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Jacques Brel - Les Bonbons (1966/2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jacques Brel
Title: Les Bonbons
Genre: Pop, Chanson française
Label: © Barclay
Release Date: 1966/2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:21
Recorded: 2 avril 1963; 9 janvier 1964

The seventh album from Jacques Brel, released in 1966, is a compilation of two earlier releases recorded in 1963 and 1964. As such, it's almost a greatest hits package from the middle stages of Brel's career. The title track Les Bonbons is a chuckle-worthy romp and one of the highlights of the set. Au Suivant, originally appearing on Brel's 1964 self-titled album, is one of his classics and was a smash at the time of release.
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Jackie Evancho - Someday at Christmas (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Jackie Evancho
Title: Someday at Christmas
Genre: Pop, Vocal Music, Traditional Pop, Classical Crossover, Holiday, Christmas
Label: © Portrait/Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 45:39
Recorded: 2013-2016

Someday at Christmas is American singer Jackie Evancho's second full-length Christmas album, and her seventh album overall. It contains 12 tracks and was produced by Nick Patrick for Sony Masterworks' Portrait label. The album was released on October 28, 2016 and consists of nine previously released tracks, including collaborations with Plácido Domingo, Peter Hollens and Vittorio Grigolo, and three new tracks, "Someday at Christmas" and two versions of "The Little Drummer Boy", one with Il Volo.

The title track, "Someday at Christmas", has an anti-war and civil rights theme. It was written by Ron Miller and Bryan Wells and first released as a single by Stevie Wonder in 1966. It reached #24 on the Billboard Christmas singles chart that year. It then became the title track to Wonder's 1967 album, Someday at Christmas, which also shares two other tracks this album: "The Little Drummer Boy" and "The Christmas Song".
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Il Trio: Intra, Tommaso, Gatto - Canzoni, Preludi, Notturni (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Il Trio: Intra, Tommaso, Gatto
Title: Canzoni, Preludi, Notturni
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modern Jazz, Free Jazz, Improvisation, Piano Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:42:08
Recorded by Alessandro Guardia at AlfaMusic Studio, Rome, Italy


Domanda: cosa ci si aspetta da un disco di jazz italiano (ma non solo) di questi tempi? Risposta difficile, ma volendoci provare potrebbe essere: "possibilmente qualche idea nuova, magari in grado di fungere da stimolo alla riapertura di un periodo collettivo". Sarebbe chiedere troppo? Il jazz in fondo è per natura improvvisazione, quindi ricerca e innovazione. Poi di fatto i musicisti sono figli del loro tempo, ed è il tempo che stabilisce se non cosa, certamente quando. Una richiesta più ragionevole, ma non per questo di ripiego, potrebbe allora essere: "va beh, quello che è, ma per favore con classe, e possibilmente sostanza e personalità". E questo è esattamente ciò che hanno fatto in questo disco questi tre grandi jazzisti italiani, il defilato Enrico Intra, pianista, il mito Giovanni Tommaso, contrabbassista e "il batterista" Roberto Gatto. Le nove composizioni, tutte di squisita fattura, tranne due in cui sono coinvolti a turno anche Tommaso e Gatto sono di Intra, e come riportato dal titolo si dividono in canzoni, notturni e preludi. L'atmosfera, date le premesse, risulta sin dalle prime battute trasognante e raffinata, ma anche estremamente nitida e concreta, e con non pochi momenti di elegante vivacità jazzistica. La piacevolezza dell'ascolto viene inoltre sostenuta dal fatto che i tre strumenti rimangono in ogni momento facilmente distinguibili tra loro e le loro evoluzioni, pur mantenendo strettamente le consegne imposte dai diversi ruoli spettanti alla guida e alla ritmica, sempre ben leggibili. Sono dischi questi che vengono così, spesso non soltanto per la qualità delle scritture e degli esecutori, ma perché talvolta, non si sa come, scatta qualcosa d'altro, che rende magicamente il tutto unico e irripetibile. E qui ne abbiamo avuto un lampante esempio.
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Idris Muhammad - Turn This Mutha Out (1977/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Idris Muhammad
Title: Turn This Mutha Out
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Fusion, Crossover Jazz
Label: © Kudu/CTI Records, a division of Creed Taylor, Inc. | King Record Co., Ltd.
Release Date: 1977/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:38:19
Recorded: Mediasound, December 1976; Electric Lady, February 1977


A great late 70s chapter in the career of funky drummer Idris Muhammad – moving into very different territory here than his early soul jazz with Lou Donaldson, and even his earliest solo material too! David Matthews arranged the tracks, and he's given them a slick but soulful sound, with lots of spacey fusion elements, and a nice funky soul vibe that's a bit similar to some of Larry Mizell's work – stretched out in this great mix of grooves and deeper jazzier elements – even at a level that's hipper than Matthews' usual material from the time. Idris is at the core on percussion – and the lineup also includes Jeremy Steig on flute, Eric Gale on guitar, Randy Brecker on trumpet, and Wilbur Bascomb on bass – and titles include the seminal "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This", plus "Cambay Bolongo", "Tasty Cakes", "Crab Apple", "Moon Hymn", and "Say What".
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Haydn, Schubert, Widmann - Vivere - Ragazze Quartet (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Сomposer: Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), Franz Schubert (1797–1828), Jörg Widmann (b.1973)
Artist: Ragazze Quartet
Title: Haydn, Schubert, Widmann - Vivere
Genre: Classical
Label: © Channel Classics Records B.V.
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: channelclassics.com
Duration: 00:57:56
Recorded: September 2012, Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer


This is ‘Vivere’. Not exactly a cheerful disc - all three compositions refer in various ways to death. This is reflected in the key (D minor is the key of death), in the opposite number of the Maiden, and finally even literally, in the fact that cellist Geneviève 'dies' before the end of the album. For us, however, to record this dramatic repertoire is to offer an ode to life. ‘Vivere’ - for by listening to this sombre music one realises how wonderful life can be. Performed by the Ragazze Quartet, four young women in the midst of life. The Ragazze Quartet is a young, Dutch string quartet, remarkable for its musical enthusiasm, talent, versatility and presentation. Its versatility in particular is unusual within the world of chamber music.
The quartet collaborates with and performs alongside composers, other musicians - classical or otherwise - and artists working in a variety of disciplines. In such projects the Ragazze Quartet always operates from its classical music core, while attempting to attain the ultimate crossover. The different disciplines are approached entirely equally, but in so doing they complement and elevate one another.
The quartet followed the two-year full-time curriculum of the Dutch String Quartet Academy (NSKA). There the members attended masterclasses directed by leading musicians from the international string quartet world, as well as lessons from their regular teachers Stefan Metz and Marc Danel. After completing the academy course the quartet was coached for a year by Luc Marie Aguera, violinist in the Quatuor Ysaye; this was made possible by the Dutch Kersjes Foundation.
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Hank Snow - Christmas with Hank Snow (1967/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Hank Snow
Title: Christmas with Hank Snow
Genre: Country, Holiday, Christmas, Country Boogie, Cowboy, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1967/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:32:22
Recorded: RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

Canada's greatest contribution to country music, Hank Snow was famous for his "traveling" songs. It's no wonder. At age 12 he ran away from his Nova Scotia home and joined the Merchant Marines, working as a cabin boy and laborer for four years. Once back on shore, he listened to Jimmie Rodgers records and started playing in public, building up a following in Halifax. His original nickname, the Yodelling Ranger, was modified to the Singing Ranger when his high voice changed to the great baritone that graced his hit records. In 1950, the year he became an Opry regular, his self-penned "I'm Moving On" (the first of his many great traveling songs) became a smash hit, reaching number one and remaining there for 21 weeks. "Golden Rocket" (also 1950) and "I've Been Everywhere" (1962), two other hits, show his lifelong love for trains and travel. But he was as much at home with two other styles, the ballad and the rhumba/boogie. Among his many great ballads are "Bluebird Island" (with Anita Carter of the Carter Family), "Fool Such as I," and "Hello, Love," a hit when Snow was 60 years old. Snow appeared regularly on the Opry into the '90s, proving that his incredible voice suffered no loss of quality over the last half-century, as well as what a tasteful, understated guitar stylist he is. With small stature and huge voice, Snow was a country traditionalist who gave much more to the business than he took.
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