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Modest Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition - Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky (1839-1881), Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel
Title: Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
Genre: Classical
Label: © Deutsche Grammophon GmbH
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:50:40
Release Date: 2016
Recording: Vienna, Musikverein, Großer Saal, 4/2016

Celebrating ten years as an exclusive recording artist on Deutsche Grammophon, Gustavo Dudamel's career has evolved from Venezuelan Wunderkind to one of the world's most distinguished and sought-after Maestros.
His upcoming recording, made in company with the Wiener Philharmoniker at Vienna’s Musikverein in April 2016, is an all-Russian album – it couples two works by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition, in Ravel’s magnificent orchestration, and A Night on Bald Mountain, with the famous Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The Viennese waltz kings and Dudamel gives this perennial ballet highlight a fresh, vibrant new reading - a perfect introduction to the festive season.
Pictures at an Exhibition is one of music's most transcribed, arranged and covered pieces, a musical touchstone, inspiration to many artists and cited in popular culture on television, in film, and in video games. The brief, episodic structure of these works makes them ideally-suited for streaming and digital campaigns.
While making the album, Dudamel and members of the orchestra participated in workshops alongside young people involved in the El Sistema-inspired Superar programme. Founded in 2009 and named for the Spanish word for “overcome”, it is based in Vienna’s diverse 10th District and offers free music lessons to children. For the “Pictures Project” Mussorgsky’s work prompted a group of young people from Superar to take their instruments onto the streets, share their music-making with the local community and document the results on camera.
Images from their musical “Pictures”, selected by the highly respected Vienna-based photographer Claudia Prieler, were exhibited as part of the press event in Salzburg last week, where Gustavo Dudamel, members of the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, and children from Superar met at Salzburg’s historic Hotel Sacher to launch the album.
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Mose Allison - The Word From Mose (1964/2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Mose Allison
Title: The Word From Mose
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Blues, Piano Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Atlantic Recording Corp.
Release Date: 1964/2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:58
Recorded by Phil Iehle, #2,4,6,8,10 - 1964/03/10; #1,3,5,7,11 - 1964/03/12

The Word from Mose is a 1964 jazz album by the jazz pianist and singer Mose Allison. The album, described by Allmusic as "light, swinging jazz with a distinctly rural, Southern influence", has been listed as one of the "core collection" albums for jazz fans by the Penguin Guide to Jazz.
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Monty Alexander - Here Comes The Sun (1971/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Monty Alexander
Title: Here Comes The Sun
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Modal, Latin Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1971/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:39:48
Recorded: June 6, 1971 in New York City

This 1971 recording signals the beginning of Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander’s fruitful relationship with MPS, lasting over a decade and encompassing some dozen albums. Originally touted as heir to Oscar Peterson’s crown, Alexander is famous for his virtuoso melding of jazz, the sounds of the Caribbean and blues. The classic Dave Brubeck Quartet’s bassist Eugene Wright, calypso percussionist Montego Joe, and ace drummer Duffy Jackson round out the quartet. Montevideo jumps off with percussive Latin two-beat verve and a witty piano filled with quotes. The ballad Where is Love is a searching romantic serenade, and Monty transforms the Beatle’s Here Comes The Sun into blues-laced Latinesque with a taste of boogie. Monty takes the standard Love Walked In at a brisk pace as he demonstrates his considerable straight-ahead jazz chops, bop quotes and all. Check out the tasty walking bass and drum solos. The luscious calypso Brown Skin Girl is followed by Monty’s tender, wistful solo rendition of his The Dream Is Mine. The group stretches out on Miles Davis’ iconic So What, grounding the tune with a driving Latin-rock beat. They say variety is the spice of life and Monty Alexander and co. have seasoned this album to perfection.
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Mary Halvorson Octet - Away with You (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mary Halvorson Octet
Title: Away with You
Genre: Jazz, Avant-garde Jazz, Free Improvisation, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Firehouse 12 Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:55:56
Recorded: December 17th & 18th, 2015 at Firehouse 12

Continuing her streak of outstanding releases, guitarist extraordinaire Mary Halvorson once again shows her determination to build upon her unique style as a composer and bandleader. She's taken her septet from 2013's superb Illusionary Sea and added an eighth member, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, and the resulting music is typical Halvorson: harmonically complex, emotionally compelling, and full of interesting moments worth savoring.
The first thing one notices about Alcorn's presence is the sense of atmosphere she provides. On the third track, "The Absolute Almost," she offers spare, crystalline notes that gradually emerge and then drift away, providing a somber opening to the cut. Then Halvorson herself joins in, with carefully placed notes that emerge in a pensive dialogue with Alcorn to continue the subdued conversation, before a break in which the rest of the band jumps in to take the piece in a dramatically different direction, full of bounce and rhythmic drive. (It's little surprises like these that always make listening to a Halvorson record such an adventure.) Alcorn's role seems to liberate Halvorson's playing, freeing up subtle opportunities for her to contribute to the group as an equal rather than as a dominant voice.
It's also immediately evident how well this group works together as a unit. Drummer Ches Smith and bassist John Hébert have worked as Halvorson's partners for several recordings, to the point that they are an intuitive element of the rhythmic fluidity that is one of her trademarks. Even during the record's more raucous moments, there's never a sense that they're in danger of losing control of the pulse. And the horns are as fabulous as you would expect: with Jonathan Finlayson, Jon Irabagon, Ingrid Laubrock and Jacob Garchik in the lineup, Halvorson has a superlative brass section for her rich compositions, each member equally adept as a soloist or as an ensemble contributor.
Perhaps the most engaging aspect of the recording is its strong emotional core. Listening to the opening of the record, "Spirit Splitter," and the jubilant horn interplay that propels the track, it is clear that this is music to be enjoyed, not simply admired or respected. Whether we are taken down a path of exultant cacophony or melancholy musings, with Halvorson as our guide it is sure to involve her irresistible melodic sensibility. I'm sure Halvorson's next installment in her impressive catalog will continue to surprise and astonish, but in the meantime she's given us another exceptional record to celebrate. --Troy Dostert, All About Jazz
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Martha Reeves - The Rest of My Life (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Martha Reeves
Title: The Rest of My Life
Genre: R&B, Soul
Label: © Arista Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:06:43

The Rest Of My Life is the 1976 album by legendary soul diva Martha Reeves. Tony Silvester, General Johnson, Tony Camillo, and Bert DeCoteaux -- working independently resulted in Martha’s best post-Motown release to date. The material and arrangements suit her voice and style and the release is more of what you expect from the Detroit diva. Included is Martha's original version of Gwen Guthrie and Pat Grant's "This Time I'll Be Sweeter," a song later popularized by Angela Bofill. Reeves' version of Gamble & Huff's "Now That We Found Love" is one of the better cuts; Martha sings it with as much conviction as the O'Jays, who first waxed it. "Thank You" is an uptempo romp produced by General Johnson, who has Reeves reaching for notes like her former producers at Motown did which became very reminiscent of her classic Jimmy Mack. Plus, you can count on Martha to pour every ounce of emotion into a ballad, and this album has some excellent slower songs, including the title track. The Rest Of My Life is regarded as one of Martha Reeves' best albums ever, including the releases with The Vandellas.
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Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life - Nihil Novi (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life
Title: Nihil Novi
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Post Bop, Straight-ahead/Mainstream Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:53:11

Since making his debut as a leader with 2001's At Last, Marcus Strickland has established a reputation as a composer of remarkable depth and breadth. On Nihil Novi, his first Blue Note offering, Strickland showcases a new band -- trumpeter Keyon Harrold, keyboardists Mitch Henry and Masayuki Hirano, bassist Kyle Miles, and drummer Charles Haynes. His new tunes offer an even greater array of styles, harmonic textures, and dynamics, and reveal his preoccupation with hip-hop beatmaking. (This isn't a jazz/hip-hop fusion record.) Nihil Novi was expertly and empathetically produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, who also guests on bass. Strickland also brings in some old friends and allies, including Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Pino Palladino, and Chris Bruce.
On "Tic Toc," Afro-Peruvian rhythms are accented by a meaty, woody, rolling upright bass and expansive post-bop lyricism. The melody is by muted trumpet and alto and tenor saxophones, countered by a nearly spiritual group vocal chorus. The soaring alto on "The Chant," with Palladino on bass and Dave on drums, resembles the intro to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," but shifts toward a modal center backed by breakbeats and a rumbling, circular bassline. It fades quickly into "Talking Loud," the first of three cuts featuring vocalist Jean Baylor. Its melody, while based on Bartók's 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs, also reveals the profound influence of J Dilla's neo-soul -- especially in the gospelized organ groove and skittering, behind-the-beat snare clips. But Harrold and Strickland offer altering ascending and descending melodies behind the singer, pushing the track over into new territory. "Inevitable" is a lithe, languid, and soulful jazz ballad, where Baylor's vocal is adorned by Glasper's piano and answered by Strickland's bass clarinet, with Harrold's gorgeous solo nearly stealing the show. "Sissoko's Voyage," titled for kora player Banzoumana Sissoko, contains a harmonic weave of Malian folk song and late Nigerian highlife. But the melody is built upon by Harrold and Strickland toward post-bop, even as Bruce's guitar adds punchy Malian blues à la Vieux Farka Touré to its frame. "Celestelude" commences as a bluesy soul-jazz ballad but shifts gears into modal jazz and gripping funk -- due to Ndegeocello's bass and Henry's clavinet -- then back to simmering, elegant post-bop with elements of Afro-funk woven in. Closer "Mirrors," with its martial Afro-beat drumming and Wurlitzer, intersects with Herbie Hancock's proto-funk fusion, Barry White, Norman Connors, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Gary Bartz's Ntu Troop.
Nihil Novi offers a watershed of ideas. Strickland goes further, deeper, and wider than most who've dabbled in this arena. His beats, as crisp and tight as they are, never hold back the adventure in his tunes; in fact, they are the force that expands their reach. This music is accessible and emotionally resonant, and never leaves jazz out of the equation. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Manu Katche - Unstatic (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Manu Katché
Title: Unstatic
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Anteprima Production
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:50:43
Recorded: Studio Ferber, Paris, France

Manu Katché returns with a new studio album, 'Unstatic', for an enhanced formation of a bassist, Ellen Andrea Wang. We know the importance Manu Katché places with each of the bass players he has collaborated with. This is also clearly a return to basics, since the role of the bass was not entrusted to a specialist of the instrument but to the organ of Jim Watson during his two previous records !
The material on “Unstatic” is comprised of eleven originals written by the leader, all of them played in what has now become familiar as the ‘Manu Katche style’. Katche’s way with a groove and ear for a good tune remain undimmed and the core group sound is expanded by the presence of guest trombonist Nils Landgren who appears on five tracks.
Landgren features on the opening track, simply titled “Introduccion”, a seductive rhumba that finds Katche working in harness with no fewer than three guest percussionists in the shapes of Abraham Rodriguez Mansfarroll, Joel Hiereezuelo Balart and Esteben Sotolongo Zapata. Landgren makes a significant contribution on trombone alongside Watson on acoustic piano.
Emmanuel Manu Katches family roots can be traced back to Africas Ivory Coast, although he was born near Paris. He began his musical education at the age of five when he began piano lessons, but he switched to percussion at 14. Katche studied classical percussion at the Conservatoire National Superieure de Musique de Paris. After his graduation, he began to develop his own unique style, grounded in jazz and his African roots. This release, in contrast to his 2014 quartet album, includes double bassist Ellen Andrea Wang. The addition of this timbre creates an incredible soundscape. The eleven titles on this release were all written by Katche, proving his skill as a composer.
„Something of a return to form by Manu Katché. His music may be relatively undemanding but it's far from vacuous and there's some excellent writing and playing throughout this album.“
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Maluma - Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Maluma
Title: Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy
Genre: Latin Pop, Reggaeton, Mambo
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment Colombia S.A.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:09
Recorded: 2012–15

Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy is the second studio album by Colombian singer and songwriter Maluma, released on October 30, 2015 by Sony Music Latin. Work on the album lasted three years, during which Maluma collaborated with various songwriters and producers. Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy is a concept album meant to showcase the different facets of Maluma; the Pretty Boy side contains romantic balladry and the Dirty Boy consisting of reggaeton-infused seductive songs. Four singles were released from the album, "El Tiki" and "Borró Cassette" which preceded its release and "El Perdedor" and "Sin Contrato" – all of them were successful in countries across Latin America. In order to promote the album, Maluma embarked the Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy World Tour in 2016.
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Malu - Caos (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Malú
Title: Caos
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock, Latin Pop
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment España, S.L.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:43:32
Recorded: 2015

Caos es el décimo álbum de estudio de la cantante Malú. Un álbum que salió a la venta el 27 de noviembre de 2015, y que ha creado mucha expectación, convirtiéndolo en número 1 a él, y a las dos primeras canciones, Quiero y Cenizas.
El primer sencillo del décimo álbum de estudio (Caos) fue Quiero, que fue publicado el 25 de septiembre de 2015. Su videoclip se lanzó el 6 de Noviembre y fue dirigido por Pedro B. Abreu y producido por Zapping Produccions.
El segundo sencillo fue Encadenada a tí, que fue publicado a principios de enero de 2016. Este sencillo ha tenidos dos videoclips, el primero es un lyric video donde junto a la canción se ven a los fans con sus manos juntas, fotos que la discográfica pidió para hacer el video. El segundo videoclip estás protagonizado por la propia cantante por la zona de Madrid, donde Malu nos enseña que está "Encadenada a la música y encadenada a la vida".
El tercer sencillo es "Caos", canción que pone título al disco, que ha sido publicado a finales del mes de Abril, justo cuando empieza la gira de conciertos que hará por toda España con su "Tour Caos".
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