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Grace Jones - Disco (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Grace Jones
Title: Disco
Genre: Disco, Soul, R&B, Electronic, Dance Pop
Label: © Island Records / Universal International Music B.V.
Release Date: 1977/78/79/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: BD Audio
Duration: 03:47:50
Recorded: 1975-1979


Grace Jones, one of the most innovative and charismatic artists in the distinguished history of Island Records, is to have her first three albums for the label released as the 3CD, 4LP, Blu-ray Audio and digital sets titled ‘Grace Jones – Disco.’
The packages, out on May 4, comprise the first three Island releases by the Jamaican entertainer, 1977’s ‘Portfolio,’ the following year’s ‘Fame’ and the 1979 release ‘Muse,’ augmented with rare and unheard recordings.
All three of the albums were produced by one of the most influential mixers and producers in the formative days of the disco boom, Tom Moulton. Each of the discs was rooted in the dance milieu of the late 1970s, before Jones’ transition to the reggae flavours of her later crossover success.
‘Portfolio’ was released in the year that the former model signed with Island, and featured interpretations of some show tunes and standards including ‘Send In The Clowns,’ ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘La Vie En Rose.’ The album enjoyed top ten success in Italy and Holland.
‘Fame,’ released only nine months later, was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philadelphia, repeating the previous album’s formula of a continuous medley on side one. It also contained an interpretation of the vintage ballad ‘Autumn Leaves.’ Jones, who had one co-write on each of the first two releases, co-wrote two songs on ‘Muse,’ which also featured the single ‘On Your Knees.’
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Eric Reed - Groovewise (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Eric Reed
Title: Groovewise
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Smoke Sessions Records
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 58:53
Recorded live at Smoke Jazz Club, New York City, September 6, 7, 2014


ERIC REED DIDN’T WANT TO MAKE A GOOD RECORD, he wanted to make a great one. The celebrated pianist and musician says, “I could have called guys who play exactly what I want; it would have been good and not very interesting. It would have been swinging or it would have sounded nice—there wouldn’t have really been a spark. You don’t just want to sound good. You want it to be amazing.” And, his Groovewise is that killing record. It features a memorable quartet with Seamus Blake, Ben Williams, and Gregory Hutchinson and is the first recorded meeting of Reed and Hutchinson in over 15 years. They are clearly inspired performing in front of a live audience and the creative energy flies off the bandstand. They open with an impromptu rendition of “Powerful Paul Robeson” for Clifford Jordan whose wife, Sandy, who was in attendance and they close with the extended title track “Groovewise” bracketing a thrilling set of live jazz. Several of the compositions are dedicated to the memories of Mulgrew Miller, Cedar Walton, and Marian McPartland and Eric’s “Until the Last Cat has Swung,” is a declaration that jazz remains alive and well in the hands of a new generation. Although Eric might not feel ready to be a “keeper of the flame,” jazz music is much better off that he already is. Groovewise is available for purchase as an 8-panel CD-Deluxe Album complete with liner notes, interview and additional photos or as a high resolution download mastered for iTunes.
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Dvorak, Janacek - Symphony No. 8, Symphonic Suite - Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (2014) High-Fidelity DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz


Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
Artist: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck
Title: Dvořák, Janáček - Symphony No. 8, Symphonic Suite
Genre: Classical
Label: © Reference Recordings
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF 5.0 Surround DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:02:02
Recorded: October 11-13, 2013


Nominated for 2015 GRAMMY Award! Best Orchestral Performance.


For more than 116 years, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has been known for its artistic excellence. The PSO has a rich history of the world's finest conductors and musicians. Past conductors include the legendary names of Reiner, Steinberg, Previn, Maazel,and other greats. This tradition was furthered in fall 2008, when celebrated Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra..
The PSO is critically acclaimed as one of the world's greatest orchestras, and has completed more than 36 international tours, including 20 European tours, eight trips to the Far East, and two to South America. The PSO was the first American orchestra to perform at the Vatican in January 2004 for the late Pope John Paul II, as part of the Pontiff's Silver Jubilee celebration.
The PSO also has a long history in the areas of recordings and radio concerts. As early as 1936, the PSO broadcast coast-to-coast, receiving increased national attention in 1982 when it began network radio broadcasts on Public Radio International. The PRI series with the PSO can be heard on Classical WQED-FM 89.3 in Pittsburgh. Many PSO recordings remain in print and available, and they have won critical acclaim and many awards..
This release and the entire "Pittsburgh Live!"series are recorded and mastered by the team at Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera, and chamber recordings have received over 70 GRAMMY nominations and awards! Soundmirror has recorded for every major classical record label, now including Reference Recordings.
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Denes Varjon - Precipitando: Alban Berg, Leos Janacek, Franz Liszt (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Сomposer: Alban Berg (1885-1935), Leoš Janáček (1854-1928), Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Artist: Dénes Várjon
Title: Precipitando - Alban Berg, Leoš Janáček, Franz Liszt
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:57:42
Recorded: April 2011, Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano


After important contributions to Heinz Holliger’s “Romancendres” and acclaimed performance, with Carolin Widmann, of Schumann’s Violin Sonatas, here is the first New Series solo recording from Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. It is a recital that draws the listener in from the first moments – beginning with the dark, brooding language of Alban’s Berg’s Piano Sonata Op. 1, shaped in the shadow of Schoenberg, and continuing into the nebulous regions of Janáček’s impressionistic and near-contemporaneous “In the mists”, finally emerging into the clear light of Liszt’s immense - and immensely-influential - B-minor Sonata.
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Claude Debussy - Preludes, Livres I & II - Philippe Bianconi (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Сomposer: Achille-Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
Artist: Philippe Bianconi
Title: Debussy - Préludes, Livres I & II
Genre: Classical
Label: © La Dolce Volta
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:17:10
Recorded: Paris on February 2012 (Église de la rue Titon)


Philippe Bianconi has achieved recognition as one of France’s most accomplished instrumentalists despite his reluctance to embrace the capital. The interpretion of French music has always been of great importance in his repertoire.

"Debussy has always been part of my life" says the pianist about the composer so close to his heart.
Discophiles have been impatiently awaiting his recording of the towering Préludes, but Philippe Bianconi has taken his time before entering the studio to capture what he calls “the quintessence of Debussy’s art”. Beneath his fingertips, which conjugate a profound attention to detail with an irresistible poetic imagination, the art of Claude de France reveals all its riches and its startling modernity.

The enchanting sonorities and the density of Philippe Bianconi’s interpretation make his new CD a major addition to the list of great versions of the Préludes, enhanced by the exceptional sound quality of the recording itself, to which the pianist has devoted particular attention.
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Death Cab for Cutie - Kintsugi (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz


Artist: Death Cab for Cutie
Title: Kintsugi
Genre: Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative
Label: © Atlantic Records/Barsuk Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:45:07
Recorded: Eldorado Recording Studios


Death Cab for Cutie's eighth full-length album, 2015's Kintsugi, finds the group sliding further into the studio smoothness that marked 2011's Codes and Keys. Produced by Rich Costey -- best-known for his work with Kimbra, Mew, Muse, Interpol, and Chvrches -- Kintsugi is also the last album Death Cab recorded with co-founding member Chris Walla, who announced he was leaving the band during the recording process. Sentiment has always been lead singer/songwriter Ben Gibbard's calling card, but as he starts to stare down the corridor to 40, he seems comfortable with leaving that open heart unadorned -- or, better still, gussied up in a coat of studio shellac. Although there are fragile solo numbers dotted throughout the album, most of Kintsugi shimmers upon a gloss constructed out of new wave remnants and faded memories of yacht rock. Conceivably, Gibbard's intent hews toward the latter -- such clean disco-rock diversions as "Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)" and the galloping collegiate rock echoes of "El Dorado" show a yen for art -- but his open heart nudges Kintsugi toward new millennial soft rock. This is a feature, not a bug. Gibbard has a gentle touch so having cushy, sugary melodies mirrored by a production equally as supple feels like a marriage of intent and sound. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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David Torn - Only Sky (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz


Artist: David Torn
Title: Only Sky
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Experimental Rock, Sound Sculpture, Structured Improvisation
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:16:10
Recorded: February 2014 at the EMPAC Concert Hall, Troy, NY and Cell Labs, NY


David Torn – ever-intrepid guitarist, producer, improviser, film composer and soundscape artist – returns with only sky, an album that explores the far sonic edges of what one man and a guitar can create, a solo recording of almost orchestral atmosphere. It is Torn’s first ECM release since 2007’s acclaimed prezens, a full-band project, with Tim Berne, et al., that Jazzwise described as “a vibrating collage full of shimmering sonic shapes, a dark, urban electronic soundscape – a potent mix of jazz, free-form rock and technology that is both demanding and rewarding. ”Many of those same descriptors apply to only sky, with its hovering ambient shadows and vaulting flashes of light, its channeling of deep country/blues memories and Burroughsian dreams of North Africa. Recorded in the acoustically apt hall of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in upstate New York (and then sorted and mixed in Torn’s own mad-scientist lair), only sky is an album to get lost in, over and again.
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David Sanborn - Time and The River (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz

Artist: David Sanborn
Title: Time and The River
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Jazz Funk
Label: © Okeh Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:04

Time and The River is a brand new album from Jazz saxophonist David Sanborn. It is his first collaboration in the studio with producer and bass player Marcus Miller in over fifteen years. Through the years, the two have worked together on a number of records, winning five Grammy Awards and their albums went Gold multiple times.
In his three-and-a-half-decade career, Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards and has had eight gold albums and one platinum album. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre. Though Sanborn has worked in many genres, his solo recordings typically blend jazz with instrumental pop and R&B. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975 and has worked extensively as a session musician, notably on David Bowie's Young Americans (1975).
Time and The River is a groove oriented jazz album, with funky beats and beautiful ballads where Sanborn can show the emotional side of his legendary saxophone skills. Additional credits go to Roy Assaf, Justin Mullens, Tim Vaughn, Ricky Peterson, Javier Diaz, Marcus Baylor, Larry Braggs, Randy Crawford.
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Frederic Chopin - Preludes & Piano Sonata No. 2 - Jean-Philippe Collard (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
Artist: Jean-Philippe Collard
Title: Chopin - Préludes & Piano Sonata No.2
Genre: Classical
Label: © La Dolce Volta
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:58:01
Recorded: 9-11 avril 2013, Paris (Paroisse protestante luthérienne « Bon-Secours »)


It has taken him decades to feel comfortable with the composer. Today he is confident in his approach to this repertory and has no qualms about his interpretative options. Chopin's music gives him two very powerful impressions. First of all, it interprets the sensation of being in love, an aspect he finds fascinating. Moreover, his language speeds up the process of communication between artist and audience.
He sees this disc as a break, a renewal. All his previous records were released on EMI. Today he has changed labels, repertory, sound engineer ... These developments enable him to escape a certain routine, to put himself on the line.
There are countless benchmark versions in this repertory, but the French pianist has not sought to measure himself against them, and his approach to the composer is honest and totally sincere. Chopin represents a genuine challenge, for which Jean-Philippe Collard has identified a style that is his alone.
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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow - Trios (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz


Artist: Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow
Title: Trios
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Modern Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:14
Recorded: April 2013 at Auditorio Radiotelevisione svizzera, Lugano


Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard and Steve Swallow revisit classic Bley compositions in an exceptional album recorded in Lugano last year by Manfred Eicher. Included here are spirited new versions of “Utviklingssang” and “Vashkar”, and the suites “Les Trois Lagons”, “Wildlife” and “The Girl Who Cried Champagne”. Carla’s robust tunes are vividly conveyed, all members solo compellingly, and the trio has never sounded better.
Trios is one of the outstanding jazz albums of the season and marks the first time that a new Carla Bley album has appeared on ECM itself (rather than the ECM-distributed WATT label, which has been her primary platform for 40 years).
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