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Freddie Hubbard - First Light (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title: First Light
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Funk, Post Bop, Fusion, Jazz Pop, Soul Jazz, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-onkyo
Duration: 00:36:11
Recorded: September 1971 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

In the pantheon of jazz trumpeters, Freddie Hubbard stands as one of the boldest and most inventive artists of the bop, hard-bop and post-bop eras. Although influenced by titans like Miles Davis and Clifford Brown, Hubbard ultimately forged his own unique sound – a careful balance of bravado and subtlety that fueled more than fifty solo recordings and countless collaborations with some of the most prominent jazz artists of his era.
After a series of strong releases on Blue Note and a stint with the Jazz Messengers in the '60s, Hubbard enjoyed his greatest popular success in the 1970s with a series of crossover albums on Atlantic and CTI Records. His early ‘70s jazz albums for CTI – Red Clay (1970), Straight Life (1970) and First Light (1971) – were particularly well received with the latter taking home a Grammy for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance.
First Light finds the trumpeter joined by guitarists Eric Gale and George Benson, pianists Herbie Hancock and Richard Wyands, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Jack DeJohnette and percussionist Airto Moreira amidst elegant string arrangements by Don Sebesky, a first for Hubbard thus the title. From the sizzling title track to a melodic take on Paul and Linda McCartney’s "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" to a lovely rendition of the Mancini/Mercer standard "Moment To Moment," First Light is first-rate.
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Freddie Hubbard - Keep Your Soul Together (1973/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Freddie Hubbard
Title: Keep Your Soul Together
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Jazz Funk, Trumpet Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1973/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:38:38
Recorded: October 5, 23 1973, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Keep Your Soul Together is an album recorded in 1973 by jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. It was his fifth studio album released on Creed Taylor's CTI label and features performances by Hubbard, Junior Cook, George Cables, Aurell Ray, Kent Brinkley, Ron Carter, Ralph Penland and Juno Lewis.
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Fats Theus - Black Out (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Fats Theus
Title: Black Out
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:30:22
Recorded: July 16, 22, 1970 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Hard and heavy funky jazz from west coast tenorist Fats Theus – and one of the rarest albums on CTI! This one differs strongly from the label's smoother electric output – as it's got the rough n ready feel of a classic Prestige jazz funk session. Fats is backed by an all star group that includes Hilton Felder on organ, Grant Green on guitar, Idris Muhammad on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass – and it kind of sounds like Fats is playing an electric tenor, or a Varitone, which gives the set the feel of some of the Lou Donaldson funk albums on Blue Note! Cuts include "Black Out", "Bed Of Nails", "Stone Flower", and "Check It Out".
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Esther Phillips with Joe Beck - What A Diff'rence A Day Makes (1975/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Esther Phillips w/Beck
Title: What A Diff'rence A Day Makes
Genre: R&B, Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Soul Jazz, Disco
Label: © CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1975/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:35:55
Recorded: April 1975 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey


Reading the credits of What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, one could easily assume that it is a jazz album. This 1975 LP was produced by Creed Taylor and arranged by guitarist Joe Beck; the other participants range from Michael Brecker on tenor sax, David Sanborn on alto sax, and Randy Brecker on trumpet to Steve Khan on guitar and Don Grolnick on keyboards. With that lineup, Esther Phillips could have easily delivered a first-class jazz album. But What a Diff'rence a Day Makes doesn't contain any jazz -- not even jazz-funk or soul-jazz. It is, however, an excellent soul/disco outing. This LP is best known for its hit title song, an inspired disco version of a standard that has usually been heard in jazz and pre-rock pop settings. But the song works surprisingly well as disco, and the other tracks are equally impressive. Phillips is as soulful and convincing on the bluesy "I Can Stand a Little Rain" as she is on Gamble & Huff's "One Night Affair" (a Philadelphia soul classic that was recorded by Jerry Butler in 1972 and the O'Jays in 1969) and Ralph MacDonald's "Mister Magic."The latter is the gem that Grover Washington, Jr. is best remembered for; while his famous version was instrumental jazz-funk, Phillips' is vocal-oriented soul. It should be noted that most of the jazz musicians who back Phillips on What a Diff'rence a Day Makes are not jazz snobs. The Brecker Brothers and Sanborn, for example, have done their share of R&B sessions, and they would probably be the first to tell you that this LP needs to be judged by R&B standards instead of jazz standards. And when R&B standards are applied, it is easy to conclude that What a Diff'rence a Day Makes is among Phillips' finest releases. --AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
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Emily Jane White - They Moved In Shadow All Together (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Emily Jane White
Title: They Moved In Shadow All Together
Genre: Pop Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Talitres Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:40:48
Recorded: Tiny Telephone; New And Improved Studios


With a title that references the opening of Cormac McCarthy's novel Outer Dark, They Moved in Shadow All Together is the fifth album by indie balladeer Emily Jane White. Stripped back somewhat from the lusher, more electronic character of her previous album, Blood/Lines, it marks a return to spooky acoustic form. The opening track sets the stage with echoing percussion, acoustic guitar, bass, and cooing backing vocals set to a minor-key waltz. Its tone is reflected in lyrics that use words like dusty, overgrown, and forsaken. The song ends with the disheartening promise "someday I'll forgive." The album's haunted atmosphere is stated explicitly in "Nightmares on Repeat," a song about hanging on literally and figuratively ("Holding your hand keeps me here"). Arpeggiated guitar and, later, piano converge near the end with its lilting melody into a swirl of repeated words. Later, whether seen as a topical offering or a timeless one, "Womankind" speaks to the practice of suffering in silence and calls for an end to it from "everyone who cares for others' lives." Its flowing piano and strings seem to symbolize momentum. In contrast, the closer "Behind the Glass" has an almost rousing pulse that moves across multiple instruments. The otherwise spare arrangement includes mostly backing and lead vocals that question the notion of authenticity and warn "Behind the glass is something/But it might not be what you're wanting." The set of nocturnes maintains a mood so consistent that it's an all-or-nothing affair for listeners, and a likely boon for established fans. --AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Title: Pictures At An Exhibition
Genre: Rock, Classical, Art Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock, Classical Crossover
Label: © Leadclass Limited, under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:58
Recorded: 26 March 1971,Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England


Much was made of early prog-rock's fusion of rock with classical music, but ELP was one of the only bands to take that task seriously, and never more so than on „Pictures At An Exhibition“. The well-known Mussorgsky piece is a staple of the classical music diet, and a prime example of "program music," where related sections of a piece combine to tell a story. True to the spirit of the times, ELP attacked "Pictures" with both classically trained respect and rocker irreverence. The album, recorded live in 1971, finds the band turning Mussorgsky's work inside out, not just restructuring it but reinventing it for their rock audience.
While sections like "Promenade" and The Hut of Baba Yaga" are essentially electrified, rocked-up versions of the original melodies, the band injects plenty of their own original (but not unrelated) motifs into the piece, including Greg Lake's moody ballad "The Sage" and the self-explanatory "Blues Variation." ELP is to be commended as much for its brash ambition as for its achievement in attempting a Moog-ified revamping of such a well established piece as „Pictures At An Exhibition“.
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Antonin Dvorak - Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72 - Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Artist: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Iván Fischer
Title: Dvořák - Slavonic Dances, Opp. 46 & 72
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:10:14
Recorded: March and May 1999, Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary


Whereas the first set had featured predominantly Czech dances (with the exception of the second which evoked the Ukranian dumka — not, strictly speaking, a dance), the second set is more broadly Slavonic, incorporating Slovak, Polish, Serbian and Russian elements in addition to Dvorák’s favourite melancholy dumka strains. In these sixteen highly varied and colourful dances, Dvorák had fulfilled his original brief to perfection, creating stylised, even idealised dance fantasias which inter - mingle folk elements with his own inspired melodies so effectively, so disarmingly and so artistically that for the most part they have defied attempts by musicologists to uncover the folk sources. Dvorák justified his approach in 1894:
‘From the rich stores of Slavonic folk music, in its Hungarian [i.e. Slovak], Russian, Bohemian and Polish varieties, the composers of the day have derived, and will continue to derive, much that is charming and novel in their music. Nor is there anything objectionable in this, for if the poet and painter base much of their best art on national legends, songs and traditions, why should not the musicians?’
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Delain - Lunar Prelude (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Delain
Title: Lunar Prelude
Genre: Rock, Symphonic Metal, Gothic Rock
Label: © Napalm Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 35:35

Lunar Prelude, mastered by Grammy Award winning Ted Jensen, offers two brand new songs in the shape of the beyond catchy ‘Suckerpunch‘ and the melancholic ‘Turn The Lights Out‘. ‘Don`t Let Go‘ (taken from 2014`s The Human Contradiction) comes in a brand new version, while the EP also contains four incredible live cuts, as well as an orchestral reprise of ‘Suckerpunch‘, all of which proving once again how DELAIN are blatantly known for their extremely catchy hooks, bewitching melodies, symphonic bombast, and of course a good solid dose of Metal! DELAIN have concocted a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of emotions, and with the EP title featuring the tell-tale word "Prelude", our hunger is left to grow for a next full-length album...coming in 2016!
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Cosmograf - The Unreasonable Silence (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cosmograf
Title: The Unreasonable Silence
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock
Label: © Cosmograf Music
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: cosmograf.bandcamp.com
Duration: 00:59:04
Recorded: The Trees, Waterlooville.


Cosmograf’s fifth release is an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.
“It’s essentially a more modern re-telling of Camus’s writings about mankind’s struggle to understand the universe and our role within it”, says the concept’s creator Robin Armstrong. “Camus described man standing face to face with the irrational, longing for happiness and reason which leads to a confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”
Between our quest for knowledge and refusal of the world to give up its secrets, lies the concept of absurdism. In his original essay, Camus describes Sysiphus, a mythological character condemned to a pointless labour, to illustrate the absurdity of human existence. Robin Armstrong twists the story to portray a modern character that has become disillusioned with his own life to the point that he believes his destiny may reside in another world. As with previous Cosmograf albums, the concept is played out with a very cinematic feel and explores the themes of paranoia, social withdrawal and conformity, and ultimately the search for meaning in our own existence.
The Unreasonable Silence features guest appearances by Nick D’Virgilio, Nick Beggs, Dave Meros and Rachael Hawnt as well as a number of voice acting contributions.
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Charlie Mariano - Helen 12 Trees (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Charlie Mariano
Title: Helen 12 Trees
Genre: Jazz, Fusion, Cool Jaz, West Coast Jazz, Hard Bop
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 38:50
Recorded: May 6-8, 1976 at Union Studio Munich-Solln, Germany

For those who don’t know American saxophonist Charlie Mariano’s music, you’re in for a treat. For his legions of fans, this may be an album that has passed beneath your radar. Critic Thom Jurek calls it “one of the great, under-heard records to ever come out of the fusion years… a stone classic and one of the best examples of post-Miles jazz-rock fusion ever recorded”. Although Mariano first made his name in the jazz caldrons of Boston and New York – his solos on Mingus’ The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady are jazz classics –, Mariano is known in Europe for his eclectic play, ranging from jazz, fusion and pop to world music. The astounding lineup for this album includes keyboardist Jan Hammer of Mahavishnu Orchestra fame, Polish violin great Zbigniew Seifert, bassist Jack Bruce from the legendary rock group Cream, Soft Machine drummer John Marshall, and the amazing Asian percussionist Nippy Noya. The sweeping opening title piece features a percussion-drum duel and stratospheric solos by Hammer and Mariano on alto sax. With Charlie on the South Indian reed instrument the Nadaswaram, Parvati’s Dance takes several steps East as it illuminates Mariano’s deep feeling for the sub-continent, with a light thrown on the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. The elegiac violin-flute duo Sleep My Love is followed by Hammer’s Thorn of a White Rose with violin and alto sax musically entwined. Neverglades Pixie has a rocking, swampy Southern feel with Mariano slashing away on soprano, slippery-slick violin and synth solos and Bruce’s rollicking down-home bass. Mariano stays on soprano and Hammer steps over to the acoustic piano for a gripping duet on the emotionally charged Charlotte, while Avoid the Year of the Monkey has consummate fusion soprano, violin, and synth solos. A fusion celebration – big fun.
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