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Tyrone Davis - Everything In Place (1981/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tyrone Davis
Title: Everything In Place
Genre: R&B, Soul, Chicago Soul, Smooth Soul, AM Pop, Quiet Storm
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1981/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 40:02
Recorded: 1980, Universal Studios, Chicago, Illinois

Great work from Tyrone Davis' under-recognized years at Columbia Records – a wonderful set of mature modern soul numbers that really let the singer find a whole new groove! The whole thing's nicely free of any sort of commercial overtones – and instead, the album has Davis really spinning out this rich, warm groove – arranged throughout by James Mack, who brings in a perfect Chicago balance of soul and sophistication – elements that many of Tyrone's contemporaries cooked up in the past, but hardly did this well at the time! And Davis' vocals somehow seem better than ever – more expressive in more ways, but never overtone – really illustrating that path that deep soul took to the Windy City, while changing up its sound in the process. Titles include a remake of 'Turn Back The Hands Of Time', plus 'Just My Luck', 'I Won't Let Go', 'You're Heaven Sent', 'You Made Me Beautiful'.
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Erkki-Sven Tuur - Seventh Symphony; Piano Concerto - Laura Mikkola, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Paavo Jarvi (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Composer: Erkki-Sven Tüür (b.1959)
Artist: Laura Mikkola, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Paavo Järvi
Title: Tüür - Seventh Symphony; Piano Concerto
Genre: Classical
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:02:30
Recorded: June 2009 at Alte Oper, Frankfurt and June 2010 at hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt

The sixth ECM New Series album by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür presents two major works, commissioned by the Hessische Rundfunk and given their premieres by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Both works are powered by what Tüür calls his “vectorial writing method”, a means of developing pieces from “a source code - a gene which, as it mutates and grows, connects the dots in the fabric of the whole composition”.
Tüür’s Seventh Symphony (2009), dedicated to the Dalai Lama “and his lifelong endeavours”, is a choral symphony like no other. It is a potent work in which the orchestra only intermittently frames and supports the voices. The texts that the NDR Choir sings include words of the Buddha from the Dhammapada but also utterances of more contemporary visionaries, from Gandhi to Mother Theresa.
The earlier Piano Concerto was premiered at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, where this album was recorded. As Paul Griffiths notes, “The concerto is also music on two planes, now orchestra and piano, though this time both are continuous and continually in the process of meeting.” Finnish pianist Laura Mikkola gives an exceptional performance, responding to the surging waves of the orchestra and the inspired direction of Paavo Järvi.
The “vectorial” process, already reflected in works including Oxymoron, Strata and Noesis (all recorded on previous ECM albums), has led to a body of work quite distinct from Tüür’s earlier, discursive ‘metalinguistic’ music in which diverse idioms - from serialism to minimalism - were contrasted, interwoven, reconciled. Tüür’s 21st century music foregoes “unnecessary eclecticism”, and manifests instead an organic coherence. These are pieces of determined, individual temperament.
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Tony Fontane - Farther Than My Eyes Can See (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Tony Fontane
Title: Farther Than My Eyes Can See
Genre: Gospel, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 30:30
Recorded: RCA Victor's Music Center of the World in Hollywood, California

Tony Fontane (1925–1974) was a popular American recording artist in the 1940s and 1950s who, following a near-fatal car accident in 1957, gave up his popular career to pursue one as a gospel singer. Thanks to his high, clear tenor voice and unrelenting sense of purpose, he became one of the world's most famous gospel singers, performing in concert halls and churches around the globe and recording many quality albums for RCA. --wikipedia
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Tommy Leonetti - Trombones, Guitars and Me (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Tommy Leonetti
Title: Trombones, Guitars and Me
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:32:21
Recorded: 1966 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California

Tommy Leonetti (10 September 1929 – 15 September 1979) was an American pop singer-songwriter and actor of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In Australia his most famous song was "My City of Sydney" (written by Leonetti & Bobby Troup) and was used by the Australian TV channel ATN7 in Sydney for station identification into the 1980s. In America he achieved greater success as a songwriter for movies and Broadway plays. --wikipedia
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Theo Croker - Escape Velocity (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Theo Croker
Title: Escape Velocity
Genre: Jazz, Electric Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Post Bop
Label: © Okeh Records | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:54:52
Recorded: January 12-16, 2015

Theo Croker is a trumpeter, vocalist, composer, and bandleader whose powerful and eclectic take on modern jazz pays respect to the tradition of the music while moving the genre forward. His new album, Escape Velocity, arrives unchecked and un-filtered. It doesn’t attempt to fit a single specific musical category, but draws upon the first principle of jazz: to merge and interpret history, styles and ideas and create a unique sound. Escape Velocity, due May 6th, and featuring his band DVRK FUNK (pronounced DARK FUNK) is Croker’s second album since returning from China where he lived and worked for nearly a decade. DVRK FUNK includes Anthony Ware on tenor saxophone and flute, pianist Michael King, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Kassa Overall. Saxophone player Irwin Hall also plays on the album. Escape Velocity is Croker’s second album with OKeh Records. His debut, AfroPhysicist, was released in 2014.
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The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland Collection (1987/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: The Sisters Of Mercy
Title: Floodland Collection
Genre: Rock, Darkwave, Goth Rock, New Wave, Synth-pop, Post-Punk, Alternative Rock
Label: © Warner Music UK
Release Date: 1987/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:39:49
Recorded: 1987

Floodland is the second studio album by English rock band The Sisters of Mercy. It was released on 13 November 1987 by Merciful Release and Warner Music Group. The recording of the album began in January 1987, roughly two years after the band disbanded following the departures of band members Craig Adams and Wayne Hussey. It was produced by Larry Alexander, band frontman Andrew Eldritch, and Jim Steinman while being recorded at Power Station Studios in Manhattan, Strawberry Studios in Manchester, The Wool Hall in Bath, and AIR Studios in London.

The Sisters of Mercy broke up soon after the band finished the tour for its 1984 debut, First and Last and Always. Undaunted, the group's founder and frontman Andrew Eldritch kept the name and continued to make music with his faithful drum machine Doktor Avalanche. The Sisters of Mercy came back stronger than ever in 1987 with second album, Floodland, a commercial and artistic breakthrough.
In the summer of 2015, Rhino released a vinyl box set that focused on the music surrounding the band's first album. Continuing that trend, the next set will spotlight the group's influential sophomore album, and will include a trio of 12" singles from that era: "This Corrosion," "Dominion" and "Lucretia My Reflection."
The second incarnation of The Sisters - which featured bassist Patricia Morrison of Gun Club - explored new sonic avenues on Floodland. The tone was still dark and moody, but now the loud guitars shared space with keyboards and the rich orchestrations of producer Jim Steinman (Meat Loaf) on tracks like "This Corrosion" and "Dominion/Mother Russia." When the album was released in November 1987, it climbed the charts in England where it reached the Top Ten.
Along with the studio album, the box set features further essential music released during that time including the 12" version of the first single, "This Corrosion." It features a different mix of the title track, along with the B-sides "Torch" and "Colours." The 12" version of the second single "Dominion" also appears in a different mix along with the three tracks: "Untitled," "Sandstorm" and "Emma." The third single, "Lucretia My Reflection" is represented here by the 12" version from 1988 that features the B-side "Long Train."
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The Singers Unlimited - Just in Time (1978/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: The Singers Unlimited
Title: Just in Time
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Acappella, Harmony Vocal Group, Traditional Pop, Smooth Jazz, Cool Jazz, Easy Listening
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1978/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 41:32
Recorded: Instrumental tracks recorded April 4th and 7th, 1977 at A&M Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Vocal tracks recorded in April and mixed in May 1977 at the MPS Studios in Villingen, Germany

The Singers Unlimited were a four-part jazz vocal group formed in 1971 by Gene Puerling. Members of the group included Len Dresslar (better known as the Jolly Green Giant in General Mills commercials), Bonnie Herman, Don Shelton and Puerling himself.
Gene Puerling and Don Shelton had formed part of Puerling's successful all-male vocal group, The Hi-Lo's, some years previously, though Shelton was a 1959 replacement for original HiLo Bob Strassen. The Singers Unlimited group were originally formed to record for commercials in the USA, but as time passed, they were persuaded to enter the recording studio to record a series of albums. On the recommendation of pianist Oscar Peterson (who was also signed to the label at the time), they gained a contract with German label MPS. They recorded two albums in 1971, the first a cappella, the second, In Tune with Peterson's then-current trio.
The group produced 15 albums, of which arguably the most well-known is their Christmas album (which was actually recorded before the group's association with MPS.) All of the 14 albums they recorded specifically for MPS (between the years 1971-1982) are collected in the 7-CD box set entitled Magic Voices.
Puerling's Singers Unlimited arrangements earned him the reputation as one of the best vocal writers in the world. Members of the renowned jazz-gospel vocal group Take 6 often give credit to Puerling and the Singers Unlimited as innovators in the a cappella world, claiming that they "went to school" on Puerling's arrangements.
Puerling took advantage of cutting-edge multitracking techniques of German studio engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer to create his advanced harmonic concepts and the group's signature sound. In the overdubbing process, baritone Puerling and tenor Shelton would often add two additional middle parts, after which all parts were "doubled" and "tripled." Creating these extra tracks created the fuller, richer sound of the group's recordings, and is now a common recording practice. Gene Puerling died on March 25, 2008.
Bass singer Len Dresslar (1924–2005) was known as the voice of the Jolly Green Giant ("Ho, Ho, Ho!") for over 40 years, as well as the voice behind countless other jingles from Chicago. He had also been the President of the Chicago branch of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for several years in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Bonnie Herman was the singer of the original "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There" commercial jingle, which ran for several years. She is the daughter of Lawrence Welk original Champagne Lady Lois Best, and Jules Herman, who was a trumpet player in the Welk orchestra. She is the niece of big band leader Woody Herman. --wikipedia
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The Paul Horn Quintet - Here's That Rainy Day (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The Paul Horn Quintet
Title: Here's That Rainy Day
Genre: Jazz, Easy Listening, Hard Bop, New Age
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 31:39
Recorded: November 4, 5 & 8, 1965, RCA Victor's Music Center of the World in Hollywood, California

When one evaluates Paul Horn's career, it is as if he were two people, pre- and post-1967. In his early days, Horn was an excellent cool-toned altoist and flutist, while later he became a new age flutist whose music is often best used as background music for meditation. Horn started on piano when he was four and switched to alto at the age of 12. After a stint with the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra on tenor, Horn was Buddy Collette's replacement with the popular Chico Hamilton Quintet (1956-1958), playing alto, flute, and clarinet. He became a studio musician in Los Angeles, but also found time during 1957-1966 to record cool jazz albums for Dot (later reissued on Impulse), World Pacific, Hi Fi Jazz, Columbia, and RCA, and he participated in a memorable live session with Cal Tjader in 1959. In addition, in 1964, Horn recorded one of the first Jazz Masses, utilizing an orchestra arranged by Lalo Schifrin.
In 1967, the second part of Paul Horn's career began; he studied transcendental meditation in India and became a teacher. The following year, he recorded unaccompanied flute solos at the Taj Mahal (where he enjoyed interacting with the echoes), and went on to record in the Great Pyramid, tour China (1979) and the Soviet Union, record using the sounds of killer whales as "accompaniment," and found his own label Golden Flute. --Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
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