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Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) [Reissue 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Wes Montgomery – Incredible Jazz Guitar (1960) [Reissue 2003]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:46 minutes | Scans included | 1,76 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 900 MB

The incredible Wes Montgomery of 1960 was more discernible and distinctive than the guitarist who would emerge a few years later as a pop stylist and precursor to George Benson in the ’70s. On this landmark recording, Montgomery veered away from his home Indianapolis-based organ combo with Melvin Rhyne, the California-based Montgomery Brothers band, and other studio sidemen he had been placed with briefly. Off to New York City and a date with Tommy Flanagan’s trio, Montgomery seems in his post- to hard bop element, swinging fluently with purpose, drive, and vigor not heard in an electric guitarist since bop progenitor Charlie Christian. Setting him apart from the rest, this recording established Montgomery as the most formidable modern guitarist of the era, and eventually its most influential. There’s some classic material here, including the cat-quick but perhaps a trifle anxious version of the Sonny Rollins bop evergreen “Airegin,” the famous repeated modal progressive and hard bop jam “Four on Six,” and Montgomery’s immortal soul waltz “West Coast Blues,” effortlessly rendered with its memorable melody and flowing, elegant chiffon-like lines. Flanagan, at a time shortly after leaving his native Detroit, is the perfect pianist for this session. He plays forcefully but never overtly so on the bop tracks, offering up his trademark delicacy on the laid-back “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and easy-as-pie “Gone with the Wind.” With the dynamic Philadelphia rhythm section of brothers Percy Heath on bass and drummer Albert Heath, they play a healthy Latin beat on the choppy and dramatic melody of Montgomery’s original “Mr. Walker.” Montgomery is clearly talented beyond convention, consistently brilliant, and indeed incredible in the company of his sidemen, and this recording – an essential addition to every jazz guitarist fan’s collection – put him on the map.

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Enrico Rava – Renaissance (2002) [Japan 2016] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Enrico Rava – Renaissance (2002) [Japan 2016]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 56:53 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,31 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,2 GB
Genre: Jazz

Enrico Rava is a jazz trumpeter and arguably one of the best known Italian jazz musicians. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked with Pat Metheny, Michel Petrucciani, John Abercrombie, Joe Henderson, Richard Galliano, Miroslav Vitouš, Andrea Centazzo, Joe Lovano, Gil Evans and Cecil Taylor. He has also worked with Carla Bley, Lee Konitz, Jeanne Lee, Paul Motian, and Roswell Rudd. Chiefly an exponent of bebop jazz, Rava has also played in avant-garde jazz settings.

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Seconds Before Landing – The Great Deception (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Seconds Before Landing – The Great Deception (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 68:27 minutes | 736 MB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover

The genre of progressive rock has a proud history, and many would agree that Pink Floyd is the band that helped break it into the mainstream. “Seconds Before Landing”, the ambient rock collective, formed by musician and composer John Crispino, has released its first full length album. The 14 track concept album, entitled “The Great Deception” features original music from Crispino, with a number of guest talents, from notable musical followings. “King Crimsons” Trey Gunn appears and plays Warr Guitar on several tracks. Also appearing is legendary bassist, Tim Bogert, from Beck Bogert & Appice, Cactus, and Vanilla Fudge. This album was mastered by 2 time Grammy Nominee, and “Pink Floyd” engineer, Andy Jackson.

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Big Star – #1 Record + Radio City (1972+1974 / 2 albums on 1 Disc) [1992, Reissue 2004] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Big Star – #1 Record + Radio City (1972+1974 / 2 albums on 1 Disc) [1992, Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 73:16 minutes | Scans included | 1,49 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,62 GB

The quintessential American power pop band, Big Star remains one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll. Originally led by the singing and songwriting duo of Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, the Memphis-based group fused the strongest elements of the British Invasion era — the melodic invention of the Beatles, the whiplash guitars of the Who, and the radiant harmonies of the Byrds — into a ramshackle but poignantly beautiful sound which recaptured the spirit of pop’s past even as it pointed the way toward the music’s future. Although creative tensions, haphazard distribution, and marketplace indifference conspired to ensure Big Star’s brief existence and commercial failure, the group’s three studio albums nevertheless remain unqualified classics, and their impact on subsequent generations of indie bands on both sides of the Atlantic is surpassed only by that of the Velvet Underground.

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Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973) [MFSL 2019] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973) [MFSL 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,42 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 774 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2202

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is the 12th studio album and first soundtrack album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on July 13, 1973 by Columbia Records for the Sam Peckinpah film, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Dylan himself appeared in the film as the character “Alias”. The soundtrack consists primarily of instrumental music and was inspired by the movie itself, and included “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, which became a trans-Atlantic Top 20 hit.

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Bill Evans Trio – Waltz For Debby (1962) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bill Evans Trio – Waltz For Debby (1962) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:22 minutes | Scans included | 1,55 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 888 MB

Waltz for Debby is a live album by jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans and his Trio consisting of Evans, bassist Scott LaFaro, and drummer Paul Motian. his album is widely considered to be one of the best in the Evans canon, and the type of emotive interplay between the musicians that at some points seemed almost deconstructed has served as a model for piano trio play.

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Barry Manilow – Ultimate Manilow (2002) [Reissue 2015] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Barry Manilow – Ultimate Manilow (2002) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 78:41 minutes | Scans included | 3,16 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/44,1 kHz | Full Scans included | 907 MB

Unlike some other MOR pop stars, Barry Manilow never enjoyed the sort of swinging-hipster revival that made him a hot name to drop, ironically or otherwise. Incredibly enough, until the release of Ultimate Manilow in 2002, there was no comprehensive single-disc hits package on the market – a shockingly long wait for one of the most popular hitmakers of the ’70s, hip or not, and clearly the demand was there; Ultimate Manilow entered the charts at number three.

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Art Pepper – …The Way It Was! (1972) [MFSL 2008] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Art Pepper – …The Way It Was! (1972) [MFSL 2008]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:32 minutes | Scans included | 2,12 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,09 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2034 | Genre: Jazz

Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. This collection is better than most. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, pianist Ronnie Ball, bassist Ben Tucker, and drummer Gary Frommer for generally intriguing explorations of four standards. One can feel the influence of Lennie Tristano (with Pepper in Lee Konitz’s place), although Pepper had his own sound and a more hard-swinging style. The success of the Pepper-Marsh front line makes one wish that they had recorded together again. The other three selections are leftovers from a trio of classic Pepper albums, and all are quite worthwhile. Pepper is heard backed by three separate rhythm sections, which include pianists Red Garland, Dolo Coker, or Wynton Kelly; either Paul Chambers or Jimmy Bond on bass; and Philly Joe Jones, Frank Butler, or Jimmy Cobb on drums. Overall, this album sticks to bop standards and finds Art Pepper in top form.

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Art Pepper – Surf Ride (1956) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2012] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Art Pepper – Surf Ride (1956) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2012]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:43 minutes | Scans included | 1,74 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Mono (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans included | 776 MB
Genre: Jazz

Surf Ride is an album by saxophonist Art Pepper featuring sessions from 1952-54 which was originally released as a 12 inch LP on the Savoy label in 1956. All of the recording presented in original Mono format.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter – Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Violin Concertos (2014) [SACD] PS3 ISO

Anne-Sophie Mutter – Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Violin Concertos (2014) [SACD]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0, 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 00:58:33 minutes | Basic Scans included | 4,21 GB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

“Performing contemporary music had added immeasurably to the way I play Tchaikovsky’s Concerto,” writes violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in the liner notes to her 2nd recording of the work in 20 years. To be more precise, what performing contemporary music has added to Mutter’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s concerto is an abrasive tone, an aggressive technique, & an interpretation that treats Tchaikovsky’s tender little concerto as if it were a lover who liked it rough & raw. Although there is no denying Mutter’s virtuosity, her performance is at best willful & at worst wrongful.

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