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Shelly Manne, Bill Evans with Monty Budwig – Empathy (1962) [APO Remaster 2013] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Shelly Manne, Bill Evans with Monty Budwig – Empathy (1962) [Analogue Productions ‘2013]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:03 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,41 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 662 MB

Influential and innovative jazz pianist Bill Evans took time off from his regular trio to record Empathy with drummer Shelly Manne (who shares equal billing) and bassist Monty Budwig. Critics noted that the impromptu collaboration seemed to loosen Evans up, inspiring a lighter, freer and more relaxed performance on this album than on his previous recordings with his usual bandmates.

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Sharon Bezaly and Vladimir Ashkenazy – Franck, Faure, Prokofiev: Flute Sonatas (2017) [2.0 & 5.0] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Sharon Bezaly & Vladimir Ashkenazy – Franck, Fauré, Prokofiev: Flute Sonatas (2017)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 75:06 minutes | F/B Covers+PDF Booklet | 3,41 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | F/B Covers + PDF Booklet | 2,96 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96kHz | F/B Covers + PDF Booklet | 1,40 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Label: BIS Records AB # BIS-2259

The flautist Sharon Bezaly has released many discs on BIS, recordings which have contributed to the international recognition that she enjoys. On this disc, however, she turns to core repertoire, although not necessarily that of her own instrument. The two sonatas by César Franck and Gabriel Fauré were composed with the violin in mind, and even though Prokofiev’s sonata was originally intended for the flute it is often heard in the composer’s own version for violin and piano. But joined by the legendary pianist and conductor Vladimir Askenazy, Sharon Bezaly now claims the three works for her own instrument, in eloquent performances that make the best possible case for the flute.

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Sly & The Family Stone – Greatest Hits (1970) [Audio Fidelity 2015] {2.0 & 4.0} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Sly & The Family Stone – Greatest Hits (1970) [Audio Fidelity 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 & DST64 4.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:55 minutes | Full Scans included | 2,97 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 37:11 min | Scans included | 847 MB
Features Stereo and Quadrophonic surround sound | Mastered by Kevin Gray | Audio Fidelity # AFZ5 215

Released in 1970 during the stopgap between Stand! and There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Greatest Hits inadvertently arrived at precisely the right moment, summarizing Sly & the Family Stone’s joyous hit-making run on the pop and R&B charts.

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Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1954/2010) [DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown (1954) [Japan 2010]
DSD64 files (.dsf) Mono 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 49:45 minutes | 1,96 GB
FLAC 2.0 Mono (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 49:45 minutes | 1,01 GB
Source: SHM SACD-R, Universal Music Japan # UCGU-9005 | Artwork: Small front

This 1954 studio date, a self-titled album recorded for Emarcy, was later reissued as Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown to denote the involvement of one of the top trumpeters of the day. Vaughan sings nine intimate standards with a band including Brown on trumpet, Herbie Mann on flute, and Paul Quinichette on tenor, each of which have plenty of space for solos (most of the songs are close to the five-minute mark). Vaughan is arguably in the best voice of her career here, pausing and lingering over notes on the standards “April in Paris,” “Jim,” and “Lullaby of Birdland.” As touching as Vaughan is, however, Brown almost equals her with his solos on “Lullaby of Birdland,” “Jim,” and “September Song,” displaying his incredible bop virtuosity in a restrained setting without sacrificing either the simple feeling of his notes or the extraordinary flair of his choices. Quinichette’s solos are magnificent as well, his feathery tone nearly a perfect match for Vaughan’s voice. Ironically though, neither Brown nor Quinichette or Mann appear on the album’s highlight, “Embraceable You,” which Vaughan performs with close accompaniment from the rhythm section: Jimmy Jones on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums. Vaughan rounds the notes with a smile and even when she’s steeping to reach a few low notes, she never loses the tremendous feeling conveyed by her voice. In whichever incarnation it’s reissued, Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown is one of the most important jazz-meets-vocal sessions ever recorded.

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Sarah Moule – Something’s Gotta Give (2004) [2.0 & 5.1] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Sarah Moule – Something’s Gotta Give (2004)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:39 minutes | Scans included | 2,86 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo( converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/44,1 kHz | Scans included | 568 MB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Linn Records # AKD 239 | Genre: Jazz

Sarah Moule follows up her successful debut album It’s a Nice Thought with another collaborative disc featuring the music of Johnny Mercer and Fran Landesman / Simon Wallace. In the past few years singer Sarah Moule has established a rapidly growing reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting new jazz talents. Something’s Gotta Give marries a collection of new Landesman/Wallace material with classic songs by one of the greatest of the American Songbook lyricists, Johnny Mercer. Mercer and Landesman first met in the late 1950s when Landesman and composer TommyWolf were enjoying great success with songs such as ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’ and ‘The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men’. Mercer was a great admirer of Landesman’s work while she in turn had grown up listening to his songs and absorbing his techniques of incorporating everyday colloquial phrases into song lyrics.

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Patricia Barber – Cafe Blue (1994) [Un-Mastered 2016] SACD ISO + FLAC

Patricia Barber – Café Blue: UN-mastered (1994/2016)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:20 minutes | Front, Scans NOT included | 2,54 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front Cover, Scans NOT included | 1,27 GB

Premonition Records’ reissue of Patricia Barber’s audiophile classic, Café Blue on Hybrid SACD and un-mastered. For the first time, listeners will be able to hear the mixes as they were done in the studio and not in the mastered -for-release form of all prior releases. This is the closest audio fans will get to the studio mixes – Capitol Studios remix from 2011 – and it is a remarkable experience. Now is a much quieter recording busting with dynamic contrasts.

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Patricia Barber – Companion (1999) [MFSL 2003 #UDSACD 2023] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Patricia Barber – Companion (1999) [MFSL 2003 #UDSACD 2023]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 52:27 minutes | Scans included | 2,12 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 982 MB

Companion was recorded in a special three-night series of shows in July, 1999 at Chicago’s famed Green Mill jazz club — an unusually short amount of time to produce a live album. To mine as much material as possible from those nights the performances were run more like recording sessions than live shows, with the crowd reverently hushed. Patricia Barber is in her element and the only thing that seems to have suffered for the recording circumstances is the album’s length — at seven songs and 40 minutes, it walks the line between standard EP and full-length size. One surmises that it might have been longer had there been more album-quality material from the performances. Recalling the energy that was present on her critically worshipped Café Blue album, there is an ease and creativity on Companion which makes her fans’ devotion understandable. Barber has been criticized for being a jazz singer in the loosest sense — her style borrows heavily from R&B and she often covers pop songs (Sonny Bono’s “The Beat Goes On” is a sheer stylish delight), and her song “If This Isn’t Jazz” answers that criticism with a thumb to the nose. What many critics fail to notice, however, is the strength of her musicianship. Sexism within the industry keeps many from seeing female jazz performers playing roles other than those of vocalists — Barber’s warm, breathy voice and creative phrasing are wonderful, for sure, but what really shines are her arrangements. With a talented band behind her, on Companion Barber has made magic with her compositions, her piano playing, and yes, her voice. Intended to be a companion to Modern Cool, this album of mostly previously unrecorded material serves as an excellent introduction to all of her work.

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Patricia Barber – Modern Cool (1998) [MFSL 2002 #UDSACD 2003] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Patricia Barber – Modern Cool (1998) [MFSL 2002 #UDSACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 73:00 minutes | Scans included | 2,94 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,35 GB

The dark, smoky voice of Patricia Barber is quite haunting. On Modern Cool, she mostly sings downbeat songs at slow tempos. All but three songs are her own originals, and they deal with such subject matter as a “homage to beauty” that seems to connect painting one’s face with prostitution, loneliness, mindless conformity, the “postmodern blues” and other depressing topics. Even her treatments of “You and the Night and the Music” and “Light My Fire” make one think that she is utterly bored with life. Barber, whose piano playing is mostly very much in the background, comes across on this set as a pop/folk singer. Most of the jazz moments are provided by trumpeter Dave Douglas, who is on half of the selections and adds some much-needed excitement; guitarist John McLean, bassist Michael Arnopol, and drummer/percussionist Mark Walker complete the group. This set is definitely for specialized tastes.

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Patricia Barber – Cafe Blue (1994) [MFSL 2002 #UDSACD 2002] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Patricia Barber – Café Blue (1994) [MFSL 2002 #UDSACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:06 minutes | Scans included | 2,914 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB

Patricia Barber, who is both a fine keyboardist and an atmospheric singer, contributes roughly half of the material to her Premonition debut. Her dark voice and the generally esoteric program takes awhile to get used to (listeners will have to be patient), but after two or three listens, this thought-provoking and rather moody set becomes more accessible. The music ranges stylewise from sophisticated pop sensitivities to the avant-garde and even touches of minimalism, while not fitting securely into any category. Barber gives a new slant to “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Ode to Billy Joe,” and even “A Taste of Honey,” and her vocals are all quite haunting and contemporary. An added plus to this unusual music is adventurous guitarist John McLean.

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Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994) [Deluxe DCD Edition 2004] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994) [Deluxe DCD Edition 2004]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD/DST 64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 65:05/64:26 mins | Scans included | 6,78 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 65:05 minutes | Scans included | 2,8 GB

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release, Trent Reznor’s classic album receives the deluxe edition treatment. This double set is presented in surround sound SACD hybrid format. Bonus disc features 13 extra tracks – remixes, b-sides, demos and non-album tracks.

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