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Sam Rivers - Fuchsia Swing Song (1965/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sam Rivers
Title: Fuchsia Swing Song
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Post Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1965(BLP 4184/BST 84184)/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:38:54
Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 11, 1964

Right in time for Jazz Appreciation Month the Blue Note LP series continues on with five new titles. 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. Five new reissues were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations including Sam Rivers' Fuchsia Swing Song.
One of the unsung greats of the 1960s Sam Rivers has remained a vital force ever since. At the time that he recorded Fuchsia Swing Song, he was a master at playing both inside and outside at the same time, blurring the lines between hard bop and the avant-garde. Rivers, who early on played piano, violin and trombone before settling on the tenor, picked up experience playing with Herb Pomeroy's orchestra in the 1950s. In the early-60s he gradually became involved with the freer forms of jazz, performing with Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon, Paul Bley and Cecil Taylor.
Rivers spent a month as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in 1964 and later that year recorded Fuchsia Swing Song, a brilliant debut. With Jaki Byard, Ron Carter and Tony Williams, Rivers stretches hard bop and blues to the breaking point. He shows tenderness as he introduces his most famous original, "Beatrice," and tears into such numbers as "Downstairs Blues Upstairs" and "Ellipsis." Throughout this timeless album, Rivers shows that he was a true giant, one who possessed a very individual style and the ability to create innovative music with every note.
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Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff - Kirk's Work (1961/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Roland Kirk with Jack McDuff
Title: Kirk's Work
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1961/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 32:59
Recorded: July 11, 1961 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Roland Kirk, the amazing one-man saxophone section and sublime soloist, had yet to add "Rahsaan" to his name when he recorded his first album for Prestige in 1961. It wasn't yet quite clear to many, even people at the center of the jazz community, that Kirk's gifts went considerably beyond the ability to play three horns at once.
Gradually, it began to dawn on one and all that the man's almost superhuman energy and dedication were matched by musicianship based as firmly in tradition as in innovation. Eventually, it became possible to accept as parts of Kirk's kaleidoscopic expression those odd instruments the manzello and the strich, not to mention the nose flute and kirkbam that he added later. And what a tenor saxophonist. Kirk's Work is a milestone in the brief, brilliant career of a major artist.
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Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasia para un gentilhombre - Narciso Yepes, Garcia Navarro (1985/2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Artist: Narciso Yepes, Luis Antonio García Navarro
Title: Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasía para un gentilhombre
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 1985/2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 44:24
Recorded: #1-3 - April 1979, Watford Town Hall, London, UK; #4-7 - June 1977, Henry Wood Hall, London, UK


This programme dedicated to Joaquín Rodrigo includes a pair of his landmark works, recorded in the late 1970s by Spanish 10-string guitarist Narciso Yepes working with two different orchestras led by García Navarro. The Fantasía is a 1978 performance from the English Chamber Orchestra while the Concierto de Aranjuez is from a 1979 recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Both orchestras bring out the best in Rodrigo’s music, with its astounding ability to evoke feelings and visualizations of rural Spain and its romantic past.
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Orchestral Works - Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kees Bakels (2007) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
Artist: Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Kees Bakels
Title: Rimsky-Korsakov - Orchestral Works
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2007
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 300:31
Recorded: Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS Hall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2002 (Disc 1), November 2003 (Disc 2), November 2004 (Disc 3) and November 2002 (Disc 4)

Two recent collections of Russian orchestral music – the Symphonies of Glazunov (BIS-CD-1663/64) and of Rachmaninov (BIS-CD-1665/66) – are here followed by a boxed 4-disc set of orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov. The recordings were all made between 2000 and 2002 with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra under their founding principal conductor Kees Bakels, and received much praise at the time of their original releases. The generous selection, at a very advantageous price, contains the composer's 'greatest hits' – the rendition of Sheherazade was called 'a particular joy' by International Record Review – as well as the less commonly-heard three symphonies, in performances which to the reviewer of web site Classics Today proved 'the Malaysian Philharmonic members fully immersed in the composer's unique sound world.' Another rarity is the Piano Concerto in C sharp minor, in which eminent pianist Noriko Ogawa makes an appearance.
The collection also includes a broad sample of the music for the theatre, a field in which Rimsky-Korsakov had some of his greatest successes. Indeed, the disc particularly dedicated to the theatre music caused particular joy to the reviewer on the web site klassik.com who claimed that the performers 'painted the imaginary musical canvas with a truly wonderful array of highly sophisticated colours'. Besides praising the orchestra and conductor, most reviewers found cause to commend the sound quality of the recordings, as here, on Classics Today: 'The brilliance and realism are simply breathtaking, with a full dynamic range, ideal depth and breadth of soundstage, firm bass, open highs, and a panoramic splendor unrivaled on disc.
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Ottorino Respighi - Sinfonia drammatica, Belfagor ouverture - Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege, John Neschling (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Composer: Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)
Artist: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, John Neschling
Title: Respighi: Sinfonia drammatica, Belfagor ouverture
Genre: Classical
Label: © BIS Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 70:03
Recorded: April 2015 at the Salle philharmonique, Liège, Belgium


Ottorino Respighi is primarily associated with his Roman trilogy, composed between 1916 and 1928 and celebrating the eternal city and its fountains, pines and festivals. Respighi was however a highly prolific composer – in most genres – and all of his orchestral works, composed both before and after the trilogy, display the qualities that have made the Pines and Fountains of Rome core repertoire in concert halls around the world. After recording the Roman trilogy with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, John Neschling has continued to explore Respighi's lavish orchestral scores with the Belgian Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, on discs released to international acclaim: Neschling has been described as 'one of the finest advocates this composer has ever had, delivering all the fireworks and the depth too' (MusicWeb-International.com), and his musicians have been praised for displaying 'orchestral refinement on the highest level' (Klassik-Heute.de). On the team's third disc, the turn has come to Respighi's Sinfonia drammatica – a score of epic proportions (58 minutes plus in the present performance) for a correspondingly large-scale orchestra. Both these factors may explain in part why it is rarely performed and recorded, but the work also has a dark-hued, intense – and, indeed, dramatic – character which will surprise those only familiar with Respighi's more extrovert scores. Closing the disc is the better-known Belfagor Overture, a work from 1924 in which Respighi rescued material from an opera with the same title which had been less than warmly received at its première in 1923. Described as a 'lyric comedy', the opera tells the story of how a devil – Belfagor himself – comes to earth to learn more about love between humans, and the orchestral overture highlights the two main characters, Belfagor and Candida, 'the girl, pure, loving and faithful'.
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Maurice Ravel - Orchestral Works - NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Vladimir Ashkenazy (2003/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Artist: NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, Vladimir Ashkenazy
Title: Ravel - Orchestral Works
Label: © Exton | Octavia Records Inc., Japan
Release Date: 2003/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 01:33:31
Recorded: 20,21 Jun. 2003 (DSD Recording)

This CD presents acclaimed conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy with the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo performing Maurice Ravel’s most famous orchestral works. The violinist Mayu Kishima joins the orchestra to perform the Tzigane. Ravel created this piece to suggest a Hungarian rhapsody, with a slow tempo in the first movement and a fast-paced second movement, Initially written for violin and piano, Ravel left this later arrangement for orchestra. Also included is the Bolero, Ravel’s last work for orchestra.
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Richard 'Groove' Holmes - Soul Message (1965/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Richard 'Groove' Holmes
Title: Soul Message
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Swing
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1965/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 34:37
Recorded: August 3, 1965 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2006, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Many Eastern and Midwestern musicians helped sustain the West Coast jazz scene in the ’50s and ’60s, but the only one among them who made an impact in Southern California on Hammond organ was New Jersey native Richard “Groove” Holmes. This was Holmes’s first recording for Prestige, and it both confirmed his status as one of the B-3’s leading practitioners and elevated his profile with the crossover success of “Misty.” Armed with a talented and totally sympathetic rhythm section, a program that emphasized jazz classics (including the first cover version of Horace Silver’s “Song for My Father”) plus two infectious originals, and a unique sound that created excitement without flamboyance and allowed the brilliant bass lines created by his skillful pedal work to shine through with clarity, Holmes turned Soul Message into the signature album of his celebrated career.

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