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Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life (1967/2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Wes Montgomery
Title: A Day In The Life
Genre: Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Smooth Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © A&M Records | Universal Music Japan (UCGU-9057)
Release Date: 1967/2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Duration: 34:44
Recorded: June 6, 7, 8 and 26, 1967 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

By the time Wes Montgomery recorded this album (his debut for A&M), he was a major name in the pop world. Montgomery's melodic renditions of current pop hits caught on and were played regularly on Top 40 radio. In most cases the guitarist did little more than play the melody, using his distinctive octaves, and it was enough to make him saleable. Of his three A&M recordings, A Day in the Life (the first one) was by far the best and, although the jazz content is almost nil, the results are pleasing as background music. "Windy" was a bit of a hit; the other selections (which find Montgomery backed by muzaky strings arranged by Don Sebesky) include "Watch What Happens," "California Nights," "Eleanor Rigby" and the title cut. --Scott Yanow
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Wayne Davis - A View From Another Place (1973/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Wayne Davis
Title: A View From Another Place
Genre: Soul, Funk, R&B
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1973 (SD 7258)/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:12
Recorded: Atlantic Studios, NYC, March 15-17, 1972

Obscure bit of spiritual soul by Wayne Davis, who also recorded another record for the Black Fire label (home of Oneness of Juju). Roberta Flack guests on this album, and gives him the thumbs up in the notes on the back, and the whole thing's got the same sort of jazzy soul feel of her first album, or of other work in the same vein. Includes a nice long one called 'Joel 2:28', plus 'I Love You So', and a cover of 'Somebody's Watching You'. Very righteous stuff!

'...very nice soul-funky jazzy tune with an hypnotic feel with soulful vocals & electric piano.'
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Giuseppe Verdi - Messa da Requiem - Munchner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Artist: Münchner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel
Title: Verdi - Messa da Requiem
Genre: Classical
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 01:32:17
Recorded: 6, 7 & 9 February 2014

World-famous conductor Lorin Maazel was chief conductor of the Münchner Philharmoniker until shortly before his death in July 2014 at the age of 84.

This live recording, which happened in February 2014, is probably the last recording of Maazel. It documents an acclaimed and moving concert in the Munich Philharmonie with Lorin Maazel and the Münchner Philharmoniker and their choir per-forming Verdi’s famous requiem. The excellent soloists were Anja Harteros (soprano), Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano), Wookyung Kim (tenor) and Georg Zeppenfeld (bass).
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Tyson Naylor Trio - Kosmonauten (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Tyson Naylor Trio
Title: Kosmonauten
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Free Jazz, Improvised
Label: © Songlines Recordings
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 55:25
Recorded by Eric Mosher at The Warehouse, Vancouver BC, December 2, 2011

After three years on the Berlin scene broadening his horizons, returning Vancouver native Tyson Naylor put together a local trio that really clicked and took it into the studio for his long-overdue debut recording, with the brilliant Vancouver clarinetist François Houle guesting on two tracks. Kosmonauten is a diverse but ultimately unifying record that well displays the group’s strengths – great rapport across a range of styles and grooves, from stompin’, jazzed-up rock’n’roll to free improv; writing that taps into a rich vein of lyricism; and a playful yet at the same time highly communicative focus that somehow sets it apart from a lot of modern jazz. Even if you might pick out influences or references, from Wayne Horvitz to Abdullah Ibrahim to Misha Mengelberg, there’s nothing second-hand about this music. It seems to want to engage the listener in a personal dialogue that’s grounded in its changing moods, from tender and introspective to intense and celebratory, but is ultimately about things beyond music.

Perhaps part of this has to do with Tyson’s eclectic musical activities and interests. In Vancouver he’s played keys and/or accordion in various folk groups, and since his return in indie bands such as Kenton Loewen’s The Crackling and feted west coast singer-songwriter Dan Mangan’s band. “At school, as I was one of the few keyboard players in a sea of guitars, I was asked to play in soul bands, folk bands, funk bands, and ended up spending a lot of my time figuring out how not to play so ‘jazzy’ all of the time. I was never a huge fan of virtuosity for its own sake, particularly in jazz, and trying to play folk and rock demanded a different kind of subtlety and sparsity that many jazz pianists don’t necessarily appreciate or value. I think the importance of the notes not being played, of space, and of patience continue to influence my playing and my music in all styles.”

Other aspects of the music relate to his time in Berlin: “Berlin has so much to offer, culturally, and there is a spirit of creativity and an anything-goes attitude that I think make it a very unique place. I immersed myself in improvised music while I was there, and was very fortunate to get to play with some incredible musicians and really lovely people. I was particularly thrilled at the chance to play with Toby Delius and Tristan Honsinger, as I’ve long been a huge fan of ICP Orchestra….I’ve always been drawn to improv and the freedom that it offers, but I’ve always gravitated to music that retains strong rhythmic and melodic motives. Misha Mengelberg’s concept of Instant Composition has always appealed to me, and when I improvise I always try to use repetition, tension and release much the same way as if I were composing on the spot. And when I do compose, trying to mix set parts and improvised parts, I want it to sound organic, perhaps ambiguous – that the improvised space is a logical extension of the composed material, and vice versa. What I really appreciate about Mengelberg and other Dutch musicians is their playfulness and no-fear approach, a patience and a willingness to see a melodic idea through right to the end, whether it’s a ballad, a joke, or a joke ballad. It’s always emotive in some way.”

Tyson’s bandmates currently play together in three other west coast groups: Aeroplane Trio (with JP Carter) and Tony Wilson’s 6tet and Longhand. Skye Brooks is also well known as one of Fond of Tigers’ two drummers and a member of Inhabitants, as well as performing/recording with Veda Hille, Ndidi Onukwulu and Orkestra Futura. He also composes, sings and plays guitar in his rock band Copilots.
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Tori Amos - Under The Pink (1994/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tori Amos
Title: Under The Pink
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Baroque Pop, Piano Rock
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1994/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 56:56
Recorded: The Fishhouse, New Mexico and Westlake Studios, LA, February - October 1993

Released in 1994, Under the Pink is the second solo album by Tori Amos. Upon its release, it peaked at #12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and #1 in the UK. The album has been certified 2x Platinum in the US, Platinum in the UK, and Gold in Canada.
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - You're Gonna Get It! (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Title: You're Gonna Get It!
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:29:13
Recorded: Shelter Studio, Hollywood 1977–78

You're Gonna Get It! is the second album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in 1978. Originally, the album was to be titled Terminal Romance. Like its self-titled predecessor, this album includes tight melodic songs awash in ringing guitars and organ. It reached #23 on Billboard's Top LP's & Tapes chart in 1978. It also earned Petty and the Heartbreakers their first gold record.
Many reviewers rated You're Gonna Get It! only a notch lower than their moderately well-received debut album. Some reviews such as in Rolling Stone at the time noted the "impressive stylistic cohesiveness" between the two. It did chart higher, however, than its predecessor.
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Title: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:30:31
Recorded: 1974–76 at Shelter Studio, Hollywood, CA

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the eponymous debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records.
Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to #24 on the UK album chart and the single "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it climbed to #55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single "Breakdown" cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and "American Girl" became an FM radio staple that can still be heard today.
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - The Last DJ (2002/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Title: The Last DJ
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 2002/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:47:56
Recorded: 2001–02 at Cello Studios, Hollywood, California

The Last DJ is the eleventh studio album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The tracks "The Last DJ", "Money Becomes King", "Joe", and "Can't Stop the Sun" are attacks on the greediness of the music industry. Although he first claimed that the album and title track were both works of fiction, Petty later admitted that both were inspired by Los Angeles DJ Jim Ladd, although he had already claimed this on Ladd's radio show, prior to the album's release.
A "limited edition" digipack version of the album was also released, including a DVD of music videos and other footage shot during the album's production. The album reached #9 on the Billboard 200 aided by the single "The Last DJ" which hit #22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks in 2002. As of 2010, The Last DJ has sold 353,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In an episode of The Simpsons titled "How I Spent My Strummer Vacation", Homer receives song-writing lessons from Tom Petty, and in the original airing the track "The Last DJ" can be heard playing over the radio in the final scene. The song was changed for syndication. The song "Dreamville" is played at the end of the DVD that was released to commemorate the 2002 Anaheim Angels' World Series win. The album also marks the return of original Heartbreaker Ron Blair on bass, replacing his own replacement, the ailing Howie Epstein. His return was late in the recording process however, and Petty and Campbell contribute most of the bass work themselves.
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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - She's The One - Songs And Music From The Motion Picture (1996) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Title: She's The One - Songs And Music From The Motion Picture
Genre: Rock, Heartland Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1996
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:42
Recorded: 1992–96 at Sound City, Village Recorders and Andora Studios

Songs and Music From the Motion Picture "She's the One" is the ninth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, first released in August 1996. The album served as the soundtrack for the 1996 film She's the One, written and directed by Edward Burns.
Songs and Music From the Motion Picture "She's the One" peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was certified gold by the RIAA in December 1996. The track "Walls (Circus)" peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Climb That Hill" also peaked at #6 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while "Change The Locks" peaked at #20.
This album was not mentioned on the four-hour Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream, though Tom could be seen doing a studio session of the song "Angel Dream (No. 4)".
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