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Herbie Hancock – Feets Don’t Fail Me Now (1979/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Herbie Hancock – Feets Don’t Fail Me Now (1979/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 47:47 minutes | 1,0 GB | Genre: Jazz, Funk
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Columbia Records
Recorded: 1978 at The Automatt in San Francisco, California

Keyboardist Herbie Hancock dives into the disco fad that became ever popular by the end of the 1970s. This album differentiates itself from the rest of Hancock’s more jazz based albums, incorporating disco beats and his famous Sennheiser vocoder.

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Ben E. King – Don’t Play That Song (1962/2014) (Mono) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ben E. King – Don’t Play That Song (1962/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz  – Mono | Time – 30:11 minutes | 633 MB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Atlantic Records
Recorded: 1960 – 1961

Don’t Play That Song! is the third studio album by Ben E. King. The album was released by Atlantic Records as an LP in 1962 and was home to five notable singles: “Stand by Me”, “Ecstasy”, “First Taste of Love”, “Here Comes the Night”, and the title track, “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”.

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Bela Bartok – Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 2 – Andrew Armstrong, James Ehnes (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bela Bartok – Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 2 – Andrew Armstrong, James Ehnes (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 01:18:05 minutes | 869 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: theCLASSICALshop | © Chandos Records
Recorded: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk; 2 – 4 June 2012

James Ehnes has previously explored Béla Bartók’s concertos for violin and for viola, to great acclaim. This album is the second in his equally successful survey of Bartók’s chamber music for the violin. His accompanist, once more, is Andrew Armstrong, a pianist praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique.

The folk-inspired Sonata for Solo Violin was the last work that Bartók wrote for the instrument, not to mention the most challenging. In a departure from his usual practice, this work was written not for a fellow Hungarian, but rather for an artist born in New York where Bartók was now living: Yehudi Menuhin. Suitably impressed by a recital performance by Menuhin of his first Violin Sonata as well as Bach’s Sonata in C, he had no hesitation in accepting the violinist’s commission for a sonata that, like Bach’s, would be unaccompanied.

Almost half a century earlier, Bartók had written his Sonata for Violin and Piano in E minor. It was included in a concert given by graduating students of the Liszt Academy in June 1903, when a critic, most likely not realising just how right he would prove, hailed Bartók as ‘a phenomenal young genius, whose name today is known only to a few, but who is destined to play a great and brilliant role in the history of Hungarian music’.

Additionally on this album we have three groups of Bartók’s Romanian and Hungarian folk dances, folksongs, and folk tunes, arranged for violin variously by Zoltán Székely, Tivadar Országh, and Joseph Szigeti, often with direct involvement by the composer himself who helped fine-tune the new arrangements. James Ehnes also highlights the Romanian influences in Bartók’s Sonatina for piano, transcribed for violin by André Gertler, a student of Bartók’s.

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Albrecht Mayer – Lost and Found (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Albrecht Mayer – Lost and Found (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz | Time – 01:12:59 minutes | 1,14 GB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Deutsche Grammophon
Recorded: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, 1/2013

Deutsche Grammophon are very pleased to present Albrecht Mayer’s new album ‘Lost and Found’ in which he delivers a rare and sublime oboe concerti from the 18th century which he discovered in ancient music archives in Thuringia and Saxony.

Widely considered the world’s greatest oboist, Mayer with his unmistakable cantabile sound, breathes new life into these long-lost jewels of German high classicism .

The four, classically proportioned concerti are direct predecessors to Mozart – there is even evidence Mozart knew and studied these works, and may even have had a hand in the composition of the work of Kozeluch.
The music on this album is beautiful and very lyrical, and thus ideal for classical radio stations such as Klassik Radio, Classic FM etc and since his previous albums have consistently ranked in the German pop charts – the only oboist in history to have achieved such prominence and popularity- ‘Lost and Found’ will be the continuation of an incredible career of recorded success.

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A Piacere: Music for viola da gamba – Fahmi Alqhai (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

A Piacere: Music for viola da gamba – Fahmi Alqhai (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz | Time – 00:54:04 minutes | 699 MB | Genre: Classical
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Glossa
Recorded: Sevilla in October & November 2013

In ‘A piacere’ Fahmi Alqhai demonstrates once again what an expressive musician he has become, and with the viola da gamba as his “Wondrous Muse”, he recreates for CD a concert programme which he has been touring and refining over recent years. Following his ensemble album ‘Rediscovering Spain’ (performed with Accademia del Piacere) this new release from Glossa has a distinctively soloistic feel and approach to it, with Alqhai relishing the different moods and musical directions that his chosen musical “voice” permits him to take. Considering the instrument as so much more than a relic from the decaying aristocratic age of Louis XV in France, Alqhai demonstrates – by his choice of programme and his playing – the viol’s versatility, flexibility and depth of emotional response: music from Spanish, German and French Baroque masters of the instrument are joined by Alqhai’s own version of Joe Satriani’s ‘Always with me, always with you’ rock number. Notably in his Satriani adaptation (but also in an old Spanish popular melody featuring the cantaor Arcángel, as well as elsewhere) Alqhai receives support from musician friends gathered at sessions in Seville, all helping to create – in marvellous sound – a new demonstration of the creative freedom that old music can allow in the right hands.

“… the viola da gamba is the perfect vehicle for the musical tapestry of Fahmi Alqhai’’s extraordinary disc. Although along with his group Accademia del Piacere, he specialises in music of the Italian Seicento, what he does with the hybrid pieces on this disc – combining that core repertoire with flamenco and elements that reflect his Syrian-Palestinian-Spanish heritage- brings the instrument into a new realm of joyful potential… Les pleurs, the baseline of gamba repertoire, is as accomplished a performance as you could expect …” –Caroline Gill, Gramophone

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Paul Chambers – Whims Of Chambers (1956/2010) PS3 ISO

Paul Chambers – Whims Of Chambers (1956/2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 Mono > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:17 minutes | Scans included | 1,58 GB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Blue Note / Analogue Productions AP CBNJ 1534 SA (2010)
Recorded: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 21, 1956
Mastered: cousTech Mastering, Camarillo, California by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman.

“…if you haven’t picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you’re really missing out!” – David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52

“…an album that still resonates more than fifty years after its debut. Each of these musicians would develop as dominant musicians, but this cooperative effort stands on its own. The SACD gives the music cleaner, less muddled acoustics, with a penchant for detailed instrument separation.” – Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition

Paul Chambers’ first album features an amazing lineup of John Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver and Philly Joe Jones. A classic Blue Note session of what might be considered “cerebral” jazz.

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Miles Davis – Bags’ Groove (1957/2014) PS3 ISO

Miles Davis – Bags’ Groove (1957/2014)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 Mono > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 46:02 minutes | Scans included | 1,93 GB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Blue Note / Analogue Productions AP CPRJ7109 SA (2014)
Recorded: June 29 & December 24, 1954 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack
Mastered: Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray.

There are a multitude of reasons why Bags’ Groove remains a cornerstone of the post-bop genre. Of course there will always be the lure of the urban myth surrounding the Christmas Eve 1954 session — featuring Thelonious Monk — which is documented on the two takes of the title track. There are obviously more tangible elements, such as Davis’ practically telepathic runs with Sonny Rollins (tenor sax). Or Horace Silver’s (piano) uncanny ability to provide a stream of chord progressions that supply a second inconspicuous lead without ever overpowering. Indeed, Davis’ choice of former Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and concurrent Modern Jazz Quartet members Milt Jackson (vibes), Kenny Clarke (drums), and Percy Heath (bass) is obviously well-informed. This combo became synonymous with the ability to tastefully improvise and provide bluesy bop lines in varied settings. The up-tempo and Latin-infused syncopation featured during the opening of “Airegin” flows into lines and minor-chord phrasings that would reappear several years later throughout Davis’ Sketches of Spain epic. The fun and slightly maniacally toned “Oleo” features one of Heath’s most impressive displays on Bags’ Groove. His staccato accompaniment exhibits the effortless nature with which these jazz giants are able to incorporate round after round of solos onto the larger unit. Bags’ Groove belongs as a cornerstone of all jazz collections. Likewise, the neophyte as well as the seasoned jazz enthusiast will find much to discover and rediscover throughout the disc. [Some reissues include both historic takes of “Bags’ Groove” as well as one additional rendering of the pop standard “But Not for Me.”] –Lindsay Planer

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Lou Donaldson – The Time Is Right (1960/2011) PS3 ISO

Lou Donaldson – The Time Is Right (1960/2011)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:58 minutes | Scans included | 1,5 GB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Blue Note / Analogue Productions  AP CBNJ 84025 SA (2011)

Originally Blue Note ST-84025 (1960). This version Mastered from the original analogue master tapes by Gray & Hoffman

“A soul survivor in every sense of the term, this alto saxophonist is 1 of the few remaining jazz artists who made a major impact on the jazz community via an extensive run with producer Alfred Lion & the Blue Note label (Horace Silver being another Blue Note legend that comes to mind). From his 1st recordings for the label with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, it was clear that Lou Donaldson put melody & sound at a premium, coming up with an amalgam that combined the creamy smoothness of Johnny Hodges with the quicksilver bop inflections of Charlie Parker.”~All About Jazz

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Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk (1958/2010) PS3 ISO

Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk (1958/2010)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 34:11 minutes | Scans included | 1,38 GB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Blue Note / Analogue Productions  AP CBNJ 81593 SA (2010)

Lou Donaldson’s undisputed masterpiece, Blues Walk, marks the point where the altoist began to decisively modify his heavy Charlie Parker influence & add a smoky, bluesy flavor of his own. The material is still firmly in the bebop style, & the mellower moments aren’t as sleepy as some of Donaldson’s subsequent work, so the album sounds vital & distinctive even as it slows down & loosens things up. What elevates Blues Walk to classic status is its inviting warmth. Donaldson’s sweetly singing horn is melodic throughout the 6 selections, making even his most advanced ideas sound utterly good-natured & accessible. The easy-swinging title cut is arguably Donaldson’s signature tune even above his late-’60s soul-jazz hits, & his other two2 originals, “Play Ray” & “Callin’ All Cats,” are in largely the same vein. Elsewhere, Donaldson displays opposite extremes of his sound; the up-tempo bebop classic “Move” provokes his fieriest playing on the record, & his romantic version of “Autumn Nocturne” is simply lovely, a precursor to Lush Life. The addition of Ray Barretto on conga is a subtle masterstroke, adding just a bit more rhythmic heft to the relaxed swing. There are numerous likable records in Donaldson’s extensive catalog, but Blues Walk is the best of them all.  — AllMusic

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Johnny Griffin – Introducing Johnny Griffin (1956/2011) PS3 ISO

Johnny Griffin – Introducing Johnny Griffin (1956/2011)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 Mono > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 47:42 minutes | Scans included | 1,94 GB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Blue Note / Analogue Productions AP CBNJ 1533 SA (2011)
Recorded: April 17, 1956 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Mastered: cousTech Mastering, Camarillo, California by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman.

“…if you haven’t picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you’re really missing out!” – David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52

Johnny Griffin had been kicking around in R&B bands for years before his Blue Note debut in 1956. And what was “introduced” was a tenor saxophonist with a fresh sound, a warm, soulful style and the fastest technique in jazz. He moves from lyrical ballads to blistering tempos with ease. Within two years, Griff would become one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz as a member of Thelonious Monk’s quartet.

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