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Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra - Billie Holiday (Last Recordings) (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday with Ray Ellis And His Orchestra
Title: Billie Holiday (Last Recordings)
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1959/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:11
Recorded: March 3, 4 & 11, 1959 in New York, NY



After the success of her album, Lady in Satin (1958), Billie Holiday wanted to record another album with arranger Ray Ellis. Ellis had switched from Columbia to MGM, so Billie switched labels also to avoid breaching her contract with Columbia. When she returned to the studio in March 1959, jazz critic and friend of Holiday's Leonard Feather, said Holiday 'walked into the studio statuesque and sharp as ever.'
Unlike Lady in Satin, Billie Holiday had a lighter string orchestra, minus the choir, and more horns, including a saxophone and a more jazz like feeling. It also demand less fanfare. Songs like 'All of You', ''Deed I Do', and 'Baby Won't You Please Come Home' have a lighter and happier tempo and do not include strings.
Holiday told Ellis she wanted to “sound like Sinatra” on this album; but she was in such poor health from years of difficulty and substance abuse that a nurse sometimes had to help keep her propped up on a high stool as she sang.
During the time of recording Billie Holiday, Holiday's health was taking its toll. Some say that she did not look like herself at all, and looked like a ghost of what she once was.
In the song 'There'll Be Some Changes Made', Holiday replaces the name Jack Benny in the lyric 'Even Jack Benny has been changin' his jokes' to Frank Sinatra, her jazz friend.
The album was completed on March 11, 1959. Four days later, Billie Holiday's lifelong friend and music partner Lester Young died on March 15, 1959. She would die four months later on July 17, 1959 at the age of 44.
Allmusic music critic Ron Wynn gave the album one and half stars out of five stating, 'In many ways, a sad event... It's poignant in a tragic way.'
Last Recording, originally titled Billie Holiday before her death, is the last album of Billie Holiday released in 1959, five years after the original album titled Billie Holiday was released.
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Billie Holiday - Velvet Mood (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Velvet Mood
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:38
Recorded: August 23, 25 1955


Long out-of-print, Billie Holiday's brilliant 1956 LP, Velvet Mood, released on Clef (soon-to-be Verve) Records, captures the 41-year-old Holiday backed by a sextet that featured Benny Carter on alto sax and Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet. Although hard living had already begun to take its toll on Holiday (who died just three years later), she was still a huge international star at this time, giving sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall and touring Europe. 1956 also marked the year that her legendary biography, Lady Sings the Blues was released.
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Billie Holiday - The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert (1961/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1961/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:44:33
Recorded live at Carnegie Hall on November 10, 1956


This live concert album, recorded at two packed shows at Carnegie Hall in November 1956, contains the biographical narration that accompanied the music during the concerts, recited by Gilbert Millstein of The New York Times. Billie Holiday is backed by the Chico Hamilton Quintet featuring guitarist Kenny Burrell and two horn sections including Coleman Hawkins and Al Cohn on tenor sax and Roy Eldridge and Buck Clayton on trumpet.
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Billie Holiday - Solitude (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Solitude
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:40
Recorded: March 26, 1952 at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, April, 1952, Los Angeles, California


Most of the songs on this session were originally released on 10-inch vinyl in 1952 under the title Billie Holiday Sings; four additional tunes were added to this 1956 LP version, now renamed Solitude. Holiday is backed by some impressive musicians including Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on double bass, Barney Kessel on guitar and drummer Alvin Stoller on these standards, among them Blue Moon and I Only Have Eyes For You.
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Billie Holiday - Music For Torching (1955/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Music For Torching With Billie Holiday
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1955/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 33:47
Recorded: 23 & 25 August 1955


This 1955 collection of standards features a preponderance of ballads, putting the emphasis on Holiday's voice, stylings and her sensitive, intuitive interpretations. Among the session musicians backing Holiday are Harry “Sweets” Edison on trumpet and Benny Carter on alto sax.
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Billie Holiday - At Jazz At The Philharmonic (1954/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Billie Holiday
Title: Billie Holiday At Jazz At The Philharmonic
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Vocal Jazz, Torch Songs, Female Blues, Traditional Pop, Standards
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1954/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 23:39
Recorded: February 12, 1945 and October 3, 1946 at the Jazz at the Philharmonic concert at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and recorded at Carnegie Hall on June 3, 1946.


Billie Holiday's At Jazz At The Philharmonic was originally recorded live February 12th, 19454 and October 3rd, 1946 at the Shrine Auditorium in LA, California. The performance was part of the touring jazz series At Jazz At The Philharmonic installed by American jazz producer Norman Granz. The album features popular song titles "Body and Soul", "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" and "All of Me".
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Ben Webster - Gentle Ben (1972/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Ben Webster
Title: Gentle Ben
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Mainstream Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Ensayo | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1972/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: acousticsounds.com
Duration: 56:18.674
Recorded: November 28, 1972, in Barcelona, Spain

This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster's death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe - first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam - was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster's Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu's regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.
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Barbra Streisand - Love Is The Answer (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Barbra Streisand
Title: Love Is The Answer
Genre: Pop, Vocal, Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening, American Popular Song
Label: © Columbia Records
Release Date: 2009
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:40
Recorded: 2008–2009


Even before their first session together, Barbra Streisand and collaborator Diana Krall designed Love Is the Answer as a deeply emotional record: "each song an exploration concerning matters of the heart." And with the arrangements of maestro Johnny Mandel simply drawing occasional shading around Streisand's expressive voice -- and often leaving her voice as the only instrument -- the album goes well beyond the usual saloon-song tropes to become a heart-wrenching experience with virtually every song. Additionally, although much was made of the collaboration, Krall's piano stays in the background, and Streisand's is the only voice heard. But the song choices also were tailored to maximize the emotional impact of Love Is the Answer, and Streisand's incomparable voice. Nearly every song is a classic of tender balladry, despite the fact that none had been put on album by Streisand before during her long career. Those facts alone should leave Streisand fans in ecstasy, as practically nothing stands in the way of her voice as she sings some of the best songs of the last century, aching and sincere with every melancholy or lovelorn ballad, tenderly strident with every (ultimately) uplifting anthem. "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" opens up like a flower akin to some of her best performances, and the same goes for "Make Someone Happy," composed by the classic team of Jule Styne, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green (Styne composed the music for Streisand's Funny Girl). Elsewhere, more classics of the American songbook -- "Here's That Rainy Day," "Where Do You Start?," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Gentle Rain" -- prove themselves irresistible to the Barbra Streisand treatment. The overall effect is that this is one of the Streisand albums most appealing to her fans and her potential fans -- which includes nearly everyone who appreciates a singer singing like she's lived every line of her songs. --John Bush
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Johann Sebastian Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 - Julia Fischer (2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Julia Fischer
Title: J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin BWV 1001-1006
Genre: Classical
Label: © PentaTone Classics
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: pentatonemusic.com
Duration: 02:29:00
Recorded: Polyhymnia, Doopsgezinde Singelkerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands, December 2004. DSD


Having been a fan of Julia Fischer from my first encounter with her, I leapt on this disk with the highest expectations. I was not disappointed. Julia Fischer is no longer a talented child; she is a highly skilled young woman of 21 who, as preparation for these recordings, played on the piano the Busoni transcription of the ciaccona (!) then began to expand her own violin performance in light of what Busoni had shown was possible. In the interview with Harriet Smith, Fischer tells us in her delightful manner and fluent English how she grew up in a musical household, how it was only an accident that she became a violinist instead of a pianist and that she feels at home on both instruments.

The argument that a 21 year old can’t play profound music because she hasn’t suffered enough is belied by the fact that we do most of our suffering during adolescence; note the high suicide rate for teenagers. If we are lucky, as we age we gain compassion, insight, toleration, and we become weaker in the face of what sufferings remain. Hopefully, experience should teach us that other people have good ideas, too, and we become less assertive of our originality. But, most important, we lose finger co-ordination, so however Julia Fischer plays these works when she is sixty, she won’t play them with as much confidence or agility or purity as she plays them right now. You may want to buy this disk now for comparison later, as there is no doubt we will be hearing a great deal from Julia Fischer in the years to come.
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Anthony Phillips - The Geese & The Ghost (1977/2015) DVD ISO


Artist: Anthony Phillips
Title: The Geese & The Ghost
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Esoteric Recordings
Release Date: 1977/2015
Recorded: August 1973 – October 1976 at Argonaut Galleries, Island Studios and Send Barns Studios
Quality: DVD V/A
Duration: ~
DVD-Video section has the following audio tracks:
- DTS 5.1 Surround
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- LPCM Stereo 48 KHz / 24 Bits
DVD-Audio section has the following audio tracks:
- MLP 5.1 Surround 48 KHz / 24 Bits
- MLP Stereo 48 KHz / 24 Bits


Genesis founding member Anthony Phillips has his 1977 debut album The Geese and the Ghost reissued as a deluxe 2CD+DVD set in March. The album has been newly re-mastered (from the original tapes) by Simon Heyworth and comes with a bonus CD of demos and early versions of the tracks from the album, as well as two previously unreleased songs from 1973 (Silver Song and Only Your Love) that feature Phil Collins as a vocalist. Even better, the DVD includes a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the album (by Andy Myles and Simon Heyworth) and everything is packaged in a smart clamshell box, which also finds room for an illustrated booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann. This three-disc ‘definitive edition’ of The Geese & the Ghost will be released on 9 March 2015 via Esoteric Recordings.
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