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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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Marius Neset - Pinball (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: Marius Neset
Title: Pinball
Genre: Jazz, Mainstream Jazz
Label: © ACT Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:01:18
Recorded: Henning Vatne Svoren at Ocean Sound Recordings, 30th June - 2nd July 2014

rtists prize certain recording studios as much as they do producers or players. The room that adequately captures sound and provides optimal conditions for musicians working at the highest creative level is much in demand, and in some instances it is the location that can be something of a game changer. A studio in an unusual place with a unique ambience or history can greatly affect the act of making music.

Ocean Sound Recordings is a case in point. Built on the Norwegian island of Giske, it wears its name well, offering those who come to blow horns, strike keys or beat drums a grandiose view of the Atlantic.
It was here that Marius Neset, the 29 year-old Norwegian saxophone prodigy who has made major waves on the European jazz scene in the past three years following the release of the lavishly acclaimed albums, 2011’s Golden Explosion, 2013’s Birds and 2014’s Lion, a collaboration with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, spent five days with his band in the spring of 2014. The experience has hardly ebbed from his mind. “The studio is in a big house, and the musicians who use it, get to live on the second floor,” Neset explains. “It’s the most amazing feeling to be in this space where you’re surrounded by nature. We all worked from early morning until late night but you’re aware of this unique environment all the time. I mean it’s just two minutes walk from the studio to the beach, so it was a very special place to make music.”
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Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Marilyn Manson
Title: The Pale Emperor
Genre: Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Industrial Metal
Label: © Loma Vista Recordings
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:28
Recorded: May 2013 - September 2014 Abbatoir Studios, Studio City, CA. Drums recorded at Igloo Studio, Burbank, CA.

In 2012, icons of evil Marilyn Manson issued their eighth album, Born Villain, a surprisingly strong record that redeemed some of the weaker work that they'd been churning out since they reached their zenith of popularity and artistry in the late '90s. The album got closer to the intensity and showmanship of their most over the top days without simply sounding like a band trying to relive faded glories. With follow-up The Pale Emperor, Manson and his band continue to ride that comeback hot streak, this time working in a decidedly more blues-influenced vein, combining a trademark penchant for lyrical darkness with the most unholy type of biker rock for ten songs that swagger and simmer in unexpected ways. The album kicks off with "Killing Strangers," a slow-burning trudge of stomping percussion and sleazy guitar licks, coming off like a far more sedated if somewhat grizzled counterpart to the band's 1996 hit "The Beautiful People." There's still some of the industrial metal backbone that the band developed throughout its career, but even heavier rockers like "Deep Six" and "Warship My Wreck" roll around in dusty tumbleweeds of blues licks, intense percussion, and depraved synthesizers. Many songs for the album were captured in a single take, giving even more cinematic blues ramblers like "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" and "Cupid Carries a Gun" a heightened sense of abandon and danger. Production is loose and humid throughout, and above all Manson and company sound like they're stepping away completely from the caricature of themselves that started looming on the band's weakest mid-2000s material. Taking their sound in a new, unforeseen bluesy direction accomplishes the near impossible by making Marilyn Manson sound even more sinister than before. --Fred Thomas
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Gustav Mahler - Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (2008-11) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Artist: London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
Title: Mahler - Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Genre: Classical
Label: © LSO Live
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Bowers & Wilkins
Duration: 10:54;13
Recorded: 2007-2011 at Barbican, London, United Kingdom

Valery Gergiev’s performances and recordings of Mahler’s symphonies with the LSO have garnered international acclaim. They have performed the works in Europe, North America and the Far East and their recordings have received numerous awards. The symphonies were originally released between 2008 and 2011 and will now be made available together for the first time as a beautifully packaged 10 SACD box set.

Gustav Mahler redefined the dimensions, structure, and possibilities for expression that the symphony offered. Neglected for decades after his untimely death, his symphonies are now universally regarded as among the greatest works of music. The themes of faith, love, tragedy and death run throughout the cycle of nine completed scores, effectively chronicling the career of one of the greatest composers on an epic scale.
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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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