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Joe Henderson - Mirror, Mirror (1980/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Joe Henderson
Title: Mirror, Mirror
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1980/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 43:32
Recorded: January 1980, at Studio-Masters, Los Angeles, CA


“Joe Henderson is the essence of jazz. He embodies all the elements that came together in his generation: the virtuosity of hard bop and the avant-garde. He can be harmonically abstract and yet keep to the roots. He is my inspiration.” So spoke guitar great John Scofield about the tenor saxophonist. Henderson, who died in 2001, was one of the most important jazz musicians of the last third of the twentieth century. He became an overnight sensation as a member of Horace Silver’s band on the release of Silver’s “Song for My Father”. Henderson’s solo on Silver’s hit composition is held up as a prime example of brilliant jazz improvisation. Another highpoint in this rather reserved musician’s life was the Grammy Henderson received in1991 for his album “Lush Life”. Henderson’s playing style was influenced by, among others, John Coltrane. The connection is amply demonstrated by Henderson’s ecstatic, piercing solo on his modally based composition “Joe’s Bolero”. On the standard “What’s New”, the saxophonist shows off his mellow, melodic side, a facet of Henderson’s playing that has always had an appeal beyond the jazz community. With Chick Corea on Piano, Ron Carter on Bass and Drummer Billy Higgins, Henderson has gathered a truly all-star group. This album isn’t about a soloist and his sidemen: all the musicians are on an equal footing, everyone has their space to play.
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Joe Henderson - Mirror, Mirror (1980/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Joe Henderson
Title: Mirror, Mirror
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1980/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: DSD64
Duration: 43:32
Recorded: January 1980, at Studio-Masters, Los Angeles, CA


“Joe Henderson is the essence of jazz. He embodies all the elements that came together in his generation: the virtuosity of hard bop and the avant-garde. He can be harmonically abstract and yet keep to the roots. He is my inspiration.” So spoke guitar great John Scofield about the tenor saxophonist. Henderson, who died in 2001, was one of the most important jazz musicians of the last third of the twentieth century. He became an overnight sensation as a member of Horace Silver’s band on the release of Silver’s “Song for My Father”. Henderson’s solo on Silver’s hit composition is held up as a prime example of brilliant jazz improvisation. Another highpoint in this rather reserved musician’s life was the Grammy Henderson received in1991 for his album “Lush Life”. Henderson’s playing style was influenced by, among others, John Coltrane. The connection is amply demonstrated by Henderson’s ecstatic, piercing solo on his modally based composition “Joe’s Bolero”. On the standard “What’s New”, the saxophonist shows off his mellow, melodic side, a facet of Henderson’s playing that has always had an appeal beyond the jazz community. With Chick Corea on Piano, Ron Carter on Bass and Drummer Billy Higgins, Henderson has gathered a truly all-star group. This album isn’t about a soloist and his sidemen: all the musicians are on an equal footing, everyone has their space to play.
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Jean-Christophe Cholet, Matthieu Michel - Whispers (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Jean-Christophe Cholet, Matthieu Michel
Title: Whispers
Genre: Jazz
Label: © La Buissonne
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 52:01
Recorded at Studios La Buissonne, December 11 & 12, 2014 and mixed February 12 & 13, 2015 by Gérard de Haro.


At the intersection of classical music and jazz, the French composer and pianist Jean-Christophe Cholet is a master in making small intense parts, without artifice. Whispers on it revives Matthieu Michel, his partner of 20 years, to put together the foundations of a hushed but profound dialogue as a long continuous breath.
Recorded at La Buissonne, this new album puts essentiality search light of the duo immersed in an atmosphere of rare serenity. Guided by the producer Gerard de Haro, Jean-Christophe Cholet and Matthieu Michel Whispers draped in a deep black silk greenery which blends light exchanges and dramatic dives, taking care to rule out demonstrative virtuosity. The complementary duo shows evidence of collaboration, able to dress the space with little notes, without ever giving way to a feeling of emptiness.
Invited to share this unique moment, Ramon Lopez (drums) and Didier Ithursarry (accordion) complement the compositions of the duo without disfiguring. The original breath two a new dimension to three or four. An ease in the interaction between the musicians that proves how this Whispers has been designed in the best way: a search count and simplicity, opening the way to the fluid expression of deeply personal songs and live.
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Jackie McLean - 4, 5 And 6 (1956/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Jackie McLean
Title: 4, 5 And 6
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1956/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:22
Recorded: July 13 (#1-3) & 20 (others), 1956 at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


This album of ballads and burners features sax man Jackie McLean in various small-group combinations. He is joined on three numbers by Hank Mobley and on two numbers by Donald Byrd (one of those numbers also including Mobley). The other three cuts are jazz quartets. Thus, the album title refers to the three personnel configurations used over the two recording dates.
This was McLean's third album as leader and second for Prestige. The LP at the time helped to establish McLean on the jazz scene. Writing in the original notes, Ira Gitler said, "Jackie McLean is musically coming of age. His playing, out of Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins, has become a personalized, more individual voice in 1956 and he has not lost any of the basic emotion, swinging qualities that help his style live up to the second syllable of his last name so well."
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Jack McDuff - The Honeydripper (1961/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Jack McDuff
Title: The Honeydripper
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1961/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 37:33
Recorded: February 3, 1961 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


The blend of Hammond organ, tenor saxophone, guitar, and drums is one of the signature small-group sounds that have come to be identified with Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studios in the last half-century. That sound is heard here in one of the definitive “organ-tenor” sessions. The Honeydripper, a blues-heavy program of impeccable groove and feeling, marks the moment at which Jack McDuff left his new star and featured sideman status behind and became a certified leading light and star-maker in his own right. McDuff did it with a superlative group featuring the drums of stalwart Ben Dixon, the tenor sax of Ellington alum and rhythm-and-blues pioneer Jimmy Forrest, and (in one of his first New York recordings) the then-unknown guitarist Grant Green. While never a working band, this foursome displayed an instant rapport that remains a model of B-3 synchronicity.
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Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison - In Movement (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison
Title: In Movement
Genre: Jazz, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal Music, Modern Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:21
Recorded: October 2015, Avatar Studios, New York

There is a lot of history concentrated in Jack DeJohnette’s adventurous new trio. Fifty years ago, as a guest with John Coltrane’s group, Jack DeJohnette played with the fathers of Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison, and the programme of In Movement opens with Coltrane’s harrowing and still pertinent elegy “Alabama”. “Serpentine Fire” is from the songbook of Earth, Wind and Fire, offered as a tribute to Maurice White – who also collaborated with Jack in the early years. “The Two Jimmys” is an hommage to Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Garrison, innovators both, and “Rashied” salutes the late Rashied Ali, another great drummer from Coltrane’s cosmos. For all the wealth of references, this is indeed a band in movement, taking the music forward, as the title track affirms. Ravi Coltrane and Matt Garrison, in their ECM debuts, both respond magnificently to DeJohnette’s driving drumming, Ravi with superb solos, Garrison with lean bass lines and imaginative looping electronics. Jack DeJohnette: “We are connected at a very high and extremely personal level that I believe comes through in the music.” In Movement was recorded at New York’s Avatar Studios in October 2015, and produced by Manfred Eicher.
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Ike Quebec - Blue & Sentimental (1962/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Ike Quebec
Title: Blue & Sentimental
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Guitar Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Cool Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1962(BLP 4098/BST 84098)/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:39:24
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 16, 1961 and December 23, 1961 (#6)

Joined by a quartet that includes Grant Green, Quebec makes every breath and sound count, playing seductive lines on the ballads and swinging forcefully on the hotter numbers. He only lived until 1963 (passing away when he was just 44), but, as Blue And Sentimental shows, Ike Quebec saved the very best for his later period, creating a masterpiece.
During the Blue Note 75th Anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York times readers what titles they'd like to see make the list. This album was among five titles hand-selected for 2016 reissue by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations.
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