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xel Rudi Pell & Friends: Magic Moments (2014) [25th Anniversary Special Show] Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Name: Axel Rudi Pell & Friends: Magic Moments – 25th Anniversary Special Show
Released: 2014
Genre: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, Neo-Classical Metal
Artist: Axel Rudi Pell (Guitars), Johnny Gioeli (Vocals), Ferdy Doernberg (Keyboards), Volker Krawczak (Bass), Bobby Rondinelli (Drums), Friends: Steeler: Peter Burtz (v), Tom Eder (g), Roland Hag (b), Jan Yiridal (dr), Rob Rock (v), Jeff Scott Soto (v), Joerg Michael (dr), Vinny Appice (dr), Ronnie Atkins (v), John Lawton (v), Tony Carey (k, v), Doogie White (v), Graham Bonnet (v), Michael Voss (v)

Issued: Germany | Steamhammer / SPV
Duration: 3:20:22
Size: 43.87 Gb

Live concert performance from heavy metal band Axi Rudi Pell at the 2014 Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany. Celebrating 25 years together, the group and their eponymous frontman perform tracks including ‘Fool Fool’, ‘Sympathy’, ‘Black Night’ and ‘Long Live Rock and Roll’. Axel is also joined on stage by his first band Steeler as the group reunite following 25 years apart.
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An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox (2015) Blu-ray 1080p AVC DTS-HD 5.1

Title: An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox
Released: 2015
Genre: Soul, Jazz

Issued: United States | Blue Note Records
Duration: 1:07:42
Size: 20.96 GB

An Evening Of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox captures one of music’s most popular and acclaimed artists in her only full concert performance of songs from her Grammy-nominated Nostalgia album. Fronting a 19-piece band – including string and horn sections – and unveiling striking lighting and production elements created especially for this concert, Lennox demonstrates her distinctive vocal and performance talents on an array of classic American standards, ranging from “Summertime,” “Georgia On My Mind”, “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless The Child” to one of rock’n’roll’s most enduring classics, “I Put A Spell On You.” As she does on her Nostalgia album that spawned this one-of-a-kind concert, the singular approach Lennox brings to these classics enables them to resonate for a 21st Century audience. The artist concludes her extraordinary show with a four-song selection of her own hits performed solo at the piano, including “Here Comes The Rain Again,” “No More I Love You’s,” “Why” and “Sweet Dreams.” Beautifully filmed by director Natalie Johns at the downtown Los Angeles art-deco landmark Orpheum Theatre on January 28, 2015, An Evening Of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox is a truly unique concert performance that music fans the world over can now experience for themselves.
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Josh Krajcik - Josh Krajcik EP (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Josh Krajcik
Title: Josh Krajcik EP
Genre: Pop Rock, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2012/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 15:41
Recorded: 2012

Josh Krajcik, the bluesy rocker who came in second place on 'The X Factor' U.S. in 2011. His self-titled EP debuted at No. 10 on iTunes. Sales for the EP were given a tremendous boost after Krajcik performed the EP's single 'One Thing She'll Never Know' on 'The X Factor' U.S.
The songs on the four-track EP are 'Nothing,' 'One Thing She'll Never Know, 'Don't Make Me Hopeful' and 'Let Me Hold You.'
Krajcik, 31, is signed to Syco Music, the record company co-owned by 'The X Factor' executive producer Simon Cowell and Sony Music. The EP is not a Syco Music release; he licensed the EP to BMG, which is part of Sony Music.
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Joe Beard feat. Duke Robillard and friends - Dealin' (2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Joe Beard featuring Duke Robillard and friends: Bruce Katz, Rod Carey, Per Hanson and Jerry Portnoy
Title: Dealin'
Genre: Blues, Modern Electric Blues
Label: © AudioQuest Music
Release Date: 2000 (AQ-SACD1055)
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 54:27
Recorded: April 19-20, 2000

In the blues world it's OK to be a late bloomer, and when it came to recording, Joe Beard was exactly that. The charismatic singer/guitarist, whose influences range from Jimmy Reed to Lightnin' Hopkins, worked "day gigs" when his kids were growing up and didn't start to build a catalog until he was in his fifties. Blues lovers who heard Beard's AudioQuest dates of the '90s found themselves saying, "Hey, this guy is very talented; why haven't I heard of him until now?" And, of course, the answer to that question is that his nine-to-fives and family life had kept him from being a full-time bluesman. But when his kids reached adulthood, the Mississippi native turned Rochester, NY, resident had more time to devote to music. Recorded in April 2000 (when he was 62), Dealin' is Beard's third CD for AudioQuest and underscores his ability to handle a variety of electric blues styles. Beard's appreciation of Reed and the Chicago blues is evident on gutsy, rough-and-tumble tracks like "Give Me Up and Let Me Go," "My Eyes Keep Me in Trouble," and "The Bitter Seed," a Jimmy Reed classic. Like Reed, Beard favors a gentle and laid-back style of singing but still has plenty of grit and doesn't mind having a tough, hard-driving band behind him. Meanwhile, "Holding a Losing Hand" and "If I Get Lucky" (both Beard originals) go for the sort of moody, shadowy, haunting ambiance that often worked so well for Hopkins and John Lee Hooker. This isn't to say that Beard is going out of his way to emulate Reed, Hopkins, Hooker, or anyone else. Dealin' shows who some of his influences are, but it also reminds you that Beard is an appealing bluesman in his own right. --Alex Henderson, AllMusic
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, Vol. 2, BWV 1001-1003 - Isabelle Faust (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Isabelle Faust
Title: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, Vol. 2, BWV 1001-1003
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:00:20
Recorded: août-septembre 2011, Teldex Studio Berlin

Following up on the 2010 release of Volume I of J.S. Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin, which covered BWV 1004-1006, Isabelle Faust presents BWV 1001-1003 on the second volume, her 2012 release on Harmonia Mundi. For the first installment, she garnered critical acclaim and popular praise for her unstinting scholarship and unparalleled virtuosity, and the same applies to the long-awaited completion of the project. As in her previous performances, Faust uses the manuscript as her source and is careful to get all details right, while finding the proper balance between Bach's expression and her own. Faust plays a Stradivarius violin from 1704, nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty," and her tone is pure and radiant, despite some unavoidable but minimal scratchiness on double-stops, and she has a slight vibrato that she uses sparingly, almost as embellishment, in keeping with Baroque practice. The sonatas and partitas are virtuoso works where everything is exposed and a violinist's abilities are put to the ultimate test, not only in managing technical difficulties, but also in imagining the sounds, ornaments, textures, timbres, and nuances that Bach implies in his writng. Faust is one of the few artists to withstand the toughest scrutiny, and her set is highly recommended for her extraordinary fidelity to the music and true artistry.

Review by Blair Sanderson
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, Vol. 1, BWV 1004-1006 - Isabelle Faust (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Isabelle Faust
Title: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, Vol. 1, BWV 1004-1006
Genre: Classical
Label: © Harmonia Mundi
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:08:55
Recorded: septembre 2009, Teldex Studio Berlin

"Clapton is God!" was the well-known graffiti scrawled across 20th century London, praising the Englishman's fiery guitar playing. Based on Isabelle Faust's blazing accounts of Bach's sonatas and partitas on this 2010 Harmonia Mundi disc, one might expect to see the graffiti "Faust is God!" scrawled across 21st century Paris. Rather than play all six of these canonical works of the solo violin literature, Faust has chosen the D minor and E major partitas and placed the C major Sonata between them. All three are tremendously difficult both technically and expressively, but starting with the D minor Partita with its celebrated Chaconne was particularly audacious. Faust rises to the challenge with an utterly devastating account of the work. Playing with only a dab of vibrato but a boatload of virtuosity, she overcomes every technical hurdle in this surpassingly difficult work. She saves the best for last, and her Chaconne is stunningly powerful, as well as amazingly nuanced and profoundly moving. Her other two performances are equally impressive, especially the opening Adagio and Fugue from the C major Sonata, which builds from a whisper to a shattering contrapuntal climax. There have been other great recordings of these works, but Faust's surely belongs among the best. Harmonia Mundi's sound is close but not overly intimate.

Review by James Leonard
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 - Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch
Title: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Genre: Classical
Label: © Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:27:40
Recorded: Karjaa Church (Karjaan Pyhän Katariinan Kirkko), Finland, October & November 2012, January & March 2013
A 24-bit recording in DXD (Digital eXtreme Definition)

Ondine proudly presents a release of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin with Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch.
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch is an unusually versatile violinist, predominantly known for her performance of period music but also excelling in many other styles and genres. Her position as concertmaster in the orchestra of Philippe Herreweghe is testament to her skill as an early music performer.
On the present disc Kaakinen-Pilch performs Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on a violin from the 17th century. This collection of works for solo violin was the pinnacle and culmination of the violin's 200-year history in its day.
Ondine will release a disc of Orchestral Suites by Christoph Graupner (ODE 1220-2), featuring Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch as violinist and conductor.
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 - Christine Busch (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Christine Busch
Title: Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Genre: Classical
Label: © Phi | Outhere Label Group
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:25:44
Recorded: 18-21 December 2011; 8-10 February 2012, Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Reitstadel

Over the past 40 years Philippe Herreweghe has been working with some extraordinary soloists with whom he has had very fertile and stimulating dialogues, both musically and personally. Philippe Herreweghe: “It seems important to give these musicians the opportunity to express themselves on the label PHI in works they are particularly fond of.”

This is the case of the present recording. Christine Busch, leader of the orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent, recorded the Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin by J. S. Bach – a work she admires, and she has been playing since her childhood. Philippe Herreweghe: “Christine Busch inspires by her technical perfection, her strength, her humility, her sense for poetry, as well as by her qualities needed to serve the greatest of all composers.”
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Indra Rios-Moore - Heartland (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Indra Rios-Moore
Title: Heartland
Genre: Jazz, Vocal
Label: © Impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:14
Recorded at The Village Studios, West L.A.. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Every once in a while you hear a new record by an artist that you’ve not heard before and it just sends shivers down your spine. Indra Rios-Moore is the newest addition to this select group.
Indra, named by her mother after the Hindu warrior deity of the sky and the rain, was born to a Puerto Rican social worker, Elizabeth, and an African-American-Syrian jazz bassist, Donald Moore (his credits include, the New York Contemporary Five, Archie Shepp, Elvin Jones, Sonny Rollins, and Jackie McLean). Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Indra spent her formative years in an imaginary world with her mother’s extensive record collection of jazz, soul, and rock music for company.
13 year old Indra won a scholarship at Mannes College of Music where she developed her soprano voice and during the same year she attended the Village Harmony, summer camp in Northern Vermont. Her teenage years were spent in a musical parallel existence; one full of classical arias and vocalization practice and the other filled with traditional American folks tunes and old Balkan folk songs in the woods of Vermont.
While working as a waitress in a Brooklyn wine bar, she met Benjamin Traerup, a Danish jazz saxophonist; three weeks later they were living together and one year after that they were married and living in Denmark. Indra, her husband and his friend, bassist, Thomas Sejthen formed a trio in 2007 that soon built a strong following in Denmark and Scandinavia.
No sooner had Indra won the Danish Music Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2012 for ‘In Between’ her second album than her thoughts turned to making a follow up. Among her favorite recordings Indra counted Joni Mitchell’s 1994 album, Turbulent Indigo and so she thought she would reach out to its producer, Larry Klein, to see if he could create a similar kind of magic in the studio for her next project.
“We invested every penny we had, and more, to make this record, and given that neither Benjamin nor I are irresponsible people it came as a shock to both ourselves and people that know us well.”
The result is Heartland (released 13 April) and it is unique collection of songs, songs that represent Indra’s eclectic musical background including, jazz, folk, rock and classical music. But at its heart are songs that have their inspiration in her Mother’s record collection and events throughout her life. They run the gamut from Duke Ellington to Doc Watson and from Billie Holiday to David Bowie with a Spanish love song, a Yoruban song to the deity Oshun, with parts of a requiem thrown in for good measure.
According to Indra, “ ‘Hacia Donde’ is definitely my Mother’s influence as it was written by the Mexican singer Marta Valdes. Doc Watson’s ‘Your Long Journey’ and ‘Blue Railroad Train’ date from my time with Village Harmony as a teenager. We were all influenced by Alan Lomax and the other collectors of folk songs so that is also when ‘Little Black Train’ came into my life. My favorite song on the album is ‘From Silence’ and it was written by Thomas Bartlett who recorded it as Doveman. Thomas and I have known each other since we were teenagers and so to do this song was just such a natural choice for me.”
Heartland is a remarkable album, and making it has been the ultimate ‘labour of love’. Indra and Benjamin’s love for one another is there to be heard in every note they sing and play, but it was a struggle too; if they had made different decisions along the way it could have meant a very different outcome. “So many people have supported us, allowed us to stand on their backs and that is what has allowed us to get to where we are today.”
Indra sums it all up in a simple, yet elegant way, “If you walk towards your bliss it conspires with you, because what we are doing is in the service of joy.”

Simple and elegant… it’s Heartland.
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Herbie Hancock - Dis Is Da Drum (1994/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Dis Is Da Drum
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Post-Bop, Jazz-Funk, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1994/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 55:04
Recorded: 2013, Garage Sale Studios in L.A., CA; Studio 55 in L.A., CA

In the 1970s, Herbie Hancock created a successful blend of jazz improvisation and contemporary funk rhythms in a succession of albums beginning with the classic Head Hunters. On Dis Is Da Drum, Hancock once again takes a dive into contemporary rhythms, in this case mid-'90s hip-hop. While the blend was not as commercially successful this time around as his crossover forays of twenty years earlier had been, the resulting music still proves to be well worth checking out. Employing cohorts like Bennie Maupin, Wah Wah Watson and multi-percussionist Bill Summers from the old days, and combining them with a huge roster of contemporary jazz, rap and hip-hop musicians, Hancock creates a surprising album full of samples, sequences, drum loops, and rhythm armies. Layered across the top are a variety of solos from Hancock himself, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Wallace Roney, saxophonist Maupin and vocal snippets from various sources. The release of this album was delayed because of disagreements between the artist and his record company over the final mixes. It is, nonetheless, a recording that rewards repeated listening, from the updated version of "Butterfly," which made its first appearance on 1974's Thrust, to such irresistible gems as "Mojuba," "Bo Ba Be Da" and the title track. Not for jazzers whose ears and minds are closed to new sounds and ideas, but proof that jazz is a continually evolving music capable of absorbing the sounds of each new era and expanding its vocabulary as a result. --Jim Newsom

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