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Ruby Braff – The Best Of Braff (1999/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Ruby Braff – The Best Of Braff (1999/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:09 minutes | 807 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Reuben “Ruby” Braff was an American jazz trumpeter and cornetist. Jack Teagarden was once asked about him on the Gary Moore TV show and described Ruby as “the Ivy League Louis Armstrong”. The Best of Braff is a reissue of a Bethlehem collection that featured highlights from two ten-inch albums, A Ruby Braff Omnibus and Holiday in Braff, which is also released as Adoration of the Melody. Braff was at the beginning of his career as a leader here, yet he was already playing with ease, as these 12 songs illustrate. He may have gained greater popularity in the years following these recordings, but these remain among his finest waxings – and this is a nice way to acquire them.

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Marty Paich – The Jazz City Workshop (1955/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Marty Paich – The Jazz City Workshop (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:34 minutes | 739 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Pianist and arranger Marty Paich gets the credit on the cover, but this 1955 album is indeed a true collaboration between Paich and his sidemen: the great trombonist Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker on vibes, Curtis Counce on bass, Jack Costanzo on bongos, Frankie Capp on drums and vocalist Mickey Lynne who sings on one track. This recording was intended to be the first in a series of albums named after the Hollywood jazz club Jazz City.

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Joe Derise – Joe Derise Sings (1955/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Joe Derise – Joe Derise Sings (1955/2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 23:10  minutes | 354 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Big band and cabaret singer Joe Derise is probably better known for his work with other bands but he also recorded several albums on his own. This 1955 session consisting mainly of standards was his debut recording as a leader; not only does he sing but he plays some piano and is joined by Milt Hinton on acoustic bass and drummer Osie Johnson.

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Howard McGhee Quintet – The Return Of Howard McGhee (1956/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Howard McGhee Quintet – The Return Of Howard McGhee (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:13 minutes | 450 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Bebop pioneer Howard McGhee was in and out of prison on drug charges for a good part of the 1950s, so there isn’t much on record representing that decade. In fact he hadn’t been near the studio in two years prior to this 1955 recordings, hence the title. He was anything but rusty, though: McGhee sounds re-energized here, possibly due to the inspiring presence of session musicians like Sahib Shihab on baritone and alto sax and Duke Jordan on piano.

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Howard McGhee – Dusty Blue (1961/2013) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Howard McGhee – Dusty Blue (1961/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:32 minutes | 691 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Digital Booklet | © Bethlehem Records

Howard McGhee made a comeback in the early 1960s and Dusty Blue from 1961 is one of the strongest sessions from that period. Ghee performs in both quartet and septet configurations accompanied by musicians like Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Tommy Flanagan on piano and bassist Ron Carter.

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Herbie Nichols – Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (1958/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Herbie Nichols – Love, Gloom, Cash, Love (1958/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:42 minutes | 931 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Love, Gloom, Cash, Love was the final album American jazz pianist Herbie Nichols recorded as a leader. Recorded in 1957, just six years before his death at 44 from leukemia, the album’s lyrical theme examines the complicated relationship between love and money. Nichols was accompanied by Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond and bassist George Duvivier on the album which includes the standards Too Close for Comfort and All the Way.

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Herbie Mann & Orchestra – Love And The Weather (1956/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Herbie Mann And Orchestra – Love And The Weather (1956/2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:01 minutes | 768 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

Herbie Mann was still primarily known as a bop or swing flutist on Love and the Weather. The material here is a good example of Mann’s early style, recorded shortly before he became fascinated with world music, Afro-Cuban and Latin sounds. At the time this album was released in 1956, the flute wasn’t quite embraced as a jazz instrument but Mann helped change that with a sound of his own.

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Herbie Harper – Herbie Harper (1955/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Herbie Harper – Herbie Harper Octet (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 54:05 minutes | 553 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

An inventive album from an inventive musician, West Coast trombonist Herbie Harper recorded this self-titled release in Los Angeles in 1955 with a septet that included both a tuba and a harp. Those two unusual instruments give the ensemble an added dimension that may have been startling to jazz fans at first, but work well with the choice of material on this album.

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Helen Carr – Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor (1955/2014) [PrestoClasical 24-96]

Helen Carr – Down In The Depths On The 90th Floor (1955/2014) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 25:04 minutes | 460 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Digital Booklet | © Bethlehem Records

An overlooked vocalist inspired by Billie Holiday, Helen Carr never had time to make her mark on the history of jazz music during her short-lived career. Before her death at the age of 38 she only recorded two albums. Down In The Depths from 1955 sees Carr backed up by an all-star quintet including Charlie Mariano on alto saxophone, Stan Levey on drums, and Carr’s husband, pianist Donn Trenner on piano.

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Hank D’Amico, Aaron Sachs – We Brought Our Axes (1955/2014) [PrestoClassical 24-96]

Hank D’Amico, Aaron Sachs – We Brought Our Axes (1955/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:37 minutes | 485 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: PrestoClassical | Front Cover | © Bethlehem Records

This album is split between two American jazz musicians and their bands: it includes 1954 recordings from both clarinetist Hank D’Amico and his quartet and saxophone and clarinet player Aaron Sachs and his sextet. On the original vinyl, each band got one side each, combining sessions from the bandleaders originally released on 10″ vinyl. D’Amico’s quartet here features Charles Smith on drums, Milt Hinton on bass and pianist Billy Triglia. The musicians in Sachs’s sextet are Urbie Green on trombone, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Clyde Lombard on bass, Osie Johnson on drums and Danny Bank on baritone sax.

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