Artist: Vienna Boys Choir
Title: Merry Christmas From Vienna
Genre: Classical, Choral, Christmas
Label: © Wiener Sängerknaben/Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: 2004/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
The world's best-known boys' choir begins its close cooperation with Universal Music with a major Christmas album. With the likes of Rolando Villazón and Aida Garifullina, the Choir Boys have invited two stars of classical music to be their guests. And instrumental support is provided by the band WienerWunderAllerlei and the brass ensemble phil Blech Wien.
VA - Best From The West: Modern Sounds From California, Vol. 1 (1955/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Various Artists
Title: Best From The West: Modern Sounds From California, Vol. 1 (A Musical Blindfold Test)
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Cool Jazz, West Coast Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1955 (BLP 5059)/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, December 31, 1954
Originally released on 10-inch vinyl in early 1955, this album spotlights some of the best from Blue Note's West Coast jazz roster of the day, as the title implies, recorded in Los Angeles and featuring prominent jazz musicians from both coasts such as Harry "Sweets" Edison, Stan Levey, Conte Candoli and Marty Paich. The "blindfold test" refers to the fact that this was originally issued with no credits, presenting a challenge to jazz fans to identify the players who were only revealed on the second volume of this series. This note appeared on the original record jacket: "We're curious to see which of Blue Note's customers, long noted for their astute jazz tastes and discernment, can come up with a complete or at least partially correct answer."
Artist: T-SQUARE plus
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Rock, Smooth Jazz
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
T-Square is a Japanese jazz fusion band that was formed in 1978. They became famous in the late 70s and early 80s along with other Japanese fusion bands. Its most successful lineup included its members from 1986 to 1990: guitarist Masahiro Andoh, bassist Mitsuru Sutoh, saxophonist/flutist/EWI player Takeshi Itoh, keyboardist Hirotaka Izumi, and drummer Hiroyuki Noritake. They are known for songs such as "Truth", "Japanese Soul Brothers", "Takarajima", and "Omens of Love" among others. "Truth" has been used as the theme for Fuji Television's Formula One (F1) coverage from 1989 to 2000 and since 2012. An Arrangement of said tune, "Truth 21c" was used as the theme for Japan's F1 2001 and 2002, respectively, and other remixes of "Truth" were used from 2003 to 2006.
Artist: Tony Overwater & Bert van den Brink
Title: Impromptu - Live at Rhapsody
Label: © Sound Liaison
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Recorded on April 2nd, 2012 at Studio Eleven Hilversum, the Netherlands
Harry and Michel, our good friends and advisors from the High End audio shop ''Rhapsody" in Hilversum, were celebrating the shops 25th anniversary.
They invited master bassist Tony Overwater and pianist extraordinaire Bert van den Brink to come and play a concert in the listening room of the shop.
The room was filled to the brim with audio enthusiasts, the closest listener being just a few feet from the musicians and the microphones.
When the audience is so close to the musicians, a synergy occurs. The audience becomes part of the music making and help spur the musicians on to great heights. The musicians feeling the empathy from the audience dare to take chances that one rarely hears in a studio recording. Tony and Bert had not performed together as a duo before, and no rehearsal had taken place prior to the Rhapsody concert, but the music these two masters of improvisation created that sunny afternoon in Rhapsody, is simply breathtaking.
The recording conditions were not ideal. The doors in the back of the room were opened several times by people trying to squeeze in, making the sound from the espresso machine in the hall and the DJ playing ambient music in the garden faintly audible at the beginning of each set. Later halfway through the concert the windows of the room had to be opened for air. The DJ turned off his music but he was immediately replaced by the sound of birds singing. If listening closely one can hear them, chime in, in the quiet parts.
These outside factors contributed to the unique atmosphere of this recording and that is yet another reason why; Impromptu (a musical composition prompted by the spirit of the moment) is such an apt title.
Frans de Rond
Artist: Tony Fontane
Title: An Evening Concert by Tony Fontane
Genre: Gospel, Soul, Folk, World, Country
Label: © RCA Records
Release Date: 1965/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: 1965 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium
Tony Fontane was born Anthony Trankina on Sept. 18, 1925, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a stint in the Coast Guard during World War II, he hit the nightclub circuits in New York and Chicago hoping for a break as a singer. Using the stage name Tony Fontane, he won the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, which started him on a career as a popular singer. He recorded for Mercury Records, with his biggest hits being "The Syncopated Clock" and "Cold, Cold Heart," which sold 1.4 million records in 1950. He toured Australia in two shows, and made several hit records in that country. In 1957, back in the United States, Fontane was involved in a car crash that put him in a coma for more than a month and severely threatened his life. After recovering, he devoted his life solely to Christian music and, by the 1960s, was one of the most famous gospel singers in the world. A recording contract with RCA produced 20 or more very successful gospel albums. On June 30, 1974, Fontane died at the age of 48. His funeral at Forest Lawn Memorial Park was attended by an estimated 10,000 people.