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Charlie Parker With Strings - The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol.2: April In Paris (1957/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Charlie Parker With Strings
Title: The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol.2: April In Paris
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1957/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 38:52
Recorded: Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, #1-6 - November 30, 1949 & #7-12 - July 5, 1950

This reissue combines a pair of Charlie Parker’s most popular recordings, two volumes titled Charlie Parker with Strings, recorded in 1949 and 1950. Unlike most of Parker’s other albums, for these sessions he eschewed original tunes and stuck to standards by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Jimmy McHugh and others, reimagined for a small string ensemble.
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Charlie Parker And His Orchestra - The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol.1: Night And Day (1957/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Charlie Parker And His Orchestra
Title: The Genius Of Charlie Parker, Vol.1: Night And Day
Genre: Jazz, Big Band, Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © The Verve Music Group
Release Date: 1957/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 30:38
Recorded: #5,10 - Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, July 5, 1950; #1-4 - First Ave. & East 44th St., NYC, January 22, 1952; #6-9 - First Ave. & East 44th St., NYC, March 25, 1952

One of several volumes in the Genius Of Charlie Parker series issued by Verve, this installment was released in 1957, two years following Parker’s death. With arrangements by Joe Lipman and production supervised by Norman Granz, the collection includes one of Parker’s signature tunes, Night And Day.
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Charlie Haden, Liberation Music Orchestra - Time-Life (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Charlie Haden, Liberation Music Orchestra
Title: Time/Life (Song For The Whales And Other Beings)
Genre: Jazz, Experimental Big Band, Free Jazz, Post Bop, Modern Creative, Avant-Garde Jazz
Label: © Impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:53:58
Recorded: Tracks 1 and 5 recorded on August 15, 2011 at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp, Belgium for Belgium Public Radio Klara, (VRT's channel for classical music and jazz); Tracks 2, 3 and 4 recorded on January 14 and 15, 2015 at Avatar Studios, NY

In 2011, bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Carla Bley led an iteration of the Liberation Music Orchestra in a live concert at the Jazz Middelheim Festival in Antwerp, Belgium. It was partially intended as a warm-up for a forthcoming Liberation Music Orchestra album, a process that had been in the works since 2007. Sadly, Haden died from post-polio syndrome in 2014 before any new LMO tracks could be recorded. Thankfully, Haden, along with his wife, Ruth Cameron Haden, and Bley had discussed his desires for how to finish the album prior to his passing. Furthermore, the 2011 performance, which included two new arrangements earmarked for the planned album, had been recorded for Belgian public radio. All this meant that an album was possible, and in 2015 Bley convened the LMO in a studio to record the new material. Per Haden's request, longtime friend and esteemed bassist Steve Swallow was brought in to play his parts. Produced by Ruth Cameron Haden and Bley, along with Jean-Philippe Allard and Farida Bachir, Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings) is an atmospheric, elegiac album inspired by Haden's longstanding love and concern for the environment. Two of the songs, Bley's evocative arrangement of Miles Davis' "Blue in Green" and Haden's "Song for the Whales," are culled from the live concert and bookend the album. Opening with a haunting, bowed rubato intro in which Haden mimics whale sounds, "Song for the Whales" shifts gears into a searing, confrontational statement centered on saxophonist Tony Malaby's furious improvisation. Similarly, "Blue in Green," given a lush, enveloping treatment by Bley, is anchored by trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, whose yearning, vocal-like intensity brings to mind a compelling mix of Miles Davis and original LMO member Don Cherry. Also included are several older Bley compositions, with "Silent Spring" and "Útviklingssang" both dramatically rearranged with spine-tingling results by Bley. Similarly, Bley's ruminative title track has the measured pace and sobbing, breath-like flow of a person in mourning. What is also particularly compelling about Time/Life is how well the live recordings blend with the studio tracks. Much of this is due to Bley, whose arranging and spare, harmonic piano skills bridge the recordings and help elevate the album to one of the best in the LMO's catalog. Also due credit is Swallow, who is able to fill Haden's role while also adding his own distinctive voice to the band's legacy. Along with being bravura, highly engaging performances, these songs are also somewhat bittersweet in light of Haden's passing. Adding to this feeling is the fact that on the live tracks you hear Haden address the audience, his voice already weak from the effects of the post-polio syndrome. Ultimately, on Time/Life (Song for the Whales and Other Beings), it's that voice, literally and creatively, that remains with you. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
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Chaka Khan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White - Echoes Of An Era (1982/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Chaka Khan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White
Title: Echoes Of An Era
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Post Bop, Fusion, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Elektra/Asylum Records
Release Date: 1982/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:48:47
Recorded: 1981–1982, Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles

Echoes of an Era is an album by American R&B/jazz singer Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, released in 1982 on Elektra Records.
Echoes of an Era sees Khan interpreting jazz standards like Thelonious Monk's "I Mean You" and Duke Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train", as well as "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most", "All of Me", and "I Loves You Porgy". The album was originally not released as a Chaka Khan studio album (who was signed to Warner Bros. Records at the time) but as a band collaboration under the moniker Echoes of an Era and with all six performers credited on the album cover.
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Cecilia Sanchietti Jazz Project - Circle Time (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Cecilia Sanchietti Jazz Project
Title: Circle Time
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:50:56
Recorded: January 2015

“Circle Time” in humanistic psychology is a working group methodology, which makes use of alternative communication techniques. Participants are disposed in a circle setting and are all at the same level. The circle is a space of discover, debate, exchange, with no judgments or mistakes. It allows a communitarian and cooperative dialogue, where participants’ emotions are protected and taken into consideration and the outcomes represent the personality of each one. This album is called “Circle Time” because it reproduces the same setting. Through interplay and jazz improvisation, the group proposes, encourages and includes the expression of each musician. This made it possible to propose original tracks. However, this album represents even more the Circle Time, because the core inspiration is an interaction of styles, in particular ethnic, jazz, afro music. It’s a journey. Musicians and composers enjoyed playing with sounds, harmonies and rhythm, mixing them and never flowing into a specific one. After all, the performers themselves are come from different musical background, not only jazz. This guarantees more personality to the project. Cecilia: “Circle Time” is also a way to lead the groove in the “circular” way, typical of jazz music. Performers play, dance and circulate with it, lose it and find it again (always knowing where it is). The sound becomes sweet, soft, colored, charming, and this helps the drummer to composes sweet melodies, never forgetting his role. The project was born also for this reason, for giving space to the creative expression of drummer.
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Elliott Carter, William Schuman - String Quartets - Juilliard String Quartet (1961/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Elliott Carter (1908-2012), William Schuman (1910-1992)
Artist: Juilliard String Quartet
Title: Carter: String Quartet No. 2 / Schuman: String Quartet No. 3
Genre: Classical
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1961/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 00:44:02
Recorded: 10/27/1960 - 10/31/1960, RCA Studio B, New York, NY

The Juilliard String Quartet was founded in 1946 by William Schuman, who was the president of the Juilliard School in New York. The original members of the quartet were violinists Robert Mann and Robert Koff, violist Raphael Hillyer, and cellist Arthur Winograd. The members of the quartet have changed a number of times over the course of the ensemble's career, but after more than fifty years of performances and recordings, the Juilliard Quartet has remained one of the most famous and well-respected string quartets in the world.
The Juilliard Quartet was born out of a need for committed performances of modern music, and for a revitalized approach to the standard string quartet repertoire. When William Schuman, then the new president of the Juilliard School, proposed the formation of a resident string quartet to the board of directors in 1947, it was with the understanding that this group would, in his words, "embrace the entire repertoire of music," with the only stipulation being that its name would not be changed, no matter who the players were. The debut performances of the Quartet were astonishingly successful, and critics remarked on the group's vigorous, dynamic playing, and the overwhelming intensity of each performance. More recent reviews continue to cite the Juilliard Quartet's passion, but also its "homogeneity" and "secure" sound, no doubt a product of its long and distinguished history.
The Quartet has been recognized for giving equal reverence to both twentieth-century music and past masterworks, and has successfully performed not only works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and Brahms, but also less standard repertoire, including the music of Berg, Schoenberg, and Shostakovitch. The Quartet is well-known in particular for its performances of the Beethoven string quartet cycle, but, it is also recognized as an important champion of contemporary American music, on average premiering one new work each year, if not more. Its American repertory includes music by Elliot Carter, Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, and Milton Babbitt.
The Juilliard Quartet is, of course, the quartet in residence at Juilliard, but also at the Library of Congress (since 1962), and at Michigan State University (since 1977). The Library had loaned the Quartet its set of Stradivarius instruments as part of the residency. The quartet members are not only performers, but also apologists for modern music and teachers at Juilliard. They have helped nuture many other quartets, including the Emerson, Tokyo, La Salle, and Lark Quartets. The ensemble has toured extensively throughout the world, and was the first American string quartet to visit the Soviet Union in 1961.
The Quartet's discography includes recordings of the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, the Mendelssohn quartets, the string quartets of Haydn, Verdi, Schubert, and Sibelius, and the quintets of Mozart and Brahms. The Quartet has also recorded music by Schoenberg, Webern, Beach, Barber, Carter, Smetana, Gould, Franck, and numerous other modern composers. For its recordings, the group has received four Grammy awards, a German Record Critics lifetime achievement award, Musical America's Musician of the Year (1996), and been inducted into the National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame.
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Calexico - Algiers (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Calexico
Title: Algiers
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Post Rock, Tex-Mex, Alternative Country
Label: © Anti, Inc.
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 57:19
Recorded: The Living Room Studio, Algiers, Louisiana; Wavelab Studio, Tucson, Arizona; Studio Calexico, Tucson, Arizona

Calexico makes their Anti- debut with the release of Algiers. The album is their first in over four years. Recorded and inspired by New Orleans, Joey Burns and John Convertino bring the edginess of the area to their sound, a sound they have been honing since 1996. Algiers is an evocative and emotional listen rooted in gorgeous textures. This enticing set includes the romantic opener “Epic,” the bluesy “Sinner in the Sea” and the folk gem “Fortune Teller.” Their seventh studio recording proves Calexico has not lost a step.
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Calexico - Edge of the Sun (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Calexico
Title: Edge of the Sun
Genre: Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Post Rock, Tex-Mex, Alternative Country
Label: © Anti, Inc.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 58:05
Recorded by Chris Schultz at Wavelab Studio

Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán. In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster. “Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix,” says Burns. “This album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.”
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Brian Bromberg - Bromberg Plays Hendrix (2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Brian Bromberg
Title: Bromberg Plays Hendrix
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Rock, Fusion, Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Virtuoso
Label: © Mack Avenue Records
Release Date: 2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 49:58
Recorded: December 2009 - March 2010 at B² Studios, Los Angeles; Carvin Basses recorded June - July 2011 at B² Studios, Los Angeles

The collection rocks hard as Bromberg innovatively crafted smoldering versions of Hendrix’s hallmark hits including “Fire,” “Manic Depression,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “All Along The Watchtower,” “Foxey Lady” and “Purple Haze.” “It sounds live yet it was all overdubs.
“A few really amazing things happened to me when I was recording those tracks with my father; those tracks originally were recorded before I was born, so it was such a trip playing with my Dad before I was even on this planet! When I was playing with him I realized at that moment where I got my time feel and swing from, it was effortless to play with him, mind-blowing actually."
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Brass Too - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ivan Meylemans, Kurt Masur (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Detlev Glanert (b. 1960), Henri Tomasi (1901-1971), Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Artist: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ivan Meylemans, Kurt Masur
Title: Brass Too
Genre: Classical
Label: © RCO Live
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 63:06
Recorded Live at Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 26-28 January 2011 (Hindemith, live); 27 May 2013 (Piazzolla); 20 December 2013 (Glanert); 6 March 2014 (Tomasi) and 14 March 2014 (Shostakovich)


This is the sequel to the highly successful album Brass which put the brass section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the spotlight. Seven years later comes Brass Too, the pun in the title also pointing to the idea behind this album: the works of Shostakovich and Piazzolla, for instance, were not originally written for brass, but in these arrangements they sound lovely. Although Hindemith is not known as a composer of brass music, he has written for this family of instruments too. The album includes a new work by the RCO's house composer Detlev Glanert proving that brass can sound completely different.
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