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Duke Ellington - The Duke: Historically Speaking (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Duke Ellington
Title: The Duke: Historically Speaking
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Swing
Label: © Bethlehem Records | Verse Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 39:16
Recorded: Chicago, IL, February 7 & 8, 1956


Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966, Duke Ellington called his music "American music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond" category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered one of the 20th century's best composers and band leaders. Ellington's reputation has increased since his death in 1974, with thematic repackagings of his signature music often becoming best sellers. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board. This 1956 session features Ellington and 14 sidemen performing updated recordings of some of the best from Ellington's career going back to 1926.
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Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington Presents... (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Duke Ellington
Title: Duke Ellington Presents...
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Big Band
Label: © Bethlehem Records | Verse Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 36:34
Recorded: Universal Studios, Chicago, IL, February 7 & 8, 1956



Duke Ellington And His Orchestra recorded this album in Chicago, IL on 7 & 8 February 1956 for the Bethlehem label. Ray Nance has vocals on I Can't Get Started, Jimmy Grissom sings on Everything But You. The Polydor reissues have slightly more adventurous titles, as well as the track listing changed. At the same session, the orchestra recorded another 12 tracks, released as "Historically Speaking - The Duke."
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Diana Damrau - Fiamma del belcanto (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Various
Artist: Diana Damrau
Title: Fiamma del belcanto
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:18:49
Recorded: Teatro Regio Torino, 8-13 September, 2014


In her first recital album devoted entirely to Italian opera, soprano Diana Damrau takes the golden age of bel canto, the early 19th century, as the starting point for an exploration of theatrical and musical passion that leads to the high-octane verismo drama of the 1890s. “Italian opera is an art form that deals with real feelings,” she says of the arias she has chosen by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and Leoncavallo, lit up by her coloratura pyrotechnics and dramatic prowess.
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Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Dawes
Title: All Your Favorite Bands
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, American Trad Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Roots Rock
Label: © HUB Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 47:56
Recorded: 2015 at Woodland Sound Studios, Nashville TN


At the start of Dawes' fourth studio effort, 2015's All Your Favorite Bands, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith kicks off the sanguine opener "Things Happen" by admitting "I could go on talking, or I could stop/Wring out each memory til I get every drop." This sentiment, ripe with a post-breakup emotional stew of yearning, anger, and eventual acceptance, colors all the tracks on this tight, impeccably crafted album. Influenced by the passionate '70s country-rock and singer/songwriter sound of artists like Jackson Browne and groups like the Band, Los Angeles' Dawes have quietly built a loyal following with their own brand of memorable and often poignant folk-rock. Produced by journeyman composer and guitarist David Rawlings (Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, the Decemberists) at Nashville's Woodland Studios, All Your Favorite Bands has a warm, organic texture that's at once raw and immediate, sophisticated and polished. It's perhaps the closest Dawes has come to capturing their live sound. Each song is performed with an intimate, personal intensity, making it feel like they’re playing it only for you. Cuts like the urgent, minor-key "I Can't Think About It Now," with its gospel-style female backing vocals, and the heartbreakingly honest "Waiting for Your Call" are rootsy anthems that combine Goldsmith's poetic, literate lyrics, crisp vocal harmonies, and evocative, Dire Straits-influenced guitars with the hushed ripple of a Hammond organ. These songs, while efficiently constructed, have plenty of breathing room -- there are actual guitar solos here, and jazz-like drum accents. Of course, a big part of what makes Dawes' songs so palpable is Goldsmith's knack for highlighting those often mundane details in life that initially seem insignificant, but take on greater meaning in hindsight. On the title track he sings "When I think of you, you've still got on that hat that says 'Let's Party'/I hope that thing is never thrown away," and later, "I hope your brother's El Camino runs forever." Although most likely directed at a former flame, with the song's insistent, piano-driven vibe it sometimes feels more like a message of goodwill toward the band's own fans. Similarly, on the ruminative breakup number "Don't Send Me Away," Goldsmith transforms his car into a mausoleum of regret with the line "I'm getting on the freeway/Your jacket's in my car/Your ashes in my ashtray/And I'm there with you, wherever you are." It's this gift for capturing intangible longing that drives much of All Your Favorite Bands. Goldsmith perhaps expresses this the best on the tragic ballad "To Be Completely Honest." He sings "I think I know how it ends/The universe continues expanding while we discuss particulars of just being friends/And maybe that makes everything okay/Your memory the defect at the heart of every promise." Ultimately, All Your Favorite Bands is a comforting album, leaving you with the notion that whatever happens in your life, good, bad, or indifferent, all things take on a beautiful if bittersweet meaning when viewed through the rear-view mirror. --Matt Collar
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CoreaHancock - An Evening With Chick Corea And Herbie Hancock (1979/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock
Title: An Evening With Chick Corea And Herbie Hancock
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Piano Jazz, Free Improvisation
Label: © Polydor Records | The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1979/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:23:09
Recorded live at Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, Dorothy Chandler Pavillon, Los Angeles & Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, February, 1978.



This live album, a summit meeting of two keyboard geniuses, was recorded in 1978 at shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, known at the time for their fusion work on electric piano, stick to acoustic pianos on these extended live tracks taken from both musicians' catalogues. The album marks the last time the two pianists recorded together.
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Frederic Chopin - 24 Preludes, Op. 28 - Grigory Sokolov (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Artist: Grigory Sokolov
Title: Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op. 28
Genre: Classical
Label: © Naïve
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:46:58
Recorded: live at the Salle Adyar June 17, 1990



Grigory Sokolov: a living legend of the piano whose public performances and recordings are as rare as the man is secretive. He stepped away from the limelight years ago, refusing to be idolised by a society avid for imagery. Under the winged fingers of the giant you hear the vibrancy of an inner song, wordless but not illegible. June 7 1990: concert and recording of Chopin’s Preludes by Grigory Sokolov, still relatively unknown in France.

The record receives high praise from the critics.
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Charlie Haden, Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Tokyo Adagio (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Charlie Haden, Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Title: Tokyo Adagio
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:45
Recorded live at Blue Note Tokyo, Japan on March 16th to March 19th, 2005. Mastered at Battery Studios, NY.


„This latest one, poetically titled as Tokyo Adagio, is more recent, Haden duetting with the Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and draws from a March 2005 Blue Note Tokyo club four-night residency. The polite audience reaction and applause is respectful and the sound of a few knives and forks neither here nor there in the background not distracting: the album feels lived in, which is far better than clinical.

Haden and Rubalcaba had often recorded together, on albums such as Nocturne (released in 2001) and the Grammy-winning Land of the Sun released in 2004, and here delve deep on six selections: the yearning deeply romantic Rojas Martin composition ‘En La Orilla Del Mundo’ (‘The Edge of the World’) that featured on Nocturne; the long 11-minute-plus version of Hollywood movie tune ‘My Love And I’ that Quartet West fans will instinctively gravitate towards; Ornette Coleman tune ‘When Will the Blues Leave’ which featured on the classic 1958 release Something Else; ‘Sandino’ named for the Nicaraguan revolutionary leader; the bolero ‘Solamente Una Vez’ (‘You Belong To My Heart)’ featured on Land of the Sun; and ‘Transparence’ again from Nocturne.

Rubalacaba tells Ned Sublette, author of Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, in a liner note interview how as a teenager in Havana he used to listen to Haden on the radio beaming out from within the sound of Keith Jarrett’s Survivors’ Suite, Rubalcaba later as a 23-year-old meeting Haden and recording together at EGREM. Haden encouraged the late Bruce Lundvall to sign the Cuban and Haden and Rubalcaba later made their first album together, Discovery, a live Montreux festival-recorded trio album the pair joined by Paul Motian. Rubalcaba comments: “Our connection was about love, for the music and for our families, and for each other.”

Haden’s widow Ruth Cameron-Haden, who co-produced the album, comments on her husband’s love of slow movements in classical pieces explaining the adagio moniker. She says that during the year of the recording Charlie despite battling aspiration pneumonia travelled to Japan for these dates “to explore the music in an intimate setting which was one of Charlie’s favourite musical endeavours.” And that intimacy is what is so special here as well as the romanticism and the feeling of being there, the hushed ambience and remarkably intense rapport the two possessed adding a certain drama and beauty.“
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Charles Mingus - East Coasting By Charles Mingus (1957/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Charles Mingus
Title: East Coasting By Charles Mingus
Genre: Jazz, BeBop, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz
Label: © Bethlehem Records | Verse Music Group
Release Date: 1957/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: theclassicalshop.net
Duration: 00:39:01
Recorded: NYC, August, 1957


Mingus originals, except for "Memories of You," written by Blake-Rasaf, this album was originally recorded in 1957 for Bethlehem Jazz; released in the shadow of his 1962 album Tijuana Moods, East Coasting is finally enjoying the success it should have had from the beginning.
Composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, to this day, has a stature bigger than life, 36 years after his death in 1979. Known for his outbursts of overwhelming emotion, Mingus found music to be his major outlet, and it shows.
East Coasting compiles an array of compositions spanning deep melancholy to ecstatic bursts of energy and smooth, thoughtful mellow tunes. "Memories of You," shows the incredible piano discourse of famed Bill Evans, as Knepper comes into the spotlight with a strong trombone line. Hadi's sax does a playful run along the spectrum of notes in this solemn composition.
Bursting into triumphant playfulness, Shaw's trumpet leads on "East Coasting," the title track. A wild exposition of interplay among the band members. Evans flexes his keyboard muscle while Mingus backs him with a deep bass in an up-tempo hard bop fling.
"West Coast Ghost" offers a solo bit on bass before being joined by Evans on keyboard. Swinging, bopping, the trumpet sounds a bit muted, bringing a bluesy feel to this jam. Then Hadi kicks in with a sweet, sensual play along the keys on sax. A few mysterious passages lead the listener into several spectrums of emotion before kicking into the next track, "Celia," where Shaw's trumpet takes a melancholy lead.
As the title says, "Conversation" is a great interplay between musicians, an intimate interaction with each complimenting the other's skill. First class all the way--just the way Mingus intended his music, classy, emotional, up close and personal.
Mingus earned his reputation as creator of complex sounds, bursting with energy and emotion. Today, his music is still revered around the world. This album is cause for celebration among Mingus fans.
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Carmen McRae - I Am Music (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz


Artist: Carmen McRae
Title: I Am Music
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1975(BN-LA462-G)/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 43:39
Recorded: Western Recorders, Hollywood, CA, April, 1975


Digitally remastered edition of this 1975 album from the Jazz legend. Carmen McRae was born in Harlem in 1920 and is considered to be one of the most influential Jazz vocalists of the 20th century. Throughout her career she recorded over 60 albums and was nominated for seven Grammy's. I Am Music was Carmen's first release for the legendary jazz label Blue Note in 1975 and shows off her extraordinary vocal talents in a Funky Jazz setting. The album was responsible for a significant career revival for Carmen and the beginning of a fruitful relationship with Blue Note. The album teamed Carmen with contemporary Jazz songwriters such as Bernard Ighner and Alan & Marilyn Bergman
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Carmen McRae - Carmen McRae (1954/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Carmen McRae
Title: Carmen McRae
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Standards, Traditional Pop
Label: © Bethlehem Records | Verse Music Group
Release Date: 1954/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: theclassicalshop.net
Duration: 22:13
Recorded: NYC, October 6, December, 1954


Carmen McRae's debut was recorded in 1954, the same year she was awarded the title Best New Female Vocalist by DownBeat magazine. Accompanied by an all-star line up of musicians including Herbie Mann on flute and tenor saxophone, Wendell Marshall on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums, this auspicious debut set up the rest of McRae's successful career which would see her record more than 60 albums, garner multiple Grammy nominations and appear in films and on television.
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