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Bobo Stenson Trio – Contra La Indecision (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bobo Stenson Trio – Contra La Indecisión (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:41 minutes | 1,13 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © ECM

With a huge variety of sources and influences, Bobo Stenson’s music is never limited to a single territory. He’s not really the kind of Swedish pianist who throws himself into the wide range of improvised music, be it jazz or other genres. He is very much in line with the ECM aesthetic, the label on which he has been one of the most prominent musicians for over four decades… His Swedish trio (Anders Jormin on the double bass and Jon Fält on the drums) makes a stand in the ever so indecisive world of 2017 with this Contra La Indecisión, an album as magnificent as it is decisive. Staying true to themselves, the group supports the originality of their approach here. In addition to collective improvisations and original compositions signed by Stenson and Jormin, we find on the menu the piece which gives the album its name, composed by the Cuban Silvio Rodríguez as well as the adaption of a Slovak folk song signed by Béla Bartók, an extract from Cançons I Danses by Federico Mompou and even the famous Elégie by Erik Satie! The physical and mental force of the trio and the individuality of each of its members is such that all these influences come to blend coherently into an organic whole of profound originality. With Stenson’s lyrical touch as well as Jordan’s folk tinged phrasing make Contra La Indecisión as exquisite as possible…

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Elina Duni Quartet – Matane Malit (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Elina Duni Quartet – Matanë Malit (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 53:43 minutes | 723 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks  | Artwork: Digital booklet | © ECM

Matanë Malit (Beyond the mountain) marks the exquisite ECM debut by the Elina Duni Quartet. The recording pays homage to Albania and finds a singer looking at her roots from a contemporary vantage point as a musician engaged in improvisational processes. Duni explores the region’s troubled history, uncovering songs filled with beauty and power. These traditional masterpieces arranged by Duni, tell the stories of lovers, heroes, workers, shepherds and exiles. Each track focuses on the shape of the sound and the composition’s structure. Absolutely riveting!

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Thomas Stronen – Time Is A Blind Guide (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thomas Stronen – Time Is A Blind Guide (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:52:50 minutes | 984 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source:Qobuz | © ECM Records

“Time” is a guiding principle in any drummer’s ensemble, not least when it is subtly subdivided or extended as it is in this debut by Thomas Strønen’s acoustic group. The name derives from a literary source, “Time is a blind guide” being the first sentence in Canadian author Anne Michaels’s 1996 novel Fugitive Pieces.

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Billy Hart Quartet – One Is the Other (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Billy Hart Quartet – One Is the Other (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 00:51:31 minutes | 889 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © ECM Record
Recorded: April and May 2013 at Avatar Studios, New York

The second ECM album by the Billy Hart Quartet is a major musical statement, and one of the outstanding jazz albums of the season. The group’s reach – already broad on 2011’s widely-acclaimed All Our Reasons – is yet more expansive here. Strong compositions – by leader-drummer Hart, tenorist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson – reflect upon a wide swathe of the music’s history, and are distinguished by vivid and imaginative solos and wonderful interplay. A basic premise, that this should be a band in which the vastly-experienced Billy Hart gets to play everything he wants to play, has led to a sense of almost unlimited possibility for all participants. There is freedom and joy in this music, and tenderness, too, not least in the set’s sole standard, a beautifully played version of “Some Enchanted Evening.” Recorded in New York in 2013, and produced by Manfred Eicher.

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Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:17:35 minutes | 808 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © ECM Records GmbH
Recorded live August 29, 2013 at the Pritzker Pavilion Millennium Park Chicago at the 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

With Made In Chicago, an exhilarating live album, Jack DeJohnette celebrates a reunion with old friends. In 1962, DeJohnette, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill were all classmates at Wilson Junior College on Chicago’s Southside, pooling energies and enthusiasms in jam sessions. Shortly thereafter Jack joined Muhal Richard Abrams’ Experimental Band, and Roscoe and Henry soon followed him. When Abrams cofounded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1965, DeJohnette, Mitchell and Threadgill were all deeply involved from the outset, presenting concerts and contributing to each other’s work under the AACM umbrella. Jack brought them together again for a very special concert at Chicago’s Millenium Park in August 2013, completing the group with the addition of bassist/cellist Larry Gray. The concert recording – featuring compositions by Roscoe, Henry, Muhal and Jack, plus group improvising – was mixed by Manfred Eicher and Jack DeJohnette at New York’s Avatar Studio. Made In Chicago is issued as the AACM begins its 50th anniversary year.

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Anouar Brahem – The Astounding Eyes Of Rita (2009/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Anouar Brahem – The Astounding Eyes Of Rita (2009/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 53:18 minutes | 484 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet | © ECM Records

The Astounding Eyes of Rita is an album by oud player and composer Anouar Brahem recorded in Italy in 2008 and released on the ECM label in 2009. Writing for The Guardian reviewer John Fordham observed “In recent years, Brahem’s work has been more refined and reflective than groove-inclined, but this vivacious quartet set marks a return to the chemistry of Thimar, and it’s a richly varied and often thrilling piece of world-jazz”.

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Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner – Ojos Negros (2007) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner – Ojos Negros (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:57:54 minutes | 895 MB | Genre: Jazz, Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Digital Booklet | © ECM
Recorded: April 2006, Kulturbuehne AmBach, Goetzis

Ojos Negros is an album by Argentine bandoneon player and composer Dino Saluzzi with cellist Anja Lechner recorded in 2006 and released on the ECM label

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Sam Yahel, Mike Moreno, Ari Hoenig, Seamu Blake – Jazz Side of the Moon: Music of Pink Floyd (2008) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Sam Yahel, Mike Moreno, Ari Hoenig, Seamu Blake – Jazz Side of the Moon: Music of Pink Floyd (2008)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:55 minutes | 2.29 GB | Genre: Jazz, Contemporary
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Chesky Records

Returning anew to the original record it’s fascinating to re-discover how provocative Pink Floyd’s classic remains, and to hear how well this quartet’s collective interplay served that music. And how beautifully Sam Yahel’s organ-while not the dominant voice, surely a prominent presence-sets the aesthetic tone for these proceedings: nothing rushed or forced or extravagant…elegant and swinging and exploratory, never stepping on anyone’s toes-deceptively laid back and responsive, always listening intently, with plenty of rhythmic vitality…a sensibility he shares with collaborators Mike Moreno, Ari Hoenig and Seamus Blake, which goes a long ways towards explaining why their take on Pink Floyd’s music is so engaging and stands up so well to repeated listenings.

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Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012) [Official Digital Edition 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:10 minutes | 551 MB | Genre: World, worldbeat
Source: Web (Flash Drive from the Special Edition Hardbound Box)

First album in 16 years! Dead Can Dance (sometimes referred to as DCD) is a world fusion music band that formed in Melbourne, Australia, in August 1981, by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry. The band relocated to London in May 1982 and disbanded in 1998. Their 1996 album Spiritchaser reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top World Music Albums Chart. Australian music historian Ian McFarlane described Dead Can Dance as having an ambient style of world music that “constructed soundscapes of mesmerising grandeur and solemn beauty”.

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Dead Can Dance – Dionysus (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dead Can Dance – Dionysus (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:04 minutes | 400 MB | Genre: Modern Classic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © [PIAS]

Dancing isn’t just for the dead. After 6 years off the radar and two breakups, Dead Can Dance called upon Dionysus to send the living into a trance. The Melbourne duo, who started on 4AD in the dark wave era of Bauhaus and the Cocteau Twins, broke up in 1998 before returning to the studio in 2012 with the well-named Anastasis (the Greek word for “resurrection”). So, sixteen years of silence. With Dionysus, the DCD recipe has changed a little: the liturgic invocations give way to ancient traditional strings and percussion, and the pair’s vocals are stripped right down to give centre stage to the choirs. The uniqueness of this eleventh album resides in the concept that underlies it:

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