  

Posted by odoacer at June 20, 2009
Ray Drummond / Hank Jones / Billy Higgins - The Essence

Ray Drummond / Hank Jones / Billy Higgins - The Essence
JAZZ | EAC rip | APE(IMAGE+CUE+LOG) | COVERS | 290Mb
Recorded Live-to-2 track on october 8-9 1990

Ray Drummond / Hank Jones / Billy Higgins - The Essence

Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}  Music

Posted by popsakov at Nov. 27, 2016
Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}

Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977) {1998, Reissue, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 266 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 102 Mb
Scans (JPG, 600 dpi) ~ 54 Mb | RAR 5% Recovery
Soft Rock, Pop Rock | Columbia #491184 2 | US

The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on September 29, 1977, by Columbia Records. While his four previous albums had been moderately successful, The Stranger became Joel's true critical and commercial breakthrough, spending six weeks at #2 on the U.S. album charts. Considered his magnum opus, it remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and was ranked number 70 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The Greek Hoplite (The Soldier Through the Ages)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by bakerman at Nov. 18, 2016
The Greek Hoplite (The Soldier Through the Ages)

The Greek Hoplite (The Soldier Through the Ages)
Franklin Watts | 1985 | ISBN: 0531037800 | English | 40 pages | PDF | 19 MB
Billy Strayhorn - The Peaceful Side (1963) Remastered Reissue 1996

Billy Strayhorn - The Peaceful Side (1963) Remastered Reissue 1996
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 128 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Piano Jazz, Bop, Cool | Label: Capitol Jazz | # CDP 7243 8 52563 2 5 | Time: 00:35:26

This is a little-known and rather melancholy set, virtually Billy Strayhorn's only recording away from the world of Duke Ellington. The focus is totally on Strayhorn's piano throughout his interpretations of ten of his compositions (including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train," and "Something to Live For"). Three selections have the Paris Blue Notes adding sparse wordless vocals, two other numbers add some quiet playing by the Paris String Quartet, and bassist Michel Goudret is on five of the ten selections (including one apiece with the strings and the voices). "Strange Feeling" and "Chelsea Bridge" are taken as unaccompanied piano solos. Of the ten songs, only "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" hints at happiness; otherwise, Strayhorn's melodic and concise playing is quite somber, peaceful in volume but filled with inner tension.
David Williams, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins - Up Front (1986) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}

David Williams, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins - Up Front (1986) {2015 Japan Timeless Jazz Master Collection Complete Series}
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© 1986, 2015 Timeless Records / Solid Records Japan / Ultra-Vibe | CDSOL-6393
Jazz / Post Bop / Modal Music / Bass / PIano Trio

Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. A familiar grouping, but one that's presented here in a very different way – as bassist David Williams is up front in the lead, instead of working in his more familiar role in the trio of pianist Cedar Walton! Yet Walton's on board for this debut set from Williams as a leader – as is drummer Billy Higgins – and it's wonderful to hear the way they change things up slightly to give David more time in the spotlight, and to hear the way that Williams hits some of his more lyrical, melodic modes too – qualities that further our love of his talents on the bass, which were already great enough when working behind Walton. Cedar gets in plenty of solos along the way, but often cedes more time to Williams.

Billy Squier - The Tale Of The Tape (1980)  Music

Posted by uff at Sept. 19, 2016
Billy Squier - The Tale Of The Tape (1980)

Billy Squier - The Tale Of The Tape (1980)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
Rock Candy, CANDY008 | rem: 2006 | 375Mb

Billy Squier knows his music is all right. He knows because he's got razor sharp hooks, air-tight choruses, and the "Big Beat." Though his former band Piper wasn't the next Kiss (both were managed by Bill Aucoin), Squier plays with the big boys right out of the gate on his first solo; Tale of the Tape deftly welds heavy licks to hard funk on a level with world-dominators Queen.

Sonny Simmons & Billy Higgins - Backwoods Suite (1982)  Music

Posted by Designol at July 8, 2016
Sonny Simmons & Billy Higgins - Backwoods Suite (1982)

Sonny Simmons & Billy Higgins - Backwoods Suite (1982)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 128 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop, Hard Bop | Label: West Wind | # WW 2074 | Time: 00:50:39

This 1982 recording features saxophonist Sonny Simmons and drummer Billy Higgins and a smokin' pickup band that included bassist Herbie Lewis and pianist Joe Bonner, and a horn section that added Michael Marcus on baritone, Al Thomas on trombone, and Joe Hardin on trumpet. The opener is "Sparrow's Last Jump," a stomping hard bop workout that features Simmons in top lyrical form and Lewis bowing the entire tune, despite the fact that it's based on hard bop – hell, post-hard bop – changes and is played in 6/8 Mingus tempo! Of course, Higgins is dancing all over the kit and it's obvious that, in his solo, Simmons is reading that frenetic yet seamless dance because he goes over the time signature with his legato phrasing and cascades his arpeggios right through the middle of the intervals. It settles a bit on the title track, where the horns are left out so Simmons is sitting in only the rhythm section. Here, Higgins plays out a double-time rhythm on the ride cymbal before slowing it to four.
Toninho Horta / Gary Peacock / Billy Higgins - Once I Loved (1992) {Verve}

Toninho Horta / Gary Peacock / Billy Higgins - Once I Loved (1992) {Verve}
EAC 0.99pb1 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 300dpi | 294MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 125MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Latin Jazz

More conventional straight jazz set, with some Afro-Latin and Brazilian flavor by Toninho Horta, this time paired with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Billy Higgins for trio sessions. Horta's playing is competent and sometimes exciting, but it's the interaction of Peacock and Higgins that hold things together.