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Sekou Bunch - Sekou (2012) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Artist: Sekou Bunch
Title: Sekou
Genre: Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Fusion
Label: © Fonè Records/Audiophile Productions
Release Date: 1991/2012
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:04:45

“What? Mr. Bunch” neatly frames the question: how do you define Sekou Bunch as a musician? Obviously, he is an electric bass-player of extraordinary talent. To my ears it goes further than that: he is simply the best I’ve ever heard. Note particularly on “Catano”, “As A Matter Of Fact”, “Night On The Town” and “Pastels” that Sekou plays the Tenor-Bass melody with the pyrotechnical skill that will be admired by the most accomplished guitarists! Further yet the man writes some lovely tunes; and further still he is a cool, calm and collected musical director who never loses his head, even under the most musically trying circumstances. It is getting late at night (read early morning), some of the best are battling... but Sekou never misses a beat (or a solo-trick), never loses his smile of sheer musical enjoyment: he uplift and inspired everybody to give of their best and they respond... You hold the results of their collective talents in your hands now. Sekou molded his repertoire around some of the most interesting (and diverse) players around California and demonstrated a whole palette of sound-colors in his arrangements. So those are my impressions and experiences with Sekou Bunch. Trumpeter Tom Browne chose Sekou for his gold album “Funkin’ for Jamaica” (and as co-writer on the hit single “Thighs High”). Anita Baker selected Sekou for her PLATINU M album “Givin’ you the best that I got”. He has toured the world with Melba Moore, Tom Browne, Phyllis Hyman, Dave Grusin, Jocylyn Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Dayton, Randy Crawford, Bernard Wright, George Duke, Anita Baker and Sheena Easton... All in all we’re in pretty good company in choosing Sekou Bunch for our VITAL label. --David Manley California, 1991
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Franz Schubert - Lieder - Christian Elsner, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski (2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: Christian Elsner, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
Title: Schubert - Lieder
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 01:02:55
Recorded: Haus des Rundfunks, RBB, Berlin, Germany in September 2014


Given his magnificent achievement in the field of art song, and the vast volume and consistently high quality of his Lieder oeuvre, it is not surprising that Schubert's songs have been recorded numerous times. It is not surprising either that many composers, such as Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Hector Berlioz, Max Reger and Anton Webern made arrangements of Schubert's songs. What is surprising, however, is the fact that these arrangements —made by some of the greatest composers in musical history—are so seldom heard either in concert or on record.
With the release of this album, hopefully that situation will change. It combines 17 Schubert compositions, of which 13 were orchestrated by late-romantic German composer Reger Max, and four by a member of the Second Viennese School, Anton Webern. When listening to these songs, the listener will discover that these arrangements are made with such craftsmanship that they themselves became unparalleled works of art. The performers on this SACD are the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and German tenor Christian Elsner, conducted by Maestro Marek Janowski. The album's accompanying booklet contains the lyrics to the songs both in German and English, as well as programme notes and artists' biographies.
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Franz Schubert - Impromptus D 899 & D 935 - Francois Chaplin (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Сomposer: Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Artist: François Chaplin
Title: Schubert - Impromptus D 899 & D 935
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:12:32
Recorded: 23 au 26 juin 2014 à l’église Saint-Pierre, Paris


"The way into Schubert’s world is full of twists and turns... A lengthy progress towards what I’ve always thought to be the ultimate expression of the lightness of being ... For me, playing Schubert is the culmination of a voyage of self-discovery ... You’re plunged into the same self-doubt, experience the same joy he did. I can find my self in this intimate exchange.
Each one of his eight Impromptus is, in its own way, a microcosm of the Schubertian world, an echo of the Vienna that was so dear to him. For me, they are an inner-journey that consumes every waking hour, strips my soul bare and fuses all those hopes and uncertainties into one. I lose myself in them and can see myself more clearly as a result.
To me, that’s the very essence of the impromptus: an act of abandonment that calls life itself into question and gives proof to the brilliance of Schubert’s genius in all its intricate and astonishing complexity." --François Chaplin
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Sarah McKenzie - We Could Be Lovers (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sarah McKenzie
Title: We Could Be Lovers
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:52:34
Recorded: Sear Sound, NY, March 2014

We Could Be Lovers, the charming Impulse! Records debut from Sarah McKenzie, introduces to the greater international jazz stage a remarkable 27-year-old pianist, singer, and composer, who succinctly declares her artistic goals as wanting to be a great contributor to jazz. “I want to be a messenger and try to push the boundaries,” she explains.
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Sarah McKenzie - Paris In The Rain (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Sarah McKenzie
Title: Paris In The Rain
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Label: © Impulse! A Division of Universal Music France
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:52:34
Recorded: June 7, 8 & 9, 2016 at Avatar Studios, NY

After enchanting jazz fans with her 2015 Impulse! Records debut, We Could Be Lovers, Sarah McKenzie returns with the sensational follow-up, Paris in the Rain. Like before, the 28-year-old, Melbourne, Australia-born singer, pianist, composer and arranger teams with the acclaimed Brian Bacchus – who has produced classics for such stars as Norah Jones, Lizz Wright, and Gregory Porter – to deliver a gripping program of jazz classics and originals – all of which present McKenzie’s incredible musicality in glamorous glory.
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Quinteto Porteno - Desiderata (2010) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Quinteto Porteño
Title: Desiderata
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Latin Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Tango
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2010
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:46:16
Recorded at Sonus Pro Audio Studio, Nova Gorica, Slovenia by Borut Celik and David Soligoj; Mastered at AlfaMusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Alessandro Guardia


Nato nel 2006, il Quinteto Porteño è abile esportatore della tradizione musicale argentina di cui conosce segreti e virtù. Desiderata, prodotto da Alfa Project, è l'ultima fatica del quintetto squisitamente italiano che, questa volta, si confronta con la composizione e l'arrangiamento di dieci brani inediti adagiati su quarantasei minuti densi di tango. Molto è dovuto al magistero Piazzolla, artista cui il Quinteto Porteño aveva già tributato Decarísimo, e molto altro strizza l'occhio a melodie di fattura italiana che conferiscono un tocco di orecchiabilità alle composizioni: la miscela creata regala un infuso delicato anche per i palati più esigenti.
Milonga Z, brano d'apertura del disco, ben si presta a fare da sintesi di ciò che si ascolterà in seguito. I fraseggi di Milan alla fisarmonica si intrecciano ai contrappunti del violino di D'Eusanio come nella più tradizionale delle danze argentine, tra colpi di tacco e virate vertiginose. Milonga Canzone e A te - cantate dallo stesso autore, Milan, e dal soprano Lucia Vaccari - per quanto piacevoli all'ascolto, sono marcate da un lirismo troppo ricercato che a volte incide, almeno in parte, sul risultato finale dell'intero lavoro. --Pietro Scaramuzzo per Jazzitalia
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Queen - On Air: The Complete BBC Sessions (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Queen
Title: On Air: The Complete BBC Sessions
Genre: Rock
Label: © Hollywood Records/Virgin EMI Records/Queen Productions Ltd.
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:41:04
Recorded: 1973-1977

Queen's meteoric ascendancy during the 1970s has been well documented. From their gloriously ambitious self-titled debut album of 1973 through to the album that put them in the superstar bracket, 1975's A Night At The Opera, and beyond, this unique group carved out a singular path as the most visionary, inventive and charismatic band of that epic decade.
But there is another side to Queen's rise that has been largely overlooked. Between February 1973 and October 1977, the band recorded six radio sessions exclusively for the BBC. The twenty four recordings these landmark sessions produced include alternate versions of the debut single, unique takes of classic album tracks and even a radically reworked reimagining of one of their best known anthems that has never previously appeared on any Queen studio release.
Now, for the very first time, all six Queen BBC sessions - meticulously restored by Queen engineer Kris Fredriksson and mastered by Grammy Award winner Adam Ayan - have been brought together on Queen On Air. Queen On Air is more than just a collection of rare recordings, it is a glorious snapshot of the growth of a legend.
The double-set includes Queen Live On Air a single disc featuring highlights of three live concert broadcasts: Queen live at the Golders Green Hippodrome, from September 1973, their first concert to be transmitted on radio anywhere in the world. Also, Queen performing in Brazil at Sao Paulo's gigantic Morumbi stadium to a record-setting audience of 131,000 originally relayed live on radio and TV in March 1981 on the Badeirantes network during the band's infamous South America Bites The Dust tour. Finally, Queen's penultimate live concert radio broadcast. Aired less than four weeks before their last show with Freddie, this was a live emission from the show in Mannheim Germany, in June 1986 during the mighty Magic Tour.
Thanks to their studio albums and their monumental live shows, Queen's status as bona fide rock legends has long been assured. With Queen On Air, the world finally gets to hear and discover this fascinating side of their legacy.
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Pierpaolo Borgia Quartet - Solara (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pierpaolo Borgia Quartet
Title: Solara
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Post Bop, Piano Jazz, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:39:25
Recorded at AlfaMusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Alessandro Guardia

Devo dire che quando me l’ha chiesto sono rimasto un po’ stupito, lo conosco da più di venti anni e insieme abbiamo condiviso molte, anzi quasi tutte, le nostre esperienze musicali ma soprattutto siamo amici e vi garantisco che non è semplice scrivere le mie impressioni su questo disco; spero quindi di non rischiarmela troppo e se leggerete queste note, vorrà dire che ce l’avrò fatta, saremo ancora insieme a scrivere, suonare e a non darci pace ogni giorno nello scovare dentro di noi melodie e accordi che circondano le nostre vite e quelle di chi ci è accanto.
Solara l’ho vista nascere e crescere fin da quando Pierpaolo ed io ci siamo conosciuti (ma sicuramente anche da prima); se ne andava in giro in qualche accordo, dentro le casse armoniche delle sue chitarre acustiche, nelle valvole del suo amplificatore, tra le sue dita e ogni tanto si fissava in qualche melodia che rispecchiasse un suo moto interiore, una sua emozione non so se attuale o di qualche antico recesso della sua anima e che ascoltavo con interesse.
Se c’è un modo di interpretare tutto quello che ha suonato e vissuto finora è racchiuso in questo disco; Solara è morbida, avvolgente, sensuale e malinconica. Si muove tra i vicoli di Castellammare di Stabia, conosce il golfo di Napoli e la costiera Amalfitana, Roma l’ha accolta con gioia trasferendo nel suo essere partenopeo un po’ di quella sfrontatezza capitolina e quel gusto di mescolanze etniche che solo la più vecchia metropoli del mondo sa di avere sin dai tempi dell’impero romano.
Come dicevo Solara l’ho vista nascere e fin dai primi provini mi sono accorto di come Pierpaolo avesse convogliato nelle sue composizioni tutta la musica che ha dentro di sé. Ma la cosa che mi ha stupito di più è la voglia che ha avuto, e ci è riuscito, di dare ai brani una forma definita, come se cercasse di raccontare le molteplici storie che albergano nella sua anima attraverso gli arrangiamenti e i suoi assoli sempre molto discreti e mai troppo lunghi perché siano presto dimenticati. Ha utilizzato il linguaggio dell’amalgama del gruppo, con accenni morbidi di assolo su temi avvolgenti e facilmente assimilabili che toccano le corde emozionali con leggerezza e passione. C’è Jazz, Rock, Latin, Blues e tanta musica popolare che Pierpaolo ha dentro da prima ancora di nascere. Alessandro, Marco e Lello, i musicisti del gruppo, sono stati bravi nel comprendere immediatamente quello che Pierpaolo voleva comunicare mettendosi al servizio della sua musica senza in alcun modo cercare di isolarsi o prevalere nel loro linguaggio musicale.
Se avete voglia di fare un viaggio nel jazz/blues mediterraneo d’autore, questo disco vi offre l’opportunità di gustarne tutti i profumi e i sapori e ascoltare il battito del cuore di questo nostro bel paese attraversato da note gioiose e malinconiche che inevitabilmente s’intrecciano nelle nostre esistenze quotidiane. Pierpaolo questo l’ha vissuto e attraverso questo lavoro lo racconta. --Claudio Pantaleone
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Pier Paolo Pozzi Quartet - Je volais je le jure (2011) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Pier Paolo Pozzi Quartet
Title: Je volais je le jure: Tribute to Jacques Brel
Genre: Jazz, Modern Jazz, Contemporary Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2011
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 01:07:29
Recorded at AlfaMusic Studio, Roma, Italy by Alessandro Guardia

Ma première rencontre avec l’univers artistique de Jacques Brel remonte à mon arrivée en France en 1993. Les quinze années vécues à Paris ont définitivement transformé ma vie et pas uniquement d’un point de vue artistique. Après une expérience difficile mais très riche de rencontres humaines et musicales , il m’a semblé de mon devoir de remercier ce pays qui m’a adopté. Ce projet franco-italien n’est qu’un petit geste qui ne pourra certainement pas solder toute ma dette. Je ne sais pas si Jacques Brel aimait le jazz, mais il enregistrait ses disques toujours en direct, avec ses musiciens, comme le ferait un jazz-man, même quand, à la fin de sa vie affaibli par la maladie, il ne pouvait se permettre de répéter une prise. Et comme Charlie Parker, chacune de ses exécutions était d’une intensité telle qu’elle semblait être l’ultime. Avec ma femme Corinne, lorsque nous écoutions et ré-écoutions l’immense travail de Brel, il nous a paru évident que nous vivions une expérience humaine d’une rare intensité où le choix des musiciens était conditionné par la sensibilité et la capacité de se laisser impliquer dans un tel projet. Dans l’urgence qui distingue souvent mon travail, avec Rémy Decormeille et ensuite avec Sébastien Jarrousse, nous avons écouté les 9 morceaux que j’avais sélectionnés en nous laissant glisser dans l’univers de Brel. Conscients de la difficulté de l’entreprise, nous nous sommes régulièrement retrouvés à Paris où nous avons commencé un formidable travail collectif d’arrangements. Notre ambition finale était de restituer autant que possible, l’intensité de l’interprétation de Jacques Brel, en utilisant les moyens à notre disposition: la tessiture harmonique et rythmique qui dans le jazz contemporain jouissent d’une plus grande liberté. Puis à Rome le 2 juin 2010, nous avons rejoint Stefano Cantarano et dès la première répétition c’était une évidence, il fallait enregistrer! C’est ainsi qu’est né notre hommage à Jacques Brel. J’ai la nette impression , qu’au delà des qualités techniques de chacun, transparaît dans ce disque, au moins en partie, la charge émotive que nous avions tous éprouvée, la gorge serrée et les larmes aux yeux à l’écoute de ses chansons.
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Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Peter Frampton
Title: Frampton Comes Alive!
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, Rock & Roll
Label: © A&M Records
Release Date: 1976/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 01:17:34
Recorded: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA, June 16, 1975; Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, June 17, 1975; Long Island Arena, Commack, NY, August 24, 1975; SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY, November 22, 1975


Frampton Comes Alive! is a double live album by English rock musician Peter Frampton released in 1976. It is one of the best-selling live albums in the United States, and considered by many to be one of the finest live rock recordings of all time. Following four solo albums with little commercial success, Frampton Comes Alive! was a breakthrough for the artist.
Released on January 6, 1976, it debuted on the charts at 191. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 the week ending April 10, 1976, and was in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the US and becoming one of the best-selling live albums to date, with estimated sales of 11 million worldwide.
Frampton Comes Alive! was voted "Album of the year" in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks and was still No. 14 on Billboard's 1977 year-end album chart.
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