Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Keystone 3
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Keystone 3
The Jazz Messengers are a musical balancing act, a study in contrasts, much like Art Blakey himself. As an ensemble, this is perhaps the most dynamic and expressive sextet Art has ever fronted. The contouring of arrangements, phrasing within the charts, and the repertoire itself constitute a lesson in musicality.  
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Bill Berry – Shortcake
Bill Berry – Shortcake
This recording achieves what many never attain - it presents ensembles which have distinct personalities in themselves while at the same time projecting the individual (solo) personalities of the great jazz talents present. Can't ask for much more.
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Karrin Allyson – Footprints
Karrin Allyson – Footprints
This two-LP set is half-speed mastered by Stan Ricker and was plated and pressed at RTI on HQ 180-gram vinyl. "One of the most charismatic figures on tour today." - New York Times "Allyson knows what jazz singing is all about...sometimes tender, sometimes tough, (she) always strikes the right chord." - Associated Press "The stuff that shivers are made of, both innocent, sexy and world weary." - Washington Post "Name your singing style and there's a pretty good chance that Karrin Allyson can handle it, and handle it well." - Los Angeles Times .
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Plas Johnson – Positively
Plas Johnson – Positively
Plas Johnson is most well known for his ultra-famous sax solo on Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther" movie theme song. He also plays the sax solo for Neil Hefti's signature music for "The Odd Couple" TV series. He has recorded with countless musicians including: Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and many others.  
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The Monty Alexander Trio – Full Steam Ahead
The Monty Alexander Trio – Full Steam Ahead
Distinguished New Yorker magazine jazz critic Whitney Balliett must have had someone like Monty Alexander in mind when he wrote that the fundamental intent of jazz "is to entertain and recharge the spirit with new beauties."
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