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Steve Kuhn Trio - Watch What Happens! (1968/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88,2kHz

Artist: Steve Kuhn Trio
Title: Watch What Happens!
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Piano Jazz
Label: © MPS - Musik Produktion Schwarzwald | Edel Germany GmbH
Release Date: 1968/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Duration: 35:46
Recorded: July 4th, 1968 at MPS Tonstudio Villingen, Black Forest

American pianist Steve Kuhn’s playing credentials are as impressive as they are lengthy. Starting out in 1959 with trumpeter Kenny Durham, he went on to work with John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Art Farmer, and Gary Burton over the next few years. Kuhn recorded this 1968 album during his four-year sojourn in Stockholm. He teams up here with the best Scandinavian rhythm section of that era, bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Jon Christensen, who were to become members of the legendary Keith Jarrett ‘European Quartet’. The title piece, a tasty Michel Legrand composition, flows from the Latin pulse of its theme on into Kuhn’s surging, hard-swinging solo. The Kuhn original Silver evokes the pianist’s contemplative side, and J. J. Johnson’s ballad Lament stays in this introspective vein before segueing into the relaxed Latin feel of Once We Loved. There’s a driving impressionistic impulse to Tom Jones that modulates into a lilting Burt Bacharach medley, Windows of the World & Here I Am, whereas Kuhn plays I Fall in Love too Easily with the required sense of pathos. Carla Bley’s Ad Infinitum is the album’s tour de force, encompassing the avante-garde, loping, Latinesque moments, and intense, propulsive modern jazz. Exquisitely recorded, this album is trio play at its refined best; it’s simply a beautiful album.
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Stamitz, Danzi, Mozart - New Era - Andreas Ottensamer, Kammerakademie Potsdam (2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz (1717-1757), Franz Danzi (1763-1826), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), Carl Stamitz (1745-1801)
Artist: Andreas Ottensamer, Kammerakademie Potsdam
Title: Stamitz, Danzi, Mozart - New Era
Genre: Classical
Label: © Decca is a Universal Music Company
Release Date: 2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 01:11:54
Recorded: 30 September – 2 October 2016, Teldex Studio, Berlin

Ottensamer presents a dazzling selection of the clarinet’s early repertoire from 18th Century Mannheim, with works by J. and C.P. Stamitz, Mozart and Danzi, together with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.
Featuring duets with Albrecht Mayer and Emmanuel Pahud - two of the great wind soloists of our time and Ottensamer’s friends and colleagues at the Berliner Philharmoniker. It promises to be the chamber recording of the year.
The "Mannheim school" was a melting pot of “revolutionary experimentation” - musicians from all over Europe coming together to develop a new explosive and colourful sound – forming the orchestra as we know it today.
The Mannheim Orchestra was also the first to adopt the recently developed clarinet into the orchestra, and here Mozart heard the instrument for the first time.
“It’s fascinating to think that Mannheim inspired so many composers and musicians, and it was the players themselves who made it happen – it gave them the chance to do their own thing. Every aspect of composition, playing, teaching and conducting was concentrated there, and audiences went wild, blown away by the kind of rock-star ensemble that they heard.” Andreas Ottensamer
Ottensamer’s debut album on Decca Classics – the first clarinettist to sign exclusively to the label in its 89 year history.
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Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet (1956/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonny Rollins
Title: Sonny Rollins With The Modern Jazz Quartet
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Cool Jazz, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Prestige Records/Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 1956/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC 2.0 Mono 192kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:37:25
Recorded: January 17, 1951 (#13); December 17, 1951 (#5-12); October 7, 1953 (#1-4), Apex Studios, New York City

Sonny Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet (PRLP 7029) (also released as Sonny & the Stars) is a 1956 album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, featuring his earliest recordings for the Prestige label under his leadership, including four tracks performed by Rollins with the Modern Jazz Quartet (John Lewis, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke), eight tracks where Kenny Drew and Art Blakey replace Lewis, Jackson, and Clarke, and one track with Miles Davis on piano. Tracks 5-11 and 13 were originally featured on the Prestige 10 inch LP Sonny Rollins Quartet (1952, PRLP 137), which is reissued in its entirety here. Track 12 was previously released on the various artists 10"LP Mambo Jazz (PRLP 135).
"I Know", featuring Miles Davis on piano, was recorded at the same session as four other tracks under Davis' name, using the same musicians, including the young Rollins. This was Davis' first recording session for Prestige Records, and his first working with Rollins. The producer Bob Weinstock tried to dissuade Davis from using Rollins at all, feeling he was not ready, but instead Davis persuaded the producer to let Rollins record a cut under his own name. The Davis tracks recorded that date were originally issued on the various artists 10"LP Modern Jazz Trumpets (PRLP 113), and are now more commonly available on the album Miles Davis and Horns (PRLP 7025).
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Sonny Rollins - Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders (1958/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonny Rollins
Title: Sonny Rollins And The Contemporary Leaders
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Contemporary Records/Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 1958/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:44:30
Recorded: October 20, 21 & 22, 1958 at Contemporary Studio, Los Angeles

Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders is an album by jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, recorded for the Contemporary label, featuring performances by Rollins with Hampton Hawes, Barney Kessel, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne with Victor Feldman added on one track. It was the last record Rollins produced before a hiatus from recording and performing in public, before his return with The Bridge in 1962.
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Sonny Rollins - Way Out West (1957/2017) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sonny Rollins
Title: Way Out West
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop, Saxophone Jazz
Label: © Contemporary Records/Concord Music Group, Inc.
Release Date: 1957/2017
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz
Duration: 00:37:25
Recorded: March 7, 1957, Contemporary Studio, Los Angeles

Way Out West is a 1957 album by Sonny Rollins with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Shelly Manne, neither of whom had played or recorded with Rollins before. The music employs a technique called "strolling", used here by Rollins for the first time, in which he would solo over only bass and drums with no pianist playing chords. The recent reissue of the CD has additional takes of three of the songs, including the title track. These additional takes are all about twice as long, containing much longer solos from all three of the members of the band.
In order to fit the recording session into the musicians' busy schedules, it was scheduled "for 3 A.M.", according to the liner notes by producer Lester Koenig: "At 7 A.M., after four hours of intense concentration, during which they recorded half the album, and should have been exhausted, Sonny said, 'I'm hot now.' Shelly who had been up for 24 hours, said, 'Man, I feel like playing.' And Ray, who was equally tired and had a studio call for the afternoon, just smiled."
The picture for the cover, taken by celebrated jazz photographer William Claxton, with the saxophonist dressed in Stetson hat, holster, and horn in place of a pistol, was Rollins' own idea, to celebrate his first trip out West, according to Koenig in the liner notes.
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8 'Stalingrad' - Russian National Orchestra, Paavo Berglund (2006) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Russian National Orchestra, Paavo Berglund
Title: Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8 'Stalingrad'
Genre: Classical
Label: © Pentatone Music B.V.
Release Date: 2006
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 01:06:28
Recorded: DZZ Studio 5, Moscow, June 2005

Not until later on, in his posthumously published memoirs, did Shostakovich provide a personal insight into his Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Op. 65, which he completed on September 9, 1943 in only two months’ time, following a short, yet agonisingly dry creative period: “The Seventh and the Eighth are my ‘Requiem’.” At the time, his first comments on the new work were very different, and (as was usual during Stalin’s regime, one should add) meaningless: “This work mirrors my thoughts and feelings following the joyous reports on the first victories of the Red Army.” For sure ... After all, it would be hard to come up with another 20th-century symphony that soundsas inscrutable and sadly fateful as Shostakovich’s Eighth.
Following his triumphant Leningrad Symphony, the composer had deeply disappointed the expectations of the Apparatschik with this work, as a great part of the Eighth is pensive and melancholy, and does not announce the victory of the Red Army at Stalingrad. Quite the opposite, instead of producing emotional and enduring symphonic music, Shostakovich the man not only expresses his deep mourning of the dreadful tragedy of the Second World War and its countless victims, he also announces in the most deeply pessimistic tone the individual suffering of the people in the Soviet Union, who (also before the war) suffered and died under Stalin’s reign of terror. Shostakovich’s hope that the authorities would interpret the resignative tone of the work as a consequence of the German aggression, was rapidly dashed, and thus the Eighth was censured in1948, after Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other leading composers had been accused of “formalistic tendencies”. The symphony was banned from the concert podium, and numerous radio recordings of the work were destroyed.
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Dmitry Shostakovich - Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15 - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (2012/2015) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz

Сomposer: Dmitry Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Artist: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko
Title: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 15
Genre: Classical
Label: © 2xHD | Naxos Right US, Inc.
Release Date: 2012/2015
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz
Source: AcousticSounds
Duration: 01:06:53
Recorded: at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England on 14th June 2011 (tracks 1-3), and on 26th and 27th October 2010 (tracks 4-7)

This album was mastered using 2xHD's proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording they tailor their process specifically for each project, using a selection from their pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original 96kHz/24-bit resolution master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube preamplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.
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Shirley Horn - Live at the 4 Queens (2016) High-Fidelity DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz

Artist: Shirley Horn
Title: Live at the 4 Queens
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Piano Jazz, Mainstream Jazz, Standards
Label: © 2xHD/Resonance Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: DSF Stereo DSD128/5.64MHz
Source: nativeDSDmusic
Duration: 54:54
Recorded live at the Four Queens Hotel, Las Vegas, May 2, 1988

The first previously unreleased music by Shirley Horn in nearly a decade was recorded live at the 4 Queens Hotel in Las Vegas in May 1988 and feature Horn's longtime trio, bassist Charles Ables and drummer Steve Williams. The set was recorded by KNPR radio for a syndicated jazz show and captures the angora-voiced jazz singer and pianist at the very beginning of her resurgence on the jazz scene. Renowned for her inimitable ability to negotiate melodies and lyrics at an exquisitely unhurried pace, Horn applies her unique alchemy to classic and contemporary songs: when she sings a song, she changes the way it's heard forever.
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Shawn Mendes - Illuminate (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz

Artist: Shawn Mendes
Title: Illuminate
Genre: Pop
Label: © Island Records
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 00:52:12

Shawn Mendes translated his Vine superstardom into genuine pop stardom in 2015 thanks to "Stitches," a lively piece of pop with a slightly soulful undercurrent. Wisely, Mendes and his team decide to play off these soulful inclinations on Illuminate, the album released almost 18 months after his 2015 debut Handwritten. This isn't to say that Mendes is a crooner, nor is he riding anything resembling a funky groove. Instead, Illuminate uses light R&B rhythms as a way to give a bit of grace and warmth, the airiness of "Ruin" and "Three Empty Words" spinning heartbreak into seduction. As it turns out, this wide-eyed puppy dog routine is the key to Mendes' appeal. He's not forceful, and whenever he slides into a loverman routine, there's never a sense that he's a player: his voice is so small and sweet, it feels as if he's whispering sweet nothings to his high school sweetheart. On Handwritten, such quivering sensitivity seemed tentative, but on Illuminate, it has gelled into his pop persona; he's charming because he embraces his ordinariness. Sometimes on Illuminate the songs are a bit too diffuse to benefit from these qualities -- whenever they lack a hook or pronounced melody, the tracks tend to drift -- but a lot of the record provides a good showcase for his tenderness. And these aren't necessarily ballads, either. Certainly, he feels at home on a nice slow-burning torch number like "Don't Be a Fool" -- an old-fashioned slice of swaying '60s soul -- but on the insistent pop of "Treat You Better" and sunny seaside vibes of "Honest," this boyishness is equally appealing, and those sly shifts in tone are why Mendes comes into his own on Illuminate. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Sergio Franchi - La Dolce Italy (1966/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz

Artist: Sergio Franchi
Title: La Dolce Italy
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: 00:35:28
Recorded: 1966
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