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Marlena Shaw - Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? (1975/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Marlena Shaw
Title: Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?
Genre: Jazz, Vocal, R&B, Jazz Blues, Jazz-Pop, Soul, Disco
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1975/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Astell&Kern
Duration: 39:30
Recorded: The Record Plant, Hollywood, CA, June 12, December 4-6, 1974

Marlena Shaw is among the most versatile and charismatic jazz vocalists on the scene today. Her performances are marked by an artful blend of pop standards and straight-ahead jazz tunes. Her extroverted stage presence gives her an edge over other vocalists, and clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable.
After her uncle Jimmy Burgess introduced her to the recordings of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, she caught the jazz bug and purchased records by Al Hibbler, a vocalist who had a big influence on her singing style. When she was ten she performed at Harlem's Apollo Theater, and despite the enthusiastic reception she received in front of one of the world's toughest audiences, her mother refused to let her go on the road with her uncle, a trumpet player. Shaw attended the State Teachers' College in Potsdam, NY, but later dropped out. For some time in 1963 she worked around New England with a trio led by Howard McGhee. By the mid-'60s she was performing regularly for audiences in the Catskills, Playboy clubs, and other New York area clubs. In 1966, she recorded "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" for Cadet Records, and the single sold very well for an unknown singer. The single's success, a rare vocal version of the tune, prompted executives at Cadet to encourage her to record a whole album for the label in 1967. The diversity of styles, including blues, jazz, and pop standards, is reflected in the album's title, Out of Different Bags. Through her accountant, she was brought to the attention of bandleader Count Basie, and she ended up singing with the Basie band for four years.
In 1972, after leaving the Basie Orchestra, Shaw was the first female vocalist signed to Blue Note Records, and she toured for a while with the late Sammy Davis Jr. Shaw recorded five albums and several singles for Blue Note, and critics likened her singing style to Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. At her club shows, Shaw dazzled audiences with her intoxicating blend of straight-ahead jazz, soul, pop, and classic R&B, but her recordings will also satisfy fans of traditional jazz who have no prejudices about blues and R&B. --Richard Skelly

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Manuel Rocheman - misTeRIO (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Manuel Rocheman
Title: misTeRIO
Genre: Jazz, Modern jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Bonsaï Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:42:41
Recorded: December 2, 3 & 4 2015 at Studio Sextan, Paris

Le voilà donc de retour, après quelques voyages pour découvrir le monde et ses nombreuses cultures musicales, avec notamment des escales allant du Brésil à l'océan indien, en passant bien évidemment par Paris. Aujourd'hui c'est avec un nouvel album qu'il se rapproche de sa véritable passion, le jazz, il lui rend hommage avec son piano et son incroyable trio. Le disque sonne comme une réconciliation avec ses premiers amours ...
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	Gustav Mahler - Symphony No.9 - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Artist: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert
Title: Mahler - Symphony No.9
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2009
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 82:22
Recorded: 2nd–7th June 2008 at the Stockholm Concert Hall, Sweden

The love affair between Alan Gilbert and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra began in December 1997 with a performance of Mahler’s First Symphony. In 2000 Gilbert became chief conductor and artistic advisor of the orchestra, remaining in that post until 2008 – a period which has been described as ‘a golden age’ in the history of the orchestra. For his farewell concert as chief conductor, Gilbert chose to close the chapter by performing Mahler’s last symphony, No. 9 in D major, and the present recording was made in conjunction with this very special occasion. It was a fitting choice of repertoire in another respect as well: Mahler composed his Ninth in 1909-10, after having accepted the post of music director of the New York Philharmonic, the very orchestra that Gilbert now goes on to take charge of. The symphony is often regarded as the composer’s monumental – both in terms of scale and emotional scope – leave-taking of the world. In his insightful liner notes, Arnold Whittall acknowledges the difficult circumstances in Mahler’s personal life at the time of composition, but rather than nostalgia he finds in it a momentum propelling the symphonic genre far into the future: ‘Mahler’s Ninth is one of the crowning glories of symphonic history, and many would argue that it has only rarely been equalled, and probably never surpassed, in the century since its completion.
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Mahalia Jackson - Bless This House (1956/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mahalia Jackson
Title: Bless This House
Genre: Gospel, Black Gospel, Spirituals, Traditional Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1956/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:44:20
Recorded: 1956

Bless This House was released in 1956 and features Mahalia Jackson and the Falls-Jones Ensemble. This LP is a favorite of the gospel purists who feel alienated by Jackson's collaborations with pop artists like Percy Faith and Harpo Marx. The songs on Bless This House feature great supporting performances by pianist Mildred Falls and organist Ralph Jones. Highlights include a jazzy, swinging "Let the Church Roll On," a dark, bluesy "Trouble With the Word," and energetic versions of "Down By the Riverside" and "It Don't Cost Very Much." Bless This House includes some of Jackson's most serious offerings and reflects the influence of blues singers Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey on her vocal style. A great introduction to Jackson's joyous, religious music and a good beginning for new listeners. --AllMusic Review by JT Griffith
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Mahalia Jackson - Everytime I Feel the Spirit (1961/20150 High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mahalia Jackson
Title: Everytime I Feel the Spirit
Genre: Gospel, Black Gospel, Spirituals, Traditional Gospel
Label: © Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1961/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:48:24
Recorded: Los Angeles, February 28 & March 7, 1961

General critical consensus holds Mahalia Jackson as the greatest gospel singer ever to live; a major crossover success whose popularity extended across racial divides, she was gospel's first superstar, and even decades after her death remains, for many listeners, a defining symbol of the music's transcendent power. With her singularly expressive contralto, Jackson continues to inspire the generations of vocalists who follow in her wake; among the first spiritual performers to introduce elements of blues into her music, she infused gospel with a sensuality and freedom it had never before experienced, and her artistry rewrote the rules forever. Born in one of the poorest sections of New Orleans on October 16, 1911, Jackson made her debut in the children's choir of the Plymouth Rock Baptist Church at the age of four, and within a few years was a prominent member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist's junior choir. Raised next door to a sanctified church, she was heavily influenced by their brand of gospel, with its reliance on drums and percussion over piano; another major inspiration was the blues of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey.
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Lucia Cadotsch - Speak Low (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Lucia Cadotsch with Otis Sandsjö and Petter Eldh
Title: Speak Low
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Yellowbird Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:45:45
Recorded: Rec Publica Luberza, Poland, August 17th-19th 2015

Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch – you’re going to be hearing a lot of it. Cadotsch is a young, Zurich-born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity, and an appetite for performing very famous songs (Moon River, Don’t Explain, Strange Fruit) in the company of two edgy free-jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split-note sax sounds and spiky basslines and percussive strumming. That might sound like a merciless deconstruction of fine songs, but in this compelling trio’s hands the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating. Speak Low is delivered with phlegmatic gentleness as saxophonist Otis Sandsjö’s looping ostinato gets increasingly windy and raw, and Strange Fruit is stalked by multiphonic sax growls and swiped, twanging bass chords. Cadotsch is as light-stepping and dolefully swinging as Madeleine Peyroux on Some Other Spring; low-key on Moon River, as if the very thought of the rainbow’s end is wearisome. It’s all eerily beautiful.
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Larry Young - Unity (1966/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Larry Young
Title: Unity
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Fusion, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Modal Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1966(BLP 4221/BST 84221)/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:40:01
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on November 10, 1965
High Resolution Mastering by Alan Yoshida and Robin Lynn at Blanche DuBois, April 2012

"In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you've set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder's studio!" --Blue Note President, Don Was
Larry Young's Unity was a revolutionary masterpiece. The album has been deemed by critics and fans as one of jazz's best organ recordings of all time. This first-rate performance features legendary sidemen Woody Shaw, Joe Henderson and Elvin Jones. Young's electrifying delivery not only challenged but redefined any preconceived notions. The ensemble's chemistry is undeniable. Includes the high energy "Zoltan," the widely popular "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" and a riveting rendition of "Monk's Dream." An undeniable classic for any music lover.
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Edouard Lalo - Concertante Works for Violin, Cello & Piano - Soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Liege Royal Philharmonic, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Édouard Lalo (1823-1892)
Artist: Soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Jean-Jacques Kantorow
Title: Lalo - Concertante Works for Violin, Cello & Piano
Genre: Classical
Label: © Alpha Classics | Outhere Music France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 03:08:15
Recorded: 26–31 January 2015 and 6–14 July 2015 at the Liège Philharmonic Hall

With the participation of: Vladyslava Luchenko, Woo Hyung Kim, Nathanaël Gouin, Ori Epstein, Elina Buksha, Lorenzo Gatto
Édouard Lalo made his mark on French music with his opera Le Roi d’Ys, but his instrumental output also has considerable historical importance, with its resolutely innovative aims for its time. More specifically, his concertante music rewards the attentive ear with a brilliant, skilfully constructed style, studded with fresh rhythmic and harmonic inventions that renew the melodic and orchestral language of the genre.
Under the direction of Jean-Jacques Kantorow, himself a violinist and extremely familiar with this repertory, the Liège Royal Philharmonic places itself at the service of the virtuoso fingers of six young promising talents from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel: this anthology provides an opportunity, notably, to renew acquaintance with the violinist Lorenzo Gatto – who recently released a recording of the Beethoven Concerto – in the famous Symphonie espagnole for violin and orchestra. Works such as the powerful Cello Concerto, the elegant Piano Concerto, the folk-influenced Concerto russe and Fantaisie norvégienne, and the sparkling Introduction et Scherzo on themes from Namouna complete this set, which highlights both the work of the prestigious and internationally renowned Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, recently renovated, and a repertory championed by the Palazzetto Bru Zane, which contributed to the realisation of the project.
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