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Olli Mustonen – Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8 – 6 Preludes, Op. 13 – Piano Sonata No. 10 – Vers la flamme (2012/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Olli Mustonen – Scriabin: 12 Etudes, Op. 8 – 6 Preludes, Op. 13 – Piano Sonata No. 10 – Vers la flamme (2012/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:07:01 minutes | 1,89 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Ondine

This album features the acclaimed Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen with piano works by Alexander Scriabin, which have become his signature pieces in recital. The virtuoso sets of Etudes and Preludes cover a wide range of late-Romantic expressions, from heroic to religious, ecstatic to melancholic. The Sonata No. 10 is regarded as one of Scriabin’s greatest works. The collection culminates with the pianistic tour-de-force of Vers la flamme, an astonishing piece famously championed by the late Vladimir Horowitz.

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Oscar Pettiford – Oscar Pettiford: Baden-Baden 1958-1959 (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Oscar Pettiford – Oscar Pettiford: Baden-Baden 1958-1959 (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:05 minutes | 1,37 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

One of the giants of the double bass, Oscar Pettiford was known for his fine tone, the clarity of his attack, and the melody of his line. A successor to Jimmy Blanton and a contemporary of Red Callender and Charles Mingus, Pettiford was among the most sought-after musicians in jazz. During his short life, Pettiford distinguished himself as a performer, composer, and bandleader and is considered the pioneer of the cello as a solo instrument in jazz music.

The Baden-Baden sessions between the autumn 1958 and the summer of 1959 resulted in a set of unique recordings.

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Orion Weiss – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – Strike Up the Band: Overture – Promenade – Catfish Row (2012/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Orion Weiss – Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – Strike Up the Band: Overture – Promenade – Catfish Row (2012/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 54:21 minutes | 1,82 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Naxos

Info for Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – Strike Up the Band: Overture – Promenade – Catfish Row (Remaster 2015)
George Gershwin fired up the New York music scene with his mélange of alluring tunes and refinement of the jazz vibe. His Strike up the Band Overture opened a flashy broadway hit and, inspired by a train ride, the composer heard his masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue as a “musical kaleidoscope of America”. Promenade was reconstructed from a 1937 film score, and Catfish Row was Gershwin’s concert suite from the opera Porgy and Bess. Acclaimed as a “bold, gutsy performance with plenty of pizzazz” and with “impressive brilliance and depth”.

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OM – With Dom Um Romao (1978/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

OM – With Dom Um Romao (1978/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time –41:52 minutes | 898 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

To us, this recording represents what was great about ECM in the mid 70s, searching improvised grooves that cross the lines between free playing, textural tone bending, ethnic influences and modern fusion, but without getting too new-agey. Om were a quartet of European improvisers, many of whom would go on to delve more fully into the free scene there: Urs Leimgruber, Christy Doran, Bobby Burri and Fredy Studer, and Dom Um Romao adds some great percussive touches to this recording as a guest. The set starts out with Um Romao laying out some expressive percussion before settling into the nice modal groove of “Chipero”, which is followed by the more energetic “Dumini”, a spacious classic ECM number “Back To Front” and the lengthy fusion excursion “De Funk”.

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OM – Rautionaha (1977/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

OM – Rautionaha (1977/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time –47:02 minutes | 970 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

The Swiss quartet of OM, which found just the freedom it needed in ECM’s studios for a good decade, flung open the doors with colorful aplomb on Rautionaha, a rare JAPO release. To this early date the group brings a kaleidoscope of shared experience. The sound is appropriately splintered. Guitarist Christy Doran pens the kick-in-the-gut opener, “For Ursi.” Unable to resist the attraction from the get-go, saxophonist Urs Leimgruber colors the twilight with his heady tenor, chaining ladders of virtuosity with attentive form. His gurgling expositions of momentary abandon give Doran just the break he needs to cast a reverberant magic with tails flying. The superb rhythm work from percussionist Fredy Studer and bassist Bobby Burri completes this wall of light. The latter gives us “Stephanie,” his first of two cuts. This meditation of gongs and electronics coalesces into some fine soliloquies from the composer, while the full drumming and six-string picking shimmer like morning sun on the horizon’s lip. The prickly tenor is a bonus. Speaking of which, Leimgruber puts his writing to the test in “Song For My Lady.” Something of a ballad, in it he becomes a crying wayfarer who walks the same circle of self-reflection until there is only music left of the one that produced it. Lifting this ponderous weight off our shoulders is Burri’s title offering, which grows like weed in a groovy embrace. His bass work glows here. Leimgruber opts for soprano, reaching heights of multi-phonic brilliance that no footstool can reach. The effect is nothing short of extraordinary. The quartet ends on a whimsical punctuation mark: a flag without a country, a star without a sky. In the absence of definite shape, we are free to induce our own.

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OM – Kirikuki (1976/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

OM – Kirikuki (1976/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time –40:33 minutes | 834 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

Like its contemporary, the Everyman Band, the Lucerne-based quartet known as OM succeeded in blending rock and free improv idioms to gnarled perfection. Composed of guitarist Christy Doran (Dublin-born but Swiss-raised) and fellow countrymen Urs Leimgruber (reeds), Bobby Burri (bass), and Fredy Studer (drums), the group was an espresso shot in all four careers. ECM has, of course, given just dues with a 2006 retrospective. Still, there’s no better place to get acquainted with OM than through the four complete albums for sister label JAPO, of which this is the first (the fourth, Cerberus, survives fully intact on said retrospective).

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Olly Murs – Never Been Better (Deluxe Edition) (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Olly Murs – Never Been Better (Deluxe Edition) (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:10 minutes | 722 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Epic

Olly Murs’ fourth studio album, 2014’s Never Been Better, showcases more of the former British X Factor runner-up’s passionate melodic pop and dance-oriented R&B. The album follows up his 2012 effort Right Place Right Time, and features production and co-writing from such luminaries as Steve Robson, Ryan Tedder, and Claude Kelly. Also featured is Murs’ take on the Paul Weller composition “Let Me In.” Included on the album is the track “Up,” with Demi Lovato, as well as the single “Wrapped Up” featuring Travie McCoy. ~ Matt Collar

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Oliver Triendl, Isabelle van Keulen – Frid: Symphony No. 3, Double Concerto & Inventions (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Oliver Triendl, Isabelle van Keulen – Frid: Symphony No. 3, Double Concerto & Inventions (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:08:31 minutes | 650 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © CapriccioNR

With his opera The Diary of Anne Frank (1968/69), by virtue of the subject alone Grigory Frid could be sure of attracting attention beyond the borders of Russia. The remaining enormous oeuvre by the composer, covering mainly instrumental works, songs, radio and film music, still remains to be discovered and treated in depth. Both prior to and after the collapse of the Communist USSR, Frid was awarded the highest honours, e.g. the title of Artist of Merit (1986) and the Moscow Prize (1996). If it is probably not erroneous to view Frids aesthetic position in a propinquity to Dmitri Shostakovich, on the one hand, and in the environment of his contemporaries a generation younger such as Edison Denisov, Sofia Gubaidulina and Alfred Schnittke. As in the cases of these composers, Frids music is also positioned in a field of tension between following the great Russian tradition and the quest for possibilities of expression in keeping with new, modern and international trends.

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Oh Sees – Face Stabber (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Oh Sees – Face Stabber (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:20:16 minutes | 1,72 GB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Castle Face

Hey there, human kids, lift your face out of the feed trough and pluck that feculence from your ears. Hark! A sonar blip from beneath the pile of bodies-the latest Oh Sees, Face Stabber! Boop, blip, ughhh… people churning like a boiling swamp. Man, this din is nauseating. The screen flickers for the first time this year with a transmission from two months in the future: “the internet has deemed guitar music dead and you are free to do whatever the fuck you like… long live the new flesh!” This album is Soundcloud hip-hop reversed, a far flung nemesis of contemporary country and flaccid algorithmic pop-barf. No songs about money or love are floating in the ether. Just memories, echoes, foggy blurs, blip-blop goes the scope, heavy funk, dystopia-punk canons, long jams, bloated solos dribbling down your caved-in chest. Human cattle like a beef avalanche, right on your burned out face hole. Spider-legs fuzz crawling in your brain. Lots of curse words for your mom. You’ve gotten the over-population blues, so let’s have some art for art’s sake. What else are you gonna do? Stare at the sky? Please… fifty carbon copies of you look back at you as you walk the streets. Take a breath, you’re going to need it. Take drugs, you’re going to need those just to stand in line at the air and water reclamation center soon enough. There’s no fruit, buddy. You’re at the bleak-peak. They will squeeze you till you’re all squeezed out. Or fans of fried prog burn-out, squished old-school drool, double drums, lead weight bass, wizard keys (now with poison), old-ass guitar and horrible words with daft meanings. If you don’t like it then don’t listen, bub. Back to the comments section with you! Easy over and out.

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O-Celli – The Sunnyside of O-Celli (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ô-Celli – The Sunnyside of Ô-Celli (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 57:50 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cypres

Eight solo cellists, all chamber musicians and concert artists, combine their energies and dreams in order to create an audacious and astonishing program, full of warmth and sensuality in the southern sun. Each arrangement is for them a challenge and a pleasure. Flamenco spirit, impressionist poetry or epicurean appetite, gentle grace and sentimental melody, melancholic tango or festive mambo.

This album is a burning invitation to travel. Fascinating tracklisting in which O-Celli radiates the passion of its performers.

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