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Dead & Company – TD Garden, Boston, MA 11/17/17 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dead & Company – TD Garden, Boston, MA 11/17/17 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:55:21 minutes | 1,94 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

The city of Boston has been known by various nicknames over time, not all of them related to beans: “the Cradle of Liberty” or “Birthplace of the American Revolution” come to mind. And then there’s “The Hub.” This was a shortened version of “Hub of the Solar System,” a phrase used to characterize Boston’s central position in the early social, cultural and political life of the United States, first applied by the 19th century writer and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. While that role may have diminished as the nation expanded westward, Boston has certainly remained “The Hub” in at least one way: as the epicenter of activity for New England’s large and avid contingent of Dead Heads for more than a half-century, beginning with the Grateful Dead’s first shows in the city, at a short-lived venue known as the Psychedelic Supermarket, in December of 1967. Boston has a singular distinction in Dead history as the only city outside of the San Francisco Bay Area in which the band played a show on New Year’s Eve (12/31/69). As the Dead’s popularity grew dramatically from that point, their most frequent destination in the area, playing host to 24 shows between 1973 and 1994, was Boston Garden, a decaying but magnificent old heap of a sports arena, famous as home to the Celtics and Bruins during their greatest years, as well as some of world’s rowdiest fans, who liked to express their displeasure with opposing teams or questionable referee’s calls by throwing light bulbs on the court or ice. In the rock ‘n’ roll era firecrackers became the more common weapon of choice, and at least one recording of a 70s Grateful Dead show at the Garden features a request from band to audience to kindly refrain from blowing things up.

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Dead & Company – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC 11/28/17 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dead & Company – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC 11/28/17 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 03:03:31 minutes | 2 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

After conquering the Midwest, Dead & Company headed below the Mason-Dixon line to begin the final leg of the Fall ’17 tour, the first stop being the lovely and diverse city of Charlotte, NC. Southern Dead Heads have sometimes lamented that their region was not as frequent a touring destination as other parts of the country for the Grateful Dead and its various spinoffs and successors, but Dead and Co. seem to be looking to change that: this was the third visit in their short history to North Carolina, and second to Charlotte, and the fans’ patience and loyalty was richly rewarded with this sweet gem of a show.

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Dead & Company – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA 2/24/18 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dead & Company – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA 2/24/18 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:53:00 minutes | 1,86 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

A funny thing happened on the way to Dead & Company’s last three scheduled tour dates of 2017. Well, not so funny from the standpoint of John Mayer, whose appendicitis attack and subsequent emergency surgery on December 5th necessitated postponement until the following February of the show scheduled for that night in New Orleans and the remaining two dates in Florida. But hey… if you’re gonna strand several thousand music-hungry fans anywhere, you could hardly pick a better place than New Orleans, birthplace of so much of our shared cultural heritage and a town where music and good times (and great food!) are continuously and abundantly available. Needless to say, the Dead Heads found plenty of ways to make their own fun during the unexpected time off from tour. As a longtime friend of the Dead put it, “John Mayer has the best bad timing ever!”

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Dead & Company – Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA 11/29/17 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dead & Company – Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA 11/29/17 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:57:19 minutes | 1,91 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

The Grateful Dead’s long and happy relationship with the city of Atlanta began on July 7th, 1969 with a free concert in Piedmont Park – a little gift given to the city by the promoters of an event at which the Dead had not performed: the first Atlanta International Pop Festival, which was up to that point the largest gathering of its kind (it was a short reign, though, as its attendance was dwarfed a bit over a month letter by a certain shindig on a farm in upstate New York). Atlanta went on to become a frequent destination on Dead tours throughout the ensuing quarter century, with 24 of the band’s 36 total performances in the city taking place at the Omni, the dominant sports and entertainment arena in the area from 1972 to 1997. The venue holds an especially notable place in Grateful Dead history for having been the location of the last live “Dark Star” the Dead ever played, on March 30th, 1994.

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Dead & Company – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 11/14/17 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dead & Company – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY 11/14/17 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:59:08 minutes | 1,99 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

Let us pause for a moment to praise some of the hardest-working people on the planet – those insanely dedicated individuals who toil on road crews for touring bands, and especially the men and women who have served in those roles for the Grateful Dead and its performing offspring for over five decades. These are the rock ‘n’ roll heroes that most people never see or know by name, but are every bit as essential to making the music happen as the musicians themselves – the people who work the longest hours, do the heaviest lifting and have to attend to the countless logistical and technical details that assure everything will work as seamlessly as possible at show time. We call this to your attention here because, as you might notice, Dead & Company played their two shows at Madison Square Garden on non-consecutive nights. This is because when attempting to book shows into multi-purpose facilities like the Garden, bands and their promoters are at the mercy of the schedules of the professional sports teams that are the building’s principal tenants. And so it was in this case – the New York Knicks had games on tap for November 11th, 13th and 15th. Which meant that the Dead & Company crew had to wait until the first of those games was over and the basketball court and seats removed before they could load in the band’s gear and set up the stage, sound and lights in the wee small hours of the 12th, start breaking everything down and storing it the moment the first show was over, start the whole process over after the game on the middle day, and then clear out for the Knicks yet again immediately after the show on the 14th, loading everything into the trucks headed for the next show in Philly. So, the next time you go to a show… thank the crew!

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Dead & Company – Capital One Arena, Washington DC 11/21/17 (Live) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Dead & Company – Capital One Arena, Washington DC 11/21/17 (Live) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 02:46:20 minutes | 1,82 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Rhino

“You know it’s gonna get stranger…” It’s hard to imagine things getting a whole lot stranger than they are these days in Washington, DC, where we are told (as George Orwell himself might have warned we would be) to accept the existence of such things as “alternative facts.” Clearly, our Nation’s Capital has been in need of a happier sort of alternative reality, and Dead & Company were just the guys for the job for at least this one November night, delivering one of the strongest shows of the 2017 Fall tour.

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David Orlowsky Trio – one last night – Live at Elbphilharmonie (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

David Orlowsky Trio – one last night – Live at Elbphilharmonie (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:17:19  minutes | 767 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Music can only grow when you overcome fear of the new,« claims David Orlowsky. »Who wants to hear music that has always resisted outside influences?« In a time when boundaries are being established again, the musicians of the David Orlowsky Trio set off on a trip through the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, driven by curiosity to discover new sounds. And their new compositions know no bounds – they lie between klezmer, jazz and classical music, and are inspired by the many different impressions that the three musicians gathered on the journey from Paris to the Black Sea.

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David Berkman Sextet – Six of One (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

David Berkman Sextet – Six of One (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 56:12 minutes | 629 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © almetto+

Pianist/composer/arranger/bandleader David Berkman is a well-known recording artist on the New York scene as a leader, a sideman for many big names (Sonny Stitt, Tom Farrell, Cecil McBee) and as a teacher at Universities and Jazz Camps in the U.S, South America, Asia and Europe. Here, he performs 10 tracks with his regular sextet (plus guests) in a programme of original music having a wide spectrum of influences. The band has worked together for many years and Berkman, like Duke Ellington before, likes to write for his ensemble with individual players in mind.

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Dave Zinno Unisphere – Stories Told (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Dave Zinno Unisphere – Stories Told (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:06:24 minutes | 688 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Whaling City Sound

Picking up where the enrapturing “River of January” left off, Dave Zinno Unisphere’s follow-up, “Stories Told,” further explores the wild and beautiful jungle of jazz, more specifically, the Brazilian/Latin tributary: electric, funky, passionate, and rhythmic. Zinno here is partnered with Unisphere co-founder Mike Tucker, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Tim Ray and drummer/percussionist Rafael Barata. The ensemble is supreme and ambitious, benefiting from having a recording under their collective belt and refinement of the Unisphere mission. The performance is a passionate ode to the band’s multicultural vision.

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Dave Gisler Trio – Rabbits on the Run (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Dave Gisler Trio – Rabbits on the Run (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 45:30 minutes | 831 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Intakt Records

Over the past few years Dave Gisler has earned himself an impressive reputation in the free-thinking force field of contemporary jazz as a maverick sound architect on the electric guitar. With Lionel Friedli, the impulsive style-busting force of nature on the drums, and the agile bassist Raffaele Bossard, with his earthy tone, Gisler brought two of the most sought after musicians on the Swiss jazz scene. Since 2016 these three fans of choice yet rough-edged musicianship have been navigating their ship through open musical seas with punky energy, the driving power of indie rock, the free aesthetic of the 1960s and the cadences of modern jazz.

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