Lucky Me (1954)

Arthur Gunter - Baby Let's Play House: The Complete Excello Singles 1954-1961 (2016) {Jasmine Records JASMCD 3077}

Arthur Gunter - Baby Let's Play House: The Complete Excello Singles 1954-1961 (2016) {Jasmine Records JASMCD 3077}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 167 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 128 Mb
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© 1954-61, 2016 Jasmine Records | JASMCD 3077
Blues / Rhythm & Blues

Arthur Gunter, a seemingly obscure blues singer will never be forgotten because he holds a unique place in American pop history. His first recording, 'Baby Let's Play House' in 1954 for Excello Records of Nashville became one of the first recordings by Elvis Presley. This is the first time both sides of his Excello singles have been collected together in chronological order and the quality of these sessions are all exciting and typical of the kind of blues popular in the south.
Listen to the sounds of Arthur Gunter and wonder at the impression it must have had on the young Elvis Presley - stunning by all accounts. This collection is a must for blues and R&B fans.
Various Artists - Love Me or Leave Me: The Bethlehem Records Story 1958-1963 (2013) {3CD One Day Music DAY3CD040}

Various Artists - Love Me or Leave Me: The Bethlehem Records Story 1958-1963 (2013) {3CD One Day Music DAY3CD040}
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© 1958-62, 2013 Bethlehem Records / One Day Music / Not Now Music | DAY3CD040
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Others

An excellent budget compilation of the wonderful Bethlehem Records label - what a roster of artists they had. Very good sound too. The Bethlehem label focused on jazz releases, and this set collects some great examples of jazz–vocally and instrumentally–between the years 1958-62. One look at the artists on this 60 track 2 CD set shows how many fine artists released music on the label. Like other collections from One Day Music, there's no booklet, only a short paragraph about the label and a few of the featured artists. The digitally remastered sound is good overall within the limits of recording styles of the era.
Miles Davis All Stars - Walkin' (1954) {2006 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}

Miles Davis All Stars - Walkin' (1954) {2006 Prestige RVG Remasters Series}
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© 2006 Concord / Prestige | 0888072300088 | Prestige RVG Remasters Series | 24-bit remaster
Jazz / Bop / Hard Bop / Trumpet

The undeniable strength and conviction present in Miles Davis' performance on Walkin', underscores the urgency and passion with which he would rightfully reclaim his status as a primary architect of bop. Davis is supported by his all-stars, consisting of his primary rhythm unit: Horace Silver (piano), Percy Heath (bass), and Kenny Clarke (drums). The sextet featured on the title track, as well as "Blue 'n' Boogie," adds the talents of J.J. Johnson (trombone) and Lucky Thompson (tenor sax). Davis' quintet includes the primary trio and Dave Schildkraut (alto sax). Perhaps not an instantly recognizable name, Schildkraut nonetheless made some notable contributions to Stan Kenton's Kenton Showcase EPs, concurrent with his work with Miles.
Carmen McRae - Carmen McRae (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Carmen McRae - Carmen McRae (1954/2014) [MONO]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 22:16 minutes | 352 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Carmen McRae's debut was recorded in 1954, the same year she was awarded the title Best New Female Vocalist by DownBeat magazine. Accompanied by an all-star line up of musicians including Herbie Mann on flute and tenor saxophone, Wendell Marshall on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, this auspicious debut set up the rest of McRae's successful career which would see her record more than 60 albums, garner multiple Grammy nominations and appear in films and on television.

Ella Fitzgerald - 1945-1954 [6CD, Classics Records]  Music

Posted by v3122 at March 3, 2015
Ella Fitzgerald - 1945-1954 [6CD, Classics Records]

Ella Fitzgerald - 1945-1954
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
1998-2005 | Classics Records | ~ 1084 or 949 Mb | Scans Included
Vocal Jazz / Swing

"The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was arguably the finest female jazz singer of all time (although some may vote for Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holiday). Blessed with a beautiful voice and a wide range, Fitzgerald could outswing anyone, was a brilliant scat singer, and had near-perfect elocution; one could always understand the words she sang…
Chico Hamilton - The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of The Chico Hamilton Quintet (1954-59) [6CD] {Mosaic MD6-175}

Chico Hamilton - The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of The Chico Hamilton Quintet (1954-59) [6CD] {Mosaic MD6-175}
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© 1997 Mosaic / Pacific Jazz / Blue Note | MD6-175
Jazz / Cool / Hard Bop

The original Chico Hamilton Quintet was one of the last significant West Coast jazz bands of the cool era. Consisting of Buddy Collette on reeds (flute, clarinet, alto, and tenor), guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Carson Smith, and the drummer/leader, the most distinctive element in the group's identity was cellist Fred Katz. The band could play quite softly, blending together elements of bop and classical music into their popular sound and occupying their own niche. This six-CD, limited-edition box set from 1997 starts off with a Hamilton drum solo from a 1954 performance with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet; it contains three full albums and many previously unreleased numbers) by the original Chico Hamilton band and also has quite a few titles from the second Hamilton group (which has Paul Horn and John Pisano in the places of Collette and Hall).
Miles Davis All Stars - Walkin' (1954) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}

Miles Davis All Stars - Walkin' (1954) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}
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© 2006 Concord / Prestige | 00888072300088
Jazz / Bop / Cool / Hard Bop


Miles Davis All Stars - Walkin' (1954) {2006 Rudy Van Gelder Remaster}

Yet Miles's transitional albums are usually more polished, developed, and engaging than a lot of other artists' definitive albums, and such is the case with WALKIN'. Whether on originals ("Solar") or standards ("Love Me or Leave Me"), the sessions boast impeccable playing and superb interplay between the musicians, who number among the best of the era. Pianist Horace Silver, drummer Kenny Clarke, and trombonist J.J. Johnson are among the personnel, and one can hear the beginnings of the synergy Miles was searching for and would find with his quintet (especially in the dynamics between his trumpet and Lucky Thompson's sax, which foreshadows his chemistry with John Coltrane).
Duke Ellington - The 1954 Los Angeles Concert (1988) {GNP Crescendo}

Duke Ellington - The 1954 Los Angeles Concert (1988) {GNP Crescendo}
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Genre: Big Band, Swing

This album has an excellent performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra at a time when its commercial fortunes were near the bottom. The struggles however are not reflected in the music, which is full of enthusiasm and creative invention with trumpeter Clark Terry, tenorman Paul Gonsalves and trombonist Britt Woodman (on "Theme for Trambean") standing out among the many stars during a well-paced program.

Henry Gray - Lucky Man (1988) CD Release 1990  Music

Posted by Designol at May 17, 2017
Henry Gray - Lucky Man (1988) CD Release 1990

Henry Gray - Lucky Man (1988) CD Release 1990
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Electric Chicago Blues, Piano Blues, Boogie Woogie | Label: Blind Pig | # BPCD 8013

The lustrous Chicago blues scene of the 1950s was predominated by great pianists, and Henry Gray was one of the finest. His rolling two-fisted keyboard work graced countless Chicago blues recordings during the '50s for leading labels like Chess and Vee Jay. He recorded on classic sides by Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, and Jimmy Rogers, among others. Starting in 1956, Henry spent twelve years as pianist for the legendary Howlin' Wolf. The sessions for Lucky Man, his first solo American album, were recorded in 1988, and marked something of a comeback for Henry, who had recorded only sporadically in the previous two decades. Audio magazine said that on the album, "Gray performs as if the heyday of Chicago blues never ended."
East Coast Jazz, Vol.4 - Herbie Mann (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

East Coast Jazz, Vol.4 - Herbie Mann (1954/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 23:27 minutes | 375 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Jazz flute innovator Herbie Mann is the focus of this fourth installment in producer Creed Taylor's East Coast Jazz series, initiated to differentiate the jazz coming out of New York from the jazz being produced in California in the mid-1950s. This 1954 session was Mann's first record as a solo artist, originally issued on 10-inch vinyl.