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Avi Avital - Vivaldi (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Artist: Avi Avital
Title: Vivaldi
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 51:24
Recorded: Treviso, Teatro delle Voci, 9–10/2014; Berlin, Meistersaal, 12/2014 (Trio Sonata)

Grammy-nominated classical mandolinist Avi Avital is an artist who relentlessly pushes at boundaries and defies expectations. From Bach to tangos, from Balkan improvisations to Dvořák string quartets, his concert programmes fearlessly and seamlessly transcend musical genres, while his disco graphy demonstrates a masterful versatility. With his current recording project, however, he brings the mandolin “home”, to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, the beloved Venetian composer whose Mandolin Concerto forms the cornerstone – “the Old Testament”, says Avital – of the instrument’s repertoire.
Yet a virtuoso interpretation of the four Vivaldi concertos here recorded – that for mandolin and its sibling for lute, together with two familiar violin concertos in Avital’s own transcriptions – is not enough. For Avital, as both soloist and musical director, recording a Vivaldi album is not an act of passive veneration, but an open-ended invitation to explore the man’s music and his world. On this journey of discovery there are no taboos: much as in Venice itself, the lines between historical practice and contemporary spirit are blurred, the exalted and the profane sit side by side. Avital is dogmatic only in the spirit of tireless experimentation – daring, risking and teasing startling new sounds out of these familiar pieces.
As the recording sessions unfold, it becomes clear that not only historically-informed performance practice, but also the spirit of rock music is at heart of Avital’s interpretative approach. The music-making is bold, personal and immediate. Avital often uses a dif- ferent plectrum or pick for each section of music. His sense of dynamic contrast pushes the limits of the recording engineers’ technical capacities. Tempos are not defined in strict intervals, but remain as dynamic as volume, subject to the ebb and flow of the melodic architecture. Intonation is precise, but tones are occasionally “bent”, as a jazz musician might, to add exotic spice to moments of emotional extreme. The accompanying lute, cello and harpsichord are given freedom to temperamentally punctuate the music’s structure.
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Art Taylor - Taylor's Wailers (1957/2014) High-Fidelity DSF 2.0 Mono DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Art Taylor
Title: Taylor's Wailers
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop
Label: © Prestige Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1957/2014
Quality: DSF 2.0 Mono DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 00:41:03
Recorded: February 25, 1957 (#1, 3-6), March 22, 1957 (#2) at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey

In 1956 drummer Art Taylor formed a group called Taylor’s Wailers. Donald Byrd and Charlie Rouse were members of the working group that debuted at The Pad, a Greenwich Village nightclub on Sheridan Square booked by Bob Reisner, the man who had run the legendary Open Door Sessions. In 1957 Taylor recorded the Wailers for Prestige, adding the alto saxophone of Jackie McLean to the front line. Two of the highlights are the Thelonious Monk compositions, “Well, You Needn’t” and “Off Minor,” with arrangements by Thelonious himself. One track, “C.T.A.,” by Jimmy Heath, is from another session featuring John Coltrane backed by Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Taylor, a potent Prestige studio combination in those days. There have been many distinguished drummer-leaders in jazz. One expects their groups to be rhythmically exciting. Taylor’s Wailers are no exception to this swinging heritage.
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Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave (1967/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Antônio Carlos Jobim
Title: Wave
Genre: Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Brazilian Traditions, World Fusion
Label: © A&M Records, CTI Records
Release Date: 1967/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 00:31:08
Recorded: May 22-24 and June 15, 1967 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs


Expectations run high when a successful producer resigns his post to join a rival company. Things were no different in the case of Creed Taylor who left Verve for A&M, taking along the bossa guru Jobim. This liaison resulted in the album Wave, which Latin specialists regard as one of the most artistic ever, perhaps because Jobim rides the gentlest of waves in this particular recording. While the large instrumental ensemble might lead one to suspect that sensationalism was the aim here, listening to the music proves that Jobim has remained true to his clear melodies and his simple, sensitive style. A relaxed carpet of sound is rolled out which enhances and refines the essence of Jobim’s musical roots, turning them into miniature tone poems.
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Aerosmith - Nine Lives (1997/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aerosmith
Title: Nine Lives
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1997/2015 (2012 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:02:49
Recorded: September–November 1996 at at Avatar Studios, NYC.

Nine Lives is the 12th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 18, 1997. The album was produced by Aerosmith and Kevin Shirley, and was the band's first studio album released by Columbia Records since 1982's Rock in a Hard Place. It peaked at #1 at the Billboard Charts. One of the album's singles, "Pink", won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
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Aerosmith - Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (1980/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Aerosmith
Title: Aerosmith's Greatest Hits
Genre: Rock, hard rock, blues rock
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 1980/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:06
Recorded: 1972 at Intermedia Studios, Boston, Massachusetts; 1973–1977 and 1979 at Record Plant Studios, New York City, New York; February–March 1976 and August 1978 at the Wherehouse, Waltham, Massachusetts; June–October 1977 at the Cenacle, Armonk, New York; 1979 at Media Sound, New York City, New York

Aerosmith's Greatest Hits remains one of the most popular and enduring best-of collections by any rock band, selling nearly ten million copies in the U.S. alone since its release. But when it was issued in 1980, the band had just about reached its nadir. With original guitarist Joe Perry gone (and Brad Whitford soon to follow), Aerosmith had turned into a directionless, time-consuming ghost of its former self. Since there would be a three-year gap between 1979's Night in the Ruts and 1982's Rock in a Hard Place, Greatest Hits was assembled, more or less, to fill the void and buy the band some time. With the album clocking in at only 37 and a half minutes, many Aerosmith classics are not included, such as what many consider the band's quintessential track, their cover of "Train Kept a Rollin'." The only poor selection is the forgettable "Remember (Walking in the Sand)," but nine out of ten are bona fide classics -- "Dream On," "Same Old Song and Dance," "Sweet Emotion," "Walk this Way," "Last Child," "Back in the Saddle," and "Draw the Line." Also featured is their venomous cover of the Beatles' "Come Together," previously only available as a single and on the soundtrack to the 1978 movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. For the casual fan, Greatest Hits will do the job, as well as its sister album, 1988's Gems. --Greg Prato
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