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Eric Dolphy Quintet feat. Freddie Hubbard - Outward Bound (1960/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Eric Dolphy Quintet feat. Freddie Hubbard
Title: Outward Bound
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1960/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:01:27
Recorded: April 1, 1960 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Eric Dolphy has sometimes been described as an iconoclast, but in Outward Bound, he was not overturning his idol, Charlie Parker; he was building on Bird’s legacy. So deep was Dolphy’s musicianship, so free his imagination, that he enchanted trailblazers like John Coltrane and Charles Mingus. Partnering in this collection with the brilliant trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and a stunning rhythm section, Dolphy is at a peak of energy and creativity on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute. He and Hubbard work with empathy reminiscent of the young Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Pianist Jaki Byard, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Roy Haynes were ideal accompanists and co-conspirators in this widely influential work. This edition of Outward Bound contains two alternate takes and “April Fool,” a piece not on the original album.
On this album you will hear Eric playing alto sax, bass clarinet and flute. He also plays tenor sax. When we asked Eric about his early career on the West Coast he was quick to express his gratitude to the people who had taken an interest in his career. If you think the young jazz musician doesn’t get any encouragement from the experienced guys, you would do well to listen to Eric. The effect on us when the group went into the first take at the session is difficult to describe. The number was “G.W.,” written by Eric in 1957 as a tribute to Gerald Wilson. Our immediate thoughts were that these five amazing musicians were right at that moment adding a new dimension to modern jazz.
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Enrico Pieranunzi - The day after the silence (1976/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Enrico Pieranunzi
Title: The day after the silence
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:40"15
Recorded: September 8/9, 1976, Emmequattro Studios, Rome, Italy
Remastered: 2013, Forward Studios (Hi-Jazz), Grottaferrata, Rome, Italy


Correva l'anno 1976 quando Enrico Pieranunzi approcciava solitario il suo pianoforte per dare vita a dieci composizioni originali, tutte a sua firma, che hanno traccia to un significativo percorso della sua illuminata via di pianista e compositore. "The Day After The Silence" ci racconta quello che Pieranunzi era, ciò da cui è partito: la ricerca continua. Perché il pianista romano, allora ventisettenne, si abbandona ai suoi riferimenti: Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, James P. Johnson, Bill Evans. E' il suo primo disco in piano solo, il terzo da leader dopo "Jazz a confronto 24" e "New & Old Jazz Sound", nei quali si respira ancora la coralità assimilata nel sestetto di Dino Piana-Oscar Valdambrini.
In questa solitaria sgroppata con gli ottantotto tasti Pieranunzi declina il suo verbo, accende le luci sulla sua già ben determinata tecnica, padroneggiando tutti gli aspetti del pianoforte. "Prolusion" già contiene tutte le figurazioni reiterate, le sequenze piene di volute contrappuntate dagli accordi della mano sinistra. Il ritmo insinuato, sensuale e un tocco armonicamente più ricco e lucente di cromatismi caratterizza il brano eponimo e anche "Trichromatic Line", con le frasi rapide e nitide, il ritmo saltellante e un tocco sempre più che autoritario. Si fa strada anche la passione per i dettami classici, nella romantica "Blue Song". Pieranunzi sa forgiare sul suo fuoco anche il blues, che scoppietta sotto una gragnuola di note e, a un certo punto sembra anche citare il Gershwin di Rhapsody in Blue ("Our Blues"); sorprende negli enunciati ragtime/boogie di "Blues Up". In "The Mood Is Good" è capace di celare la forza narrativa della composizione con espressioni incisive, rapsodiche e swing a tutto campo. "Aurora" ci restituisce il mood carezzevolee romantico, sempre con una punta di ferro incandescente: le pennellate di Pieranunzi sono sempre intrise di colori intensi. "The Flight Of Belphegor" ha quella bellezza "gemellare": due anime racchiuse in un solo brano, intensamente luminoso: da una parte brandelli quasi operistici e dall'altro un linguaggio forte e sicuro, con note scolpite nella roccia. "A Gay Day" è un happy ending con la tradizione che passa per le dita del pianista romano. Una ristampa di cui ce ne era bisogno, per ricordare a tutti come si suona un pianoforte. --Alceste Ayroldi per Jazzitalia
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Enrico Intra - Piani diversi (2011/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Enrico Intra (b.1935), Béla Bartók (1881-1945)
Artist: Enrico Intra
Title: Piani diversi
Genre: Jazz, Piano Jazz, Improvisation, Modern Classical
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2011/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:47:01
Recordings, Mixing and Mastering: AlfaMusic Studio, Rome, Italy by Alessandro Guardia


“Piani diversi”, l’ultimo progetto discografico di Enrico Intra è un nuovo, grande segno della vitalità creativa di questo maestro assoluto del Jazz italiano ed europeo. E’ il primo album pensato quasi interamente in piano solo, con nuove composizioni e improvvisazioni che formano un percorso titolato Anbahnen op. 10. Il Cd propone un Jazz europeo nel quale la musica di Intra dialoga con la suite op. 14 di Béla Bartók, eseguita da una giovane allieva dei Civici Corsi di Jazz, Giulia Molteni. L’attenzione ai giovani è sottolineata anche dalla bonus track: il brano 442 secondi, realizzato al Piccolo Teatro di Milano con sette nuovi talenti del Jazz Italiano: Alessandro Lanzoni, Francesco Diodati, Andrea Andreoli, Paolo Orlandi, Gabriele Evangelista, Dino Rubino e Mattia Cigalini. Musicista imprevedibile, Intra si muove ancora una volta nell’ambito di un Jazz che senza perdere il proprio senso estetico, incontra l’universo sonoro euro colto in maniera unica.
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George Enescu - Symphony No. 2 & Chamber Symphony - Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (2012/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: George Enescu (1881-1955)
Artist: Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Hannu Lintu
Title: Enescu - Symphony No. 2 & Chamber Symphony
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD/Ondine Oy, Helsinki
Release Date: 2012/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:09:21
Recorded: Tampere Hall, 24.8.2011 (Chamber Symphony), 3–5.1.2012 (Symphony No. 2)
A 24-bit recording in DXD (Digital eXtreme Defnition)

There is a pedigreed narrative about the emergence of canonic composers in the eastern half of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Like social modernisation, cultural renewal during the nineteenth century was supposedly a response to ideas and practices from the charismatic cultural capitals of Western Europe: an appropriation and then a transformation of modalities developed elsewhere.
And because of this response mode, so it is argued, there was initially an element of ‘forms without substance’ about the process. Then, as this response slowly fused with a developing nationalist commitment, music in these regions found its ‘historical moment’, initially in the Czech lands, and then in Hungary, Poland and Romania. When the conditions were right, significant composers, including Béla Bartók, Karol Szymanowski and George Enescu, appeared on cue.
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Emilie-Claire Barlow - Winter Wonderland (2006/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Emilie-Claire Barlow
Title: Winter Wonderland
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Christmas
Label: © 2xHD
Release Date: 2006/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 40:41
Recorded and mixed by Daniel LeBlanc at Doane-LeBlanc Inc. Additional recording by Jeff Elliot at Reaction Studios.

This is a really great Christmas album by Emilie-Claire Barlow and if you like Diana Krall and similar female jazz vocalists, you'll probably really enjoy this. Emilie-Claire’s vocal performance on here along with her arrangements, conducting the strings as well as producing the album herself is amazing. The orchestral style backing in some songs only helps make this recording even better rather than just a straight jazz album, bringing in that old „crooner“ sound that accompanied many Christmas recordings back in the 1950's/1960's. But make no mistake, this is a „jazz“ Christmas album overall.
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Emilie-Claire Barlow - The Very Thought of You (2007/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Emilie-Claire Barlow
Title: The Very Thought of You
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Bossa Nova
Label: © 2xHD
Release Date: 2007/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 58:16
Recorded: February 20, 21 & April 7, 2007 at Doane-LeBlanc Inc.

Emilie-Claire Barlow's unique voice and personal interpretations warmly embrace this collection of classic standards, many drawn from the American songbook. Backed on several songs by lush string arrangements, Barlow has chosen to include often ignored verses in the tradition of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, one of her biggest influences. The Very Thought of You was nominated for a Juno Award in 2008 for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.
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Emilie-Claire Barlow - Clear Day (2015/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Emilie-Claire Barlow with The Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley
Title: Clear Day
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Label: © 2xHD
Release Date: 2015/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:06:43
Recorded: MCO Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands; The Drive Shed; Studio Piccolo, Montréal


On this Juno Award winning release, incomparable Canadian jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow continues to endear herself with her relaxed, polished demeanour, her charming humour and her voice of unforgettable beauty. Musically, Clear Day features a big sound, thanks to the 69 musicians of the Netherlands Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley, accompanying Barlow’s five piece band on interpretations of songs by the Beatles, Pat Metheny, Coldplay, Van Morrison, Brad Mehldau, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and more.
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Elgar & Walton - Cello Concertos - Steven Isserlis, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Sir William Walton (1902-1983), Imogen Holst (1907-1984)
Artist: Steven Isserlis, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Järvi
Title: Elgar & Walton - Cello Concertos
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records
Duration: 73 minutes 0 seconds
Recorded: Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom

Sir Edward Elgar’s sublime Cello Concerto receives an impassioned new performance from Steven Isserlis, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi. With additional works by Sir William Walton and Gustav Holst, as well as a miniature suite for solo cello by Imogen Holst, this is unquestionably one of the year’s most eagerly awaited releases.
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Edward Elgar - Symphony No.1 - Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Artist: Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim
Title: Elgar - Symphony No.1 in A flat major, op.55
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:51:23
Recorded: Philharmonie, Berlin, 19 & 21 September 2015

Daniel Barenboim continues his acclaimed Elgar series with the landmark First Symphony. These new issues mark the first time that indefatigable maestro Barenboim has returned to recording Elgar’s symphonic works since the 1970s.
This recording is the latest step in maestro Barenboim’s Elgarian journey with the Berlin Staatskapelle, following on from well-received performances of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, the Cello Concerto (recorded live with Alisa Weilerstein for Decca), and Elgar’s Second Symphony – about which the Guardian wrote: “The surging, unquenchable energy of this account is obvious from the opening bars, which are borne on an irresistible flood of sound from the Berlin Staatskapelle…”
This album was recorded live at Berlin’s renowned Philharmonie, with the Berlin Staatskapelle and leading Elgarian record producer Andrew Keener.
Barenboim is a passionate Elgarian, counting The Dream of Gerontius as one of his favourite works. As a young man he worked regularly with Sir John Barbirolli, one of the greatest of all Elgar conductors and who was Jacqueline du Pré’s partner in the classic EMI recording of the Cello Concerto.
Barenboim’s latest Decca release follows his hugely successful Beethoven project of 2012, 2013’s Verdi Requiem, and Elgar’s Second Symphony in 2014.
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Eddie 'Lockjaw Davis' - The Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis Cookbook Vol. 1 (1958/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Eddie 'Lockjaw Davis'
Title: The Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis Cookbook Vol. 1
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1958/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 47:55
Recorded: June 20, 1958 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


Since the Swing Era, when Harlem was a real hotbed of jazz, there has been present a certain kind of music, a type of popular jazz compounded from the large swing bands, the “jump” bands, and the fly, little combos which formed the best of what later became known as rhythm and blues. The best of rhythm and blues, however, has always been within the mainstream of jazz and is a happy, swinging, bluesy kind of music which contains both humor and warmth. Eddie Davis' group was among those who revolutioned the idea of unconventional jazz instrumental combos.
Jazz tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' album featuring organist Shirley Scott and flautist Jerome Richardson. The Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis Cookbook was originally recorded in 1958 and later added on two subsequent volumes. Davis was known for developing the organ/tenor format, recording with Scott on numerous occasions and creating a unique musical blend between the two instruments.
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