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Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits - Quiver (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Ralph Alessi, Gary Versace, Drew Gress, Nasheet Waits
Title: Quiver
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:21
Recorded September 2014, Rainbow Studio, Oslo; Mixed October 2015 at Avatar Studios, New York

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi’s ECM leader debut – 2013’s Baida – was the album where “everything came together for him,” according to Nate Chinen in a JazzTimes profile. “Without abandoning his yen for oppositional energies, it’s a beautifully coherent statement, not just his most accomplished album but a contender for one of the year’s best.” Baida indeed went on to become the most lauded release of Alessi’s career, with The New York Times praising the music for its balance of “elegant precision and power.” With Quiver, Alessi teams with pianist Gary Versace and the trumpeter’s longtime rhythm section of choice – bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits – to create a follow-up of quicksilver melodicism and subtly energized rhythm; there is a lyricism to Alessi’s playing that channels such forebears as Miles Davis and Kenny Wheeler, the mood reflective, even pensive. As DownBeat says, “Alessi works between the notes, his thoughtful, conversational solos as meditative as a calligrapher’s art, each line free-flowing and declarative but with immaculate shape and beauty.”
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Francis Poulenc - Works for Piano Solo and Duo - Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Artist: Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung
Title: Poulenc - Works for Piano Solo and Duo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Signum Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 62 minutes 10 seconds
Recorded: January 2015, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Poulenc was a skilled pianist, cultivating a style of playing characterised by colorfulness and clarity, possessing an ear for melody that distinguished him as France’s finest song composer since Fauré. Canadian pianist Lucille Chung – acclaimed for her “stylish and refined performances” by Gramophone magazine, “combining vigor and suppleness with natural eloquence and elegance” – appears as a soloist on this new recording, performing Poulenc’s Improvisations and Novelettes before being joined by her duo partner (and husband) Alessio Bax for L’embarquement pour Cythere, the Sonata for Four Hands and Concerto for Two Pianos.
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Ping Machine - Ubik (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ping Machine
Title: Ubik
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Mainstream Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:04:54

Nach 3 von Jazz Experten hochgeschätzten Alben sind Ping Machine immer noch nicht die Ideen ausgegangen. Die Band kehrt zurück in die Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, um gleich zwei neue CDs aufzunehmen.
Wenn UBIK als das Herzstück des neuen Repertoires angesehen werden soll, kann es nicht ohne sein Pendant EASY LISTENING existieren. UBIK ist eine lange labyrinthische und faszinierende Suite, zeitgenössische und elektronische Elemente fließen in den typischen Bandsound mit ein. Im Gegensatz dazu beinhaltet EASY LISTENING kürzere Kompositionen und bietet Platz für lyrische Passagen und starke, brillante Melodien.
Agitation und Kontemplation. Zwei mögliche Wege, in die Welt von Frédéric Maurin einzutauchen: UBIK und EASY LISTENING. Einmal mehr behauptet sich Frédéric Maurin mit seinem einzigartigen Kompositionsstil auf diesem vierten und fünften Album, eine Auftragskomposition des französischen Staates. Das orchestrale Werk wird zu einem großartigen Gebilde, das im Herzen den besonderen Wunsch erzeugt, Gefühle zu teilen. Die Kraft dieses kollektiven Abenteuers, gelebt von den 15 Musikern, reißt mit und lässt einen nicht gleichgültig.

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Ping Machine - Easy Listening (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Ping Machine
Title: Easy Listening
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Mainstream Jazz
Label: © Neuklang | Bauer Studios GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:49:50

Nach 3 von Jazz Experten hochgeschätzten Alben sind Ping Machine immer noch nicht die Ideen ausgegangen. Die Band kehrt zurück in die Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, um gleich zwei neue CDs aufzunehmen.
Wenn UBIK als das Herzstück des neuen Repertoires angesehen werden soll, kann es nicht ohne sein Pendant EASY LISTENING existieren. UBIK ist eine lange labyrinthische und faszinierende Suite, zeitgenössische und elektronische Elemente fließen in den typischen Bandsound mit ein. Im Gegensatz dazu beinhaltet EASY LISTENING kürzere Kompositionen und bietet Platz für lyrische Passagen und starke, brillante Melodien.
Agitation und Kontemplation. Zwei mögliche Wege, in die Welt von Frédéric Maurin einzutauchen: UBIK und EASY LISTENING. Einmal mehr behauptet sich Frédéric Maurin mit seinem einzigartigen Kompositionsstil auf diesem vierten und fünften Album, eine Auftragskomposition des französischen Staates.
Das orchestrale Werk wird zu einem großartigen Gebilde, das im Herzen den besonderen Wunsch erzeugt, Gefühle zu teilen. Die Kraft dieses kollektiven Abenteuers, gelebt von den 15 Musikern, reißt mit und lässt einen nicht gleichgültig.
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Peter Gabriel - Us (1992/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Title: US
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Real World Music Ltd./Peter Gabriel Ltd.
Release Date: 1992/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: realworld.co.uk
Duration: 00:57:50
Recorded: October 1989 – June 1992, Real World Studios; Kingsway Studios, New Orleans; Studio 2000; Remastered at Metropolis Mastering

“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves” --Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s US album features as part of the second phase of vinyl re-issues that sees all three of his two-letter word titled albums: So, US and UP, get the same meticulous re-issue treatment as 2015’s PG1-4.
The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 3 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. There is music on fives sides and an etching on the sixth. The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
Gatefold sleeves utilise imagery from the original LP inner bags and all images are newly re-scanned. The album also contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).
The album is a Limited Edition and individually Numbered. US is one of Peter’s most personal and confessional records as he explored and dissected many of the relationship problems he was facing at that time. But US is far from being bleakly introspective featuring several songs that have gone on to be amongst the most cherished in the Gabriel songbook.
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Peter Gabriel - So (1986/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Title: So
Genre: Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Real World Music Ltd./Peter Gabriel Ltd.
Release Date: 1986/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: realworld.co.uk
Duration: 46:27
Recorded: February – December 1985; Remastered at Metropolis Mastering

“It has been heart warming to see the return of vinyl. Even though I loved being free of its limitations in the digital world, there is still a warmth and presence to vinyl that somehow makes it a more natural human companion. It is great to see a new generation learning the secrets of the grooves” – Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s iconic So album features as part of the second phase of vinyl re-issues that sees all three of his two-letter word titled albums: So, US and UP, get the same meticulous re-issue treatment as 2015’s PG1-4.
The album has been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across 2 x heavyweight LPs, to deliver maximum dynamic range in the sound. The vinyl was cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, mastered by Tony Cousins at Metropolis and overseen by Peter’s main sound engineer Richard Chappell.
Gatefold sleeves utilise imagery from the original LP inner bags and all images are newly re-scanned.
The album also contains a download card with a choice of digital download (Hi-Res 24bit/96k or 16bit/44.1k).
The first of Peter’s studio albums to have a proper title, So was a watershed release with its perfect marriage of the artistic and the commercial. The album, produced by Daniel Lanois, features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush and Youssou N’Dour and contains some of Peter’s most recognisable and popular songs.
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Paul Simon - Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011) (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Paul Simon
Title: Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011)
Genre: Pop Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic/Garage, Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Worldbeat
Label: © Legacy Recordings
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:20:20

Released as a companion to Legacy's Complete Album Collection, Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Simon Retrospective (1964-2011) condenses a five-decade career into 20 tracks. That's hardly enough to contain all the hits, so the compilers have opted for a mini-biography, tracing Simon's evolution from Simon & Garfunkel to the restless bard of the new millennium. Corners are cut, hits are forgotten -- and not small ones, either; "Mrs. Robinson," "Kodachrome," "Loves Me Like a Rock," "The Obvious Child" are all missing in action -- but Over the Bridge doesn't quite feel as if anything is missing because it does paint a nice overall picture of Simon's career and does have many major songs, including "The Sound of Silence," "The Boxer," "The Only Living Boy in New York," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "Slip Slidin' Away," "Late in the Evening," and "You Can Call Me Al." Other compilations dig deeper and individual albums are necessary, but as a full-career overview, this does its job. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis & Ray Brown - Tenderly (2002/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson with Herb Ellis & Ray Brown
Title: Tenderly
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Post Bop, Swing, Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Justin Time Records Inc.
Release Date: 2002/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:02:15
Recorded live August 8, 1958 at Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.


Although there are numerous recordings featuring the Oscar Peterson Trio (with bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis), the discovery of another previously unreleased date such as this one is welcome news to his fans. This concert, recorded in the summer of 1958 at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, Canada, finds the group in top form, beginning with the simmering treatment of "Alone Together."
In addition to other familiar favorites (such as a gallop through "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" and a pristine take of "My Funny Valentine"), the trio delves into rarely heard original material, including Peterson's lovely "Music Box Suite" (also known as "Daisy's Dream") and a pair of works by Ellis, the wide-ranging solo feature called "Patricia" and "Pogo," a turbocharged bop line focusing on Ellis and Brown, with a deliberately delayed entrance by the leader.
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Oscar Peterson - Tracks (1970/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Oscar Peterson
Title: Tracks
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Post Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1970/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:41:54
Recorded: November 10-13, 1970, Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer Studio, Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany

Oscar Peterson has a gargantuan discography in which he is well represented in all kinds of ensembles. But his solo outings are among his very finest. Though his group efforts show his playing at a consistent level of virtuosity and reveal his ability to adapt to any style or context, Peterson truly shines when free of the constraints of group interplay. His tempos fluctuate, his approach to phrasing is more fluid and free, and he is more likely to draw on his stunning command of styles (including stride, advanced bop, tender lyricism, and swing), mixing and matching at will, often within the same song. The set list for „Tracks“ includes old-school romps ('Basin Street Blues'), exquisite balladry ('A Child is Born'), popular songs ('Just a Gigolo'), and dazzling exercises in sheer technical ability ('A Little Jazz Exercise'). „Tracks“ is a document of a man utterly conversant with the language of his instrument, and is one of the most impressive examples of what Oscar Peterson does best.
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