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Harry Sweets Edison, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Rowles – Something Bigger (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Harry Sweets Edison, Barney Kessel, Jimmy Rowles – Something Bigger (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:21:21 minutes | 811 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © nagel heyer records

Harry “Sweets” Edison got the most mileage out of a single note, like his former boss Count Basie. Edison, immediately recognizable within a note or two, long used repetition and simplicity to his advantage while always swinging. He played in local bands in Columbus and then in 1933 joined the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra. After a couple years in St. Louis, Edison moved to New York where he joined Lucky Millinder and then in June 1938, Count Basie, remaining with that classic orchestra until it broke up in 1950. During that period, he was featured on many records, appeared in the 1944 short Jammin’ the Blues and gained his nickname “Sweets” (due to his tone) from Lester Young. In the 1950s, Edison toured with Jazz at the Philharmonic, settled in Los Angeles, and was well-featured both as a studio musician (most noticeably on Frank Sinatra records) and on jazz dates. He had several reunions with Count Basie in the 1960s and by the ’70s was often teamed with Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis; Edison also recorded an excellent duet album for Pablo with Oscar Peterson. One of the few swing trumpeters to be influenced by Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets led sessions through the years for Pacific Jazz, Verve, Roulette, Riverside, Vee-Jay, Liberty, Sue, Black & Blue, Pablo, Storyville, and Candid among others. Although his playing faded during the 1980s and ’90s, Edison could still say more with one note than nearly anyone; he died July 27, 1999, at age 83. ~ Scott Yanow

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Barney Kessel – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Barney Kessel – Supreme Jazz (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:46 mins | Scans included | 3,5 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 996 MB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound | Label: Membran Music Ltd.

One of the finest guitarists to emerge after the death of Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel was a reliable bop soloist throughout his career. He played with a big band fronted by Chico Marx (1943), was fortunate enough to appear in the classic jazz short Jammin’ the Blues (1944), and then worked with the big bands of Charlie Barnet (1944-1945) and Artie Shaw (1945); he also recorded with Shaw’s Gramercy Five. Kessel became a busy studio musician in Los Angeles, but was always in demand for jazz records. From the mid-40s until the early 90s he was one of the most in-demand guitarists in jazz.

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Baden Powell, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall, Buddy Guy, Elmer Snowden – Berlin Festival Guitar Workshop (1968/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Baden Powell, Barney Kessel, Jim Hall, Buddy Guy, Elmer Snowden – Berlin Festival Guitar Workshop (1968/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 43:12  minutes | 804 MB | Genre: Jazz, Blues,
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HighResAudio | Front cover | © MPS
Recorded: November 5th 1967 at the “Philharmonie”, Berlin

For almost half a century, the Brazilian born guitar player Baden Powell has been one of the key musicians among his country’s jazz scene. However, Powell’s work demonstrates a mastery of many classical guitar styles, from the South American tradition of flamenco to interpretations of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Nevertheless, on the whole Powell built his reputation as an innovator of bossa nova or the marriage of Brazilian sambas and jazz, often aided by the poet and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes. Although his popularity in the United States has never truly expanded beyond jazz and guitar aficionados, Powell’s name has been virtually a household word in Europe from the early 1960s, when he relocated to that continent for several decades.

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