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Kenny Dorham - Quiet Kenny (1959/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Kenny Dorham
Title: Quiet Kenny
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Hard Bop, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records, New Jazz Series/Concord Music Group
Release Date: 1959/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 42:16
Recorded: November 13, 1959 at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Remastered: 2005, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ


In the liner notes of Quiet Kenny, former Downbeat magazine publisher Jack Maher states that trumpeter Kenny Dorham's music is not necessarily the demure, balladic, rapturous jazz one might associate as romantic or tranquil. Cool and understated might be better watchwords for what the ultra-melodic Dorham achieves on this undeniably well crafted set of standards and originals that is close to containing his best work overall during a far too brief career. Surrounded by an excellent rhythm team of the equally sensitive pianist Tommy Flanagan, emerging bassist Paul Chambers, and the always-beneficial drummer Art Taylor, Dorham and his mates are not prone to missteps or overt exaggerations. One of Dorham's all-time best tunes "Lotus Blossom" kicks off the set with its bop to Latin hummable melody, fluid dynamics, and Dorham's immaculate, unpretentious tone. "Old Folks," a classic ballad, is done mid-tempo, while the true "quiet" factor comes into play on interesting version of "My Ideal" where Dorham gingerly squeezes out the slippery wet notes, and on the sad ballad "Alone Together." The rest of the material is done in easygoing, unforced fashion, especially the originals "Blue Friday" and the simple swinger "Blue Spring Shuffle" which is not really a shuffle. Never known as a boisterous or brash player, but also not a troubadour of romanticism -- until he started singing -- Dorham's music is also far from complacent, and this recording established him as a Top Five performer in jazz on his instrument. It comes recommended to all. --AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos
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Julio Iglesias - En el Olympia (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Julio Iglesias
Title: En el Olympia
Genre: Pop, Latin Pop, Vocal Pop, Ballad
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:06:12
Recorded live in Olympia theatre of Paris in 1976
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Scott Joplin - The Easy Winners & Other Rags - Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Scott Joplin (1867/8–1917)
Artist: Itzhak Perlman, André Previn
Title: Joplin - The Easy Winners & Other Rags
Genre: Classical
Label: © Parlophone Records/Warner Classics
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:10
Recorded: Abbey Road Studios, London, 2 & 10 December 1974

This album of ragtimes by Scott Joplin, recorded in 1974, was Itzhak Perlman’s first foray beyond the classical repertory, at least on record. The departure proved a successful one and was to be the first of many other such adventures, which also included jazz with André Previn (volume 24) and Oscar Peterson, recordings of Yiddish folk music (volume 38) and film music. In the tradition of his great predecessors, foremost among them Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, Perlman supplied the arrangement for violin and piano himself, remaining faithful to the composer’s style while exploiting the classical violin’s rich palette of colours. His partnership with André Previn, who accompanied him on the piano, always retained a classical perspective, while still allowing for a measure of stylistic freedom.
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John Field - Complete Nocturnes - Elizabeth Joy Roe (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: John Field (1782-1837)
Artist: Elizabeth Joy Roe
Title: John Field - Complete Nocturnes
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:25:55
Recorded: Potton Hall, Suffolk, 12–15 September 2015


Following her critically acclaimed coupling of the Britten & Barber Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Joy Roe enlightens the extraordinary world of John Field.
John Field has been called the ‘Father of the Nocturne’, creating the form which Chopin perfected, but thus relegated to a footnote in musical history. In fact he was held in high regard by his contemporaries: a student of Clementi, he knew Haydn, Hummel, Czerny and Mendelssohn, was championed by Liszt and an acknowledged influence on Chopin, Brahms and Schumann.
This is the first recording of all 18 of John Field’s Nocturnes on a single CD
Field led an extraordinary life: Dublin-born he travelled throughout Europe in the early 19th century, lived in St Petersburg and Moscow, fathered an illegitimate child and led an extravagant lifestyle, more or less drinking himself to early death in Moscow in 1837.
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John Barry & His Orchestra - From Russia With Love (1963/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: John Barry & His Orchestra
Title: From Russia With Love: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Genre: Stage & Screen, Soundtracks, Original Score, Pop, Easy Listening, Classical, Lounge
Label: © Capitol Records
Release Date: 1963/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 36:52
Recorded: March 1963 at CTS Studios, London, England

This 1963 movie and soundtrack started John Barry's long association with James Bond music and also introduced the iconic seven-note secondary Bond theme, known as 007. The title song, with lyrics by Lionel Bart (Oliver!) and sung by popular British singer Matt Monro, has been rated at number eight on Rolling Stone's list of the best Bond theme songs.
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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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