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Oscar Peterson Trio - A Jazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson Trio
Title: A Jazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1959(MGV 8334)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:43
Recorded: Paris, France, May 18, 1959

This tribute album to Frank Sinatra was recorded and released by Oscar Peterson in 1959, the same year the pianist issued several other tribute albums to specific composers. Featuring his trio of the day, Ray Brown on double bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, this is a swinging set of some of the songs closely associated with the Chairman of the Board.
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Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays Porgy And Bess (1959/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Oscar Peterson Plays Porgy And Bess
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1959(MGV 8340)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:58
Recorded: October 12, 1959, Los Angeles, California

George Gershwin's folk opera has been a source of inspiration for countless jazz musicians. This 1959 recording with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen (who had replaced guitarist Herb Ellis the previous year) features some of Peterson's most impassioned and bluesy playing. With the addition of a drummer, he was liberated from rhythm duties to become the trio's dominant solo voice. Producer Norman Granz, who frequently featured Peterson in his Jazz at the Philharmonic all-star tours of the 1950s, had the musicians work out the arrangements in the studio with a minimum of rehearsal. That freshness of conception can still be sensed today.
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Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie (1955/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Oscar Peterson Plays Count Basie
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1955(MGC 708)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 44:49
Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, December 27, 1955

This 1955 release finds pianist Oscar Peterson delving into the Count Basie songbook, one of several albums Peterson recorded in the 1950s dedicated to specific composers. He is surrounded by a stunning line-up of talent here, namely Ray Brown on double bass, guitarist Herb Ellis and legendary drummer Buddy Rich.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Horn Concertos - Dennis Brain, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (1954/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Artist: Dennis Brain, Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan
Title: Mozart - Horn Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © EMI Classics
Release Date: 1954/2012 (2011 Remaster)
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 53:56
Recorded: November 12, 13, and 23rd 1953, in Kingsway Hall, London

Extraordinary horn player Dennis Brain is joined by Herbert von Karajan and the Philharmonia Orchestra as the ensemble renders riveting adaptations of Mozart’s four horn concertos. His unmistakable and immediately recognizable tone has made Brain an ideal Mozartian. Dubbed by Boyd Neel as one of the finest Mozart players of his generation, this collection exemplifies Brain’s unworldly virtuosity.
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Michael Jackson - The Essential Michael Jackson (2005/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44.1kHz

Artist: Michael Jackson
Title: The Essential Michael Jackson
Genre: Pop, Rock, R&B, Funk/Soul, Synth-pop, Disco
Label: © Epic Records, Legacy Recordings, MJJ Productions
Release Date: 2005/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 2:37:30
Recorded: 1969–1999

There are several Michael Jackson greatest-hits compilations out there, each one its own take on what should be the definitive portrait of the gloved one's career. The Ultimate Collection, The Essential Collection (different from the one here), and Number Ones have all surfaced in 2003 and 2004, and HIStory a few years prior. Each one of these collections, while commendable in its attempt to thoroughly document Jackson's accomplishments, has fallen woefully short in one aspect or another. This has finally been rectified with this installment of Sony's outstanding Essential collection. Starting with his campaign with his brothers in the Jackson 5, this two-disc set tours through every important single and every important fan favorite short of including his duet with Paul McCartney on "Say Say Say" (the Beatle does, however, make an appearance here on "The Girl Is Mine"). From Off the Wall to Dangerous, it's all here in one concise package, making it the ideal reference point from which exploration into his deeper catalog can begin. While die-hard fans will already have every single song contained herein and may be weary to purchase another greatest-hits compilation short of a greatest-hits compilation including his backing vocals on Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me," this may be the only one fans and casual listeners will ever have to purchase to get their fill of the King of Pop's magic. --AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston
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Felix Mendelssohn - String Quartets Nos 2, 3 & 6 - Artemis Quartet (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Artemis Quartet
Title: Mendelssohn - String Quartets Nos 2, 3 & 6
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics/Erato
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:27:47
Recording: Studio P4, Berlin 22-25. V. & 25-27. IX. 2013

“The Artemis enlarge perceptions, push frontiers and perhaps question received wisdom,” wrote Gramophone of the Artemis Quartet’s 2012 Schubert album. The Berlin-based ensemble now sheds new light on Mendelssohn with these three works from three distinct periods in the composer’s career: his late adolescence, the year before he turned 30, and the final months of his short life, overshadowed by the death of his beloved sister.

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MC5 - Kick Out The Jams (1969/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: MC5
Title: Kick Out The Jams
Genre: Rock, Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Proto-Punk
Label: © Elektra Records
Release Date: 1969/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Duration: 40:03
Recorded live October 30–31, 1968 at Russ Gibb's Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan

While the Rolling Stones were perhaps the first rock band to merge rock & roll with tales of violent revolution (i.e. their classic "Street Fighting Man"), no one did it as convincingly and as whole-heartedly as Detroit's MC5. Managed by the notorious White Panther Party member John Sinclair, the MC5 rocked with a vengeance that was unparalleled at the time--the band was rewarded years later by being heralded as punk rock originators. Few have been able to top the ferocious intensity of their classic debut, 1969's in-concert „Kick Out The Jams“.
Although the album fared well on the charts, it was surrounded in controversy from the get-go; the record company wanted the group to edit out a vulgarity included in the introduction to the title track. The friction would lead to the band parting ways from Elektra soon after, but all the hoopla could not take away from the stellar quality of „Kick Out The Jams“. Be prepared to be blown away by such songs as "Rocket Reducer No. 62," "Borderline," "Starship," and the title track, to name but a few. „Kick Out The Jams“ is the undisputed Holy Grail for fans of blaring, high-energy rock.
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Malene Mortensen - Can't Help It (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Malene Mortensen
Title: Can't Help It
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Stunt Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:48:31

Singer Malene Mortensen has been around on the Danish scene for a decade-and-a-half gradually getting better known beyond her native land as a singer with a memorable pure-toned voice displaying a good deal of range and one who can combine Great American Songbook material with more recent repertoire in a contemporary modern-jazz style without being remotely cheesy.
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Lyn Stanley - Lost In Romance (2013) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Lyn Stanley
Title: Lost In Romance
Genre: Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © A.T. Music XATM77923D64
Release Date: 2013
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:02:25
Recorded at Conway Studios, Ocean Way Studios, Studio City Sound and LAfx Sudios, Los Angeles, CA. Mastered by Bernie Grundman, Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Lyn Stanley was born in Tacoma, Washington, into a musical family. Her father followed in the footsteps of Errol Garner, playing jazz-styled piano by ear. Her paternal grandfather was an opera singer in his native Bulgaria. And her mother’s brother, of Irish decent, sang tenor roles in local theater groups in Long Beach, CA. Lyn grew up in California, moved to Orlando, Florida briefly to complete her undergraduate degree, moved back to California for a master’s degree, and then to East Lansing, Michigan where she worked on a PhD in Mass Media.
Despite her many academic achievements, her attraction to music and dancing always simmered at the heart of her creative ambitions. In 2006 Lyn returned to California to care for her then-ailing mother, while pursuing her goal to become a national amateur ballroom dance champion. And she achieved her goal, becoming a Pro/AM champion in ballroom dancing’s International Standard style and winning three dance events and two national titles in 2010.
But her singing career was a natural extension of the musical embrace that was an essential aspect of her dancing. Her performance break through as a singer began in 2010, when she was heard by pianist Paul Smith. One of the music world’s most honored jazz artists, and the favored accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sammy Davis Jr. and Mel Torme, Smith saw in Lyn’s singing the emerging talents of another singer with the potential for great expectations.
Following her stage debut on February 13, 2011, accompanied by pianist/arranger Smith, Lyn was accepted into a singer training program at Yale University, where she studied with a stellar array of some of the music world’s best known performers. Her first show, “Makin’ Whoopee,” came together at Yale. Later, in performances at Sterlings, Upstairs at Vitello’s in Studio City, and the Joslyn Center of Performing Arts in Palm Desert, California, she was well-received by audiences and critics, generating a call for an album from her growing legions of fans.
In 2013, Lyn released her debut album, Lost in Romance working with four different rhythm section trios, and arrangements by Tamir Hendelman, Steve Rawlins and Llew Matthews. In addition to her warm tone, rhythmic swing and expressive vocals in a program of great standard tunes, she also added another fascinating aspect to the mix. As a dancer, well aware of the long historical linkage between jazz and dance rhythms, she approached Lost In Romance eager to underscore that rich musical connection in ways that illuminate each of the compelling tracks.
Since its release, Lost In Romance has received critical acclaim and international and national airplay. DJs have been receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences who are “thrilled” with the tracks. KKJZ radio, the second largest jazz radio station in the US, picked seven tracks from the album for airplay – a rare accomplishment for a new album. Bubba Jackson, KKJZ radio personality, was equally avid about Lyn’s work. “Thanks for bringing the songstress back to jazz,” he told her. “You make the lyrics come alive as the original composers intended.” Jazz historian Scott Yanow described her as “a superior singer.”
And Don Grigware, of Broadway World, added his belief that Lost In Romance is “ of the greatest tributes to the great age of jazz I have ever heard.” Lyn Stanley’s close friend and musical mentor, Paul Smith, was delighted with Lost In Romance, rating it as an A++. Before he passed away in June, 2013, he noted that he “hoped to be around for her 10th album.” And, as Lyn continues on her creative pathway, Smith’s memorable support urges her along her sky’s-the-limit musical journey.
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