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Jakob Bro, Arve Henriksen, Jorge Rossy – Uma Elmo (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jacob Bro – Uma Elmo (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:41 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front cover | © ECM

With Uma Elmo, his fifth album as a leader for ECM, Danish guitarist Jakob Bro presents a new trio featuring Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen and Spanish drummer Jorge Rossy. Astonishingly, given the trio’s musical synergy, the first time these three musicians ever performed together was for the album’s sessions at the Swiss Radio studio in Lugano, with ECM founder Manfred Eicher producing. Uma Elmo reaffirms the observation about Bro’s work by London Jazz News that “there is no hurry to this music, but there is great depth.” Among the album’s highlights is opener “Reconstructing a Dream,” a darkly lyrical reverie. “To Stanko” is Bro’s hushed tribute to the late, great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, who featured the guitarist in his quintet for the ECM album Dark Eyes. Another homage to a late elder is “Music for Black Pigeons,” which was given its evocative title by saxophone sage Lee Konitz. Listeners will recognize Henriksen’s whispering, poetic sound from his 2008 ECM album Cartography, as well as his collaborations for the label with Trio Mediaeval and Tigran Hamasyan. Rossy is well known to jazz fans on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly for his decade-plus tenure in Brad Mehldau’s career-making first trio. As for the leader, DownBeat aptly noted in its review of his previous ECM album, Bay of Rainbows, that “Bro’s guitar is luminous… his music both hypnotic and dramatic.”

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Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell – Realm Of Spells (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell – Realm Of Spells (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 55:26 minutes | 342 MB | Genre: Jazz, Fusion
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Jah Wobble Record

Spirals , the slow reveal, cyclical but eventually coming to a point . ‘Realm of Spells ‘ is for me the point . Maybe the last time I will get to work with Bill. For me personally, this record embodies and contains a lot of the basic approach I had right from the beginning , especially in regard to playing the bass. The circumstances of our trip led to me using a Fender P bass for the first time in years. All the early PiL stuff plus Full circle with Holger and Jaki was played on Fender P. I was taken back to that beautiful naive beginning . At that juncture some pristine mathematical truth shot like a ray of vajra light from deep space.

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Jadran Duncumb – Bach: Works for lute (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Jadran Duncumb – Bach: Works for lute (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 52:33 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Audax Records

Johann Sebastian Bach excelled as a player on several instruments, but the lute was not one of them. Even today, this renders his works for solo lute unique in the instruments vast repertoire where playing the lute has otherwise been a prerequistite to composing for it. As such, they pose unique challenges and dilemmas for players who want to present this music in the best light. Inspired by his teacher, Rolf Lislevand, Jadran Duncumb eschews the well-thumbed pages of Bachs own manuscripts and sets out on a different path. Instead, following manuscripts by lutenists contemporary with Bach that take advantage of the instruments inherent strengths, he arrives at startling new conclusions. Jadran Duncumb is of English and Croatian origins, although from the age of nine he grew up near Oslo in Norway. He made his mind up to study music when he won the String Category and thus reached the final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Jadran began to explore baroque music during his studies at the Royal College of Music (where he studied guitar under Gary Ryan and lute under Jakob Lindberg) in London and has since been very active as a continuo player performing with various European ensembles as well as being in demand as a soloist specialising mainly in repertoire for the baroque lute and baroque guitar.

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Jacqui Naylor – The Long Game (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Jacqui Naylor – The Long Game (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 59:07 minutes | 653 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Ruby Star Records

The Long Game is the 11th album from celebrated vocalist and songwriter, Jacqui Naylor. Known for her ability to seamlessly weave genres and styles from different eras, this artist creates a meaningful collection of love songs, replete with R&B inspired original compositions, Latin imbued jazz standards and sensitively crafted rock anthems. The musicianship and camaraderie of Naylor and long-time bandmates shine brightly throughout this thoughtfully produced album.

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Jacqueline du Pre – Haydn & Monn – Cello Concertos (1969/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jacqueline du Pré – Haydn & Monn – Cello Concertos (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 52:54 minutes | 1,96 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Warner Classics

Jacqueline Mary du Pré OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was a British cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time.

Her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which forced her to stop performing at the age of 28. She battled the illness for a further 14 years until her death at the age of 42.

She was the subject of the 1998 biographical film Hilary and Jackie, which attracted criticism for perceived inaccuracy and sensationalism.

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Jack White – Lazaretto (2014/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Jack White – Lazaretto (2014/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 39:11 minutes | 1,46 GB | Genre: Alternative, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Third Man Records/Columbia

Jack White is an American musician, producer, director, writer, and actor. He is most well-known as the frontman of the band The White Stripes, though he has been in several bands and collaborated with various artists. His solo album “Lazaretto”, inhabits an exciting place in White’s expansive discography as the follow-up to 2012’s Gold-certified international #1 “Blunderbuss”, and will be preceded by first single and title track “Lazaretto,” have been released later this month.

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J.B. Lenoir, Sunnyland Slim And Friends – Live In ’63 (2003) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

J.B. Lenoir, Sunnyland Slim And Friends – Live In ’63 (2003)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:03:16 minutes | 631 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Fuel 2000

Fuel 2000 released this live date with guitarist J.B. Lenoir and pianist Sunnyland Slim decades after the original session took place at Nina’s Lounge, a small club on the near west side of Chicago. The disc moves along at a brisk pace with both Lenoir and Sunnyland in fine shape, whether in a solo context (Sunnyland has three solo spots and Lenoir four) or in combinations with their friends. Hanging around the club that night (July 9, 1963) were St. Louis Jimmy Oden, who plays a mean harp on “Lend Me Your Love”; Chicago street musician John Lee Granderson on three tunes (“J.L.’s Blues,” “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” and “That’s All Right”); and rounding out the jam session is 20-year-old Mike Bloomfield on acoustic guitar. Highly recommended for both blues fanatics and casual listeners.

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The Gloaming – The Gloaming 3 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Gloaming – The Gloaming 3 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:16 minutes | 1,25 GB | Genre: World
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Real World Records

World renowned Irish American group’s third studio album. The Gloaming is four master musicians and one singer, seemingly suspended in time as their music unfurls around them, its tendrils reaching out into every nook and cranny of the room. It’s undoubtedly Irish music – with violinists Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, and with Ó Lionáird, one of the greatest contemporary sean-nos singers. But it’s also more than that: pianist and producer Thomas Bartlett steers the music towards a place where modernity and the old world become one. The heart of The Gloaming remains, but there are touches throughout that signal its points of difference.

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The Gotobeds – Debt Begins at 30 (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Gotobeds – Debt Begins at 30 (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:59 minutes | 939 MB | Genre: Alternative & Indie
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sub Pop Records

The Gotobeds – Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin – return to the fray with their third full lengther, Debt Begins at 30. The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds – as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City – have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows.

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Huw Morgan & Rebecca Wilt – The Art of the Modern Trumpet, Vol. 2 (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Huw Morgan & Rebecca Wilt – The Art of the Modern Trumpet, Vol. 2 (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:35 minutes | 1,99 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Naxos

The second volume of this series visits 20th-century France, where the combination of trumpet and piano inspired music of ravishing beauty, intimacy and wit. Through the bluesy retrospection of Jean Hubeau’s Sonata, the voluptuous rhapsody of Florent Schmitt’s Suite and the avant-garde eclecticism of Antoine Tisné’s Héraldiques, this album explores the quintessentially Gallic sonorities that came to redefine the instrument’s voice for the modern era.

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