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Harmen Fraanje Quartet feat. Nelson Veras - Sonatala (2004) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harmen Fraanje Quartet feat. Nelson Veras
Title: Sonatala
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Piano Jazz
Label: © Challenge Records Int.
Release Date: 2004
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:59:29
Recorded: Studio LeRoy, Amsterdam on February 10 and 11, 2003


The quartet of Harmen Fraanje was founded in the summer of 2002.Hein Van de Geyn invited the musicians to his theater where they spent an extraordinary week together. The music of Harmen found a miraculous medium in this group. The phenomenal brazilian guitarist Nelson Veras was able to add just that magic colour to the already sparkling sound of the piano trio. Nelson Veras,who already as a teenager toured with people like Pat Metheny,Aldo Romano, Gary Peacock, Michel Petrucciani, grew into one of the most promising guitarists in the world.His fabulous technique and effortless musicality are truly amazing. Hein Van de Geyn is a well known and seasoned bassist. His 20 year long experience give him the ability to push the group from his place in the back to extraordinary heights.His flexibility and sense of improvisation give a special colour to the group. Drummer Matthieu Chazarenc is at this point one of the young lions of the Paris Jazz scene that is most in demand.He only arrived on the scene a few years ago. His intense polyrhythmical way of playing is an exciting factor within the sound of the band. The music of this extraordinary quartet has a power and simplicity that hits the listener in a very direct way. Within the refreshing, clear compositions breathtaking improvisation takes place.As one of the most promising upcoming quartets we wantedto fully support the beautiful sound of the band with the best quality format.Challenge therefore decided to release this album as a hybrid surround SACD only.
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Hank Snow - Gospel Train (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Hank Snow
Title: Gospel Train
Genre: Country, Country Boogie, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:31:35
Recorded: Mar/1966, RCA Victor's "Nashville Sound" Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
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Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band - An Elusive Man (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Gordon Goodwin's Little Phat Band
Title: An Elusive Man
Genre: Jazz
Label: © Music of Content/Wingood Music Productions
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:05:31
Recorded: Firehouse Studios, Pasadena, CA; J&P Studios, Simi Valley, CA; LAFX Studios, North Hollywood, CA.

Winning 4 Grammys and 20 Grammy nominations is a reliable indicator for constant and high-level professionalism. Gordon Goodwin built his fame with the Big Phat Band, a large 18-piece ensemble. Little Phat Band is his 8-member alternative.
Their debut album An Elusive Man is available since September 9, 2016. Beside Gordon (piano and tenor sax) are performing Wayne Bergeron (trumpet), Eric Marienthal (alto and tenor sax), Andy Martin (trombone), Andrew Synowiec (electric and acoustic guitar), Rick Shaw (electric and acoustic bass), Bernie Dresel (drums) and Joey De Leon (percussion).
The LP Shuffle is a striking example for a Big Band formation with natural energy and a blistering chemistry. The emphasis is on pure brass in straight swinging. Cot In The Act is full of fun and flavor with guitar and sax in expanding solos. But when the brass team gets underway, the music is reaching full steam.
Behind You opens a plethora of musical boxes, moods and styles. One never knows what to find next corner. On the title track Andrew Synowiec brings in a sonic fury with bluesy approach on electric guitar through distortion effects. The various horns amp up to a powerful equipoise.
Samba Cya pulses with impressive solos by pianist Gordon Goodwin and guitarist Andrew Synowiec. A scorebook of this Latin jazz tune is available. Garaje Gato (Garage Cat) celebrates the salsa, the rhythm and more flowers of beautiful Latin America with musical pyrotechnics of Wayne Bergeron on trumpet, Bernie Dresel on drums and Gordon on piano.
With I Know You and Miles Davis' Walkin' Little Phat Band returns to the swinging jazz of East Coast with a broad jazz orchestration. In A Sentimental Mood is a composition by Duke Ellington (1935), he recorded with John Coltrane. The band keeps the original arrangement untouched and opens this way a window to the glorious time of Big Bands with their very own spirit.
Why We Can't Have Nice Things exposes Eric Marienthal's impressive talent on tenor sax which he only can expand in full range when he is performing the jazz realm. Andy Martin follows with another smashing solo on trombone.
Gordon Goodwin is with his formations the first address in Big Bands and with An Elusive Man he remains in this genre the measure of all things.
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Gary Marshal - Show Stopper!! (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Gary Marshal
Title: Show Stopper!!
Genre: Pop, Vocal Pop, Easy Listening
Label: © Radio Corporation Of America | Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1966/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:29:57
Recorded: 1966
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Frank Turner - Positive Songs For Negative People (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Frank Turner
Title: Positive Songs For Negative People
Genre: Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk Rock
Label: © Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records/Interscope Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:46
Recorded: Xtra Mile Recordings; Mastered: Abbey Road Studios


In the decade after the breakup of his retro punk outfit Million Dead, singer/songwriter Frank Turner has transformed himself from the solo folk-punk singer who played dank London basements to headlining Wembley, writing a best-selling autobiography, and becoming the subject of ideological political intrigue in The Guardian. Like 2013's Tape Deck Heart, Positive Songs for Negative People looks back and in, but only as a way of integrating a bruised and broken self. Backing band the Sleeping Souls and producer Butch Walker are the twin engines that fuel his transformation. "The Angel of Islington" is a solo acoustic number. From the banks of the River Thames, he desires to "wash my feet and cleanse my sins…" He's pondering the relationship that was so devastating on Tape Deck Heart, but resolves to move beyond it no matter the cost. "Get Better" is a melodic, anthemic basher (complete with Springsteen-esque pianos), where Turner testifies "I got me a future/I'm not stuck in the past/I've got no new tricks...But me, I'm a machine and I'm built to last." By the time he reaches the end, he's no longer merely talking about himself but exhorting all of us to "get better." Further on, buoyed by boisterous electric guitars and a bruising snare, Turner sings about stepping out from his desolation to face "The Next Storm." As the album moves on, his songs address over and again the topic of emergence and his belief -- naive though it may be -- in the power of rock & roll to engage the collective "us" as a way of redeeming the world one individual at a time. In "Glorious," via blended acoustic and electric guitars, slipshod snare, and a rumbling bassline, he gets under the skin of the listener: "Come on now, if we all pulled together/We could lift the weight of the world from your shoulders…." His declaration is answered by an enormous backing chorus, which gives it the conviction of a gospel song. The clattering, punk burn of "Out of Breath," with its triple-time snare, careening piano, and wiry guitars, is the album's most unhinged track; it's Turner's closest musical relation to his work with Million Dead. "Demons," another soaring rocker, addresses disappointments, compromises, and hard-won blessings: "At this truth we have arrived/God damn it's great to be alive." Out of character -- at least on the surface -- is "Silent Key," a poignant story of astronaut Christa McAuliffe's final radio transmission from the doomed Space Shuttle Challenger, but fits the album's overall themes. Positive Songs for Negative People is a transitory record. Musically, it doesn't contain anything new -- that's for an album further down the road -- but it doesn't need to. Here, solid songs filled with common-sense poetry bristle with renewed energy and purpose. It's an invigorating, infectious set that reaffirms Turner's faith in music's power to motivate and heal. --AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
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Cesar Franck, Richard Strauss - Violin Sonatas - Arabella Steinbacher, Robert Kulek (2014) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: César Franck (1822-1890), Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Artist: Arabella Steinbacher, Robert Kulek
Title: Franck, Strauss - Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2014
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: SACD ISO
Duration: 00:58:11
Recorded: Concertboerderij Valthermond, The Netherlands, May 2012

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher and pianist Robert Kulek continue their great collaboration with a new PENTATONE release, the recording of César Franck’s Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, which joins Richard Strauss’ Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat, Op. 18.
While Franck’s violin sonata is epic in character, Strauss’ work is full of jovial energy, hope and anticipation. This fusion of elements brilliantly demonstrates the synergy between Steinbacher and Kulek, something we have witnessed during their recital performances over the past few years.
Needless to say, both artists possess superb technique. Steinbacher demonstrates her delicate yet fiery touch, most notably in the robust Franck score, while Kulek plays with resolute intonation, steadfast tempo, and broad dynamics.
As exquisite as the performance is, one surely cannot overlook the role of PENTATONE’s recording partner Polyhymnia, whose first-rate recording and engineering techniques have allowed this release to stay true to the rich and wide sound that are PENTATONE’s trademarks.
This release would undeniably make a solid addition to your collection and mark Strauss’ 150th birthday anniversary this year.
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Florian Billot - Paris 1884-1959 (2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: César Franck (1822-1890), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Artist: Florian Billot
Title: Paris 1884-1959
Genre: Classical
Label: © Aparté Music
Release Date: 2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: eClassical
Duration: 01:00:56
Recorded: Enregistré à l'IRCAM, Salle de projection, Paris, du 7 au 9 octobre 2013


With 'Paris 1884-1959', his first record with Aparté, Florian Billot gives us the soul of a city of which he is the pure musical result: he studied with Michel Béroff at the great institution common to almost all composers on this CD, the Conservatoire de Paris, from 2002. From the romanticism of Franck, to the enlightening appeal to sensuality of Debussy, through the clear writting of Henri Dutilleux's 'Sonate', Florian Billot leads us to French musical treasure. 'Pavane pour une infante défunte' and 'Improvisation n°15, Hommage à Edith Piaf' by Francis Poulenc, end the disc with a heartfelt hommage from one of the Six to his friend. Florian Billot offers a subtle and comforting musical interpretation, highlighting the colours of Parisian life in the early 20th century.
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Finzi, Bax & Ireland - Choral Music - Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Gerald Finzi (1901-1956), Arnold Bax (1883-1953), John Ireland (1879-1962)
Artist: Westminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell
Title: Finzi, Bax & Ireland: Choral Music
Genre: Classical
Label: © Hyperion Records
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: hyperion-records.co.uk
Duration: 73 minutes 35 seconds
Recorded: February 2016, Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom


A trio of English composers perhaps better known for their creative output in other fields, yet who played a crucial role in the development of the Anglican choral tradition in the twentieth century. James O’Donnell and Westminster Abbey Choir present a programme centred on Finzi’s Lo, the full, final sacrifice: the other works may be less familiar but are no less moving.
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Eugen Cicero - Swinging Tschaikowsky (1966/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Eugen Cicero
Artist: Eugen Cicero
Title: Swinging Tschaikowsky
Genre: Jazz, Third Stream, Swing, Cool Jazz
Label: © SABA/MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1968/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Source: highresaudio.com
Duration: 00:37:32
Recorded: 16, 17 June 1966, SABA-Tonstudio, Villingen

The early work of Austrian pianist Eugene Cicero must have been incredibly successful for the MPS/Saba label – as they cut more than a few albums that had him in this format, playing jazzy changes based on classical material by a specific composer!
This set, like the others, features Cicero in the company of bassist Peter Witte and drummer Charlie Antolini, whose funky sound would show up on later MPS sessions under his own name – but who here is matching Eugene's own virtuosic energy throughout the set – controlling the strength of his rhythms one minute, then driving them hard the next! The album has a nice lively lyrical groove, and Cicero's approach to the piano is fairly compelling, with more soul than you'd expect from his highly technical approach. Titles include 'Ouverture Minature', 'Andante & Thema', and 'Introduktion'.
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