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Kaija Saariaho - La Passion de Simone - Finnish Radio Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Kaija Saariaho (b.1952)
Artist: Finnish Radio Symphony, Esa-Pekka Salonen
Title: Kaija Saariaho - La Passion de Simone
Genre: Classical, Opera, Choral, Finnish Contemporary
Label: © Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:05:41
Recorded: 19–20 October 2012, Helsinki Music Centre, Finland


Following its successful world première in 2006, Ondine is proud to present Kaija Saariaho’s La Passion de Simone, for soprano solo, choir, orchestra and electronics for the first time on SACD.
Kaija Saariaho considers La Passion de Simone - an oratorio about the life and thoughts of Simone Weil - to be her most important work. This SACD features world class performers including Dawn Upshaw and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Chamber Choir.
Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide acclaim for her wide-ranging operatic and concert repertoire. Kaija Saariaho wrote the soprano part in La Passion de Simone and the opera L’Amour de loin for her.
One of the most important artists in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen has become established both as a celebrated conductor and composer.
This release is also a tribute to Kaija Saariaho who turned 60 on 14th of October 2012.
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Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Julia Holter
Title: Have You In My Wilderness
Genre: Pop, Indie, Avant-Garde, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Ambient
Label: © Domino Recording
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: onkyomusic.com
Duration: 46:06


Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter’s most intimate album yet, a collection of radiant ballads. Her follow-up to 2013’s widely celebrated Loud City Song explores love, trust, and power in human relationships. While love songs are familiar fodder in pop music, Holter manages to stay fascinatingly oblique and enigmatic on her new album.
Have You in My Wilderness is also Holter’s most sonically intimate album. Here, she and producer Cole Marsden Greif-Neill lift her voice out of the layers of smeared, hazy effects, putting her vocals front and center in the mix. The result is striking—it sounds as if Holter is singing right in your ear. It sounds clear and vivid, but also disarmingly personal. The focused warm sound and instrumentation — dense strings, subtle synth pads — adds to the effect.
Like Holter’s previous albums, Have You in My Wilderness is multi-layered and texturally rich, featuring an array of electronic and acoustic instruments played by an ensemble of gifted Los Angeles musicians.
Have You In My Wilderness deals with dark themes, but it also features some of the most sublime and transcendent music Holter has ever written. The ten songs on the album are shimmering and dreamlike, wandering the liminal space between the conscious and the subconscious.
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Jonas Kaufmann - Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Artist: Jonas Kaufmann
Title: Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album
Genre: Classical, Opera
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:00:53
Recorded: September 14-21, 2014

The ultimate all-Puccini album from “The greatest tenor of our day” (The Daily Telegraph). Contains famous arias and scenes drawn from Puccini’s greatest operas including Turandot, La Bohème, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and more…
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John Coltrane - Offering: Live At Temple University (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: John Coltrane
Title: Offering: Live At Temple University
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Modal Music, Post-Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Impulse!/The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: ponomusic.com
Duration: 01:32:02
Recorded: November 11, 1966 at Mitten Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Recorded eight months before his death from liver cancer, the concert album Offering: Live at Temple University features legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane performing with his quintet in his hometown of Philadelphia on November 11, 1966. Although it's been available in various incomplete bootleg forms over the years, Resonance's Offering is the first official, complete, and fully mastered version to be released. Produced from a set of long-lost master tapes rediscovered by Coltrane's son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Offering showcases the late jazz innovator's final ensemble featuring his wife, keyboardist Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, bassist Sonny Johnson (sitting in for Jimmy Garrison), drummer Rashied Ali, and a coterie of local guest musicians. This was Coltrane's main lineup after the departure of pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones only a few months prior to this concert. However, rather than a lesser version of Coltrane's once classic quartet, this ensemble seems to have codified the spiritually infused free jazz, modal, and Indian raga influences Coltrane had been exploring since the early '60s. Gone was the internal band discord over the use of two drummers (Tyner and Jones' purported bugaboo), replaced by an ensemble of like-minded musicians unified as much by spiritual concerns as creative ones. Beginning with an epic version of his classic 1960 composition "Naima," Coltrane and his group perform with a sustained intensity and creative focus that would soon become a major element of Coltrane lore after his passing. Yet, here they are: the sheets of arpeggiated sound gushing from his saxophone in a burnished oaken moan, the frenetic squelch of Sanders and Coltrane's dual opening to "Leo," and the subsequent mid-track "vocalizations" -- long debated in almost mythological terms by fans who saw Coltrane live -- captured here in all their unnerving, otherworldly glory. And while there certainly is something otherworldly and transformative about Offering, it's also utterly tangible, visceral, and organically Technicolor in the way only the best live performances are. There's also a balance to the performances on Offering. By 1966, Coltrane had become infamous for his band's extended solos, purportedly shutting down clubs with cacophonous 20-minute improvisations. The longest song here, an inspired reworking of his indelible 1960 version of "My Favorite Things," clocks in at 23:20 and reveals an ensemble fully capable of guiding an audience on a logical, if no less adventurous, journey through well-charted musical territory. Listening to Alice Coltrane propel herself through "My Favorite Things," her sparkling, hard bop-inflected keyboard lines as generously abundant as her husband's, is to experience something strangely familiar yet completely new. By the time you get to 18-year-old college student Steve Knoblauch's utterly unhinged guest improvisation, you aren't so much confused as astounded that the group members lose none of their euphoric intensity while they buoy him, his throaty aggression bridging toward Coltrane's laser-fire soprano return. Ultimately, though we will never know where Coltrane would have taken his music had he lived, Offering works as a live culmination of Coltrane's musical journey, a homecoming and spiritual communion with the deep, creative forces that drove him right until the end of his life and, based on the music here, one can only assume beyond. —AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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Jewel - Picking Up The Pieces (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Jewel
Title: Picking Up The Pieces
Genre: Country, Folk, Pop Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Label: © Sugar Hill/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:02:36

Picking Up the Pieces is Jewel's 14-track LP through Sugar Hill Records. She self-produced the record - with her first producer, the late Ben Keith, always in mind – and hired a band comprised mostly of Neil Young collaborators to help her strip away the veneer she’d built up over two decades in the music business.
“This is just me. These are my thoughts. These are my feelings. This is my poetry,” Jewel said. “It really felt like returning to a part of me that I didn’t mean to lose, but with time and relationships and life and surviving and dealing, you take on new things and not all of them are great.”
The last five years have been full of change, both personal and creative, for the 41-year-old Alaska-born singer. Her 4-year-old son Kase was born, but her marriage fell apart. She wrote her memoir, Never Broken, and recorded a pair of children’s albums. Picking Up the Pieces captures some of these moments on “Love Used to Be” and “Mercy,” but also gathers longtime unrecorded live favorites like “Carnivore” and “Boy Needs a Bike.” The album also includes “My Father’s Daughter,” a stunning autobiographical collaboration with Dolly Parton.
“I was trying to keep my mind quiet and honestly get back to something I feel like I’d lost touch with in my life. It was really an exercise in shutting out fear. I was giving myself permission to be exactly who and what I was.”
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Jacintha - Jacintha Is Her Name: Dedicated To Julie London (2003) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jacintha
Title: Jacintha Is Her Name: Dedicated To Julie London
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-ahead, Mainstream jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2003
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Sharp Roll-off -3dB/42kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 00:53:20
Recorded: November 20-24, 2002 at OceanWay Recordings, Hollywood, CA.


Julie London, the legendary torch song singer and pop balladeer of the 60s and early 70s, passed away in Los Angeles two years ago. The singer who had a huge hit with her version of Cry Me A River still retains a large fan base worldwide and has always been one of Jacintha's favorite singers. It only seems natural that for this, her fourth album for Groove Note, the sensual and talented Jacintha, no mean balladeer herself, has chosen to record and dedicate an album to Julie.
"This album is a sheer joy to listen to from the first note. This may be Jacintha's best album yet. The silky, smooth, and sensuous voice of Jacintha is reproduced with an utterly natural quality, revealing every nuance of her phenomenal intonation, phrasing, breath control, and vocal modulation." - Dave Glackin, Positive Feedback Online
Inspired mainly by Ms. London's first Liberty album, Julie Is Her Name and its spare guitar and acoustic bass formats, Jacintha and arranger/pianist Bill Cunliffe (recently nominated for a Jazz Arranging Grammy) have come up with a spectacular new record. Using the guitar and bass combo as a basic springboard, the album has taken some of the songs most closely associated with Ms. London (e.g. Cry Me A River, and some not so familiar like Light My Fire), and transformed them into the kind of material that Jacintha handles best. Intimate, sexy, seductive.
A couple of tunes do utilize a trio behind Jacintha but the great majority of the songs stay faithful to the guitar/bass combo and two instrument concept with the additional twist of using some different instruments in the arrangements. (e.g. sax and bass for Willow Weep For Me, sax and piano for Something Cool and piano and bass for Cry Me A River). Jacintha herself delivers some definitive performances including a classic version of Something Cool and her cover of The Doors' Light My Fire.
The very spare instrumental arrangements also lend themselves to extremely high quality audiophile sound and Joe Harley (producer) and Mike Ross (engineer) have outdone themselves on this recording, creating sonics and fidelity that are some of the best ever from Groove Note.
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Jacintha - Jacintha Is Her Name: Dedicated To Julie London (2003) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Jacintha
Title: Jacintha Is Her Name: Dedicated To Julie London
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-ahead, Mainstream jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 2003
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:53:20
Recorded: November 20-24, 2002 at OceanWay Recordings, Hollywood, CA.

Julie London, the legendary torch song singer and pop balladeer of the 60s and early 70s, passed away in Los Angeles two years ago. The singer who had a huge hit with her version of Cry Me A River still retains a large fan base worldwide and has always been one of Jacintha's favorite singers. It only seems natural that for this, her fourth album for Groove Note, the sensual and talented Jacintha, no mean balladeer herself, has chosen to record and dedicate an album to Julie.
"This album is a sheer joy to listen to from the first note. This may be Jacintha's best album yet. The silky, smooth, and sensuous voice of Jacintha is reproduced with an utterly natural quality, revealing every nuance of her phenomenal intonation, phrasing, breath control, and vocal modulation." - Dave Glackin, Positive Feedback Online
Inspired mainly by Ms. London's first Liberty album, Julie Is Her Name and its spare guitar and acoustic bass formats, Jacintha and arranger/pianist Bill Cunliffe (recently nominated for a Jazz Arranging Grammy) have come up with a spectacular new record. Using the guitar and bass combo as a basic springboard, the album has taken some of the songs most closely associated with Ms. London (e.g. Cry Me A River, and some not so familiar like Light My Fire), and transformed them into the kind of material that Jacintha handles best. Intimate, sexy, seductive.
A couple of tunes do utilize a trio behind Jacintha but the great majority of the songs stay faithful to the guitar/bass combo and two instrument concept with the additional twist of using some different instruments in the arrangements. (e.g. sax and bass for Willow Weep For Me, sax and piano for Something Cool and piano and bass for Cry Me A River). Jacintha herself delivers some definitive performances including a classic version of Something Cool and her cover of The Doors' Light My Fire.
The very spare instrumental arrangements also lend themselves to extremely high quality audiophile sound and Joe Harley (producer) and Mike Ross (engineer) have outdone themselves on this recording, creating sonics and fidelity that are some of the best ever from Groove Note.
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Jacintha - Here's to Ben: A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster (1998) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jacintha
Title: Here's to Ben: A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-ahead, Mainstream jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 1998
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Sharp Roll-off -3dB/42kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 00:54:44
Recorded March 17th - 18th, 1998 at the Ocean Way Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA


The 1st artist to be released Groove Note Records has already became a legend in her own time! Already a tremendous figure in her native Singapore, Jacintha has been turning heads and ears in this country as well. With an outstanding singing style on par with the greats, Jacintha will enrapture you in a perpetual state of musical bliss! (We're not ones for overstatement either.)
Jacintha debuts in the U.S. with a tribute to the legendary tenor saxophone player: Ben Webster. The songs have been specially selected to reflect this premise, i.e. they are mostly great vocal standards and/or ballads that have been recorded by Webster many times and are thus associated with his particular style and name. Some of these songs like Stardust, How Long Has This Been Going On, Georgia and Our Love is Here to Stay, Over The Rainbow are Webster classics.
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Jacintha - Here's to Ben: A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster (1998) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Jacintha
Title: Here's to Ben: A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-ahead, Mainstream jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 1998
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:54:44
Recorded March 17th - 18th, 1998 at the Ocean Way Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA


The 1st artist to be released Groove Note Records has already became a legend in her own time! Already a tremendous figure in her native Singapore, Jacintha has been turning heads and ears in this country as well. With an outstanding singing style on par with the greats, Jacintha will enrapture you in a perpetual state of musical bliss! (We're not ones for overstatement either.)
Jacintha debuts in the U.S. with a tribute to the legendary tenor saxophone player: Ben Webster. The songs have been specially selected to reflect this premise, i.e. they are mostly great vocal standards and/or ballads that have been recorded by Webster many times and are thus associated with his particular style and name. Some of these songs like Stardust, How Long Has This Been Going On, Georgia and Our Love is Here to Stay, Over The Rainbow are Webster classics.
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Jacintha - Autumn Leaves: The Songs of Johnny Mercer (1999) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jacintha
Title: Autumn Leaves: The Songs of Johnny Mercer
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Straight-ahead, Mainstream jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Groove Note Records
Release Date: 1999
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64 (converted at KORG AudioGate 2.3.3 / DSD Filter Sharp Roll-off -3dB/42kHz / TPDF Diter)
Duration: 01:00:40
Recorded by Michael C. Ross at Cello Studios, Hollywood, CA, October 3 and 4th, 1999

The Groove Note Records team of Joe Harley (producer), Mike Ross (engineer) and Ying Tan (executive producer) join forces once again to orchestrate the second release from the label's first artist Jacintha. Autumn Leaves is a collection of twelve songs from Johnny Mercer.
'Autumn Leaves' finds Jacintha in excellent form and, once again, delivering several strong performances on many of the songs. One of the highlights of the album is the title track which finds Jacintha singing in the original French intro and first verse as well as the later Johnny Mercer English lyrics.
We weren't the only ones impressed with Jacintha's vocal prowess, she also caught the attention of Bordertown Pictures (Touchstone Pictures) and a team arrived during the recording session to capture a brand new version of the Grammy-award winning song 'Here's To Life.' With Jacintha featured on vocals and the backing of Kei Akagi (piano), Teddy Edwards (tenor sax), Larance Marable (drums), Joe La Barbera (drums) and Darek Oles (bass) the musicianship on the recording is fantastic. Artie Butler, the Grammy winning composer of 'Here's To Life' was also in attendance and played the Hammond B-3 organ on the track! The song was featured in the opening title sequence for the Ron Shelton film 'Play It To The Bone.'
'Play It To The Bone,' by Touchstone Pictures (a division of the Disney Corp.,) is directed by Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Tin Cup, Blaze, White Men Can't Jump) and stars Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson and Lolita Davidovich. The film was released nationwide on January 14, 2000.
The album was recorded live direct to 2-track and was mastered using Sony's new Direct Stream Digital (DSD) process by Bernie Grundman in Hollywood to produce an album of true audiophile quality sound.
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