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Mickey Hart - Planet Drum (1991/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Mickey Hart
Title: Planet Drum
Genre: World, New Age, Ethnic Fusion, Tribal, Ambient, Worldbeat
Label: © 360 Productions
Release Date: 1991/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: ProStudioMasters
Duration: 01:01:50
Recorded: Studio X, Sonoma, CA

The Grateful Dead's drummer Mickey Hart released this world music album in 1991 in conjunction with a book of the same title, both celebrating percussionists from different musical cultures around the world. Hart earned the first-ever world music Grammy Award for Planet Drum, which also hit number one on Billboard's world music chart. This 25th anniversary reissue includes three bonus tracks.

"This experience was about people wanting to come together: folks weren't culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the right place at the right time for a new gumbo, a new way of coming together, egoless, in the spirit, to have fun and record a classic 20th century gamelan, which has always been the carrot for me. I always wanted to ring that bell." --Mickey Hart
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Michael Chapman - 50 (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Michael Chapman
Title: 50
Genre: Folk, Folk Rock, British Folk, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Paradise of Bachelors
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:56:30

After five decades of recording and touring, veteran British songwriter and guitar sage Michael Chapman has finally made what he calls his “American record,” and the aptly titled 50 now stands as his late career masterwork, a moving legacy statement by a legend. Backed by a collaborative group of friends and acolytes—Steve Gunn (who also produced), Nathan Bowles (Pelt), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy), Jason Meagher (No-Neck Blues Band), Jimy SeiTang (Rhyton), and fellow UK songwriting luminary Bridget St John—Chapman tears into both bold renderings of new songs and radical reinterpretations of material from his revered catalog, the crack band adeptly scaling the same rarefied sonic heights of classic Harvest albums like Fully Qualified Survivor, guided by a true survivor’s instinct, wit, and wisdom. The result is a sublime chiaroscuro self-portrait, more shadow than light, as an invigorated Chapman wrestles with weighty themes of travel, memory, mortality, and redemption, his world-weary whispers assuming the incandescent power of prophecy.

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Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto & String Octet - Liza Ferschtman, Het Gelders Orkest, Kees Bakels (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/352,8kHz

Сomposer: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Artist: Liza Ferschtman, Het Gelders Orkest, Kees Bakels
Title: Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto, Op. 64 / String Octet, Op. 20
Genre: Classical
Label: © Challenge Records | Northstar Recordings
Release Date: 11 January 2017
Quality: Digital eXtreme Definition FLAC Stereo 352,8kHz/24bit
Duration: 00:58:17

Liza Ferschtman:….slowly, as my musical path kept unfolding, I got to the point where more and more I was able to let go of my preconceived notions about the Violin Concerto and more clearly start to see and hear my own voice in it. Over the years I got to know so much more music by Mendelssohn, from the inside out, and I felt the language become more fully my own. When working with Kees Bakels on it a couple of years ago things started to really fall into place, and last May when performing it with the Arnhem Philharmonic I really was all of a sudden struck by a distinct feeling that I can only describe as falling in love all over again with this magical piece. Certain details in the score seemed to appear completely new to me and the idea of approaching the work with the same collaborative energy as in chamber music made me experience it completely afresh. The combination of passion, grand emotions and at the same time lightness and elegance, such characteristic traits for Mendelssohn, fell completely into place. To feel this way about such a familiar piece was revelatory and I knew I wanted to share these discoveries, if you like, with many more people.
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Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen - The New Song (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Сomposer: Helge Iberg (b.1954), Henrik Hellstenius (b.1963), Håvard Lund (b.1970), Edvard Hagerup Bull (1922–2012)
Artist: Marianne Beate Kielland, Nils Anders Mortensen
Title: The New Song
Genre: Classical, Vocal Music
Label: © Lawo Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 00:53:18
Recorded: Vågan Church, Lofoten, 8–11 March 2014

We know many of them — the German Lied, the French chanson, the Scandinavian song — works for voice and piano. Countless such musical pieces have been written throughout history, mainly from Mozart’s time on. But after a couple of hundred years, this form of composition fell “out of fashion”, and composers often used other ways to accompany singers.
How do we think of classical song today? I challenged three composers to each write his “Lied”, a piece of music for voice and piano, and received three remarkably different results. Two hundred years ago, the format was predictable; today, boundaries have dissolved, and the composer turns out whatever the heart desires. What these composers write about their own works appears later on.
In addition, we wished to include five wonderfully distinctive songs of Edvard Hagerup Bull — a composer of our own time, but one who was and remained controversial, and, as such, was essentially deprived of recognition and fame in Norway. Edvard Hagerup Bull was a grandnephew of Edvard Grieg, he studied with Messiaen and Milhaud, among others, and he lived a large part of his life in Paris.
Many are familiar with the short aphoristic poems of Piet Hein known as “grooks” — artful, thought-provoking texts with their unconventional way of looking at life. Coupled with Hagerup Bull’s playful, humoristic music, they become musical gems deserving of attention and performance. We are pleased to have these songs on the recording! To be on the safe side, I wish to point out that the “grooks” are written in Danish, but I have chosen to sing the texts with Norwegian pronunciation. --Marianne Beate Kielland
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Major Harris - How Do You Take Your Love (1978/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Major Harris
Title: How Do You Take Your Love
Genre: R&B, Soul, Smooth Soul, Philly Soul, Disco
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1978/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 41:58
Recorded: Counterpoint Recording Studios

Jerry Ragavoy produced Major Harris 1978 album ‘How do you take your love’. Although it was recorded in new York it has all the hallmarks of a Philly Soul album. ‘I Wanna Dance with you’ starts as a nice ballad for 3 minutes then develops into a great string laden Philly Disco dancer for its final 7 minutes. ‘Let Me take You There’ and ‘Night Moves’ (later recorded by Chaka Khan) are lovely mid tempo groovers. Quality Philly style Soul album.
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Lynne Arriale - Convergence (2011/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Lynne Arriale
Title: Convergence
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Straight-Ahead Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © IN+OUT Records
Release Date: 2011/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Duration: 51:45

Lynne Arriale has made her mark with a number of CDs of her own during her career. This predominantly trio date with bassist Omer Avital and drummer Anthony Pinciotti, adding tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry on several songs, mixes originals and covers of pop songs. Arriale's songwriting skills match her chops at the piano. The driving post-bop vehicle "Elements" provides a solid opener for Arriale's trio, with the pianist's unpredictable blues constantly shifting. Her rambunctious Irish jig "Convergence" features McHenry's powerful tenor and Arriale's furious solo. "The Simple Things" is a low-key, lyrical ballad played by the trio. The infectious "Here and Now" draws from multiple musical influences from around the world, showcasing McHenry's wailing tenor. The Middle Eastern-flavored "Dance of the Rain" includes an unidentified oud player, with Pinciotti presumably being playing the hand percussion. Arriale also shines with her fresh interpretations of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Sting's "Sister Moon," and the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black." Only Nine Inch Nails' "Something I Can Never Have" never manages to gain traction. --AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden
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Los Indios Tabajaras - Casually Classic (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Сomposer: Various
Artist: Los Indios Tabajaras
Title: Casually Classic
Genre: Classical, Guitar Virtuoso
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:31:06
Recorded: RCA Victor's Studio B, New York City

Certainly the most uncommon duo of Brazilian artists to have a solid international career, Los Índios Tabajaras was formed by the brothers Antenor Moreyra Lima (Muçaperê ) and Natalício Moreyra Lima (Erundi). In the U.S. they had success in the early '70s with "Sakura-Sakura," and their biggest hit was the fox trot "Maria Helena," which won second place at the American charts and sold over one-and-a-half million copies. Their 48 LPs also sold millions of copies worldwide, and they toured South, Central, and North America, Asia, and Europe before settling in the U.S. Their eclectic act gathered Rimsky-Korsakoff, Chopin, De Falla, and Villa-Lobos with folk tunes and originals, performed in tuxedo and also half-naked with Indian ornaments. In the '60s, they also performed successfully at the San Remo Festival (Italy). Both self-taught musicians, they took their first contact with the violão (guitar) during their journey through the hinterlands of Cariri, Ceará, but had to give it away for a pound of beans. Having both studied music later, Muçaperê was accompanied in the recording of his "Their Very Special Touch" by a full symphonic orchestra and vocal choir.
Indians from the Tabajara tribe, they left Ceará with their people in 1933, traveling on foot the almost 2,000 km to Rio de Janeiro. During the three years spent on the journey, they collected a number of regional musics. In Rio de Janeiro they were registered and baptized by the lieutenant Hildebrando Moreira Lima, from whom they took their Christian names. Their first public performance was in 1945, at the Rádio Cruzeiro do Sul (Rio de Janeiro), when they were introduced as Índios Tabajaras, having been hired by the outing. In 1953, they recorded an album through Continental with the baião "Tambor Índio" and the galope "Acara Cary" (both by Muçaperê ). In the next year they had success with the polka "Pajaro Campaña" (public domain). After recording several other albums, they left in 1957 for a tour through Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico. Having both studied music in the latter, Erundi wrote several classic pieces for guitar during that period . Moving on to the U.S., they performed for three years in that country, and returned to Brazil in 1960. They continued to move around, but ended up back in Brazil in 1968, where they recorded an album of Hawaiian songs; they moved to the U.S. soon afterwards. --Artist Biography by Alvaro Neder
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Lindsey Webster - Back To Your Heart (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Lindsey Webster
Title: Back To Your Heart
Genre: Jazz, R&B, Soul Jazz, Jazz Pop, Smooth Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © Shanachie Entertainment
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:00:10
Recorded: Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck, NY by Mark Everton Gray

Scoring two #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits in a row (the first vocalist to accomplish that since Sade!) and winning “Best Acoustic Song” in the Independent Music Awards is just the beginning for this amazing Contemporary Jazz/R&B diva, whose voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey and Anita Baker! Back To Your Heart features 12 inspired Lindsey Webster originals. The album’s first single, “Back To Your Heart,” is already rocketing up the Smooth Jazz radio charts, and other highlights such as the sensuous “Where Do You Want To Go” and the soulful “One At A Time” (featuring Kirk Whalum) make Back To Your Heart a must have album!
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Lillo Quaratino - Parole Inutili (2013) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Lillo Quaratino
Title: Parole Inutili
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Alfa Music
Release Date: 2013
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: e-Onkyo
Duration: 00:54:12
Recorded at Forward Studios, Rome by Alessandro Guardia

Parole inutili. Mute, sospese, trattenute. Dal naturale fluire dell'immaginario ispirato da questo prezioso lavoro di Lillo Quaratino. E dall'ascolto: esercizio ormai raro, ma dal grande potenziale comunicativo. La cui bellezza è qui esaltata. E la cui pratica piacevolmente indotta. Con la stessa attitudine con cui si presta l'orecchio al racconto delle più intriganti storie narrate, si finisce col farsi rapire dalla trama, piena e consistente, che ciascun brano racchiude in sé. Così le Inutili parole d'apertura, senza sprecar fiato e affidandosi all'universalità del linguaggio musicale, riescono a dipingere una poetica atmosfera in cui il tempo sembra fermarsi e lo spazio disperdersi. La voce narrante prende forma nell'appassionato clarinetto di Mirabassi. Per poi cedere il passo alla storia successiva – Campana – a cui introduce il piano di Eduardo Taufic con un incipit dal sapore fiabesco, presto dissolto in un'ondeggiante danza tra strumenti. Danza che si tinge di calde e sensuali sfumature in Doodle - su cui si muovono, in giocosa alternanza, il flauto di Stilo e il sax di Maurino – e nell'elegiaco Mambo senza te. Il ritorno alla dimensione - per così dire - narrativa passa per Rosa funebre il cui tema malinconico, in perfetta linea con il titolo, sboccia e prende forma in una toccante melodia (ri)chiusa da note che alludono ad uno sperato lieto fine. Un po' come avviene per La sognatrice di Ostenda (non a caso, già titolo della raccolta di racconti di Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt) intorno a cui prende vita, con delicata eleganza, uno scenario dai contorni nostalgici. È il contrabbasso di Quaratino ad introdurla, con un passaggio tanto breve quanto intenso. Ma è soltanto nel brano successivo, Saltapicchio, che si può godere della sua presenza più decisa, con un assolo perfettamente inserito in una narrazione melodica di quelle che ti si imprimono nella mente come una bella favola senza età. A raccontare davvero una storia ci pensa, infine, la voce narrante-recitante-cantante di Marta Raviglia: suo il testo-racconto della bonus track Pugni in tasca, srotolato sul morbido tessuto armonico confezionato da Quaratino. E le parole tornano così ad essere utili. --Alessandra V. Monaco, Jazzitalia
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Rued Langgaard - The Symphonies - Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard (2009) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Rued Langgaard (1893-1952)
Artist: Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard
Title: Langgaard - The Symphonies
Genre: Classical
Label: © Dacapo Records, Copenhagen
Release Date: 2009
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Duration: 06:59:45
Recorded: Danish Radio Concert Hall, August 1998 – June 2008

With his symphonies the Danish composer Rued Langgaard offered 16 vastly different versions of what a symphony can be. His captivating, complex genius made room for all conceivable idioms and a wealth of styles ranging from the grandiosely Late Romantic to the purest Absurdism. This box is the first collected recording of Langgaard's 16 symphonies based on the critical edition of the scores; recordings which demonstrate, with spectacular sound quality, Langgaards masterly grasp of the orchestra and his ecstatic view of art: "Mr. Dausgaard's keen advocacy elicits polished, persuasive accounts that live up to Langgaard's motto: 'Long Live Beauty'", wrote The New York Times.
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