Jim Mcneely

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - Up from the Skies: Music of Jim McNeely (2006)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - Up from the Skies: Music of Jim McNeely (2006)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 397.62 Mb | 01:08:59 | Covers
Post-Bop, Big Band | Country: USA | Label: Planet Arts - 100454

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition of excellence that was the core ingredient when it began life as the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra during the 1960s. Now led by pianist/conductor/composer/arranger Jim McNeely, the band brings life to his stimulating charts with tight ensembles and strong solos throughout the session. The first track is a bit of a surprise, a breezy jazz setting of rocker Jimi Hendrix's "Up from the Skies" that is a good bit more harmonically adventurous than the original record.
Jim McNeely & Frankfurt Radio Bigband - Barefoot Dances and Other Visions (2017)

Jim McNeely & Frankfurt Radio Bigband - Barefoot Dances and Other Visions (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 396.22 Mb | 52:51 | Covers
Modern Big Band | Label: Planet Arts - PA 301721

Barefoot Dances and Other Visions is a seven-part suite composed in 2014 for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Each piece expresses a different kind of fantasy. We performed it live in two concerts in Frankfurt February ’14, then recorded it in the studio in September of that year.
Phil Woods Quintet - Souvenirs (1995) [Japan 2018] SACD ISO + DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Phil Woods Quintet - Souvenirs (1995) [Japan 2018]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:44 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,5 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,35 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 668 MB

A die-hard bopper, alto saxophonist Phil Woods nonetheless manages to push the boundaries of straight-ahead hard bop on Souvenirs. As far as the '90s go, this is one of Woods' best. This version of Woods' quintet, most notably featuring trumpeter Brian Lynch, is a solid entity with much forward momentum. Lynch, a member of Art Blakey's last Jazz Messengers lineup, is easily one the best trumpeters around, displaying a knack for interesting note choices and lines that border on the progressive. Woods sounds thoroughly engaged throughout, attacking each tune with his characteristic fire.
Alex Francoeur - Missing Element: Live at Upstairs (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Alex Francoeur Group - Missing Element: Live at Upstairs (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 58:11 minutes | 680 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

"Missing Element - Live at Upstairs" is the first effort by the Alex Francoeur as a leader. Alex has composed all of the music, with the exception of one jazz standard, ''I Hear a Rhapsody''. The goal of this record was to capture the energy and spirit of live jazz music; exciting, unpredictable and daring. His quintet, comprised of Chris Edmondson on alto saxophone, Gentiane MG on piano, Levi Dover on bass and Louis-Vincent Hamel on drums, do justice to this objective in brilliant fashion, with each of their individual voices shining through while conserving a concise group sound.

Judy Niemack - New York Stories (2018) [Official Digital Download]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by Pisulik at June 18, 2019
Judy Niemack - New York Stories (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Judy Niemack - New York Stories (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 74:35 minutes | 854 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

New York City is the center of many worlds, the jazz world being one of them. Musicians have always felt the pull of the Big Apple. The depth of talent, competition, and energy have made the City the epicenter of growth in the music. Vocalist Judy Niemack’s improvisation teacher Warne Marsh told her that she had to go and, once she did, she never looked back.
Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra - Naturally (1979) {Telarc CD-83301 rel 1992}

Mel Lewis and The Jazz Orchestra - Naturally (1979) {Telarc CD-83301 rel 1992}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 251 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 111 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 20 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1979, 1992 Telarc | CD-83301
Jazz / Bop / Modern Big Band / Post Bop

This was the first recording by the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, made just a short time after co-leader Thad Jones surprised everyone by suddenly quitting and moving to Europe. Although Jones was gone, the band was still performing his arrangements, and all six of the charts on the set were his; plus, he was the composer of five of the tunes. With such soloists as pianist Jim McNeely, altoist Dick Oatts, trumpeter John Marshall, and the tenors of Bob Rockwell and Richard Perry (along with plenty of tight ensembles), it was clear that the orchestra would live on. Worth searching for.
Phil Woods Quintet - You And The Night And The Music (1994) [Japan 2016] SACD ISO + DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Phil Woods Quintet - You And The Night And The Music (1994) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:41 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,92 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,71 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 809 MB

The Phil Woods Quintet shines on this collection of standards from the movies, but their fresh approach to each of these very familiar songs is what makes this release special.
Danish Radio Big Band & Renee Rosnes - Renee Rosnes With the Danish Radio Big Band (2003)

Danish Radio Big Band & Renee Rosnes - Renee Rosnes With the Danish Radio Big Band (2003)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 375 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:08:26
Jazz, Big Band | Label: Blue Note Records

This is easily Rosnes’ finest recorded achievement and raises the stakes for any who come after her and attempt to do the same thing. The album is a crystalline wonder of tight writing, exceptional playing, and painstaking attention to harmonic detail; it is a tapestry so varied and multidimensional in both conception and execution that it stands in a class by itself.
Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra - Compositions Of Herbie Hancock: Live In Montreux (1982/2015) [Official Digital Download]

Mel Lewis with The Jazz Orchestra - Compositions Of Herbie Hancock: Live In Montreux (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 49:12 minutes | 569 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Mel Lewis first teamed up with renowned trumpeter Thad Jones to form the band that later became the legendary Mel Lewis Orchestra. Brimming with some of the best players in the Big Apple, the band quickly found success. They also became the Monday night band at the world’s most famous jazz club, New York’s The Village Vanguard. With Jones’ departure in ’78, Mel took over as leader, shaping the band into “one of the most exciting and innovative big bands ever to grace the jazz scene”.
Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]

Jimmy Raney, Jim Hall, Zoot Sims - Two Jims and Zoot (1964) [MFSL Remastered]
XLD | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Scans included | Time: 00:40:16
Bop, Cool, Guitar Jazz | Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab | # MFCD 833

The slightly unusual date Two Jims and a Zoot features tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims interacting with two guitarists (Jimmy Raney and Jim Hall) while given subtle support by bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Osie Johnson. Although the eight selections (none of which caught on as standards) had all been written recently and sometimes display the influence of bossa nova, the quiet performances could pass for 1954 rather than 1964. The cool-toned improvisations and boppish playing have a timeless quality about them although for the time period aspects of this music already sounded a bit old-fashioned.