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Anita Baker - Rapture (1986/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Anita Baker
Title: Rapture
Genre: R&B, Quiet Storm, Soul-Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © Atlantic Records
Release Date: 1986/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:25
Recorded: 1985–1986, Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8: Recorded at Yamaha R&D Studio, Glendale, CA. With additional recording at United Sound Systems, Inc., Detroit Mich. Mixed at Yamaha R&D Studio. Track 6: Recorded & mixed at Music Grinder Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Re-mixed at Yamaha R&D Studio.


Though Anita Baker got some airplay out of The Songstress, that promising solo debut didn't bring her financial security. In fact, Baker was earning her living as a legal secretary in her native Detroit when she signed with Elektra in the mid-'80s. Elektra gave her a strong promotional push, and the equally superb Rapture became the megahit that The Songstress should have been. To its credit, Elektra made her a major star by focusing on Baker's strong point -- romantic but gospel-influenced R&B/pop ballads and "slow jams," sometimes with jazz overtones -- and letting her be true to herself. Rapture gave Baker one moving hit after another, including "Sweet Love," "Caught up in the Rapture," "Same Ole Love," and "No One in This World." Praising Baker in a 1986 interview, veteran R&B critic Steve Ivory asserted, "To me, singers like Anita Baker and Frankie Beverly define what R&B or soul music is all about." Indeed, Rapture's tremendous success made it clear that there was still a sizeable market for adult-oriented, more traditional R&B singing. --Alex Henderson
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Andy Sheppard Quartet - Surrounded By Sea (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Andy Sheppard Quartet
Title: Surrounded By Sea
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Modern Creative
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 53:25
Recorded: August 2014, Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano



Extending the range of his widely-praised Trio Libero project with French bassist Michel Benita and Scottish drummer Seb Rochford, Andy Sheppard adds the Norwegian guitarist and electronics wizard Eivind Aarset to his band for „Surrounded by Sea“.
With Aarset's ambient drones and electronic textures as a backdrop, Sheppard and co seem to have even more space to explore than on the saxophonist's acclaimed Trio Libero recording (2786630). The music embraced here includes new compositions by Sheppard, Benita and Rochford, open improvisations, the Elvis Costello tune "I Want To Vanish", and the Gaelic traditional ballad "Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir" which appears in three variations, a thematic thread through the album. 'Surrounded by Sea' was recorded at Lugano in August-September 2014 with Manfred Eicher producing.
The prodigiously gifted Andy Sheppard famously took up the saxophone at 19, inspired by Coltrane, and played his first gig with it three weeks later. After a period in Paris, he returned to the UK in the mid-80s, recording the album 'Andy Sheppard' with Steve Swallow as producer, the beginning of a long musical association. Since then he's recorded extensively and written trans-idiomatic music for ensembles of every size (his Saxophone Massive project has included 200 sax players) as well as for theatre, film, dance and mixed media.
Sheppard's collaborators over the years have ranged from Han Bennink and Joanna MacGregor to Keith Tippett, L. Shankar and Kathryn Tickell. He has played with numerous key jazz artists, including the exceptional composers George Russell, Gil Evans and Carla Bley, and recorded many times with the latter for her ECM-distributed WATT label. Sheppard released his first ECM leader date, the hugely-popular 'Movements in Colour' (1795042), in 2009.
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Franz Schubert - Piano Sonatas D. 894, D. 960, Moments musicaux D. 780, Vier Impromptus D. 935 - Andras Schiff (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Artist: András Schiff
Title: András Schiff - Franz Schubert
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 02:25:39
Recorded: July 2014, Kammermusiksaal H.J. Abs, Beethoven-Haus, Bonn


András Schiff’s reputation as one of the great interpreters of the work of Franz Schubert is long-established. He has always maintained that Schubert’s music is amongst the most moving ever written. Schiff underlined the point on his ECM New Series album with the C Major fantasies at the end of the 1990s, and he does so again on this remarkable recording, on which two Schubert sonatas, the "Musical Moments", four Impromptus (D 935), the "Hungarian Melody" and an Allegretto are addressed on a period instrument, the fortepiano. András Schiff: "My fortepiano was built by Franz Brodmann in Vienna in 1820. It is to me ideally suited to Schubert’s keyboard works. There is something quintessentially Viennese in its timbre, its tender mellowness, its melancholic cantabilità ... It is in the quiet and quietest moments when Schubert – like nobody else – touches our hearts.”
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Taylor Swift BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend (2015) 1080i H264 MPA 2.0-BHD


BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend 2015 – Norwich, England.
Taylor Swift
24.05.2015
GENERAL
Format
Size…………: GiB
Duration……..: 14mn 22s
Source(s)…….: BBC
Chapters……..: No
VIDEO
Codec………..: AVC
Type…………: Progressive
Resolution……: 1920×1080
Bit rate……..: 30.4 Mbps
Frame rate……: 25 fps
AUDIO
Format……….: MPEG
Channels……..: 2.0
Bit depth…….: 24 bits
Sample rate…..: 48 kHz
Bit rate……..: 384Kbps
Language……..: English
SUBTITLES
Format……….: PGS (Original)
Language(s)…..: N/A
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John Coltrane - Blue Train (1957/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Blue Train
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records/Universal Music Enterprises
Release Date: 1957 (BST 81577/BLP 1577)/2015
Recorded: September 15, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Mastered by Alan Yashida, alternate takes Mastered by Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering.
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 01:15:51
Size: 14 GB
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6838 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6332 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)

John Coltrane only recorded one album as a leader for Blue Note, but it was the turning point of his career and one of his greatest hours. 31 at the time of 1957’s Blue Train, Coltrane had been largely unknown just two years earlier. In 1955 he began a very important two-year stint with Miles Davis that gave him visibility and found him growing rapidly as an improviser.

By 1957 when he left Davis and became a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet for a few historic months, Coltrane had his own innovative voice. He was at the top of the field along with Sonny Rollins and was considered a young giant. Coltrane’s style, which often featured him, grouping together an explosive series of notes that were called sheets of sound, was unprecedented and years ahead of his contemporaries.

Blue Train stands as proof of both Trane’s originality and his dazzling style. Heading an all-star hard bop sextet that included the 19-year old Lee Morgan (the brightest new trumpeter in jazz) and trombonist Curtis Fuller, Coltrane took an astounding solo on “Blue Train” (one in which every note in his long improvisation fits perfectly) and introduced what was arguably his greatest composition, “Moment’s Notice.”

All five performances on Blue Train (including a definitive rendition of “I’m Old Fashioned”) are filled with memorable and classic moments. While Coltrane only worked for Alfred Lion on this one occasion, this very stirring set is full of timeless magic. After Blue Train was recorded, there was never again any doubt that John Coltrane was a giant!
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Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles / Maiden Voyage (1964/65/2015) [High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-Ray Disc]

Sticker on front cover says 24 bit / 96kHz but all audio tracks are 24 bit / 192 kHz.

Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Empyrean Isles / Maiden Voyage
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal, Piano Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records/Universal Music Enterprises
Release Date: Empyrean Isles – 1964 (BLP 4175/BST 84175); Maiden Voyage – 1965 (BLP 4195/BST 84195)/2015
Recorded: Empyrean Isles – June 17, 1964; Maiden Voyage – March 17, 1965; Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Mastered: tracks 1-4: Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering; tracks 6-10: Robert Vosgien at Capitol Mastering; tracks 11-15: Alan Yashida
Quality: Blu-ray Audio
Length: 02:04:48
Size: 22.6 GB
Video: MPEG-4 AVC 950 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 2.0 / 192 kHz / 6475 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English LPCM 2.0 / 192 kHz / 9216 kbps / 24-bit
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 / 192 kHz / 5881 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)


Jazz icon Herbie Hancock’s solo career blossomed on Blue Note Records in the mid-to-late ’60s with classic albums including Maiden Voyage and Empyrean Isles. Throughout his career, Hancock has always pushed musical boundaries, exploring a wide variety of jazz idioms while bringing his flair and innovation to every single setting. His Blue Note albums of the 1960’s ranged all the way from post bop to Latin jazz, to straight ahead and free form.

Empyrean Isles, recorded when Hancock was 24 and a new member of the Miles Davis Quintet, features the pianist pushing the envelope of hard bop, creating fresh, new music in the process. In a quartet setting with Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, Hancock shows that he was familiar with both avant-garde jazz and groovin’ R&B. His four compositions include the original and most exciting version of “Cantaloupe Island” and the swingingly unpredictable “One Finger Snap.”Empyrean Isles brims with the power and adventure of the best of ’60s jazz while gracefully crossing over into uncharted territory in signature Hancock fashion.
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