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Robert Cray - Strong Persuader (1986/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Robert Cray
Title: Strong Persuader
Genre: Blues Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul Blues
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1986/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:15
Recorded: Sage & Sound, Los Angeles; Haywood's, Los Angeles

#42 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80's

The set that made Cray a pop star, despite its enduring blues base. Cray's smoldering stance on "Smoking Gun" and "Right Next Door" rendered him the first sex symbol to emerge from the blues field in decades, but it was his innovative expansion of the genre itself that makes this album a genuine 1980s classic. "Nothing but a Woman" boasts an irresistible groove pushed by the Memphis Horns and some metaphorically inspired lyrics, while "I Wonder" and "Guess I Showed Her" sizzle with sensuality. --Bill Dahl
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Richard Galliano, Sylvain Luc - La vie en rose (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Richard Galliano, Sylvain Luc
Title: La Vie en rose (Rencontres avec Edith Piaf et Gus Viseur)
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Editions Milan Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:50:30
Recorded: August 2014 in Pernes les Fontaines (France) at studios "La Buissonne

La rencontre est double. Le répertoire d’Edith Piaf et de Gus Viseur revisité par deux artistes emblématiques de la scène jazz. C'est sous le double signe de la Môme et de l'un des premiers accordéonistes de jazz, que Richard Galliano et Sylvain Luc orchestrent leurs retrouvailles. Plus de vingt ans après leur collaboration au sein du trio Galliano-Lassus, le guitariste bayonnais et l'accordéoniste cannois font swinguer avec raffinement un répertoire centenaire. Avec délicatesse, dans l'écoute mutuelle, en se lançant des défis et sans compétitions ni surenchère ou poudre aux yeux, leur corps à corps est d’autant plus impressionnant et nécessaire que certains thèmes (La Foule, L’Hymne à l’amour, La Vie en rose, Je ne regrette rien...) nous sont presque trop connus. La magie de cet album est justement là. Dans la capacité qu’ont Sylvain Luc et Richard Galliano à s’accaparer ces chansons, sans les maltraiter ni, à l’opposé, les laisser dans une quelconque naphtaline. Brillant et émouvant. © CM/Qobuz
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Polyphonies oubliees: Faux-bourdons XVI-XIX - Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard, Maîtrise de Toulouse
Title: Polyphonies oubliées: Faux-bourdons français, XVIe - XIXe siècles
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Aparté · Little Tribeca
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:47:16
Recorded: l’Église de Mont St Jean (21) du 15 au 18 septembre 2011 et à la Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Toulouse du 19 au 23 avril 2012

Et pourquoi donc Polyphonies « oubliées », demanderez-vous fort légitimement ? C’est que sur les vingt-sept pièces ici présentées, seules cinq sont de compositeurs identifiés – Charpentier, Sermisy, Bournonville, Perne et Kunc –, les autres restant muettes à jamais sur l’identité du maître qui les a écrites. Mais est-il besoin de connaître le nom du compositeur pour mieux (ou moins bien) goûter la beauté d’une œuvre ? Est-il seulement besoin d’en connaître la date ou même l’époque de composition ? Eh… Quant au terme « faux-bourdon » inscrit dans le titre du CD, il n’a aucune connotation entomologique : il s’agit d’une forme d’harmonisation du plain-chant dans laquelle les quatre parties vocales sont différentes (là où le plain-chant initial est monophonique), mais toutes les quatre dans le même rythme, note contre note – aucun contrepoint donc. Quelques-unes des pièces présentées respectent cette forme, fort ancienne. Un sacré florilège de somptueuses beautés sacrées, anonymes certes mais certes pas anodines ; chantées selon la prononciation classique du latin à la française, donc les terminaisons en usse et pas en ousse.
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Paul Chambers - Whims Of Chambers (1956/2010) High-Fidelity ISO SACD 2.0 Mono DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Paul Chambers
Title: Whims Of Chambers
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1956/2010
Quality: ISO SACD 2.0 Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: PS³SACD
Duration: 38:17
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

" 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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Paul Berner Band - Road To Memphis (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Paul Berner Band
Title: Road To Memphis
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Sound Liaison
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 44:14
Recorded in Studio Eleven (Hilversum) with a live audience on November 25, 2012.

Born in California, Paul Berner spent his youth in a small town on the Great Plains. There he started playing guitar at age 13 and was soon playing in a local rock band. The double bass followed a couple years later, coinciding with his developing interest in jazz. At 18, after 3 years, but only a few lessons, on bass, he passed the audition for entrance to the University of Iowa School of Music. Intent on developing his technique and his musical horizons, he chose to study classical bass playing, though he always was involved with jazz music outside of school. After receiving his Bachelor’s De gree in Music Performance, Paul moved to Bloomington, Indiana for post-graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Music, also in classical bass. Here he came in contact with musicians such as Peter Erskine, Kenny Aronoff, Todd Coolman, Jim Beard, and John Clayton.

In 1990 Paul made a “quality of life” decision and moved his base of operations to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. To paraphrase Bill Frisell, he wanted a house with a room where he could just sit and think! After arriving in the Netherlands he soon found his talents much in demand, and consequently he has worked with many well-known Dutch and Belgian artists such as Cees Slinger, Toots Thielemans, Dré Pallemaerts, Jesse van Ruller and Laura Fygi. In addition international artists such as Shirley Bassey, George Coleman, Michael Moore and Monty Alexander call upon his bass playing.

This recording is specially made by Sound Liaison for and with lovers of high-end audio recordings Special for those who own high-end audio equipment will have maximum benefit. What made this record different is that the file is a one to one copy of the master file (96kHz/24bit) No quality degradation whatsoever. Enjoy!
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Keyboard Music Vol. 7 - Kristian Bezuidenhout (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Artist: Kristian Bezuidenhout
Title: Mozart - Keyboard Music Vol. 7
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:12:52
Recorded: November 2012 and May 2013 in Lyndhurst Hall at Air Studios in London, England.

Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout continues his multi-disc survey of Mozart's music for solo keyboard with volume seven of the series. The first six have been met with universal critical acclaim from around the world. This program of explores the elegance and drama that are ever-present in Mozart's music. Most notably Bezuidenhout performs two works influenced by the composer's 1778 stay in Paris - the grandly proportioned Sonata in A minor, K. 310 and the dazzling Variations in C on "Lison dormait", K.264.
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Miles Davis - Milestones (1958/2007) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: Milestones
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Modal Music, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records | Sony Music Japan (SICP-10082)
Release Date: 1958/2007
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 00:47:41
Recorded February 4 and March 4, 1958 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC

John Coltrane had come out of detox and benefited from a stay with Thelonious Monk. Miles, back from Paris where he had recorded the music for Louis Malle’s film Lift To The Scaffold, added Cannonball Adderley’s alto to his quintet. Trane’s cubist abstractions and Cannonball’s bluesy lyricism offered him the contrasts that he was looking for, while his rhythm section provided the intensity of a Formula 1 racing car and the comfort of a limousine for every tempo. He had complete confidence in his bassist Paul Chambers, to whom he left long, sometimes bowed, solos, and he and Philly Joe Jones seemed to have telepathic communication. Red Garland, however, was tiring of Miles’ demands to increase the piano’s entrances and exits. One day he got up in middle of a session on “Sid’s Ahead” and left the piano to the trumpeter. At the height of his instrumental art, Miles was searching for a way to free himself from the harmonic constraints imposed by the piano. This is the significance of the composition “Milestones,” in which a simple alternation of two harmonic colors replaced the tortuous progressions of bop. Miles had entered the world of modal jazz.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Divertimenti - Scottish Chamber Orchestra (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Artist: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Title: Mozart - Divertimenti KV 240, 270, 252, 253
Genre: Classical
Label: © LINN Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: LINN
Duration: 01:07:07
Recorded: Stevenson Hall, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK 5–7 April 2014

Following the success of performances and recordings of Weber’s Wind Concertos with SCO principals as soloists, the SCO Wind Soloists that feature on this album have since 2012 started to explore Harmoniemusik repertoire.
Inspired by the legacy of the great Mozartian conductors of the SCO including Sir Charles Mackerras, the Wind Soloists make a fine contribution to the SCO’s distinguished Mozart discography.
This new recording includes four of the five Tafelmusik sextets for pairs of clarinets, horns and bassoons, together with the Serenade in E flat major, the first of Mozart’s three great wind serenades.
The Serenade in E flat major has many unusual features. Its opening fanfare - a series of repeated chords on the tonic in E flat - immediately catches the ear.
The fact that Mozart avoids fatiguing the listener with a surfeit of the same sonorities, in music with a necessarily limited dynamic and instrumental range, bears eloquent testimony to his genius.
This recording captures the wealth of detail in Mozart’s Divertimenti; there is something in each of them for every music lover.
Comprising pairs of clarinet, bassoons and natural horns, the players are dedicated to performing each work in a stylish and informed way, from the masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven and Weber to twentieth-century works and contemporary commissions.
The SCO Wind Soloists are: Maximiliano Martín clarinet, William Stafford clarinet, Peter Whelan bassoon, Alison Green bassoon, Alec Frank-Gemmill horn, Harry Johnstone horn.
The SCO Wind Soloists have appeared in chamber concerts throughout Scotland. They have also performed at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the presence of HRH The Prince Charles.

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Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (1973/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Mike Oldfield
Title: Tubular Bells
Genre: Rock
Label: © Mercury Records
Release Date: 1973/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 00:56:06
Recorded: The Manor, Oxfordshire, England, Autumn 1972 – Spring 1973

Mike Oldfield's groundbreaking album Tubular Bells is arguably the finest conglomeration of off-centered instruments concerted together to form a single, unique piece. A variety of instruments are combined to create an excitable multitude of rhythms, tones, pitches, and harmonies that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in an astounding plethora of music. Oldfield plays all the instruments himself, including such oddities as the Farfisa organ, the Lowrey organ, and the flageolet. The familiar eerie opening, made famous by its use in The Exorcist, starts the album off slowly, as each instrument acoustically wriggles its way into the current noise that is heard, until there is a grand unison of eccentric sounds that wildly excites the ears. Throughout the album, the tempos range from soft to intense to utterly surprising, making for some excellent musical culminations. Mandolins and Spanish guitars are joined by grinding organs and keyboards, while oddball bells and cranking noises resound in the distance. In the middle of the album, guest Vivian Stanshall announces each instrument seconds before it is heard, ending with the ominous-sounding tubular bells, a truly powerful and dominating instrument. The most interesting and overwhelming aspect of this album is the fact that so many sounds are conjured up, yet none go unnoticed, allowing the listener a gradual submergence into each unique portion of the music. Tubular Bells is a divine excursion into the realm of new age music.
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Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Juice (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Title: Juice
Genre: Jazz, Electric Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Rock, Jam Band
Label: © Indirecto Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:03:35
Recorded: 2014

When Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood joined forces again to record a new album, they sought common ground and inspiration in the intersection of improvisation and rhythms from the Afro-Latin diaspora. Their kinship both onstage and off has fostered an escalating degree of musical interplay, exquisitely captured on Juice – their third studio effort and fourth album overall.
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