Jul 20

Kenny Dorham – Una Mas (1963/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:31:27 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: April 1, 1963 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s Una Mas was one of 1963’s best records. With its melding of hard-bop, bossa nova, and the blues, Una Mas is a prime example of the memorable vamps that Blue Note favored at the time, finding ultimate success later that year with Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder.

Dorham was a prolific recording artist for almost a decade before Una Mas—both under his own name and as a sideman for some of jazz’s most notable leaders. He wasn’t the flashiest or most aggressive player, but he had impeccably good taste as a soloist, and his compositions have enjoyed consistent attention from musicians ever since.

With Una Mas, Dorham takes a few risks. Not every jazz musician that tries to infuse Latin rhythms is successful, and in retrospect, some efforts sound contrived. By contrast, Una Mas manages the fusion seamlessly, leaving a record notable for its insistent but not overpowering rhythm, and simple, powerful melodies.

Una Mas is also notable as the first recorded appearance of the great tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. Fresh out of the Army, Henderson’s debut is unusually self-assured. A disciple of Charlie Parker, his playing here doesn’t betray any copycat licks; instead, he turns in a solid performance of beautifully constructed solos. In many respects his playing here is more adventurous than Dorham’s, a hint of great things yet to come.
The catchy and suave title track is one of the most recognizable tunes in the Blue Note catalog, built on brilliant economy and using a simple two-note bounce with a tight, blue chorus. Herbie Hancock contributes a particularly sophisticated handling of the two-note theme by modifying the chords almost continuously, even as he remains tightly within the rhythmic framework. The lineup, rounded out by bassist Butch Warren and drummer Tony Williams (only 17 at the time) is as tight and swinging as they come. –Greg Simmons, All About Jazz

Tracklist:
1 Una Mas (One More Time) 15:18
2 Straight Ahead 7:18
3 Sao Paulo 8:58

Personnel:
Kenny Dorham – trumpet
Herbie Hancock – piano
Joe Henderson – tenor saxophone
Butch Warren – double bass
Tony Williams – drums

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Jul 20

Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (1961/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:38:30 minutes | 1,67 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Blue Note Records
Recorded: January 15, 1961 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Whistle Stop is a jazz studio album by Kenny Dorham, featuring performances by acclaimed musicians Hank Mobley, Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. It was recorded in January 1961 at Van Gelder Studio, in Englewood Cliffs, and was originally released on Blue Note Records as BST 84063 and BLP 4063. “In 1975”, Blumenthal states in the CD liner notes, “five British critics picked Whistle Stop as one of 200 albums that belonged in a basic library of jazz recorded after World War II”.

Kenny Dorham was always underrated throughout his career, not only as a trumpeter but as a composer. Whistle Stop features seven of his compositions, none of which were picked up later by any of the Young Lions of the ’90s despite their high quality and many fresh melodies. Dorham teams up with tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley (who had recorded with him previously, along with Art Blakey and Max Roach), pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a set of lively, fresh, and consistently swinging music. This is a generally overlooked near-classic set. –Scott Yanow

Tracklist:
1 Philly Twist 5:39
2 Buffalo 7:42
3 Sunset 6:22
4 Whistle Stop 5:56
5 Sunrise in Mexico 5:39
6 Windmill 6:18
7 Dorham’s Epitaph 1:16

Personnel:
Kenny Dorham, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor sax
Kenny Drew, piano
Paul Chambers, double bass
Philly Joe Jones, drums

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Jul 20

Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop (1961) [APO Remaster 2008]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:45 minutes | Scans included | 1,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 760 MB
Genre: Jazz

Kenny Dorham was always underrated throughout his career, not only as a trumpeter but as a composer. Whistle Stop features seven of his compositions, none of which were picked up later by any of the Young Lions of the ’90s despite their high quality and many fresh melodies. Dorham teams up with tenor-saxophonist Hank Mobley (who had recorded with him previously, along with Art Blakey and Max Roach), pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones for a set of lively, fresh, and consistently swinging music. This is a generally overlooked near-classic set.

Tracklist:
01. ‘Philly’ Twist
02. Buffalo
03. Sunset
04. Whistle Stop
05. Sunrise in Mexico
06. Windmill
07. Dorham’s Epitaph

Mastered fo this SACD by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

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Jul 19

Eumir Deodato – Happy Hour (1982/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  | Time – 00:36:17 minutes | 1,74 GB  | Genre: Disco, Funk, Soul
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Warner Bros. Records ‎
Recorded: House of Music, W. Orange, New Jersey.

One of Deodato’s career highlights, this 1982 release finds the wildly talented musician incorporating a more smooth pop sound. The slick and melodious album features a guest appearance by Kelly Baretto, whose R&B style and high octave vocals blends with ease. The album features the hit singles “Keep It In The Family,” “Keep On Movin’” and the title track.

Although he was not only heavily involved in producing funkers Kool & the Gang but was elsewhere employed far from his own jazz roots, fusionist Eumir Deodato was still taking the time to perfect his own smooth pop. Happy Hour, released in 1982, is a prime example of the sounds and styles he’d now fully adapted. Sweet and slick, Happy Hour hinges on the upbeat sounds of early-’80s pop, leaving his prior success with disco present but lurking in the background. With vocalist Kelly Barretto taking a turn across the lion’s share of the songs, she set the tone with her clear R&B style and, although it was “Happy Hour” that hit the pop charts, the opening “Keep on Movin’” was a far better example of her prowess. Nearly eight minutes long and built around a smoothly repetitious, delicious, classic Deodato groove, her octave-leaping vocals bound in and out of the mix with ease amid the synth and brass. Elsewhere, Deodato brought in the star power of guest Candi Staton on a barely lukewarm version of the Smokey Robinson classic “The Tears of a Clown,” which focused almost exclusively on an unending alto sax solo. On a happier note, both “Keep It in the Family” and “I Never Get Enough” wrapped up the set with a Motown vibe. But while Happy Hour is easy on the ears, with nice turns spattered throughout, there’s nothing overly remarkable about the set, nor is there anything to recommend it. Deodato was capable of much better, and it would have been nice to hear it. –Amy Hanson

Tracklist:
1 Keep On Movin’ 7:51
2 Happy Hour 4:59
3 Just This One Night 5:03
4 Tears Of A Clown 4:38
5 Sweet Magic 4:16
6 Keep It In The Family 5:04
7 I Never Get Enough 4:26

Personnel:
Alto Saxophone – Nelson Rangell, Steve Greenfield
Backing Vocals – Allison Bragdon, Cynthia Huggins, Eban Kelly, Joan Motley
Bass – Gary Grainger, Neil Jason
Bass, Synthesizer [Bass], Guitar, Synthesizer, Backing Vocals – Jerry Barnes
Bass, Synthesizer [Mini Moog] – Norman Durham
Drums – John Sussewell, John “Broadway” Tucker
Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Mark Cohen
Guitar – Alan Thomas, David Brown, George Parrish, Wyatt Staton
Handclaps, Sequenced By [Clap Trap] – Bobby Douglas
Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Vocoder – Katreese Barnes
Keyboards, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Alan Palanker
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Camille, Kelly Barretto
Piano [Keyboard], Synthesizer [Arp Omni, Arp Pro Soloist, Mini Moog], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer], Congas – Eumir Deodato
Programmed By – Eumir Deodato, Jerry Barnes, Katreese Barnes, Norman Durham, Rick Suchow
Strings – Kermit Moore
Synthesizer [Bass] – Rick Suchow
Synthesizer [Prophet 5] – Michael Mandel
Tenor Saxophone – Bob Malach, Manny Boyd
Trombone – Clifford Adams, Keith Oquinn
Trumpet – Earl Gardner, Michael Ray

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Jul 19

Eumir Deodato – Night Cruiser (1980/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 34:28 minutes | 1,34 GB | Genre: Fusion
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Rhino/Warner Bros.

Brazilian composer, arranger and pianist Eumir Deodato’s 1980 release, Night Cruiser, is a blend of disco, pop and jazz. The album is rooted with soulful melodies, smooth hooks and fluid horns. It showcases Deodato in fine form. A true highlight on this masterfully produced album is the magnificent collaboration with Kool & the Gang’s saxophonist Ronald Bell on the track “Uncle Funk.”

Eumir Deodato has long been hailed for his smooth jazz/fusion blend. And although he had moved closer to a disco-pop sensibility by the time of this release, at least some of the early, cohesive elements of his trademark sound remain. Night Cruiser is smooth, studied, and packed with those moments that scream disco-lite, pop nightmare, and ’70s television show soundtrack. But, as mediocre as some of these songs seem, bizarrely it’s hard not to at least tap a toe on “Skatin.” Where this album takes an interesting turn is at the opening of side two, as “Uncle Funk” finds Kool & the Gang’s saxophonist, Ronald Bell, guesting. Deodato and Kool & the Gang had formed a productive partnership for the Gang’s hit single “Ladies Night,” and here Bell returns the favor. “Uncle Funk” is a juicy blend of fusion and classic funk sax that puts the rest of the album to shame. Clocking in at over six minutes, the song is allowed to find a groove and follow it through. “Love Magic” and “Groovitation” try to follow on from there, but they fall short, proving that although Deodato was capable of turning in a set that was musically perfect and flawlessly arranged, he really couldn’t grasp the mastery of his early era output. ~~ AllMusic Review by Amy Hanson

Tracklist:
01 – Night Cruiser
02 – East Side Strut
03 – Skatin’
04 – Uncle Funk
05 – Love Magic
06 – Groovitation

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9505]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:20 minutes | Scans included | 1,67 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 792 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Adding a new rhythm guitarist, Dire Straits expands its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener “Telegraph Road.” Since Mark Knopfler is a skilled, tasteful guitarist, he can sustain interest even throughout the languid stretches, but the long, atmospheric, instrumental passages aren’t as effective as the group’s tight blues-rock, leaving Love Over Gold only a fitfully engaging listen.

Tracklist:
01 – Telegraph Road
02 – Private Investigations
03 – Industrial Disease
04 – Love Over Gold
05 – It Never Rains

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9523]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:13 minutes | Scans included | 3,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,71 GB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album (recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983) between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler’s muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as “Sultans of Swing” or “Solid Rock,” they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits’ introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. Alan Clark’s keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler’s spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that’s exactly how the crowd likes it.

Tracklist:
01 – Once Upon A Time In The West
02 – Romeo And Juliet
03 – Expresso Love
04 – Private Investigations
05 – Sultans Of Swing
06 – Two Young Lovers
07 – Tunnel Of Love
08 – Telegraph Road
09 – Solid Rock
10 – Going Home: Theme From ‘Local Hero’

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9520]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,55 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 771 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Without second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler’s ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making Movies indicate. Fortunately, his skills are increasing, as the lovely “Romeo and Juliet,” “Tunnel of Love,” and “Skateaway” indicate. And Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler’s jazzy inclinations take hold. The record runs out of steam toward the end, closing with the borderline offensive “Les Boys,” but the remainder of Making Movies ranks among the band’s finest work.

Tracklist:
01 – Tunnel Of Love
02 – Romeo And Juliet
03 – Skateaway
04 – Expresso Love
05 – Hand in Hand
06 – Solid Rock
07 – Les Boys

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Communiqué (1979) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9519]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:35 minutes | Scans included | 1,71 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 840 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album, the group’s sophomore effort, Communiqué, seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J.J. Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provided more examples of it. But there was no track as focused as “Sultans of Swing,” even if “Lady Writer” (a lesser singles chart entry on both sides of the Atlantic) nearly duplicated its sound. As a result, Communiqué sold immediately to Dire Straits’ established audience, but no more, and it did not fare as well critically as its predecessor or its follow-up.

Tracklist:
01 – Once Upon A Time In The West
02 – News
03 – Where Do You Think You’re Going?
04 – Communique
05 – Lady Writer
06 – Angel Of Mercy
07 – Portobello Belle
08 – Single-Handed Sailor
09 – Follow Me Home

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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Jul 19

Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9032]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:49 minutes | Scans included | 1,68 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 833 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players) and the latest DSD mastering in 2010 based on Japanese original analog tape. DSD Transferred by Hitoshi Takiguchi.

Dire Straits’ minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler’s spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits — even the group’s breakthrough single, “Sultans of Swing,” offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band — their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

Tracklist:
01 – Down To The Waterline
02 – Water Of Love
03 – Setting Me Up
04 – Six Blade Knife
05 – Southbound Again
06 – Sultans Of Swing
07 – In The Gallery
08 – Wild West End
09 – Lions

DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Hitoshi Takiguchi. (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).

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