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Leon Russell – Leon Russell And The Shelter People (1971/2013/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leon Russell – Leon Russell And The Shelter People (1971/2013/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:42 minutes | 897 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Capitol Records

Leon Russell’s accolades are monumental in a number of categories, from songwriting to session playing, to his solo work. Leon Russell and the Shelter People is the second solo album by the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. This 1971 gem shot to No. 17 on the Billboard album charts.

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Lead Belly – In the Shadow of the Gallows Pole (1965/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Lead Belly – In the Shadow of the Gallows Pole (1965/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 28:11 minutes | 216 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Tradition Records

There seems to be some kind of unwritten rule against giving exact session dates on most Tradition CD reissues, although at least one of the tracks on In the Shadow of the Gallows Pole comes from 1939. The sleeve does note that the material “is digitally remastered directly from rare, mint condition 78s contained in Leadbelly’s first full album, Negro Sinful Songs, and from 78s released on the Stinson label.” There’s some interest in the variety of instrumentation – Leadbelly uses not only his 12-string guitar, but also piano and button accordion (the last of which is used to unusual effect on the version of “John Hardy”). “The Bourgeois Blues” is also a bit unusual in that its lyric derives not from folk traditions, but from an incident in Washington, D.C. in 1935 in which Leadbelly encountered segregation. This can’t be recommended as one of his more essential releases, however, particularly as the running time is a mere 28 minutes.

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Le Musiche Nove & Claudio Osele – Hasse at Home – Cantatas and Sonatas (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Le Musiche Nove & Claudio Osele – Hasse at Home – Cantatas and Sonatas (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:11:06 minutes | 1,48 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © deutsche harmonia mundi

Der persönliche und musikalische Weg des in Bergedorf bei Hamburg geborenen Johann Adolph Hasse (1699–1783) führte vom strahlenden Barock Alessandro Scarlattis zur Klassik im Stile Joseph Haydns, von Neapel nach Wien, von Dresden nach Venedig und vom französischen zum preußischen Hof; dabei entwickelte er sich nicht nur zu einem wahren Europäer im umfassendsten Sinn des Wortes, sondern auch zu einem meisterhaften Schöpfer italienischer und lateinischer Vokalmusik. Das Ensemble Le Musiche Nove unter der Leitung von Claudio Osele betritt mit seinem neuen Album diese faszinierende Welt von Hasse nicht durch das Portal der Opernhäuser, sondern über das häufig weit prächtigere Tor der herrschaftlichen Paläste und adligen Landhäuser. Le Musiche Nove hat hierfür noch zu entdeckende Kantaten und Arien von Hasse ausgewählt: Alle Werke außer der Cembalosonate erscheinen als Weltersteinspielungen, eine davon als Ersteinspielung auf historischen Instrumenten. Auch wenn Hasse in seinen Kantaten und Arien die musikalischen Formen der Oper übernahm, verliehen der spezifische Einsatz dieser Formen und der Aufführungsort diesen Werken einen ganz eigenen Charakter; die Nähe zum Zuhörer ließ jede kleinste expressive und klangliche Geste klar hervortreten. Das Musizieren in diesen kleineren Räumlichkeiten ermöglichte es den Komponisten zu experimentieren, zu theoretisieren und nicht zuletzt sich zu zerstreuen. Diese Musikkultur ist vor allem in den beiden hier zu hörenden Arien (auf Gedichte von Paolo Rolli) zu erkennen: »Dite almeno« und »Della noiosa estate«. Die Begleitung der Stimme durch Kammerbesetzung (zwei Violinen und Basso continuo) gibt den Arien einen abgeschlossenen Charakter, womit sie als eine Art Vorboten des romantischen Lieds erscheinen. Eingedenk der Lehren Alessandro Scarlattis, zu dessen letzten Schülern er gehörte, blieb Hasse aber auch dem Kantatengenre treu. Signifikante Beispiele hierfür stellen die Kantaten »Clori mio ben« und »Perché leggiadra Irene« dar. Auf dem Album sind außerdem herausragende Instrumentalwerke von Hasse zu finden: Die Cembalosonate in G-Dur ist ein gelungenes Wechselspiel spätbarocker Formen mit den typischen Elementen jenes »galanten Stils«, der einen Gutteil des 18. Jahrhunderts bestimmte. Die Sonate für Flöte und Basso contunio Nr. 11 ist das herausragendste Werk aus der Sammlung »XII Sonate a flauto traversiere solo e basso … opera prima«, die vielleicht die bedeutendste Zusammenstellung von Instrumentalwerken ist, die zu Lebzeiten von Hasse veröffentlicht wurde.

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Le Consort, Justin Taylor – Opus 1: Dandrieu, Corelli (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Le Consort, Justin Taylor – Opus 1: Dandrieu, Corelli (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:01:22 minutes | 2,62 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Alpha

Although Dandrieu is best-known for his talents as an organist, his trio sonatas deserve a prominent position in the chamber music of the period. They show a stunning mastery of style and variety of characters. Dances overflowing with energy, mischievous and impetuous counterpoint between the three parts, movements with highly expressive Italianate suspensions, articulation, phrasing, rhythm, gentleness, passion – in a word, life. He published them under the title Premier Œuvre in 1705, when he was twenty-three years old, our own age when we first met and played these sonatas: Opus 1 was therefore a natural choice as the title for this album!’ say the members of Le Consort.

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Laville – The Wanderer (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Laville – The Wanderer (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 46:42 minutes | 525 MB | Genre: Soul
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Acid Jazz

Debut album from North London, rising soul sensation. Fascinated by cinema and poetry, the musician’s lyrics have this narrative thrust that digs a little deeper than most. Speaking of ‘The Wanderer’, Laville comments: ‘The album is like a round up of a lot of things that have happened. from when I was really young to just now. Things I have felt forever’.

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L’arte del mondo – Antonio Salieri: La Fiera di Venezia (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

L’arte del mondo – Antonio Salieri: La Fiera di Venezia (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:22:36 minutes | 1,44 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © deutsche harmonia mundi

In 2016, audiences and critics applauded Werner Ehrhardt and his ensemble L’Arte del Mondo, who, while residing at Bayer Kultur in Leverkusen, produced the world’s first recording of La Scuola de’ Gelosi by the young Salieri, a pleasantly contrary, elegant and comic trifle. And so it’s only natural that the German ensemble should have thrown themselves into La Fiera di Venezia, written by the same composer at the age of 21.

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Larry Karush, Glen Moore – May 24, 1976 (1976/2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Larry Karush, Glen Moore – May 24, 1976 (1976/2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 42:54 minutes | 776 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © ECM

Bassist and Oregon cofounder Glen Moore joins pianist Larry Karush (who can be found lurking elsewhere on ECM as part of Steve Reich’s ensembles) in a fascinating encounter recorded on the titular date for the JAPO label. Perhaps because the two had already nurtured a deep synergy, what might have been a straight-up duo project instead turned into a spacious and variegated statement. Karush serves up four memorable solo portions, including opener “Untitled.” Balancing cloudy textures with sudden intakes of breath, it leaves only ash to tell of the fire that once burned there. “Transit Boogie,” on the other hand, is a forward-moving piece of ragtime nostalgia that delights in interlocking parts. “Vicissitudes” and “Pamela: At The Hawk’s Well” round out the solo ventures with introspections and intense descriptiveness. Moore’s single lone contribution is “Flagolet,” an overdubbed piece for bowed basses that grinds and twists its own sonic licorice.

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Laura Cox Band – Burning Bright (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Laura Cox Band – Burning Bright (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:02 minutes | 884 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © earMUSIC

Laura Cox is exactly what she promises to be: a badass rock’n’roll lady who makes her guitar produce sounds that are about to shake the world in a groundbreaking fashion. With this, she is catapulting herself among the ranks of the great female guitarists. Seriously, could you think of anything cooler than Nancy Wilson, Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), The Runaways or Joan Jett, just to name a few.

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Tom Walker – What a Time To Be Alive (Deluxe Edition) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Tom Walker – What a Time To Be Alive (Deluxe Edition) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:15:51 minutes | 863 MB | Genre: Alternative Rock, Singer-Songwriters
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Relentless Records

Debut studio album by the Brit Award winning singer/songwriter. The album was produced by Mike Spencer (Years & Years), Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys) and Steve Mac. Tom’s single ‘Just You and I’ is the follow-up to the global anthem ‘Leave a Light On’, which has sold over 800,000 units in the UK and 3 million worldwide, reaching #1 on iTunes in 20 countries, including the UK, and top ten in 44. The album title, ‘What a Time to Be Alive’, is taken from one of Tom’s best-loved songs, ‘Blessings’, and is indicative of the hope and optimism that permeates this 12 track collection of original songs written or co-written by Tom and sung in his unmistakable voice.

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Tom Skinner, Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert – Undone (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Tom Skinner, Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert – Undone (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:10:48 minutes | 736 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © The Vinyl Factory

Dave Okumu, Tom Herbert and Tom Skinner will release new album, Undone: Live At the Crypt, via The Vinyl Factory this November.

Recorded live at The Crypt in Camberwell, South London, the album captures the trio performing twelve tracks from a diverse range of artists that have inspired and shaped their musical journeys, individually and collectively.

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