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Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2 - Julia Fischer, Jonathan Gilad, Daniel Muller-Schott (2006) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Artist: Julia Fischer, Jonathan Gilad, Daniel Müller-Schott
Title: Mendelssohn - Piano Trios Nos. 1 & 2
Genre: Classical
Label: © PentaTone Classics
Release Date: 2006
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: pentatonemusic.com
Duration: 59.04
Recorded: Deutschlandfunk Sendesaal, Cologne, Germany, 14-16/2/2006


“Since the foundation of PentaTone Classics in 2001, their enterprising programming; appealing contemporary presentations; consistently high quality performances and state of the art recordings have been nothing short of astonishing. I look forward enthusiastically to each of their stylish new releases and this hybrid Super Audio CD of Mendelssohn’s two Piano Trios was no exception. After a check of the accompanying marketing information it seems that this disc has already been selected as a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ and the recipient of a Diapason d’Or award.
PentaTone have provided a smart contemporary presentation, interesting and detailed annotation, excellent sonics together with superb performances. What more could one ask. This is certainly a disc to dash out and purchase." --Michael Cookson, Music Web
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Mark Turner Quartet - Lathe Of Heaven (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Mark Turner Quartet
Title: Lathe Of Heaven
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 58:12
Recorded: June 2013, Avatar Studios, New York


Mark Turner is one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, renowned for his exploratory intellect and intimate expressivity on the full range of the tenor. This is his ECM leader debut, following albums for the label in the cooperative trio Fly with Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, and appearances on key recordings by Billy Hart, Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani. Turner leads a quartet of kindred spirits here, often entwining in serpentine fashion with rising-star trumpeter Avishai Cohen. They play long, introspective lines of hypnotic grace; and with the lithe rhythm section of bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, there is subtle volatility in the air.
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Marais, de Visee & Sainte Colombe - En Suite - Romina Lischka, Sofie Vanden Eynde (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Сomposer: Marin Marais (1656 - 1728), Sainte Colombe (1658-87 – 1701), Robert de Visée (1655 - 1732)
Artist: Romina Lischka, Sofie Vanden Eynde
Title: Marais, de Visee & Sainte Colombe - En Suite
Genre: Classical
Label: © Paraty Productions
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:15
Recorded: May 2014 at Franc-Waret (B)


The viola da gamba and the theorbo are string nobility: an artistic duo embodying the height of grandeur and sophistication. Indeed, the sense of intimacy that can arise between the two in French baroque repertoire provided the impetus for this recording. Though different in appearance and technique —one is bowed, the other plucked — both instruments have more in common than might at first seem.
The viola da gamba’s finest hour, however, both in terms of composition and performance, was undoubtedly the result of the work of one man, Marin Marais (1656-1728). It is of course possible to hear echoes, in Marais’ eccentric style of performance and composition, of his beloved and inspiring teacher Sainte Colombe (c. 1658–1701), about whose life and career we sadly know very little. It was however Sainte Colombe who pioneered the technical innovations needed to make expressive and virtuosic solo performance on the bass viol possible, e.g. by introducing silver-wound strings, which produced a more clearly defined sound. He also added an extra bass string and modified playing technique to allow the left hand to move more freely. Marin Marais’ haunting instrumental lament 'Tombeau de Ste Colombe' is a pupil’s enduring testament in honour of his master.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping (1974/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Title: Second Helping
Genre: Rock, Southern Rock, Boogie Rock, Blues Rock, Country Rock, Hard Rock
Label: © Geffen Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1974/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds.png
Duration: 37:22
Recorded: Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California, January 1974 (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, June 1973)
Mastered: At Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray


This Lynyrd Skynyrd 1974 album follows the success of "Free Bird" and "Gimme Three Steps" from their 1973 debut and features their biggest hit single, "Sweet Home Alabama," an answer to Neil Young's "Southern Man" and "Alabama." The song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1974. Second Helping also featured "Don't Ask Me No Questions," "Workin' for MCA" and "Call Me The Breeze," the latter of which includes an acclaimed piano solo. Backed by a tight rhythm section and the mighty three-guitar attack of Allen Collins, Ed King and Gary Rossington, singer Ronnie Van Zant turns in a legendary performance on the urgent blues ballad "I Need You," the cautionary "The Needle And The Spoon" and "The Ballad Of Curtis Loew." 200-gram vinyl, mastering by Kevin Gray, lacquer plating by QRP's Gary Salstrom, heavy, tip-on gatefold jacket. None better.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Nuthin' Fancy (1975/2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


rtist: Lynyrd Skynyrd
Title: Nuthin' Fancy
Genre: Rock, Blues, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, Blues Rock, Boogie Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © Geffen Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1975/2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 37:28
Recorded: WEBB IV Studios, Atlanta, January 1975, (except for track 1, Studio One in Doraville, Georgia, August 1974)
Mastered: At Cohearent Audio by Kevin Gray


Nuthin' Fancy is a 1975 album by Lynyrd Skynyrd, their third studio album, and their first to reach the Top 10, peaking at #9 on the US albums chart. It was certified Gold on 6/27/1975 and Platinum on 7/21/1987 by the RIAA. This is the first record with new drummer Artimus Pyle and the last with guitarist Ed King until the reformation of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the release of Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991.
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Luqman Hamza - With This Voice (2000) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Luqman Hamza
Title: With This Voice
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2000
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 00:57:58
Recorded: Airborne Audio Prodiction, Kansas City, MO on June 7 & 8, 2000; #12 - May 3, 1999. Mastered by Bernie Grundman.



With a sensual and seductive voice right out of the '40s or '50s, Luqman Hamza (pronounced Luke-mahn Hahm-za) is a real discovery, a vocalist of exceptional pedigree and talent (a former Ink Spot) who inhabits a soulful middle ground that seems to straddle the sounds of Nat King Cole and JohnnyHartman.
Previously known as Larry Cummings, Luqman Hamza, an ex-Decca and Argo recording artist in the Fifties both as a solo artist and with The Five Aces, is now one of the brightest stars of the Kansas City scene who performs regularly to enthusiastic and sold out audiences throughout the Midwest.
This latest release from Groove Note Records was recorded by Luqman Hamza at Airborne Audio in Kansas City and features a fine band of well known supporting musicians from the area inc. Sonny Kenner on guitar and Kim Park (ex-Stan Kenton) on alto and flute. Produced by Joe Harley (Audioquest, Telarc, Enya, ECM) and engineered by Mike Ross, this will be another standout vocal recording from Groove Note.
The album features an eclectic and varied selection of standards and popular ballads, ranging from Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Blue Moon through Laura and My Funny Valentine to the stirring rendition of the less well known With These Hands. On With This Voice Luqman Hamza delivers a seamless performance with an unforgettable mix of richness and emotion, utilizing a winning combination of trio, quartet and quintet arrangements that will leave many listeners clamoring for more.
The album was recorded on 1/2 inch BASF900 analogue tape running at 30 ips as well as on DSD hard disk recording machine courtesy of Sony Inc. The album will be mastered by Bernie Grundman using DSD processors supplied by Sony/Phillips at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.
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Luca Aquino - OverDOORS (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: Luca Aquino
Title: OverDOORS
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock
Label: © Bonsaï Music /Tuk Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:00
Recorded: Rexrecord Studio, Telese, Benevento, Italy by Manlio Moscarino, October 2014


Tributes are a kind of fashion in jazz and today it’s cool to declare oneself a rockstar. That’s why I pulled myself back from dedicating an album to The Doors, my absolute favorite band, for such a long time. Then my love to Jim Morrison and his mates dominated. OverDOORS, despite facing some troubles at the beginning, has been growing strongly. The first doubt was wich songs to choose: I wish I could revisit them all. Under my fingers I had another doubt, due to the different possibilities of how to reinterpret the historical Californian band. For one month, only one question was on my mind: should I choose a cover approach or a free musical revision? I actually took both, wearing Converse, feeling free to analyse and fit back [Light My Fire], singing and whispering melodies both ethereal and eternal [like Blue Sunday and Yes, The River Knows]. I am curious to see my friends' reaction to the groove Waiting For The Sun; Carlo, Piero and all others, whom I dreamt with, sitting on a bench, flying on the notes of LA Woman. --Luca
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Lou Donaldson Quintet - Wailing With Lou (1957/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Lou Donaldson Quintet
Title: Wailing With Lou
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957 (BLP 1545)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:11
Recorded: January 27, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey


Wailing With Lou is an appropriate title for this enjoyable set of straight-ahead bop. Whether he's riding the propulsive rhythms of "Caravan" or settling down into a ballad, Donaldson takes the center stage with his surprisingly full alto tone. He still displays a clear Charlie Parker influence, but he is beginning to break free and develop his own style. In particular, he relies on bluesy runs more than Bird, which give his music a soulful edge. But what makes Wailing With Lou so enjoyable is the hot interplay between Donaldson, trumpeter Donald Byrd, pianist Herman Foster, bassist Peck Morrison and drummer Art Taylor. All five musicians give enthusiastic, infectious performances. There's nothing out of the ordinary here -- just hard-driving bop and sensitive ballads, which are sure to please fans of the style. --Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Lou Donaldson - Swing And Soul (1957/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Lou Donaldson
Title: Swing And Soul
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1957 (BLP 1566/BST 81566)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:31
Recorded: June 9, 1957 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ.



One of the many alto players deemed a Charlie Parker descendant; Donaldson did indeed help carry the torch from the post-bop era but gradually infused more blues and eventually what was to become soul-jazz into his playing. This June 1957 session, cut in Hackensack, was a distinct departure from his previous dates for Blue Note. Pianist Herman Foster and conga player Ray Barretto, both of whom he would utilize on future recordings, are joined by the tasteful drummer Dave Bailey and bassist Peck Morrison to complete the quintet.

This was one of Donaldson's last sessions to incorporate piano, as he chose in the future to replace it with an organ, which fellow label-mate Jimmy Smith was making very popular. Not forsaking his bop roots altogether, Lou and crew mix it up on this set, with these originals, a mambo arrangement and a literally perfect rendition of 'There Will Never Be Another You.'
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Lou Donaldson - Sunny Side Up (1960/2011) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz


Artist: Lou Donaldson
Title: Sunny Side Up
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records | Analogue Productions
Release Date: 1960 (BLP 4036/BST 84036)/2011
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: ISO SACD
Duration: 44:50
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 5 (tracks 3 & 6-8) and February 28 (tracks 1-2 & 4-5), 1960.


In the late 1950s and early 1960s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson recorded primarily either with his own quartet featuring pianist Herman Foster, or with organ trios. Occasionally, he'd change things up as he did on this 1960 session that was strictly a hard bop affair. Foster didn't take part in this recording; Horace Parlan replaced him at the piano and has been singled out by critics for his breathtaking performance. There's still plenty of funk in evidence on Goose Grease, but Hardman's Politely, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and The Man I Love find Donaldson digging deep into his bop roots. In addition to Donaldson and Parlan, the rest of the quintet on this album includes Bill Hardman on trumpet, Laymon Jackson and Sam Jones splitting bass duties and Al Harewood on drums.
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