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Jean-Michel Jarre - Les Concerts en Chine (1982/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz

Artist: Jean-Michel Jarre
Title: Les Concerts en Chine
Genre: Electronica, New Age, Ambient, Synthpop, House, Techno, Avant-Garde, Progressive Electronic
Label: © Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1982/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:18:53
Recorded: October 1981

Jean-Michel Jarre performed a handful of concerts in Peking and Shanghai in 1981, marking the first time that a modern Western musical artist had played in communist China. Sensing the historical importance of the event (and the career milestone it represented), a double album of live music from these concerts was released the following year as Les Concerts en Chine. The release is half musical travelogue (featuring new pieces presumably inspired by China) and half career retrospective, with faithful reproductions of excerpts from Equinoxe and Les Chants Magnetiques (Magnetic Fields) interspersed with new works and snippets of Chinese dialogue. There has always been a strong visual component to Jarre's live shows, which the listener is left out of on these recordings (small pockets of applause during some of the songs allude to the graphic goings-on), but even without the lights and lasers this is engaging stuff. Highlights from the show include "Jonques de Pecheurs au Crepuscule" (Fishing Junks at Sunset), a welcome respite from Jarre's ultra-modern music that features a traditional Oriental arrangement, and new works like "Arpegiateur" and "Nuit a Shangai" that compare favorably with the brisk, streamlined sound of Tangerine Dream in the early ‘80s. Connecting these sections with dialogue and street noises (some of which, in the case of "Les Chants Magnetiques," have always been there) breaks up the concert nicely, although two lighthearted intermissions ("L'Orchestre Sous la Pluie" and "La Derniere Rumba") make too fine a point of it. Owners of Equinoxe and Les Chants Magnetiques expecting to hear a new interpretation of these albums won't find any surprises on Les Concerts en Chine except a short ping-pong match inexplicably billed as "Les Chants Magnetiques I." The real attraction is the new music, and the newness that all of this must have held for its audience. --AllMusic Review by Dave Connolly
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Jungle Boldie: Maarten Ornstein, Tony Overwater, Wim Kegel - Jungle Boldie (2010) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Jungle Boldie: Maarten Ornstein, Tony Overwater, Wim Kegel
Title: Jungle Boldie
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Turtle Records
Release Date: 2010
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: spiritofturtle.com
Duration: 00:51:57
Recorded: September 24th and 25th 2009 at the Evangelisch Lutherse kerk in Haarlem by Bert van der Wolf

Pure sound painted by this unity, from the heart – in the strumming of strings, in the striking of sticks, in the sliding of screams…
The Jungle Boldie consists of three of Hollands most renowned jazz musicians. Overwater, Ornstein and Kegel met at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague during their studies and have been playing together ever since. They have the shared vision of what it is to play and perform ‘free’ music in the true sense of the word - creating a joyful interplay without any assumptions. The group have performed with many international artists including Pat Metheny, Ilse de Lange, Ack van Rooyen, Calefax, and David Murray – to name but a few.
Jungle Boldie started out as the Maarten Ornstein Trio and was founded in 1989, in 2000 the renamed themselves the Tony Overwater Trio and created an international stir when they relased their first album OP - a tribute to bassist Oscar Pettiford. The album featured flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen and cellist Ernst Reyseger and won the 2001 Edison Award for Best Dutch Recording (Dutch Grammy). Their second project proved to be just as successful.
In 2005 the trio joined forced with the highly acclaimed Dutch classical reed quintet Calefax to play two suites by Duke Ellington: the famous Far East Suite and the lesser-known River Suite. The project was remarkable not only because of the crossover between classical and jazz and the choice of repertoire, but also for the fine arrangements made for this particular line up which, unusually, does not feature piano. The album Ellington Suites and the presentation concerts received massive media coverage.
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John Price - Sound of Broadway (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: John Price
Title: Sound of Broadway
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Cool Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:30:00
Recorded: 1966

John Price is a virtuoso pianist who captures the verve and pulse of these Broadway songs. The piano is electric and the phrasing is like no other I've heard. Just a stellar album. If you love this music, you MUST have this album. --Mark Arnold
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The John Handy Quintet - The 2nd John Handy Album (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: The John Handy Quintet
Title: The 2nd John Handy Album
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 00:37:38
Recorded: July 7, 26 1966, Columbia Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA

Altoist John Handy's second Columbia album was actually his fourth as a leader. Utilizing the same musicians who had joined him during his sensational set at the 1965 Monterey Jazz Festival (violinist Michael White, guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Don Thompson and drummer Terry Clarke), Handy performs five of his complex yet accessible originals, which include the "Theme X" (in 5/4 time), the catchy "Blues for a Highstrung Guitar," and the adventurous "Scheme #1." ... This would be the unit's only studio album, and after disbanding, they did not reunite until 1994. The memorable music is highly recommended. --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
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John Abercrombie Quartet - Up And Coming (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: John Abercrombie Quartet
Title: Up And Coming
Genre: Jazz, Modern Creative, Post Bop, Guitar Jazz
Label: © ECM Records GmbH | ECM Player | ECM Reviews
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:47:15
Recorded: April/May 2016, Avatar Studios, New York

Guitarist John Abercrombie – who has recorded as a leader for ECM since 1974 – returns with a second album by his quartet featuring Marc Copland on piano, along with longtime rhythm partners Drew Gress and Joey Baron. Extolling 39 Steps, the group’s 2013 album, the Financial Times said: “The emphasis is on subtle intrigue, flowing lyricism and the interplay between the leader’s warm, cleanly articulated guitar and Copland’s piano… with bassist Gress and drummer Baron equally supple and sinewy companions.” The same virtues of lyrical melody and harmonic/rhythmic subtlety are apparent with the new Up and Coming, though with even more emphasis on the enduring values of song. Abercrombie’s liquid phrasing and glowing tone – enabled by the thumb technique he has honed since eschewing a plectrum in recent years – animate his five originals and the pair by Copland, as well as a take on the Miles Davis classic “Nardis” done in the spirit of Bill Evans. Up and Coming has a twilight atmosphere, with melodic flow the guiding light.
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Jo Basile & His Orchestra - Music From The Broadway Hit 'Cabaret' (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Jo Basile & His Orchestra
Title: Music From The Broadway Hit 'Cabaret'
Genre: Pop, Jazz Pop, Easy Listening, Stage & Screen, Cabaret
Label: © Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:26:57
Recorded: 1966

Jo Basile was the pseudonym of Joss Baselli, accordionist and veteran of the French music scene in the 1950s and 1960s.
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Jimmy Smith - The Complete Verve Singles (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Jimmy Smith
Title: The Complete Verve Singles
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Jazz Funk, Soul Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Fusion
Label: © The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:36:45

Jimmy Smith wasn't the first organ player in jazz, but no one had a greater influence with the instrument than he did; Smith coaxed a rich, grooving tone from the Hammond B-3, and his sound and style made him a top instrumentalist in the 1950s and '60s, while a number of rock and R&B keyboardists would learn valuable lessons from Smith's example.
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Jason Roebke Quartet - Shimmering (2012/2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Jason Roebke Quartet
Title: Shimmering
Genre: Jazz
Label: © International Phonograph/High Definition Tape Transfers
Release Date: 2012/2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 32:38
Recorded: March 2012, Chicago, IL


Performed on December 18th of 2012 in Chicago, this performance was recorded directly to an 8 track Studer recorder. This great ensemble of world class players features Chicago-style modern jazz at its best (Jason Roebke, bass; Mike Reed, drums; Jason Adasiewicz, vibes; and Keefe Jackson, tenor sax.) Although the jazz is avant, it is also quite lyrical and captivating to listen to on tape. One customer said he had never heard better sounding vibes than on this tape. A handmade stereo mic was used on the vibes; and a hand assembled Telefunken 251e was used on the tenor sax.
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Isabel Bayrakdarian - Mother of Light: Armenian Hymns & Chants in Praise of Mary (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Isabel Bayrakdarian
Title: Mother of Light: Armenian Hymns & Chants in Praise of Mary
Genre: Classical, Choral
Label: © Delos
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: prestoclassical.co.uk
Duration: 01:01:53
Recorded: August 3–7 2015, at First Congregational Church, Fresno, California


Soprano sorceress Isabel Bayrakdarian, acclaimed internationally for her glittering accomplishments on both stage and screen, presents – in this hypnotically alluring album of Armenian sacred music – a more spiritual aspect of her multifaceted musical persona.
Isabel conceived this project as a heartfelt gift to God for sparing the life of her mother, and the entire album is very much a “family affair.” Her husband arranged the pieces, her brother plays the ceremonial percussion instruments, and her two sisters join her to form a vocal trio in several tracks.
This spellbinding music – scored variously for solo and ensemble voices, cello and women’s choir – will take its fortunate listeners on a deeply spiritual and meditative journey of the soul.
“The evening really belonged to Bayrakdarian, the satin beauty, whose voice carried all before it. No, that doesn’t say it all: Her voice is one of the most engaging and congenial in the world today.” --Ottawa Citizen
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	Holst: The Planets; Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - Edward Gardner (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Richard Strauss (1864–1949), Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
Artist: CBSO Youth Chorus, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Edward Gardner
Title: Holst: The Planets / Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
Genre: Classical
Label: © Chandos Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: theCLASSICALshop
Duration: 01:19:53
Recorded: Symphony Hall, Birmingham; 8 and 9 August 2016


For its very first album on Chandos, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain devotes its characteristic energy and musical mastery to an explosive programme that transcends daily life and earthly experience. It is helped by the enthusiastic, encouraging, and experienced baton of Edward Gardner as well as by the sumptuous yet detailed acoustic of Symphony Hall, Birmingham, all fully revealed in this surround-sound recording.
Their performance of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Holst’s The Planets is already a point of reference in the UK after the immensely successful Prom concert that preceded the recording. The concert’s five-star review in The Daily Telegraph praised in particular the orchestra’s ‘great attack and complete absence of anything routine’, while The Guardian emphasised the great performance of the orchestra in this ‘graceful and evocative programme’, especially the ‘depth and richness of sound that belied their youth’.
This unique album is a first milestone in what promises to be a superb discography for the NYO.
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