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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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Graham Nash - Wild Tales (1973/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Graham Nash
Title: Wild Tales
Genre: Folk Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, Soft Rock
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1973/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:30
Recorded: Rudy Records, San Francisco, CA

Graham Nash's second solo effort has been overshadowed by his harmonic heroics as a senior partner in the various Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young configurations. After being lured from the Hollies -- where his latter contributions were criminally unappreciated (see, or rather hear Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse) -- it was Nash who had come up with most of the CSN(Y) hit singles, including "Marrakesh Express," "Our House," and "Teach Your Children." His 1971 debut, Songs for Beginners, was likewise filled with inspired moments such as "I Used to Be a King," "Chicago/We Can Change the World," and "Sleep Song." Topping those efforts would have been superhuman. Such is the way that Wild Tales has been eclipsed and overlooked by enthusiasts of his previous endeavors. Nash gathered a core aggregate of musicians, many of whom were loosely connected to the CSNY family. These include: Johnny Barbata (drums), Tim Drummond (bass), David Lindley (guitar), and Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar/dobro), and, of course David Crosby (vocals). Also making guest shots were Dave Mason (12-string guitar), Joe Yankee (aka Neil Young) (acoustic piano), and Joni Mitchell (vocals). Together, they animate Nash's slice-of-life compositions. Musically, Nash retains much of the whimsy that drew folks to his earlier songs. Likewise, the subject matter ranges from political ("Oh Camil" and "Prison Song") to the emotionally naked "Another Sleep Song" and "I Miss You." Nash would bring several of these tunes back to the CSNY fold for their 1974 tour -- including the up-tempo rocking title track, as well as the folkie "Prison Song." It would be another seven years after Wild Tales before Nash would issue his next solo album, Earth & Sky -- which fared as poorly at its predecessor. --Lindsay Planer
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Freddie Hubbard - The Night Of The Cookers: Live At Club La Marchal, Vol. 2 (1965/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title: The Night Of The Cookers: Live At Club La Marchal, Vol. 2
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1965/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 45:15
Recorded live on April 9, 1965 at Club La Marchal, Brooklyn, New York by Orville O'Brien

The Night Of The Cookers Volumes 1 & 2 puts trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, two of the biggest guns of the hard-bop era, head to head throughout an extended live set. James Spaulding plays alto sax and flute, balancing out the brighter, brassier timbres of Hubbard and Morgan, and a crack rhythm section of pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Larry Ridley, drummer Pete La Roca, and conga player Big Black keeps things simmering. Each disc contains only two compositions, Clare Fischer's "Pensativa" and Richard Carpenter's "Walkin'" make up Disc One, and two Hubbard compositions, "Jodo" and "Breaking Point" occupy the second. Since each cut clocks in at approximately 20 minutes, there is ample solo time for each musician; the approach here is all about stretching out over solid grooves. Spaulding and Mabern turn in agile improvisations, but the spotlight is on the two trumpeters. Morgan's playing pales a bit besides Hubbard's on this date--understandably, as Hubbard is tirelessly playful and acrobatic. There are chops galore on this classic hard-bop document, and fans of the era (and of these musicians in particular) will find much to admire.
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Freddie Hubbard - The Night Of The Cookers: Live At Club La Marchal, Vol. 1 (1965/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title: The Night Of The Cookers: Live At Club La Marchal, Vol. 1
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1965/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 41:43
Recorded live on April 10, 1965 at Club La Marchal, Brooklyn, New York by Orville O'Brien

The Night Of The Cookers Volumes 1 & 2 puts trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Lee Morgan, two of the biggest guns of the hard-bop era, head to head throughout an extended live set. James Spaulding plays alto sax and flute, balancing out the brighter, brassier timbres of Hubbard and Morgan, and a crack rhythm section of pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Larry Ridley, drummer Pete La Roca, and conga player Big Black keeps things simmering. Each disc contains only two compositions, Clare Fischer's "Pensativa" and Richard Carpenter's "Walkin'" make up Disc One, and two Hubbard compositions, "Jodo" and "Breaking Point" occupy the second. Since each cut clocks in at approximately 20 minutes, there is ample solo time for each musician; the approach here is all about stretching out over solid grooves. Spaulding and Mabern turn in agile improvisations, but the spotlight is on the two trumpeters. Morgan's playing pales a bit besides Hubbard's on this date--understandably, as Hubbard is tirelessly playful and acrobatic. There are chops galore on this classic hard-bop document, and fans of the era (and of these musicians in particular) will find much to admire.
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Freddie Hubbard - Life Flight (1987/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title: Life Flight
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1987/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:46
Recorded: January 23 & 24, 1987 at M&I Studios, New York City

Recorded in New York City in 1987 with two different bands, a sextet and a quartet. Among the notable members of the sextet on the first two tracks are Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone and George Benson on guitar. Ralph Moore handles tenor sax duties on the quartet tracks, both Freddie Hubbard originals. This album has been called one of Hubbard's last great releases.

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Elvin Jones - Live At The Lighthouse (1972/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Elvin Jones
Title: Live At The Lighthouse
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Free Jazz, Modal Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1972/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 01:22:21
Recorded Live at The Lighthouse, Hermosa Beach, California on September 9, 1972.

Recorded live on Elvin Jones's 45th birthday at the Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, California in 1972, Jones is accompanied on this set by a pianoless quartet featuring Steve Grossman on tenor and soprano saxophone, Dave Liebman on saxes and flute and Gene Perla on bass.
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