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Month: January 2018

Dead Can Dance – In Concert (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dead Can Dance – In Concert (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:37:15 minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Play It Again Sam

“In Concert” is the second live album by Australian band Dead Can Dance, following 1994’s “Toward the Within”. It was recorded during the Anastasis world tour. Various versions of the album contained different track listings. The digital download featured the same 16 songs as the limited triple-vinyl box set and the double CD deluxe edition, which are live performances of all Anastasis compositions plus the traditional Arabian song “Lamma Bada”, a cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren” and some earlier Dead Can Dance material.

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David Ian – Vintage Christmas Trio (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

David Ian – Vintage Christmas Trio (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:01 minutes | 367 MB | Genre: Holiday, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Prescott Records

You can see the snow gently drifting down through the sky, taste the eggnog, and feel the yuletide spirit gently wrapping its arms around you as Vintage Christmas Trio pleasantly glides on by. Building on a branding-savvy holiday portfolio that includes Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records, 2011) and Vintage Christmas Wonderland (Prescott Records, 2014), pianist David Ian delivers a stripped-down set of ten holiday chestnuts that values clarity and concision.

Christmas albums often try to sell themselves with novelty value, athleticism, and/or pizzazz, but Ian won’t have any of that. His music is straightforward. And while it certainly falls under the jazz heading, don’t look for lengthy solos, wild trips afield, bluesy bluster, or radical redesigns. There’s a spare elegance to Ian’s vision of Christmas that’s in keeping with the meaning of the holiday and the feeling of the season.

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David Enhco – Horizons (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

David Enhco – Horizons (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:55 minutes | 418 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Nome

David Enhco is a trumpeter and composer. At the age of three, he began exploring music with percussions and the piano, and then adopted the trumpet when he was five years old. He studied classical music with Pascal Clarhaut and jazz at the CMDL (Didier Lockwood Music Center), performing in his first concerts at age eight, with a children’s group. David Enhco never tires of forming new groups and music projects, sharing and passing on his love for music. The David Enhco Quartet’s third album, Horizons, was recorded in December 2016 and released in April 2017.

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Dan Reed – Confessions (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dan Reed – Confessions (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:02 minutes | 941 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Zero One Music

Capitalising on the creative momentum generated for Fight Another Day, Dan Reed Network’s first studio album in 25 years, the band’s front man wastes no time in writing, recording and releasing his 4th solo album, Confessions. As we listen to the album on repeat, it’s 10 tracks clearly showcase what an exceptional artist Dan Reed really is, and truly one of the most underrated of his generation.

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Christof Lauer & NDR Bigband – Play Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Christof Lauer & NDR Bigband – Play Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48kHz  | Time – 57:41 minutes | 687 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

The idea for this album had been planted ten years earlier, taking saxophonist Christof Lauer that long to develop this project focusing on American jazz pioneer Sidney Bechet and his French-Creole-inspired compositions. Together with the NDR Bigband, Lauer looks at Bechet in an entirely new way, interpreted by someone from a free jazz background who developed his unmistakable sound playing with legends such as Stan Getz. Recorded in only four days, Petite Fleur presents these unmistakable Bechet classics in a new light thanks to Lauer’s distinctive tone and the multilayered arrangements.

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Chris Speed Trio – Platinum On Tap (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Chris Speed Trio – Platinum On Tap (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 45:11 minutes | 893 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Intakt Records

Platinum on Tap sees the Chris Speed Trio—comprised of Chris Speed on tenor sax, Chris Tordini on bass, and Dave King on drums—present paired back original compositions that channel pure jazz bearing the influence of musicians such as Lester Young, making for a refreshingly classic yet totally contemporary offering.

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Carmen Gomes Inc. – Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Carmen Gomes Inc. – Carmen Gomes Sings The Blues (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:58 minutes | 2,21 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: soundliaison.com | Front Cover | © Sound Liaison

Carmen Gomes has won many awards in the Netherlands and surrounding areas. Like so many new European singers, she sings in English. Her style is bluesy and intimate with a sexy voice that’s sweet as dark tupelo honey, and her interpretations are unerring. Idea of this album would take on the challenge of reinterpreting Harry Belafonte’s “Belafonte Sings the Blues” was originally suggested by Harry van Dalen, owner of the eminent High End audio shop Rhapsody. He thought that Carmen’s band would be perfect for reinterpreting the mood and the sound of the classic album.

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing” ~ Salvador Dalì

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Bruce Springsteen – Tracks (1998/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bruce Springsteen – Tracks (1998/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 04:12:52 minutes | 2,8 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Columbia

“Tracks” is a four-disc box set by Bruce Springsteen, released in 1998 containing 66 songs. This box set mostly consists of never-before-released songs recorded during the sessions for his many albums, but also includes a number of single B-sides, as well as demos and alternate versions of already-released material. A treasure trove of material mostly left on the cutting-room floor from his early auditions for John Hammond through his work in the 1990s. Not a retrospective but an “alternate road map” and a glimpse at the ambition, development, and prolific creativity of a Rock icon.

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Billy Squier – Emotions In Motion (1982/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Billy Squier – Emotions In Motion (1982/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 42:14 minutes | 1,7 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Emotions in Motion is Billy Squier’s third album originally released in 1982. The record was in Billboard’s Top Five album chart, and featured the single “Everybody Wants You” that remained number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks for six weeks. Emotions in Motion remains one of the most popular albums for the rock musician, it received Gold and Platinum the year it was released, and later acquired Double Platinum in 1991. Other popular songs from the record include: “Learn How To Live”, “Emotions in Motion” and “She’s A Runner”.

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Billy Squier – Don’t Say No (1981/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Billy Squier – Don’t Say No (1981/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 38:17 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Don’t Say No was Billy Squier’s most successful album of his career and included the classic hits “In the Dark”, “Lonely Is the Night”, “My Kinda Lover” and “The Stroke”. Don’t Say No peaked in the Top Five on the Billboard albums chart and stayed there for over 2 years (111 weeks). It was certified Gold by the RIAA three months after its initial release, and Platinum two months after that.

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