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Franz Schubert - Complete Symphonies - Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble, Marc Minkowski (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Franz Peter Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Artist: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble, Marc Minkowski
Title: Franz Schubert - Complete Symphonies
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naïve
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 04:07:19
Recorded: March, 2012, Live at the Wiener Konzerthaus

Admirers of Franz Schubert and fans of authentic period performances should seriously consider listening to Marc Minkowski's live set of the complete symphonies with Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, if only for the life enhancing experience. Sure, there's probably no one better at re-creating the real sounds of an early 19th century orchestra, and there are undoubtedly few conductors who can present these masterpieces with greater clarity and vitality. But these characteristics are expected of the best period ensembles, and Minkowski and his musicians have met such expectations time and time again. Beyond this, there is a special intelligence and emotional depth that not only explicate Schubert's counterpoint and communicate his emotional expressions, but make the music a fully organic and satisfying experience. Following the orchestra can be overwhelming because the separation of the parts is so clear and distinctive, myriad details in the counterpoint come across almost at once, and the brilliance and complexity of Schubert's mind is immediately apparent. This is why listeners need to hear the whole set in its entirety, from the Classical early symphonies, through the utterly perfect Fifth, to the towering achievements of the "Unfinished" and the "Great C major." But take ample time to absorb it, if only to savor every wonderful aspect of the performances. This is beyond doubt one of the definitive Schubert cycles, and it is absolutely recommended for anyone who loves this composer's music. -- Review by Blair Sanderson
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Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland - Louie And The Dukes Of Dixieland (1960/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Louis Armstrong And The Dukes Of Dixieland
Title: Louie And The Dukes Of Dixieland
Genre: Jazz, Dixieland, Early Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © High Definition Tape Transfers
Release Date: 1960/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTT
Duration: 48:35
Recorded: May 24-25, 1960 at Webster Hall, New York
Transferred: Audio Fidelity 4 Track Tape

The Dukes of Dixieland is a New Orleans "Dixieland"-style revival band, originally formed in 1948 by brothers Frank Assunto, trumpet; Fred Assunto, trombone; and their father Papa Jac Assunto, trombone and banjo. Their first records featured Jack Maheu, clarinet; Stanley Mendelsohn, piano; Tommy Rundell, drums; and Barney Mallon, tuba and string bass. During its run the band also featured musicians such as jazz great clarinetist Pete Fountain, Jerry Fuller, Jim Hall, Herb Ellis, and Bob "Duke" Assunto [son].
Fred and Frank Assunto both died young, and the original Dukes of Dixieland disbanded in the early 1970s. In April 1974, Producer/Manager John Shoup restarted the DUKES of Dixieland with Connie Jones as leader, leased Louis Prima's nightclub atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter and renamed it "DUKE'S PLACE." The DUKES of Dixieland have not been affiliated with the Assunto Family since 1974, some 37 years ago.
Dukes of Dixieland were featured on the first stereo record, released November 1957, on the Audio Fidelity label. Sidney Frey, founder and president of Audio Fidelity, had Westrex cut the disk for release before any of the major record labels. In 1978, the DUKES recorded the first Direct-to-Disk album, and then, in 1984, were the first jazz band to record on CD. In 1980, they recorded a television special at the old Civic Theater in New Orleans, with the New Orleans Pops Orchestra and later performed in a TV special with Woody Herman, "Wood Choppers Ball." In 1986, they invited jazz master Danny Barker to perform with them at Mahogany Hall to record a television special "Salute to Jelly Roll Morton". In 2001, their gospel CD "Gloryland" was nominated for a Grammy. In 2011, they recorded with The Oak Ridge Boys, in Nashville, TN, a CD titled "Country Meets Dixie."
They have performed with symphony orchestras, including the Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, National, New York Pops (in Carnegie Hall), and 29 other orchestras around the world. In 2005, they traveled aboard the Steamboat Natchez up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Cincinnati, OH, raising money for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund, while many of the band members' homes were still destroyed. In 2011, they performed with the Boston Pops.
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Johnny Griffin - Introducing Johnny Griffin (1956/2011) High-Fidelity ISO SACD Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Johnny Griffin
Title: Introducing Johnny Griffin
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1956/2011
Quality: ISO SACD 2.0 Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: PS³SACD
Duration: 47:42
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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Joe Henderson - Page One (1963/2009) High-Fidelity ISO SACD Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Joe Henderson
Title: Page One
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1963/2009
Quality: ISO SACD Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: PS³SACD
Duration: 42:06
Recorded: June 3, 1963 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
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
Page One introduced the jazz world to the unusually mature and original young tenor saxophonist, Joe Henderson. "Recorda Me" and "Blue Bossa" have become jazz classics for their mix of Brazilian rhythms with Hard Bop muscle.

Page One is the debut release by American jazz tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It features some of Henderson's most appreciated pieces such as "La Mesha", named after Dorham's daughter, and "Out of the Night", originally written in 1957. The front cover lists "Joe Henderson/Kenny Dorham/Butch Warren/Pete La Roca, etc.". Only McCoy Tyner's name is absent. Bob Blumenthal explains, in his 1999 liner notes, that Tyner had just signed with Impulse!, so this first Blue Note appearance was not very adherent to the contract.

The title Page One is fitting for this disc, as it marks the beginning of the first chapter in the long career of tenor man Joe Henderson. And what a beginning it is; no less than Kenny Dorham, McCoy Tyner, Butch Warren, and Pete La Roca join the saxophonist for a stunning set that includes "Blue Bossa" and "Recorda Me," two works that would be forever associated with Henderson. Both are bossa novas that offer a hip alternative to the easy listening Brazilian trend that would become popular with the masses. Henderson and Dorham make an ideal pair on these and other choice cuts like the blistering "Homestretch" and the engaging swinger "Jinrikisha." These both show the already mature compositional prowess that would become Henderson's trademark throughout his legendary career. The final blues number, "Out of the Night," features powerful work by the leader that only hints of things to come in subsequent chapters. --Rovi Staff
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Jimmy Smith - A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 2 (1957/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jimmy Smith
Title: A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 2
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 34:15
Recorded: Manhattan Towers in New York City on February 11 (tracks 1 & 3), and February 12 (track 2), 1957

After cutting five albums with his trio, organist Jimmy Smith on Feb. 11, 1957, recorded with trumpeter Donald Byrd, altoist Lou Donaldson and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley in a sextet that also included guitarist Eddie McFadden and drummer Art Blakey. Among the five songs recorded that day, two (lengthy versions of "Falling in Love with Love" and "Funk's Oats") are included on this LP along with a shorter trio rendition of "How High the Moon" from two days later with McFadden and drummer Donald Bailey in a trio.
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Jimmy Smith - A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 1 (1957/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jimmy Smith
Title: A Date With Jimmy Smith, Vol. 1
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 33:57
Recorded: Manhattan Towers in New York City on February 11 (tracks 1 & 2), and February 13 (track 3), 1957

"These 1957 sessions were the first Jimmy Smith did with horns after his recording debut the previous year. With the calibre of the top-rank musicians involved – Smith, the first to translate Bird’s innovations to the organ, altoist Donaldson, the blues-drenched Bird follower, and both Mobley and Byrd contributing some thoughtful blowing of their own on tenor and trumpet respectively - the overall results were rewarding.
In the rhythm section, McFadden’s warm guitar offered another colour to the organ-and-horns sound, and Blakey, as always, was a force of nature on drums in this no-holds-barred meeting of modern minds." — FreshSoundRecords
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Jesse Davis Quintet - Live at Smalls (2012/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Jesse Davis Quintet
Title: Live at Smalls
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop
Label: © SmallsLIVE
Release Date: 2012/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:15:19
Recorded: December 13, 14,& 15, 2011 at SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, greenwich village NYC

Jesse Davis has a classic tone that will remind you of the best and beautiful days of bebop. With Live At Smalls you get a feeling of a classic jazz performance. This live performance from 2011 features great interaction between Davis and Ryan Kisor; Davis sounds bold and his quintet have an urgency that makes this live date extremely exciting and romantic. A great session filled with lengthy selections and is a perfect introduction to a great performer.
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Hildegard von Bingen - Vox cosmica - Hirundo Maris, Arianna Savall, Petter Udland Johansen (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179), Petter Udland Johansen (*1971), Petrus Abaelardus (1079 – 1142)
Artist: Hirundo Maris, Arianna Savall, Petter Udland Johansen
Title: Hildegard von Bingen - Vox cosmica
Genre: Classical
Label: © Carpe Diem Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:17:35
Recorded: February 2014 at Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche Basel-Binningen (Switzerland)

Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most prominent women in medieval Europe. Her political, spiritual and artistic legacy has remained unique to this day. For good reason, she is still known to a wide public almost a thousand years after her death. The interest in Hildegard gained momentum after Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed her a Doctor of the Church. It is therefore to be welcomed that a young generation of musicians is exploring her works. Thanks to the Sequentia ensemble, Hildegard’s entrancing music has made it into the pop music charts since 1980. Initially, the aim was mainly to unveil the treasure of Hildegard’s compositions. As time has passed, not only has a great deal of knowledge about early music reading and performance practice been acquired, but also young musicians nowadays feel much more relaxed about developing their own views and interpretations of masterpieces, thus making valuable contributions from both a philological and musical standpoint.
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