Gentle Ballads

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads II (2008)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Jan. 16, 2018
Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads II (2008)

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads II (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 400.45 Mb + 19.17 Mb (Scans) | 64:47
Post Bop | Label: Venus Records VHCD-3002

Like its predecessor, Gentle Ballads, Gentle Ballads, Vol. 2 is another fairly low-key session led by Eric Alexander. Not only is the personnel identical (pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth), but the cover art once again features a nude photo by the late Jeanloup Sieff, quite possibly the same model from the same photo shoot. The tenor saxophonist mixes things up a bit more during this 2006 session, playing ballads that were hits for popular singers ("Mona Lisa" and "I'm a Fool to Want You"), 1960s Broadway ("Who Can I Turn To"), and 1960s pop ("The Look of Love"), in addition to the expected standards. Best are the deliberate take of Duke Ellington's timeless melancholy ballad "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" and a bluesy, loping treatment of Neal Hefti's "Li'l Darlin'," which became a signature piece for Count Basie. The John Coltrane influence is again apparent, though Alexander isn't a mere clone, even if this enjoyable date falls short of being groundbreaking.

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads V (2011)  Music

Posted by v3122 at June 29, 2017
Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads V (2011)

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads V (2011)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Venus, VHCD-1054 | Japan | ~ 387 or 143 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 36 Mb
Jazz, Post Bop

A fine straight-ahead jazz saxophonist, Eric Alexander grew up in the state of Washington. He initially attended Indiana University, studying classical music as an altoist. However, he soon discovered jazz, switched to the tenor, and transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and gained important experience touring with Charles Earland while also becoming a fixture in local clubs. In 1991, Alexander placed second at the Thelonious Monk Institute's saxophone competition, finishing just behind Joshua Redman…
Eric Alexander Quartet - Lazy Afternoon: Gentle Ballads IV (2009)

Eric Alexander Quartet - Lazy Afternoon: Gentle Ballads IV (2009)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Venus, VHCD-1027 | Japan | ~ 486 or 171 Mb | Scans Included
Jazz, Post Bop

Eric Alexander has had many opportunities to record as a leader for several different labels, though producer Tetsuo Hara, owner of the Japanese label Venus, has become a huge fan, recording him almost any time he travels to New York City. This 2008 session finds the tenor saxophonist with several musicians with whom he is very familiar, including pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth (the latter two who play with Alexander in the co-op band One for All)…

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads III (2007)  Music

Posted by v3122 at May 6, 2017
Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads III (2007)

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads III (2007)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Venus, VHCD-1011 | Japan | ~ 387 or 135 Mb | Covers Included
Jazz, Post Bop

Since arriving on the jazz scene, Eric Alexander has turned into one of the busiest tenor saxophonists, recording prolifically for labels in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, in addition to his participation in the all-star band One for All. This third volume of ballads for Venus utilizes the same rhythm section as the earlier two editions: pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, three of the busiest jazz musicians in New York City…

Eric Alexander - Gentle Ballads (2005)  Music

Posted by v3122 at April 29, 2017
Eric Alexander - Gentle Ballads (2005)

Eric Alexander - Gentle Ballads (2005)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Venus, TKCV-35533 | Japan | ~ 467 or 167 Mb | Scans(jpg) -> 35 Mb
Jazz

In addition to being one of the top tenor saxophonists of his generation, Eric Alexander has developed quite a following in Japan, as evidenced by his series of recordings for the Venus label. These 2004 sessions with pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth are much in the mold of John Coltrane's Ballads album of the early '60s…

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads V (2011) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by tiburon at Sept. 17, 2017
Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads V (2011) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]

Eric Alexander Quartet - Gentle Ballads V (2011) [SACD ISO+HiRes FLAC]
Pio BDP-80FD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 >1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front+Back | 2.44GB + 5% Recovery
FLAC tracks 2.0 24bit/88.2 kHz | Front+Back | 1.26GB + 5% Recovery

The fifth installment of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander's "Gentle Ballads" series doesn't disappoint. His unwavering, strong tone and unsentimental approach, combined with a certain peacefulness and strong spirituality of his playing, produce stunning results. For the first time in this series, master pianist George Cables joins the band and makes valuable contributions.

VA - 101 Power Ballads (5CD, 2017)  Music

Posted by ciklon5 at Oct. 7, 2017
VA - 101 Power Ballads (5CD, 2017)

VA - 101 Power Ballads (5CD, 2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 6:39:04 | 972 Mb
Genre: Pop, Rock / Label: Universal Music

This Is Us (Music from the Series), a companion to the show America loves, is available September 15 via UMe. With instantly recognizable hits and classics, an original song, and a compelling score, the soundtrack features 20 songs curated by Dan Fogelman and his team, music supervisor Jennifer Pyken, and composer/musician Siddhartha Khosla. Each musical element is carefully woven throughout the series, with the songs clearly defining a moment or serving as a gentle guide through the complex emotional journey.
Ben Webster - Gentle Ben (1972) [APO Remaster 2011] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Ben Webster & Trio Tete Montoliu - Gentle Ben (1972) [Analogue Productions '2011]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:55 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,56 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,11 GB

This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster's death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe - first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam - was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster's Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu's regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.

Dinah Washington - Ballads (2002)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Feb. 14, 2018
Dinah Washington - Ballads (2002)

Dinah Washington - Ballads (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue, log) ~ 226.35 Mb | 40:12 | Scans included
Vocal Jazz | Country: USA | Label: Roulette Jazz - 7243 5 37559 2 8

Including tracks from her early-'60s period at Roulette, Ballads is a collection aimed at casual fans of Dinah Washington, one of the most bewitching vocalists of the jazz era. Granted, this wasn't the peak of her career; she only recorded five records with the label, most of them shortly before her death. Contrary to the thoughts of jazz critics, though, Washington was still singing with strength and subtlety, and the compilers deftly build the theme of an ongoing relationship with this sequence of standards. Beginning with the dreamy "Lover Man," Ballads progresses through the first blush of a love affair ("I Didn't Know About You") and takes in a few highs ("If It's the Last Thing I Do") along with plenty of lows ("He's Gone Again," "What's New?," "These Foolish Things," "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"). The arrangements are smooth and occasionally overly maudlin, but the assured voice of Dinah Washington triumphs in every setting.

Earl Klugh - Ballads (1993)  Music

Posted by Domestos at Feb. 13, 2018
Earl Klugh - Ballads (1993)

Earl Klugh - Ballads (1993)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 254.96 Mb | 47:28 | Covers
Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening | Country: USA | Label: Manhattan Records - CDP 7243 8 27326 2 4

While this collection of ballads from past Klugh releases has many pleasant moments, it's so pastoral and calming that each song fades into another one without making much impression. As background music, they're effective. Klugh's solos are well constructed, marvelously articulated, and his lines and phrasing sublime. The material covers an impressive range of genres, from jazz to pop, originals and standards. Those who enjoy untaxing material should find this another delightful Klugh collection; others seeking visceral fare should look elsewhere.